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July 25, 2016
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Soft and Small Imaging Breakthrough
Soft matter encompasses a broad swath of materials, including liquids, polymers, gels, foam and—most importantly—biomolecules. At the
July 20, 2016
Invisible Elements
New Imaging Technique Sees Elements that Are “Invisible” to Common Methods
To address the damage caused by scanning transmission electron microscopy, or STEM, a team at the Molecular Foundry developed a new imaging
July 20, 2016
Flexible DNA
Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D
Working at the Molecular Foundry using a cutting-edge electron microscope technique coupled with a protein-staining process and sophisticated
July 20, 2016
Quantum Computing
New Device Steps Us Towards Quantum Computing
While isolated electrons in a vacuum can store quantum information nearly perfectly, in real materials, the movements of surrounding atoms disturbs
July 20, 2016
CFN
Something Deep Within: Nanocrystals Grown in Nanowires
Semiconducting nanowires have a wide range of existing and potential applications in optoelectronic materials, from single-electron transistors and
July 20, 2016
Boron Boost
Boron Boosts Graphene’s Sensitivity to Noxious Gases
Theory predicts that graphene could be much better at detecting noxious gases if impurities, or dopants, were incorporated into its rigid framework
July 1, 2016
Separation of  Electron’s Intrinsic Properties Revealed
Separation of Electron’s Intrinsic Properties Revealed
An electron in an atom has three intrinsic properties: charge, spin and orbital angular momentum; the latter characterizes how the electron orbits
July 1, 2016
New Molecule Predicted  that Could Make Safer Batteries
New Molecule Predicted that Could Make Safer Batteries
Powered by the state-of-the art computational tools and inspired by nature, researchers investigated the stability of ionic molecules for their
July 1, 2016
LED Lighting May Now Shine  Brighter
LED Lighting May Now Shine Brighter
The presence of defects in semiconductor materials, such as the missing gallium atoms in the image, were known to drastically decrease the light
June 20, 2016
Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
Various catalysts can be used in the hydrodeoxygenation process, which removes oxygen-containing compounds or oxygenates, but the best catalysts
June 10, 2016
Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor
Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor
Black phosphorus is a natural layered semiconductor and is a promising candidate for electronic, optical, and optoelectronic applications.
June 10, 2016
Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics
Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics
Towards the development of high-speed electronic devices that are usually constrained to conventional semiconductors, researchers led by Michigan
June 9, 2016
The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests
The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests
Corrosive environments, such as those found inside nuclear power plants and other sites, can cause stainless steel, brass, or other metallic alloys
June 9, 2016
Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research
Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research
After a material is excited, the first electronic motions are fundamental processes that enable transport of energy and information. Snapshots of
June 9, 2016
Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage
Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage
To understand the important interfaces in a solar cell connected to a water-splitting catalyst, researchers from Missouri University of Science
June 9, 2016
New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis - Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition
New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis - Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition
Researchers at the University of Michigan discovered a method for direct conversion, at room temperature, of copper selenide to copper silver
June 9, 2016
Modular Construction - on a Molecular Scale
Modular Construction - on a Molecular Scale
Formation of a 3-dimensional (3D) porous, crystalline framework material—formed by spherical proteins that assemble via directed interactions
June 9, 2016
Nano-stiltskin: Turning Gold into … See-through Rubber
Nano-stiltskin: Turning Gold into … See-through Rubber
Next-generation flexible electronics require highly stretchable and transparent electrodes. Fatigue, structural damage due to repeated use, is
June 9, 2016
Towards Eco-friendly Industrial-Scale Hydrogen Production
Towards Eco-friendly Industrial-Scale Hydrogen Production
Molecular hydrogen (H2) is an eco-friendly fuel because only waste water is produced when it is burned in combustion engines or used in
June 9, 2016
Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing
Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing
When metal oxide nanoparticles are manufactured by reaction of gases at high temperature, they can form aggregates with complex geometric shapes.
June 9, 2016
Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
Some liquid metals have been observed to transform uniform solid alloys into complex structures–-a process that is not well understood. In
June 9, 2016
Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?
Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?
In the natural world, many of the structural materials (wood, shells, bones, etc.) are hybrid materials made up of simple constituents that are
June 9, 2016
Surf’s Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge
Surf’s Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge
Electrons have two fundamental properties, charge and spin, generating such phenomena as electricity, magnetism, thermal conductivity, and
June 9, 2016
Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties
Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties
A series of tabletop laser systems are being developed to bridge the materials characterization gap between conventional laser-based systems and
June 9, 2016
Taking on the Heat in Solar Cells: New Calculations Show Atomic Vibrations Hurt Efficiency
Taking on the Heat in Solar Cells: New Calculations Show Atomic Vibrations Hurt Efficiency
When sunlight is absorbed in a solar cell, negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes are created which in turn drive electrical