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Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds

This NSF-funded project could help clean up oil spills. Research created a new catalyst that can break down hydrocarbons in water, and it does not contaminate the water. (Learn More >>)

Nano-cone textures generate extremely ‘robust’ water-repellent surfaces

Scientists at DOE's Brookhaven Lab found that when it comes to designing extremely water-repellent surfaces, shape and size matter. (Learn More >>)

Berkeley Lab researchers create new material resembling molecular velcro for biosensing applications

Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab have created a new material that can be programmed to identify an endless variety of molecules. (Learn More >>)

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology launches updated NanoFab website

The CNST, NIST’s nanotechnology user facility, launched a major update to the NanoFab website. The shared-use NanoFab gives researchers economical access to and training on a state-of-the-art tool set for cutting-edge nanotechnology development. (Learn More >>)

UPenn spin-off to develop roll to roll graphene production

The NSF-supported spin-off will use technology that allows continous, roll-to-roll production of single-layer graphene at atmospheric pressure, which is much less expensive than conventional graphene production using high vacuum furnaces. (Learn More >>)

If you can't take the heat....try nano

Nanoparticle-coated tungsten can withstand high temperature and potentially enable thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices. TPVs convert both heat and light to power; this discovery could enable a more efficient alternative energy device. (Learn More >>)

Nano skin sensor tracks eyeball motion

The super-flexible nanogenerator demonstrated its great potential to work as a sensor capable of detecting the eye ball movement when it was attached on the surface of the eyelid for monitoring sleep pattern, tiredness, and possible brain activity. (Learn More >>)

Wagon-wheel pasta shape for better LED

This study showed wagon-wheel molecules emit light randomly in all directions – a necessary feature for a more efficient OLED. Existing OLEDs now in some smart phones and TVs use spaghetti-shaped polymers that emit only polarized light. (Learn More >>)

Water glides freely across 'nanodrapes'

Researchers used graphene—the thinnest material on Earth—to waterproof materials with rough surfaces. The"nanodrapes" are less than a nanometer thick, chemically inert, and provide a layer of protection without changing the underlying material. (Learn More >>)

US-based scientists build the first carbon nanotube computer

The invention shows that carbon fiber transistors can be assembled into a general purpose computer, which can run a basic operating system, perform calculations and switch between different processes running at the same time. (Learn More >>)

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