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Nanobionic Leaf: DNA-coated carbon nanotubes (top) incorporated inside chloroplasts in the leaves of living plants (middle) boost plant photosynthesis.January 2015Science Highlights

Nanobionics Supercharge Photosynthesis

Carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanoparticles enhance photosynthetic activity and stability. Read More »

Arrays of nanoribbons of lead zirconate titanate (gold, bottom) on a sheet of flexible polymer (brown) produce current pulses during each heartbeat.January 2015Science Highlights

Power from the Heart

Advances in materials processing enable harvesting of energy from heartbeats. Read More »

A series of x-ray scattering images are taken at ultrafast time intervals with an x-ray laser after excitation with an infra-red source that energizes the vibrational modes of a Germanium crystal.January 2015Science Highlights

X-ray Laser Used to Produce Movies of Atomic-scale Motion

Stroboscopic x-ray pulses scatter from a vibrating crystal and reveal how energy moves. Read More »

Nanocrystals enable new electrically-controlled windows.October 2014Science Highlights

Smarter Smart Windows

Thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass can electrically control light and heat from sunlight as it passes through a window. Read More »

Scanning electron microscope image of 2D arrays of channels created in a silicon sheet taking advantage of novel interface interactions with the soft substrate.October 2014Science Highlights

Chemistry and Strain Allow New Microfabrication

Discovery of a new bonding mechanism has enabled the facile fabrication of arrays of semiconductor microstructures. Read More »

Copper (Cu) nanorods grown using physical vapor deposition.October 2014Science Highlights

Downsizing Has Its Rewards

New Theory has Guided Experiments for Making the Smallest Possible Metal Rods Useful as Air-tight Sealants. Read More »

Front view of metal organic framework (MOF-74), showing the almost perfectly one-dimensional chains of transition metal magnets (green sections of structure).October 2014Science Highlights

When Metal Organic Frameworks Turn into One-Dimensional Magnets

Simulations and experiments reveal one-dimensional nano-size magnets are formed in a common porous material. Read More »

Color map (left) reconstructed image showing the direction of magnetization and the stray magnetic fields in and around a cobalt nanospiral (color wheel indicates magnetization direction) that is only 20 nm in diameter (images taken using high resolution Lorentz microscopy), and (right) tomographic reconstruction showing the 3D shape of the nano-spiral.June 2014Science Highlights

Magnetic Structure of Sculpted Nanospirals

Direct visualization of magnetic structures gives researchers a window into new possibilities at the Nanoscale. Read More »

Local regions of gel shrink when exposed to light through a photomask apeture.June 2014Science Highlights

Morphing Polymer Shape and Motion with Light

Computational modelling shows how the shape and motion in a polymer gel can be controlled solely by light. Read More »

Control of the synthesis results in a diversity of self-assembled structures formed by sticky colloidal particles:  array of “mushrooms” (left), wavy colloidal “fur”, dense fiber network, and three-dimensional reconstruction of the network (right).June 2014Science Highlights

Growing Nano “Hair” for Electrodes - From the Bottom Up

Electric fields control growth of “sticky” polymer particles. Read More »

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