Using Gold Nanoparticles to Trigger Sequential Unfolding of 3-D Structures
NC State researchers have developed a new technique that takes advantage of gold nanoparticles to trigger the sequential unfolding of three-dimensional structures using different wavelengths of light.
Microscopy Advance Reveals Unexpected Role for Water in Energy Storage Material
A material with atomically thin layers of water holds promise for energy storage technologies, and researchers have now discovered that the water is performing a different role than anyone anticipated.
Atomic Structure of Ultrasound Material Not What Anyone Expected
Researchers have gotten a glimpse at how atoms are arranged in a widely-used material – and it’s not what anyone expected.
Persistent Photoconductivity Used to Stimulate Neurotypic Cells
Researchers have, for the first time, used a material’s persistent photoconductivity to stimulate neurotype cells.
Researchers Find Simpler Way to Deposit Magnetic Iron Oxide onto Gold Nanorods
Researchers have found a simpler way to deposit magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles onto silica-coated gold nanorods, creating multifunctional nanoparticles with useful magnetic and optical properties.
Researchers Inadvertently Boost Surface Area of Nickel Nanoparticles for Catalysis
A technique designed to coat nickel nanoparticles with silica shells actually fragments the material – creating a small core of oxidized nickel surrounded by smaller satellites.
‘Persistent Photoconductivity’ Offers New Tool for Bioelectronics
NC State researchers have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.
Thin Layers of Water Hold Promise for the Energy Storage of the Future
Researchers have found that incorporating atomically thin layers of water into a material makes it able to store and deliver energy much more quickly.
From Atoms to Batteries to the Workforce of the Future: Why Research Matters
If you want to build a cell-phone battery as thin as paper that powers your phone for a week, or have an electric vehicle like the Tesla go 500 miles on a single charge and recharge in just 10 minutes, you will have to start thinking small.
Finding Order and Structure in the Atomic Chaos Where Materials Meet
Researchers have developed a model that accounts for irregularities in how atoms arrange themselves at the interface where two materials meet.