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A metal oxide nanoparticle gel when agitated with a force greater than the yield stress of the gel, which is the force necessary to make the gel flow.06.09.16Science Highlight

Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing

Gels made up of nanoparticles hold together due to their electrostatic interactions and collapse with agitation. Read More »

Solar energy can be stored by using sunlight to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen.06.09.16Science Highlight

Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

Inexpensive method allows synthesis of a tiny solar cell that pumps out fuel. Read More »

This tabletop laser system allows for unprecedented characterization of superconductors, semiconductors, and other electronic materials by increasing the energy of an infrared laser to the sought-after extreme ultraviolet, which is invisible.06.09.16Science Highlight

Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties

New tabletop laser achieves sought-after energies needed for advanced characterization with unprecedented precision and range. Read More »

A liquid metal technique drives the transformation of uniform alloys into a nanoscale mixture of two materials with different compositions.06.09.16Science Highlight

Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes

Liquid metal transforms solid alloy into pore-filled structure that could be used in future batteries. Read More »

Films integrated into the cell created an efficient solar-to-hydrogen cell using Earth-abundant cobalt rather than rare and expensive metals.06.08.16Science Highlight

Hydrogen Production from a Relative of Fool’s Gold

Affordable, Earth-abundant catalyst achieves efficient solar-driven hydrogen fuel production. Read More »

The atomic force microscopy image of the junction between the graphene domains shows an electron-deficient region.06.08.16Science Highlight

This Message Will Self-Destruct

New electron-beam writing technique controls electronic properties for future on-demand re-configurable electronics. Read More »

The cross-section shows key features of a new solar cell architecture.06.08.16Science Highlight

Keep it Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power

A simplified architecture leads to efficiencies rivaling conventional silicon solar cells. Read More »

Electrons have distinct energy levels where the energy is minimized, similar to a ball rolling down a mountain to a valley.06.08.16Science Highlight

Laser Manipulates Electronic Properties

Dressing electrons with a rotating field of laser light creates distinct, controllable states, opening the door for innovative electronics. Read More »

Nanometer-sized junctions between two types of two-dimensional semiconductors could replace conventional wider three-dimensional junctions.06.08.16Science Highlight

Patterning Smaller Junctions for Ultrathin Devices

Patterned arrays of nanometer-sized connections in two-dimensional semiconductors could enable ultrathin integrated circuits for smartphones and solar cells. Read More »

The crystallized oxide (lighter regions) spelling the word “small” was “printed” on a non-crystallized layer (darker gray) by a well-controlled beam in an electron microscope.06.07.16Science Highlight

Atomic Sculpting with a Microscope

A new tool allows atomic 3D printing. Read More »