NNI in the News

Argonne Invents Reusable Sponge That Soaks Up Oil

Oleo Sponge in use
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, that can pull dispersed oil from the entire water column—not just the surface.

One-step Catalyst Turns Nitrates into Water and Air

map of US showing contamination areas
Engineers at Rice University’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center have found a catalyst that cleans toxic nitrates from drinking water by converting them into air and water.

Nanoparticle Removes Cadmium from Freshwater System

Cadmium
Nanotechnology plays an important role in removing toxic chemicals found in the soil.

Sandia Wins FLC's Excellence in Tech Transfer Award

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DOE's Sandia National Laboratories was tapped by the Federal Lab Consortium for their work in Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Conservation and Temperature Regulation.

Forbes: Last Barrier to Ultra-Miniaturized Electronics is Broken

artists depiction of intercalated multilayer-graphene inductor
Instead of using conventional metal inductors, they used graphene to make the highest inductance-density material ever created.

Study Shows How to Retrain the Immune System to Ease Food Allergies

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Nanoparticles are used to deliver a therapeutic payload that quells an allergic reaction.

A Higher(er)-Definition Nose

smoke detector
Sensors that sniff out chemicals in the air to warn us about everything from fires to carbon monoxide to drunk drivers to explosive devices hidden in luggage have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person's breath.

Synapse Mimic may Provide a Link to Brain-like Computers

Artificial synapse illustration
Engineers and physicists from NIST have now developed a component that they claim behaves in the same way as synapses and may even be able to outperform real synapses in some respects.

DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine out of DNA

DARPA microfluidics picture
A digital microfluidics prototype automates DNA data-storage steps at UW's Molecular Information Systems Lab. A single droplet (here dyed blue) could carry multiple terabytes of information.

A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

picture of microflow measurement system
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system.

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