NNI in the News

Science Codex - October 10, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation)
Most attempts to turn textiles into wearable technology use stiff metallic fibers that alter the texture and physical behavior of the fabric. And coating methods that are successfully able to apply enough material to a textile substrate to make it highly conductive also tend to make the yarns and fabrics too brittle to withstand normal wear and tear. Now researchers at Drexel University have shown that they can create a highly conductive, durable yarn by coating standard cellulose-based yarns with a type of conductive two-dimensional material called MXene. Related video: https://youtu.be/Jxx3pAWvJqY
Phys.org - October 09, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy)
A team of researchers has found a new way to produce a polymer material called PBO, a product known commercially as Zylon that's used in bulletproof vests and other high-performance fabrics. The new approach could be useful in making PBO products that resist degradation, a problem that has plagued PBO-based materials in the past.
Phys.org - October 07, 2019
(Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)
Rice University scientists have transformed their laser-induced graphene into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity. The flexible filter may be of special interest to hospitals.
Phys.org - October 04, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and The Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a nanoscale 3-D printing technique that can fabricate tiny structures 1000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography techniques, without sacrificing resolution.
Phys.org - October 03, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health)
Electrical engineers at Duke University have devised a fully print-in-place technique for electronics that uses carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires and is gentle enough to work on delicate surfaces, including paper and human skin. The advance could enable high-adhesion, embedded electronic tattoos and bandages tricked out with patient-specific biosensors.
ScienceDaily - September 25, 2019
(Funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency)
Researchers from the University of Grenoble-Alpes and the University of California San Diego have developed and patented a unique new flexible and stretchable device that can be worn against the skin and can produce electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat. This cell, which is made with a flexible conductive material consisting of carbon nanotubes, crosslinked polymers, and enzymes, can continuously light a light-emitting device (LED), opening new avenues for the development of wearable electronics powered by autonomous and environmentally friendly biodevices.
Phys.org - September 25, 2019
(Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Army Research Office)
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Rochester have demonstrated a method of relaying information that brings them one step closer to creating a fully functional quantum computer.
Medgadget - September 24, 2019
(Funded by the Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Army Research Laboratory)
To help study entire neuronal networks comprising thousands of interconnected cells, researchers at Harvard University have created an electronic chip on which neurons can grow while their electrical activity is closely monitored. The technology has allowed the team to create synaptic connectivity maps with hundreds of unique connections.
Nanowerk - September 16, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)
Researchers have developed a nanoantenna-enabled detector that can boost the signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times and improve image quality by reducing dark current — a major component of image noise — by 10 to 100 times. A nanoantenna is a nanoscale antenna-like structure that sends and transmits electromagnetic waves.
ScienceDaily - September 13, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Research Office)
MIT engineers have developed a material that is 10 times blacker than anything that has previously been reported. The material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes that the team grew on a surface of chlorine-etched aluminum foil. The foil captures at least 99.995% of any incoming light, making it the blackest material on record.