The Power of ASM…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Atomic-Scale Microscopy, Nanotechnology When Ondrej Krivanek first considered building a device to boost the resolution of electron microscopes, he asked about funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. “The response was not positive,” he says, laughing. He heard through the grapevine that the administrator who held the purse strings declaredContinue reading “The Power of ASM…”

Quantum Modem…

Topics: Modern Physics, Nanotechnology, Quantum Computer, Quantum Mechanics (Nanowerk News) The first quantum revolution brought about semiconductor electronics, the laser and finally the internet. The coming, second quantum revolution promises spy-proof communication, extremely precise quantum sensors and quantum computers for previously unsolvable computing tasks. But this revolution is still in its infancy. A central researchContinue reading “Quantum Modem…”

Black Phosphorous…

Topics: Alternative Energy, Applied Physics, Battery, Nanotechnology, Research A new electrode material could make it possible to construct lithium-ion batteries with a high charging rate and storage capacity. If scaled up, the anode material developed by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and colleagues in the US might be usedContinue reading “Black Phosphorous…”

B-TENG…

Topics: Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Polymers, Research A new low-cost nanogenerator that can efficiently harvest electrical energy from ambient wind has been created by Ya Yang at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues. The team reports that the device achieves high electrical conversion efficiencies for breezes of 4–8 m/s (14–28 km/h) andContinue reading “B-TENG…”

Transparency…

Topics: Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Optics At the focus of a laser, a 100-nm-wide gold nanoparticle can block more than half the light. If additional particles are added, the amount of blocked light increases exponentially, as modeled by the Beer–Lambert law. But theorists predict that in the right set of circumstances, the addition of a moleculeContinue reading “Transparency…”

Graphene Currents…

Topics: Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Quantum Mechanics, Semiconductor Technology A team led by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Maryland in the US has used defects in diamond to map the magnetic field generated by electrical currents in graphene. Their experiments reveal that currents in this atomically-thin form of carbon flow like a viscousContinue reading “Graphene Currents…”

Bright, Tiny, Powerful…

Topics: Light-Emitting Diode, Nanotechnology, Solid-State Physics A new design for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) developed by a team including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may hold the key to overcoming a long-standing limitation in the light sources’ efficiency. The concept, demonstrated with microscopic LEDs in the lab, achieves a dramatic increaseContinue reading “Bright, Tiny, Powerful…”