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 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. 

  • November 08, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and ARPA-E (U.S. Department of Energy)

    Researchers have demonstrated that recently developed liquid-gated membranes filter nanoclay particles out of water more efficiently than existing membranes and require less frequent replacement and less energy to operate, a solution that could reduce the cost and electricity consumption of high-impact industrial processes, such as oil and gas drilling.

  • November 07, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have used an electron microscope to produce and witness a chemical reaction induced by visible light in a nanocube of palladium roughly the size of a cold virus. This technique, which melds the resolution of electron microscopy with the color of light microscopy, could someday be used to study almost any interaction of light and matter with a resolution of about 2 nanometers, even those that occur in living cells.

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