Atom Art: Beauty at the Atomic Scale
Nature makes beautiful patterns with atoms.
New Technique Integrates Graphene, Graphene Oxide and Reduced Graphene Oxide onto Silicon Chips at Room Temperature
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to integrate graphene, graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide onto silicon substrates at room temperature by using nanosecond pulsed laser annealing.
Integration of Novel Materials with Silicon Chips Makes New ‘Smart’ Devices Possible
Researchers have developed a way to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems.
Researchers Develop Faster, Precise Silica Coating Process for Quantum Dot Nanorods
NC State researchers have fine-tuned a technique that enables them to apply precisely controlled silica coatings to quantum dot nanorods in a day – up to 21 times faster than previous methods.
Researchers Integrate Diamond/Boron Nitride Crystalline Layers for Use in High-Power Devices
NC State researchers have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride, integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.
Metal Foam Protects From Fire and Heat Twice as Well as Plain Metal
Light-weight composite metal foams (CMFs) are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they’re made of, such as steel. The CMF is especially promising for use in storing and transporting nuclear material, hazardous materials, explosives and other heat-sensitive materials, as well as for space exploration.
Researchers Can Tune Mechanical Properties of Radiation-Sensitive Material for Biomedical Use
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a composite material that emits light and heat when exposed to specific wavelengths of radiation and that can be customized to have specific mechanical characteristics. The composite holds promise for use in biomedical imaging, drug delivery and therapeutic treatments.
Researchers Discover New Phase of Boron Nitride and a New Way to Create Pure c-BN
NC State researchers have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride (Q-BN), which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays. The researchers have also developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride (c-BN) at ambient temperatures and air pressure, which has a suite of applications, including the development of advanced power grid technologies.
Magnetic Nanoparticle Chains Offer New Technique for Controlling Soft Robots
Researchers have developed a new technique that uses chains of magnetic nanoparticles to remotely control new “soft robots.”
Researchers Find New Phase of Carbon, Make Diamond at Room Temperature
NC State researchers have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.