Latest Nanomaterials Stories

2013-11-25 14:34:47

ICFO scientists have optically levitated nanoparticles in high vacuum conditions and measured the highest Q-factor ever observed in nano- or micromechanical systems A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano-mechanical resonator. The scientific results of this study have been published in Nature Physics. Nano- and micromechanical oscillators with high quality (Q) factors have gained much...

Exploiting Flaws In Diamond Fragments Paves Way For Nanoscale MRI
2013-11-25 08:02:31

University of Cambridge By exploiting flaws in miniscule diamond fragments, researchers say they have achieved enough coherence of the magnetic moment inherent in these defects to harness their potential for precise quantum sensors in a material that is 'biocompatible'. Nanoscopic thermal and magnetic field detectors - which can be inserted into living cells - could enhance our understanding of everything from chemical reactions within single cells to signalling in neural networks and...

Study Shows Another Feature That Affects Electron Transport In Graphene
2013-11-21 16:27:26

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee For all the promise of graphene as a material for next-generation electronics and quantum computing, scientists still don't know enough about this high-performance conductor to effectively control an electric current. Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, conducts electricity so efficiently that the electrons are difficult to control. And control will be necessary before this wonder material can be used to make nanoscale transistors or other...

2-D Tin Could Be The Next Super Material
2013-11-21 14:32:00

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Theorists Predict New Single-Layer Material Could Go Beyond Graphene, Conducting Electricity with 100 Percent Efficiency at Room Temperature A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency at the temperatures that computer chips operate, according to a team of theoretical physicists led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory...

2013-11-21 12:38:50

It’s not X-ray vision, but you could call it infrared vision. A University at Buffalo-led research team has developed a technique for “seeing through” a stack of graphene sheets to identify and describe the electronic properties of each individual sheet — even when the sheets are covering each other up. The method involves shooting a beam of infrared light at the stack, and measuring how the light wave's direction of oscillation changes as it bounces off the layers within. To...

Protecting Systems From Heat May Rely On Nano-Magnetic Fields
2013-11-21 08:30:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Generally, cooling systems rely on water pumped through pipes to remove unwanted heat. A research team from MIT and the University of Newcastle in Australia has discovered a method for enhancing heat transfer in such systems using magnetic fields. This new method could prevent hotspots that lead to system failures. The innovative new system, which relies on tiny particles of magnetite -- a form of iron oxide - could be applicable...

Engineers Create Smallest FM Radio Transmitter Using Graphene
2013-11-19 10:30:16

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of engineers at Columbia University have created the smallest ever FM radio transmitter using a form of carbon known as graphene. The paper describing the device and its potential was published online on Nov. 17 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Like diamond or graphite, graphene is made up of carbon atoms that are laid out in hexagonal patterns in a layer a million times thinner than a sheet of paper. The team used...

Researchers Improve Nanopore-based Technology For Detecting DNA Molecules
2013-11-18 08:34:01

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne If we wanted to count the number of people in a crowd, we could make on the fly estimates, very likely to be imprecise, or we could ask each person to pass through a turnstile. The latter resembles the model that EPFL researchers have used for creating a "DNA reader" that is able to detect the passage of individual DNA molecules through a tiny hole: a nanopore with integrated graphene transistor. The DNA molecules are diluted in a solution...

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