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Nanolaser for information technology

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire   Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way...
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New Type of Nanowires, Built with Natural Gas Heating

UNIST research team, developed a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique   A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible,...
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Measuring Nanoscale Features with Fractions of Light

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers are seeing the light, but in an altogether different way.   And how they are doing it just might be the semiconductor industry's ticket for extending its use of optical microscopes to measure computer chip features that are approaching 10 nanometers, tiny fractions of the wavelength of light.   ...
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An extreme close-up on heat transfer

New formula identifies limits to nanoscale heat transfer, may help optimize devices that convert heat to electricity.   How much heat can two bodies exchange without touching? For over a century, scientists have been able to answer this question for virtually any pair of objects in the macroscopic world, from the rate at which a campfire can warm you up, to how much heat the...
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Novel 'crumpling' of hybrid nanostructures increases SERS sensitivity

By "crumpling" to increase the surface area of graphene-gold nanostructures, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the sensitivity of these materials, opening the door to novel opportunities in electronics and optical sensing applications.   "I believe that this work will benefit researchers in the area of surface plasmonics by providing...
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Graphene could take night-vision technology beyond ‘Predator’

Movies such as 1987’s “Predator,” in which an alien who sees in the infrared hunts down Arnold Schwarzenegger and his team, introduced a generation of sci-fi fans to thermal imaging.   Since then, heat-sensing devices have found many real-word applications but have remained relatively expensive and rigid. But a new development featuring graphene, reported in ACS’ journal Nano...
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Nanotweezer is new tool to create advanced plasmonic technologies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new type of "nanotweezer" capable of positioning tiny objects quickly and accurately and freezing them in place could enable improved nanoscale sensing methods and aid research to manufacture advanced technologies such as quantum computers and ultra-high-resolution displays.   The device, fabricated at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center ,...
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Development of nanostructuring technology to simultaneously control heat and electricity

The improvement of thermoelectric materials that can directly convert wasted heat to electric energy may lead to one of the solutions for energy issues.   For high performance in thermoelectric materials, it is required to easily conduct electricity while making it difficult for heat to pass through. Namely, high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity are...
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One direction: Researchers grow nanocircuitry with semiconducting graphene nanoribbons

In a development that could revolutionize electronic ciruitry, a research team from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has confirmed a new way to control the growth paths of graphene nanoribbons on the surface of a germainum crystal.   Germanium is a semiconductor and this method provides a...
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New research could revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells

BINGHAMTON, NY - Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated an eco-friendly process that enables unprecedented spatial control over the electrical properties of graphene oxide.   This two-dimensional nanomaterial has the potential to revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells and biomedical instruments.   By using the probe of an atomic force...
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Researchers Build Nanoscale Autonomous Walking Machine from DNA

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a nanoscale machine made of DNA that can randomly walk in any direction across bumpy surfaces.   Future applications of such a DNA walker might include a cancer detector that could roam the human body searching for cancerous cells and tagging them for medical imaging or drug targeting. ...
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Why platinum nanoparticles become less effective catalysts at small sizes

A*STAR scientists have used first-principles computer simulations to explain why small platinum nanoparticles are less effective catalysts than larger ones.   Platinum nanoparticles are used in the catalysis of many reactions, including the important hydrogen evolution reaction used in fuel cells and for separating water into oxygen and hydrogen. Improved effectiveness of...
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New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions

An international team of scientists has developed what may be the first one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions.   The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy...
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Phagraphene, a “Relative” of Graphene, Discovered

A group of scientists from Russia, the USA and China, led by Artyom Oganov from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), using computer generated simulation have predicted the existence of a new two-dimensional carbon material, a “patchwork” analogue of graphene called phagraphene. The results of their investigation were recently published in the journal Nano Letters....
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Reversible Writing with Light

Nanoparticles in a light-sensitive medium scatter in the light and aggregate in the dark. This method could be the basis of future "rewritable paper".   The medium is the message. Dr. Rafal Klajn of the Weizmann Institute’s Organic Chemistry Department and his group have given new meaning to this maxim: An innovative method they have now demonstrated for getting...
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Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have developed a new method to selectively dope graphene molecules with nitrogen atoms. By seamlessly stringing together doped and undoped graphene pieces, they were able to form 'heterojunctions' in the nanoribbons, thereby fulfilling a basic requirement for electronic current to flow in only one direction when voltage...
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19th century experiment and a bad bet may make industrial-scale production of graphene possible

A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) have developed a method of making graphene that could make it far easier to produce on an industrial scale.   "There are lots of layered materials similar to graphene with interesting properties, but until now we didn't know how to chemically pull the solids apart to make single sheets without damaging the layers,"...
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Graphene nanoloops increase current density 1000 times

Because graphene is two-dimensional, the placement of each atom has an increased impact compared to other materials. To fully grasp the relationship between atom placement and electrical conductivity, a team from the University of Pennsylvania used a highly advanced aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope (AC-TEM) to study ribbons of graphene - and discovered by chance that...
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2014 UK Nanotechnology Directory - are you listed?

Brought to you by the Knowledge Transfer Network, the UK Nanotechnology Directory is now in its fourth edition. Featuring input from industry experts, it serves as a definitive guide to the UK's world-class micro and nanotechnology (MNT) sector, containing information from over 500 UK organisations active in nanotechnology and the associated supply chains. The 2014 edition is due to be...
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Surrey NanoSystems create 'blackest' ever material

Vantablack is a pure coating of carbon capable of absorbing 99.96% of light – a figure believed to be the highest ever recorded, making it the ‘blackest’ material ever.    It is produced by Surrey NanoSystems using a low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process, employing photothermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD).    The material is intended for...
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