NNI in the News

Beating the Heat with Nanoparticle Films

Sandia scientist holds up nanofilm coated glass
Thermochromic nanoparticles switch from infrared transparent to infrared reflective when they heat up, which will help to keep office buildings, homes and even cars cool.

Nanomachines drill holes into cancer cells

Although the nanodrillers bear no physical resemblance to a machine we would recognize, the molecules strung together by chemists run like an electric motor.

A Nanoscale Agricultural Experiment With Global Potential

Farmer in a field of spinach
Researchers are experimenting with nano-sized nutrients that might help curb chemical fungicide use and transform agriculture on the cheap.

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Illustration evoking neuromorphic computing
An international team of scientists has zeroed in on the non-linear oscillations of human neurons that they believe will bring the capabilities of artificial neurons much closer to the ones in our heads.

The Power Suit: Not Just for Work

Power suit image with circuit illustration overlay
Manufacturing USA and NIST are playing a vital role in the integration of nanomaterials and garment fabrics to create a whole new wearable “power suit” that can help monitor patients or generate energy.

Converting Agricultural Waste for Energy Applications

Cows eating in a barn
After surveying farms, researched concluded there was a glut in milk and related dairy production, seeing milk being thrown out rather than brought to market at a loss.

Antibiotic nanoparticles fight drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers report that an antimicrobial peptide packaged in a silicon nanoparticle dramatically reduced the number of bacteria in the lungs of mice infected with a Gram-negative bacterium that can lead to pneumonia.

3D Electronic Nose Demostrates Advantages of Carbon Nanotubes

drawing of 3d electronic stacked nose for better computing
Stanford scientists create a 3D stacked CNT architecture that could improve both the energy efficiency and speed of computers by a factor of 1000.

Carbon Nanotubes Reduce Transistor Footprint to Forty Nanometers

drawing of 40nm transistor
IBM researchers have fabricated a p-channel transistor based on carbon nanotubes that takes up less than half the space of leading silicon technologies while operating at a lower voltage.

Scientists 3D-Print Graphene Foam for the First Time

a 1cm cube of graphene foam and a micrograph of that foam
A team of researchers from Texas and China have managed to create graphene foam using a 3D printer. The production method could eventually yield commercial quantities of the material.