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Scientists grow liquid crystal "flowers" to use as lenses

This represents a significant step forward in "directed assembly," where scientists build minute structures by specifying starting conditions and letting physical and chemical processes do the assembly work, instead of doing it themselves. (Learn More >>)

'Walking' DNA motor on nanotube tracks could someday deliver drugs

By changing its shape and binding to consecutive parts of the tube's surface, these natural molecules are able to travel as far as a micrometer (1,000 nanometers) by taking steps of 8 nanometers at a time. (Learn More >>)

Graphene: Growing Giants

NIST researchers discovered a new substrate for growing graphene, which holds promise for faster internet speeds, cheaper solar cells, novel sensors, space suits spun from graphene yarn, and more. (Learn More >>)

Scientists ID new nanocatalyst for cleanup of nitrites

Chemical engineers at Rice University have found a new catalyst that can rapidly break down nitrites, a common and harmful contaminant in drinking water that often results from overuse of agricultural fertilizers. (Learn More >>)

New nanoparticle opens doorway to oral treatment of chronic diseases

A team of researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed a new type of nanoparticle that could afford patients the choice – potentially making uncomfortable injections a thing of the past. (Learn More >>)

MIT Freshman Wins Smithsonian's American Ingenuity Award

Bandyopadhyay created a nanoscale infrared detector, which could reduce car crashes by allowing vehicles to sense each other in darkness, detect land mines, and monitor global warming. Unlike other infrared sensors, it operates at room temperature. (Learn More >>)

NASA material engineers are experimenting with atomic layer deposition

Atomic layer deposition is one of many techniques for applying thin films, which can improve computer memory, protect materials against corrosion, oxidation, and wear, and perform as batteries when deposited directly onto chips. (Learn More >>)

Ga Tech center advancing low cost electronics

The NNI-funded Georgia Tech Center for Low Cost Electronics Packaging (PRC) is developing electronic systems that are expected to trend to mega-functional systems at lowest cost in smallest size. (Learn More >>)

Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds

This NSF-funded project could help clean up oil spills. Research created a new catalyst that can break down hydrocarbons in water, and it does not contaminate the water. (Learn More >>)

Nano-cone textures generate extremely ‘robust’ water-repellent surfaces

Scientists at DOE's Brookhaven Lab found that when it comes to designing extremely water-repellent surfaces, shape and size matter. (Learn More >>)