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 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.

  • November 14, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    A research team says it has developed a promising building block for the next generation of nonvolatile random-access memory, artificial neural networks, and bio-inspired computing systems.

  • November 14, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)

    Researchers have combined epoxy with a tough graphene foam and carbon nanotube scaffold to build a resilient composite that is tougher and as conductive as other compounds but as light as pure epoxy.

  • November 13, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Scientists have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light through self-assembling wire-like nanostructures that conduct electricity. The improvement could pave the way for the development of graphene-based detectors that can quickly sense light at very low levels, such as those found in medical imaging, radiation detection, and surveillance applications.

  • November 13, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Scientists have paired drug-delivering nanoparticles like dance partners to reveal that molecules attach to targets on cells differently based upon their position in time. The discovery could improve methods for screening drugs for therapeutic effectiveness.

  • November 12, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Bioengineers have combined a virus that infects moths with magnetic nanoparticles to create a potential new therapy for inherited genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and some forms of cancer.

  • November 12, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have adapted a powerful electron-based imaging technique to obtain an image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer.

  • November 09, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Engineers have developed a way to not only manage heat but help route it away from delicate devices through a thermal transistor—a nanoscale switch that can conduct heat away from electronic components and insulate them against its damaging effects.

  • November 08, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Researchers have devised a new technique for treating and preventing acute kidney injury. The technique involves the use of tiny, self-assembling structures measuring just billionths of a meter in diameter. 

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