Press Releases: Research Funded by Agencies Participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative

The following news releases describe the results of research activities that are funded by Federal agencies that participate in the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
  • January 28, 2019
    (Funded by the Army Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have designed the first fully flexible, battery-free “rectenna” — a device that converts energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity — that could be used to power flexible and wearable electronics, medical devices, and sensors for the “internet of things.”

  • January 23, 2019
    (Funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have reported fabricating atom-thin processors, a discovery that could have far-reaching impacts on nanoscale chip production. They have shown that lithography using a probe heated above 100o C outperformed standard methods for fabricating metal electrodes on 2D semiconductors such as molybdenum disulfide—a material that scientists believe may supplant silicon for atomically small chips.

  • December 19, 2018
    (Funded by the National Science Foundation)

    Researchers have created a drug delivery system that could radically expand cancer treatment options.

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

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced $100 million to establish an Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues in the United States. 

  • December 13, 2018
    (Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Army Research Office)

    Researchers have come up with a new way to build nanoscale structures using an innovative "shrinking" technique. The new method uses equipment many laboratories already have and is relatively straightforward, so it could make nanoscale fabrication more accessible.

  • 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.