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.
  • November 19, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have developed a single-layer surface of nanostructures that can correct chromatic aberrations (which cause lenses to focus different wavelengths of light in different spots) across the visible spectrum and can be incorporated into commercial optical systems, from simple lenses to high-end microscopes. 

  • November 19, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Physicists have found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field.

  • November 16, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have discovered how to extend the useful life of "superalloys" by thousands of hours. The discovery could improve materials performance for electrical generators and nuclear reactors.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the Office of Naval Research)

    Researchers have provided new results on a microscopic nanotube-sensing film called a “smart skin,” which promises to reveal whether structures like bridges or aircraft have been deformed by stress-inducing events or regular wear and tear.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    First yeast biohybrid system using an adaptable light-harvesting semiconductor approach opens the door to more efficient and versatile biomanufacturing.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have demonstrated that they can control the magnetic properties of a thin-film material by applying a small voltage and by using hydrogen ions. This new approach could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have invented a roll-to-roll process to coat electrically conductive carbon fibers with semiconducting silicon carbide nanoparticles. When enough of this coated fiber is embedded in a polymer, the resulting composite is stronger than other fiber-reinforced composites and can monitor its own structural health.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have invented a roll-to-roll process to coat electrically conductive carbon fibers with semiconducting silicon carbide nanoparticles. When enough of this coated fiber is embedded in a polymer, the resulting composite is stronger than other fiber-reinforced composites and can monitor its own structural health.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation)

    Many materials exhibit new properties when in the form of thin films composed of just a few atomic layers. Most people are familiar with graphene, the two-dimensional form of graphite, but thin film versions of other materials also have the potential to facilitate technological breakthroughs. Researchers have shed light on the behavior of one of these ultrathin materials, called tin telluride.

  • November 15, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office)

    Inspired by characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves, and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could lead to coatings that are sticky, repellant, or insulating, or could emit light.

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