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.
  • October 25, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Crude oil often clogs filters membranes used in the oil and gas industry. To address this problem, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a novel approach, which will prolong the lifetime of key industrial equipment. Much of the work was performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

  • October 25, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Institutes of Health)

    Scientists have discovered that coating a lithium metal foil with a multi-walled carbon nanotube film could be key in building a longer-lasting battery. The researchers used the nanotube films to halt the growth of dendrites on a battery's unprotected lithium metal anodes.

  • October 23, 2018
    (Funded by the National Institutes of Health)

    Most synthetic nanoparticles are quickly cleared in the bloodstream before reaching tumors. But researchers have shown how polymer shells can be used to cloak nanoparticles in the bloodstream and prevent them from being taken up by the immune system and liver — the body’s primary screeners for removing harmful intruders from circulation.

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

    Researchers from Brown University have developed a new alloy catalyst that both reduces platinum use and holds up well in fuel cell testing. This result is significant because the cost of platinum is high, which is holding back the widespread use of eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cells in cars, trucks and other vehicles.

  • October 15, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation)

    Scientists have developed a new method to transform tungsten disulfide from a semiconductor to a metallic state, which could be highly useful for electronics and other applications.

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

    Scientists have created nanoscale delivery vehicles with antibody fragments that can detect and kill cancer cells and are small enough to be cleared by the kidneys.

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

    Researchers have devised a simple way to boost the efficacy of malarial transmission-blocking vaccine, which enables people to transfer anti-malarial proteins to mosquitoes when bitten.

  • October 05, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Scientists have developed micron-sized spheres to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered safe in low doses, prolonged exposure is suspected of affecting the health of children and contributing to high blood pressure.

  • October 04, 2018
    (Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation)

    Scientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient.

  • October 04, 2018
    (Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

    Scientists have made an atomic-scale "movie" capturing the dynamic structural changes of copper sulfide nanocrystals.

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