1000 single nano-tube transistors on a chip. Credit: Aalto University Scientists at Aalto University, Finland, and Nagoya University, Japan, have found a new way to make ultra-clean carbon nanotube transistors with superior semiconducting properties. Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have found many uses in electronics and new touch screen devices. Carbon […]

Focused laser light generates an optical “tractor beam,” which can manipulate and orient semiconductor nanorods (red) with metal tips (blue) in an organic solvent solution. The energy from the laser superheats the metallic tip of the trapped nanorod, allowing the aligned nanorods to be welded together end-to-end in a solution-based […]

Graphic shows the basic design of an X-ray free electron laser or XFEL, in which brilliant X-ray bursts strike crystallized samples, causing diffraction patterns that can be reassembled into detailed images. X-rays damage biomolecules, a problem that has plagued structure determination efforts for decades. But the X-ray bursts produced by […]

A nanomaterial developed at University of Bath allows for incredibly sensitive detection of the direction molecules twist using laser light. Credit: Ventsislav Valev and Alex Murphy Scientists illuminate secrets of a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time. The material developed at University of Bath allows for incredibly […]

1 / 1 Schematic of the energy shifts between different versions of a self-assembling nanocube. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have designed two types of nanocubes whose building blocks, hexaphenylbenzene derivative molecules (represented as red and blue), can automatically combine and scramble repeatedly based on the temperature of their environment. This […]

The Ohya research group successfully affected spin by 20 percent in under a picosecond. This is a promising technique for ultrafast nonvolatile memory devices. Credit: Ohya Laboratory. For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a new way to perform functions essential to future computation three orders of magnitude faster than […]