Science Highlights

Palladium-nickel nanoparticles (top structural model) are synthesized and then exposed to reactive gases (lower right) while being probed with high-energy x-rays.03.01.15Science Highlight

Optimizing Atomic Neighborhoods for Speedier Chemical Reactions

Clusters with longer separations between atoms had enhanced catalytic activity. Read More »

Depiction of carbon nanotube (gray) inserted into a cell membrane, with a single strand of DNA (gold) passing through the nanotube.03.01.15Science Highlight

Spontaneous Formation of Biomimetic, Nanoporous Membrane Channels

Carbon nanotubes insert into artificial and active cell membranes, reproducing major features of biological channels. Read More »

Changes in the crystal structure and electronic properties of vanadium dioxide (VO2) occur during its insulator-to-metal phase transition (V blue; O red).03.01.15Science Highlight

Insulator-to-Metal Transition of Vanadium Dioxide

New studies explain the transition, providing a quantitative picture of a 50-year-old mystery. Read More »

Electron density distribution (indicated by both the blue and red, as areas of deficiency and excess of electrons, respectively) in barium iron arsenide for undoped/nonsuperconducting and doped/superconducting alloys.02.01.15Science Highlight

New Path to Loss-Free Electricity

Atomic-scale details of electron distribution reveal a novel mechanism for current to flow without energy loss. Read More »

Optical microscope image of triangular-shaped metal-diselenide monolayer hetero-structures.02.01.15Science Highlight

Connecting Three Atomic Layers Puts Semiconducting Science on Its Edge

New material with a layered, atomic sandwich structure has unique optoelectronic properties. Read More »

Piezo-response force microscopy image of ferroelectric domains in hexagonal erbium manganite...02.01.15Science Highlight

Direct Visualization of Magnetoelectric Domains

New microscopy technique reveals giant enhancement of coupling between magnetic and electric dipoles that could lead to novel electronic devices. Read More »

Schematic image indicating the inferred intertwining of the superconducting wave function (green) with the envelope function (blue) for the atomic magnetism.02.01.15Science Highlight

Intertwining of Superconductivity and Magnetism

Coexistence of two states of matter that normally avoid one another is revealed by inelastic neutron scattering experiments. Read More »

Scanning electron micrograph image of germanium nanowires electrodeposited onto an indium tin oxide electrode from aqueous solution.02.01.15Science Highlight

Highly Conductive Germanium Nanowires Made by a Simple, One-Step Process

Lithium-ion batteries could benefit from this inexpensive method. Read More »

A metamaterial that consists of a two-dimensional array of U-shaped gold structures (square background in the picture) efficiently emits terahertz frequency electromagnetic waves (red axis) when illuminated by a wavelength tunable near-infrared pump laser (blue axis).02.01.15Science Highlight

Metamaterials Shine Bright as New Terahertz Source

Discovery demonstrates how metamaterials may be used in non-invasive material imaging and sensing, and terahertz information technologies. Read More »

The schematic shows the molecular structure of a protein.02.01.15Science Highlight

Deciphering Distinct Atomic Motions in Proteins with Dynamic Neutron Scattering

Combining computer simulations with laboratory measurements provides insights on molecular-level flexibility. Read More »

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