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A new 'golden' age for electronics?
Scientists at Nagoya University, Japan, have created materials that shrink uniformly in all directions when heated under normal everyday conditions, using a cheap and industrially scalable process. (2019-06-25)
Shaken and stirred: Scientists capture the deformation effect of shock waves on a material
Understanding how shock waves affect structures is crucial for advancements in material science research, including safety protocols and novel surface modifications. (2019-06-21)
Scientists dissolve crude oil in water to study its composition
Researchers from MIPT, Skoltech, the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Lomonosov Moscow State University have offered a new approach to oil composition analysis. (2019-06-21)
Gold for silver: A chemical barter
From effective medicines to molecular sensors to fuel cells, metal clusters are becoming fundamentally useful in the health, environment, and energy sectors. (2019-06-20)
A sound idea: a step towards quantum computing
Researchers at the University of Tsukuba and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a new method for using lasers to create tiny lattice waves inside silicon crystals that can encode quantum information. (2019-06-19)
Quantum music to my ears
It sounds like an old-school vinyl record, but the distinctive crackle in the music streamed into Chris Holloway's laboratory is atomic in origin. (2019-06-18)
Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer
Chemists at EPFL have developed an efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a key ingredient of synthetic fuels and materials. (2019-06-13)
'Sandwich' structure key to thin LSMO films retaining magnetic properties
The oxide ceramic material lanthanum strontium manganite (LSMO) retains its magnetic properties in atomically thin layers if it is 'sandwiched' between two layers of a different ceramic oxide, lanthanum strontium chromium oxide (LSCO). (2019-06-11)
Organic electronics: a new semiconductor in the carbon-nitride family
Teams from Humboldt-Universität and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have explored a new material in the carbon-nitride family. (2019-06-06)
Radon inferior to radium for electric dipole moments (EDM) searches
An international research team led by the University of Liverpool has made a discovery that will help with the search for electric dipole moments (EDM) in atoms, and could contribute to new theories of particle physics such as supersymmetry. (2019-06-06)
UV light may illuminate improvements for next generation electronic devices
NITech scientists have developed the method to make sure the mechanisms to connect between the two-dimensional layer of atoms and the semiconductors as perfect as possible, which will lead to develop novel optoelectronic devices. (2019-06-04)
Accurate probing of magnetism with light
Probing magnetic materials with extreme ultraviolet radiation allows to obtain a detailed microscopic picture of how magnetic systems interact with light -- the fastest way to manipulate a magnetic material. (2019-06-03)
Scientists offer designer 'big atoms' on demand
Physicists report that they can build and control particles that behave like tiny atoms with a precision never seen before. (2019-05-29)
Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars
Caltech researchers discover a process that turns carbon dioxide into molecular oxygen. (2019-05-28)
Researchers wonder if ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright
Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago, initiating an avalanche of electrons in the lower atmosphere and setting off a chain of events that feasibly ended with bipedal hominins. (2019-05-28)
Ultra-cold lithium atoms shedding light on superfluid formation
A new study resolves a long-standing debate about what happens at the microscopic level when matter transitions into a superconducting or superfluid state. (2019-05-28)
Researchers have discovered how a nanocatalyst works at the atomic level
The researchers of the Nanoscience Center (NSC) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and in the Xiamen University, China, have discovered how copper particles at the nanometer scale operate in modifying a carbon-oxygen bond when ketone molecules turn into alcohol molecules. (2019-05-28)
Scientists found a way to increase the capacity of energy sources for portable electronics
Scientists from Skoltech, Moscow State University (MSU) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have proposed a new approach to replacing carbon atoms with nitrogen atoms in the supercapacitor's crystal lattice and developed a novel capacity enhancement method based on carbon lattice modification with the aid of plasma. (2019-05-28)
Mathematically designed graphene has improved electrocatalytic activity
An international research group has improved graphene's ability to catalyze the 'hydrogen evolution reaction,' which releases hydrogen as a result of passing an electronic current through water. (2019-05-24)
Phase transitions: The math behind the music
Physics Professor Jesse Berezovsky contends that until now, much of the thinking about math and music has been a top-down approach, applying mathematical ideas to existing musical compositions as a way of understanding already existing music. (2019-05-23)
The geometry of an electron determined for the first time
Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. (2019-05-23)
Artificial atomic scale materials: Discovering how electrons fatten!
A single and isolated electron has a clear electrical charge, magnetic moment and mass, and its free movement can be precisely predicted. (2019-05-23)
New insights about carbon and ice could clarify inner workings of Earth, other planets
Two new studies show how carbon and ice, key planetary ingredients, take on exotic forms that could help researchers better understand the inner workings of Earth and other planets across the galaxy. (2019-05-22)
Original kilogram replaced -- new International System of Units (SI) entered into force
In addition to Ampere, Kelvin, Mol and Co., the kilogram also is now defined by a natural constant. (2019-05-21)
NIST team demonstrates heart of next-generation chip-scale atomic clock
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners have demonstrated an experimental, next-generation atomic clock--ticking at high 'optical' frequencies -- that is much smaller than usual, made of just three small chips plus supporting electronics and optics. (2019-05-17)
Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam
Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have found a way to manipulate the positions of individual atoms on a graphene sheet, which could be a first step to new quantum computing and sensing devices. (2019-05-17)
JQI researchers shed new light on atomic 'wave function'
Physicists have demonstrated a new way to obtain the essential details of an isolated quantum system through direct observation. (2019-05-16)
Moving the needle on nanoscale imaging with single-molecule magnets
Amid intense research focus on magnetic single atoms and molecules -- which could serve as the smallest possible memory elements in quantum computing -- researchers report creating a sensor capable of measuring and imaging magnetic structures and interactions at the atomic scale, in unprecedented detail. (2019-05-16)
Machine learning predicts mechanical properties of porous materials
Machine learning can be used to predict the properties of a group of materials which, according to some, could be as important to the 21st century as plastics were to the 20th. (2019-05-15)
Excitonic radiative decay faster than thermal dephasing in ZnO thin films
A team of researchers from Osaka University, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka City University, and The University of Shiga Prefecture have found excitonic radiative decay faster than thermal dephasing at room temperature in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films. (2019-05-15)
Substrate defects key to growth of 2D materials
Creating two-dimentional materials large enough to use in electronics is a challenge despite huge effort but now, Penn State researchers have discovered a method for improving the quality of one class of 2D materials, with potential to achieve wafer-scale growth in the future. (2019-05-09)
Driving chemical reactions with light
How can chemical reactions be triggered by light, following the example of photosynthesis in nature? (2019-05-06)
Quantum computing with graphene plasmons
A novel material that consists of a single sheet of carbon atoms could lead to new designs for optical quantum computers. (2019-05-06)
Stickier than expected: Hydrogen binds to graphene in 10 femtoseconds
Graphene is an extraordinary material consisting of pure carbon just a single atomic layer thick. (2019-05-03)
Laser-driven spin dynamics in ferrimagnets: How does the angular momentum flow?
A team of researchers led by scientists from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) in Berlin has now been able to follow the flow of angular momentum during ultrafast optical demagnetization in a ferrimagnetic iron-gadolinium alloy in great detail, in order to understand the fundamental processes and their speed limits. (2019-05-02)
Scientists develop stereodefined N and S atom-codoped graphdiyne for oxygen evolution
The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is of great significance in energy-related techniques, such as metal-air batteries and water splitting. (2019-04-30)
Making glass more clear
Northwestern University researchers have developed an algorithm that makes it possible to design glassy materials with dynamic properties and predict their continually changing behaviors. (2019-04-30)
The search for nothing at all
In a new set of results published April 29, 2019 in the journal Nature, Bill Fairbank and his team at Colorado State University have laid the foundation for a single-atom illumination strategy called barium tagging. (2019-04-29)
HKUST physicist contributes to new record of quantum memory efficiency
A joint research team of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and The South China Normal University (SCNU) has set a new record of photonic quantum memory efficiency, pushing quantum computation a step closer to reality. (2019-04-27)
Nanomicrocell catalysts: A new kind of highly efficient integrated catalyst system
A recent work showed a new kind of integrated catalyst system, denoted as nanomicrocell catalysts, consisting of different redox-active sites with different catalytic properties immobilized on nanosized conductive matrices, which could significantly improve catalytic efficiency by forming nanosized fuel cells. (2019-04-27)
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