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Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight

When it comes to water some materials have a split personality and some of these materials could hold the key to new ways of harnessing solar energy These small assemblies of organic molecules have parts ... - Read More

Clean energy from water

Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen To obtain clean energy the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical Researchers at the University of ... - Read More

Scientists guide gold nanoparticles to form 'diamond' superlattices

Using bundled strands of DNA to build Tinkertoy like tetrahedral cages scientists at the U S Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that ... - Read More

Self-stacking nanogrids

Since the 1960s computer chips have been built using a process called photolithography But in the past five years chip features have gotten smaller than the wavelength of light which has required some ingenious modifications ... - Read More

Chemists create adaptable metallic-cage gels

MIT chemists have created a new material that combines the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure provided by metal based clusters The new gels could be well suited for a range of possible ... - Read More

Color-Changing Polymer May Signal Traumatic Brain Injuries in Soldiers, Athletes (Video)

turned the polymer purple Cho adds “This force is right in the range of a blast injury or a concussion ” Yang says In future studies Yang plans to develop materials that can indicate how ... - Read More

Silver nanoclusters inside synthetic DNA to create a programmed, tunable fluorescent array

The silver used by Beth Gwinn's research group at UC Santa Barbara has value far beyond its worth as a commodity even though it's used in very small amounts The group works with the precious ... - Read More

An efficient path from carbon to renewable fuel production

Earth abundant materials based primarily on carbon nitrogen and transition metal oxides can be combined into highly efficient energy conversion devices These devices can be used in fuel cells as well as in electrolysis This ... - Read More

Thin transparent flexible screens: Roll up your screen and stow it away?

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens electronic displays are everywhere As the demand for instant constant communication grows so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices especially devices ... - Read More

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer scale necklaces based on tiny star like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid organic inorganic shish ... - Read More

Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines: Arm-waving nanorobot signals new flexibility in DNA origami

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen TUM including a robot with movable arms a book that opens and closes a switchable gear and an actuator may be intriguing in their own ... - Read More

Squid-Inspired 'Invisibility Stickers' Could Help Soldiers Evade Detection in the Dark (Video)

for example in clothing that can selectively trap or release body heat to keep people comfortable in different environments Moreover in collaboration with Francesco Tombola Ph D and Lisa Flanagan Ph D from the UCI ... - Read More

Recent research provides new data on chemical gardens, whose formation is a mystery for science

Recent research which has counted with the participation of the University of Granada Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences has yielded new data on chemical gardens mysterious formations produced when certain solid salts copper sulfate cobalt ... - Read More

Novel crumpling method takes flat graphene from 2-D to 3-D

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have developed a unique single step process to achieve three dimensional 3D texturing of graphene and graphite Using a commercially available thermally activated shape memory polymer ... - Read More

Bacterial armor holds clues for self-assembling nanostructures

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the wearer from harsh and ever changing environmental conditions That is the case for many microorganisms In a ... - Read More

Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of the sun's rays to electricity so manufacturers use coatings to cut down on reflections Now scientists at ... - Read More

Transparent artificial nacre: A brick wall at the nanoscale

Natural materials have extraordinary mechanical properties which are based on sophisticated arrangements and combinations of multiple building blocks One key aspect of today's materials research therefore is to develop bio inspired materials reaching to the ... - Read More

Hierarchically-porous polymers with fast absorption

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST has developed a method to form micropores of less than 2 nanometers within porous polymers Professor Myungeun Seo and his research team from the Graduate ... - Read More

Carbon nanotube finding could lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life

University of Wisconsin Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher performance electronics with improved battery life and the ability to flex and stretch Led by materials science Associate Professor Michael Arnold ... - Read More

A new step towards using graphene in electronic applications

Few materials have received as much attention from the scientific world or have raised so many hopes with a view to their potential deployment in new applications as graphene has This is largely due to ... - Read More
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