Self-cleaning wearable/washable electronics that are resistant to stains

New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water repellent. The nanotechnology “would lend enormous value to self-cleaning wearable/washable electronics that are resistant to stains, or ice and biofilm formation,” according to a recent paper describing the discovery. “We’re taking low-cost, inkjet-printed graphene and tuning it with a laser Read more about Self-cleaning wearable/washable electronics that are resistant to stains[…]

quantum dots

New research in quantum dots brings closer to supercomputers

A type of quantum dot that has been intensively studied in recent years can reproduce light in every colour and is very bright. An international research team including scientists from Empa has now discovered why this is the case. The quantum dots could someday be used in LEDs. An international team of researchers from ETH Zurich, Read more about New research in quantum dots brings closer to supercomputers[…]

Sustainable Nano-Fabrication

Specific Challenge: Nanotechnology research has led to a remarkable development of nanoscale materials in bulk form with unique properties. Several of these materials are in the market or are expected to enter the market in the near future. The challenge is to establish industrial scale manufacturing of functional systems based on manufactured nanoparticles with designed Read more about Sustainable Nano-Fabrication[…]

Real-time nano-characterisation technologies

Specific Challenge: Enterprises using and producing nanomaterials face a constant increase of requirements in regard to fast process and product quality control, regulatory compliance and quicker market introduction of high quality products. This calls for real-time measurements, necessitating process-adapted nanoscale metrology for the manufacturing industry. Tools and devices for materials characterisation need increased speed and Read more about Real-time nano-characterisation technologies[…]

Creating a new kind of metallic glass

By shrinking samples of metallic glass to nanoscale size, Yale researchers have discovered they can create new materials with potentially new applications. The research, published today in Nature Communications, was conducted as part of Yale’s Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP), and led by Judy Cha, the Carol and Douglas Melamed Assistant Professor Read more about Creating a new kind of metallic glass[…]

Novel “converter” invented by NUS scientists heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale

Advancement in nanoelectronics, which is the use of nanotechnology in electronic components, has been fueled by the ever-increasing need to shrink the size of electronic devices in a bid to produce smaller, faster and smarter gadgets such as computers, memory storage devices, displays and medical diagnostic tools. While most advanced electronic devices are powered by Read more about Novel “converter” invented by NUS scientists heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale[…]

A firefly’s flash inspires new nanolaser light

A reinvented, low-cost laser source that stores light energy inside nanoscale disks could underpin the development of optically powered neurocomputers, reveals a simulation study led by KAUST researchers1. Photonic devices that use controlled laser pulses to manipulate data switches, biomedical implants and solar cells are sought-after because they are lightning quick compared to traditional electronics; Read more about A firefly’s flash inspires new nanolaser light[…]

Unique material for data storage

A team of scientists led by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has invented a novel ultra-thin multilayer film which could harness the properties of tiny magnetic whirls, known as skyrmions, as information carriers for storing and processing data Read more about Unique material for data storage[…]

A new creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials

Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials capable of quick refueling, improving the performance of emerging Read more about A new creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials[…]

Watching the nanometric machinery at work

The scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) present a study in Cell where they have been able to observe protein nanomachines (also called protein complexes)—the structures responsible for performing cell functions—for the first time in living cells and in 3D. This work has been done in collaboration with researchers at the Read more about Watching the nanometric machinery at work[…]

A new framework for faster control of a quantum bit

From laptops to cellphones, today’s technology advances through the ever-increasing speed of directing electric charges in circuits. Similarly, speeding up control over quantum states in atomic and nanoscale systems could lead to leaps for the emerging field of quantum technology. An international collaboration between physicists at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, McGill University, Read more about A new framework for faster control of a quantum bit[…]

Exploring defects in nanoscale devices for possible quantum computing applications

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology in collaboration with the University of Cambridge have studied the interaction between microwave fields and electronic defect states inside the oxide layer of field-effect transistors at cryogenic temperatures. It has been found that the physics of such defect states are consistent with driven two-level systems possessing long coherence times, Read more about Exploring defects in nanoscale devices for possible quantum computing applications[…]