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Nano-cartography: knowing where to look (Jun 16, 2015)

Mapping aids navigation. Now a well-stocked tool box of approaches provides information on how electronic, optical, mechanical and magnetic properties vary in nanosystems, with ever more refined techniques for accruing insights into the interplay of different system parameters.

Systematically sharpening atomic force microscopy images (Apr 3, 2015)

Optimising probe excitation frequency for the characterization of soft visoeleastic surfaces.

Carbon-60 and graphene for vertical transistors (Jun 15, 2015)

New devices have current on-off ratios of more than 3000.

Laid-back approach streamlines gate production (Apr 27, 2015)

(with audio) Horizontally oriented nanowire transistors simplify multiple gate fabrication and help towards 3D networks.

nanotechweb.org in the lab 2: Optical sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit (Jun 4, 2015)

Pablo Alonso describes how a scanned probe can be used for sensing and imaging beyond the diffraction limit.

Spectrometry reaches mass-consumer simplicity (Jul 1, 2015)

The first ever spectrometer to use quantum-dot materials demonstrates the possibility of devices as small, cheap and simple as smart-phone cameras.

Graphene light bulb shines bright (Jun 22, 2015)

Devices could be used to make transparent, flexible displays of the future.

Perovskites make superior solar cell materials (Jun 26, 2015)

(with video) New measurements on exciton binding energies shed more light on the photovoltaic properties of these semiconductors.

Nanorobots open blood brain barrier (Apr 10, 2015)

(with audio) Canadian researchers may have developed a new way to treat brain disorders.

Laser-blasted biopsies escape damage (Jun 24, 2015)

(with audio) Picosecond infrared laser ablation extracts biosamples damage-free.

Porous graphene envelope improves performance of platinum catalysts (Jun 11, 2015)

Encapsulating Pt nanoparticles with carbon layers also makes them more resistant to catalytic degradation.