NNI in the News

Science Daily - June 18, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)
Researchers have demonstrated an advanced manufacturing process that produces, in a single step, nanostructured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminum alloy powder while also achieving a significant increase in product ductility (how far a material can stretch before it breaks). This is good news for sectors such as the automotive industry, where the high cost of manufacturing has historically limited the use of high-strength aluminum alloys made from powders.
Science Daily - June 18, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)
Researchers have shown that they could boost the efficiency of a nanotechnology-enabled solar membrane desalination system by more than 50% by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into 'hot spots.’ The solar desalination system reduces production costs, and engineers are working to scale it up for applications in remote areas that have no access to electricity.
IEEE Spectrum - June 12, 2019
(Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation)
Researchers have developed a technology that uses a laser beam to detect and destroy tumor cells in the veins of patients with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. The research team was able to kill a high percentage of the cancer-spreading cells, in real time, as they raced through the veins of the participants. If developed further, the tool could give doctors a harmless, noninvasive, and thorough way to hunt and destroy cancer cells before those cells can form new tumors in the body.
S - June 11, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)
Engineers have devised a way to pattern the surface of a diamond that makes it easier to collect light from the defects inside. Called a metalens, this surface structure contains nanoscale features that bend and focus the light emitted by the defects. This work could enable the creation of a system that would form the basis for compact quantum technologies.
Nanowerk - June 10, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)
Researchers have combined 2D materials with oxide materials in a new way, using a transistor-scale device platform. A small flake of a 2D material is deposited onto a ferroelectric material, and then a voltage is applied to the ferroelectric, causing the 2D material to stretch, which triggers a phase change that can completely change the way the material behaves.
Phys.org - June 10, 2019
(Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)
Researchers have discovered that antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications. They are also tougher, more flexible, and can essentially be painted onto devices.
Phys.org - April 12, 2019
(Funded by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists have developed and patented the fabrication of transparent, luminescent material they say could give smartphone and television screens flexible, stretchable, and shatterproof properties.
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.