NNI in the News
Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could enable the practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles.
Students at Duke University used an aerosol jet printer and nanoparticle inks to create a material capable of storing data that is also incredibly flexible.
By creating the smallest CNT ever, IBM made a CNT transistor that's smaller than physically possible for silicon, while using less energy and carrying 4 times the current of its silicon counterpart.
The Lawrence Livermore National Lab research team were able to produce a predetermined architecture for a graphene-based aerogel, which previously had always been random, by using 3-D printing.
Researchers used graphene—the thinnest material on Earth—to waterproof materials with rough surfaces. The"nanodrapes" are less than a nanometer thick, chemically inert, and provide a layer of protection without changing the underlying material.
Although the nanodrillers bear no physical resemblance to a machine we would recognize, the molecules strung together by chemists run like an electric motor.
This represents a significant step forward in "directed assembly," where scientists build minute structures by specifying starting conditions and letting physical and chemical processes do the assembly work, instead of doing it themselves.