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.
  • May 20, 2019
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health)

    Researchers have discovered that a plant virus could deliver pesticide molecules deeper below the ground to places that are normally beyond their reach. This discovery could help farmers better manage difficult pests – such as parasitic nematodes, which wreak havoc on plant roots deep in the soil – with less pesticide.

  • May 20, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Scientists have shown that cube-shaped nanoparticles, or nanocubes, coated with single-stranded DNA chains assemble into an unusual “zigzag” arrangement that has never been observed before at the nanoscale or macroscale.

  • May 17, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have created a novel dielectric material that could help manufacturers who are working on creating next-generation flexible electronics. Dielectrics are the polarized insulators in batteries and other devices that separate positive and negative electrodes. The most common dielectrics contain brittle metal oxides and are less adaptable as devices shrink or get more flexible, but the newly developed dielectric is, surprisingly, flexible.

  • May 17, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Research Office and the National Science Foundation)

    Scientists have developed a method that can reposition atoms with a highly focused electron beam and control their exact location and bonding orientation. The advance, which uses nanotechnology tools, could ultimately lead to new ways of making quantum computing devices or sensors.

  • May 17, 2019
    (Funded by the Army Research Laboratory)

    Researchers have invented a nanocomposite that promises to be a superior high-temperature dielectric material for flexible electronics, energy storage and electric devices. The nanocomposite combines one-dimensional polymer nanofibers and two-dimensional boron nitride nanosheets.

  • May 14, 2019
    http://news.mit.edu/2019/single-photons-quantum-computing-0514

    Researchers have designed a new single-photon emitter that generates, at room temperature, more of the high-quality photons that could be useful for quantum technologies, such as quantum computers, communications, and repeaters.

  • May 10, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers are working on using light-emitting plants, which debuted in 2017, as part of sunlight harvesting, water transport, and soil collecting and composting systems. The light-emitting plants are not genetically modified to produce light. Instead, they are infused with nanoparticles that turn the plant's stored energy into light, similar to how fireflies glow.

  • May 10, 2019
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have used cells that behave normally on the outside but are filled with magnetic nanoparticles on the inside to screen potential drugs from natural products. The nanoparticles are coated with a biological cell membrane as a lure to fish out pharmacologically active compounds from plants and other natural organisms.

  • May 09, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture)

    Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly, plant-based material that, for the first time, works better than Styrofoam for insulation. The foam is mostly made from nanocrystals of cellulose, the most abundant plant material on earth.

  • May 09, 2019
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)

    Creating two-dimensional materials large enough to use in electronics is a challenge, but researchers have discovered a method for improving the quality of one class of two-dimensional materials, with potential to achieve wafer-scale growth in the future.

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