NNI in the News

“Nano-electronic barcoding” opens path to wearable biosensor monitors

Artist’ rendition of barcoded beads being scanned.
A novel approach to lab-on-a-chip diagnostics could lead to health monitoring devices small enough to be worn like a smartwatch, according to researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

NSF announces 2017 winners for Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes

Gen Nano comic
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), named the first- and second-place winners, as well as the People's Choice winner, for the second annual Generation Nano competition.

C&EN: 2-D materials go beyond graphene

Stack of separable Ti3C2 sheets
Driven by the unique properties of ultrathin materials and their potential for new applications, researchers are crisscrossing the periodic table in search of new examples.

Nanotechnology Flight Test: Material Impact on the Future

Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel
A Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel – COPV for short – took to the skies aboard a sounding rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on May 16.

World’s First Nanocar Race Crowns Champion

Nano car race illustration
For the molecular machinist researchers involved, synthesizing and racing the nanocars has presented rich opportunities to push the limits of new technology and learn new science.

One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

The New York Times talks to researchers from around the world about nanosensors for non-invasive disease diagnosis.

Graphene 'Copy Machine' May Produce Cheap Semiconductor Wafers

LEDs grown on graphene and then peeled
The new method uses graphene to transfer intricate crystalline patterns from an underlying semiconductor wafer to a top layer of identical material.

'Spray-On' Memory to Store Data on Any Surface or Object

Picture of printed materials and set of lighted circuits
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.

Solar Powered, Nano-Enabled Device Pulls Drinking Water Out of Air

Solar Powered Drinking Water Device
A single tissue box-sized device can harvest up to 2.8 liters, or about three quarts, of water in one day at low humidity — that’s a bit more than the half gallon of water experts recommend a person drink over the course of a day.

Portable Nanofiber Offers Significant Possibilities

Micrograph of threaded nanofibers
The material could be used for everything from dressing wounds on a battlefield or creating engineered tissue to improving bullet proof vests or creating fashion-forward customizable fabrics.