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Public Release: 19-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Quantum physics just got less complicated
Researchers show that wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty are the same thing, reducing two mysteries to one
Ministry of Education Singapore, National Research Foundation Singapore

Contact: Jenny Hogan
Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore

Public Release: 18-Dec-2014
Journal of Physical Chemistry
Research aims to improve rechargeable batteries by focusing on graphene oxide paper
A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gurpreet Singh
Kansas State University

Public Release: 18-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity
Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a University of Oregon spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Jim Barlow
University of Oregon

Public Release: 18-Dec-2014
Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars
Rice University researchers calculate the best candidates among possible metal organic frameworks to store natural gas for cars.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Mike Williams
Rice University

Public Release: 18-Dec-2014
Creation of 'Rocker' protein opens way for new smart molecules in medicine, other fields
Human cells are protected by a largely impenetrable molecular membrane, but researchers have built the first artificial transporter protein that carries individual atoms across membranes, opening the possibility of engineering a new class of smart molecules with applications in fields as wide ranging as nanotechnology and medicine.

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 17-Dec-2014
Switching to spintronics
Berkeley Lab researchers used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature, a demonstration that points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lynn Yarris
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Public Release: 17-Dec-2014
Advanced Functional Materials
ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale
Scientists have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time.

Contact: Morgan McCorkle
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Public Release: 16-Dec-2014
Environmental Science & Technology
Scientists trace nanoparticles from plants to caterpillars
In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, Rice University scientists tracked uptake and accumulation of quantum dot nanoparticles from water to plant roots, plant leaves and leaf-eating caterpillars. The research is available online in Environmental Science & Technology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jade Boyd
Rice University

Public Release: 15-Dec-2014
Journal of American Chemical Society
Dartmouth researchers create 'green' process to reduce molecular switching waste
Dartmouth researchers have found a solution using visible light to reduce waste produced in chemically activated molecular switches, opening the way for industrial applications of nanotechnology ranging from anti-cancer drug delivery to LCD displays and molecular motors.

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 15-Dec-2014
Nature Physics
Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetize the material of the future
Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted by the European Union to create advanced computational systems.

Contact: SINC
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

Public Release: 15-Dec-2014
IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting
IEEE Electron Device Letters
Stanford team combines logic, memory to build a 'high-rise' chip
Today circuit cards are like cities in which logic chips compute and memory chips store data. When the computer gets busy, the wires connecting logic and memory get jammed. The Stanford approach would build layers of logic atop layers of memory to create tightly interconnected high-rise chips. Many thousands of nanoscale electronic 'elevators' would move data between the layers faster, using less electricity, than the bottle-neck prone wires connecting single-story logic and memory chips today.

Contact: Tom Abate
Stanford School of Engineering

Public Release: 15-Dec-2014
Nature Nanotechnology
Promising new method for rapidly screening cancer drugs
Traditional genomic, proteomic and other screening methods currently used to characterize drug mechanisms are time-consuming and require special equipment, but now researchers led by chemist Vincent Rotello at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offer a multi-channel sensor method using gold nanoparticles that can accurately profile various anti-cancer drugs and their mechanisms in minutes.
NIH/Institute for General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation's Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at UMass Amherst.

Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 15-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Control on shape of light particles opens the way to 'quantum internet'
In the same way as we now connect computers in networks through optical signals, it could also be possible to connect future quantum computers in a 'quantum internet'. The optical signals would then consist of individual light particles or photons. One prerequisite for a working quantum internet is control of the shape of these photons. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and the FOM foundation have now succeeded for the first time in getting this control within the required short time.
FOM Foundation, Technology Foundation STW

Contact: Andrea Fiore
Eindhoven University of Technology

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Nanoshaping method points to future manufacturing technology
A new method that creates large-area patterns of 3-D nanoshapes from metal sheets represents a potential manufacturing system to inexpensively mass produce innovations such as 'plasmonic metamaterials' for advanced technologies.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institutes of Health, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Emil Venere
Purdue University

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Physical Review Letters
Penn research outlines basic rules for construction with a type of origami
Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind it can be applied to making a microfluidic device or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket's cargo bay. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.
National Science Foundation, American Philosophical Society, Simons Foundation

Contact: Evan Lerner
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 11-Dec-2014
Nano Letters
Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices
A team of researchers has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched -- lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.
US Army Research Office, National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 10-Dec-2014
Physical Review Letters
Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation
Researchers have devised a mathematical model to predict how 'hot' monomers on cold substrates affect the growth of thin films being developed for next-generation electronics.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 10-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene
Rice University researchers use lasers to create graphene foam from inexpensive polymers in ambient conditions. The laser-induced graphene may be suitable for electronics and energy storage.
US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, Office of Naval Research, National Center for Research Resources, National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting
Germanium comes home to Purdue for semiconductor milestone
A laboratory at Purdue University provided a critical part of the world's first transistor in 1947 -- the purified germanium semiconductor -- and now researchers here are on the forefront of a new germanium milestone.
Semiconductor Research Corp.

Contact: Emil Venere
Purdue University

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
Catalysis Science & Technology
The gold standard
New nanoscale computational modeling predicts gold could be an effective and affordable catalyst for energy and environmental applications.

Contact: Paul Kovach
University of Pittsburgh

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
Advanced Materials
Composite materials can be designed in a supercomputer 'virtual lab'
UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials.

Contact: Rebecca Caygill
University College London

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
ACS Nano
Nanotechnology against malaria parasites
Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells; they then disrupt them and infect others. Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites. This could lead to novel treatment and vaccination strategies in the fight against malaria and other infectious diseases. Their research results have been published in the scientific journal ACS Nano.

Contact: Olivia Poisson
University of Basel

Public Release: 9-Dec-2014
Journal of Applied Physics
Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices
Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made new compact, high-value resistors for nanoscale quantum circuits. The resistors could speed the development of quantum devices for computing and fundamental physics research.

Contact: Jason Bardi
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 8-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Turning biological cells to stone improves cancer and stem cell research
A simple technique that creates near-perfect, robust models of human and animal cells is being used to study cancer and stem cells, and could be used to create complex durable structures without the use of machinery.
US Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences

Contact: Neal Singer
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

Public Release: 8-Dec-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply
MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone.
US Army Research Laboratory, US Army Research Office through the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, NIH/National Cancer Institute

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology