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Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
Applied Physics Letters
Penn researchers develop a new type of gecko-like gripper
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are developing a new kind of gripper, motivated by the ability of animals like the gecko to grip and release surfaces. Like the gecko, the gripper has 'tunable adhesion,' meaning that, despite having no moving parts, its effective stickiness can be tuned from strong to weak. Unlike the gecko and other artificial imitators that rely on structures with complex shapes, the Penn team's gripper uses a simpler, two-material structure that is easier to mass-produce.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Education

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
Nature Materials
Buckle up for fast ionic conduction
ETH material engineers found that the performance of ion-conducting ceramic membranes that are so important in industry depends largely on their strain and buckling profiles. For the first time, scientists can now selectively manipulate the buckling profile, and thus the physical properties, allowing new technical applications of these membranes.

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Rupp
jennifer.rupp@mat.ethz.ch
41-792-900-697
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
Nature Communications
Researchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbons
Researchers on three continents discover that functionalized carbon nanotubes, when ground together, react and unzip into nanoribbons. The all solid-state process suggests that nanostructures may serve as templates for controlled chemical reactions.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CAPES, and others

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
ACS Nano
A KAIST research team develops the first flexible phase-change random access memory
Recently, a team led by professors Keon Jae Lee and Yeon Sik Jung of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST has developed the first flexible PRAM enabled by self-assembled block copolymer (BCP) silica nanostructures with an ultralow current operation (below one quarter of conventional PRAM without BCP) on plastic substrates.

Contact: Lan Yoon
hlyoon@kaist.ac.kr
82-102-539-4303
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Public Release: 15-Jun-2015
Nature Nanotechnology
World's thinnest lightbulb -- graphene gets bright!
Led by James Hone's group at Columbia Engineering, a team of scientists from Columbia, SNU, and KRISS demonstrated -- for the first time -- an on-chip visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin and perfectly crystalline form of carbon, as a filament. They attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments to cause them to heat up. (Nature Nanotechnology AOP June 15)
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, National Research Foundation of Korea, National Research Foundation of Korea

Contact: Holly Evarts
holly.evarts@columbia.edu
347-453-7408
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Public Release: 12-Jun-2015
Science Express
Argonne scientists announce first room-temperature magnetic skyrmion bubbles
Researchers at UCLA and Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new method for creating magnetic skyrmion bubbles at room temperature. The bubbles, a physics phenomenon thought to be an option for more energy-efficient and compact electronics, can be created with simple equipment and common materials.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Louise Lerner
media@anl.gov
630-252-5526
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
Nature Communications
Scientists tune X-rays with tiny mirrors
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to select extremely brief but precise X-ray bursts for their experiments.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Jared Sagoff
media@anl.gov
630-252-5593
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
2015 TechConnect World Innovation events
Lehigh University researchers unveil engineering innovations at TechConnect 2015
Lehigh University engineers, materials scientists and chemists will present their innovative breakthroughs to a national showcase of investors and industrial partners at the TechConnect 2015 World Innovation Conference in Washington on June 14-17. Working at the junction of engineering and health, the Lehigh innovations include a nanoscale device that captures tumor cells in the blood, a bioengineered enzyme that scrubs microbial biofilms and the creation of a safe and efficient chemical reagent that is stable at room temperature.

Contact: Jordan Reese
jor310@lehigh.edu
610-758-6656
Lehigh University

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
$8.5 million grant for developing nano printing technology
Northwestern University has received a five-year, $8.5 million grant from the US Department of Defense's competitive Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program to develop a '4-dimensional printer' -- the next generation of printing technology for the scientific world. Once developed, the 4-D printer, operating on the nanoscale, will be used to construct new devices for research in chemistry, materials sciences and US defense-related areas that could lead to new chemical and biological sensors, catalysts, microchip designs and more.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Department of Defense

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
Molecular Cell
A protein provides emergency aid
Small heat shock proteins ensure that other proteins do not clot, allowing the cell to survive stress. Defects in these 'small helpers' are associated with medical conditions like cataracts and cancer. Now, scientists at the Technische Universität München have characterized a small heat shock protein responsible for embryonic development in the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode. Presumably, a similar protein exists also in humans.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Public Release: 11-Jun-2015
Acta Crystallographica Section B
Framework materials yield to pressure
High pressure has become an indispensable research tool in the quest for novel functional materials. High-pressure crystallographic studies on non-porous framework materials based on coordination compounds are markedly on the rise, enabling the unraveling of structural phenomena and taking us a step closer to the derivation of structure-property relationships.
DOE/Advanced Photon Source

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Agbenyega
ja@iucr.org
44-124-434-2878
International Union of Crystallography

Public Release: 10-Jun-2015
Science
Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of 'superlubricity.'
US Department of Energy

Contact: Jared Sagoff
media@anl.gov
630-252-5593
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 10-Jun-2015
ACS Nano
Rice researchers make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements
Researchers at Rice University have discovered a new way to measure the conductivity of electronic components at optical frequencies for high-speed, nanoscale device components ultimately as small as a single molecule.
Robert A. Welch Foundation, DOD/National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship Program, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and US Army

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 10-Jun-2015
Nano Letters
Strong teeth: Nanostructures under stress make teeth crack resistant
Human teeth have to serve for a lifetime, despite being subjected to huge forces. But the high failure resistance of dentin in teeth is not fully understood. An interdisciplinary team led by scientists of Charite Universitaetsmedizin Berlin has now analyzed the complex structure of dentin. At the synchrotron sources BESSY II at HZB, Berlin, Germany, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, Grenoble, France, they could reveal that the mineral particles are precompressed.

Contact: Dr. Paul Zaslansky
paul.zaslansky@charite.de
49-304-505-59589
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
Journal of Nanoparticle Research
NIST's 'nano-raspberries' could bear fruit in fuel cells
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a fast, simple process for making platinum 'nano-raspberries' -- microscopic clusters of nanoscale particles of the precious metal. The berry-like shape is significant because it has a high surface area, which is helpful in the design of catalysts. Even better news for industrial chemists: the researchers figured out when and why the berry clusters clump into larger bunches of 'nano-grapes.'

Contact: Laura Ost
laura.ost@nist.gov
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
Scientific Reports
MIPT physicists develop ultrasensitive nanomechanical biosensor
Two young researchers working at the MIPT Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics, Dmitry Fedyanin and Yury Stebunov, have developed an ultracompact highly sensitive nanomechanical sensor for analyzing the chemical composition of substances and detecting biological objects, such as viral disease markers, which appear when the immune system responds to incurable or hard-to-cure diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, herpes, and many others. The sensor will enable doctors to identify tumor markers, whose presence in the body signals the emergence and growth of cancerous tumors.

Contact: Stanislav Goryachev
stas.goryachev@gmail.com
7-964-501-2307
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
PLOS ONE
A step towards a type 1 diabetes vaccine by using nanotherapy
For the first time liposomes that imitate cells in the process of natural death have been used to treat diabetes. Researchers at Germans Trias Research Institute generated liposomes in collaboration with professionals from the ICN2. PLOS ONE Journal publishes the work. The next steps are to confirm the efficacy in vivo with cells from patients and to carry out clinical trials to prevent the disease and to cure it.

Contact: Octavi López
octavi.lopez@uab.cat
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Public Release: 9-Jun-2015
Nature Materials
Filming the film: Scientists observe photographic exposure live at the nanoscale
Photoinduced chemical reactions are responsible for many fundamental processes and technologies, from energy conversion in nature to micro fabrication by photo-lithography. Scientists have now monitored the chemical processes during a photographic exposure at the level of individual nanoscale grains in real-time. The research team lead by Professor Jianwei (John) Miao from the University of California in Los Angeles and Prof. Tim Salditt from the University of Göttingen report their work in the journal Nature Materials.

Contact: Dr. Thomas Zoufal
presse@desy.de
49-408-998-1666
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
ACS Nano
Researchers analyze the structure of bird feathers to create hues without dye
University of Akron associate professor of biology, Dr. Matthew Shawkey, his colleague Dr. Ali Dhinojwala, Morton Professor of Polymer Science, and Ming Xiao, graduate student, recently published a paper in a joint project with the University of California, San Diego. Shawkey and his team sought to produce synthetic particles that mimic the tiny packets of melanin found in feathers.

Contact: Denise Henry
henryd@uakron.edu
330-972-6477
University of Akron

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Nature Physics
Ultrafast heat conduction can manipulate nanoscale magnets
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have uncovered physical mechanisms allowing the manipulation of magnetic information with heat. These new phenomena rely on the transport of thermal energy, in contrast to the conventional application of magnetic fields, providing a new, and highly desirable way to manipulate magnetization at the nanoscale.

Contact: David G. Cahill
d-cahill@illinois.edu
217-333-6753
University of Illinois College of Engineering

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Applied Physics Letters
Futuristic components on silicon chips, fabricated successfully
A team of IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland with support from colleagues in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., has developed a relatively simple, robust and versatile process for growing crystals made from compound semiconductor materials that will allow them be integrated onto silicon wafers -- an important step toward making future computer chips that will allow integrated circuits to continue shrinking in size and cost even as they increase in performance.

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
240-535-4954
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Advanced Functional Materials
New composite material as CO2 sensor
A new material changes its conductivity depending on the concentration of CO2 in the environment. The researchers who developed it have utilized the material to produce a miniature, simply constructed sensor.

Contact: Dr. Dorota Koziej
dorota.koziej@mat.ethz.ch
41-446-336-055
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Nature Nanotechnology
Injectable electronics
A team of international researchers, led by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman, Jr. Professor of Chemistry, an international team of researchers developed a method for fabricating nano-scale electronic scaffolds that can be injected via syringe. Once connected to electronic devices, the scaffolds can be used to monitor neural activity, stimulate tissues and even promote regenerations of neurons.

Contact: Peter Reuell
preuell@fas.harvard.edu
617-496-8070
Harvard University

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
New survey: Only about half of men can remember their last medical check-up
A new national survey by Orlando Health found that more than 80 percent of men could remember the make and model of their first car, but only about half could remember their last check up with a doctor. Hoping to change that, two doctors will embark on a nine-day, 6,000 mile drive from Clermont, Fla., to New York to Los Angeles in an all-electric Tesla, urging men to make their health a priority.

Contact: Kaitlynn Grady
kaitlynn@mediasourcetv.com
614-477-7549
Orlando Health

Public Release: 8-Jun-2015
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Nanomaterial self-assembly imaged in real time
A team of researchers from UC San Diego, Florida State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories has for the first time visualized the growth of 'nanoscale' chemical complexes in real time, demonstrating that processes in liquids at the scale of one-billionth of a meter can be documented as they happen.
US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
858-534-7572
University of California - San Diego

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