Nanomaterials news, December 2015

A new process that uses vapor, rather than liquid, to grow metal-organic frameworks could lead to a new breed of powerful electronic devices.

Top 5 news items of 2015 from Materials Today.

For the first time, researchers have investigated how much electrical charge nanoparticles transfer to their support.

A novel hydrocarbon-based nanomaterial could be a ‘green’ replacement for superhydrophobic fluorocarbons.

By developing a way to line up three gold nanoparticles of increasing size, scientists have developed a nanolens for focusing light.

A new anti-reflection coating made up of metal nanopillars lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity in optoelectronic devices.

Scientists have have produced highly durable and active platinum-iron nanoparticles with a carbon shell for use as fuel cell catalysts.

A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

Adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface of a solar cell can more than double the amount of energy it produces.

Tests on the toxicity of several graphene materials revealed that graphene oxide could make super-strong dental fillings that don't corrode.

Scientists have used graphene produced by heating plastic sheets with a laser to create flexible, solid-state micro-supercapacitors.

Researchers have developed cancer-killing nanoparticles that swell and burst when exposed to near-infrared laser light.

A new material consisting of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer boasts an outstanding ability to store energy.

A new boron nitride nanosheet can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents.

Scientists have developed a new process for fabricating 'perfect' white graphene, also known as hexagonal boron nitride.

Nanoscale octopods made of gold and palladium can do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors.

Diamond-coated micro-sized pillars could sharpen up cochlear implants by acting as a guide for regrowing auditory neurons

Scientists have produced a new kind of gold foam that is lighter than water and almost as light as air.

Using an organic superacid to fix defects in molybdenum disulphide produced a 100-fold increase in its photoluminescence quantum yield.

Researchers have produced tandem solar cells from polycrystalline thin films, using a method that is suitable for mass production.

Researchers have developed a new process that can produce large sheets of graphene 100 times cheaper than existing processes.

Scientists have developed novel catalysts made from self-assembled porous silica material containing finely-positioned metal nanoparticles.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A new method for manufacturing 3D nanostructures uses a mask that can define a pattern on two sides of a silicon wafer simultaneously.

Solid materials such as nanocrystals, bulk metallic glasses, rocks or granular materials all deform in a similar way when exposed to stress.

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