NNI in the News

Scientists have made a big advance in building shapes out of the so-called building blocks of life.
A group of scientists at the University of Washington were able to successfully refrigerate water using an infrared laser and a nanocrystal.
By making slight alterations in the acidity and concentration of chemicals, a Harvard researcher discovered how to control the growth of self-assembling crystals, resulting in stunning, flower-like structures.
See video of the plenary talks and all of the presentation slides from the hugely successful NNI & OECD joint workshop, Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology.
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.
Wil Wheaton presented the awards and posed for pics with the Generation Nano winners, Eric Liu, Madeleine Chang, and Vuong Mai at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival.
The invention shows that carbon fiber transistors can be assembled into a general purpose computer, which can run a basic operating system, perform calculations and switch between different processes running at the same time.
Using femtosecond pulses from an 800-nm laser, researchers created this 285 micron racecar in just 4 minutes.
Picture of Nobel Prize winners sitting at a table
These three scientists helped develop the smallest machines known to man.
The nanoparticles—dubbed nanoflares—attach themselves to individual cancer cells in a blood sample and then glow, allowing cancerous cells to be detected and sorted with the help of a laser.