Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free. The novel device - a silicon semiconductor coated in an ultrathin layer of nickel - could help pave the way for large-scale production of clean hydrogen fuel from sunlight, according to the scientists.
A center to discover what new properties can be created when atom-thick 2-dimensional layers of elemental materials and chemical compounds are formed or when those layers are built up into completely new 3-dimensional structures has opened.
When you squeeze atoms, you don't get atom juice. You get magnets. According to a new theory by Rice University scientists, imperfections in certain two-dimensional materials create the conditions by which nanoscale magnetic fields arise.
A pair of carbon nanotube arrays will be flying in space by the end of the year to test technology that could provide more efficient micro-propulsion for future spacecraft. The arrays will support what is expected to be the first-ever space-based testing of carbon nanotubes as electron emitters.
One atom equals one bit: According to this design principle, we would like to construct magnetic data memories in the future. Researchers now have ixed a single atom on a surface such that the magnetic spin remained stable for ten minutes.
Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.
The EU-funded project EMIL (Exceptional Materials via Ionic Liquids) targeted the improvement of environmentally friendly technologies, in particular for applications in the field of efficient solar cells and innovative light sources.
A new method of microscopic drug delivery that could greatly improve the treatment of deadly pancreatic cancer has been proven to work in mice by nanotechnology researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
GLADIATOR seeks to improve the quality and size of CVD graphene sheets, and to reduce their production costs, in order to make the use of graphene more attractive e.g. in applications such as transparent electrodes for large area organic electronics.