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Highlights of 2017

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Lipids bring dynamism to self-assembly

Cecilia Leal speaks to nanotechweb.org about some of the opportunities for creative use of lipids to produce nanostructures for drug delivery and other applications.

Phototransistor exploits type-II superlattice

Heterojunction phototransistors based on type-II superlattices operate in the mid-wavelength infrared top optimize performance in atmospheric conditions.

Semiconductor nanowire on silicon covers the entire mid-infrared

Could nanowire architectures be used for silicon-based photonic circuits?

AFM imaging of large areas gets faster

(with movie) A remarkable scanning velocity is reached using a rotational scanning technique for atomic force microscopy.

Pencil eraser proves an eco-friendly substrate for artificial skin

Biodegradable strain and pressure sensors for monitoring human motion and touch are fabricated inexpensively and at low energy costs.

Atomic layer sequence influences catalysis

Studies of photoelectrocatalytic cells based on stacked atomic layers highlight the significance of the van der Waals stacking sequence.

Impedance spectroscopy characterizes 1D nanostructures non-destructively

Researchers determin the spacing of an array of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes without damaging the sample.

Tough polymer nanocomposite film provides flexible energy solution

Nanoparticles embedded in a polymer film prove promising for energy generation and storage

Random access metamaterial enables ultimate spatial light control

Mechanically reconfigurable metamaterials may lead to spatial light modulators with sub-wavelength resolution.

(with audio) Single silicon quantum dot studies reveal their physics and applications

Jan Linnros speaks to nanotechweb.org about some of the progress in understanding and making use of silicon quantum dots.

Nanohybrid helps feel the heat and the mechanical power for cell stimulation

Researchers activate a targeted protein channel in living cells by applying near-infrared light and a magnetic field in the presence of a nanohybrid synthesized from multiwalled carbon nanotubes, magnetite nanoparticles, and polyglycerol.

(with audio) Nanomaterial life-cycle studies – what comes out in the wash

Researchers studying the impact of nanomaterials in the environment speak to nanotechweb.org about some of the latest work that takes into account the changes these nanomaterials undergo throughout their life-times.

Transport statistics indicate topological classes of matter

We demonstrate manipulation and detection of topological phases by ac-driving.

Photo doping pushes graphene UV photodetector to the limit

Dynamical doping with UV light proves key to optimising graphene-based UV photodetectors

Uniform silica-silver nanostructures self-assemble in the gas phase

Successful hybridization by an aerosol-based approach demonstrates high dispersibility and colloidal stability.

Graphene aerogel makes for ultra-lightweight pressure sensors

Ultra-lightweight pressure sensors based on graphene aerogel may be used in cars and aeroplanes, as well as medical monitors.

Graphitic sandwich structure enhances nanoparticle supercapacitors

A novel sandwich-like structure can be widely used in energy storage.

X-ray dosimetry with carbon-nanotube field effect transistors

High sensitivity and extended lifetimes of carbon nanotube-based detectors provide a useful tool for accurate x-ray dosage control.

Ultrathin transition metal trichalcogenides reveal nonlinear optical properties

ZrSe3 nanoflakes make a very promising material for optical limiters.

How can we grow better nanowire solar cells?

Study of efficiency highlights the effect of growth conditions