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Laser sintering optimized for printed electronics

Thu, 2018-09-13 21:08
A new study provides insights into the processing of copper nanoparticle ink with green laser light.

Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics

Thu, 2018-09-13 00:14
Sandwiching two-dimensional materials used in nanoelectronic devices between their three-dimensional silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can significantly reduce the risk of component failure due to overheating, according to a new study published in the journal of Advanced Materials led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering.

Bismuth shows novel conducting properties

Wed, 2018-09-12 19:20
Scientists have discovered a new class of materials: higher-order topological insulators. Theoretical physicists first predicted the existence of these insulators with conducting properties on the edges of crystals rather than on their surface and their characteristic ability to conduct electricity without dissipation. Now, these novel properties are demonstrated experimentally in bismuth.

Breakthrough opens door to smartphone powered $100 ultrasound machine

Tue, 2018-09-11 20:32
Engineers have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation -- no bigger than a Band-Aid -- is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.

Novel nano material for quantum electronics

Mon, 2018-09-10 23:54
An international team has synthesized a novel nano material with electrical and magnetic properties making it suitable for future quantum computers and other applications in electronics.

Diamond dust enables low-cost, high-efficiency magnetic field detection

Mon, 2018-09-10 23:54
Engineers have created a device that dramatically reduces the energy needed to power magnetic field detectors, which could revolutionize how we measure the magnetic fields that flow through our electronics, our planet, and even our bodies. The researchers found a new way to excite tiny diamonds with microwaves using 1,000 times less power, making it feasible to create magnetic-sensing devices that can fit into electronics like cell phones.

Graphene enables clock rates in the terahertz range

Mon, 2018-09-10 20:42
Graphene is considered a promising candidate for the nanoelectronics of the future. In theory, it should allow clock rates up to a thousand times faster than today's silicon-based electronics. Scientists have now shown that graphene can actually convert electronic signals with frequencies in the gigahertz range extremely efficiently into signals with several times higher frequency.

Researchers resolve a major mystery in 2D material electronics

Mon, 2018-09-10 19:39
Researchers have discovered a one-size-fits-all master equation that shall pave the way towards better design of 2D material electronics.

Algorithm accurately predicts how electromagnetic waves and magnetic materials interact

Mon, 2018-09-10 17:45
Engineers have developed a new tool to model how magnetic materials, which are used in smartphones and other communications devices, interact with incoming radio signals that carry data. It accurately predicts these interactions down to the nanometer scales required to build state-of-the-art communications technologies.

Artificial synaptic device simulating the function of human brain

Fri, 2018-09-07 20:35
Researchers have developed a high-reliability artificial electronic synaptic device that simulates neurons and synapses. The finding is expected to be utilized in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and brain-like semiconductors.

Heat transfer surprise could lead to thermal transistors

Wed, 2018-09-05 22:17
As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by the standard radiation theory can flow between two nanoscale objects, even at bigger-than-nanoscale distances.

Cathode fabrication for oxide solid-state batteries at room temperature

Tue, 2018-09-04 20:02
Researchers have successfully fabricated a lithium trivanadate (LVO) cathode thick film on a garnet-type oxide solid electrolyte using the aerosol deposition method. The LVO cathode thick-film fabricated on the solid electrolyte showed a large reversible charge and discharge capacity as high as 300 mAh/g and a good cycling stability at 100 ºC. This finding may contribute to the realization of highly safe and chemically stable oxide-based all-solid-state lithium batteries.

Researchers 3D print prototype for 'bionic eye'

Wed, 2018-08-29 02:50
A team of researchers has, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a 'bionic eye' that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better.

New sensor could help doctors monitor patient progress from a distance

Tue, 2018-08-28 21:18
A self-powered sensor could allow doctors to remotely monitor the recovery of surgical patients. The small, tube-like device is designed to be fitted to braces after joint surgery to wirelessly send information to computers, smartphones or smartwatches to track range of motion and other indicators of improvement.

Carbon in color: First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created

Tue, 2018-08-28 20:10
A method can produce large quantities of pristine single-walled carbon nanotubes in select shades of the rainbow. The secret is a fine-tuned fabrication process -- and a small dose of carbon dioxide. The films could find applications in touch screen technologies or as coating agents for new types of solar cells.

All wired up: New molecular wires for single-molecule electronic devices

Tue, 2018-08-28 18:28
Scientists have designed a new type of molecular wire doped with organometallic ruthenium to achieve unprecedentedly higher conductance than earlier molecular wires. The origin of high conductance in these wires suggests a potential strategy for developing of novel molecular components, which could be the building blocks of future minuscule electronic devices.

Nano-imaging of intersubband transitions in few-layer 2-D materials

Mon, 2018-08-27 23:14
A study reports on the first observation of intersubband transitions in 2-D materials via scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy.

Water vapor annealing technique on diamond surfaces for next-generation power devices

Mon, 2018-08-27 19:34
The existing surface termination technique using hydrogen to stabilize the diamond's structure for application in electronic power devices results in two-dimensional hole gas layers (2DHG). Attempting to remove these layers using oxygen-termination roughens the diamond surface and leads to degradation of the device performance. To overcome this, researchers removed 2DHG from diamond using water vapor annealing and maintained an atomically flat surface.

Getting a charge out of MOFs

Mon, 2018-08-27 18:47
Researchers have made a metal organic framework (MOF) with the highest electron charge mobilities ever observed, along with a technique to improve the conductivity of other MOFs.

Connecting the (nano) dots: Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing

Wed, 2018-08-22 23:40
Scientists advocate that researchers, manufacturers and administrators wanting to advance the nanoparticle manufacturing industry 'connect the dots' by considering shared quality control challenges broadly and tackling them collectively rather than individually.


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