Researchers have created a new nanomaterial based on fullerenes that is water-repellant and can stay dry even when submerged underwater. Fullerenes are bundles of 60 or 70 carbon atoms that form cage-like closed structures.
In this episode of the “Stories from the NNI” podcast, Prof. Ange-Therese Akono, of Northwestern University, discusses her work on improving the properties of cement by studying its behavior at the nanoscale.
Researchers have discovered new types of defects in two-dimensional materials, which may give insight into how to create materials without such imperfections. Two-dimensional materials are essential for developing ultra-compact electronic devices.
Researchers have devised a highly efficient method for removing uranium from drinking water. Applying an electric charge to graphene oxide foam, the researchers can capture uranium in solution, which precipitates out as a condensed solid crystal.
For the first time, researchers have designed a nanoscale material that can efficiently split seawater into oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen derived from the sea could be a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.