Press Releases: Research Funded by Agencies Participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative

The following press releases describe the results of research activities that are funded by Federal agencies that participate in the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
  • December 13, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues in the United States. 

  • December 03, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Physicists have synthesized 2D atom-thin sheets of boron with large crystal domains, which are needed to make next-gen electronics.

  • November 29, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Engineers have developed a type of bioshock bandage that helps wounds to heal by delivering small electrical pulses generated by body movement.

  • November 29, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Researchers have developed a nanoparticle-based technology that could be used to improve the speed of diagnosis for pneumonia. 

  • November 29, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have discovered a fundamentally different form of light-matter interaction in their experiments with gold nanoparticles. The discovery may become useful in the development of next-generation, ultrasmall optical components for computers and antennas.

  • November 29, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have measured an ultrananocrystalline diamond coating prized for its hard yet smooth properties and have shown that it is far rougher than previously believed. Their findings could help researchers better predict how surface topography affects surface properties for materials used in diverse environments from microsurgery and engines to satellite housings or spacecraft.

  • November 26, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    A new candidate HIV vaccine surmounts technical hurdles that stymied previous vaccine efforts and stimulates a powerful anti-HIV antibody response in animal tests. The new vaccine strategy is based on the HIV envelope protein, a complex, shape-shifting molecule that has been notoriously difficult to produce in vaccines in a way that induces useful immunity to HIV.

  • November 26, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology)

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have conducted simulations suggesting that graphene, in addition to its many other useful features, can be modified with special pores to act as a tunable filter or strainer for ions (charged atoms) in a liquid. 

  • November 21, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed that is currently used in a variety of biomedical applications.

  • November 21, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation)

    Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. To make this world a reality, scientists have patented an idea to improve battery performance by introducing tapers into the polymer membrane electrolytes that allow the lithium ions inside the battery to travel back and forth faster.

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