Cubic silicon carbide in water. Credit: Thor Balkhed/LiU One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. Researchers at LiU have developed a material, nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas […]

A transmission electron microscope image shows the interlayer spacing of turbostratic graphene produced at Rice University by flashing carbon black from discarded rubber tires with a jolt of electricity. Credit: Tour Research Group/Rice University Rice University lab’s optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions. This could be where the rubber […]

The startup Transaera is using a class of materials called metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, to create air conditioners that could have five times less impact on the climate when compared to traditional ACs. The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by MITProfessor Mircea Dinca for over a […]

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 […]

Our consumer products can be filled with nanomaterials, but they do not show up in lists of ingredients. Credit: MostPhotos/Tatiana Mihailova Our consumer products, such as food, cosmetics, and clothes, might be filled with nanomaterials — unbeknownst to us. The use of nanomaterials remains unregulated and they do not show […]

STEM (scanning transmission electron microscopy) image of a one-dimensional array of F4TCNQ molecules (yellow-orange) on a gate-tunable graphene device. Credit: Berkeley Lab Removing one charged molecule from a one-dimensional array causes the others to alternately turn ‘on’ or ‘off,’ paving the way for information transfer in tiny circuits. Small electronic […]

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 […]

Nanosatellite thrusters that emit a stream of pure ions are the first of their kind to be entirely additively manufactured, using a combination of 3D printing and hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide nanowires. A stainless steel version (top) works better overall but is much more expensive to produce. MIT researchers […]

ANIMATION The odd, wavy pattern that results from viewing certain phone or computer screens through polarized glasses has led researchers to take a step toward thinner, lighter-weight lenses. Called moiré, the pattern is made by laying one material with opaque and translucent parts at an angle over another material of […]