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.
  • February 14, 2019
    (Funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

    A research team has won funding to advance a nanomaterial-based detector platform. If successful, the technology could benefit NASA’s efforts to send humans to the Moon and Mars. These tiny platforms could be deployed on planetary rovers to detect small quantities of water and methane, for example, or be used as monitoring or biological sensors to maintain astronaut health and safety.

  • February 13, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have developed mode-locked quantum dot lasers on silicon, a technology that can massively increase the data transmission capacity of data centers, telecommunications companies, and network hardware.

  • February 07, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have created a fabric that can automatically regulate the amount of heat that passes through it, depending on conditions. For example, when conditions are warm and moist, such as those of a sweating body on a summer day, the fabric allows infrared radiation to pass through, and when conditions become cooler and drier, the fabric reduces the heat that escapes.

  • February 01, 2019
    (One of the CNI shared facilities, the Shared Materials Characterization Laboratory, is partially funded by the National Science Foundation)

    This article is a question-and-answer interview with Nava Ariel-Sternberg, director of shared laboratory facilities of the Columbia Nano Initiative (CNI), an organization within Columbia University, New York, N.Y., that offers research facilities for student and faculty researchers pursuing research in nanotechnology, as well as those from government, start-ups, and industry.

  • January 30, 2019
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health)

    Engineers have developed an ingestible jelly-like smart pill that could stay in the stomach for up to 30 days. The pill, which quickly expands into a ping pong-sized ball, could monitor ulcers, cancers, and other conditions in the gastrointestinal tract.

  • January 28, 2019
    (Funded by the Army Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have designed the first fully flexible, battery-free “rectenna” — a device that converts energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity — that could be used to power flexible and wearable electronics, medical devices, and sensors for the “internet of things.”

  • January 23, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have reported fabricating atom-thin processors, a discovery that could have far-reaching impacts on nanoscale chip production. They have shown that lithography using a probe heated above 100o C outperformed standard methods for fabricating metal electrodes on 2D semiconductors such as molybdenum disulfide—a material that scientists believe may supplant silicon for atomically small chips.

  • December 19, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have created a drug delivery system that could radically expand cancer treatment options.

  • 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 13, 2018
    (Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Army Research Office)

    Researchers have come up with a new way to build nanoscale structures using an innovative "shrinking" technique. The new method uses equipment many laboratories already have and is relatively straightforward, so it could make nanoscale fabrication more accessible.