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

    Researchers have developed a cheap and effective catalyst that can generate hydrogen fuel from water as efficiently as platinum, currently the best — but also most expensive — water-splitting catalyst. The new catalyst, which is composed of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide, is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle.

  • December 12, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Engineers have found a cost-effective way to make thin, durable heating patches by using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is nearly 70 percent higher than similar patches created by other researchers. 

  • December 10, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    A physicist hopes to improve cancer detection with a new and novel class of nanomaterials.

  • December 07, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research)

    In the drive to find new ways to extend electronics beyond the use of silicon, physicists are experimenting with other properties of electrons, beyond charge. Physicists now describe a way to manipulate electrons based on their energy in relation to momentum.

  • December 06, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy)

    A new collaborative study could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same time, the research helps uphold a scientific theory that has remained unproven for over a century.

  • December 05, 2018
    (Funded by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation)

    Graphene may one day be used to test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease which is diagnosed mostly by ruling out other disorders, according to new research.

  • December 03, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

    Engineers have developed a method to make atom-flat sensors that seamlessly integrate with devices to report on what they perceive.

  • December 03, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    One obstacle to therapeutic use of microRNAs (miRNA), which are in clinical trial for a number of diseases, are ribonucleases, whose job it is to destroy them. Researchers report that an miRNA protective against sepsis can be delivered effectively via a nanocarrier.

  • December 03, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Physicists have synthesized 2D atom-thin sheets of boron with large crystal domains, which are needed to make next-gen electronics.

  • November 29, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Engineers have developed a type of bioshock bandage that helps wounds to heal by delivering small electrical pulses generated by body movement.