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Nanotechnology

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density
One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density

Current density is the amount of electrical current per cross-sectional area at a given point. As transistors in integrated circuits become smaller and smaller, they need higher and higher...

One-Dimensional Material with High Current Density
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Retinal Prosthesis Stimulates Nerve Cells
Retinal Prosthesis Stimulates Nerve Cells

Fabricated using inexpensive and widely available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, an artificial retina was developed that consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on...

Retinal Prosthesis Stimulates Nerve Cells
Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner

FUTURE ANTENNA MINIATURIZATION MECHANISM: MAGNETOELECTRIC ANTENNAS

Hwaider Lin and Nian-Xiang Sun, Northeastern University, Boston, MA...
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
Articles : Photonics/Optics
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner

INVISIBLE GLASS

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) has developed a method for creating surface nanotextures that effectively...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner
Articles : Data Acquisition
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner

DON’T MELT. MELD.™

The MELD™ technology enables additive manufacturing (AM) of metals. This patented process is unique because there is...

2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Robotics/Automation/Manufacturing Category Winner
Articles : Nanotechnology
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

AEROGELS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL WASTES FOR NOVEL ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS

Associate Prof. Hai Minh Duong and Prof. Nhan Phan-Thien, National University of...
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Technique Creates Adaptive Materials
Technique Creates Adaptive Materials

A technique that enables on-demand control of composite behavior could enable a variety of new capabilities for future rotorcraft design, performance, and maintenance. The focus of the research was on...

Technique Creates Adaptive Materials
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials
Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials

When hit with light, semiconductors (materials that have an electrical resistance in between that of metals and insulators) generate an electric current....

Generating Light-Induced Electrical Current in Atomically Thin Nanomaterials
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing

Photons, or units of light, are faster than electrons and could, therefore, process information faster from smaller chip structures. A switch was designed that bypasses a...

Switch Controls Light on a Nanoscale for Faster Information Processing
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Polymer Nanofiber-Based Reversible Nano-Switch/Sensor Schottky Diode (nanoSSSD) Device

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed a unique nano-structure device that operates as a nano-switch/sensor for detecting toxic gases and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Conventional microsensors are limited by their short life, high cost and...

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
A new approach to structural coloration is more freeform than you might expect.
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell

A device and method have been developed to conduct compression and tensile tests on soft materials such as flocculated sediments, biopolymers, biological materials, and food stuffs. The device...

Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Microtesting Rig
Microtesting Rig

The measurement of mechanical behavior in very small samples whose dimensions are on the order of microns and below can offer advantages over conventional macroscopic testing in many instances. Motivations for investigating...

Microtesting Rig
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures

To further develop semiconductor technology, the field of molecular electronics is seeking to manufacture circuit components from individual molecules instead of silicon. Because of...

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Briefs : Nanotechnology
High-Kinetic-Energy Penetrator Shielding and High-Wear-Resistance Materials Fabricated with Boron Nitride Nanotubes and BNNT Polymer Composites

In recent years, anti-penetration materials have been more widely used for armor, bulletproof vests, and micrometeoroid and orbital debris protection layers for space-suits, space vehicles, and...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Faster Photons Could Make Data Totally Secure

Transferring data using light passed along fiber optic cables has become increasingly common over the past decades, but each pulse currently contains millions of photons. That means that in principle, a portion of these could be intercepted without detection. Secure data is already encrypted, but if...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range
Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range

The challenge of miniaturizing devices and systems is also achieving a broader dynamic range of detection for small signals such as sound, vibration, and radio...

Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range
Briefs : Materials
Faster, More Efficient Information Processing

For decades, computer chips have been shrinking thanks to a steady stream of technological improvements in processing density. Experts have, however, been warning that we'll soon reach the end of the trend known as Moore's Law, in which the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones

When it comes to the “smell test,” the nose isn't always the best judge of food quality. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ journal Nano Letters, scientists...

The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes

Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. However, that requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making...

A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
Briefs : Test & Measurement
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform

A next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the...

COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path

UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices. The advance could lead to much more...

Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits
Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits

Silver nanowires have drawn significant interest in recent years for use in many applications ranging from prosthetic devices to wearable health sensors due to their flexibility,...

Printing Flexible, Stretchable Silver Nanowire Circuits
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Supersonic Waves Enable Heat Management in Electronics Devices
Supersonic Waves Enable Heat Management in Electronics Devices

Researchers have observed waves of atomic rearrangements, known as phasons, propagating supersonically through a vibrating crystal lattice — a discovery that may dramatically...

Supersonic Waves Enable Heat Management in Electronics Devices
NASA Spinoff : Green Design & Manufacturing
Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth
Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields of health...

Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth
Briefs : Transportation
Water-Repellent Nanotextures Possess Anti-Fogging Capability

Some insect bodies have evolved the ability to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections. Scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for use in...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks
Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks

Researchers at MIT have created cell-sized robots that may someday be used to inspect and analyze hard-to-reach locations, from oil pipelines to the human body.

Researchers Ready Cell-Sized Robots for Inspection Tasks
Facility Focus : Nanotechnology
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Established in 1943, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico was site Y of the Manhattan Project for a single purpose: to design and build an atomic bomb, which took just 27 months. The Los Alamos...

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Briefs : Energy
3D-Printed Device Produces Nanofiber Meshes
3D-Printed Device Produces Nanofiber Meshes

Nanofibers are useful for any application that benefits from a high ratio of surface area to volume, such as solar cells that maximize exposure to sunlight, or fuel cell electrodes that catalyze...

3D-Printed Device Produces Nanofiber Meshes
Briefs : Nanotechnology
3D-Printed Biomaterials Degrade on Demand
3D-Printed Biomaterials Degrade on Demand

Stereolithography — a method of 3D printing — uses an ultraviolet laser controlled by a computer-aided design system to trace patterns across the surface of a photoactive polymer solution. The...

3D-Printed Biomaterials Degrade on Demand
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