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For decades, carbon nanotubes held great promise of developments in the field of electronics and more. But one drawback to realizing these innovations has been the difficulty of incorporating additional materials into nanotubes. For the first time, researchers have grown crystals of various materials uniformly onto the surface of carbon nanotubes. They hope these modified structures will exhibit functions useful in electronic, chemical or other applications. (2020-02-05)

A new model has been developed that simulates the accumulation of lipids in membranes
A team of physicists has designed an experiment that simulates the formation of a new type of lipid raft on a nanometric scale. The researchers has also discovered a new role of cholesterol that will help to understand the development of some diseases and cell processes. (2020-01-27)

Walking with atoms -- chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action
Scientists have for the first time captured and filmed atoms bonding together, using advanced microscopy methods they captured a moment that is around half a million times smaller than the width of a human hair. (2020-01-17)

A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure
MIT engineers have developed a method to produce aerospace-grade composites without the enormous ovens and pressure vessels. The technique may help to speed up the manufacturing of airplanes and other large, high-performance composite structures, such as blades for wind turbines. (2020-01-13)

Why are alloy metal nanoparticles better than monometallic ones for CNT growth?
Revealing a long-term mystery of why certain nanoparticles are more efficient in incorporating carbon atoms and achieving a faster carbon nanotube growth. (2019-12-19)

Growing carbon nanotubes with the right twist
Researchers synthetize nanotubes with a specific structure expanding previous theories on carbon nanotube growth. (2019-12-13)

How light a foldable and long-lasting battery can be?
The research team led by Professor Soojin Park developed a three-dimensional monolithic organic battery electrode. (2019-12-11)

Hiring antibodies as nanotechnology builders
Researchers at the University of Rome Tor Vergata recruit antibodies as molecular builders to assemble nanoscale structures made of synthetic DNA. (2019-12-03)

Research shows old newspapers can be used to grow carbon nanotubes
New research has found that old newspaper provide a cheap and green solution for the bulk production of single walled carbon nanotubes. (2019-11-22)

Army project may improve military communications by boosting 5G technology
An Army-funded project may boost 5G and mm-Wave technologies, improving military communications and sensing equipment. (2019-11-21)

Clean carbon nanotubes with superb properties
Scientists at Aalto University, Finland, and Nagoya University, Japan, have found a new way to make ultra-clean carbon nanotube transistors with superior semiconducting properties. (2019-11-19)

Rational transparent conductor design provides a boost to carbon nanotubes application
An international team of scientists led by researchers from the Laboratory of Nanomaterials at the Skoltech Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials (CPQM) have rationally designed a novel p-type flexible transparent conductor using single-walled carbon nanotubes. This opens new avenues for its applications in next generation opto-electronics and energy technologies. The results of the study were published in the prestigious international journal Nano Energy. (2019-11-13)

New Pitt research finds carbon nanotubes show a love/hate relationship with water
New research in the journal Carbon reveals that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a coating can both repel and hold water in place, a useful property for applications like printing, spectroscopy, water transport, or harvesting surfaces. When water is dropped on a CNT forest, the CNTs repel the water, and it forms a sphere. However, when flipped over, the drop does not fall to the ground but rather clings to the surface. (2019-11-12)

Scientists discover method to create and trap trions at room temperature
A University of Maryland-led team chemically engineered carbon nanotubes to synthesize and trap trions at room temperature. Trions are quasi particles that can potentially carry more information than electrons in applications from bioimaging to chemical sensing and quantum computing. The research makes it possible to manipulate trions and study their fundamental properties in ways that have never been possible before. (2019-10-16)

UW study advances alignment of single-wall carbon nanotubes along common axis
The researchers used machine-vision automation and parallelization to simultaneously produce globally aligned, single-wall carbon nanotubes using pressure-driven filtration. (2019-10-15)

The nano-guitar string that plays itself
Scientists have created a nano-electronic circuit which vibrates without any external force. Just as a guitar string vibrates when plucked, the wire -- 100,000 times thinner than a guitar string -- vibrates when forced into motion by an oscillating voltage. The surprise came when they repeated the experiment without the forcing voltage. Under the right conditions, the wire oscillated of its own accord. The nano-guitar string was playing itself. (2019-10-14)

'Electroadhesive' stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures
New technique could enable assembly of circuit boards and displays with more minute components. (2019-10-11)

Watching energy transport through biomimetic nanotubes
Scientists from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the University of W├╝rzburg (Germany) have investigated a simple biomimetic light-harvesting system using advanced spectroscopy combined with a microfluidic platform. The double-walled nanotubes work very efficiently at low light intensities, while they are able to get rid of excess energy at high intensities. These properties are useful in the design of novel materials for the harvesting and transport of photon energy. (2019-10-10)

Graphene substrate improves the conductivity of carbon nanotube network
Scientists at Aalto University, Finland, and the University of Vienna, Austria, have combined graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes into a transparent hybrid material with conductivity higher than either component exhibits separately. (2019-10-09)

Cooling nanotube resonators with electrons
In a study in Nature Physics, ICFO researchers report on a technique that uses electron transport to cool a nanomechanical resonator near the quantum regime. (2019-10-08)

Thermal siphon effect: heat flows from low temperature to high temperature
In this work, researchers study (both thermal and electric) energy transport in physical networks that rewired from 2D regular lattices. It is found that the network can be transferred from a good conductor to a poor conductor depending on the rewired network structure and coupling scheme. These discoveries reveal that the network structured materials have a great potential in applications in thermal energy management and thermal electric energy conversion. (2019-09-27)

Tensile strength of carbon nanotubes depends on their chiral structures
Single-walled carbon nanotubes should theoretically be extremely strong, but it remains unclear why their experimental tensile strengths are lower and vary among nanotubes. A team at Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and Aichi Institute of Technology directly measured the tensile strengths of individual structure-defined single-walled carbon nanotubes, revealing key insights into the relationship between their structure and strength. (2019-09-18)

Chemistry in motion
For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are significant discrete stages to these processes which build on our knowledge of chemical synthesis. These details could aid in the development of methods to synthesize chemicals with greater control and precision than ever before. Methods such as these could be useful in materials science and in drug development. (2019-08-23)

WPI mathematician is helping NASA spacecraft travel faster and farther
By combining cutting-edge machine learning with 19th-century mathematics, a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) mathematician is working to make NASA spacecraft lighter and more damage tolerant by developing methods to detect imperfections in carbon nanomaterials used to make composite rocket fuel tanks and other spacecraft structures. (2019-08-22)

New study reveals carbon nanotubes measurement possible for the first time
Swansea University scientists report an entirely new approach to manipulation of carbon nanotubes that allows physical measurements to be made on carbon nanotubes that have previously only been possible by theoretical computation. (2019-08-22)

Damaged hearts rewired with nanotube fibers
Thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes have now proven able to bridge damaged heart tissues and deliver the electrical signals needed to keep those hearts beating. (2019-08-13)

Neural networks will help manufacture carbon nanotubes
A team of scientists from Skoltech's Laboratory of Nanomaterials proposed a neural-network-based method for monitoring the growth of carbon nanotubes, preparing the ground for a new generation of sophisticated electronic devices. The results of the study were published in Carbon Journal. (2019-08-08)

WPI liquid biopsy chip snares circulating tumor cells in blood drops from cancer patients
Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a chip made of carbon nanotubes that can capture circulating tumor cells (CTCs) of all sizes and types, and can do so with far greater sensitivity than existing technologies. The unique design of the device makes it possible to easily identify and even culture the captured cells, which could make it possible to detect early-stage tumors, predict the course of a cancer, and monitor the effects of therapy. (2019-07-31)

Oddball edge wins nanotube faceoff
A two-faced interface between growing carbon nanotubes and solid catalysts turns out to be more common than once believed, according to a theory developed at Rice University. Understanding of the mechanism could help scientists working to develop homogenous nanotube growth for applications. (2019-07-29)

Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)

Rice device channels heat into light
Rice University engineers use their carbon nanotube films to create a device to recycle waste heat. The device could enhance solar cell output and increase the efficiency of industrial waste-heat recovery. (2019-07-12)

Photovoltaic nanotubes
Physicists discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates current in the presence of light. Devices such as optical sensors and infrared imaging chips are likely applications, which could be useful in fields such as automated transport and astronomy. In future, if the effect can be magnified and the technology scaled up, it could lead to high-efficiency solar power devices. (2019-06-19)

Antennas of flexible nanotube films an alternative for electronics
Metal-free antennas made of thin, strong, flexible carbon nanotube films are as efficient as common copper antennas, according to Rice University researchers. (2019-06-10)

Self-healing DNA nanostructures
DNA assembled into nanostructures such as tubes and origami-inspired shapes could someday find applications ranging from DNA computers to nanomedicine. However, these intriguing structures don't persist long in biological environments because of enzymes called nucleases that degrade DNA. Now, researchers have designed DNA nanostructures that can heal themselves in serum. They report their results in ACS' journal Nano Letters. (2019-05-29)

Nanotubes enable travel of Huntington's protein
Nanotube tunnels extend like bridges for the toxic Huntington's disease protein, and spring back after delivery, a new study finds. (2019-05-10)

Carbon nanotube nanoreactors to stabilize metastable structures
Some metastable structures have been predicted to have high potential applications due to their unique properties. However, many metastable structures are produced and stable in extremely high pressure or high temperatures. The synthesis, characterization and further applications of the metastable structures are challenging. Scientists based in China and Japan introduce carbon nanotubes as nanoreactors to synthesize and stabilize the metastable structures into ambient conditions. (2019-04-27)

Wristbands do a health check while you work out
Nanotech-powered electrodes help solve the challenges of using sweat to assess biological conditions in real time. (2019-04-25)

Study shows the potential of carbon nanotubes to cool electronic circuits
Mechanically stretched carbon nanotubes extract heat efficiently and could be used to cool flexible electronic devices, for example. (2019-04-24)

From 2D to 1D: Atomically quasi '1D' wires using a carbon nanotube template
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have used carbon nanotube templates to produce nanowires of transition metal monochalcogenide (TMM), which are only 3 atoms wide in diameter. These are 50 times longer than previous attempts and can be studied in isolation, preserving the properties of atomically quasi '1D' objects. The team saw that single wires twist when perturbed, suggesting that isolated nanowires have unique mechanical properties which might be applied to switching in nanoelectronics. (2019-04-20)

Neutral Zinc-air battery with cathode NiCo/C-N shows outstanding performance
In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue in NANO, a team of researchers from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Hunan University of Science and Technology have proposed a novel strategy for the synthesis of non-precious metal catalysts in zinc-air batteries that do not compromise its electroactivity, affordability and stability. (2019-04-12)

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