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Low-cost plastic sensors could monitor a range of health conditions

Sat, 2018-06-23 03:17
An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases.

Template to create superatoms could make for better batteries

Fri, 2018-06-22 02:54
Researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms -- combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table. These superatoms could be used to create new materials, including more efficient batteries and better semiconductors; a core component of microchips, transistors and most computerized devices.

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Thu, 2018-06-21 19:43
Researchers have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film -- despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows great potential as a novel heat spreading material for form-factor driven electronics and other high power-driven systems.

Game-changing finding pushes 3D-printing to the molecular limit

Thu, 2018-06-21 01:54
New research proves that advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli such as light can be fabricated using 3D printing. The study findings have the potential to vastly increase the functional capabilities of 3D-printed devices for industries such as electronics, healthcare and quantum computing.

Quantum step forward in protecting communications from hackers

Wed, 2018-06-20 22:29
Researchers have shown that a new quantum-based procedure for distributing secure information along communication lines could be successful in preventing serious security breaches.

Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors

Wed, 2018-06-20 22:29
The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics, according to recent findings.

Future ultrahigh density data storage

Tue, 2018-06-19 21:54
The development of high-density data storage devices requires the highest possible density of elements in an array made up of individual nanomagnets. The closer they are together, the greater the magnetic interactions between them.

Spintronics: Controlling magnetic spin with electric fields

Tue, 2018-06-19 21:54
Physicists have found a way to reverse electron spins using electric fields for the first time, paving the way for programmable spintronics technologies.

Organic crystals twist, bend, and heal

Mon, 2018-06-18 23:48
Crystals are brittle and inelastic? A novel class of smart, bendable crystalline organic materials has challenged this view. Now, scientists have engineered a molecular soft cocrystalline structure that bends and twists reversibly and without disintegration when stimulated by high temperature, mechanical force, or under UV light. This multifunctional quality makes it a robust candidate for advanced molecular electronics and other new materials.

Observation of anisotropic magneto-Peltier effect

Mon, 2018-06-18 19:55
For the first time in the world, scientists have observed an anisotropic magneto-Peltier effect -- a thermoelectric conversion phenomenon in which simple redirection of the flow of a charge current in a magnetic material induces heating and cooling.

New ID pictures of conducting polymers discover a surprise ABBA fan

Sat, 2018-06-16 01:14
The first ever detailed pictures of the structure of conjugated polymers have been produced by a research team.

This is what a stretchy circuit looks like

Fri, 2018-06-15 07:08
Researchers have made a new hybrid conductive material -- part elastic polymer, part liquid metal -- that can be bent and stretched at will. Circuits made with this material can take most two-dimensional shapes and are also non-toxic.

Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll, and jump

Thu, 2018-06-14 02:00
Engineers have created soft, 3D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like 'grabber' that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball.

Scientists find ordered magnetic patterns in disordered magnetic material

Fri, 2018-06-08 22:45
A team of scientists has confirmed a special property known as 'chirality' -- which potentially could be exploited to transmit and store data in a new way -- in nanometers-thick samples of multilayer materials that have a disordered structure.

New laser makes silicon 'sing'

Thu, 2018-06-07 23:40
Scientists have created a new type of silicon laser that uses sounds waves to amplify light.

Does nanoconfinement affect the interaction between two materials placed in contact?

Thu, 2018-06-07 19:40
Does nanoconfinement affect the interaction between two materials placed in contact? A research team shows that it is possible to estimate how nanoconfinement affects the number of contacts formed by two materials placed in intimate contact and, hence, the interfacial interactions.

Transparent, conductive films promising for developing flexible screens

Thu, 2018-06-07 02:32
Because silver is less brittle and more chemically resistant than materials currently used to make these electrodes, the new films could offer a high-performance and long-lasting option for use with flexible screens and electronics. The silver-based films could also enable flexible solar cells for installation on windows, roofs and even personal devices.

Single molecular insulator pushes boundaries of current state of the art

Wed, 2018-06-06 22:57
Researchers have synthesized the first molecule capable of insulating at the nanometer scale more effectively than a vacuum barrier. The team's insight was to exploit the wave nature of electrons. By designing an extremely rigid silicon-based molecule under 1 nm in length that exhibited comprehensive destructive interference signatures, they devised a novel technique for blocking tunnelling conduction. This new design principle has the potential to support continued miniaturization of classic transistors in the near term.

A common electronic language for magnetic resonance

Wed, 2018-06-06 21:34
The standards used to re-transcribed the collected data in organic chemistry is however specific to each laboratory, making it difficult to export the information electronically. An international team has developed a new common electronic language around two main features: it translates the data of each molecule in exactly the same way and makes it simple to export it from one information system to another.

Fungi-produced pigment shows promise as semiconductor material

Wed, 2018-06-06 01:11
Researchers are looking at a highly durable organic pigment, used by humans in artwork for hundreds of years, as a promising possibility as a semiconductor material.

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