The University of Rochester research lab that recently used lasers to create unsinkable metallic structures has now demonstrated how the same technology could be used to create highly efficient solar power generators.Lire la suite
Quantum information technologies need materials that can produce a regular stream of single particles of light (photons). Two-dimensional materials are made of single layers of coordinated atoms.
Recent research has shown that these 2D materials may have potential as light sources that emit light as single photons.
Diamond is prized by scientists and jewellers alike, largely for a range of extraordinary properties including exceptional hardness. Now a team of Australian scientists has discovered diamond can be bent and deformed, at the nanoscale at least.Lire la suite
A group of researchers from ITMO University has come up with the concept of a new drug against cancer: a nanorobot made of DNA fragments, which can potentially be used not only to destroy cancer cells but also to locate them in the body.Lire la suite
For decades, carbon nanotubes held great promise of developments in the field of electronics and more. But one drawback to realizing these innovations has been the difficulty of incorporating additional materials into nanotubes.Lire la suite
The magnetic, conductive and optical properties of complex oxides make them key to components of next-generation electronics used for data storage, sensing, energy technologies, biomedical devices and many other applications.Lire la suite
Researchers at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, have developed a new, high-precision method for 3D-printing small, soft objects. The process, which takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including 3D bioprinting.Lire la suite
What had long been considered as a vision of the future is now a reality – devices can detect their surroundings as if they were human senses and interact with them. Sensors close the gap to the digital world. Combined with appropriate software, smart devices and robots, for example, can see, hear, smell or feel and above all “intuitively understand” their environment, thereby simplifying our lives. The decisive factor here is the interpretation and linking of information from different sensors.Lire la suite
When metal atoms form small clusters of a particular size, they show interesting and potentially useful electromagnetic characteristics, which are different from those of the actual bulk metal. To fully explore the potential of these properties, it is necessary to find ways to assemble precise macroscopic structures out of these clusters.Lire la suite