NNI in the News

Phys.org - April 05, 2019
(Funded by the Army Research Office)
Researchers have developed a new coating for textile fibers that shows promise for efficiently capturing toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents under real-world conditions. The research could lead to improved masks and personal protective equipment for soldiers and others at risk of exposure.
Chemical & Engineering News - April 03, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)
Scientists have devised a new microfluidic synthesis system that can quickly and efficiently generate a wide range of perovskite quantum dots in a rainbow of colors. Typically, researchers make and study perovskite quantum dots via manual flask-based methods, but that approach consumes a lot of chemicals and is slow, costly, and subject to batch variations. The microfluidic system can bypass many of those shortcomings.
Research & Development - April 02, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)
The electrical energy from batteries powers not only the ignition system that turns the engine and moves electric vehicles but also powers almost every sensing feature of today’s automobiles. Each sensor requires just a little bit of energy from the car’s battery, but all those little bits add up. To deal with the problem of battery depletion, engineers have developed a new type of sensor that creates its own energy, extending battery life of automobiles.
Nanowerk - March 27, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Researchers at the University of Delaware have engineered a silicon-graphene device that can transmit radiofrequency waves in less than a picosecond at a sub-terahertz bandwidth, showing that the combination of silicon and graphene can be used as a photodetector – which senses light and produces current – with more bandwidth and a lower response time than current offerings.
Research & Development - March 12, 2019
Researchers at Purdue University have created a wearable device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Phys.org - February 19, 2019
(Funded by the National Institutes of Health)
Scientists have developed a direct route to optimize spherical nuclei acids—nanostructures consisting of ball-like forms of DNA and RNA arranged on the surface of a nanoparticle.
Phys.org - February 18, 2019
(Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Department of Energy)
Researchers have invented an innovative way for different types of quantum technology to "talk" to one another using sound. The study is an important step in bringing quantum technology closer to reality.
January 29, 2019
Gitanjali Rao, 13, is on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for the design of a small, mobile device that tests for lead in drinking water.
ABC News - December 14, 2018
(Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s U.S. Army Research Office)
Researchers have come up with a new way to build nanoscale structures using an innovative "shrinking" technique. The new method uses equipment many laboratories already have and is relatively straightforward, so it could make nanoscale fabrication more accessible.
ScienceDaily - December 13, 2018
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)
Engineers have found a cost-effective way to make thin, durable heating patches by using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is nearly 70 percent higher than similar patches created by other researchers.