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Key achievements and challenges in STM and AFM

Peter Grütter talks about progress in identifying structure-function relations at the atomic scale using atomic force microscopy.

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A feature-length look at the nanotechnology sector

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Video insights on nanotechnology #1

Multimedia updates on modified graphene, re-writable nanolithography, qubits, resistance switching in amorphous carbon and flow control of nano objects, presented by the people who know the work best – the researchers

From heterostructures to nanostructures

Highlights from a special issue of the journal Semiconductor Science and Technology celebrating the 80th birthday of Zhores Alferov

Forward thinking on advanced nanomaterials

Writing in a special issue of the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, Heinrich Rohrer lists four key elements that add function to materials at the nanoscale

Funding the frontiers of materials science

Joe McEntee quizzes Ian Robertson, incoming director of the NSF's Division of Materials Research, on priority topics for 2011 and beyond

Resolution frontiers

Now able to resolve details less than 100 picometres apart, scanning probe microscopes, which measure how a sharp tip interacts with a surface, keep smashing the record for how small we can see

Video briefing: shining a light on FLASH

Hamish Johnson visits DESY for a guided tour of the FLASH free electron laser and gets an update on exploring the structure and function of matter at the nanoscale

Editorial: Carbon-based nanoscience and nanotechnology

Patrick G Soukiassian and M S Ramachandra Rao, Guest Editors of a special issue of J. Phys D: Applied Physics, put the spotlight on carbon-related nanomaterials

In pictures: progress in solid-state lighting

Experts from leading labs explore the big issues in LED design in a special issue of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

2010 update: NC nanotechnology

Back in 2008, things were clicking into place for North Carolina's nanotechnology sector, but how does the landscape look in 2010?

Video briefing: laser toolkit unwrapped

In this extended feature, Stanford University experts describe how laser systems are being used to interrogate atoms and molecules and discuss some of the new technologies coming on board

Special issue: semiconductor nanotechnology

Highlights from NGC/CSTC, with a focus on novel materials and devices for electronics, photonics and renewable energy applications

Semiconductor nanowires: synthesis, properties and applications

Chennupati Jagadish of the Australian National University introduces a special issue of Semiconductor Science and Technology

Special issue: nano and random lasers

Guest Editors Diederik S Wiersma and Mikhail A Noginov focus on extreme miniature sources of stimulated emission

Review: fabricating plasmonic components via nanoimprint lithography

Alexandra Boltasseva reviews the technology and discusses applications ranging from subwavelength optical interconnects to biosensors

Nanotechnology: looking back to think ahead

What did the future look like a decade ago? Thomas E Mallouk of Penn State University, US, reflects on the explosive growth of nanotechnology

Review: preparing magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications

A guide to the quickest and most reliable ways of making magnetic nanoparticles for medical imaging, drug delivery and therapeutic use grouped by size and including multicomponent systems

Video: Spintronics made easy

David Awschalom, Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, explains how electron spin could be harnessed to create very dense computer memories and even quantum computers

Moore and more progress in electronics and photonics

Meyya Meyyappan of the NASA Ames Research Center picks out some of his favourite papers from Nanotechnology as the journal celebrates its 20th volume

Nanotechnology drives innovation

Exclusive video report on custom and off-the-shelf nanoanalytical techniques, interview with a quantum dot developer and more...

Focus on graphene

Get up to speed on graphene by browsing NJP's free-to-read package of top papers