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October 2, 2017
The Road Less  Traveled: How to Switch Assembly Pathways
The Road Less Traveled: How to Switch Assembly Pathways
Bioinspired assembly of complex building blocks that vary in structure and properties form ordered 2-D and 3-D structures. These assembly pathways
August 31, 2017
Crystals Grow by Twisting, Aligning and  Snapping Together
Crystals Grow by Twisting, Aligning and Snapping Together
Scientists who study crystal formation and growth have long known that nanosize crystals suspended in a liquid medium often aggregate to form large
August 29, 2017
Two for the Price of  One: Exceeding 100 Percent Efficiency in Solar Fuel Production
Two for the Price of One: Exceeding 100 Percent Efficiency in Solar Fuel Production
In conventional semiconductor-based energy harvesting of photons from the sun, excess photon energy above the semiconductor bandgap is wasted.
August 29, 2017
The Tricky Trifecta of  Solar Cells
The Tricky Trifecta of Solar Cells
Three-dimensional (3-D) organic–inorganic perovskites have emerged as one of the most promising thin-film solar cell materials owing to a
August 18, 2017
A New Oxidation State  for Plutonium
A New Oxidation State for Plutonium
The researchers synthesized a Pu(III) starting material, PuCp”3 (Cp” = the substituted anionic cyclopentadienyl ring [C
August 18, 2017
A Traffic Cop for  Molecules
A Traffic Cop for Molecules
Materials with rigid ultra small micropores provide selectivity that controls the motion of individual molecules to improve separation between
August 18, 2017
Creating a Molecular Super Sponge, from the  Ground Up
Creating a Molecular Super Sponge, from the Ground Up
The structure of NU-1301 represents a new three-dimensional net, named Northwestern University Net (nun), which has been added to the reticular
August 3, 2017
Making an Ultra-small  Silicon “Chip”
Making an Ultra-small Silicon “Chip”
Rational synthesis is the strategic choice of a sequence of chemical reactions leading to a desired chemical target. The application of rational
August 3, 2017
When Strontium is Away, Iridium Comes Out to  Play
When Strontium is Away, Iridium Comes Out to Play
Water splitting, which generates hydrogen and oxygen gas, plays a key role in renewable energy technologies by producing molecules that can be used
July 21, 2017
Quantum Computing Building Blocks
Quantum Computing Building Blocks
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a wholly suitable pathway for the large-scale production of quantum logic gates.
July 21, 2017
On Track towards a Zika  Virus Vaccine
On Track towards a Zika Virus Vaccine
The research team from the Rockefeller University and Caltech, along with collaborators working in Pau da Lima, Brazil and Santa Maria Mixtequilla,
July 11, 2017
Speeding Up Catalysts for Energy Storage
Speeding Up Catalysts for Energy Storage
Nature uses catalysts to generate fuels to store energy in chemical bonds. Scientists have struggled to design fuel-producing catalysts based on
June 23, 2017
Magnetic Curve Balls
Magnetic Curve Balls
Magnetic skyrmions are stable magnetic objects that are a few nanometers to microns in size with an atom-sized core surrounded by an axially
June 23, 2017
New “Gold Standard”  for Flexible Electronics
New “Gold Standard” for Flexible Electronics
Researchers developed a simple and inexpensive new process for making single crystalline, wafer-size, flexible, transparent, and conductive gold
June 23, 2017
Magnetic Particles  that Flock Like Birds
Magnetic Particles that Flock Like Birds
Previous investigations of colloids energized by magnetic fields revealed that they are a form of “active matter”—assemblies of
June 23, 2017
Breaking the Rules to  Make Electricity from Waste Heat
Breaking the Rules to Make Electricity from Waste Heat
Cage-like metallic compounds called clathrates have the potential to be used as thermoelectric materials for harvesting waste heat and turning it
June 23, 2017
Graphene Ribbons Result  in 100-Fold Increase in Gold Catalyst’s Performance
Graphene Ribbons Result in 100-Fold Increase in Gold Catalyst’s Performance
Catalysts—specialized chemicals that make catalytic converters function and control a host of chemical processes in industry—are used
June 22, 2017
New Class of Porous Materials  Better Separates Carbon Dioxide from Other Gases
New Class of Porous Materials Better Separates Carbon Dioxide from Other Gases
Researchers developed a new class of porous materials that have the potential to combine the best properties of inorganic solids and flexible,
June 22, 2017
Manipulating Earth-Abundant  Materials to Harness the Sun’s Energy
Manipulating Earth-Abundant Materials to Harness the Sun’s Energy
In this research, scientists used molecular beam epitaxy to deposit precisely determined quantities of iron (Fe), chromium (Cr) and oxygen (O)
June 7, 2017
Nothing Boring about the  Thinnest Boron Ever
Nothing Boring about the Thinnest Boron Ever
Boron is widely known as an element with unique chemistry, often in regards to the octet rule. However, boron is also of great interest to many
June 7, 2017
One Step Closer to  Practical Fast Charging Batteries
One Step Closer to Practical Fast Charging Batteries
New battery electrodes based on nanostructured molybdenum disulfide combine the ability to charge in seconds with high capacity and long cycle life
June 7, 2017
Electrifying Magnetism
Electrifying Magnetism
It is rare to find materials that operate at room temperature and display strong “multiferroic coupling” — a property that allows
June 7, 2017
Discovering the  Ultimate Limit of Heat Transport: Measurements across a Single-Atom Junction
Discovering the Ultimate Limit of Heat Transport: Measurements across a Single-Atom Junction
Scientists at the University of Michigan overcame several long-standing technical challenges by developing custom-nanofabricated calorimeters (an
June 7, 2017
Glass for Solar Cells  and Phone Screens Resists Light Degradation
Glass for Solar Cells and Phone Screens Resists Light Degradation
A critical property of any material used in solar cells, cell phones, or other electronics that are exposed to sunlight is photostability, a
June 7, 2017
Jagged Platinum  Nanowires Double the Record for Reaction Critical to Fuel Cell Performance
Jagged Platinum Nanowires Double the Record for Reaction Critical to Fuel Cell Performance
Platinum is an essential element for catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction critical for fuel cell operations, a technology that generates