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June 9, 2016
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
When sunlight is absorbed in a solar cell, negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes are created which in turn drive electrical
June 8, 2016
Patterning Smaller Junctions for Ultrathin Devices
Junctions of two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors could enable next-generation photovoltaics, lighting, and electronics. For example, current
June 8, 2016
Keep it Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power
In this simplified architecture, sunlight passes through the top layer (metal oxide) and creates electron-hole pairs in the silicon. The holes are
June 8, 2016
Hydrogen Production from a Relative of Fool’s Gold
Scientists discovered that a close relative of a well-known iron-based mineral called fool’s gold (iron pyrite, FeS2) is an
June 8, 2016
This Message Will Self-Destruct
Scientist have developed a novel “direct-write” additive lithographic technique that can be used to electronically pattern graphene
June 8, 2016
Laser Manipulates Electronic Properties
A new ultra-thin semiconducting material (tungsten disulfide or WS2) consists of three atomic layers in an “atomic sandwich”
June 7, 2016
Tiny Droplets… Lead to Exotic Properties
Biology uses stress, defects, molecular configuration (for example, handedness), and hierarchical design strategies to assemble and/or create a
June 7, 2016
Saturday Night at the Movies: 3D Sneak Preview of Dancing Platinum Particles at Atomic Resolution
Understanding the synthesis, growth, and physical properties of nanoparticles is important for the development of next-generation materials. This
June 7, 2016
Growing Graphene Ribbons in One Direction
Graphene nanoribbons are predicted to transport electricity and dissipate heat more efficiently than traditional electronic materials such as
June 7, 2016
Atomic Sculpting with a Microscope
3D printing has revolutionized the way we can make and design materials. Now a team led by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has added
June 7, 2016
New See-Through Material for Electronics
Numerous applications from flat panel displays to solar cells require high-performance transparent conducting oxides. Commercial applications
June 7, 2016
World’s Most Efficient Nanowire Lasers
Semiconductor nanowire lasers, due to their ultra-compact physical sizes, highly localized coherent output, and efficiency, are promising
June 6, 2016
Bacteria Hairs Make Excellent Electrical Wires
Direct measurement of multiple physical properties of Geobacter sulfurreducens pili have demonstrated that they possess metallic-like
June 6, 2016
New High-Capability Solid-State Electron Microscope Detector Enables Novel Studies of Materials
At Cornell University, we developed and tested a new detector for electron microscopes that enables quantitative measurements of electric and
June 6, 2016
Understanding and Predicting Self-Assembly
Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature’s proteins, but are made of durable and synthetic
May 20, 2016
Supercomputers Predict New Turbulent Interactions in Fusion Plasmas
A collaboration of researchers from MIT, University of California at San Diego, and General Atomics have performed the first set of realistic
May 2, 2016
Creating a Better Way to Find Out “When”
A team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northwestern University, and the University of Hamburg have demonstrated a