Artist’s representation of the nanoscopic structure of a new ferroelectric material developed by MIT researchers and colleagues. Blue and gold dots represent the boron and nitride atoms in two atomically thin sheets of boron nitride. Between these sheets are two layers of graphene; the whitish/blue dots represent carbon atoms. The […]

Credit: Daria Sokol/MIPT Press Office Dotty graphene and doping: Whatever it takes for Russia’s record plasmonics to shine. Physicists from MIPT and Vladimir State University, Russia, have achieved a nearly 90% efficiency converting light energy into surface waves on graphene. They relied on a laser-like energy conversion scheme and collective resonances. The […]

MIT researchers have designed small molecules that spontaneously form nanoribbons when water is added. These molecules include a Kevlar-inspired “aramid” domain in their design, in green, which fixes each molecule in place and leads to nanoribbons that are stronger than steel. Parts of the molecules attracted to or repulsed from […]

The morphing nozzle in action, 3D printing fiber-filled composite materials with on-demand control of fiber alignment for “4D printing. Credit: University of Maryland Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created a new shape-changing or “morphing” 3D printing nozzle that was featured as a Frontispiece in the January 5th […]

Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the “kombucha mother” used to ferment tea. Credit: Chenfu Hsing A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions. Engineers […]

While studying a thin-film material called strontium stannate (SrSnO3), University of Minnesota researchers noticed the surprising formation of checkerboard patterns at the nano scale similar to structures fabricated in costly, multistep processes. Their results show the realistic possibility of designing similar self-assembled structures with wide applications in materials for electronics […]

A cross-section through a shell showing the periodically layered nacre on top of a prismatic shell structure. Credit: © Igor Zlotnikov Mollusks build shells to protect their soft tissues from predators. Nacre, also known as the mother of pearl, has an intricate, highly regular structure that makes it an incredibly […]

The solar cell created by the team is transparent, allowing its use in a wide range of applications. Credit: Joondong Kim from Incheon National University A new study led by scientists from Incheon National University in Korea shows how to make a fully transparent solar cell. In a new study […]

Graphene hybrid made from metal organic frameworks (MOF) and graphenic acid make an excellent positive electrode for supercapacitors, which thus achieve an energy density similar to that of nickel-metal hydride batteries. Credit: Prof. Dr. J. Kolleboyina / IITJ A team working with Roland Fischer, Professor of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry […]

Lignocellulose biomass is cracked using acid to produce furfural. Using visible light and oxygen, furfural is converted into hydroxybutenolide, which is then modified using different alcohols to produce alkoxybutenolide monomers, that can be polymerized into coatings using UV light. Credit: George Hermens and Paco Visser, University of Groningen Organic chemists […]