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Molybdenum disulfide field-effect transistors make supersensitive biosensors

By April Gocha / September 12, 2014

Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have fabricated a molybdenum disulfide field-effect transistor—which holds great promise as a single molecule biosensor—that’s 74 times more sensitive than those of graphene.

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ACerS announces 2014 Distinguished Life Members, Class of Fellows

By Eileen De Guire / May 22, 2014

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) recently announced its 2014 Distinguished Life Members and Class of Fellows.

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Students visit Washington, D.C., for Congressional Visits Day

By Eileen De Guire / April 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Erin Donohue at MA’s “Congressional Visits Day” last week. Donohue is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Carlos Levis‘s group studying thermal barrier coatings. Credit: ACerS. Last week the Material Advantage Student Program delegation took their annual trip to Washington, DC, to promote materials science, research, and higher education…

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Computational methods shine light on conducting oxide transparency

By / January 20, 2012

Band structure of rutile SnO2, illustrating free-carrier absorption. Visible light does not carry enough energy to excite carriers across the band gap (a) or to excite free carriers directly to the next conduction-band states (b). However, additional momentum provided by a phonon enables indirect free-carrier absorption (c) for any visible or infrared wavelength. States in…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / June 17, 2011

UC Santa Barbara researchers (see story below) were able to link Einstein’s general theory of relativity to a totally different area of physics and hope the tools will one day shed light on new types of superconductors. Credit: Jorge Santos. Check ’em out: How to outshine a quantum dot using inorganic silica shields to prevent…

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Super-small erasable SketchSET transistor, ‘artificial atom’ could lead to super-big payoff

By Eileen De Guire / April 27, 2011

An atomic-scale depiction of the SketchSET shows three wires (green bars) converging on the central island (center green area), which can house up to two electrons. Electrons tunnel from one wire to another through the island. Conditions on the third wire can result in distinct conductive properties. Credit: Jeremy Levy, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Good news,…

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AECOM launching new UCSB nano sustainability initiative

By / March 31, 2009

Los Angeles-based AECOM has announced that one of its divisions, AECOM Environment, and the University of California at Santa Barbara are collaborating on a new Sustainable Nanotechnology Initiative that will be located at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. AECOM is a worldwide enterprise that describes itself as a provider of “a blend…

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