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1 of 99: the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato will see production
Carrozzeria Zagato is responsible for some of the most memorable Aston Martins of the last half-century, and the unlikely collaboration between the British sports-car maker and the Italian design consultancy will receive a sequel soon. Aston Martin confirmed that the Vanquish Zagato, unveiled just a few weeks ago at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, will see production.
June 22, 2016
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2D electrode materials enable high performance sodium ion full cells
Sodium-ion batteries represent an attractive alternative to lithium-ion batteries, owing to the fact that sodium resources are practically inexhaustible and evenly distributed around the world while the ion insertion chemistry is largely identical to that of lithium.
August 17, 2016
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2D Layered Hybrid Perovskite Material Enhances Effectiveness for LEDs and Solar Cells
In the perpetual hunt for next generation high-efficiency LEDs and solar cells, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are developing ground-breaking 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow higher level of freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices.
March 10, 2017
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2D-nanocellulose: piezoelectric driven by a hydrogen bonds pattern
Researchers from ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group publish in Scientific Reports ("Orthotropic Piezoelectricity in 2D Nanocellulose") findings providing the basis for new electromechanical designs using 2D-nanocellulose. In a longer-term perspective, the reinterpretation of electrical features for hydrogen bonds here introduced could pave the way in the understanding of life-essential molecules and events.
October 13, 2016
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3D solutions to energy savings in silicon power transistors
In electronics, lower power consumption leads to operation cost savings, environmental benefits and the convenience advantages from longer running devices. While progress in energy efficiencies has been reported with alternative materials such as SiC and GaN, energy-savings in the standard inexpensive and widely used silicon devices are still keenly sought.
December 6, 2016
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3D-printed decal electronics for the Internet-of-Everything
Printed electronics -- the application of printing technologies for the fabrication of electronic circuits and devices, increasingly on flexible plastic or paper substrates -- have been around for a while
October 17, 2016
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5 shifters that shouldn't exist: a look at quirky automatics
Acura's push button gear selector faced trouble similar to Chrysler's a few years back. Unlike Chrysler, it wasn't because drivers forgot to press the button for park, but because park wouldn't engage.
June 22, 2016
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30 billion transistors have been squeezed into a fingernail-sized chip using nano tech
The Research Alliance, a group based at the SUNY Nanocomplex in New York and led by IBM, have managed to develop 5nm transistors.
June 5, 2017
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1000 km range thanks to a new battery concept
You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Fraunhofer scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are striving to achieve a range of 1000 kilometers for electric vehicles.
May 17, 2017
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1000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips
The electronic data connections within and between microchips are increasingly becoming a bottleneck in the exponential growth of data traffic worldwide. Optical connections are the obvious successors but optical data transmission requires an adequate nanoscale light source, and this has been lacking.
February 2, 2017
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2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting to Showcase the Latest Technology Developments in Micro/Nanoelectronics
For more than six decades, the annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has been the world's largest and most influential forum for technologists to unveil breakthroughs in transistors and related micro/nanoelectronics devices.
July 20, 2016
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2016 Jaguar XF 35t R Sport -- Race Organizer Review
In which your Race Organizer tames rough rural Michigan roads with a big Jag sedan
June 22, 2016
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2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Welcome to our newest long-termer
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon enters our long-term fleet
June 17, 2016
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2016 Ram Rebel limited edition: Mopar-modified Ram is ready to crawl
Limited Edition Ram Rebel will roll out of the Mopar custom shop
June 17, 2016
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2016 Subaru BRZ
Dirty drifts, done dirt cheap.
June 17, 2016
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2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR is your 567-hp Nurburgring taxi
Jaguar's co-pilot Nordschleife program shows folks the 'Ring in the baddest cat to date
June 22, 2016
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2018 Audi A5
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June 22, 2016
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2018 Ford Focus RS500 Spied: the new King of Hot Hatches?
A stripped-out, track-ready version of the already bonkers Focus RS.
June 22, 2016
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2018 Volvo XC60 Spied, Looks Plasticky
The mid-size Volvo crossover goes SPA, steps out in plastic plating.
June 17, 2016
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A battery inspired by vitamins
Harvard researchers have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
July 18, 2016
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A better battery: One-time pollutant may become valued product to aid wind, solar energy
Chemists at Oregon State University have discovered that one or more organic compounds in a family that traditionally has been known as pollutants could offer an important advance to make cheap, reliable batteries.
October 18, 2016
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A brand-new way to synthesize sodium-embedded carbon nanowalls for electrodes
A little sodium goes a long way. at least that's the case in carbon-based energy technology. Specifically, embedding sodium in carbon materials can tremendously improve electrodes.
December 20, 2016
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A changed exchange for magnetic materials
A model for understanding why unusual magnetic structures such as vortices arise in some materials has been developed by RIKEN researchers (Physical Review Letters, "Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction as a Consequence of a Doppler Shift due to Spin-Orbit-Induced Intrinsic Spin Current"). this model could help with the design of electronic devices offering lower energy consumptions.
August 19, 2016
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A complete waste of energy
Engineers develop process for electronic devices that stops wasteful power leakage
October 25, 2016
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A conscious coupling of magnetic and electric materials
New multiferroic material is a big step in march toward ultra-low power electronics
September 21, 2016
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A device to control 殬or' of electrons in graphene provides path to future electronics
A device made of bilayer graphene, an atomically thin hexagonal arrangement of carbon atoms, provides experimental proof of the ability to control the momentum of electrons and offers a path to electronics that could require less energy and give off less heat than standard CMOS transistors. It is one step forward in a new field of physics called valleytronics.
August 29, 2016
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A fast, non-destructive test for two-dimensional materials
By now it is well understood that thinning a material down to a single atom thickness can dramatically change that material's physical properties. Graphene, the best known 2D material, has unparalleled strength and electrical conductivity, unlike its bulk form as graphite.
April 28, 2017
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A faster future: Graphene-based optoelectronics
As an important step towards graphene integration in silicon photonics, researchers from the Graphene Flagship have published a paper which shows how graphene can provide a simple solution for silicon photodetection in the telecommunication wavelengths. Published in Nano Letters, this exciting research is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge, the Hebrew University and John Hopkins University.
July 6, 2016
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A flexible, stretchable, self-healing ionic conductor
Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.
December 27, 2016
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A fully stretchable energy harvester for thermal waste
(Nanowerk Spotlight) Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) promise a cheap and pragmatic way to obtain energy out of waste heat. Most electronic devices develop heat that can become detrimental to performance. Rather than cooling these systems, a better solution would be to convert the excess heat to electricity by exploiting the thermoelectric effect, where a thermal gradient induces the movement of charge carriers.
November 14, 2016
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A golden replacement
The appearance of metals, such as their shiny surface or their electrical conductivity, is determined by the ensemble of atoms that comprise the metal.
July 15, 2016
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A hydrophobic membrane with nanopores for highly efficient energy storage
Storing fluctuating and delivering stable electric power supply are central issues when using energy from solar plants or wind power stations. Here, efficient and flexible energy storage systems need to accommodate for fluctuations in energy gain. Scientists have now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems.
July 22, 2016
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A little impurity makes nanolasers shine
Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) have improved the performance of tiny lasers by adding impurities, in a discovery which will be central to the development of low-cost biomedical sensors, quantum computing, and a faster internet.
July 5, 2016
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A mini-antenna for the data processing of tomorrow
With the rapid advance of miniaturization, data processing using electric currents faces tough challenges, some of which are insurmountable. Magnetic spin waves are a promising alternative for the transfer of information in even more compact chips.
July 19, 2016
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A more fundamental approach to correlation
By efficiently modeling the fundamental quantum-physical interactions among electrons, RIKEN researchers have opened the door to a new field of computational physics for a technologically important class of materials.
April 21, 2017
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A multi-channel nano-optical device dramatically increases the parallel processing speed
Microprocessors play a pivotal role in computers and have steadily increased the speed of information processing over the past several decades. However, due to technical limitations such as heat generation due to integration, the processing speed of semiconductors has remained at several gigahertz (GHz) for the past decade.
March 17, 2017
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A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas
The pursuit of next-generation technologies places a premium on producing increased speed and efficiency with components built at scales small enough to function on a computer chip.
August 25, 2016
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A nanotechnology approach to generating electricity from water evaporation
Water evaporation is a fundamental force of nature that biological systems use to convert energy generated from the evaporation of water confined within nanoscale compartments into muscle-like mechanical work in response to changes in environmental humidity.
February 21, 2017
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A new family member for 2D nanomaterials
Popular in electronic devices including solar panels, silicon has its limits. Scientists are devising replacements to meet the technology demands of an energy-hungry nation. a team of researchers devised a new method to grow atomically thin films of a promising group of materials, known as hybrid perovskites.
July 27, 2016
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A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties
Graphene's unusual electronic structure enables this extraordinary material to break many records of strength, electricity and heat conduction. Physicists at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems (PCS), in collaboration with the Research Institute for Standards and Science (KRISS), used a model to explain the electronic structure of graphene measured by a new spectroscopic platform.
February 13, 2017
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A new technique to measure the electronic structures of stacks of 2D materials
Gadgets are set to become flexible, highly efficient and much smaller, following a breakthrough in measuring two-dimensional materials by the University of Warwick.
February 16, 2017
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A new wearable generator creates electricity from body heat
Now your sweaty body can power your phone. Like Neo in the Matrix, a new system created by researchers at North Carolina State University lets you generate electricity with a wearable device. Previous systems used massive, rigid heat sinks. this system uses a body-conforming patch that can generate 20 W per centimeter squared. Previous systems generated only 1 microwatt or less.
September 12, 2016
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A non-toxic, high-quality surface treatment for organic field-effect transistors
In a development beneficial for both industry and environment, UC Santa Barbara researchers have created a high-quality coating for organic electronics that promises to decrease processing time as well as energy requirements.
October 18, 2016
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A novel method for the fabrication of active-matrix 3-D pressure sensors
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has created a three-dimensional, tactile sensor that could detect wide pressure ranges from human body weight to a finger touch. this new sensor with transparent features is capable of generating an electrical signal based on the sensed touch actions, also, consumes far less electricity than conventional pressure sensors.
April 5, 2017
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A novel method for the synthesis of hexagonal boron nitride
A team of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a novel method for the synthesis of a composite material that has the potential of vastly improving the electronics used by the Air Force.
May 12, 2017
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A novel method to untangle metallic and semiconducting carbon nanotubes
Imagine an electronic newspaper that you could roll up and spill your coffee on, even as it updated itself before your eyes.
August 16, 2016
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A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst for efficient hydrogen production
A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst that can efficiently split water in acidic electrolytes is developed by researchers at KAUST and could help with efficient production of hydrogen.
June 6, 2017
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A novel semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used in a variety of applications, including microscopic actuators and grippers for surgical robots, light-powered micro-mirrors for optical telecommunications systems, and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.
October 17, 2016
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A novel semiconductor nanofiber with superb charge conductivity
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel technology of embedding highly conductive nanostructure into semi-conductor nanofiber. the novel composite so produced has superb charge conductivity, and can therefore be widely applied, especially in environmental arena.
April 13, 2017
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A record photovoltaic effect observed in antiferroelectrics
The photovoltaic effect is the main physical and chemical principle behind every photovoltaic device, more popular known as a Solar Cell. It is characterized by the conversion of photons (from any artificial or natural light source like sunlight) into usable electrical energy. Modern photovoltaic devices have been intensively researched since the early days of the semiconductor transistor revolution (1940s) and nowadays they provide around 13% of the global renewable electric energy, a figure that will steadily increase to meet the COP21 directives.
October 3, 2016
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A silicon-metal nanocomposite for high capacity lithium-ion batteries
A research group led by Naoki Fukata, a Leader of Nanostructured Semiconducting Materials Group at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, NIMS, and a research group at the Georgia Institute of Technology jointly developed an anode material for lithium (Li)-ion rechargeable batteries by forming nanoparticles made of silicon (Si)-metal composites on metal substrates.
August 23, 2016
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A superior near-infrared organic light emitting diode
A breakthrough has been achieved at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, where researchers from the Marie Curie initial training network Organic Semiconductors for NIR Optoelectronics, alongside collaborators from Advent Technologies in Greece and from the University of Wuppertal have shown record external quantum efficiencies for diodes based on organic red/NIR oligomers free from heavy/toxic metals and combining electron-withdrawing moieties together with electron-donating ones, in a previously poorly studied "A-D-A" motif.
May 16, 2017
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A window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells
Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries.
October 19, 2016
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Accidentally invented battery has the ability to last for 400 years
A group of researchers from the University of California Irvine has accidentally invented a battery that has the ability to support 200,000 charge cycles. this discovery could bring us closer to batteries that can be charged thousands of times, without the need for any replacement.
September 15, 2016
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Acer's Revo Base will pack a lot of hardware inside a tiny Windows 10 PC
Acer has announced the Revo Base, the latest in its lineup of Revo mini-PCs. this new model packs in a lot of high-end hardware inside a small form factor, and will run on Windows 10.
August 31, 2016
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Acquiring graphene-like films from salts to boost nanoelectronics
Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM), the National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Russia), and Rice University (USA) used computer simulations to find how thin a slab of salt has to be in order for it to break up into graphene-like layers.
July 29, 2016
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Adding hydrogen to graphene improves applicability in the semiconductor industry
Adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry, when silicon leaves off. Researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have recently gained further insight into this chemical reaction.
November 3, 2016
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Addition of Nanoparticles to Metals Could Result in Efficient and Reliable Manufacturing Processes
In an advance that could lead to improved manufacturing, a new study by UCLA researchers shows that adding nanoparticles to metals during the melting process allows for better control during melting.
January 19, 2017
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Additive manufacturing: a new twist for stretchable electronics?
Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted -- known as "stretchable" electronics -- could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices and other products. and a 3-D printing-like approach to manufacturing may help make stretchable electronics more prevalent, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
January 3, 2017
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Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing
Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.
December 22, 2016
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Advanced Nano-Cutter Could Lead to Improved Manufacturing Approaches
The University of Wisconsin--Madison College of Engineering has a new addition in the form of a unique machine capable of milling in 3D with nanometer precision.
September 16, 2016
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Advances in nanotechnology will give next-generation paper a whole new lease of digital life
The University of Surrey's Professor David Frohlich has won £1.17m funding from the Digital Economy programme, to research and develop paper materials that would allow readers to "interact' with printed materials like Harry Potter portraits.
May 19, 2017
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Advancing GaN-on-Silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors
A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the semiconductor layers that make up the device. Working with industry partners Veeco and IBM, the team created the high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structure on a 200 mm silicon substrate with a process that will scale to larger industry-standard wafer sizes.
January 9, 2017
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All-Carbon, Spintronic Design Proposal Could Pave Way for Smaller, Better Performing Electronic Structures
A novel computing system made exclusively from carbon was designed by a Researcher with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas. This system might one day replace the silicon transistors that power existing electronic devices.
June 6, 2017
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Amazon.com
100 of the best selling electronic devices on the market to date.
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American Digital
Analog is dead. Do all of your home recording digitally, and let A.D. show you how.
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An All-Electric Maserati Sports Car? Maybe, Says Sergio Marchionne
While nearly the entire auto industry has been hard at work developing hybrids and electric vehicles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been rather behind the curve. Currently, it only offers a plug-in version of the Chrysler Pacifica and the all-electric Fiat 500e, which it only sells to meet California emissions laws. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne hasn't exactly embraced electrification, but slowly, he seems to be coming around.
June 22, 2016
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An invisible electrode
Transparent conductors are one of the key elements of today's electronic and optoelectronic devices such as displays, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, smart phones, etc. Most of the current technology is based on the use of the semiconductor Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) as a transparent conducting material.
December 20, 2016
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An ordered route to improved solar cell performance
Silicon is the dominant material in the production of solar cells. However, perovskites are catching up: they are cheap, flexible and have a promising light-to-electricity conversion efficiency. KAUST researchers are investigating the formation of these perovskites to better understand their properties and gain insight into the design of more efficient devices.
January 10, 2017
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An oxide semiconductor just single atom thick
A new study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a novel method for fabrication of world™ thinnest oxide semiconductor that is just one atom thick. this may open up new possibilities for thin, transparent, and flexible electronic devices, such as ultra-small sensors.
February 8, 2017
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An ultrathin, transparent oxide thin-film transistors for wearable display
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, strong demand has grown for wearable and transparent displays that can be applied to various fields such as augmented reality (AR) and skin-like thin flexible devices.
July 29, 2016
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Analog DNA circuit does math in a test tube
DNA computers could one day be programmed to diagnose and treat disease
August 23, 2016
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Anomalously large charge transfer in an atomic layer cake of transition metal oxides
Along with the critically important goal of making the next generations of electronics devices ever smaller, designers and developers also strive for multi-functionality. Traditional semiconductor-based microelectronic devices exploit interfacial charge transfer between different materials to create and manipulate electronic and magnetic states.
December 6, 2016
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Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Despite the many advances in portable electronic devices, one thing remains constant: the need to plug them into a wall socket to recharge. now researchers, reporting in the journal ACS Nano ("Ultralight Cut-Paper-Based Self-Charging Power Unit for Self-Powered Portable Electronic and Medical Systems"), have developed a light-weight, paper-based device inspired by the Chinese and Japanese arts of paper-cutting that can harvest and store energy from body movements.
April 12, 2017
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Artificial leaf as mini-factory for drugs
To produce drugs sustainably and cheaply, anywhere you want. Whether in the middle of the jungle or even on Mars. a 'mini-factory' whereby sunlight can be captured to make chemical products. Inspired by the art of nature where leaves are able to collect enough sunlight to produce food, chemical engineers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have presented such a scenario.
December 21, 2016
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen.
March 23, 2017
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Aston Martin to Build Vanquish Zagato, But you Can't Have One
You've got to be quick to get yourself a limited-edition Aston Martin. Once again, the company has announced simultaneously that it is planning to build one and that all have been sold.
June 22, 2016
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Asus Preps Its G11 Gaming Desktops for VR with GTX 10-Series GPUs
Asus launched the first G11 gaming desktops in the second half of 2015, so the systems were already equipped with relatively newer hardware. all G11 systems come with either an Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i5 or Core i7.
September 23, 2016
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Atomic bits despite zero-point energy?
So-called "zero-point energy" is a term familiar to some cinema lovers or series fans; in the fictional world of animated films such as "The Incredibles" or the TV series "Stargate Atlantis", it denotes a powerful and virtually inexhaustible energy source.
July 8, 2016
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'Atomic sandwiches' could make computers 100X greener
Researchers have engineered a material that could lead to a new generation of computing devices, packing in more computing power while consuming a fraction of the energy that today's electronics require.
October 4, 2016
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Atomic-level sensors enable measurements of the electric field within a working semiconductor device
Semiconductors lie at the heart of many of the electronic devices that govern our daily lives. the proper functioning of semiconductor devices relies on their internally generated electric fields. Being able to measure these fields on the nanoscale is crucial for the development of next-generation electronics, but present techniques have been restricted to measurements of the electric field at a semiconductor's surface.
February 2, 2017
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Atomically thin layers of water hold promise for the energy storage of the future
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a material which incorporates atomically thin layers of water is able to store and deliver energy much more quickly than the same material that doesn't include the water layers.
April 28, 2017
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Attosecond science opens new avenues in femtochemistry
Attosecond Science is a new exciting frontier in contemporary physics, aimed at time-resolving the motion of electrons in atoms, molecules and solids on their natural timescale. Electronic dynamics derives from the creation and evolution of coherence between different electronic states and proceeds on sub-femtosecond timescales.
August 17, 2016
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Autoweek in review: Everything you missed June 13-17
Top car news and reviews from the past week
June 17, 2016
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Avoiding printed 'coffee rings' with cellulose nanofibers
Drying is an important part of printing words and electronics. Particles suspended in liquid are applied to a surface and the liquid evaporates leaving the particles behind. Many times, the particles dry unevenly because of the so-called 'coffee ring effect'.
May 10, 2017
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Misc. - B

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in back to the Future Part II inspired a scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy -- and can be woven into textiles
November 14, 2016
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'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotechnology-powered clothing
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in back to the Future Part II inspired a UCF scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy -- and can be woven into textiles.
November 14, 2016
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Back to the roots: Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction
A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction.
February 3, 2017
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Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range
Less than a micrometer thin, bendable and giving all the colors that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Sharing such a description, researchers announce that they have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper".
October 14, 2016
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Bendable electronic paper displays whole colour range
Less than a micrometre thin, bendable and giving all the colours that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper".
October 14, 2016
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Bending semiconductors generates electricity
Some materials can generate a small voltage when bent and, conversely, can bend in response to a voltage. this phenomenon is called flexoelectricity, and until know it was thought that the effect only existed in electrical insulators (materials that do not conduct electricity).
September 26, 2016
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Berkeley Lab Create Novel Method to develop Atomically Thin Transistors and Circuits
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have formulated a method to chemically build circuits and transistors that measure just a few atoms in thickness. this progress has the potential for advanced computing technologies and electronics - even paper-thin gadgets.
July 12, 2016
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Berkeley Lab Develops 3D Racetrack for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices
A unique 3D racetrack for electrons in extremely thin slices of a nanomaterial has been developed by researchers. this nanomaterial was created at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
September 23, 2016
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BESSY II Scientists Observe Coexistence of Charge Density Waves and Superconductivity
A team of physicists at BESSY II analyzed an artificial structure comprising of alternating layers of ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. the team observed that the charge density waves stimulated by the interfaces were found to deeply extend into the superconducting regions, suggesting new methods to control superconductivity. the findings are featured in Nature Materials.
June 23, 2016
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Better cathode materials for lithium-sulphur-batteries
At present, lithium batteries are one of the best solutions for storing electrical power in a small space. Lithium ions in these batteries migrate from the anode to the opposite electrical pole, the cathode, during the discharge cycle. The anode and cathode generally consist of heavy-metal compounds that are expensive and toxic.
May 17, 2017
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Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Using pressure instead of chemicals, nanoparticles have been fabricated into nanowire arrays similar to those that underlie touch-screens for phones, computers, TVs, and sensors. the pressure process takes nanoseconds instead of the hours required by industry's current chemical means, say investigators.
April 18, 2017
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Beyond graphene: Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for converting positively charged (p-type) reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into negatively charged (n-type) rGO, creating a layered material that can be used to develop rGO-based transistors for use in electronic devices.
March 30, 2017
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Beyond lithium-ion: Researchers reveal a safer, longer-lasting, solid-state battery alternative
Researchers have patented the solid-state batteries. the next step is finding battery makers to manufacture them.
March 3, 2017
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Bicycle Champion Peter Sagan Builds the 1970 Dodge Charger of His Dreams
American culture is broad and far-reaching, touching lives across the globe. Growing up in Slovakia, Peter Sagan's early encounter with America's car culture was the T.V. show "The Dukes of Hazzard". Imagine seeing the General Lee on television, a larger-than-life anachronism compared to the hatchbacks and compact cars typically found on the streets of Europe. the menacing Charger with its bellowing V8, power slides, and aerial acrobatics left an indelible impression.
June 17, 2016
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Bio-inspired graphene-based energy storage
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution
March 31, 2017
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Bioinspired memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
Inspired by how mammals see, a new "memristor" computer circuit prototype at the University of Michigan has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faster and with much less power than today's most advanced systems.
May 22, 2017
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Biz phones 'n' broadband bods Gamma suffer a network TITSUP
Channel partners and customers left in dark since 8am service blackout
August 25, 2016
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BMW's Vision Next 100 is the concept car of my childhood dreams
Technologically beautiful, beautifully technological
June 17, 2016
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Body heat as a power source
Electronics integrated into textiles are gaining in popularity: Systems like smartphone displays in a sleeve or sensors to detect physical performance in athletic wear have already been produced. the main problem with these systems tends to be the lack of a comfortable, equally wearable source of power. Chinese scientists are now aiming to obtain the necessary energy from body heat. In the journal Angewandte Chemie ("Wearable Thermocells Based on Gel Electrolytes for the Utilization of Body Heat"), they have introduced a flexible, wearable thermocell based on two different gel electrolytes.
August 30, 2016
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Borrowing from pastry chefs, engineers create nanolayered composites
Adapting an old trick used for centuries by both metalsmiths and pastry makers, a team of researchers at MIT has found a way to efficiently create composite materials containing hundreds of layers that are just atoms thick but span the full width of the material. the discovery could open up wide-ranging possibilities for designing new, easy-to-manufacture composites for optical devices, electronic systems, and high-tech materials.
July 21, 2016
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Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict
New findings shed light on how we quickly assess risks and rewards before acting
April 24, 2017
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Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms in understanding heat transport
The precise control of electron transport in microelectronics makes complex logic circuits possible that are in daily use in smartphones and laptops.
February 17, 2017
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Bright future for self-charging batteries
New tech could one day make battery chargers obsolete
April 24, 2017
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Bright future for self-charging batteries
Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? this could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Quebec and McGill University.
April 24, 2017
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Brighter Shine for LEDS with Picosun ALD
Picosun Oy, the leading provider of high quality Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology, enters into collaboration with Osram Opto Semiconductors and other partners to create a new generation of advanced LED lighting solutions.
February 13, 2017
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Buckyball buffer helps conduct electricity in only one direction
Circuits have become smaller, letting computers fit in the palm of your hand, but what if circuits could be as small as molecules? to create such circuits, scientists need molecular diodes that let current travel in one direction, but not another.
August 05, 2016
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Buckybowl-to-buckybowl inversion: Key to understanding mechano-electronic switches
Buckybowls, considered as a fragment of Buckminsterfullerene, are bowl-shaped structurally flexible -conjugated compounds exhibiting unique coordination chemistry, which allows for the formation of stable adlayers on surfaces of Au(111); these systems serve as important models for studying the electronic properties of metal--molecule interfaces.
September 27, 2016
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Bubble-Recoil Facilitates Cooling of Microchips Even in Space
The bubbles forming on a heated surface tend to create a tiny recoil when they leave it, similar to the kick from a gun shooting blanks.
March 7, 2017
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Building a better microbial fuel cell, using paper
Significant progress in developing microbial fuel cells has been made by scientists, which rely on bacteria to generate an electrical current, that are cheaper and more efficient.
February 6, 2017
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Building a Moebius strip of good vibrations
Yale physicists have created something similar to a Moebius strip of moving energy between two vibrating objects, opening the door to novel forms of control over waves in acoustics, laser optics, and quantum mechanics.
July 25, 2016
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Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material from achieving its full potential in electronic applications. Graphene nanoribbons, mere billionths of a meter wide, exhibit different electronic properties than two-dimensional sheets of the material.
March 30, 2017
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Bumpy surfaces, graphene beat the heat in devices
Bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices, according to Rice University scientists.
November 29, 2016
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Bundles of Microtubes Developed by Peptides Convert Thermal Energy into Electrical Energy
Several proteins and peptides can naturally assemble themselves into slender, long fibers known as fibrils and other shapes. Researchers have now discovered a method to harness this feature in order to develop tubular structures of diphenylalanine that are capable of converting thermal energy into electrical energy, also known as a pyroelectric effect.
October 5, 2016
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Carbon molecular sieve membranes could cut energy in hydrocarbon separations
A research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology and ExxonMobil has demonstrated a new carbon-based molecular sieve membrane that could dramatically reduce the energy required to separate a class of hydrocarbon molecules known as alkyl aromatics. the new material is based on polymer hollow fibers treated to retain their structure - and pore sizes - as they are converted to carbon through pyrolysis.
August 19, 2016
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Carbon nanotube and graphene nano-chimneys can cool circuits
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists.
January 4, 2017
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors Outperform Silicon for the First Time
For years, scientists have been trying to tap into the properties of carbon nanotube transistors in order to make products that are faster and less power-hungry, products that could enable faster wireless communication among other improvements over silicon technology.
September 7, 2016
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Carbon nanotubes couple light and matter
With their research on nanomaterials for optoelectronics, scientists from Heidelberg University and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) have succeeded for the first time to demonstrate a strong interaction of light and matter in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Such strong light-matter coupling is an important step towards realising new light sources, such as electrically pumped lasers based on organic semiconductors.
November 15, 2016
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Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors
Carbon nanotubes can be used to make very small electronic devices, but they are difficult to handle. University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.
April 5, 2017
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Carbon-coated iron catalyst structure could lead to more-active fuel cells
Fuel cells have long held promise as power sources, but low efficiency has created obstacles to realizing that promise. Researchers at the University of Illinois and collaborators have identified the active form of an iron-containing catalyst for the trickiest part of the process: reducing oxygen gas, which has two oxygen atoms, so that it can break apart and combine with ionized hydrogen to make water.
September 12, 2016
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Capture of Real-Time, Dynamic Visualizations of Atoms Helps Build Better Batteries
An unimaginably small reaction was captured by researchers in the Dionne lab, which is 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University with one of the most enhanced microscopes in the world.
January 17, 2017
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Cell-compatible OLEDs for use with patients
Cytocompatibility studies of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have been carried out on cell cultures for the first time at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP to test how well OLEDs are tolerated by cells. the results offer promising prospects for the use of OLEDs in the medical field, such as in light therapy. T
August 29, 2016
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Cells snack on nanowires
Phagocytosis draws in silicon strands, opening possible route to bioelectronics
December 16, 2016
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Challenging the 'rigidity' for smart soft electronics
Soft electronic devices, such as a smartphone on your wrist and a folding screen in your pocket, are looking to much improve your lifestyle in the not-too-distant future. that is, if we could find ways to make electronic devices out of soft organic materials instead of the existing rigid inorganic materials.
August 03, 2016
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Characterizing Graphene's Properties Without Applying Disruptive Electrical Contacts
A new method for characterizing graphene's properties without the need for applying disruptive electrical contacts has been developed by Scientists. This new method allows Scientists to analyze both the quantum capacitance and resistance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials.
May 31, 2017
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Characterization of magnetic nanovortices simplified
Magnetic nanovortices, so-called "skyrmions", count among the most promising candidates for the future of information technology. Processors and storage media making use of these tiny structures could one day lead to the further miniaturization of IT devices and improve their energy efficiency significantly.
December 20, 2016
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Charging ahead with nanowire magnesium batteries
Portable electronic devices need smaller batteries with high energy capacities. Now, Man-Fai Ng and colleague Pei Shan Emmeline Yeo, from the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing, have investigated a possible cathode material for a magnesium-ion battery to overcome some problems of the common power source, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
June 29, 2016
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Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall
Smaller and faster has been the trend for electronic devices since the inception of the computer chip, but flat transistors have gotten about as small as physically possible. for researchers pushing for even faster speeds and higher performance, the only way to go is up.
July 25, 2016
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Chemical sensing nanomaterial enables smartphones to detect toxic gases
A joint research group including senior researcher Shinsuke Ishihara at the Frontier Molecules Group, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science, and Professor Timothy M. Swager, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, developed a chemical sensing material whose electrical conductivity dramatically increases when exposed to toxic gases.
August 24, 2016
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Chemists create vitamin-driven battery
A team of University of Toronto chemists has created a battery that stores energy in a biologically derived unit, paving the way for cheaper consumer electronics that are easier on the environment (Advanced Functional Materials, "Bio-Derived Polymers for Sustainable Lithium-Ion Batteries").
August 03, 2016
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Chemists create vitamin-driven battery
Environmentally friendly battery is long-lasting and high voltage
August 03, 2016
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Chemists develop promising cheap, sustainable battery for grid energy storage
Chemists have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and into renewable solar and wind energy production.
August 26, 2016
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Chemists establish fundamentals of ferroelectric materials
Ferromagnetic materials, like compass needles, are useful because their magnetic polarization makes them rotate to align with magnetic fields. Ferroelectric materials behave in a similar way but with electric, rather than magnetic, fields.
July 5, 2016
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Chemists offer enhanced 3-D look inside batteries
A team of chemists has developed a method to yield highly detailed, three-dimensional images of the insides of batteries. the technique, based on magnetic resonance imaging, offers an enhanced approach to monitor the condition of these power sources in real time.
September 13, 2016
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Chip-sized, high-speed terahertz modulator raises possibility of faster data transmission
Tufts University engineers have invented a chip-sized, high-speed modulator that operates at terahertz (THz) frequencies and at room temperature at low voltages without consuming DC power. the discovery could help fill the "THz gap" that is limiting development of new and more powerful wireless devices that could transmit data at significantly higher speeds than currently possible.
January 19, 2017
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Chips Made of Layers Just Three Atoms Thick Could be the Future of Electronics
For more than 50 years, silicon chipmakers have developed innovative methods to switch electricity off and on, by producing the digital zeroes and ones to encode pictures, words, movies and other forms of data.
November 30, 2016
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Chiral metamaterial produces record optical shift under incremental power modulation
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated an optical metamaterial whose chiroptical properties in the nonlinear regime produce a significant spectral shift with power levels in the milliwatt range.
March 1, 2017
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Chiral quantum optics: a new research field with bright perspectives
Surprising direction-dependent effects emerge when light is guided in microscopic structures. this discovery shows promise for both classical and quantum information processing.
January 27, 2017
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Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
Although most of our electronic devices, like mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles use lithium rechargeable batteries, what is going on inside them is not fully understood. Researchers from the Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) succeeded in observing in realtime the ultrafast dynamics of lithium ions with femtosecond time resolution (1/1,000,000,000,000,000 of a second).
March 28, 2017
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CNTs' Large Surface Area and Flexible Structure Produce Ultra-High Capacity Lithium-Air Batteries
Lithium-air batteries with extremely high electric storage capacity have been developed by a NIMS Research Team headed by Yoshimi Kubo and Akihiro Nomura, Team Leader and Researcher, respectively, Lithium Air Battery Specially Promoted Research Team, C4GR-GREEN.
May 18, 2017
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Coffee-ring effect leads to crystallization control
A chance observation of crystals forming a mark that resembled the stain of a coffee cup left on a table has led to the growth of customized polycrystals with implications for faster and more versatile semiconductors.
March 3, 2017
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Collaboration heats up exotic topological insulators
Fashion is changing in the avant-garde world of next-generation computer component materials. Traditional semiconductors like silicon are releasing their last new lines. Exotic materials called topological insulators (TIs) are on their way in. and when it comes to cool, nitrogen is the new helium.
November 1, 2016
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Combining catalytic and electrical contact edge-effects to engineer the transport properties of nanocontacts to nanowires
With the emergence of one-dimensional (1-D) and two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructures as the future of electronic materials there is a pressing need to develop new electrical contact preparation techniques that can refine the traditional processes for nanotechnological devices. the future of semiconductor devices brings significant challenges as the dimensions of the device components have been reduced from three-dimensional (3-D) to 2-D, and now to 1-D.
January 5, 2017
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Coming to a monitor near you: Notorious 'perfection'
Defects, such as missing atoms, are believed to severely limit the photoluminescence efficiency in semiconductors, such as MoS2. Repairing or passivating these defects dramatically improves the photoluminescence efficiency.
July 25, 2016
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Coming together, falling apart, and starting over, battery style
Whether inside your laptop computer or storing energy outside wind farms, we need high-capacity, long-lasting, and safe batteries. In batteries, as in any electrochemical device, critical processes happen where the electrolyte and active material meet at the solid electrode.
March 19, 2017
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Complex materials can self-organize into circuits, may form basis for multifunction chips
Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance microprocessors beyond today's silicon-based chips.
September 14, 2016
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Computers made of genetic material?
Tinier than the AIDS virus -- that is currently the circumference of the smallest transistors. the industry has shrunk the central elements of their computer chips to fourteen nanometers in the last sixty years. Conventional methods, however, are hitting physical boundaries. Researchers around the world are looking for alternatives. One method could be the self-organization of complex components from molecules and atoms.
November 9, 2016
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Conducting Polymer Created with Potential to be used in Smart Soft Electronics
Soft electronic devices, such as a smartphone on the wrist and a folding screen in the pocket could be possible in the near future if researchers can develop a process to create electronic devices from soft organic materials rather than the currently used stiff inorganic materials.
August 04, 2016
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Conductive graphene ink wins science photography competition's top prize
An image of spectacular swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits onto paper, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
April 3, 2017
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Conductive ink improves mechanical durability of printed e-textiles
Researchers in Japan have developed a textile-permeable conductive ink to improve mechanical durability of printed e-textiles.
June 2, 2017
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Connecting two electrodes by liquid crystal-guided carbon nanotube wires
Carbon nanotubes being highly electrically conductive along the tube axis, have gained great research interests in recent years for connecting two conducting electrodes at the nanoscale -- where the CNTs can be integrated into a micro- or nanoelectronic system.
November 1, 2016
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Consistent-chirality carbon nanotube tangles with high on-current in transistors
Carbon nanotubes are expected to replace silicon as the next generation semiconductor materials owing to their perfect structure and excellent properties.
December 28, 2016
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Consumer safety agency wants better standards for batteries
CPSC praised Samsung's recall program in the U.S.
January 25, 2017
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Contact lens technology leads to supercapacity breakthrough
Ground-breaking research from the University of Surrey and Augmented Optics Ltd., in collaboration with the University of Bristol, has developed potentially transformational technology which could revolutionise the capabilities of appliances that have previously relied on battery power to work.
December 6, 2016
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Containing 'electromagnetic pollution' with MXenes
If you've ever heard your engine rev through your radio while listening to an AM station in your car, or had your television make a buzzing sound when your cell phone is near it, then you've experienced electromagnetic interference.
September 12, 2016
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Controlled creation of large-scale quantum emitter arrays
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are layered semiconductors that can be exfoliated into layers only a few atoms thick. Recent research has shown that some TMDs can contain quantum light sources that can emit single photons of light. Until now, the occurrence of these quantum light emitters has been random.
May 22, 2017
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Controlling chain conformations to enhance electronic devices
Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. the findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.
December 1, 2016
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Controlling the properties of matter in two-dimensional crystals
By creating atomic chains in a two-dimensional crystal, researchers at Penn State believe they have found a way to control the direction of materials properties in two and three dimensional crystals with implications in sensing, optoelectronics and next-generation electronics applications.
November 3, 2016
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Continuous roll-process technology for transferring and packaging flexible LSI
A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and by Dr. Jae-Hyun Kim from the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has jointly developed a continuous roll-processing technology that transfers and packages flexible large-scale integrated circuits (LSI), the key element in constructing the computer's brain such as CPU, on plastics to realize flexible electronics (Advanced Materials, "Simultaneous Roll Transfer and Interconnection of Flexible Silicon NAND Flash Memory").
August 29, 2016
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Continuous-flow, electrically triggered, single cell-level electroporation
Graduate students Mingde 'Jack' Zheng and Joseph Sherba have developed a novel, microfluidic platform for monitoring electroporation and molecular delivery at the single cell-level as part of a collaborative research team led by Professors Jeffrey Zahn and David Shreiber in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Professors Hao Lin and Jerry Shan in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers, the State University of new Jersey, in Piscataway, NJ.
March 3, 2017
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Could triboelectric nanogenerators charge your smartwatch just by checking it?
Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) are small devices that convert movement into electricity, and might just be what bring us into an era of energy-harvesting clothes and implants. But could TENGs, even theoretically, give us wearable electronics powered solely by the wearer's day-to-day body motion?
May 10, 2017
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Creating atomic scale nanoribbons
Silicon crystals are the semiconductors most commonly used to make transistors, which are critical electronic components used to carry out logic operations in computing. However, as faster and more powerful processors are created, silicon has reached a performance limit: the faster it conducts electricity, the hotter it gets, leading to overheating.
January 19, 2017
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Creating computers that use 10,000 times less energy
Imagine patterning and visualizing silicon at the atomic level, something which, if done successfully, will revolutionize the quantum and classical computing industry.
February 13, 2017
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Crystal clear imaging: Infrared brings to light nanoscale molecular arrangement
Detailing the molecular makeup of materials–from solar cells to organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and transistors, and medically important proteins–is not always a crystal-clear process.
October 14, 2016
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Crystalline fault lines provide pathway for solar cell current
A team of scientists studying solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a promising alternative to silicon, has discovered that microscopic "fault lines" within and between crystals of the material act as conductive pathways that ease the flow of electric current.
September 23, 2016
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Curved kick on the nanoscale: Investigations of the skyrmion Hall effect reveal surprising results
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made another important breakthrough in the field of future magnetic storage devices. Already in March 2016, the international team investigated structures, which could serve as magnetic shift register or racetrack memory devices. this type of storage promises low access times, high information density, and low energy consumption.
December 27, 2016
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Daniil Kvyat is still a 2017 wildcard for Toro Rosso F1 team
Red Bull junior team preparing alternative plans should Kvyat move on
June 22, 2016
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'DarkLight' enables visible light communication in the dark
Demonstrates for first-time, how visible light can transmit data in the dark
October 17, 2016
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Dawn of organic single crystal electronics
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences have developed a method for high performance doping of organic single crystal. Furthermore, they succeeded in the Hall effect measurement of the crystal -- the world's first case.
April 28, 2017
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Decoding and controlling signalling circuits in living cells with light flashes
Researchers at Turku Centre for Biotechnology have invented new tools for decoding and controlling signalling circuits in living cells with flashes of light. In principle, any cellular circuit can now be targeted with the new method. By using this approach, the researchers discovered that major biological signalling circuits can be made to resonate when driven at their resonant frequency.
May 17, 2017
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Deep Dive: Bentley Dynamic Ride Explained
Wheel articulation that improves rock-crawling traction is at odds with the flat body control that aids on-road handling. to manage the competing priorities of off-road ability and handling competence, Bentley engineers split the Bentayga's anti-roll bars in two and fit electric motors between the halves. Using planetary gearsets to multiply torque, the Bentley Dynamic Ride system can input up to 959 pound-feet of torque to each anti-roll bar.
June 22, 2016
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Defects at the spinterface disrupt transmission
Magnets made of organic materials have a number of advantages over the classic metal or alloy magnets. they are chemically more flexible, cheaper to make, and can be better adapted to various purposes and varying designs. In practice, researchers want to apply both types of magnets in electronics -- in spintronic elements, which transport information not by electrical load but via the spin of the component molecules. this intrinsic angular momentum is a typical characteristic of particles, such as electrons.
September 21, 2016
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Defects, electrons, and a long-standing controversy
Faster, more energy-efficient electronics could be created with topological insulators, which carry an electrical charge on just the surface, while the interior acts as an insulator. Scientists are delving into how the material's structure and chemistry correlate with its unusual electronic properties.
August 25, 2016
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Defect-engineered graphene improves supercapacitors
Making clean energy a large-scale reality entails the integration of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar cells with energy storage devices. this integration is necessary to mitigate the inherent fluctuations associated with photovoltaics.
August 25, 2016
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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. to help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components.
April 19, 2017
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Design and fabrication of 3D-printed stretchable tactile sensors
Researchers at the University of Minnesota, led by Professor Michael C. McAlpine, have developed a series of novel inks, which can be cured at room temperature with tunable printability, high flexibility, electrical conductivity, and sensitivity.
June 5, 2017
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Designer materials create miniature computer circuits
Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a new method of creating optoelectronic circuits using graphene and other 2D materials that are much smaller than their current counterparts.
November 22, 2016
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Determining real molecules in operating batteries
In a rechargeable lithium-ion battery powering an electric vehicle, laptop computer, or cell phone, lithium ions entering the electrode leave behind solvent molecules that accumulate
August 17, 2016
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Developing a catalytic conveyor belt
Capitalizing on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and Penn State University's Department of Chemistry have developed a novel method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices.
February 17, 2017
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Development of safe and durable high-temperature lithium-sulfur batteries
Safety has always been a major concern for electric vehicles, especially preventing fire and explosion incidents with the best possible battery technologies.
June 22, 2016
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Device for detecting subatomic-scale motion may aid robotics, security
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new device that measures the motion of super-tiny particles traversing distances almost unimaginably small--shorter than the diameter of a hydrogen atom, or less than one-millionth the width of a human hair. not only can the handheld device sense the atomic-scale motion of its tiny parts with unprecedented precision, but the researchers have devised a method to mass produce the highly sensitive measuring tool.
December 19, 2016
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Diamond quantum sensor reveals current flows in graphene
Researchers at the University of Melbourne are the first in the world to image how electrons move in two-dimensional graphene, a boost to the development of next-generation electronics.
April 26, 2017
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Diamonds - the ultimate semiconductors
"While we think of diamonds as very expensive jewelry, they can actually be made using methane and hydrogen. Diamonds are really just carbon, a light and simple element. Their simple yet unique characteristics create significant potential for use in a wide range of purposes, including generation of environmental energy and biological applications," says Professor Mutsuko Hatano.
November 29, 2016
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Direct observation of graphene decoupling on Cu(111)
Graphene films that are grown on copper (Cu) substrates must be detached clean without leaving residue behind, as residual metallic impurities can significantly alter electronic and electrochemical properties of graphene.
December 13, 2016
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Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
The source of the acceleration of a common type of magnetic reconnection has now been described by scientists. Magnetic reconnection is a universal process that triggers solar flares and northern lights and can disrupt cell phone service and fusion experiments.
March 31, 2017
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Discovery of new crystal structure holds promise for optoelectronic devices
A Florida State University research team has discovered a new crystal structure of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that could open the door to new applications for optoelectronic devices like light-emitting diodes and lasers.
January 4, 2017
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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. the new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells.
May 5, 2017
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Doubling data density
An electronic device that could lead to smaller, low-power memory chips can now be controlled and probed by light, as revealed by research from KAUST.
July 25, 2016
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Draper's DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight
Back in January we heard about Draper's efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight.
June 1, 2017
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Easier, faster, cheaper: a full-filling approach to making nanotubes of consistent quality
Just as many of us might be resigned to clogged salt shakers or rush-hour traffic, those working to exploit the special properties of carbon nanotubes have typically shrugged their shoulders when these tiniest of cylinders fill with water during processing. But for nanotube practitioners who have reached their Popeye threshold and "can't stands no more," the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has devised a cheap, quick and effective strategy that reliably enhances the quality and consistency of the materials--important for using them effectively in applications such as new computing technologies.
July 15, 2016
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Eco-friendly fabrication of silicon nanowires
Scientists from the Faculty of Physics, the Lomonosov Moscow State University have worked out a new and more eco-friendly method of silicon nanowires obtaining, which allows to replace hydrofluoric acid by ammonium fluoride (NH4F).
October 19, 2016
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Efficient recycling of lithium-ion batteries
Funding was granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to develop an innovative recycling process for valuable battery materials to be reinserted into the battery supply chain. the goal of the NEW-BAT project is a robust, energy efficient and economically viable system with wide application potential.
September 13, 2016
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Electricity generated with water, salt and a 3-atoms-thick membrane.
Proponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add to their existing array of solar, wind, and hydropower: osmotic power. Or more specifically, energy generated by a natural phenomenon occurring when fresh water comes into contact with seawater through a membrane.
July 13, 2016
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Electrified quantum diamond can become the heart of quantum networks and computers of the future
Dmitry Fedyanin from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Mario Agio from the University of Siegen and LENS have predicted that artificial defects in the crystal lattice of diamond can be turned into ultrabright and extremely efficient electrically-driven quantum emitters.
August 05, 2016
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Electrocatalyst nanostructures key to improved fuel cells, electrolyzers
Purdue University scientists' simulations have unraveled the mystery of a new electrocatalyst that may solve a significant problem associated with fuel cells and electrolyzers.
June 5, 2017
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Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion capacitors
Internal short-circuit method (ISC) is also called direct contact (DC) method. the pre-lithiated can achieved through direct physical contact between negative electrode and lithium metal with electrolyte in pressure.
April 21, 2017
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Electrocrystallization: Breakthrough in gold nanoparticle research
A research team led by Professor Flavio Maran of the University of Padova (Italy) and Academy Professor Kari Rissanen of the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) has published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society ("Electrocrystallization of Monolayer-Protected Gold Clusters: Opening the Door to Quality, Quantity, and new Structures") a research study that demonstrates how it is possible to obtain very high quality crystals formed of gold nanoparticles.
March 21, 2017
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Electron Color Controlling Device Made of Bilayer Graphene
A recent breakthrough in a new field of physics known as valleytronics is the development of a device made of bilayer graphene.
August 30, 2016
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Electron spin control of levitated nanodiamonds could bring advances in sensors, quantum information processing
Researchers have demonstrated how to control the "electron spin" of a nanodiamond while it is levitated with lasers in a vacuum, an advance that could find applications in quantum information processing, sensors and studies into the fundamental physics of quantum mechanics.
July 19, 2016
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Electron spins talk to each other via a 'quantum mediator'
The unparalleled possibilities of quantum computers are currently still limited because information exchange between the bits in such computers is difficult, especially over larger distances.
October 10, 2016
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Electron-phonon interactions affect heat dissipation in computer chips
In the coming years, as more transistors are packed into ever smaller areas within computer chips, MIT engineers say cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices may face a higher risk of overheating, as a result of interactions between electrons and heat-carrying particles called phonons.
October 13, 2016
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Electrons at the speed limit
Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future.
August 26, 2016
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Electrons 'puddle' under high magnetic fields, study reveals
Olympic figure skaters and electrons have a lot in common. In figure skating competitions, the "free skate" segment gives the skater the flexibility to travel in whichever pattern he or she chooses around the rink. Similarly, in metals, electrons in outer orbitals can wander fairly freely.
January 5, 2017
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Electronic circuits printed at 1 micron resolution
A research team consisting of MANA Independent Scientist Takeo Minari, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, NIMS, and Colloidal Ink developed a printing technique for forming electronic circuits and thin-film transistors with line width and line spacing both being 1 m.
August 29, 2016
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Electronic 'cyclones' at the nanoscale
It has long been thought that spiral electronic structures called "polar vortices' would not be produced in electrically ordered materials. the idea persisted although scientists observed a similar phenomenon on the surface of some magnetic materials. However, through highly controlled multilayer thin film synthesis, scientists controlled various competing atomic forces to allow these regions to form.
April 20, 2017
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Electronic 'hairy skin'could give robots a more human sense of touch
Electronic-skin prototypes are stretchy, thin films that can sense temperature, pressure and even monitor blood oxygen or alcohol levels. But most of these devices are missing a key feature of real skin that allows us to feel a wider range of conditions: hair.
December 14, 2016
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Electronic synapses that can learn: towards an artificial brain?
Researchers from the CNRS, Thales, and the Universities of Bordeaux, Paris-Sud, and Evry have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. they were also able to model the device, which is essential for developing more complex circuits.
April 3, 2017
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Electrical currents can be now be switched on and off at the atomic scale
Robert Wolkow is no stranger to mastering the ultra-small and the ultra-fast. a pioneer in atomic-scale science with a Guinness World Record to boot (for a needle with a single atom at the point), Wolkow's team, together with collaborators at the Max Plank Institute in Hamburg, have just released findings that detail how to create atomic switches for electricity, many times smaller than what is currently used.
October 28, 2016
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Electrically accessing complex magnetism in rare earth atoms
A new way to electrically access the magnetic properties of rare earth atoms, which are of crucial importance in many modern technologies, has been revealed by a team of researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL, the University of Stuttgart, the University of Nottingham, and the Forschungszentrum Julich. Reporting their work in Nature Communications, the scientists show that encasing the rare earth atom dysprosium inside the framework of a single molecule allows the dysprosium to interact magnetically with electrical charge passing through the molecule, a crucial step in developing the smallest possible devices based on rare earth elements.
September 27, 2016
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Electrically tunable surface could bring drastically higher resolution to smartphone and TV
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color changing surface tunable through electrical voltage -- a breakthrough that could lead to three times the resolution for televisions, smartphones and other devices.
May 25, 2017
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Electrochemical energy storage with porous one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials
The development of porous one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials (check our nanotechnology FAQ to learn more about number of dimensions of a nanomaterial) with designed properties and architectures has led to significant advances in electrochemical energy storage.
May 24, 2017
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En route to better transformers
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have found a way of looking inside the iron core of transformers. Transformers are indispensable in regulating electricity both in industry and in domestic households. the better their iron cores are magnetized, the less energy they lose and the more efficiently they work
September 7, 2016
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Energy decay in graphene resonators
Energy dissipation is a key ingredient in understanding many physical phenomena in thermodynamics, photonics, chemical reactions, nuclear fission, photon emissions, or even electronic circuits, among others.
May 16, 2017
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Energy hybrid: Battery meets super capacitor
Researcher at TU Graz demonstrates in Nature Materials that it is possible to combine the high-energy density of batteries with the high-power output of super capacitors in a single system -- thanks to liquid energy storage materials.
December 1, 2016
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Energy storage system of tomorrow
How can the enormous amounts of electricity generated through offshore wind power be temporarily stored on site? Until now there was no answer to this question. After several years' research work, the StEnSea project (Stored Energy in the Sea) funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is now entering the test phase.
November 11, 2016
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Energy transition: Smart, interconnected, sustainable
Many elements are required for making the energy system more sustainable. Among them are smart solar storage systems, smartly interconnected energy grids, and electricity-based synthetic fuels (e-fuels).
May 18, 2017
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Engaging diamond for next-era transistors
Materials scientists in Japan have developed a new diamond transistor fabrication process that promises to advance the development of more robust and energy-efficient electronics
May 16, 2017
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Engaging diamond for next-era transistors
As consumers around the world have become increasingly dependent on electronics, the transistor, a semiconductor component central to the operation of these devices, has become a critical subject of scientific research.
May 16, 2017
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Engineered 'sand' may help cool electronic devices
Baratunde Cola would like to put sand into your computer. not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer to inexpensively provide improved cooling for increasingly power-hungry electronic devices.
July 12, 2016
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Engineered Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles Tested for Cooling Electronic Gadgets
Researcher Baratunde Cola wants to add "sand" into computers in order to cool them. not beach sand, but silicon dioxide nanoparticles coated with a high dielectric constant polymer, which would provide improved cooling at a low cost for high-energy electronic devices.
July 13, 2016
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Engineering a better biofuel
While the bacteria E. coli is often considered a bad bug, researchers commonly use laboratory-adapted E. coli that lacks the features that can make humans sick, but can grow just as fast. that same quality allows it to transform into the tiniest of factories: when its chemical production properties are harnessed, E. coli has the potential to crank out biofuels, pharmaceuticals and other useful products.
August 10, 2016
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Engineering student designs revolutionary energy storage solution
A Lancaster engineering undergraduate has invented a new storage solution that could provide the missing-link needed for a renewable energy revolution.
August 02, 2016
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Engineers create prototype chip just three atoms thick
For more than 50 years, silicon chipmakers have devised inventive ways to switch electricity on and off, generating the digital ones and zeroes that encode words, pictures, movies and other forms of data.
November 29, 2016
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Engineers develop self-powered mobile polymers
One of the impediments to developing miniaturized, "squishy" robots is the need for an internal power source that overcomes the power-to-weight ratio for efficient movement. An international group involving Inha University, University of Pittsburgh and the Air Force Research Laboratory has built upon their previous research and identified new materials that directly convert ultraviolet light into motion without the need for electronics or other traditional methods.
November 10, 2016
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Engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides
A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu, has invented a method to control light propagating in confined pathways, or waveguides, with high efficiency by using nano-antennas. to demonstrate this technique, they built photonic integrated devices that not only had record-small footprints but were also able to maintain optimal performance over an unprecedented broad wavelength range.
April 17, 2017
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Engineers overcome a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial
When John Crocker, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science was a graduate student, his advisor gathered together everyone in his lab to "throw down the gauntlet" on a new challenge in the field.
February 21, 2017
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Engineers shrink atomic force microscope to dime-sized device
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created an atomic force microscope on a chip, dramatically shrinking the size -- and, hopefully, the price tag -- of a high-tech device commonly used to characterize material properties.
February 15, 2017
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Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design
An engineer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today's electronic devices.
June 5, 2017
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Enhanced fuel cell performance using one atom thick 2D material
(Nanowerk Spotlight) Methanol fuel cells are widely considered as a potential source of future energy due to the usage of methanol as a liquid fuel; simplicity in operation; higher energy density of methanol fuel; high power density obtained etc. However their commercialization is greatly hindered by methanol crossover taking place in the membrane area of fuel cells, leading to short circuits and greatly affecting overall performance.
December 6, 2016
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Enhanced kinetics on conductive polar electrocatalysts for lithium-sulfur batteries
The impressive high energy density of a lithium-sulfur battery -- employing sulfur as cathode and metallic lithium as anode materials -- theoretically can render 3-6 times higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries.
October 10, 2016
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Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery
By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena.
May 15, 2017
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Evidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet
Condensed matter physics is the study of the multitude of ways that matter can organise itself. In each phase as conventionally understood, be it a magnet, metal, superconductor or something else, it is possible to characterise the phase by looking at the system locally in space.
May 16, 2017
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Environmentally-friendly graphene textiles could enable wearable electronics
Wearable, textiles-based electronics present new possibilities for flexible circuits, healthcare and environment monitoring, energy conversion, and many others.
November 24, 2016
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European nanotechnology project to design less toxic photovoltaic materials
The University Institute for Advanced Materials Research at the Universitat Jaume I has participated in the European Project Sunflower, whose objective has been the development of organic photovoltaic materials less toxic and viable for industrial production.
January 27, 2017
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Exotic quantum technology realized using normal silicon
A device created by RIKEN researchers demonstrates that it is possible to realize the building block of quantum computers in ordinary, 'garden-variety' silicon used in the modern electronics industry.
December 16, 2016
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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, and that their induced dynamics can be coherently and independently controlled.
October 19, 2016
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Extreme ultracapacitors
Devices called ultracapacitors have recently become attractive forms of energy storage: they recharge in seconds, have very long lifespans, work with close to 100 percent efficiency, and are much lighter and less volatile than batteries. But they suffer from low energy-storage capacity and other drawbacks, meaning they mostly serve as backup power sources for things like electric cars, renewable energy technologies, and consumer devices.
September 7, 2016
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Fabricating CMOS devices for 5-nm node with nanowire technology
Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, presented two papers at IEDM 2016 today that demonstrate its ability to provide industry with all the elements required for building a competitive 5-nm node with nanowire architectures.
December 6, 2016
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Fast switching all-solid-state wavelength-dependent bipolar photodetector
Researchers at Toyota Central R&D Labs describe the first all solid-state wavelength-dependent bipolar photodetectors with fast response times and tunable switching wavelengths. the findings are reported in Applied Physics Express.
August 29, 2016
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Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits
From laptops to cellphones, today's technology advances through the ever-increasing speed at which electric charges are directed through circuits. Similar advances can happen in the emerging field of quantum technology by speeding up control over quantum states in atomic and nanoscale systems.
January 12, 2017
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Feast your eyes on this 600-DPI e-paper screen
I have to say, I really like e-paper. And it's come a long way since the crude early Kindles -- nowadays you have e-readers that are as high-resolution as the best phones and iPads. And they're set to get even better if E Ink's latest screens make it into a few products, as I hope they do.
May 25, 2017
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Feather-light metal cathodes for stable lithium-oxygen batteries
Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must be addressed before these systems can successfully compete with current rechargeable batteries.
May 24, 2017
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Fermented foams: Graphene composite foams using beer yeasts
The use of graphene as an additive can give mechanical and electrical benefits to composite materials, making them multifunctional. In a novel fermentation method, Graphene Flagship researchers have developed graphene-containing rubber foams with unusual mechanical and electrical behaviours: when stretched, the composite foams expand and become more conductive. These unexpected properties could be promising for use in smart filters and medical devices.
June 1, 2017
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First demonstration of a metal-free metamaterial that can absorb electromagnetic energy
Electrical engineers at Duke University have created the world's first electromagnetic metamaterial made without any metal. the device's ability to absorb electromagnetic energy without heating up has direct applications in imaging, sensing and lighting.
January 27, 2017
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First quantum photonic circuit with an electrically driven light source
Whether for use in safe data encryption, ultrafast calculation of huge data volumes or so-called quantum simulation of highly complex systems: Optical quantum computers are a source of hope for tomorrow's computer technology. for the first time, scientists now have succeeded in placing a complete quantum optical structure on a chip, as outlined in Nature Photonics. this fulfills one condition for the use of photonic circuits in optical quantum computers.
September 27, 2016
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First step towards photonic quantum network
Advanced photonic nanostructures are well on their way to revolutionising quantum technology for quantum networks based on light. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have now developed the first building blocks needed to construct complex quantum photonic circuits for quantum networks. this rapid development in quantum networks is highlighted in an article in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature.
January 25, 2017
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Fish 'biowaste' converted to piezoelectric energy harvesters
Large quantities of fish are consumed in India on a daily basis, which generates a huge amount of fish "biowaste" materials. In an attempt to do something positive with this biowaste, a team of researchers at Jadavpur University in Koltata, India explored recycling the fish byproducts into an energy harvester for self-powered electronics.
September 6, 2016
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Flexible ferroelectrics bring two material worlds together
Until recently, "flexible ferroelectrics" could have been thought of as the same type of oxymoronic phrase. However, thanks to a new discovery by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern University, scientists have pioneered a new class of materials with advanced functionalities that moves the idea from the realm of irony into reality (Nature Communications, "Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals").
January 16, 2017
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Flexible thermoelectric nanogenerator on paper
Temperature differentials (heat) are ubiquitously present in our environment, making thermoelectric energy harvesting a highly attractive research field. the thermoelectric effect is the direct conversion of temperature difference to electric voltage -- a phenomenon described by the Seebeck effect and measured by a Seebeck coefficient (volts per difference in temperature).
November 30, 2016
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Flexible wearable electronic skin patch offers new way to monitor alcohol levels
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. the device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.
August 02, 2016
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Flexible, organic and biodegradable - a new wave of electronics
As electronics become increasingly pervasive in our lives - from smart phones to wearable sensors - so too does the ever rising amount of electronic waste they create. a United Nations Environment Program report found that almost 50 million tons of electronic waste were thrown out in 2017--more than 20 percent higher than waste in 2015.
May 3, 2017
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Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Researchers develop new wave of electronics
A new semiconductor is as flexible as skin and easily degradable, report scientists. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.
May 2, 2017
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Food waste mixed with carbon nanotubes could store solar and wind energy
Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric storage is currently used most often. now researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry C are advancing another potential approach using sugar alcohols – an abundant waste product of the food industry – mixed with carbon nanotubes.
October 27, 2016
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For First time, Researchers see Individual Atoms Keep Away from Each other or Bunch up as Pairs
Observations of atomic interactions could help pave way to room-temperature superconductors.
September 16, 2016
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For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon
For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are faster or consume less power -- resulting in longer battery life, faster wireless communication and faster processing speeds for devices like smartphones and laptops.
September 2, 2016
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For platinum catalysts, nanosize squeeze gives big boost in performance
A nanosize squeeze can significantly boost the performance of platinum catalysts that help generate energy in fuel cells, according to a new study by Stanford scientists.
November 24, 2016
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For this metal, electricity flows, but not the heat
There's a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more evidence to back up the metal's nonconformist reputation. According to a new study led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and at the University of California, Berkeley, electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.
January 26, 2017
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For wearable electronic devices, plastic holes are golden
In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you're exploring something else entirely. That's the case with recent findings from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film.
November 23, 2016
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Ford Mustang getting new 10-speed automatic transmission?
Leaked documents indicate more gears, but does that mean it's better?
June 22, 2016
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Ford Performance video: Past meets present for Ford GT at 24 Hours of Le mans
Ford GT to start on pole for World Endurance Championship test in France
June 17, 2016
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Ford Takes Pole in GTE Class at Le Mans, Immediately Wishes It Hadn't
Ford's return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 50 years since the brand first won the iconic endurance race, could hardly have gotten off to a better start as the GT emerged from qualifying having secured four of the top five positions in the GTE Pro class. Ferrari took third as well as sixth and seventh in the class.
June 17, 2016
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Formamidinium perovskite nanocrystals: Bright, cheap and stable
The research group of Prof. Christoph J. Brabec at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has made progress on perovskite nanocrystal synthesis and published their results in Nano Letters.
May 2, 2017
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Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable
Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-level energy storage.
April 24, 2017
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Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer, bendable
A new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable has now been developed, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-level energy storage.
April 24, 2017
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Frequency modulation accelerates the research of quantum technologies
Many modern technological advances and devices are based on understanding quantum mechanics. Compared to semiconductors, hard disk drives or lasers, quantum devices are different in the sense that they directly harness quantum states in the operation of the device. A big goal of the field is to develop a working quantum computer envisaged to outperform traditional computers in certain difficult computational tasks.
May 30, 2017
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From leaf to tree: Large-scale artificial photosynthesis
Scientists from Forschungszentrum Julich have developed the first complete and compact design for an artificial photosynthesis facility. this is a decisive step towards applying the technology. the concept is flexible both with respect to the materials used and also the size of the system.
September 12, 2016
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From space to the streets: new battery model also makes electric cars more reliable
Nano satellites weighing just a few kilograms orbit the Earth. Pivotal point of these miniature computers are their solar-powered batteries. Computer scientists at Saarland University have now developed a procedure that allows for better planning of solar battery operations. they are able to predict how much the on-board battery will in fact be utilized in the course of the satellite's mission. the efficiency achieved here is about five times greater than with conventional systems. and electric cars on Earth are already benefiting from the procedure as well.
March 15, 2017
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From space to the streets: new battery model also makes electric cars more reliable
Nano satellites weighing just a few kilograms orbit the Earth. Pivotal point of these miniature computers are their solar-powered batteries. Computer scientists have now developed a procedure that allows for better planning of solar battery operations.
March 16, 2017
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Full(erene) potential
In what could be called a classic "Eureka" moment, UC Santa Barbara materials researchers have discovered a simple yet effective method for mastering the electrical properties of polymer semiconductors. the elegant technique allows for the efficient design and manufacture of organic circuitry (the type found in flexible displays and solar cells, for instance) of varying complexity while using the same semiconductor material throughout.
February 2, 2017
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Fundamental solid state phenomenon unravelled
Whether water freezes to ice, iron is demagnetized or a material becomes superconducting -- for physicists there is always a phase transition behind it. they endeavour to understand these different phenomena by searching for universal properties. Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt and Technische Universitat Dresden have now made a pioneering discovery during their study of a phase transition from an electrical conductor to an insulator.
December 16, 2016
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Fungi recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
Although rechargeable batteries in smartphones, cars and tablets can be charged again and again, they don't last forever. Old batteries often wind up in landfills or incinerators, potentially harming the environment.
August 22, 2016
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Future Information Technologies: new combinations of materials for producing magnetic monopoles
An international collaboration at BESSY II has discovered a new method to inscribe exotic magnetic patterns such as magnetic monopoles into thin ferromagnetic films. Such unconventional orientation of magnetic domains might open a new path for the design of energy efficient data storage.
October 10, 2016
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Garnet-type fast ionic conductor for all-solid-state lithium battery
Rechargeable all-solid-state lithium batteries are expected to be one of the next-generation energy storage devices because of their high energy density, safety, and excellent cycle stability. the materials used for the solid electrolyte must not only have a high lithium-ion conductivity above 1 mS/cm at room temperature, but also possess chemical stability.
July 20, 2016
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German institute successfully tests underwater energy storage sphere
The Fraunhofer Institute is working on a seabed-based pumped-storage structure.
March 6, 2017
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Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure
Germanium may not be a household name like silicon, its group-mate on the periodic table, but it has great potential for use in next-generation electronics and energy technology.
January 3, 2017
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Getting from greenhouse gas to microbial biomass
Greenhouse gases such as CO2 and CH4 are emitted into our atmosphere as waste products of current energy production activities. But imagine turning this waste carbon into biomass - a reliable, economical, and safe source of feedstocks for biofuels and other bioproducts.
February 3, 2017
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Getting rid of the cleanroom - 3D printing for more efficient chemical research
With the help of some designing, a few grams of plastic filament and a 3D printer, researchers in the University of Helsinki made a unique device for studying chemical reactions, and improved their experimental processes.
April 13, 2017
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Giving robots a sense of touch
Eight years ago, Ted Adelson's research group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact with an object to provide a remarkably detailed 3-D map of its surface.
June 5, 2017
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Glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries
Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology?
November 17, 2016
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Going carbon free boosts battery life
Zinc-air batteries are one of the most promising solutions for the large-scale storage of intermittently-generated renewable electricity from solar, wind or tidal: they are non-flammable, inexpensive and with a very high energy density.
February 8, 2017
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Gold electrons can tunnel a nanoscale gap
Rice University researchers recently discovered that excited electrons are capable of tunneling across a nanoscale insulator gap -- going from one metallic conductor to another.
May 11, 2017
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Grabbing an electron by the tail
By modifying the composition of ultra-thin layers of dissimilar metal oxides that do not normally conduct electricity, scientists demonstrated how to generate and control an electrical current at the junction where the layers meet. the team made significant advances in one method used to characterize these materials.
September 2, 2016
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Grafoid unveils GPURE Graphene Polymer Membrane for Next-Generation Li-Ion Battery Applications
Grafoid Inc., a Canadian graphene R&D, investment and technology licensing company announced today the development of its GPURE Graphene Polymer nano-porous membrane intended for next generation Li-Ion battery applications.
March 15, 2017
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Graphene enables fully flexible near-field communication antennas
Graphene is currently one of the most extensively studied materials in the world, both on scientific and industrial level. the world's first two-dimensional material, this single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice has a series of unique and outstanding properties. as well as being the thinnest, strongest and lightest known material, graphene is flexible, impermeable and extremely electrically and thermally conductive. all properties well suited for next generation NFC antennas.
November 29, 2016
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Graphene key to growing two-dimensional semiconductor with extraordinary properties
A newly discovered method for making two-dimensional materials could lead to new and extraordinary properties, particularly in a class of materials called nitrides, say the Penn State materials scientists who discovered the process. this first-ever growth of two-dimensional gallium nitride using graphene encapsulation could lead to applications in deep ultraviolet lasers, next-generation electronics and sensors.
August 29, 2016
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Graphene on silicon carbide can store energy
By introducing defects into the perfect surface of graphene on silicon carbide, researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have increased the capacity of the material to store electrical charge. This result, which has been published in the scientific journal Electrochimica Acta ("Monitoring of epitaxial graphene anodization"), increases our knowledge of how this ultrathin material can be used.
May 22, 2017
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Graphene photodetectors: Thinking outside the 2-D box
In a recent work published in Nature Communications, the research group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Frank Koppens demonstrate a novel way to detect low-energy photons using vertical heterostructures made by stacking graphene and other 2D semiconducting materials.
July 18, 2016
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Graphene 'phototransistor' promising for optical technologies
Researchers have solved a problem hindering development of highly sensitive optical devices made of a material called graphene, an advance that could bring applications from imaging and displays to sensors and high-speed communications.
April 12, 2017
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Graphene plasmons reach the infrared
Graphene's unique properties can be both a blessing and a curse to researchers, especially to those at the intersection of optical and electronic applications. These single-atom thick sheets feature highly mobile electrons on their flexible profiles, making them excellent conductors, but in general graphene sheets do not interact with light efficiently.
November 14, 2016
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Graphene Used to Enhance Properties of 2D Semiconductor
According to Penn State materials scientists, their recently discovered 2D material creating technique could pave the way for new and extraordinary properties, mainly in a class of materials known as nitrides.
August 30, 2016
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Graphene-Based Conductive Ink Wins Overall Prize in National Science Photography Competition
An image of spectacular swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits onto paper, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
April 4, 2017
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Graphene-based material illuminates bright new future for flexible lighting devices
Researchers from the University of Exeter have pioneered an innovative new technique to make flexible screens more effective and efficient.
June 23, 2016
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Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.
May 18, 2017
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Graphene-Perovskite Solar Cells Exceed 18% Efficiency
Scientists have created hybrid perovskite-graphene solar cells that show good stability upon exposure to sunlight, while still maintaining efficiency over 18% - the highest reported efficiency of graphene perovskite hybrid solar cells to date.
October 5, 2016
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Graphene's Ability to Conduct Electricity Gains Popularity
Graphene, a two-dimensional wonder-material, has earned immense popularity due to its exceptional capability to conduct electricity. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have used rod-shaped bacteria to add nanoscale ripples in the material, allowing it to conduct electrons differently in perpendicular directions. the bacteria is precisely arranged in an electric field and then vacuum-shrunk below a graphene sheet.
July 12, 2016
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Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance.
January 19, 2017
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Graphene's Unique Properties Harnessed to develop Advanced Sensors and Membranes for Energy and Water
A team of researchers from Masdar Institute are harnessing graphene's unique and valuable properties of strength and electrical conductivity to assist the progress of technologies related to local industries like desalination, gas and oil.
June 28, 2016
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GraphExeter Promises Improvement of Flexible Lighting
A group of researchers from the University of Exeter has found a unique new method to improve the efficiency of flexible screens. the team consisting of physicists and engineers have made a new discovery regarding the potential of GraphExeter.
June 23, 2016
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Gray tin exhibits novel topological electronic properties in 3-D
In a surprising new discovery, alpha-tin, commonly called gray tin, exhibits a novel electronic phase when its crystal structure is strained, putting it in a rare new class of 3D materials called topological Dirac semimetals (TDSs). Only two other TDS materials are known to exist, discovered as recently as 2013. Alpha-tin now joins this class as its only simple-element member.
April 4, 2017
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Green Diamond - the future of power electronics
GreenDiamond, with its 14 partners, is a €4 million European Horizon 2020 project launched in June 2015 to develop breakthrough 10 kV diamond transistor technology for sustainable high power electronics.
March 16, 2017
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Green IT: new switching process in non-volatile spintronics devices
To construct magnetic memories, elements with two stable magnetization states are needed. Promising candidate for such magnetic elements are tiny rings, typically of the order of few micrometers, with clockwise or counterclockwise magnetization as the two states. Unfortunately, switching between those two states directly requires a circular magnetic field which is not easy to achieve.
April 13, 2017
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Green nanoelectronic materials produced with synthetic biology
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report in the current issue of Small that they have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up of solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids.
July 14, 2016
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Ground-Breaking Light-Activated Semiconductor Nanocomposite Material Moves in Response to Light
A team of researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have presented a paper describing a novel light-activated phenomenon that has the potential to become the foundation for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers, optical telecommunications systems, and more efficient solar cells.
October 18, 2016
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Ground-breaking method to use graphene to generate complex and controllable sound signals
A pioneering new technique that encourages the wonder material graphene to "talk" could revolutionise the global audio and telecommunications industries.
May 4, 2017
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Group works toward devising topological superconductor
The experimental realization of ultrathin graphene - which earned two scientists from Cambridge the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010 - has ushered in a new age in materials research.
April 11, 2017
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Growing graphene ribbons in one direction
Tiny ribbons of a material called graphene could move electricity and dissipate heat more efficiently than silicon in electronic circuits; however, creating the ribbons on traditional supports wasn't possible.
June 17, 2016
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Guiding light with geometric phase
The simplest way to trap light, or in general electromagnetic waves, in a finite region is to realize a region surrounded by mirrors so that light is not able to escape.
March 14, 2017
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Harnessing energy from glass walls
Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows, say researchers.
May 29, 2017
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Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
A new generation of higher-powered batteries for phones and cameras could result from ground-breaking research.
May 10, 2017
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Harnessing greenhouse gas for batteries
A simple method for making a family of potential battery electrolytes has been developed by RIKEN researchers, using ubiquitous carbon dioxide as one of the key chemical ingredients (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, "Synthesis of lithium boracarbonate ion pairs by copper-catalyzed multi-component coupling of carbon dioxide, diboron, and aldehydes").
June 17, 2016
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Harnessing heat to power computers
One of the biggest problems with computers, dating to the invention of the first one, has been finding ways to keep them cool so that they don't overheat or shut down.
April 18, 2017
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Heterostructures Made of 2D Materials and Graphene Could be Used to Detect Low-Energy Photons
In a recent work published in Nature Communications, the research group led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Frank Koppens demonstrate a novel way to detect low-energy photons using vertical heterostructures made by stacking graphene and other 2D semiconducting materials. by studying the photoresponse of these atomically thin sandwiches, the researchers have shown that it is possible to generate a current by heating electrons in graphene with infrared light and extracting the hottest electrons over a vertical energy barrier.
July 19, 2016
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Hexagonal boron nitride enables the fabrication of 2-dimensional electronic memories
The use of two dimensional (2D) layered materials to improve the capabilities of electronic devices is a promising strategy that has recently gained much interest in both academia and industry. However, while the research in 2D metallic and semiconducting materials is well established, detailed knowledge and applications of 2D insulators are still scarce.
March 7, 2017
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Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals
One of the most critical issues the United States faces today is preventing terrorists from smuggling nuclear weapons into its ports. to this end, the U.S. Security and Accountability for Every Port Act mandates that all overseas cargo containers be scanned for possible nuclear materials or weapons.
August 16, 2016
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High temperature step-by-step process makes graphene from ethene
An international team of scientists has developed a new way to produce single-layer graphene from a simple precursor: ethene - also known as ethylene - the smallest alkene molecule, which contains just two atoms of carbon.
May 4, 2017
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'High-occupancy' vehicle battery
In lithium-ion batteries, a singly charged lithium atom (or "ion") flows between two electrodes while one electron is contributed to the electrical current in the external circuit. If too many lithium ions are intercalated (inserted between existing atomic layers), the electrode's atomic structure can distort, which usually limits the ability to recharge the battery.
August 17, 2016
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High-Performance, Micro-Scale Solar Cells Generate More Electricity
Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed small yet high-performance solar cells that exceed similar devices in terms of critical performance parameters.
August 05, 2016
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High-resolution imaging reveals new understanding of battery cathode particles
Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been able to observe what exactly happens inside a cathode particle as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.
February 1, 2017
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High-speed 'electron camera' films atomic nuclei in vibrating molecules
An ultrafast "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct snapshots of atomic nuclei in molecules that are vibrating within millionths of a billionth of a second after being hit by a laser pulse.
August 31, 2016
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Highest Plasmon Energy Observed in Graphene Plasmons
The unique properties of graphene can be both a blessing and a curse to researchers, particularly to those at the junction of electronic and optical application. the flexible profiles of these atom-thick sheets have highly mobile electrons, which make them efficient conductors, but generally graphene sheets do not interact efficiently with light.
November 16, 2016
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Highly conductive and pure FEBID gold nanostructures
Recently, researchers from Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have discovered a novel way to fabricate pure gold nanostructures by the additive direct-write lithography called FEBID. this work will open a new door for applications of 3D gold devices
October 18, 2016
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Holes in the electrode
Rechargeable lithium batteries with cathodes comprising nickel, manganese, and cobalt, are viewed as the most potent today. But they, too, have a limited lifespan.
February 22, 2017
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'Hot' electrons don't mind the gap
Scientists find nanogaps in plasmonic gold wires enhance voltage when excited
May 8, 2017
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How some battery materials expand without cracking
When you charge a battery, or when you use it, it's not just electricity but also matter that moves around inside. Ions, which are atoms or molecules that have an electric charge, travel from one of the battery's electrodes to the other, making the electrodes shrink and swell. In fact, it's been a longstanding mystery why fairly brittle electrode materials don't crack under the strain of these expansion and contraction cycles.
April 12, 2017
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How to roll a nanotube: Demystifying carbon nanotubes' structure control
Pioneering research published in Nature by Professor Feng Ding's team from the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, within the Institute for Basic Science, in collaboration with Professor Jin Zhang's team, at Peking University and colleagues, has demonstrated how to control the synthesis of carbon nanotubes, in order to synthesize horizontal arrays of CNTs with the same structure.
February 15, 2017
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How we see It: Autonomy and Self-Driving Cars
The fully automated car will never happen. we don't say this because the word "Driver" is in our name, or because we see the automated car as a threat to our magazine's existence. we say it for one very simple reason: Automated cars will require closed (yet vulnerable) networks of vehicles in constant communication, and as long as Main Street is a place where there are motorcycles, cyclists, people, and dogs, it will never be a closed network.
June 17, 2016
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Hybrid heterostructures with programmable potentials
Stacking thin layers of graphene and related materials (GRMs) leads to heterostructure devices with a variety of different electronic and optical properties, which can be tailored by careful design of the stack. Now, researchers from the Graphene Flagship have added a new option for tailoring the electronic properties, using molecular monolayers to create controllable periodic potentials on the surface of graphene.
April 26, 2017
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Hybrid material opens the door to new possibilities in graphene applications
Porphyrins are well-known because of their striking functional properties which for example play a central role in chlorophyll during photosynthesis. These new hybrid structures could also be used in the field of molecular electronics, catalysis or even as sensors.
September 21, 2016
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Hydrogen in your pocket? new plastic for carrying and storing hydrogen
A Waseda University (Tokyo) research group has developed a polymer which can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas (Nature Communications, "A ketone/alcohol polymer for cycle of electrolytic hydrogen-fixing with water and releasing under mild conditions").
November 28, 2016
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Hydrogen on demand
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new approach to the production of hydrogen from water using solar energy. In findings published today in Nature Materials, the researchers explain that this approach will make it possible to produce hydrogen in a centralized manner at the point of sale located far from the solar farm. the new technology is expected to significantly reduce the cost of producing the hydrogen and shipping it to the customer.
March 13, 2017
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IBS Scientists develop new Optical Circuit Components to Control Light
The computers of the future could work nearly at the speed of light. Nanophotonics, the study of the behavior of light at the nanometer scale, could bring the speed of the current technology into a totally different level.
November 29, 2016
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IBS Scientists develop World's Thinnest Photodetector that Could Convert Light into Electric Current
The Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has developed the world's thinnest photodetector, that is a device that converts light into an electric current. with a thickness of just 1.3 nanometers - 10 times smaller than the current standard silicon diodes - this device could be used in the Internet of Things, smart devices, wearable electronics and photoelectronics. this 2D technology, published on Nature Communications, uses molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) sandwiched in graphene.
November 10, 2016
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Ice dielectric response studies find preparation is key
Despite numerous studies on the dielectric properties of water ice, a discrepancy in the results of different studies had remained unexplained for decades. now a collaboration of researchers at Tokai University in Japan show that the differences likely arise as a result of the ice preparation conditions and resulting impurity levels (J. Phys. Chem. B, "Dielectric Relaxation Time of Ice-Ih with Different Preparation").
August 05, 2016
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ICFO Develops First Ever Graphene-Quantum Dot Based CMOS Integrated Camera
Thanks to silicon and complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) technology, microelectronics has progressed greatly in the last four decades, thereby making possible computing, compact and economical digital cameras, smartphones, as well as a majority of the electronic gadgets people depend on at present.
May 30, 2017
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If atoms are mostly empty space, why do objects look and feel solid?
Chemist John Dalton proposed the theory that all matter and objects are made up of particles called atoms, and this is still accepted by the scientific community, almost two centuries later. Each of these atoms is each made up of an incredibly small nucleus and even smaller electrons, which move around at quite a distance from the centre
February 16, 2017
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Imec and ARM collaborate on Design-Technology Co-Optimization for 7nm technology and beyond
World-leading nanoelectronics research center imec has signed a strategic partnership with ARM, the company whose semiconductor IP technologies enable a third of all intelligent digital goods sold each year.
July 13, 2016
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Imec and Besi Demonstrate Long-Term Reliability of Ni-Cu-Ag Plated Solar Modules
Drunen (The Netherlands) and Leuven (Belgium)–January 3, 2017–Today, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics, energy and digital technology imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (Besi), a leading manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size 60-cells Nickel/Copper/Silver (Ni/Cu/Ag) plated solar cell modules, confirming the industrial value of this metallization technology.
January 5, 2017
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Imec Scientist Awarded ERC Starting Grant to develop Breakthrough Flexible Electronics
World-leading nanoelectronics research center imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.
September 14, 2016
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Improved polymer and new assembly method for ultra-conformable 'electronic tattoo' devices
A group of researchers at Waseda University has developed processes and materials for ultrathin stick-on electronic devices using elastomeric "nanosheet" film, achieving ease of production while also preserving high elasticity and flexibility fifty times better than previously reported polymer nanosheets.
February 22, 2017
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Improving Li-ion batteries with nanostructured conductive polymer gels
The electrode in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is an integrated system in which both active materials and binder systems play critical roles in determining its final properties. In order to improve battery performance, a lot of research is focussing on the development of high-capacity active materials.
March 28, 2017
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Improving microscale energy storage unit with porous materials
Microscale energy storage units for wearable and miniaturized electronic devices are improved using porous materials.
November 21, 2016
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Improving silver nanowires for FTCEs with flash light interactions
Flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs) are an essential element of flexible optoelectronics for next-generation wearable displays, augmented reality (AR), and the Internet of Things (IoTs). Silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have received a great deal of attention as future FTCEs due to their great flexibility, material stability, and large-scale productivity. Despite these advantages, Ag NWs have drawbacks such as high wire-to-wire contact resistance and poor adhesion to substrates, resulting in severe power consumption and the delamination of FTCEs.
April 4, 2017
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In Japan, the EV Story is 'Freezer Fear,' not Range Anxiety
Power outages boost the electric vehicle business
June 22, 2016
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In-situ SWAXS Measurements in the Lab are Proving their Worth
We at Xenocs see a growing interest from our user community for performing environmental studies with in-situ, simultaneous SAXS and WAXS measurements (SWAXS). of course, synchrotron experiments are necessary for studying extremely fast dynamics (a second or less).
July 12, 2016
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Ink-jet printable and biocompatible layered electronics
Printed electronics can lead to both low-cost and flexible devices. Flexible electronics is of particular interest for wearable systems, such as health and fitness trackers, while the relative low-costs of printing are attractive for functional packaging for consumer products.
March 28, 2017
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Inkjet-printed batteries bring us closer to smart objects
The race is on to develop everyday objects that have network connectivity and can send and receive data: the so-called 'Internet of Things'. But this requires flexible, lightweight and thin rechargeable power sources. Currently available batteries are packaged into fixed shapes and sizes, making them unsuitable for many future needs.
May 2, 2017
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IndyCar, Boston Grand Prix organizers hit with subpoenas over ticket refunds
Massachusetts attorney general stepping in to help fans get their money back
June 17, 2016
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Innovations offer peek into the future of electronic devices
Purdue University researchers - during the international IEDM 2016 conference the week of Dec. 5 - showcased a range of concepts and technologies that foreshadow the future of the semiconductor industry.
December 14, 2016
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Innovative Screen-Printing Process Allows Direct Conversion of Nanocrystals into Flexible Thermoelectric Devices
What if you could easily print a thin layer of material -- for use anywhere -- that would allow you to create flexible energy harvesters or coolers? that may soon be a reality.
September 21, 2016
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Innovative Superconducting Thin Nanomaterial Gets Magnets Levitating
A thin nanomaterial that has superconducting properties has been developed by a team of experimental physicists headed by Professor Uwe Hartmann from Saarland University. the innovative material has the ability to levitate magnets, conduct electricity without loss, and screen magnetic fields below the temperature of about -200 °C.
April 7, 2017
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Innovative Technique for Using Layered Materials to Print TFTs
Printed transistors fabricated completely from layered materials--this is the innovative study by Graphene Flagship research team from AMBER at Trinity College Dublin. the outcomes of the study were published in the April 7th 2017 issue of the journal Science and look promising enough to inexpensively print a wide array of electronic devices from LEDs to solar cells that find applications in interactive smart food and drug labels, next-generation bank note security and e-passports.
April 10, 2017
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Inorganic double helix
It is the double helix, with its stable and flexible structure of genetic information, that made life on Earth possible in the first place. now a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a double helix structure in an inorganic material (Advanced Materials, "Inorganic Double Helices in Semiconducting SnIP"). the material comprising tin, iodine and phosphorus is a semiconductor with extraordinary optical and electronic properties, as well as extreme mechanical flexibility.
September 12, 2016
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Integrated trio of 2D nanomaterials unlocks graphene electronics applications
Graphene has emerged as one of the most promising two-dimensional crystals, but the future of electronics may include two other nanomaterials, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Georgia.
July 5, 2016
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Integration of novel materials with silicon chips makes new 'smart' devices possible
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a way to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems.
July 21, 2016
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Intense Pulsed Light Could Sinter Nanoparticles for Enhanced Electronics Manufacturing
Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.
December 23, 2016
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Interface between insulators enables information transport by spin
Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components deployed cannot be miniaturized further. But, there is another option: using an electron's spin, instead of its charge, to transmit information.
February 15, 2017
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Interfering with graphene
The quality of graphene can be assessed from patterns produced in electron microscopy images, three RIKEN researchers have found (Advanced Materials Interfaces, "A new analytical method for extracting precise structural parameters of epitaxial graphene from moire patterns"). this new way of evaluating these carbon sheets, which are just one atom thick, could help to improve the manufacturing process of this prized material.
April 28, 2017
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International team of scientists unveils fundamental properties of spin Seebeck effect
Thermoelectric effects are a fundamental building block for the conception and development of new processes for information processing. they enable to re-use waste heat obtained in different processes for the operation of respective devices and thus contribute to the establishment of more energy-efficient, ecofriendly processes.
July 29, 2016
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Interview: Ford GT Driver Marino Franchitti on Le Mans, Rain, and History
In the run-up to Ford's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend–50 years after the company first took victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe with the original GT40–we caught up with Marino Franchitti, who will be driving the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT, teamed with fellow Brits Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. they will start fourth in the GTE class after qualifying behind two of their Ford GT team cars and one Ferrari.
June 17, 2016
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Ionotronic Devices Open new Avenues for Creating Electrically Switchable Memories
Ionotronic devices rely on charge effects based on ions, instead of electrons or in addition to electrons. These devices open new opportunities for creating electrically switchable memories. However, there are still many technical challenges to overcome before this new kind of memories can be produced.
February 24, 2017
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Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?
Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production of smart fabric (ACS Nano, "Fully Printed Stretchable Thin-Film Transistors and Integrated Logic Circuits").
February 15, 2017
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Japanese Researchers Develop a Photocatalyst that Increases Hydrogen Production Tenfold
Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be developed from renewable sources of water and sunlight. A photocatalyst capable of increasing hydrogen production tenfold has been developed by a group of Japanese Researchers.
May 19, 2017
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Jaguar Land Rover Could Lose $1.5 Billion if Brexit Passes
Vote could affect JLR plant in Slovakia
June 22, 2016
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Jeep Renegade Hell's Revenge is Inspired by Harley-Davidson
The Jeep Renegade Hell's Revenge show car will be on display at the Harley-Davidson 25th European H.O.G. Rally in Portoroz, Slovenia. the custom crossover was built by Garage Italia Customs.
June 17, 2016
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Jumping droplets whisk away hotspots in electronics
Engineers have developed a technology to cool hotspots in high-performance electronics using the same physical phenomenon that cleans the wings of cicadas.
April 3, 2017
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'Jumping film' harnesses the power of humidity
Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) and the University of Tokyo have developed a film that curls up and straightens out autonomously when exposed to tiny, barely measurable changes in ambient humidity.
July 18, 2016
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Lamborghini is Forging Ahead with Forged Carbon Fiber; we Visit Their U.S.-Based Lab
Thirty-five years ago, McLaren revolutionized both motorsports and the car world at large. Drawing on lessons learned from aerospace, McLaren introduced the first Formula 1 racer with a carbon-fiber-composite (CFC) tub in place of a bonded and riveted sheet-aluminum structure. the success of that venture in turn enabled the aptly named McLaren F1 sports car, which had a molded CFC monocoque serving as its passenger cabin and structural core.
June 22, 2016
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Lanthanide-Doped Upconversion Nanocrystals Improve Polarized Emission and Bioimaging
Recently, lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) have discovered immense potential in the applications of nonlinear optoelectronic and near-infrared bioimaging devices because of their exceptional photostability and tunable spectral characteristics.
May 22, 2017
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Large Currents can be Transported at Nanoscale Using Graphene
Graphene has established itself as a wonder material once again. An international research team headed by Professor Fritz Aumayr from the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Wien has demonstrated that the electrons in graphene are very mobile and react very rapidly.
December 22, 2016
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Large portfolio of 2D semiconductor materials benefits next-generation flexible electronics
Inspired by the unique optical and electronic property of graphene, two-dimensional (2D) layered materials -- as well as their hybrids -- have been intensively investigated in recent years, driven by their potential applications for nanoelectronics.
May 23, 2017
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Large-yield synthesis of 2D antimonene nanocrystals
Density functional theory computations have shown that monolayered arsenene and antimonene -- which are indirect wide-band-gap semiconductors -- under strain become direct band-gap semiconductors. Such dramatic transitions of electronic properties could open a new door for nanoscale transistors with high on/off ratio, blue/UV optoelectronic devices, and nanomechanical sensors based on new ultrathin semiconductors.
December 5, 2016
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Laser manipulates electronic properties
A new semiconducting material that is only three atomic-layers thick has emerged with more exotic, malleable electronic properties than those of traditional semiconductors. These properties come from electrons, like a ball rolling down a hill to a valley, that prefer the lower energy levels at the bottom of electronic energy "valleys".
June 17, 2016
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Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Another step forward towards superconductivity at room temperature: an experiment at the cutting edge of condensed matter physics and materials science has revealed that the dream of more efficient energy usage can turn into reality.
May 9, 2017
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Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the future, this method may be used to produce tiny wires with diameters 1/100,000th that of a piece of hair, or tiny electrical circuits that can fit on the tip of a needle.
February 14, 2017
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Lego like silicon electronics fabricated with hybrid etching masks
(Nanowerk Spotlight) Bulk micromachining techniques are commonly used for making high aspect ratio structures used in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), dynamic random access memory (DRAM) capacitors, and 3D integrated circuits. These techniques generally utilize a hard mask -- for example metal -- material to withstand abrasive deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) that is used in bulk micromachining.
February 6, 2017
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Light can switch on atomically thin topological materials
Theoretical physicists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used computer simulations to show how special light pulses could create robust channels where electricity flows without resistance in an atomically thin semiconductor.
January 4, 2017
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Light has new capacity for electronics
Characters in some of the more futuristic science fiction films, like "Minority Report" and "Iron Man," control computer displays with slick and deliberate hand motions. In "Minority Report," the protagonist, played by Tom Cruise, uses gloves that glow at the fingertips and give him the power of virtual manipulation. the light seems to allow him to control the screen as if it were a touchscreen, but he's touching nothing but air.
April 27, 2017
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Light-Driven Photomotors Could Power Next-Generation Nanorobots
A research team from the Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICP RAS), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), and Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (ISC NASU) has presented a nanosized dipole photomotor model that works on the principle of light-induced charge redistribution.
November 11, 2016
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Lightweight, wearable tech efficiently converts body heat to electricity
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics (Applied Energy, "Wearable thermoelectric generators for human body heat harvesting"). the experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies.
September 12, 2016
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Linux Mint unveils 'Mintbox Mini Pro' -- a diminutive desktop powered by AMD
If you are a fan of Linux-based desktop operating systems, you probably have done this before -- buy a Windows PC and replace the pre-installed OS with your favorite distro. While this can be a fine practice, there are some problems with it. of course, you may experience issues with drivers -- especially Wi-Fi cards. Even worse, if you ever need support, the manufacturer might turn you away when it finds out you loaded Ubuntu, Fedora, or something else.
September 28, 2016
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Liquid fuel for future computers
Researchers at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have built a tiny redox flow battery. this means that future computer chip stacks -- in which individual chips are stacked like pancakes to save space and energy -- could be supplied with electrical power and cooled at the same time by such integrated flow batteries (Energy & Environmental Science, "3D-printed fluidic networks for high-power-density heat-managing miniaturized redox flow batteries").
March 15, 2017
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Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics
Researchers have built a miniature electro-optical switch which can change the spin -- or angular momentum -- of a liquid form of light by applying electric fields to a semiconductor device a millionth of a metre in size.
August 08, 2016
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Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
A new technique using liquid metals to create integrated circuits that are just atoms thick could lead to the next big advance for electronics.
February 17, 2017
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Lithium ion extraction
The increasing usage of lithium for batteries or high-performance metals requires improved extraction techniques of lithium from primary sources such as salt lake brines.
November 2, 2016
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Lithium-ion batteries: Capacity might be increased by 6 times
The team was able to show through neutron measurements made at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, that lithium ions do not penetrate deeply into the silicon. During the charge cycle, a 20-nm anode layer develops containing an extremely high proportion of lithium.
August 08, 2016
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Lithium Metal Batteries Improved by Using Hybrid Graphene Nanotubes as Anode
Researchers from the Rice University have developed a rechargeable lithium metal battery with a capacity that is three times that of commercial lithium-ion batteries. They achieved this by overcoming a problem that has challenged Researchers for a long time, namely, the dendrite problem.
May 19, 2017
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Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. this new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.
February 9, 2017
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Looking at complex light wave forms
For the first time an international research team under the direction of Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Sansone at the Institute of Physics at the University of Freiburg has been able to completely characterize the complex evolution of weak electric fields.
May 31, 2017
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Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond films
More than a decade ago, researchers discovered that when they added boron to the carbon structure of diamond, the combination was superconductive. Since then, growing interest has been generated in understanding these superconducting properties.
May 9, 2017
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Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
Researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries -- small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars.
February 17, 2017
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Looking for the quantum frontier
A team of researchers from Australia and the UK have developed a new theoretical framework to identify computations that occupy the 'quantum frontier' -- the boundary at which problems become impossible for today's computers and can only be solved by a quantum computer. Importantly, they demonstrate that these computations can be performed with near-term, intermediate, quantum computers (Quantum, "Achieving quantum supremacy with sparse and noisy commuting quantum computations").
April 27, 2017
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'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. the advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics.
February 16, 2017
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Low haze structures for transparent flexible electrodes by electrospinning processes
For flexible electrodes, INM - Leibniz Institute for new Materials is working with the process of electrospinning, a technique that produces ultra-fine fibers that are up to 100 times thinner than a human hair. These fibers are collected on glass or on foils in an unstructured, wide mesh net. When conductive materials are spun, flexible conductive transparent electrodes could be produced.
April 13, 2017
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Low-current, highly integrable spintronics device developed
A research team of International center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), consisting of postdoctoral fellow Takashi Tsuchiya (currently at Tokyo University of Science), group leader Kazuya Terabe, and Director Masakazu Aono, developed a device capable of controlling magnetism at a lower current level than conventional spintronics devices, with lecturer Tohru Higuchi at Tokyo University of Science (ACS Nano, "In Situ Tuning of Magnetization and Magnetoresistance in Fe3O4 Thin Film Achieved with All-Solid-State Redox Device").
June 27, 2016
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Low-resistance contacts move germanium electronics forward
Researchers at the University of Tokyo demonstrate that using germanides of metals at the metal-germanium interface with suitable surface crystal planes, greatly improves the contact resistance and device performance germanium semiconductor devices.
November 11, 2016
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Lowering the cost and environmental footprint of white LEDs with MOFs and graphene
Replacing traditional light bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could take a significant bite out of global energy consumption. But making white LEDs isn't completely benign or budget friendly. to help reduce the environmental footprint and cost of these lights, researchers have developed the first white LED with a hybrid, metal-organic framework material.
August 31, 2016
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Lust for power: Engineers develop non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold
Thanks to the discovery of a new material, a cooking pan could generate enough electricity to charge a cellphone in just a few hours. the team found that a combination of the chemical elements calcium, cobalt and terbium can create an efficient, inexpensive and bio-friendly material that can generate electricity through a thermoelectric process involving heat and cold air.
March 19, 2017
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Magnetic discovery could be tip of the 'ice'berg
A new material, called "rewritable magnetic charge ice," has an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields. the artificial, magnetically charged structure is formed by manipulating local magnetic charges that set the state of the magnetic "bits."
January 10, 2017
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Magnetic fields at the crossroads
From compasses used in ancient overseas navigation to electrical motors, sensors, and actuators in cars, magnetic materials have been a mainstay throughout human history. In addition, almost all information that exists in contemporary society is recorded in magnetic media, like hard drive disks.
March 7, 2017
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Magnetic sensors made to measure
Scientists at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron have discovered a method that paves the way for a new generation of magnetic sensors. Their procedure can be used to greatly extend the functionality of such sensors, which is limited when conventional production methods are used, so that sensors can now be individually tailored to a wide variety of new applications.
September 13, 2016
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Magnetically driven metal-insulator transition in a correlated spin-orbit material
Perhaps the most basic classification of a material is according to whether or not it conducts electricity in response to an applied electric field. However, our understanding of why the metallic state is preferred over the insulating one, or vice versa, is far from complete.
June 30, 2016
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Major Chinese Investment in Graphene Helps develop Lighter Planes
Aircraft and high-speed trains that are lighter with improved performance will be delivered by a key Chinese investment in graphene research.
July 26, 2016
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Major Progress in Smart Printed Electronics by AMBER
A team of researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research center hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have fabricated printed transistors entirely made up of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials for the first time.
April 7, 2017
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Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. T
August 08, 2016
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Making flexible electronics with nanowire networks
A smartphone touchscreen is an impressive piece of technology. It displays information and responds to a user's touch. But as many people know, it's easy to break key elements of the transparent, electrically conductive layers that make up even the sturdiest rigid touchscreen. If flexible smartphones, e-paper and a new generation of smart watches are to succeed, they can't use existing touchscreen technology.
June 5, 2017
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Making graphene using laser-induced phase separation
Researchers clarify how laser annealing technology can lead to production of ultrathin nanomaterials
December 1, 2016
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Making high quality vertical nanowires with full control over their size, density and distribution
Nanowires hold interesting properties that are not found in bulk materials, making them useful in components for novel electronic and photonic devices. There is much interest in the development of vertical, free-standing nanowires, as their versatility shows great promise. However, most current designs use bottom-up fabrication techniques that result in vertical nanowires being randomly distributed on semi-conducting substrates, limiting their usability.
August 29, 2016
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Making mechanically strong nanotubes with light
Organic nanotubes (ONTs) are tubular nanostructures composed of organic molecules that have unique properties and have found various applications, such as electro-conductive materials and organic photovoltaics. a group of scientists at Nagoya University have developed a simple and effective method for the formation of robust covalent ONTs from simple molecules. this method is expected to be useful in generating a range of nanotube-based materials with desirable properties.
August 30, 2016
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Making nail polish while powering fuel cells
Hydrogen is widely regarded as a promising and clean alternative energy source. the traditional source of hydrogen (H2) for fuel cell use is water, which is split into H2 and oxygen (O2). But O2 is a low-value product.
August 03, 2016
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Making sense of failure in light-harvesting semiconductors
While metal oxide semiconductors have been widely considered to exhibit outstanding durability, performance degradation in these solar energy harvesting components is frequently observed. Understanding the degradation is essential for developing stable, efficient photosystems.
September 12, 2016
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Making sodium-ion batteries that last
Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage.
February 15, 2017
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Making the most of nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology
Research by scientists at Swansea University is helping to meet the challenge of incorporating nanoscale structures into future semiconductor devices that will create new technologies and impact on all aspects of everyday life.
January 19, 2017
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Managing stress helps transistor performance
Tensile mechanical stress can have a useful effect for some transistors, where the resulting atomic strain allows its current-carrying electron-hole pairs better mobility. However, when that stress is applied to the whole device, as is a popular approach via use of what's called contact etching stop layers (CESLs), the drift region adjacent to the stretched channel is compressed and results in reduced performance.
May 16, 2017
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Marrying superconductors, lasers, and Bose-Einstein condensates
Chapman University Institute for Quantum Studies member Yutaka Shikano, Ph.D., recently had research published in Scientific Reports. Superconductors are one of the most remarkable phenomena in physics, with amazing technological implications. some of the technologies that would not be possible without superconductivity are extremely powerful magnets that levitate trains and MRI machines used to image the human body.
June 17, 2016
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Mass producing graphene using microwaves
Graphene, a material that could usher in the next generation of electronic and energy devices, could be closer than ever to mass production, thanks to microwaves.
September 27, 2016
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Mass Spectrometry Performance Improved by Triboelectric Nanogenerators
Mechanical energy harvested from the environment is converted into electricity by triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG). this electricity is used to recharge consumer electronics or powering small devices such as sensors.
February 28, 2017
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Materials that emit rainbows
Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. to date, most MCL materials only change between two colors, limiting their applications. a international research team has developed tricolor-changing MLC materials. not only that, the developed materials exhibited efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and allowed high performance organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) devices.
February 27, 2017
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June 22, 2016
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McLaren 570S Sprint: Among Exotics, an Entry-Level Track Car
For most of us, a beginner race car is a LeMons beater or possibly a spec Mazda Miata. for those who traipse between Manhattan loft and Miami penthouse, cars like the new McLaren 570S Sprint are how one gets a track fix.
June 22, 2016
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Measuring how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power
Measurement shows potential for building better solar cells by imaging fundamental properties of the material
January 11, 2017
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Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. a Japanese research team has clarified part of this mechanism, marking another step towards the potential development of artificial photosynthesis
April 17, 2017
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Meeting the challenges of nanotechnology: Nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology
Scientists show nanoscale modifications to the edge region of nanocontacts to nanowires can be used to engineer the electrical function of the interfaces.
January 19, 2017
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Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication Adds Cutting Edge Nanolithography Capability
Nanotechnology is widely considered to be the way of the future for electronics, medicine and many other scientific endeavours.
August 1, 2016
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Memory for future wearable electronics
Stretchable, flexible, reliable memory device inspired by the brain is now under development for wearable electronics. Scientists have constructed a memory called two-terminal tunnelling random access memory (TRAM), where two electrodes, referred to as drain and source, resemble the two communicating neurons of the synapse. While mainstream mobile electronics, like digital cameras and mobile phones use the so-called three-terminal flash memory, the advantage of two-terminal memories like TRAM is that two-terminal memories do not need a thick and rigid oxide layer.
September 2, 2016
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Memory for future wearable electronics
Last March, the artificial intelligence program AlphaGo beat Korean Go champion LEE Se-Dol at the Asian board game.
September 2, 2016
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Memristors Could be the Missing Link in Development of Bio-Electronic Medicines
A new University of Southampton-led study shows that a nanoscale device known as a memristor could possibly be the missing link in the advancements of implants. These implants require electrical signals from the brain to aid medical treatments.
September 27, 2016
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Memristors promise more precise and affordable neuroprosthetics
In a new paper, researchers from the University of Southampton, UK, and members of the EU-funded RAMP project, have demonstrated how memristors could help aid the development of more precise and affordable neuroprosthetics and bioelectric medicines.
October 5, 2016
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Mercedes to Add 2017 E-class's Safety, Cabin Tech to S-class
There was much hullabaloo–at least within the industry–when Mercedes-Benz introduced a host of high-tech active safety features and a high-def dashboard display in the 2017 E-class before those same bits hit the range-topping S-class. Traditionally, Benz's latest and greatest technologies have come to market on the S-class before trickling down to lesser models–but things are moving too fast for that rollout strategy these days. that doesn't mean the S is left out, for we've learned that the biggest Benz sedan will gain the E's for-now-exclusive gear soon enough.
June 17, 2016
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-In Hybrid to Get Wireless Charging
System may be integrated with car's autonomous features
June 17, 2016
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Metal in chains
The electronic energy states allowed by quantum mechanics determine whether a solid is an insulator or whether it conducts electric current as a metal. Researchers at ETH have now theoretically predicted a novel material whose energy states exhibit a hitherto unknown peculiarity.
September 13, 2016
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Metal to insulator transition understood
Physicists have for the first time succeeded in directly visualising on small scales how a material abruptly changes its state from conducting to insulating at low temperatures. Researchers Erik van Heumen of the University of Amsterdam and Alex McLeod from the University of California thereby provide evidence for a 60-year-old theory that explains this phenomenon and pave the way for more energy efficient technologies. the team's experiments are described in the latest edition of Nature Physics.
September 12, 2016
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Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.
May 17, 2017
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Microbiologists make big leap in developing 'green' electronics
Microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have discovered a new type of natural wire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the researchers' goal of developing sustainable "green" conducting materials for the electronics industry. the study by Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio ("Expressing the Geobacter metallireducens PilA in Geobacter sulfurreducens Yields Pili with Exceptional Conductivity"), the American Society of Microbiology's premier journal.
January 17, 2017
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Microsoft, Lenovo Accused of Blocking Linux on Signature Edition PCs
Laptops today are increasingly powerful. Right now, if you get a new laptop, the probability is that it comes with the new Windows 10 operating system but there are some people that prefer to have a choice when it comes to OS selection.
September 26, 2016
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Mini Vision Next 100 Concept: the Future of Old School
An autonomous tomorrow that's a lot like today.
June 17, 2016
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Mini-mal Differences: Mini Prices 2017 Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman
The 2017 Mini Clubman and the 2017 Mini Convertible will roll into the new model year with no price changes. Mini announced that both models will continue to start at $24,950 and $26,800, respectively, for base Cooper models, with more powerful Cooper S Clubman and Cooper S Convertible trims adding $3550 and $3650 to the bottom line.
June 17, 2016
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Miniscule amounts of impurities in vacuum greatly affecting OLED lifetime
Reproducibility is a necessity for science but has often eluded researchers studying the lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Recent research from Japan sheds new light on why: impurities present in the vacuum chamber during fabrication but in amounts so small that they are easily overlooked.
December 28, 2016
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MIPT Researchers Demonstrate Development of Compact Sources of Coherent Plasmons
The possibility to develop compact sources of coherent plasmons has been theoretically demonstrated by researchers from MIPT's Laboratory of 2D Materials' Optoelectronics, Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, and Tohoku University (Japan).
October 17, 2016
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MIT Researchers develop Method to Produce Highly Conductive, Wrinkle-Free, Single-Domain Graphene at Wafer Scale
Just like in a hair-raising thrill ride, electrons can move through graphene. Scientists have been aware for years that electrons can blitz through graphene close to the speed of light, much faster than they can move through silicon and other semiconducting materials.
April 4, 2017
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MIT Researchers Use Carbon Nanotubes to Reinforce Composite Materials
The most recent Boeing and Airbus passenger jets flying at present are built primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic. These materials are very light, durable and capable of minimizing the aircraft's overall weight by almost 20% compared to aluminum-bodied planes.
August 05, 2016
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MIT's Lithium-Oxygen Battery with new Chemistry Could Overcome Drawbacks in Conventional Lithium-Air Batteries
Portable electronic devices and electric cars can greatly benefit from lithium-air batteries, as these batteries have the potential to provide a high energy output in proportion to their weight. However there are some serious negatives.
July 27, 2016
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Mitsubishi to Spend $480 Million to Compensate Buyers for Fuel Economy Manipulation
Twenty Japanese-spec models had false fuel economy data, automaker says
June 17, 2016
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Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
The ability to assemble electronic building blocks consisting of individual molecules is an important objective in nanotechnology. An interdisciplinary research group is now significantly closer to achieving this goal. The team of researchers has successfully assembled and tested conductors and networks made up of individual, newly developed building block molecules.
May 18, 2017
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Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
The ability to assemble electronic building blocks consisting of individual molecules is an important objective in nanotechnology. An interdisciplinary research group at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is now significantly closer to achieving this goal.
May 18, 2017
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More stable qubits in perfectly normal silicon
The power of future quantum computers stems from the use of qubits, or quantum bits, which do not have to be either 0 or 1, but can also be 0 and 1 at the same time. It is not yet clear on which technology these qubits in quantum computers will be based, but qubits based on electron spins are looking more and more promising
October 4, 2016
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Movable microplatform floats on a sea of droplets
Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are tiny machines fabricated using equipment and processes developed for the production of electronic chips and devices. They've found a wide variety of applications in today's consumer electronics, but their moving parts can wear out over time as a result of friction.
December 16, 2016
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Moving beyond semiconductors for next-generation electric switches
Computers use switches to perform calculations. a complex film with "quantum wells"–regions that allow electron motion in only two dimensions–can be used to make efficient switches for high-speed computers
July 28, 2016
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MRI-powered mini-robots could offer targeted treatment
Invasive surgical techniques - cutting through the breastbone for open heart surgery or making a large incision to inspect an abdominal tumor - allow physicians to effectively treat disease but can lead to sometimes serious complications and dramatically slow healing for the patient.
March 7, 2017
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MSI unveils Their new Pre-Built Gaming Systems
MSI, the world's leading manufacturer of true gaming hardware, has fitted its Aegis gaming desktop line with the recently introduced Intel® Kaby Lake chipset. Besides the new chipset, MSI has revamped its high-end Aegis Series desktops in terms of design, convenience and performance.
January 5, 2017
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MSU Researcher Wins Major Award to Build Tools for Examining Nanomaterials
Erik Grumstrup studies a world where electrons act like bumper cars with atoms and change happens in less than a millionth of a billionth of a second.
June 5, 2017
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Much more Moore's Law: Wonder-stuff graphene transistor trickery
But this time it's a gardening job
July 11, 2016
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Multi-parameter microscopy aids design of improved optoelectronic devices
The National Physical Laboratory has developed a novel measurement method, providing simultaneous topographical, electrical, chemical and optical microscopy at the nanoscale for the first time.
March 24, 2017
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Multilayer Hexagonal Boron Nitride Enhances Capabilities of Electronic Devices
A promising strategy that has recently gained an increased amount of interest in both industry and academia is the use of two dimensional (2D) layered materials to enhance the capabilities of electronic devices.
March 8, 2017
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Nano Dimension Files Patent Application for Innovative Nanometric Conductive Ink
Recently, Nano Dimension Technologies filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to develop a new nanometric conductive ink based on a unique synthesis. the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading developer and manufacturer in the 3D Printed Electronics domain.
July 18, 2016
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Nano One Materials announces Issuance of Taiwanese Patent for Battery Applications
Nano One Materials Corp. is pleased to announce the issuance of Taiwanese Patent No. 201207152 related to batteries utilizing the proprietary lithium mixed metal oxides developed by Nano One. the method for making the proprietary oxides is discussed in previously issued U.S. Patent Nos. 9,136,534 and 9,159,999.
March 18, 2016
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Nano One's Patented Technology set to Redefine Battery Grade Lithium
The advantages of Nano One's patented technology were described by Dan Blondal, CEO of Nano One Materials today. Blondal explained how Nano One's patented technology could facilitate long range electric vehicle batteries to use lithium carbonate as a substitute to expensive and supply-constrained lithium hydroxide.
April 28, 2017
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Nano-hologram paves way for integration of 3-D holography into everyday electronics
An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics like smart phones, computers and TVs.
May 18, 2017
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Nano-imprinting technology improves transistor-based biosensors
Korean researchers are improving the fabrication of transistor-based biosensors by using silicon nanowires on their surface.
March 1, 2017
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Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Molybdenum disulfide, which is ubiquitously used as a solid lubricant, has recently been shown to have a two-dimensional (2D) form that is similar to graphene. But, when thinned down to less than a nanometer thick, MoS2 demonstrates properties with great promise as a functional material for electronic devices and surface coatings.
February 10, 2017
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Nano-Level Lubricant Tuning Enhances Material for Surface Coatings and Electronic Devices
Widely used as a solid lubricant, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has now been discovered to have a two-dimensional (2D) form that is similar to graphene. When MoS2 is thinned down to below a nanometer in thickness, it exhibits characteristics with great potential as a functional material for surface coatings and electronic devices.
February 13, 2017
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Nano-polycrystalline film leads to stronger magnetism compared to single-crystal films
To realize the next generation of devices for information processing based on new phenomena such as spintronics, multiferroics, magnetooptics, and magnonics, their constituent materials need to be developed. Recent rapid progress in nanotechnology allows us to fabricate nanostructures that are impossible to obtain in nature.
March 17, 2017
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Nano-sculptures for longer-lasting battery electrodes
Liquid metals can be fairly good atom thieves. Scientists use a liquid metal technique to selectively remove elements from a block of well-mixed metals and create intricate structures. However, researchers didn't know how the technique worked.
June 28, 2016
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Nano-SPEARs gently measure electrical signals in small animals
Microscopic probes developed at Rice University have simplified the process of measuring electrical activity in individual cells of small living animals. the technique allows a single animal like a worm to be tested again and again and could revolutionize data-gathering for disease characterization and drug interactions.
April 17, 2017
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Nano-switches for superconductivity
What makes this material unique is that its superconductivity can be turned on and off remotely, very much like the switching of electrical current in a transistor on a microchip. Utilizing this effect at the nanoscale, the researchers created superconducting circuits in a completely new way, which is impossible to achieve in other commonly known superconductors.
July 12, 2016
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Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells
A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Technical University of Denmark show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.
May 24, 2017
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'Nanoantenna-reactor'catalysts offer best of both worlds
In a find that could transform some of the world's most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers at Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts.
July 18, 2016
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Nanocoatings enhance surface effiencies in renewable energy systems
As the world's population continues to grow, so does our consumption of natural resources. Many of these resources are non-renewable, so research into renewable sources of energy is vital. Research led by Bournemouth University's Dr Zulfiqar Khan is tackling this issue through reducing corrosion, improving heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and using nano coatings to enhance surface effiencies in renewable energy systems.
July 25, 2016
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Nanoelectronic thread probes form reliable, scar-free integration with the brain
Engineering researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have designed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when implanted.
February 15, 2017
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Nanoengineers develop new magnetic ink to print self-healing devices that heal in record time
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a magnetic ink that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits.
November 2, 2016
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Nanophotonics team creates low-voltage, multicolor, electrochromic glass
Rice University's latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch.
March 8, 2017
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Nanophysics: Saving energy with a spot of silver
Tomorrow's computers will run on light, and gold nanoparticle chains show much promise as light conductors. Now Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich scientists have demonstrated how tiny spots of silver could markedly reduce energy consumption in light-based computation.
May 18, 2017
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Nanoscale view of energy storage
In a lab 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction.
January 16, 2017
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Nanotechnologists can now make orientation of magnetism adjustable in new materials
Nanotechnologists at the UT research institute MESA+ are now able to create materials in which they can influence and precisely control the orientation of the magnetism at will. An interlayer just 0.4 nanometres thick is the key to this success. the materials present a range of interesting possibilities, such as a new way of creating computer memory as well as spintronics applications -- a new form of electronics that works on the basis of magnetism instead of electricity.
March 8, 2016
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Nanotechnology and 3D printing, a mighty alliance to detect toxic liquids
Carbon nanotubes have made headlines in scientific journals for a long time, as has 3D printing. But when both combine with the right polymer, in this case a thermoplastic, something special occurs: electrical conductivity increases and makes it possible to monitor liquids in real time.
January 10, 2017
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Nanotechnology engineers design an infinitesimal computing device
In 1959 renowned physicist Richard Feynman, in his talk "Plenty of Room at the Bottom," spoke of a future in which tiny machines could perform huge feats. Like many forward-looking concepts, his molecule and atom-sized world remained for years in the realm of science fiction.
October 27, 2016
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Nanotechnology for energy materials: Electrodes like leaf veins
Scientists have recently demonstrated for these applications that networks of metallic mesh possessing fractal-like nano-features surpass other metallic networks in utility.
October 4, 2016
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Nanotechnology Helps Enhance Performance and Durability of Fuel Cells
Honda and Toyota are simultaneously launching fuel cell cars in the U.S. market. Researchers from Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology have worked together to develop a new technology that provides more 'oomph' to fuel cells.
August 10, 2016
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Nanotechnology: Lighting up ultrathin films
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials.
January 17, 2017
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Nanotechnology: Lighting up ultrathin films
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit㲠M (LMU) in Munich have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials.
January 17, 2017
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Nanotubes with Similar Structures can Exhibit Different Properties
Nanotubes can be used for many things: electrical circuits, batteries, innovative fabrics and more. Scientists have noted, however, that nanotubes, whose structures appear similar, can actually exhibit different properties, with important consequences in their applications.
September 15, 2016
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National Taiwan University Selects Ultratech Fiji G2 ALD System for Research Activities
Ultratech, Inc., a leading supplier of lithography, laser-processing and inspection systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), as well as atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems, today announced that National Taiwan University's (NTU) Nanoelectronic and Nanophotonic Materials Laboratory (NNML) has selected the Fiji G2 ALD system for their research activities. the NNML will serve as a focal point of collaborative research with Ultratech-CNT, as well as a demonstration site for customers interested in Ultratech-CNT's ALD systems.
June 30, 2016
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Neutron diffraction studies reveal origins of deterioration in lithium batteries
Researchers use diffraction data from pulsed high-intensity neutrons to understand the reactions that deteriorate lithium batteries during operation. the findings are published in Scientific Reports.
June 30, 2016
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New 2D Materials Prove to be Fast in Conducting Electricity
New two-dimensional materials, with breakthrough magnetic and electrical attributes capable of making them building blocks of future quantum computers and several other improved electronics, have been fabricated by physicists at the University of California, Irvine.
April 27, 2017
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New 3D design for mobile microbatteries
In the race towards miniaturization, a French-US team-mostly involving researchers from the CNRS, Universite de Lille, Universite de Nantes and Argonne National Laboratory (US) as part of the Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E)1-has succeeded in improving the energy density of a rechargeable battery without increasing its size (limited to a few square millimeters in mobile sensors).
October 11, 2016
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New anode material set to boost lithium-ion battery capacity
A new approach developed by a team of researchers, led by Prof. Jaephil Cho (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering) could hold the key to greatly improving the performance of commercial lithium-ion batteries.
December 13, 2016
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New approach captures the energy of slow motion
A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers.
December 21, 2016
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New approach may accelerate design of high-power batteries
Research led by a Stanford scientist promises to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices, such as car batteries.
April 21, 2017
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New approach to computing boosts energy efficiency
A European research project led by Chalmers University of Technology has launched a set of tools that will make computer systems more energy efficient -- a critical issue for modern computing. Using the framework of the project programmers has been able to provide large data streaming aggregations 54 times more energy efficient than with standard implementations.
August 29, 2016
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New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles
High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are generally made with graphite or other carbon-based materials.
April 18, 2017
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New bilayer material could lead to more efficient and versatile light emission, such as bendy LED screens
A cover story appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Nanoscale Horizons reports a new bilayer material, with each layer measuring less than one nanometer in thickness, that someday could lead to more efficient and versatile light emission.
February 15, 2017
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New biofuel cell with energy storage
Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. with the aid of enzymatic processes, what's known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. the trick: the enzymes are embedded in a stable polymer gel, which can store a large amount of energy.
November 15, 2016
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New 'Biowire' Developed by Scientists
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have genetically developed a new bacteria strain that creates thin, highly conductive wires using natural, non-toxic amino acids. the development has been published in the recent issue of the journal Small.
July 18, 2016
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New Book Provides Innovative Solutions to Build Nanoelectronic Devices Using NanoDsim
In the year 2015, Intel, Samsung and TSMC began to mass-market the 14nm technology called FinFETs. In the same year, IBM, working with Global Foundries, Samsung, SUNY, and various equipment suppliers, announced their success in fabricating 7nm devices. a 7nm silicon channel is about 50 atomic layers and these devices are truly atomic! It is clear that we have entered an era of atomic scale transistors. how do we model the carrier transport in such atomic scale devices?
July 27, 2016
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New 'bottlebrush' electroactive polymers make dielectric elastomers increasingly viable for use in devices
A multi-institutional research team has developed a new electroactive polymer material that can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field. the advance overcomes two longstanding challenges regarding the use of electroactive polymers to develop new devices, opening the door to a suite of applications ranging from microrobotics to designer haptic, optic, microfluidic and wearable technologies. the work was performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Akron.
November 9, 2016
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New breakthrough in battery charging technology
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has developed a single-unit, photo-rechargeable portable power source based on high-efficiency silicon solar cells and lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).
April 24, 2017
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New breed of optical soliton wave discovered
Applied scientists led by Caltech's Kerry Vahala have discovered a new type of optical soliton wave that travels in the wake of other soliton waves, hitching a ride on and feeding off of the energy of the other wave
September 6, 2016
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New classes of printable electrically conducting polymer materials for flexible electronics
Semiconductors, which are the very basic components of electronic devices, have improved our lives in many ways. they can be found in lighting, displays, solar modules and microprocessors that are installed in almost all modern day devices, from mobile phones, washing machines, and cars, to the emerging Internet of Things. to innovate devices with better functionality and energy efficiency, researchers are constantly looking for better ways to make them, in particular from earth-abundant materials using eco-friendly processes.
January 13, 2017
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New diode features optically controlled capacitance
A team of researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology has developed a new capacitor with a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) diode structure that is tunable by illumination. The capacitor, which features embedded metal nanoparticles, is similar to a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diode, except that the capacitance of the new device depends on illumination and exhibits a strong frequency dispersion, allowing for a high degree of tunability.
June 6, 2017
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New design strategy for longer lasting batteries
It's always exciting to bring home a new smartphone that seems to do anything, but it can be all downhill from there. with every charge and discharge cycle, the device's battery capacity lowers a little bit more – eventually rendering the device completely useless.
January 23, 2017
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New discovery could better predict how semiconductors weather abuse
Mimicking nature is not easy, but new insights by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could help create a viable artificial system of photosynthesis.
July 5, 2016
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New electrical energy storage nanomaterial shows its power
A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichtel and his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range.
August 24, 2016
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New energies in gas sensing
Gas detectors capable of sensing minute quantities of pollutants could help better monitor air quality. KAUST researchers have discovered a two-dimensional electronic material that exhibits high sensitivity to gas molecules, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia (NH3).
April 14, 2017
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New Energy Generating Fabric Uses Wind and Sun to Power Devices
Textiles capable of producing electricity from physical movement have been known for a while. a team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further and created a fabric that can concurrently harvest energy using both motion and sunshine.
September 14, 2016
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New Energy Storage Material Designed for Electric Vehicles
Penn State materials researchers have achieved the energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material possessing high power density, high energy density, and superior charge-discharge efficiency for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
August 24, 2016
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New fabric uses sun and wind to power devices
Fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for a few years. now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
September 13, 2016
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New Findings Impact Development of Nano-Patterned Materials in Optical, Magnetic or Electronic Devices
A team of researchers from Clarkson University have recently announced a significant conclusion that could have huge impacts on the futuristic growth of the nano-manufacturing industry. Their research to develop a model that will help in the process of random sequential adsorption (RSA) highlights that even a small doubt in the location of the lattice landing sites can majorly affect the density of the deposit that has been permanently formed.
June 29, 2016
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New Flexible Supercapacitors Show Promise for Energy Storage Applications
Scientists at the NanoScience Technology Center of University of Central Florida (UCF) have developed a novel method for producing flexible supercapacitors that can store more amount of energy and can be recharged over 30,000 times without any sign of degradation. this new process could transform technology such as electric vehicles and mobile phones in the future.
November 22, 2016
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New grant to boost organic semiconductor research
Most people aren't accustomed to hearing "organic" and "semiconductor" in the same sentence. But the words flow naturally for Erin Ratcliff, a University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering with a chemistry background.
July 25, 2016
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New graphene-based system could help us 'see' electrical signaling in heart and nerve cells
Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, to function like the film of an incredibly sensitive camera system in visually mapping tiny electric fields in a liquid. Researchers hope the new method will allow more extensive and precise imaging of the electrical signaling networks in our hearts and brains.
December 16, 2016
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New Graphene-Based Technique for Allowing Control of Terahertz Waves
The terahertz waves span frequency ranges between the infrared spectrum (used, for instance, for night vision) and gigahertz waves (which are used, among others applications, in Wi-Fi connections). Terahertz waves help to detect materials that are undetectable at other frequencies. However, the application of these waves is severely restricted due to the absence of appropriate materials and devices to control them.
March 8, 2017
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New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
A new type of battery developed by scientists at Oregon State University shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage.
February 20, 2017
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New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon
Energy storage devices called supercapacitors have become a hot area of research, in part because they can be charged rapidly and deliver intense bursts of power. However, all supercapacitors currently use components made of carbon, which require high temperatures and harsh chemicals to produce.
October 11, 2016
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New Layered Material Could Help develop Reduced Graphene Oxide-Based Transistors
A research team at North Carolina State University (NC State) has developed a new method for changing positively charged (p-type) reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into negatively charged (n-type) rGO. the resultant layered material can be employed to develop rGO-based transistors, which can be used in electronic devices.
March 31, 2017
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New lithium metal batteries could double the life of smartphones, electric cars, and drones
MIT spinoff SolidEnergy Systems plans to release a high-capacity lithium metal battery for drones in November, and phones in 2017.
August 17, 2016
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New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. that could open the door for a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices - and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius.
January 19, 2017
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New Malleable Magnetic Memory Chip Developed by Scientists
Implanting magnetic memory chips on flexible plastic surfaces, while ensuring high performance, can now be done with a new method.
July 20, 2016
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New material could advance superconductivity
Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. a metallic state of hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials that have no resistance to the flow of electrons, which increases electricity transfer efficiency many times over.
July 28, 2016
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New material could lead to erasable and rewriteable optical chips
A military drone flying on a reconnaissance mission is captured behind enemy lines, setting into motion a team of engineers who need to remotely delete sensitive information carried on the drone's chips. Because the chips are optical and not electronic, the engineers can now simply flash a beam of UV light onto the chip to instantly erase all content. Disaster averted.
December 6, 2016
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New material discovery allows study of elusive Weyl fermion
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a new type of Weyl semimetal, a material that opens the way for further study of Weyl fermions, a type of massless elementary particle hypothesized by high-energy particle theory and potentially useful for creating high-speed electronic circuits and quantum computers.
August 15, 2016
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New material for the electron injection layer and transport layer of organic electroluminescence displays
As part of the Strategic Basic Research Programs of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), research group led by Professor Hideo Hosono at Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed two new oxide semiconductors which are suitable for organic electronics (PNAS, "Transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors for organic electronics: Application to inverted OLEDs").
February 17, 2017
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New material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment
The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.
April 28, 2017
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New method allows to study individual defects in transistors
Scientists from the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a method for studying individual defects in transistors. all computer chips, which are each made up of huge numbers of transistors, contain millions of minor 'flaws'.
December 6, 2016
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New Method Considerably Enhances Efficiency of Nanoparticle Photoluminescence
Lomonosov MSU physicists found a way to "force" silicon nanoparticles to glow in response to radiation strongly enough to replace expensive semiconductors used in display business. According to Maxim Shcherbakov, researcher at the Department of Quantum Electronics of the Moscow State University and one of the authors of the study, the developed method considerably enhances the efficiency of nanoparticle photoluminescence.
September 12, 2016
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New method developed for analyzing photonic crystal structure
A new technique developed by MIT researchers reveals the inner details of photonic crystals, synthetic materials whose exotic optical properties are the subject of widespread research.
November 24, 2016
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New method for making green LEDs enhances their efficiency and brightness
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have developed a new method for making brighter and more efficient green light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Using an industry-standard semiconductor growth technique, they have created gallium nitride (GaN) cubic crystals grown on a silicon substrate that are capable of producing powerful green light for advanced solid-state lighting (Applied Physics Letters, ""Maximizing Cubic Phase Gallium Nitride Surface Coverage on Nano-patterned Silicon (100)").
July 29, 2016
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New Method Using Nano-Antennas Helps Control Light Propagation in Waveguides
A method to control the propagation of light in confined pathways, or waveguides, has been developed by a team of Columbia Engineering researchers headed by Applied Physics Assistant Professor Nanfang Yu.
April 18, 2017
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New microchip demonstrates efficiency and scalable design
Princeton University researchers have built a new computer chip that promises to boost performance of data centers that lie at the core of online services from email to social media.
August 22, 2016
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New microfluidic device offers means for studying electric field cancer therapy
Researchers at MIT's research center in Singapore have developed a new microfluidic device that tests the effects of electric fields on cancer cells. they observed that a range of low-intensity, middle-frequency electric fields effectively stopped breast and lung cancer cells from growing and spreading, while having no adverse effect on neighboring healthy cells.
July 5, 2016
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New Model Accurately Predicts Electronic Properties of a Combination of 2D Semiconductors
Bandgap is the so-called defining property of a semiconductor, and it is considered to be a barrier that prevents electrons within a particular energy range from passing through a material.
February 7, 2017
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New nano-optics study offers insight for improved plasmonic grating design
University of Arkansas researchers have discovered that a newly developed plasmonic fabrication capability and design can improve the performance of biosensors, solar cells and photodetectors.
September 21, 2016
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New nanocoating for space tech applications
Experimental physicists in the research group led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University have developed a thin nanomaterial with superconducting properties. Below about -200 °C these materials conduct electricity without loss, levitate magnets and can screen magnetic fields.
April 6, 2017
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New nanofiber marks important step in next generation battery development
One of the keys to building electric cars that can travel longer distances and to powering more homes with renewable energy is developing efficient and highly capable energy storage systems.
March 10, 2017
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New Nanoscale Wireless Communication System Increases Information Transmission Speed
The need to develop components with increased efficiency and speed, at scales that are small enough to function on a computer chip, is becoming important in the quest for next-generation technologies.
August 26, 2016
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New Nanowires-Filled Electric Mesh Device Holds Promise in Improving Heart Function During Heart Failure
A team of researchers guided by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University have created a novel electric mesh device. this device is designed to be wrapped around the heart to convey electrical impulses such that cardiac function can be enhanced in trial models of heart failure. Heart failure is a key public health issue, which leads to mortality and disability in certain cases.
June 29, 2016
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New optical material offers unprecedented control of light and thermal radiation
A team led by Nanfang Yu, assistant professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, has discovered a new phase-transition optical material and demonstrated novel devices that dynamically control light over a much broader wavelength range and with larger modulation amplitude than what has currently been possible.
August 30, 2016
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New organic lasers one step closer to reality
New research could make lasers emitting a wide range of colors more accessible and open new applications from communications and sensing to displays.
April 28, 2017
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New organic-inorganic hybrid material may be the future for more efficient technologies
An organic-inorganic hybrid material may be the future for more efficient technologies that can generate electricity from either light or heat or devices that emit light from electricity.
February 13, 2017
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New perovskite research discoveries may lead to solar cell, LED advances
"Promising" and "remarkable" are two words U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory scientist Javier Vela uses to describe recent research results on organolead mixed-halide perovskites (Chemistry Materials, "Persistent Dopants and Phase Segregation in Organolead Mixed-Halide Perovskites").
September 7, 2016
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New Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog: 1000's of Standard Piezo Transducers, Components, Assemblies
Industry and research rely on piezoelectric solutions in high tech applications such as medical engineering, mechanical engineering, flow metering, automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor technology. Piezo systems leader PI Ink-jet printable and biocompatible layered electronics

New platinum-based catalysts boost activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells
Fuel cells are a promising technology for clean and efficient electrical power generation, but their cost, activity, and durability are key challenges to commercialization. Today's fuel cells use expensive platinum (Pt)-based nanoparticles as catalysts to accelerate the reactions involved in converting the chemical energy from renewable fuels--such as hydrogen, methanol, and ethanol--into electrical energy.
December 19, 2016
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New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers
Physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech have discovered the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal -- a new state of matter that may have applications in ultrafast quantum computers of the future.
April 20, 2017
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New quantum states for better quantum memories
Conventional memories used in today's computers only differentiate between the bit values 0 and 1. In quantum physics, however, arbitrary superpositions of these two states are possible. Most of the ideas for new quantum technology devices rely on this "Superposition Principle".
November 23, 2016
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New research facilitates tuning of thermal conductivity of 2D materials
A research team has discovered a surprising way to direct the thermal conductivity of 2D materials, which will assist electronics designers to dissapate heat in electronic gadgets that utilize these materials.
October 22, 2016
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New research reveals rich potential of holey graphene for battery systems
A recent research reveals that in a battery system, electrodes containing porous graphene scaffolding deliver a considerable improvement in both the retention and transport of energy. Typically, methods to increase the density of stored charge conflict with those that aim to enhance the speed at which ions can travel through a material.
May 12, 2017
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New 'Star-Spangled' Nanomaterial May Open Door to Advanced Electronics
A research team from the University of Texas at Dallas has been involved in analyzing a variety of materials for several years hoping to find one with electrical properties that may be suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power future electronic devices.
March 19, 2017
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New study of ferroelectrics offers roadmap to multivalued logic for neuromorphic computing
Research published in Nature Scientific Reports lays out a theoretical map to use ferroelectric material to process information using multivalued logic a leap beyond the simple ones and zeroes that make up our current computing systems that could let us process information much more efficiently.
February 14, 2017
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New study suggests 2-D boron may be best for flexible electronics
Though they're touted as ideal for electronics, two-dimensional materials like graphene may be too flat and hard to stretch to serve in flexible, wearable devices. "Wavy" borophene might be better, according to Rice University scientists.
October 4, 2016
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New Switchable Metamaterials Could Lead to Advanced Optical Devices
Metamaterials play a bigger role in invisibility cloaks than magic. the materials are human-engineered and they have properties that are not seen in nature, enabling them to bend and manipulate light in unusual ways.
August 03, 2016
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New system for exploring superconductivity
The discovery in 1986 that a copper-based compound conducts electricity without resistance at much higher temperatures than conventional superconductors rocked the world of physics as it seemed like the holy grail of superconduction at room temperature was within reach. However, while cuprates that conduct at even higher temperatures have since been found, room-temperature superconduction still feels like a distant goal. Furthermore, despite three decades of feverish effort, scientists do not fully understand how cuprates superconduct.
January 20, 2017
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New tabletop technique probes outermost electrons of atoms deep inside solids
It may be unwise to judge a book by its cover, but you can tell a lot about a material from the outermost electrons in its atoms.
November 23, 2016
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New technique for creating NV-doped nanodiamonds may be boost for quantum computing
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating NV-doped single-crystal nanodiamonds, only four to eight nanometers wide, which could serve as components in room-temperature quantum computing technologies. These doped nanodiamonds also hold promise for use in single-photon sensors and nontoxic, fluorescent biomarkers.
November 2, 2016
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New technique for Producing Increasingly Efficient Intermetallic Nanoparticles for Fuel Cell Applications
A method for producing more efficient, smaller intermetallic nanoparticles, for fuel cell applications, has been discovered by scientists at Ames Laboratory. this new method also uses less of the expensive precious metal platinum.
May 10, 2017
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New technique for testing nanomaterials
An engineer has invented a method for analyzing nanowires at temperatures approaching 800 degrees Fahrenheit in first-ever experiments, showing the valuable role the materials could play in converting excess heat from machines and electronics into useable electricity.
July 13, 2016
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New technique integrates graphene, graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide onto silicon chips at room temperature
Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows them to integrate graphene, graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide onto silicon substrates at room temperature by using nanosecond pulsed laser annealing.
September 13, 2016
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New Technique to Bond Chips Uses Ink with Silver Nanoparticles
Today in electronics there are two main approaches to building circuits: the rigid one (silicon circuits) and the new, more appealing, flexible one based on paper and polymeric substrates that can be combined with 3-D printing. to date, chips are used to reach the reliable and high electrical performance needed for sophisticated specialized functions.
March 15, 2017
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New Technique Yields new Nanomaterial for Potential Use in Bendable, Wearable Electronics
An international team of nanomaterials researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University have devised a low-cost and simple technique to develop a new, ultrathin film that is both highly conductive to electric current and transparent.
November 23, 2016
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New Theory by Rice Scientists Enhance Heat Sinks in Future Microelectronics
Rice University scientists suggest that bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help to dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices.
November 30, 2016
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New theory could lead to new generation of energy friendly optoelectronics
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics, leading to less heat generation and power consumption in electronic devices which source, detect, and control light.
August 22, 2016
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New tri-layer structure increases energy density in lithium batteries
Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries.
October 22, 2016
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New type of buckypaper could pave the way for more protective materials and efficient batteries
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have developed a novel type of "buckypaper" -- a thin film composed of carbon nanotubes -- that has better thermal and electrical properties than most types of buckypaper previously developed. Researchers believe the innovative buckypaper could be used to create ultra-lightweight composite materials for numerous aerospace and energy applications, including advanced lightning strike protection on airplanes and more powerful lithium-ion batteries.
September 20, 2016
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New ultra-thin semiconductor could extend life of Moore's Law
Following a decade of intensive research into graphene and two-dimensional materials a new semiconductor material shows potential for the future of super-fast electronics.
November 21, 2016
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New Ultrafast Flexible and Transparent Memory Devices May be Precursor to new Age of Electronics
Engineering experts from the University of Exeter have come up with a breakthrough way to create the smallest, quickest, highest-capacity memories for transparent and flexible applications that could lead to a future golden age of electronics.
April 3, 2017
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New X-Ray microscopy technique reveals nanoscale secrets of rechargeable batteries
There's a new tool in the push to engineer rechargeable batteries that last longer and charge more quickly. An X-ray microscopy technique recently developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has given scientists the ability to image nanoscale changes inside lithium-ion battery particles as they charge and discharge.
August 04, 2016
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New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers
The era of quantum computers is one step closer as a result of research published in the current issue of the journal Science. the research team has devised and demonstrated a new way to pack a lot more quantum computing power into a much smaller space and with much greater control than ever before.
June 27, 2016
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Newly Developed Microsupercapacitors may Enable new Generation of "Smart" Products
Of late, energy storage units that can be incorporated into wearable and flexible electronic systems are gaining in importance. a research team from KAUST has recently developed a microsupercapacitor that exploits 3D porous electrodes. There is anticipation that these micropower units will enable a new generation of "smart"products, such as self-powered sensors for wearables, structural health monitoring, security, and internet of things applications.
December 6, 2016
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Next generation anode to improve lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have created a new silicon-tin nanocomposite anode that could lead to lithium-ion batteries that can be charged and discharged more times before they reach the end of their useful lives. the longer-lasting batteries could be used in everything from handheld electronic devices to electric vehicles.
August 03, 2016
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Next Generation Silicon Photonic Optical Network
FLIR Systems X6540sc thermal imaging camera is being used by the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) as part of a thermal microscope system to image the silicon photonic optical network unit (ONU) for next generation passive optical networks (NG-PONs) developed in the European FP7-Project "FABULOUS".
November 29, 2016
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Next-Gen Aston Martin Vanquish Could Have Over 700 hp
Twin-turbo V-12 from DB11 could receive a significant power boost
June 22, 2016
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Next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting thanks to new phosphor?
Researchers from KU Leuven, the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more efficient.
June 23, 2016
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Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut
A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery -- which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery -- overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial development by mimicking the structure of the cells which allow us to absorb nutrients.
October 26, 2016
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Nickel graphene nanocomposite can be tuned for optimal fracture strength
In a new computational study published in the Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society ("Dislocation Nucleation in Nickel-Graphene Nanocomposites Under Mode I Loading"), University of Arkansas engineering researchers found that nanocomposites composed of layers of nickel and graphene – a promising new material for flexible electronics devices – can be tuned for optimal fracture strength by manipulating the structural arrangement of the graphene sheets.
September 19, 2016
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Nickel, Graphene Serve as Promising new Material for Flexible Electronics Devices
In a new computational study published in the Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, University of Arkansas engineering researchers found that nanocomposites composed of layers of nickel and graphene – a promising new material for flexible electronics devices – can be tuned for optimal fracture strength by manipulating the structural arrangement of the graphene sheets.
September 20, 2016
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NIST Team Studies Transfer of Nanoscale Motion via Microelectromechanical System
From the printing press to the jet engine, mechanical machines with moving parts have been the basis of technology for several centuries. with the U.S. industry developing smaller mechanical systems, they experience greater challenges - microscopic parts tend to stick together and wear out when they come in touch with each other.
September 14, 2016
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Nonlinear optics
The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers' energy requirements will exceed the world's total power output by 2040.
February 21, 2017
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Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.
April 21, 2017
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Novel self-assembly can tune the electronic properties of graphene
In what could prove to be a significant advance in fabricating new technologies, scientists discovered a new self-assembly mechanism that surprisingly drives negatively charged molecules to clump together to form islands when graphene is supported by an electrical insulator.
July 27, 2016
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Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
November 29, 2016
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OLED Electrodes Made from Graphene
There have been a number of miracle materials throughout history and one of the latest examples is graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon. It earned this title because it is exceptionally strong and hard while still being flexible, transparent, and highly conductive. These are desirable properties for a number of applications and for the first time, researchers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the GLADIATOR project have successfully made functional OLED electrodes from the material.
January 4, 2017
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One-dimensional crystals for low-temperature thermoelectric cooling
Thermoelectric cooling is a solid-state refrigeration process where the heat in an electrically conductive material is transferred using the material's own conduction electrons without any need for the gaseous coolants, such as chlorofluorocarbons, that are used in conventional refrigeration.
May 24, 2017
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ONR-Sponsored Scientists Create Electrical Wires Using Renewable "Green" Energy Resources
Scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have genetically modified a common soil bacteria to create electrical wires that not only conduct electricity, but are thousands of times thinner than a human hair.
August 17, 2016
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Organic electronics can use power from socket
Printed electronics and organic light-emitting devices now perform at levels sufficient for a number of eco-friendly, energy-efficient applications. Previously the idea has been to drive the organic electronics using solar cells, batteries or wireless transformers, which works well in many cases.
March 21, 2017
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Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
No more error-prone evaporation deposition, drop casting or printing: Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and FSU Jena have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets, which can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.
May 8, 2017
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Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties
Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany) and the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), have devised a novel supramolecular strategy to introduce tunable 1D periodic potentials upon self-assembly of ad hoc organic building blocks on graphene, opening the way to the realization of hybrid organic--inorganic multilayer materials with unique electronic and optical properties.
March 29, 2017
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Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites could be a game changer for future spintronic devices
A University of Utah-led team has discovered that organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites could be a game changer for future spintronic devices.
May 29, 2017
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Origin Omni review: the first true enthusiast all-in-one PC
This wide-screen, curved all-in-one has what it takes for gaming.
October 3, 2016
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Overview of synthesizing hybrid nanomaterials with microfluidics
Hybrid nanomaterials (nanohybrids) are composed of two or more components -- at least one of which is nanoscale -- exhibiting many distinct physicochemical properties and hold great promise for applications in optics, electronics, magnetics, new energy, environment protection, and biomedical engineering.
May 9, 2017
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Oxford Nanoimaging Reports on the use of their Super-Resolution Nanoimager in the BioMAN Laboratory, Arizona State University in Tempe for the Biophysics Study of Protein Machines.
Oxford Nanoimaging reports on the use of their super-resolution Nanoimager in the BioMAN Laboratory, Arizona State University in Tempe for the biophysics study of protein machines. Oxford Nanoimaging Limited manufacture and sell custom microscopes offering super-resolution and single-molecule capabilities to research users.
May 9, 2017
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Park Systems Launches Park NX20 300mm Research Atomic Force Microscope with Full 300 mm Semiconductor Wafer Scan
Park Systems, world leading manufacturer of Atomic Force Microscopes today announced Park NX20 300mm, the first and only research AFM on the market capable of scanning the entire sample area of 300 mm wafers using a 300 mm vacuum chuck while keeping the system noise level below 0.5angstrom RMS.
August 04, 2016
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Particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronics
You may not realize it but alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices.
February 17, 2017
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Patented bioelectrodes have electrifying taste for waste
New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications ("Mechanistic stratification in electroactive biofilms of Geobacter sulfurreducens mediated by pilus nanowires") shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity - a process that's ready to be scaled up to industrial levels.
August 02, 2016
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Patterning Monolayer Graphene Nanoribbons with Zigzag Edges
It has become feasible to create a high-quality material - monolayer graphene nanoribbon with zigzag edges - for semiconductors and spintronic devices.
August 02, 2016
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Patterning smaller junctions for ultrathin devices
Making faster, more powerful electronics requires smaller but still uniform connections, or junctions, between different materials. for the first time, researchers created extremely small, 5-nanometer-wide junctions, which were made in a specific pattern using two different planar, or flat, semiconductors (Nature Communications, "Patterned arrays of lateral heterojunctions within monolayer two-dimensional semiconductors").
June 17, 2016
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Patterns that push the limits
What about putting your logo on LED lamp to project the picture on the wall? Or do you want your money to shine in different nano-colours depending on the value? with a new method from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg this is possible.
November 18, 2016
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Paving the way toward novel strong, conductive materials
Action figures of the Man of Steel are rarely made out of steel. they are, like seemingly everything in our lives, made of cheap, easy to mold plastic. But what if steel and other metals were as easy to work with as plastic?
August 03, 2016
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Peeling off the silicene layers for new electronics
Much like an overcooked dinner, the next so-called wonder material for next-generation electronics has been 'stuck to the pan' until researchers at the UOW's Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) came up with a breakthrough solution.
August 1, 2016
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Peering inside blown-up batteries
Maybe you've noticed your phone is running hot, or the battery life just isn't what it used to be. Perhaps you tried taking a peek at the battery pack, only to discover that the battery has swollen up like a pillow.
December 1, 2016
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Perovskite solar cells - a true alternative to silicon?
The growing need for 'green' energy sources combined with silicon solar cells' stagnating power conversion efficiencies have lead to a keen search for an alternative to silicon that would bring about a major change. Perovskite solar cell technology, boasting potential for high efficiency, low-cost scalable photovoltaic solar cells, may just be a suitable contender in this race.
December 1, 2016
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'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.
May 3, 2017
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Personalized energy
Being cut off from electricity doesn't just affect whether we can make a phone call or heat dinner; it affects a doctor's ability to perform surgery, a police officer's ability to respond to a 911 call, and a city's ability to provide basic services to its citizens.
March 8, 2016
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Phenomen project to lay the foundations for a new age of information processing
The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) is taking part in the European project PHENOMEN which kicked off last September. Funded through the highly-competitive H2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-Open) programme, it aims to lay the foundations of a new information technology. PHENOMEN is a ground-breaking project that will combine advances in photonics, mechanics and electronics to develop the first optically-driven phonon sources and detectors, all at the nanoscale.
December 9, 2016
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Phononics pioneer probes the untapped powers of sound
For decades, advances in electronics and optics have driven progress in information technology, energy and biomedicine. now researchers at the University of Arizona are pioneering a new field -- phononics, the science of sound -- with repercussions potentially just as profound.
August 17, 2016
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Phosphorene reveals its superconductivity
A new atomically thin material similar to graphene has been proven to be a promising new superconductive material.
April 12, 2017
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Photon energy as the third dimension in crystallographic texture analysis
Whether building bone, shells, or corals, living creatures are true masters of crystallization. In the laboratory, this amazing precision cannot be duplicated yet. the processes and many of the precise structures of bio minerals remain largely unexplored.
August 04, 2016
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Photonic crystal and nanowire combo advances 'photonic integration'
While bigger nanowires can improve light confinement and performance, it increases both energy consumption and device footprint -- both of which are considered 'fatal' when it comes to integration. Addressing this problem, researchers came up with an approach that involves combining a sub-wavelength nanowire with a photonic crystal platform.
April 3, 2017
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Photonic crystal and nanowire combo advances 'photonic integration'
Contrary to the tremendous success story of electronic integration, photonic integration is still in its infancy. One the most serious obstacles it faces is the need to use a variety of materials to achieve different functions -- unlike electronic integration. to complicate matters further, many of the materials required for photonic integration aren't compatible with silicon integration technology.
April 3, 2017
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Photovoltaics and batteries: an expensive combination
Solar power can cover up to 40% of the electricity needs of a typical Belgian household. Going beyond that level becomes really expensive: using batteries coupled with solar panels would be twice as expensive as using the power grid.
May 15, 2017
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Photovoltaics stand to profit from electronic 'catastrophes'
By precisely fabricating nanoscale junctions between two metal oxides, RIKEN researchers have found a way to transform an electrically neutral semiconductor into a polarized material capable of capturing large quantities of light-generated charges ("Spontaneous polarization and bulk photovoltaic effect driven by polar discontinuity in LaFeO3/SrTiO3 heterojunctions").
July 8, 2016
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Physicists decipher electronic properties of materials in work that may change transistors
University of Texas at Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.
December 2, 2016
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Physicists design 2-D materials that conduct electricity at almost the speed of light
Physicists at the University of California, Irvine and elsewhere have fabricated new two-dimensional quantum materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them building blocks of future quantum computers and other advanced electronics.
April 26, 2017
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Physicists develop ultrathin superconducting film
New nano-coating for space tech applications
April 6, 2017
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Physicists discover how electricity is conducted in a type of two-dimensional material
The discovery has the potential to revolutionise the development of the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to transport and from banking to medical technology.
December 16, 2016
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Physicists Get First Glimpse of Inner Workings of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Devices
A team of physicists keen to enhance the tech gadgetry of the next generation have succeeded in getting the very first glimpse of what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device.
July 19, 2016
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Physicists observe spontaneous mechanical buckling in freestanding graphene
An international team of physicists, led by researchers at the University of Arkansas, has observed spontaneous mechanical buckling in freestanding graphene using scanning tunneling microscopy, indicating it has potential to be a new electronic power source.
September 14, 2016
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Physicists solve decades-old scientific mystery of negative differential resistance
With a storied history that includes more than a half-century of research, a Nobel Prize, and multiple attempts at practical applications, the story of negative differential resistance--or NDR--reads like a scientific mystery, a mystery that University of Alberta physicists have at last succeeded in unraveling.
January 5, 2017
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Physicists Tap Properties of Plasmons to Expand the Color Range of Color-Changing Glass
A recent nanophotonics study carried out at Rice University can broaden the color palette available for companies in the rapidly growing market for glass windows with the ability to change color by just the click of an electric switch.
March 9, 2017
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Physicists Use DNA-Based Nanowires to Conduct Electricity
The world's smallest transistor is now smaller than the AIDS virus. In the past 60 years, the industry has reduced the size of the central elements of computer chips to 14 nm. However, traditional methods are reaching their physical limits.
November 10, 2016
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Piezo Systems for Microscopy, the Semiconductor Industry, and Photonics Ready for Use Even Faster
PI (Physik Instrumente) offers shorter lead times for selected piezo-based positioning systems and nanopositioning controllers. this enables even faster prototype set-up and faster integration of products into the application environment for customers of PI.
December 12, 2016
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Piezo Systems for Photonics, Microscopy, Semiconductor, Automation Markets: Quick Delivery
As a worldwide leader in nanopositioning and precision motion control solutions, PI continues to innovate, adding advanced and affordable nanopositioning controllers to the mix of piezo systems on the quick delivery list. These systems are geared toward OEM production automation, metrology systems, scientific research, and lab automation applications.
July 19, 2016
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Pininfarina H2 Speed heading to Le Mans and the Goodwood Festival
Hydrogen supercar concept hitting all the 'bucket list' events
June 17, 2016
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Plasmon-powered upconversion nanocrystals for enhanced bioimaging and polarized emission
Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) have recently found great potential in the applications of near-infrared bioimaging and nonlinear optoelectronic devices due to their tunable spectral characteristics and excellent photostability.
May 19, 2017
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Plastic crystals could improve fabrication of memory devices
A novel "plastic crystal" developed by Hokkaido University researchers has switching properties suitable for memory-related applications.
August 31, 2016
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Playing Elite: Dangerous on HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift
Upgrade your Elite: Dangerous experience with VR.
February 14, 2017
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Primoceler Brings Expertise to Micro-Optics, Microfluidics Markets Through Privanet's VC Investment
Microfabrication leader Primoceler is preparing for a surge in production volume, all thanks to a venture capital investment from Privanet, An online marketplace for unlisted securities. that surge will come as the company brings its expertise to the micro-optics and microfluidics markets, where manufacturing volume is much larger than the medical and aerospace industries -- areas Primoceler had previously focused.
September 15, 2016
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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A University of Toronto Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. this alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.
February 16, 2017
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Printable solar cells just got a little closer
Research removes a key barrier to large-scale manufacture of low-cost, printable perovskite solar cells
February 16, 2017
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Printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-D nanomaterials
Researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-dimensional nanomaterials for the first time. These 2D materials combine exciting electronic properties with the potential for low-cost production.
April 6, 2017
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Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics.
May 24, 2017
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Printing at the Nanoscale on the tip of an Optical Fibre
Science and art have come together to create a new fabrication method to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fibre as thin as a human hair.
May 11, 2017
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Probing quantum phenomena in a tiny transistor
Nearly 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, nanowires can only be understood with quantum mechanics. Using quantum models, physicists have figured out what drives the efficiency of a silicon-germanium (Si-Ge) core-shell nanowire transistor.
July 7, 2016
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Probing quantum phenomena in a tiny transistor
Past research has shown heterogeneous silicon-germanium nanowires to be better transistors than their pure silicon counterparts. a team from Michigan Technological University has figured out the most likely reason why. the study, published recently in Nano Letters, focuses on the quantum mechanics in a core-shell nanowire structure.
July 7, 2016
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Programmable plasmons by strain engineering
Metal nanoparticles can concentrate light near their surface through the excitation of surface plasmons, which are collective oscillations of electrons. Depending on the size and shape of the metal particles, surface plasmons can show a range of different optical responses and colors.
November 29, 2016
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Proton diffusion discovery a boost for fuel cell technologies
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have made an important breakthrough which could lead to the design of better fuel cell materials.
September 13, 2016
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Prototype device for measuring graphene-based electromagnetic radiation created
Bolometer is a device for measuring electromagnetic radiation energy flow based on measurement of variations of physical parameters of thermosensitive element as a result of heating by absorption of radiation energy.
October 27, 2016
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Power-to-Liquid: Pilot operation of first compact plant
Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air is the objective of the SOLETAIR project started now by INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.
November 10, 2016
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Putting a block on dot-to-dot
The quantum processes that determine the operation of single-electron devices have been uncovered by RIKEN scientists. this knowledge will help optimize these components as building blocks for future quantum computers.
April 14, 2017
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Putting a spin on logic gates
Computer electronics are shrinking to small enough sizes that the very electrical currents underlying their functions can no longer be used for logic computations in the ways of their larger-scale ancestors. a traditional semiconductor-based logic gate called a majority gate, for instance, outputs current to match either the "0" or "1" state that comprise at least two of its three input currents (or equivalently, three voltages). But how do you build a logic gate for devices too small for classical physics?
April 10, 2017
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Pyroelectric peptide microtubes turn heat to electric currents
Many peptides and proteins have an innate ability to assemble into long, slender fibers called fibrils and other shapes. Now, researchers have found a way to harness this property to create tubular structures of diphenylalanine that have the ability to convert thermal energy into electrical energy, also called a pyroelectric effect.
October 4, 2016
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Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics and photonics
Common sense might dictate that for an object to move from one point to another, it must go through all the points on the path.
March 15, 2017
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Quantum obstacle course changes material from superconductor to insulator
Researchers from Brown University have demonstrated an unusual method of putting the brakes on superconductivity, the ability of a material to conduct an electrical current with zero resistance.
November 30, 2016
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Quantum processor for single photons
"Nothing is impossible!" In line with this motto, physicists from the Quantum Dynamics Division of Professor Gerhard Rempe (director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) managed to realise a quantum logic gate in which two light quanta are the main actors.
July 7, 2016
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Quantum processor for single photons
Scientists have realized a photon-photon logic gate via a deterministic interaction with a strongly coupled atom-resonator system.
July 7, 2016
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Quantum simulation technique yields topological soliton state in SSH model
Topological insulators, an exciting, relatively new class of materials, are capable of carrying electricity along the edge of the surface, while the bulk of the material acts as an electrical insulator. Practical applications for these materials are still mostly a matter of theory, as scientists probe their microscopic properties to better understand the fundamental physics that govern their peculiar behavior.
January 3, 2017
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Quantum transport goes ballistic
IBM scientists have shot an electron through an III-V semiconductor nanowire integrated on silicon for the first time. this achievement will form the basis for sophisticated quantum wire devices for future integrated circuits used in advanced powerful computational systems.
April 5, 2017
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Radio Shack
Personal radios, wireless telephones, batteries, gadgets, adapters, wires and plugs sit alongside computer equipment and stereo components on their shelves. Convenient online ordering also available.
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Rapid and mass production of graphene, using a microwave oven
Graphene, a material that could usher in the next generation of electronic and energy devices, could be closer than ever to mass production, thanks to microwaves.
December 13, 2016
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Ready to wear electronics
Scientists at a research facility in Berlin dream of clothing that produces energy as we walk. They have combined very different nanomaterials into so-called energy harvesters (Matflexend).
May 22, 2017
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Recharging on stable, amorphous silicon
Next-generation anodes for lithium ion batteries will probably no longer be made of graphite. Silicon, which is a related material, can provide a much higher capacity than graphite, but its crystallinity poses problems. In the journal Angewandte Chemie ("Mesoporous Amorphous Silicon: a Simple Synthesis of a High-Rate and Long-Life Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries"), Chinese scientists have introduced a porous silicon form that is amorphous, not crystalline, and has the potential to outstrip the other materials in rechargeable battery applications.
October 11, 2016
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Record tunneling magnetoresistance for very small perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions
At the 2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, in a special poster session on MRAM, world-leading research and innovation hub for nano-electronics and digital technology imec presented a 8nm p-MTJ device with 100 percent tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) and coercive field as high 1500 Oe.
December 6, 2016
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Record-breaking logic gate 'another important milestone' on road to quantum computers
Researchers at the University of Oxford have achieved a quantum logic gate with record-breaking 99.9% precision, reaching the benchmark required theoretically to build a quantum computer.
August 05, 2016
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Reducing conducting thin film surface roughness for electronics
Surface roughness reduction is a really big deal when it comes to fundamental surface physics and while fabricating electronic and optical devices. as transistor dimensions within integrated circuits continue to shrink, smooth metallic lines are required to interconnect these devices. If the surfaces of these tiny metal lines aren't smooth enough, it substantially reduces their ability to conduct electrical and thermal energy -- decreasing functionality.
March 7, 2017
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Reliable molecular toggle switch developed
Nanotechnology constantly allows for new records in miniaturization. Reduction of the dimension of electronic components, however, has physical limits that will be reached soon. Novel materials and components are required. this is where molecular electronics comes in.
March 28, 2017
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Remote control actuation goes down to the nanoscale
Researchers of the Nanomagnetism Group and Electron Microscopy Group at CIC nanoGUNE devised and demonstrated a novel approach to nanoactuation that relies on magnetomechanics instead of the conventional electromechanics utilized in micro and nanoactuated mechanical systems.
June 23, 2016
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Remote destruction capability of high performance silicon electronics
You surely remember one of the hallmarks of the Mission: Impossible series that shows a secret agent receiving his instructions on a tape or other device that then self-destructs and goes up in a cloud of smoke.
March 29, 2017
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Removing air pollution with nanogenerator-enhanced air filters
A triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) is a device that converts mechanical energy into electricity using the coupling effects between triboelectrification and electrostatic induction through the contact separation or relative sliding between two materials that have opposite tribo-polarity.
May 26, 2017
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Renesas Electronics Adopts Cadence Interconnect Workbench to Improve On-Chip Interconnect Performance
Cadence Design Systems, Inc., today announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation has adopted the Cadence® Interconnect Workbench (IWB) to accelerate performance analysis and verification of their on-chip interconnects by up to 50 percent.
July 12, 2016
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Report: Mercedes readies 310-mile-range electric car
Stuttgart to preview Tesla fighter at Paris motor show this fall
June 17, 2016
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Research on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides as an Alternative to Graphene
Physicists from the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have reported a new discovery related to the electrical properties of materials that could be utilized for the fabrication of next-generation transistors and electronics.
December 1, 2016
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Research Proves Carbon Nanotube Transistors to be Better than Silicon Transistors
Scientists have attempted to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes for decades, in order to develop high-performance electronics that are extremely fast or consume less power, prolonging the battery life and resulting in faster wireless communication and rapid processing speeds for devices such as laptops and smartphones.
September 6, 2016
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Research Team Develops new and Potentially Cost-Efficient Way to Purify Carbon Nanotubes
Imagine an electronic newspaper that you could roll up and spill your coffee on, even as it updated itself before your eyes.
August 17, 2016
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Research Team Develops Ultrathin, Transparent Oxide TFT for Active-Matrix Backplane of Flexible Display
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, strong demand has grown for wearable and transparent displays that can be applied to various fields such as augmented reality (AR) and skin-like thin flexible devices.
August 1, 2016
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Research to Study Motion of Vortex Domain Walls in Ferromagnetic Nanowires
From compasses used in ancient overseas navigation to electrical motors, sensors, and actuators in cars, magnetic materials have been a mainstay throughout human history. In addition, almost all information that exists in contemporary society is recorded in magnetic media, like hard drive disks.
March 8, 2017
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Researcher Presents Study on Electrochemical Performance of Lithium-Ion Capacitors
A paper titled "A fast and efficient pre-doping approach to high energy density lithium-ion hybrid capacitors" has been published by researcher Minho Kim.
April 24, 2017
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Researchers achieve major breakthrough in flexible electronics
Semiconductors, which are the very basic components of electronic devices, have improved our lives in many ways. they can be found in lighting, displays, solar modules and microprocessors that are installed in almost all modern day devices, from mobile phones, washing machines, and cars, to the emerging Internet of Things. to innovate devices with better functionality and energy efficiency, researchers are constantly looking for better ways to make them, in particular from earth-abundant materials using eco-friendly processes.
January 13, 2017
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Researchers are upgrading an element by stretching it
Next to silicon, germanium is the most widely used semiconductor material in the world. But while it's great at conducting electricity, its inefficiency at turning light into electricity (or electricity into light) restricts the other applications for which it can be used.
October 22, 2016
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Researchers change the color of assembled nanoparticles with an electrical stimulant
Like a chameleon changing colors to blend into the environment, Lawrence Livermore researchers have created a technique to change the color of assembled nanoparticles with an electrical stimulant.
April 25, 2017
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Researchers control soft robots using magnetic fields
A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. the researchers have already created several devices that make use of the new technique.
March 29, 2017
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Researchers create electronic rose complete with wires and supercapacitors
Taking advantage of natural plant physiology to grow electronics.
March 1, 2017
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Researchers create living bio-hybrid system
One of the biggest challenges in cognitive or rehabilitation neurosciences is the ability to design a functional hybrid system that can connect and exchange information between biological systems, like neurons in the brain, and human-made electronic devices.
November 15, 2016
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Researchers create practical and versatile microscopic optomechanical device
Researchers have developed a new type of optomechanical device that uses a microscopic silicon disk to confine optical and mechanical waves. the new device is highly customizable and compatible with commercial manufacturing processes, making it a practical solution for improving sensors that detect force and movement.
January 9, 2017
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Researchers Create Self-Assembled Organic-Inorganic Heterostructures with Programmable Electronic Properties
"van der Waals heterostructures" refer to vertical stacks of different two-dimensional (2D) crystals, such as boron nitride, graphene, etc. that are held together by weak van der Waals forces. These advanced multilayer structures can serve as a versatile platform for studying a range of phenomena at the nanoscale. Particularly, mechanical superimposition of the 2D crystals creates 2D periodic potentials, which impart unusual chemical and physical properties to the system.
March 30, 2017
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Researchers Create Single-Electron Electronic Devices using DNA
Researchers have drawn inspiration from nature over the years as it offers many different materials for innovations. the molecule of the heritage or DNA is one such material, with its exceptional self-assembling properties.
October 14, 2016
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Researchers Demonstrate Production of Functional OLED Electrodes from Graphene
The possibility of producing functional OLED electrodes from graphene has been proven for the very first time. Fraunhofer researchers have developed the process by collaborating with partners from research and industry. for instance, the OLEDs can be integrated into touch displays, and graphene, considered to be a miracle material, promises several other applications for the future.
January 4, 2017
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Researchers design solids that control heat with spinning superatoms
Researchers found that the thermal conductivity of superatom crystals is directly related to the rotational disorder within those structures. the findings were published in an article in Nature Materials this week.
September 6, 2016
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Researchers develop DNA-based single-electron electronic devices
Nature has inspired generations of people, offering a plethora of different materials for innovations. One such material is the molecule of the heritage, or DNA, thanks to its unique self-assembling properties.
October 13, 2016
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Researchers develop multi color switchable MCL materials to enable efficient TADF emitters
Researchers from Osaka University managed to create multi-color Mechanochromic Luminescent (MCL) materials. the materials were found to exhibit efficient TADF emission, and the researchers developed an efficient OLED device based on these new materials.
March 1, 2017
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Researchers develop Nanocomposite Material with Exceptional Optoelectronic Properties
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. this brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
March 9, 2017
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Researchers develop new 'Helix-to-Tube' Strategy to Synthesize Covalent Organic Nanotubes
Kaho Maeda, Dr. Hideto Ito, Professor Kenichiro Itami of the JST-ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project and the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) of Nagoya University, and their colleagues have reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, on the development of a new and simple strategy, "helix-to-tube" to synthesize covalent organic nanotubes.
August 31, 2016
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Researchers develop new Spray-On Digital Memory Device
It is an established fact that USB flash drives are commonly used in college campuses and offices. Nevertheless, such digital storage devices like these might soon be seen in all places, such as in pill bottles, groceries and even clothing. all this can be possible due to the increase in printable electronics.
April 4, 2017
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Researchers directly measure how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power
Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers at Case Western Reserve University directly shown the films bear a key property allowing them to efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.
January 11, 2017
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Researchers Discover Important First Step Towards Developing Electrically Pumped Nano-Lasers
When an individual searches Google or uses Facebook, the information processing takes place in a large data center. the performance of these data centers can be improved with short distance optical interconnects.
January 24, 2017
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Researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices
Controlling the flow of heat through semiconductor materials is an important challenge in developing smaller and faster computer chips, high-performance solar panels, and better lasers and biomedical devices.
November 10, 2016
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Researchers Draw Closer to Developing Invisibility Cloak
A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London's (QMUL's) School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, worked with UK industry to develop the first ever practical cloaking device, which enabled curved surfaces to look flat to electromagnetic waves.
July 18, 2016
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Researchers engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has created a new technique that greatly enhances the performance of Schottky Diodes (metal-semiconductor junction) used in electronic devices. Their research findings have attracted considerable attention within the scientific community by solving the contact resistance problem of metal-semiconductor, which had remained unsolved for almost 50 years.
February 8, 2017
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Researchers explore new 2D materials that could make devices faster, smaller, and efficient
A new study by an international team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota highlights how manipulation of 2D materials could make our modern day devices faster, smaller, and better.
November 28, 2016
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Researchers find molybdenum diselenide not as strong as they thought
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that an atom-thick material being eyed for flexible electronics and next-generation optical devices is more brittle than they expected.
November 14, 2016
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Researchers find new way to control light with electric fields
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields (Nano Letters, "Giant Gating Tunability of Optical Refractive Index in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers").
May 25, 2017
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Researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen and rechargable zinc batteries
A Stanford University research lab has developed new technologies to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges - clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage.
June 17, 2016
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Researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials
Collaborative research at Notre Dame has demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. the laboratory of Masaru Kuno, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and the condensed matter theory group of BoldizsఠJank񪟰rofessor of physics, have now shown that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.
August 31, 2016
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Researchers flip the script on magnetocapacitance
Capacitors, electronic components that store and quickly release a charge, play an important role in many types of electrical circuits. They'll play an equally important role in next-generation spintronic devices, which take advantage of not only electron charge but also spin -- the tiny magnetic moment of each electron.
June 1, 2017
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Researchers Integrate Three Different 2D Nanomaterials to Yield Simple, Compact Electronic Device
Graphene has emerged as one of the most promising two-dimensional crystals, but the future of electronics may include two other nanomaterials, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Georgia.
July 6, 2016
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Researchers Invent Nanoscale Suspended Electrode Arrays for Testing Nematodes
The measurement of electrical activity in individual cells of smaller living animals has been simplified by microscopic probes designed at Rice University.
April 18, 2017
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Researchers investigate the potential of metal grids for electronic components
Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for Computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole three magnetic states can be configured. the results have been published in the journal Scientific Reports.
February 2, 2017
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Researchers Investigate Usage of Carbon Nanotubes for Manufacturing Wearable Electronics
A research analysis in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials has revealed that carbon nanotubes show potential, but have many challenges in manufacturing wearable, flexible electronics.
September 7, 2016
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Researchers 'iron out' graphene's wrinkles
From an electron's point of view, graphene must be a hair-raising thrill ride. for years, scientists have observed that electrons can blitz through graphene at velocities approaching the speed of light, far faster than they can travel through silicon and other semiconducting materials.
April 3, 2017
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Researchers manage to print a stretchable OLED cirtuit
Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) developed a stretchable circuit that includes an OLED display, produced entirely using an ink-jet printer.
February 17, 2017
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Researchers Produce Silver Nanowire Inks for Low-Cost Printing of Circuits
Duke University scientists have been brewing up conductive ink-jet printer "inks" to print customizable, low-cost circuit patterns on any surface. to do this, they suspended tiny metal nanoparticles in liquids.
January 4, 2017
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Researchers reduce expensive noble metals for fuel cell reactions
Washington State University researchers have developed a novel nanomaterial that could improve the performance and lower the costs of fuel cells by using fewer precious metals like platinum or palladium.
August 22, 2016
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Researchers Reveal Atomic Positions and Local Electronic Properties of 2D MXene
Scientists have long been searching for electrically conductive materials for cost-effective energy-storage devices. Two-dimensional (2D) ceramics known as MXenes are candidates. MXenes, unlike most 2D ceramics, have inherently excellent conductivity, because they are molecular sheets fabricated from the nitrides and carbides of transition metals like titanium.
March 15, 2017
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Researchers Show how Different Atomic Arrangements can be Combined into Nanowires as they Grow
In an article published in Nature today, researchers at Lund University in Sweden show how different arrangements of atoms can be combined into nanowires as they grow. Researchers learning to control the properties of materials this way can lead the way to more efficient electronic devices.
March 18, 2016
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Researchers succeed in producing OLED electrodes from graphene
The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP from Dresden, together with partners, has succeeded for the first time in producing OLED electrodes from graphene. the electrodes have an area of 2 ՠ1 square centimeters.
January 3, 2017
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Researchers Use Flash Light Interactions to Improve Silver Nanowires for Flexible Transparent Conducting Electrodes
Flexible transparent conducting electrodes (FTCEs) are an essential element of flexible optoelectronics for next-generation wearable displays, augmented reality (AR), and the Internet of Things (IoTs). Silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have received a great deal of attention as future FTCEs due to their great flexibility, material stability, and large-scale productivity. Despite these advantages, Ag NWs have drawbacks such as high wire-to-wire contact resistance and poor adhesion to substrates, resulting in severe power consumption and the delamination of FTCEs.
April 5, 2017
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Researchers Use Highly Conductive Gold Nanoparticle to develop World's Tiniest Optical Cavity
Light has been concentrated down to smaller than a single atom by researchers with the help of the strange properties of tiny particles of gold, allowing them to observe individual chemical bonds inside molecules, and making room for new ways to study matter and light.
November 11, 2016
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Researchers use world's smallest diamonds to make wires 3 atoms wide
Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids - the smallest possible bits of diamond - to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.
December 27, 2016
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Researchers Work on Development of Game-Changing Nanowire Metamaterials
Mechanical engineer Liping Wang imagines an energy sector enhanced by greater control over thermal radiation. to work toward this objective, he is designing and constructing a host of custom electromagnetic materials.
December 25, 2016
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Revealing polymeric fluids behavior at the microscopic scale
An important concept in future healthcare is the development of devices called ॥uro;'lab on a chip॥uro;'. These ॥uro;'chips॥uro;', not related to the electronic ones found in computers, are small devices in which biological fluids ॥uro;"" blood or urine for example ॥uro;"" are injected to fill specifically designed microscopic channels.
April 24, 2017
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Review: Graphene could revolutionize photonic and opto-electronic devices
The importance of graphene can hardly be overstated. Graphene is the thinnest material comprised of atoms. It is only one atomic layer thick and hence an almost ideal representation of a two-dimensional material in our three-dimensional world. It has unique physical properties, including extreme mechanical strength and large electrical and thermal conductivity.
December 28, 2016
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Revised Schottky diode equation for the graphene/semiconductor Schottky junction
The Energy, Electron, Plasma and Plasmonic (EEPP) Group led by Prof. Ricky Ang at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) says that it has uncovered the underlying equation governing the carrier's transport across the graphene/semiconductor Schottky junction, which is one of the building blocks in electronic and optoelectronic devices.
December 20, 2016
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Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety
How lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries behave under short-circuit conditions can now be examined using a new approach developed by a UCL-led team to help improve reliability and safety.
April 25, 2017
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Room temperature cyclable healing of inorganic perovskite films
A new kind of quantum dot system, inorganic halide perovskite quantum dots, have achieved widespread attention to both academia and industry in the past two years due to their excellent optical properties, such as high fluorescence quantum efficiency (up to 90%), emissions cover the entire visible region and narrow band emission.
July 7, 2016
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Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Scientists have discovered a group of materials which could pave the way for a new generation of high-efficiency lighting, solving a quandary which has inhibited the performance of display technology for decades. the development of energy saving concepts in display and lighting applications is a major focus of research, since a fifth of the world's electricity is used for generating light.
March 30, 2017
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Rutgers Scientists Discover how Graphene Could be Used to Cool Electronics Chips
A powerful technique that will help to cool tiny chips has been discovered by Rutgers researchers using graphene. These tiny chips are vital components of electronic devices with billions of transistors apiece.
March 28, 2017
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Saint Jean Carbon announces Phase One Results of Graphene Battery Project
Saint Jean Carbon Inc. a carbon science company deals in the design and making of green energy creation, green energy storage, and green re-creation through the application of carbon materials.
April 21, 2017
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Salty batteries
Smartphones, laptops, electric cars–whatever the device, an efficient battery is high on any user's wish list. the search for the next-generation battery has recently focused on sodium-- oxygen batteries. Theoretically, these should provide previously unattainable efficiency but their practical implementation has proven to be a stumbling block
November 7, 2016
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Sandia Researchers develop 3D Metasurfaces Possessing Optical Possibilities
Metamaterials are not found in nature, but they do have the potential for a world of applications with their ability to bend light to keep satellites cooler, make ultra-efficient cell phone antennas and ultra-thin lenses, and allow photovoltaics to absorb more energy.
March 10, 2017
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Sandwiched between superconductors, graphene adopts exotic electronic states
In normal conductive materials such as silver and copper, electric current flows with varying degrees of resistance, in the form of individual electrons that ping-pong off defects, dissipating energy as they go. Superconductors, by contrast, are so named for their remarkable ability to conduct electricity without resistance, by means of electrons that pair up and move through a material as one, generating no friction.
May 5, 2017
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Scalable 100% yield production of conductive graphene inks
Conductive inks are useful for a range of applications, including printed and flexible electronics such as radio frequency identification (RFID) antennas, transistors or photovoltaic cells.
February 21, 2017
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Science corrected: Why findings of a popular thermoelectricity study couldn't be replicated
A team of physicists in Clemson University's College of Science and Academia Sinica in Taiwan has determined why other scientists have been unable to replicate a highly influential thermoelectricity study published in a prestigious, peer-reviewed journal.
November 17, 2016
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Science friction
Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon in sheets just one atom in thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of its unique combination of strength, electrical conductivity, and chemical stability.
November 23, 2016
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Scientist Develops Human Brain-Inspired Microchip
Neuro-inspired computing has provided a common intersection for three seemingly varied fields: microelectronics, computing and neuroscience.
September 22, 2016
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Scientists capture Neon in an organic environment for the first time
In a new study, researchers from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory have teamed up to capture Neon within a porous crystalline framework.
August 10, 2016
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Scientists create electric circuits inside plants
Plants power life on Earth. they are the original food source supplying energy to almost all living organisms and the basis of the fossil fuels that feed the power demands of the modern world. But burning the remnants of long-dead forests is changing the world in dangerous ways. can we better harness the power of living plants today?
February 27, 2017
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Scientists demonstrate ballistic nanowire connections, a potential key component for quantum computing
IBM scientists have achieved an important milestone toward creating sophisticated quantum devices that could become a key component of quantum computers. As detailed in the peer-review journal Nano Letters, the scientists have shot an electron through a III-V semiconductor nanowire integrated on silicon for the first time.
May 19, 2017
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Scientists Demonstrate Efficient Performance of Germanium in Energy Efficient Transistors
The first transistor based on germanium capable of being programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction was demonstrated by scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology.
February 6, 2017
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Scientists Demonstrate Light-Matter Coupling in Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes
Researchers from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and the Heidelberg University worked toward developing nanomaterials for optoelectronics, and have been successful in demonstrating, for the first time, a strong interaction exists between light and matter in semiconducting carbon nanotubes.
November 16, 2016
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Scientists discover new 'boat' form of promising semiconductor GeSe
Princeton researchers have discovered a new form of the simple compound GeSe that has surprisingly escaped detection until now. this so-called beta-GeSe compound has a ring type structure like graphene and its monolayer form could have similarly valuable properties for electronic applications, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
March 21, 2017
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Scientists design new heat-guiding device that is thinner than a hair
Researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), University of Bath and University of Cambridge have designed for the first time a heat-guiding structure on the size of nanometers that can steer heat away from, or even towards critical regions of current silicon (or advanced chalcogenide) chips through computer simulations.
December 27, 2016
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Scientists develop brain-inspired memory material
Our brain does not work like a typical computer memory storing just ones and zeroes: thanks to a much larger variation in memory states, it can calculate faster consuming less energy. Scientists of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente (The Netherlands) now developed a ferro-electric material with a memory function resembling synapses and neurons in the brain, resulting in a multistate memory
July 8, 2016
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Scientists develop new Method to Improve Cathode Materials by Creating Oxygen Vacancies
A new method to improve the strength and energy storing ability of a specific type of "lithium-rich" cathode materials has been demonstrated by an international group of scientists. they used a carbon dioxide-based gas mixture to produce oxygen vacancies at the surface of the material. According to the researchers, the treatment enhanced the energy density, which is the amount of energy stored per unit mass of the cathode material by up to 30 to 40%.
July 8, 2016
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Scientists develop new Way to Track Charge and Discharge Cycles of Battery Particles at Nanoscale
Better batteries that charge quickly and last a long time are a brass ring for engineers. But despite decades of research and innovation, a fundamental understanding of exactly how batteries work at the smallest of scales has remained elusive.
August 05, 2016
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Scientists develop quick-destructing battery to power 'transient' devices
Self-destructing electronic devices could keep military secrets out of enemy hands. Or they could save patients the pain of removing a medical device. Or, they could allow environmental sensors to wash away in the rain.
August 04, 2016
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Scientists develop real-time technique for studying ionic liquids at electrode interfaces
Ionic liquids--salts made by combining positively charged molecules (cations) and negatively charged molecules (anions) that are liquid at relatively low temperatures, often below room temperature--are increasingly being investigated for uses in batteries, supercapacitors, and transistors
May 16, 2017
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Scientists explain unusual and effective features in perovskite
Perovskite is a material with an almost ideal structure. the majority of high-temperature superconductors are perovskite-based due to their non-ideal structure. the material can also be used to produce flexible solar batteries without rare-earth metals, which would help to reduce costs and enable large-scale manufacture.
June 27, 2016
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Scientists Explore Ways to Address the Challenge of Incorporating Nanostructures into Future Semiconductor Devices
Swansea University researchers are exploring the possibilities of addressing the challenge of integrating nanoscale structures into next-generation semiconductor devices. Such advancements not only lead to the development of new technologies, but also influence all aspects of day-to-day life.
January 20, 2017
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Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices
Researchers at the Nanoscale Transport Physics Laboratory from the School of Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand have found a technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic device applications.
October 19, 2016
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Scientists glimpse inner workings of atomically thin transistors
With an eye to the next generation of tech gadgetry, a team of physicists at the University of Texas at Austin has had the first-ever glimpse into what happens inside an atomically thin semiconductor device. In doing so, they discovered that an essential function for computing may be possible within a space so small that it's effectively one-dimensional.
July 18, 2016
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Scientists grow atomically thin transistors and circuits
In an advance that helps pave the way for next-generation electronics and computing technologies--and possibly paper-thin gadgets --scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) developed a way to chemically assemble transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick.
July 11, 2016
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Scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device
IBM scientists have created randomly spiking neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. this demonstration marks a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient, ultra-dense integrated neuromorphic technologies for applications in cognitive computing.
August 03, 2016
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Scientists make vanadium into a useful catalyst for hydrogenation
Just as Cinderella turned from a poor teenager into a magnificent princess with the aid of a little magic, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have transformed a common metal into a useful catalyst for a wide class of reactions, a role formerly reserved for expensive precious metals.
May 26, 2017
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Scientists optimize defects for better superconducting effects
High-temperature superconducting materials hold enormous promise for a variety of different applications because of their ability to transmit a current without any dissipation at relatively high temperatures -- up to around 90 Kelvin (about -300 F), which permits cooling with liquid nitrogen.
July 12, 2016
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Scientists Perform Novel Measurements of Graphene's Electrical Response to Synthetic Air
An international team of scientists led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has performed novel measurements of graphene's electrical response to synthetic air, exposing a distinct knowledge gap that needs to be bridged before the commercialisation of graphene-based gas sensors.
March 18, 2016
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Scientists propose light-driven motors to power nanorobots of the future
Scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICP RAS), and Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (ISC NASU) have proposed a model nanosized dipole photomotor based on the phenomenon of light-induced charge redistribution. Triggered by a laser pulse, this tiny device is capable of directed motion at a record speed and is powerful enough to carry a certain load.
November 10, 2016
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Scientists propose novel carbon-capture electrochemical cell
While the human race will always leave its carbon footprint on the Earth, it must continue to find ways to lessen the impact of its fossil fuel consumption.
August 04, 2016
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Scientists Prove the Possibility of Stenciling with Atoms in High-Quality 2D Materials
Unlimited possibilities are almost available for the new field of two-dimensional, one-atomic-layer-thick materials, including but not limited to graphene. Penn State material scientists, in their new research, report two discoveries that will offer an effective and simple way to "stencil" superior quality 2D materials in precise locations and also to overcome a hurdle that prevents their usage in next-generation electronics.
May 2, 2017
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Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes -- using electron-beam lithography (EBL), in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed to a focused beam of electrons, as a primary method -- is driving advances in nanotechnology. When the feature size of materials is reduced from the macroscale to the nanoscale, individual atoms and molecules can be manipulated to dramatically alter material properties, such as color, chemical reactivity, electrical conductivity, and light interactions.
April 28, 2017
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Scientists sort through bilayer graphene
The development of microelectronics is closely associated with a search for new technology and materials for use in transistors. a promising material, graphene gripped the attention of scientists and engineers alike thanks to its unusual mechanical, electrical, and optical properties.
January 12, 2017
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Scientists take the first step toward creating efficient electrolyte-free batteries
Scientists of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with the French, Swiss and Polish researchers have found unique atomic-scale processes in crystal lattice of antiferroelectric lead zirconate during synchrotron x-ray scattering experiment. the discovery is the first step toward creating efficient electrolyte-free accumulators of electric energy.
January 31, 2017
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Scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks
A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm.
January 4, 2017
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Scientists Use Graphene to Make Heat Energy Convertor More Efficient
Satellite-powering technology that was abandoned decades ago has been reinvented to potentially work with traditional power stations to help them convert heat to electricity more efficiently, meaning we would need less fossil fuel to burn for power. a new study in Nano Energypresents a prototype energy converter, which uses graphene instead of metal, making it almost seven times more efficient.
March 7, 2017
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Scientists Use Hydrophobic Membrane with Nanopores to develop new Energy Storage Systems
Storing fluctuating and delivering stable electric power supply are central issues when using energy from solar plants or wind power stations. Here, efficient and flexible energy storage systems need to accommodate for fluctuations in energy gain. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI), RWTH Aachen University and Hanyang University in Seoul now significantly improved a key component for the development of new energy storage systems.
July 25, 2016
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Scientists visualise quantum behaviour of hot electrons for first time
Scientists have, for the first time, identified a method of visualising the quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface. the findings present a promising step forward towards being able to manipulate and control the behaviour of high energy, or 'hot', electrons.
September 28, 2016
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Seaweed: from superfood to superconductor
Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers have made a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.
April 5, 2017
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Seeing polarons at a metal oxide surface
Polarons in metal oxides play a key role in processes such as catalysis, high temperature superconductivity, and dielectric breakdown in nanoscale electronics. for this reason, numerous studies have been conducted on technologically relevant oxide materials in which charge carriers are believed to be self-trapped, forming polarons.
September 12, 2016
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Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Silicon based CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) technology has truly shaped our world. It enables most of the electronics that we rely on today including computers, smartphones and digital cameras. However, to continue the path of progress in the electronics industry new technology must be developed and a key feature of this is the ability to integrate CMOS with other semiconductors.
June 5, 2017
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Seeing the quantum future
What if big data could help you see the future and prevent your mobile phone from breaking before it happened?
January 16, 2017
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Self-assembling nano inks form conductive and transparent grids during imprint
Transparent electronics devices are present in today's thin film displays, solar cells, and touchscreens. the future will bring flexible versions of such devices. Their production requires printable materials that are transparent and remain highly conductive even when deformed.
July 26, 2016
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Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting
Just when lighting aficionados were in a dark place, LEDs came to the rescue. Over the past decade, LED technologies -- short for light-emitting diode -- have swept the lighting industry by offering features such as durability, efficiency and long life.
January 16, 2017
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Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
For the chips in our computers and smartphones to get faster and faster, their components -- the circuits and wires through which signals flow -- have to get smaller and smaller. the miniaturization of these wires has taken scientists on a journey almost to the atomic level. Recently, scientists have begun to address -- and now to surmount -- certain barriers in physics that have prevented them from making even smaller wires.
April 12, 2017
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Self-Forming Silver Nanoparticles Retain High Conductivity in Printable Elastic Conductor
Japanese scientists have developed a new printable elastic conductor that retains high conductivity even when stretched to five times its original length.
May 16, 2017
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Self-healing tech charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodes
Researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last longer.
May 15, 2017
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Self-healing, highly sensitive nanostructured electronic sensors
Researchers in China propose a facile and effective strategy for the preparation of self-healing and highly sensitive strain sensors based on metal-ligand coordination and hierarchical structure design for diverse human activity monitoring.
June 2, 2017
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Self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell created
Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions of two types of bacteria.
March 22, 2017
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SEMICON West 2016: MSIG Invites Attendees to Participate in Workshop on MEMS Devices, Sensors and Semiconductors
MEMS & Sensors Industry Group® (MSIG) invites attendees to a special half-day workshop on the convergence of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) devices, sensors, flexible substrates and semiconductors in the Internet of Things (IoT) at SEMICON West on July 13, 2016. Speakers will explore the theme "From Collision to Convergence: Co-Creating Solutions in the Semiconductor and MEMS/Sensors Industry" as they address a new and necessary level of collaboration for enabling IoT and other growing applications.
June 30, 2016
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Shape matters when light meets atom
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what you're looking at. some photons reflect off, reaching your eyes. Others get absorbed. the main decider of which happens is the photon's energy -- its colour.
December 2, 2016
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Shape of 'molecular graphene' determines electronic properties
Polyaromatic hydrocarbons form an important class of molecules, which can be regarded as small graphene species and which play a prominent role in the development of organic electronics. Scientists at Radboud University, the University of Amsterdam and FOM now show that the edge structures of these apparently similar molecules are responsible for spectacular differences in transport properties, allowing for smarter design of new materials. Nature Communications publishes the results on August 31.
August 31, 2016
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Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most promising materials for photovoltaics and photocatalysis nowadays. this material appears in different crystalline forms, but the most attractive one for applications is called "anatase". Despite decades of studies on the conversion of the absorbed light into electrical charges in anatase TiO2, the very nature of its fundamental electronic and optical properties was still unknown.
April 13, 2017
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Shedding light on the secrets of nano-sized processors
When light couples to electrons on a surface, their concerted motion can travel as a wave guided by the surface geometry itself. Known as 'surface plasmons', these waves could impact the development of telecommunications and computing as in the future data will likely be processed using light instead of electricity.
October 20, 2016
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Silicon Nanoparticles Trained to Juggle Light
Research findings prove the capabilities of silicon nanoparticles for flexible data processing in optical communication systems.
August 24, 2016
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Silver circuits on foil allow curved touchscreens
INM will be presenting the so called photochemical metallization on this year's Hannover Messe at the Stand B46 in hall 2 from 24 April to 28 April.
April 11, 2017
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Silver nanowire inks enable paper-based printable electronics
By suspending tiny metal nanoparticles in liquids, Duke University scientists are brewing up conductive ink-jet printer "inks" to print inexpensive, customizable circuit patterns on just about any surface.
January 4, 2017
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Simulation-Guided Drafting Process Introduces new Possibilities in Nanomanufacturing
It is difficult to 3D print a structure that is just inches or feet in size. Imagine reducing this product to smaller than a water droplet, even smaller than a human hair, until it is smaller than a standard bacterium.
August 08, 2016
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Single molecule switch
The theoretical physicists Junior Professor Fabian Pauly and his postdoc Dr. Safa G. Bahoosh now succeeded in a team of experimental physicists and chemists in demonstrating a reliable and reproducible single molecule switch. the basis for this switch is a specifically synthesized molecule with special properties. this is an important step towards realising fundamental ideas of molecular electronics.
March 10, 2017
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Single photon excites two atoms at once
Our understanding of quantum optics has received a boost by the discovery, by RIKEN researchers, of a way to excite two atoms with only one light particle, or photon.
November 24, 2016
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Single photon light emitting diodes for on-chip integration
Researchers from the Graphene Flagship use layered materials to create an all-electrical quantum light emitting diodes (LED) with single-photon emission. These LEDs have potential as on-chip photon sources in quantum information applications.
September 27, 2016
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Signal transmission in a photonic computer without losses
Scientists from the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Electromagnetics of the RAS, the All-Russia Research Institute of Automatics and MIPT have calculated a model of an optical system in which large losses in waveguides are compensated by a small gain.
November 22, 2016
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Single-molecule graphene switches bring minute electronic devices a step closer
Graphene is a material made of a single sheet of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement. Because of its unique electrical conductivity, graphene has the potential to be a base for electronic devices that are only nanometres (billionths of a metre) in size.
November 24, 2016
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SiP Alignment Engine is Lightwave Innovation Reviews Award Winner
When alignment speed is critical and accuracy needs to be at the nanoscale, for projects from planar testing to packaging, PI has the award-winning solution. the FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment system received a 2017 Lightwave Innovation Review Award, which acknowledges the most original and innovative products in optical technology.
March 7, 2017
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SiP Test and Production Alignment Engine from PI
The FMPA Fast Multichannel Photonics Alignment Engine is an advanced alignment system based on a highly specialized digital motion controller with embedded advanced alignment and tracking functionality and a hybrid precision scanning and tracking mechanism combining the advantages of piezoelectric on servo-motorized drives.
September 7, 2016
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Sketching out magnetism with electricity
In a proof-of-concept study published in Nature Physics, researchers drew magnetic squares in a nonmagnetic material with an electrified pen and then "read" this magnetic doodle with X-rays.
January 12, 2017
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Sketching sensors with conducting polymer pen
Two Northwestern Engineering graduate students are drawing circles around the competition. Daniel Hickox-Young and Luke Prestowitz developed a novel "smart ink" pen, which propelled them to the KAUST DIY Electronics Innovation Challenge, an international contest to encourage creative and inexpensive electronics.
February 16, 2017
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Slicing through materials with a new X-ray imaging technique
Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory have created a new imaging technique that allows scientists to probe the internal makeup of a battery during charging and discharging using different x-ray energies while rotating the battery cell. the technique produces a three-dimensional chemical map and lets the scientists track chemical reactions in the battery over time in working conditions.
August 12, 2016
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'Smart clothing' could someday power cell phones with the sun's rays
Batteries in smart phones and other portable electronics often die at inopportune times. Carrying a spare battery is one solution. as an alternative, researchers have tried to create fibers to incorporate in clothing that would power these devices. However, many of these fibers can't withstand clothing manufacturing, especially weaving and cutting.
October 5, 2016
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Smart graphene contact lenses bring wearable electronics to the eye
Several research projects are working on reinventing the contact lens as a smart electronic device that, for instance, works as a self-powered biosensor for various point-of-care monitoring and wireless biomedical sensing, which may detect in real time the pathogen, bacteria, glucose, and infectious keratitis present in tear fluid. One example is a recently developed sensor for diabetic and glaucoma diagnosis.
May 22, 2017
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Smart multi-layered magnetic material acts as an electric switch
The nanometric-size islands of magnetic metal sporadically spread between vacuum gaps display unique conductive properties under a magnetic field.
February 27, 2017
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Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology
To continue advancing, next-generation electronic devices must fully exploit the nanoscale, where materials span just billionths of a meter. But balancing complexity, precision, and manufacturing scalability on such fantastically small scales is inevitably difficult.
August 08, 2016
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Snap up these giant 1:8-scale Amalgam Le Mans and F1 models
Bonhams to offer 1:8-scale models that are usually pretty pricey
June 17, 2016
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Sodium and magnesium to replace lithium in batteries
The research project Novel Ionic Conductors aims to find new materials which can be used in rechargeable batteries and eventually provide alternatives to the current lithium batteries. Lithium-based batteries have several drawbacks, such as the limited availability of the raw material itself as well as the numerous safety issues, which are primarily associated with the use of a flammable liquid compound. this problem has been exemplified by the recurrence of exploding mobile phones.
May 2, 2017
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Sodium-ion batteries become fully stretchable
There is a growing demand for stretchable electronic devices, especially energy storage systems, which, in order to meet the requirements of day-to-day consumer use, need to maintain acceptable levels of electrochemical performance and mechanical properties simultaneously.
April 20, 2017
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Solid batteries improve safety
Lithium-ion batteries store a lot of energy in a small space, making them the energy source of choice for mobile electronic devices. Today, mobile phones, laptops, e-bikes and electric cars are all powered by such batteries.
August 16, 2016
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Something deep within: Nanocrystals grown in nanowires
Scientists have tailored extremely small wires that carry light and electrons. These new structures could open up a potential path to smaller, lighter, or more efficient devices, they say.
July 29, 2016
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Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future
As computer parts grow tinier -- billions of transistors are now packed onto silicon chips the size of a fingernail -- silicon's performance shrinks too, and the material can overheat.
May 10, 2017
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Speaking the language of microstructures
Designing materials for use in the large variety of gadgets and structures that support our everyday lives involves understanding them at their atomic, electronic and macroscopic scales.
August 1, 2016
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Speed Without Power: Peter Brock's Aerovault II Really Hauls
A great designer can do anything, including build a better car-hauling trailer
June 17, 2016
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Spiders spin unique phononic material
New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore.
July 25, 2016
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Spin polarization by strong field ionization
Strong field ionization has been studied for over half a century. Yet, the role of electron spin during this process has been largely overlooked. Surprisingly, a joint experimental and theoretical study shows that a chance of detaching spin-up or spin-down electron from an atom can be very different.
August 15, 2016
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Spin-resolved oscilloscope for charge and spin signals
Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation have developed a "spin-resolved oscilloscope." this device is a basic measuring instrument for plasmonics and spintronics, which are key technologies for future electronics applications.
March 13, 2017
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Spinning electrons could lead to new electronics
Among the unusual properties of graphene, one of the most exciting and least understood is the additional degree of freedom experienced by electrons.
August 05, 2016
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Spintronic technology advances with newly designed magnetic tunnel junctions
For the last two decades, magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) have played a central role in spintronic devices such as read heads of hard disk drives and nonvolatile magnetoresistive random access memories (MRAMs), and researchers are constantly working to improve their performance.
March 21, 2017
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Spintronics: Nanotechnologists make orientation of magnetism adjustable in new materials
Nanotechnologists are now able to create materials in which they can influence and precisely control the orientation of the magnetism at will. An interlayer just 0.4 nanometers thick is the key to this success. the materials present a range of interesting possibilities, such as a new way of creating computer memory as well as spintronics applications -- a new form of electronics that works on the basis of magnetism instead of electricity.
March 8, 2016
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Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasoline. A first step is the electrolysis of carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide. But current CO-forming catalysts are either not selective enough or too expensive to be industrially viable. Now scientists have developed an Earth-abundant catalyst based on copper-oxide nanowires modified with tin oxide.
June 5, 2017
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Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell
Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs.
April 25, 2017
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Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell
Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs.
April 26, 2017
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Stamping technique creates nanoscale circuits with electronic ink
The next time you place your coffee order, imagine slapping onto your to-go cup a sticker that acts as an electronic decal, letting you know the precise temperature of your triple-venti no-foam latte.
December 6, 2016
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Stanene's thermal surprise
Heat travels through atom-thin sheets of tin in a very unusual way, A*STAR researchers have found (Physical Review B, "Quantum thermal transport in stanene"). the discovery could help develop applications for the material, including thermoelectric refrigeration or power generation.
February 8, 2017
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Stanford Research Findings on Platinum Catalysts Could Lead to Better Fuel Cells
According to a new study conducted by a Stanford research team, a nanosize squeeze is sufficient to drastically boost the performance of platinum catalysts that help produce energy in fuel cells.
November 24, 2016
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Star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics
For several years, a team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical properties might make them suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power next-generation electronic devices.
March 19, 2017
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Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries
Safety seen as trade-off for long battery life in lithium-ion cells
March 15, 2017
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Spray-printed crystals to move forward organic electronic applications
Has the time come to replace traditionally used silicon with printable organic semiconductor inks? University of Surrey scientists believe so, especially for future electronics that need to be flexible, lightweight, wearable and low-cost.
November 22, 2016
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Squeezing light into new miniature devices
Do you think your computer is fast enough? Think again. the computers of the future could work almost at the speed of light! Nanophotonics, the study of light at the nanometer scale, could indeed bring the speed of our technology to a completely different level.
November 28, 2016
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Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics
Wearable electronics are here – the most prominent versions are sold in the form of watches or sports bands. But soon, more comfortable products could become available in softer materials made in part with an unexpected ingredient: green tea.
February 15, 2017
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Stenciling with atoms in 2-dimensional materials possible
The possibilities for the new field of two-dimensional, one-atomic-layer-thick materials, including but not limited to graphene, appear almost limitless. In new research, Penn State material scientists report two discoveries that will provide a simple and effective way to "stencil" high-quality 2D materials in precise locations and overcome a barrier to their use in next-generation electronics.
May 2, 2017
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Strength Training: Land Rover Tows a Train in Switzerland
Jaguar Land Rover's marketing department has been on a tear with creative publicity stunts. They've sent an F-Pace racing through a 63-foot-high loop-the-loop, sent Range Rovers off-roading in a Boeing 747, had an XF do a high-wire act, and most recently, closed Manhattan's Park Avenue Tunnel so we could reach illegal–and deafening–speeds in the F-type SVR. now they've hitched a Land Rover Discovery Sport to a train in Switzerland, for no other reason than to prove it can drag 238,000 pounds across a pretty iron bridge.
June 17, 2016
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Stretching a metal into an insulator
To create materials for new energy applications, scientists use heat and strain to remove oxygen atoms. However, stretching a well-ordered, thin film of strontium cobaltite lets the oxygen atoms move more freely through channels. the motion increases the escape of oxygen, and thus increases the number of vacancies.
March 13, 2017
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Stretching the limit of silicon nanowires for next-generation electronics
Scientists stretch silicon nanowires, nearly reaching the theoretical limit.
August 26, 2016
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Stretching the limits of elastic conductors with self-forming nanoparticles
A newly developed printable elastic conductor retains high conductivity even when stretched to as much as five times its original length, says a Japanese team of scientists ("Printable elastic conductors by in situ formation of silver nanoparticles from silver flakes").
May 15, 2017
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Stretchy OLED technology could pave way for new smart fabrics, wearables, even tablets
It's cool research, but still research.
February 16, 2017
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Stronger and Easier to Handle Rivet Graphene has Potential Use in Transparent Electronics
Researchers at Rice University state that if graphene had nanoscale "rivets", then the wonder material's properties are likely to accelerate its adoption in products such as flexible, transparent electronics.
July 18, 2016
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Student's award-winning graphene battery could slash electric-car charging times
A student engineer from the University of Sussex has won a national car industry award for designing a new battery that could revolutionise electric vehicles.
December 2, 2016
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Study on 2D Materials May Lead to Flexible Electronic Gadgets
Dr Neil Wilson in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick has developed a new method to measure the electronic structures of stacks of two-dimensional (2D) materials — flat, atomically thin, extremely strong, and highly conductive materials — for the first time.
February 17, 2017
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Study picks up large spontaneous spin splitting in the energy band structure
A research group at the University of Tokyo succeeded in observing ferromagnetism (the magnetic property found in substances like iron magnets) and large spontaneous spin splitting (energy difference between two different spin states) in the energy band containing conduction electrons, known as the conduction band, of an (In,Fe)As alloy semiconductor, which they created by doping iron (Fe) atoms into indium arsenide (InAs), a III-V semiconductor often used in high-speed electronic devices.
January 4, 2017
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Study Reveals 2D Hybrids Exhibit Unique Characteristics
Researchers at Rice University lab explore 2D hybrids to see how they are different from standard electronics.
July 26, 2016
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Sturdy skyrmions stack up
Tiny swirling magnetic patterns called skyrmions (Fig. 1, left) can pack together to form neat lattices inside certain magnetic materials. These lattices are promising for spintronics–a new form of computing that exploits the magnetic characteristics of atoms to manage data. But their usefulness is limited because they typically exist only within a narrow window of temperatures and magnetic fields.
January 6, 2017
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Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of materials
Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. the ability to see at this subatomic level is crucial in designing new materials with unprecedented properties, such as materials that transition from metals to semiconductors or that exhibit superconductivity.
August 31, 2016
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Super cement's secret
Simple cements are everywhere in construction, but researchers want to create novel construction materials to build smarter infrastructure. the cement known as mayenite is one smart material – it can be turned from an insulator to a transparent conductor and back. other unique properties of this material make it suitable for industrial production of chemicals such as ammonia and for use as semiconductors in flat panel displays.
August 29, 2016
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Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
Nowadays lithium ion batteries play a dominant role in the rechargeable battery market. Sodium ion batteries have recently attracted increasing interest as an alternative to lithium ion batteries due to the high natural abundance of sodium compared to lithium.
May 3, 2017
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Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle
Barely wider than a strand of human DNA, magnetic nanoparticles -- such as those made from iron and platinum atoms -- are promising materials for next-generation recording and storage devices like hard drives. Building these devices from nanoparticles should increase storage capacity and density, but understanding how magnetism works at the level of individual atoms is critical to getting the best performance.
February 2, 2017
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Supersonic Solitary Waves in Nano-Electronics Crystals Show Potentials for Matter Transport, Energy Storage
Supersonic solitary waves in nano-electronics crystals show potentials for electric charge or matter transport and energy storage with extremely low heat dissipation
October 27, 2016
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Supersonic spray yields new nanomaterial for bendable, wearable electronics
A new, ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised by an international team of nanomaterials researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University.
November 22, 2016
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Supersonic Waves Improve Nano-Electronics
Amazing localized excitations such as freak waves happen in nature at all scales. the present theory and models of these waves can be applied to various fields such as physics, acoustics, cosmological relativity, neuro-dynamics, nonlinear lasers and optics, plasmas and oceanography, but they can also play an important role in nano-electronics at the quantum scale.
October 26, 2016
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Surprising qualities of insulator ring surfaces
Topological insulators behave like insulators at their core and allow good conductivity on their surface. they owe their characteristics to a new quantum state within the material discovered in 2007 and 2009 for 2D and 3D materials, respectively. Scientists studying the surface of ring-shaped, or toric, topological insulators, have just discovered some characteristics that had only previously been confirmed in spheres.
June 29, 2016
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Surprising spin behavior at room temperature
The field of spintronics focuses on spin transport behavior in magnetic metals, and the major findings in this area have important implications for the field of electronics. this is because conventional electronics primarily considers the electron charge, whereas spintronics allows the electron spin to be exploited.
February 8, 2017
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Sustainable, high energy density battery created
Researchers announce the development of a novel low cost, rechargeable, high energy density battery that makes the widespread use of solar and wind power possible in the future. It is based on manganese dioxide (MnO2), an abundant, safe and non-toxic material.
March 3, 2017
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Swedish Researchers Increase the Capacity of Graphene to Store Electrical Charge
Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden introduced defects into the perfect surface of graphene on silicon carbide in order to increase the material's capacity to store electrical charge. A report on this has been featured in the scientific journal Electrochimica Acta. This report increases the understanding of how this ultrathin material can be used.
May 23, 2017
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Switched-on DNA sparks nanoelectronics applications
DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices.
February 20, 2017
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Switched-on skyrmions
Miniature magnetic whirlpools could be used to store and process data in a new generation of ultralow-power 'spintronics' computing devices. RIKEN researchers have used an electric field to switch these spin-swirling objects, which are known as skyrmions, between two states–an important step in understanding and controlling their behavior.
November 18, 2016
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Synthetic biological nanowires to conduct electricity
Scientists have genetically modified a common soil bacteria to create electrical wires that not only conduct electricity, but are thousands of times thinner than a human hair.
August 16, 2016
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Tapping the Earths energy for zero-carbon seawater desalination
In a country of abundant sunshine and seawater, looking to the sun to turn the UAE's saltwater into freshwater seems an obvious choice. However, researchers at the Masdar Institute are considering another renewable energy source that is sitting right under our feet -- geothermal energy.
August 08, 2016
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Teaching perovskites to swim
Harvesting sunlight and using it to power our homes and devices is a reality today. Generally, most commercial solar cells are made of silicon. However, as highlighted previously, a type of material called perovskite halides are a potential competitor of silicon. Unfortunately, most perovskite halides are sensitive to moisture and high temperatures such that exposure to either will quickly degrade these materials -- rendering them useless.
May 2, 2017
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Team brings quantum computing closer to reality with new materials
For 60 years computers have become smaller, faster and cheaper. But engineers are approaching the limits of how small they can make silicon transistors and how quickly they can push electricity through devices to create digital ones and zeros. Illustration of light interacting with electrons
May 9, 2017
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Technion Breakthrough in Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Replace Silicon Chips in Various Electronic Devices
Technion researchers have developed a method for growing carbon nanotubes that could lead to the day when molecular electronics replace the ubiquitous silicon chip as the building block of electronics.
July 12, 2016
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The Army's looking into putting bacteria into its electronics
Army Research Lab scientists are collaborating with biologists.
December 1, 2016
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The DoE publishes a CALiPER report with photometric testing of four OLED luminaries
The US DoE published a new CALiPER report made by the PNNL laboratory, with photometric testing, laboratory teardowns and accelerated lifetime testing of OLED luminaires. as you can see in the photo below, the four luminaries (from top-left, clockwise) are the OTI Aerelight, Acuity Brands Chalina and Acuity Brands Nomi (single panel and dual panel).
October 28, 2016
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The extraordinary properties of strontium niobate demystified
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently uncovered novel properties of strontium niobate, which is a unique semiconductor material that displays both metallic type conduction and photocatalytic activity. the two studies, which were conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, herald exciting opportunities for the creation of novel devices with unprecedented functionalities as well as unique applications of a new family of photocatalytic materials.
May 15, 2017
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The first low-cost system for splitting carbon dioxide
A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasoline. A first step is the electrolysis of carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide, which can be subsequently be transformed into liquid fuels. But current CO-forming catalysts are either not selective enough or too expensive to be industrially viable.
June 5, 2017
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The formation of stable solid electrolyte interphases on lithium metal anode
The successful commercialization of Li-ion batteries has promoted the fast development of electronics industry since 1990s. However, the current energy density cannot cater the demand of electric vehicles, wearable devices and smart grid.
January 30, 2017
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The future of electronics is light
For the past four decades, the electronics industry has been driven by what is called "Moore's Law," which is not a law but more an axiom or observation. Effectively, it suggests that the electronic devices double in speed and capability about every two years. and indeed, every year tech companies come up with new, faster, smarter and better gadgets.
November 29, 2016
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The origin of ultrahigh piezoelectric response
All ferroelectric materials possess a property known as piezoelectricity in which an applied mechanical force can generate an electrical current and an applied electrical field can elicit a mechanical response. Ferroelectric materials are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, from ultrasound and sonar to capacitors, transducers, vibration sensors and ultrasensitive infrared cameras. Now, an international team of scientists led by Penn State may have solved the 30-year-old riddle of why certain ferroelectric crystals exhibit extremely strong piezoelectric responses.
January 9, 2017
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The PHENOMEN project aims to lay the foundations a new information technology
PHENOMEN is a ground breaking project designed to harness the potential of combined phononics, photonics and radio-frequency (RF) electronic signals to lay the foundations of a new information technology. this new Project, funded though the highly competitive H2020 FET-Open call, joins the efforts of three leading research institutes, three internationally recognised universities and a high-tech SME.
September 19, 2016
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The Presence of Defects Improves the Performance of MnO2 Nanosheets as Supercapacitor Electrode Materials
Supercapacitors are used to store energy in applications that require many rapid change/discharge cycles including personal electronics, hybrid cars, and energy harvesting systems. Supercapacitors using pseudocapacitor electrodes store energy using reversible redox reactions. Candidates for pseudocapacitor electrodes are often metal oxides due to their redox properties, combined with the high specific capacitance at low resistance.
February 24, 2017
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The road to green hydrogen runs through mazes in algal proteins
Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity, we are increasingly thinking about hydrogen as the successor of crude oil. But where will the hydrogen come from? Its ecologically cleanest source could be industrial - or even domestic! - bioreactors with green algae.
October 19, 2016
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The secrets of vibration-enhanced conductivity in graphene
Graphene, the one-atom-thick material made of carbon atoms, still holds some unexplained qualities, which are important in connection with electronic applications where high-conductivity matters, ranging from smart materials that collectively respond to external stimuli in a coherent, tunable fashion, to light-induced, all-optical networks.
March 8, 2017
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The ultimate tuning of optoelectric properties with nanoplatelets
An international research team has demonstrated an easy approach to synthesize ultrasmall near infrared 2D nanoplatelets (NIR NPLs) via template-assisted cation exchange.
May 15, 2017
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The world's first heat-driven transistor
"We are the first in the world to present a logic circuit, in this case a transistor, that is controlled by a heat signal instead of an electrical signal," states Professor Xavier Crispin of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linkg University.
January 31, 2017
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Theoretical speed limit for intra-chip communications in microprocessors
Researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a theory that gives the possibility to precisely predict the level of noise caused by the amplification of photonic and plasmonic signals in nanoscale optoelectronic circuits.
January 19, 2017
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Theorists propose new class of topological metals with exotic electronic properties
Researchers at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Zurich have proposed a theory-based approach to characterize a class of metals that possess exotic electronic properties that could help scientists find other, similarly-endowed materials.
January 19, 2017
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There's a way to turn almost any object into a computer - and it could cause shockwaves in AI
The latest chip in the iPhone 7 has 3.3 billion transistors packed into a piece of silicon around the size of a small coin. But the trend for smaller, increasingly powerful computers could be coming to an end. Silicon-based chips are rapidly reaching a point at which the laws of physics prevent them being any smaller. There are also some important limitations to what silicon-based devices can do that mean there is a strong argument for looking at other ways to power computers.
October 11, 2016
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Thermodynamic disorder in GaN-based nanowires
While GaN-based nanowires have the potential for realizing integrated optoelectronic systems because of their high quantum efficiencies, they are also expected to pave the way for new photodetector device architectures and improve photosensitivity.
May 3, 2017
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Thermoelectric paper devices utilize waste heat to power electronics and sensors
The fact that temperature differentials (heat) are ubiquitously present in our environment makes thermoelectric energy harvesting a highly attractive research field. Flexible thermoelectric generators -- especially as on-chip power sources -- could have many applications in consumer and medical electronics -- they may be used in implants; healthcare monitoring; wearable electronics; smart home systems; and remote wireless sensing systems.
August 23, 2016
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Thin-film ferroelectrics go extreme
Scientists have created the first-ever polarization gradient in thin-film ferroelectrics, greatly expanding the range of functional temperatures for a key material used in a variety of everyday applications. the discovery could pave the way for developing devices capable of supporting wireless communications in extreme environments.
May 10, 2017
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Thin, Diamond-Like Photonic Nanostructure Reflects Many Colors of Light from all Angles
Through improved calculations, physicists and mathematicians at the University of Twente have recently discovered that a thin, diamond-like photonic nanostructure is capable of reflecting an unexpected broad range of colors of light, from all angles. this causes the material to have immense potential as a back reflector in order to improve the efficiency of tiny on-chip light sources or solar cells.
May 2, 2017
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Thinner Wires for Chips Developed Using Self-Assembling Block Copolymers
In order to enable faster working of the chips in computers and smartphones, the size of the wires and circuits through which signals are transmitted has to be reduced considerably. While miniaturizing these wires, researchers had to undergo an expedition to nearly the atomic level. at present, researchers have started to deal with as well as overcome specific barriers in physics that hinder the making of very small wires.
April 13, 2017
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This $139 Windows 10 computer can be a PC or robot
The versatile SolidRun Q4 can be a Windows PC or a board used to develop robots, drones, and IoT devices.
September 21, 2016
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This battery is powered by bacteria
Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have created a "bacteria-powered battery on a single sheet of paper." the project is aimed at creating batteries for disposable microelectronics that can run for weeks using a little bacteria-rich liquid.
December 23, 2016
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This new Light System Shines as Bright as 21,700 Suns
Researchers from Europe have developed a solar simulator that replicates the heat and light of the sun's radiation–and then some. the system, with a luminous flux equivalent to over 20,000 suns, is being used to test various materials in extreme conditions.
September 21, 2016
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Three ways organic electronics is changing technology as we know it
One day, your latest gadget won't be in your pocket like a phone or even wrapped around your wrist like a smartwatch, but stuck to your skin like a transparent plaster. Researchers at the University of Tokyo are the latest group to attempt to make this kind of "optoelectronic skin", with an ultra-thin, flexible LED display that can be worn on the back of your hand (Science Advances, "Ultraflexible organic photonic skin").
October 10, 2016
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Three-layer nanoparticle catalysts improve zinc-air batteries
Nanoparticles containing three different layers of material can help to boost the performance of a zinc-air battery, A*STAR researchers have found (Small, "Co@Co3O4@PPD core@bishell nanoparticle-based composite as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction").
January 4, 2017
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Tiny gold grids yielding secrets
Ordered patterns of gold nanoparticles on a silicon base can be stimulated to produce collective electron waves known as plasmons that absorb only certain narrow bands of light, making them promising for a wide range of arrays and display technologies in medicine, industry, and science.
September 12, 2016
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Tiny Skyrmions Could be the Prospective Information Carriers in Future
An innovative ultra-thin multilayer film has been developed by a research team. the team is headed by Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). the novel film has the ability to tap the characteristics of tiny magnetic whirls (i.e. skyrmions) as information carriers to store and process data on magnetic media.
April 11, 2017
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Topological defects make metal-free nanocarbon promising for zinc-air batteries
The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is the core process -- but also the bottleneck -- for the cathode reaction of energy-conversion devices like certain types of fuel cells and metal-air batteries.
January 12, 2017
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Topological photonic crystal made of silicon
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics(WPI-MANA) researchers derive topological photonic states purely based on silicon, which can lead to the development of new functions and devices through integration with semiconductor electronics.
January 19, 2017
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Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity
How electrons interact with other electrons at quantum scale in graphene affects how quickly they travel in the material, leading to its high conductivity.
December 14, 2016
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Toward all-solid lithium batteries
Most batteries are composed of two solid, electrochemically active layers called electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte. But recent research has explored the possibility of all-solid-state batteries, in which the liquid (and potentially flammable) electrolyte would be replaced by a solid electrolyte, which could enhance the batteries' energy density and safety.
February 2, 2017
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Toward printable, sensor-laden 'skin' for robots
In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They're also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest.
March 23, 2017
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Towards a better screen
Harvard University researchers have designed more than 1,000 new blue-light emitting molecules for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that could dramatically improve displays for televisions, phones, tablets and more.
August 08, 2016
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Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons
Unavoidably, each digital information we send around the globe is prone to be lost. Travelling long ways in wires, the initial signal decays and scatters by colliding with impurities and neighboring electromagnetic fields. Therefore, beyond each bit of your desired message, it is necessary to send other hidden bits of information that check for mistakes and take action in case of losses; while devices become smaller and smaller, this issue becomes more significant.
February 6, 2017
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Towards stable propagation of light in nanophotonic fibers
Devices based on light, rather than electrons, could revolutionize the speed and security of our future computers. However, one of the major challenges in today's physics is the design of photonic devices, able to transport and switch light through circuits in a stable way.
September 19, 2016
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Towards the T-1000: Liquid metals propel future electronics
Science fiction is inching closer to reality with the development of revolutionary self-propelling liquid metals -- a critical step towards future elastic electronics.
August 04, 2016
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Toyota Prius Plug-In to Feature Solar Panels in Japan, Europe
U.S. won't get the technology right away due to crash test regulations
June 17, 2016
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Trace metal recombination centers kill LED efficiency
Using cutting-edge first-principles calculations, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have demonstrated the mechanism by which transition metal impurities - iron in particular - can act as nonradiative recombination centers in nitride semiconductors.
November 3, 2016
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Train windows that combine mobile reception and thermal insulation
EPFL researchers have developed a type of glass that offers excellent energy efficiency and lets mobile telephone signals through. and by teaming up with Swiss manufacturers, they have produced innovative windows. Railway company BLS is about to install them on some of its trains in order to improve energy efficiency.
September 2, 2016
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Transistors that can switch between two stable energy states
Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds - the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.
May 9, 2017
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Transmitting energy in soft materials
Soft materials are great at damping energy – that's why rubber tires are so good at absorbing the shock of bumps and potholes. But if researchers are going to build autonomous soft systems, like soft robots, they'll need a way to transmit energy through soft materials.
August 08, 2016
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Transparent Semiconductor Thin Film with Record Conductivity Discovered
You might not realize it, but a lot of the devices you rely on everyday probably include some amount of the material indium. this is because indium tin oxide (ITO) is a transparent conductor, making it ideal for use in flat-panel displays and solar cells, but indium is also rather rare, which is why so many have been looking for a viable replacement. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have recently discovered a transparent semiconductor that has the highest-ever conductivity of a thin film oxide semiconductor.
May 8, 2017
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Transparent silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterial
The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver that can survive air exposure has been laid down at the University of Michigan, and it could change the way touchscreens and flat or flexible displays are made.
March 21, 2017
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Trapped electrons to blame for lack of battery efficiency
Forget mousetraps–today's scientists will get the cheese if they manage to build a better battery.
June 28, 2016
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Triboelectric nanogenerators boost mass spectrometry performance
Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG) convert mechanical energy harvested from the environment to electricity for powering small devices such as sensors or for recharging consumer electronics
February 27, 2017
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Trickling electrons
What would happen if an electric current no longer flowed, but trickled instead? this was the question investigated by researchers working with Christian Ast at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Nature Communications, "Sensing the quantum limit in scanning tunnelling spectroscopy").
November 7, 2016
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Tricking molecules into creating new nano-shapes
Making small structures, at the nanometer length scale, is extremely difficult. However, these structures are vital for faster, denser more energy-efficient computing devices.
May 30, 2017
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Tuning crystallinity to realize high energy density in supercapacitors
Supercapacitors, a rapidly emerging type of energy storage device, hold great potential due to their interesting characteristics: high power density, fast charge and discharge rates, and long-term cycling life.
May 15, 2017
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Tuning materials and devices to adapt to their environment
Materials with large dielectric constants -- aka "high-K materials" -- have recently garnered attention for their potential use within future generations of reduced-dimension semiconductor devices.
September 13, 2016
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Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries
Scientists have found adding a pinch of something new to a battery's electrolyte gives the energy storage devices more juice per charge than today's commonly used rechargeable batteries.
March 1, 2017
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'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
Stress sensors are important tools when it comes to evaluating the robustness of a material facing strong mechanical forces. OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article ("Dynamic Phosphorescent Probe for Facile and Reversible Stress Sensing") reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.
April 17, 2017
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Twisted semiconductors for future moving holograms
A smartphone display that can produce moving, holographic 3D images will need to be able to twist the light it emits.
March 31, 2017
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Two-dimensional anodes for advanced sodium ion batteries
The mechanism of sodium ion storage in an important two-dimensional material could be a simpler and less toxic route to cheaper batteries, a team of KAUST researchers discovered
October 26, 2016
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Two-Dimensional Hybrid 'Sandwich' offers Unique Properties for Optoelectronics
Researchers from Rice University have demonstrated a nanoscale sandwich, which they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists.
February 28, 2017
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Two-Dimensional Materials Create Miniature Optoelectronic Circuits
A team of researchers at the University of Manchester have formulated a new technique of developing optoelectronic circuits using graphene and other 2D materials that are comparatively smaller than their existing counterparts.
November 23, 2016
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Two-dimensional MXene materials get their close-up
Researchers have long sought electrically conductive materials for economical energy-storage devices. Two-dimensional (2D) ceramics called MXenes are contenders. Unlike most 2D ceramics, MXenes have inherently good conductivity because they are molecular sheets made from the carbides and nitrides of transition metals like titanium.
March 14, 2017
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Two-dimensional oxides juice up sodium ion batteries
(Nanowerk Spotlight) Sodium ion batteries are promising alternative to lithium ion batteries, particularly for home based and grid level storage solutions. Despite its lower energy density, sodium is more abundant and geographical more evenly distributed than lithium " and it is cheaper. In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, it is abundant as a natural product of the water desalination process.
February 9, 2017
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UC Physicists Control Luminescence of Semiconductor Nanowires Using Gold Coating
In electronics, the race for smaller is huge.
March 17, 2017
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UCR Researchers develop new Silicon-Tin Nanocomposite that Could Improve Stability of Lithium-Ion Batteries
At the University of California, Riverside researchers have developed a new silicon-tin nanocomposite anode that could improve the charging capacity of lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged and discharged many times before they wear out.
August 05, 2016
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Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties
The old rules don't necessarily apply when building electronic components out of two-dimensional materials, according to scientists at Rice University.
July 25, 2016
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Ultra-Fast Compact Piezo Nanopositioning Stage, from PI
Nanometer precision and motion control industry expert, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., delivers new solutions for very small position changes, coupled with speed, and high force in its P-630 nanopositioning stages
August 04, 2016
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Ultra-fast, ultra-sensitive platinum selenide gas sensors
Researchers from the Graphene Flagship, working at the AMBER centre in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with researchers from University of Siegen, Germany, and University of Vienna, Austria, have demonstrated ultrafast and highly sensitive gas sensors using platinum selenide (PtSe2). this material -- a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) -- has promising potential in different areas of nanoelectronics, including optoelectonics as well as sensing.
January 12, 2017
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Ultra-thin ferroelectric material for next-generation electronics
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated the potential of a new, thin-film ferroelectric material that could improve the performance of next-generation sensors and semi-conductors (Scientific Reports, "The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film").
October 12, 2016
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Ultra-Thin Indium Selenide Shows Potential for Super-Fast Electronic Devices
After a decade of research on graphene and 2D materials, a new semiconductor material, known as Indium Selenide (InSe), was found to exhibit the potential for prospective super-fast electronics.
November 22, 2016
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Ultra-thin solution to primary obstacle in solid-state battery development
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and A. James Clark School of Engineering have announced a transformative development in the race to produce batteries that are at once safe, powerful, and affordable.
December 19, 2016
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Ultracompact photodetector
Data traffic is growing worldwide. Glass-fiber cables transmit information over long distances at the speed of light. Once they have reached their destination, however, these optical signals have to be converted into electrical signals for subsequent processing in the computer. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have now developed a novel type of photodetector that needs far less space than conventional ones.
August 02, 2016
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Ultrafast imaging reveals existence of 'polarons'
Many people picture electrical conductivity as the flow of charged particles (mainly electrons) without really thinking about the atomic structure of the material through which those charges are moving. But scientists who study "strongly correlated electron" materials such as high-temperature superconductors and those with strong responses to magnetism know that picture is far too simplistic.
November 29, 2016
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Ultrafast tunable semiconductor metamaterial created
An international team of researchers from Moscow State University (Russia), Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque (USA), and Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena (Germany) have devised an ultrafast tunable metamaterial based on gallium arsenide nanoparticles, as published by Nature Communications ("Ultrafast all-optical tuning of direct-gap semiconductor metasurfaces"). The new optical metamaterial paves the way to ultrafast information transfer on the nanoscale.
May 17, 2017
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Ultralow power transistors could function for years without a battery
A newly-developed form of transistor opens up a range of new electronic applications including wearable or implantable devices by drastically reducing the amount of power used. Devices based on this type of ultralow power transistor, developed by engineers at the University of Cambridge, could function for months or even years without a battery by 'scavenging' energy from their environment.
October 20, 2016
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Ultrasensitive nonlinear metamaterials for data transfer
Scientists demonstrated the effect of the all-optical switching between streams of photons using non-linear metamaterials. the Lomonosov Moscow State University staff planned the whole study, conducted calculations and experiments, while their German colleagues made samples of metamaterials.
June 23, 2016
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Ultrasmall Nanoclusters Have Potential to Address Big Issues in Lithium-Ion Batteries
Batteries that are smaller, faster, and more stable are in great demand as devices become smaller and more powerful. Chemists at the University of Illinois have created a superionic solid that could be the starting point of next-generation lithium-ion batteries.
February 22, 2017
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Understanding heat transport in a chain of gold atoms
The precise control of electron transport in microelectronics makes complex logic circuits possible that are in daily use in smartphones and laptops. Heat transport is of similar fundamental importance and its control is for instance necessary to efficiently cool the ever smaller chips.
February 17, 2017
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Unexpected damage found rippling through promising exotic nanomaterials
Some of the most promising and puzzling phenomena in physics play out on the nanoscale, where a billionth-of-a-meter shift can make or break perfect electrical conductivity.
April 27, 2017
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Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics
Researchers have described a material that, when heated to about 450 degrees Celsius, transforms from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array of one-dimensional nanowires, each just a few atoms wide. An image caught in mid-transformation looks like a tiny United States flag, and with false colors added, is arguably the world's smallest image of Old Glory, researchers said.
March 19, 2017
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Unique Carbon Nanotube Structure Strengthens Thin Films for Use in Flexible Electronics
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that display both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is approximately fifty times higher than copper films, presently employed in electronics. they drew inspiration from the structure of composites found in the ancient world and nature.
April 24, 2017
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Unique Properties of Graphene Could Revolutionize Photonic and Opto-Electronic Devices
The importance of graphene can hardly be overstated. Graphene is the thinnest material comprised of atoms. It is only one atomic layer thick and hence an almost ideal representation of a two-dimensional material in our three-dimensional world. It has unique physical properties, including extreme mechanical strength and large electrical and thermal conductivity.
December 29, 2016
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UnitySC's NST Series Nanotopography Metrology Platform Delivers Unique Overlay Solution for Hybrid Bonding
UnitySC, a wholly owned subsidiary of FOGALE Nanotech Group and a leader in inspection and metrology solutions for advanced semiconductor packaging, today introduced its new NST Series at SEMICON China in Shanghai. the NST Series is the world's first non-contact metrology solution for accurately measuring the nanoscale surface topography of semiconductor wafers in high-volume manufacturing.
March 15, 2017
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US Navy modifies bacteria to produce electric wire 60,000x thinner than human hair
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have worked out a biological method to produce the smallest electrical wires you've ever seen. Or rather, haven't seen because they're microscopic. it's thanks to a clever tweak to the genetic code of a common soil bacterium that causes it to spit out conductive filaments thousands of times thinner than a human hair.
August 23, 2016
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Using nanotechnology to give fuel cells more oomph
At the same time Honda and Toyota are introducing fuel cell cars to the U.S. market, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America and Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create a new technology designed to give fuel cells more oomph.
August 08, 2016
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Using pectin to advance neuron-like electronic systems
Most of us know pectin as a key ingredient for making delicious jellies and jams, not as a component for a complex hybrid device that links biological and electronic systems. But a team of Italian scientists have built on previous work in this field using pectin with a high degree of methylation as the medium to create a new architecture of hybrid device with a double-layered polyelectrolyte that alone drives memristive behavior.
November 11, 2016
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Valleytronics advancement could help extend Moore's Law
In the world of semiconductor physics, the goal is to devise more efficient and microscopic ways to control and keep track of 0 and 1, the binary codes that all information storage and logic functions in computers are based on.
May 1, 2017
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Value Added Piezo Element Assembly Speeds up OEM Integration, Saves Cost
Fast response, high bandwidth and force, and virtually unlimited resolution make piezoelectric transducers invaluable to modern high tech applications including flow measurement, distance gauging, bio-medical dispensing and aerosol generation, as well as metrology, semiconductor testing, and aerospace technology. PI, a leader in piezo ceramic and motion control solutions, offers value added piezo components by adhering flexible printed circuits for easy application integration.
August 31, 2016
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Vesper's Latest Piezoelectric MEMS Microphone Brings Advanced Quiescent Sensing to Commercial Realm
Vesper, developer of the world's most advanced acoustic sensors, today demonstrated the first commercially available quiescent-sensing MEMS device, opening the possibility of acoustic event-detection devices at practically zero power draw. Drawing a scant 3 a of current while in listening mode, Vesper's newest piezoelectric MEMS microphone – VM1010 – will dramatically advance voice and acoustic event monitoring.
June 23, 2016
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Video captures bubble-blowing nanobattery in action
With about three times the energy capacity by weight of today's lithium-ion batteries, lithium-air batteries could one day enable electric cars to drive farther on a single charge.
April 26, 2017
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'Virtual batteries' could lead to cheaper, cleaner power
In the power grid, supply and demand need to match exactly. If consumers demand more power than producers can supply, or if producers provide more power than consumers need, the result can be rolling blackouts.
March 24, 2017
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Volvo Amps Up S90 and V90 with Sporty-Looking R-Design Trim
"Sporty" trim levels that don't include any major performance-enhancing hardware rarely get our hearts pumping, but gosh darn it if Volvo's new R-Design trim package for the S90 and V90 doesn't look smashing. of course, it helps when you start with sedans and wagons as attractive as Volvo's new 90-series range.
June 22, 2016
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VW brand chief Diess now under the diesel gun
Investors demand accountability from top execs in diesel scandal
June 22, 2016
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VW diesel deal deadline extended by court
Volkswagen TDI emission cheating fine will set a precedent for years to come
June 17, 2016
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VW Outlines Plans for Green Engines, Autonomous Cars
CEO Matthias Muller commits to big changes for the company
June 22, 2016
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Warning of shortage of essential minerals for laptops, cell phones, wiring
Researchers say global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply. Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes.
March 19, 2017
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Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery
Researchers have created a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries using waste silicon sawdust.
February 21, 2017
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Watch the Alfa Romeo 4C Go "Head 2 Head" with an Unlikely Challenger
Which car can claim sports coupe supremacy?
June 22, 2016
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Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight
When it comes to water, some materials have a split personality - and some of these materials could hold the key to new ways of harnessing solar energy.
September 13, 2016
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Water-based and biocompatible 2D inks for printed electronics
Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a method of producing water-based and inkjet printable 2D material inks, which could bring 2D crystal heterostructures from the lab into real-world products.
January 30, 2017
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What color Galaxy Note 7 should you get: Black, blue coral, silver or gold?
Things to consider when choosing a Galaxy Note 7 color to buy.
August 04, 2016
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What ultimately limits the scaling of graphene nanogap electrodes
The ability to create nanometer-sized gaps in spm2-bonded carbon materials offers a means of contacting nanoscale objects, for example, nanocrystals and single molecules, that cannot be achieved with conventional metallic electrodes.
May 12, 2017
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White paper highlights federal vision for nanotechnology-inspired Grand Challenge for future computing
Today, Federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released a white paper (pdf) describing the collective Federal vision for the emerging and innovative solutions needed to realize the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.
July 29, 2016
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Will Chris Evans take a lesser role on 'Top Gear'?
Lots of questions about the world's most popular car-themed show but not many answers
June 17, 2016
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Wireless Fast Charging explained
Qi Fast Charge brings faster and more efficient charging without any change in how we use it.
September 8, 2016
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Wireless, wearable toxic-gas detector made from carbon nanotubes
MIT researchers have developed low-cost chemical sensors, made from chemically altered carbon nanotubes, that enable smartphones or other wireless devices to detect trace amounts of toxic gases.
June 30, 2016
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Wires and supercapacitors constructed inside living plants
A special structure for storing energy known as a supercapacitor has been constructed in a plant for the first time. the plant, a rose, can be charged and discharged hundreds of times.
February 27, 2017
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World's first vertically stacked gate-all-around Si nanowire CMOS transistors
At this week's IEEE IEDM conference, world-leading research and innovation hub for nano-electronics and digital technology, imec, reported for the first time the CMOS integration of vertically stacked gate-all-around (GAA) silicon nanowire MOSFETs.
December 6, 2016
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World's most efficient nanowire lasers
Known for their low cost, simple processing and high efficiency, perovskites are popular materials in solar panel research. Now, researchers demonstrated that nanowires made from lead halide perovskite are the most efficient nanowire lasers known (Nature Materials, "Lead halide perovskite nanowire lasers with low lasing thresholds and high quality factors").
June 17, 2016
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World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of 2 atoms
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.
December 19, 2016
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X-ray laser glimpses how electrons dance with atomic nuclei in materials
From hard to malleable, from transparent to opaque, from channeling electricity to blocking it: Materials come in all types. a number of their intriguing properties originate in the way a material's electrons "dance" with its lattice of atomic nuclei, which is also in constant motion due to vibrations known as phonons.
September 27, 2016
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X-ray spectroscopy reveals details of capacity fading in Li-ion batteries
The improvement of batteries is one of the key factors in increasing the performance of electric vehicles. to this end Dr Moniek Tromp of the University of Amsterdam's research priority area Sustainable Chemistry is employing advanced X-ray spectroscopy of battery electrodes under operating conditions.
December 5, 2016
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XY Piezo Nanopositioning and Scanning Stage Provides More Travel
Applications in micro-assembly, beam guidance, photonics, and optical metrology all require nanometer adjustment precision, most times in very compact spaces. to meet those requirements, PI, a lead manufacturer of nanopositioning and motion control solutions, introduces its newest XY piezo motor positioners -- P-620.2 to P-629.2 -- to join the existing PIHera family of over 60 compact, direct metrology stages available in a large variety of travel ranges.
June 30, 2016
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Yeolight opens an OLED lighting exhibition center
China's Yeolight has opened an OLED lighting exhibition center, located in GU'an city Hebei province, China. Yeolight says that at 431 sqm, this is the largest OLED lighting gallery in China. Most of the OLED panels on display are produced by Yeolight, but some are made by LG Display.
January 24, 2017
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Zenyatta ventures announces successful testing of graphene oxide material by U.S. based advanced materials company
Recently, Zenyatta Ventures reported the successful testing of their graphene oxide material by a top U.S. based advanced materials company manufacturing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
May 17, 2017
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Zinc oxide: it's not just for sunscreen and diaper cream
For many, zinc oxide conjures images of bright stripes down lifeguards' noses. But for researchers in Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science, ZnO is an exciting compound with important optical and electrical properties.
May 9, 2017
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