Nanomaterials

Nanospinning performance fabrics—the next generation of gear is weaving materials science into outerwear

By April Gocha / December 31, 2019

By incorporating electrospun nanofibers, The North Face’s new Futurelight gear is designed to be more breathable and lightweight than any other performance material currently on the market.

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From grain-sized to centimeter scale—technique makes mass production of metalenses possible

By Lisa McDonald / December 13, 2019

Metalenses, or flat surfaces that use nanostructures to focus light, are poised to revolutionize cameras, sensors, and displays—if the lenses can be mass produced. Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences found deep-ultraviolet projection lithography can solve this production challenge.

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Cleaning the planet: A review on MXenes for water treatment and environmental remediation applications

By Lisa McDonald / December 10, 2019

Characteristic MXene properties have led to growing research interest for MXenes in environmental remediation and water treatment applications. A recent review by Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Drexel University researchers discusses current studies on MXenes and suggests ideas for future experiments.

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Graphene: Softer through bending

By Lisa McDonald / November 19, 2019

Different research groups have measured different values for bending stiffness in graphene that span across orders of magnitude. Researchers led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign now say the different values stem from the fact that graphene becomes softer the more you bend it.

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Video: You “wood” not believe what this car is made from

By Lisa McDonald / November 13, 2019

Carbon fiber composites face challenges hindering their widespread use in vehicles. Researchers from 22 organizations in Japan are collaborating to investigate if cellulose nanofibers are a viable alternative.

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In lockstep: Nacre’s microstructure locks together to provide superior material strength

By April Gocha / November 12, 2019

Using electron microscopy, a team of scientists investigated the nanomechanics of nacre—and their results show precisely how this biomaterial gains superior strength upon lockdown.

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Porous silica nanoparticles offer potential solution to combat counterfeiting

By April Gocha / October 29, 2019

In today’s world of global commerce, product identity is a significant issue with considerable economic repercussions. TruTag Technologies is developing porous silica nanoparticles that use unique spectral signatures to authenticate goods.

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Repair tooth enamel by growing it

By Lisa McDonald / October 18, 2019

Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body—but it cannot self-repair when damaged. Due to its complex structure, creating enamel in the laboratory is difficult, but a new technique proposed by researchers in China may make growing enamel a reality.

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Video: Celebrate National Nano Day with 100 billion nanometer dash

By Lisa McDonald / October 9, 2019

October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day! Learn about the National Nanotechnology Initiative, a federal research and development initiative to further nanotechnology, and see how different organizations are celebrating Nano Day.

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Keeping the beat—carbon nanotube fibers show promise to restore electrical conduction in damaged hearts

By April Gocha / October 1, 2019

Scientists at Rice University and Texas Heart Institute developed the first materials-based solution to repair electrical conduction defects in hearts—surgically sewing carbon nanotube fibers directly onto hearts to transmit electrical signals across damaged tissue.

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