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Key achievements and challenges in STM and AFM

Mervyn Miles describes achievements in high-resolution high-speed AFM and challenges in applying it to living cells.

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Nanotechnology research highlights: find out what the authors have to say

Synchrotron X-ray probes strained single nanowires

A combined nano-focused X-ray diffraction and Raman investigation of structural properties for novel opto-electronic devices.

PEDOT-based composites provide electrode materials for supercapacitors

The new direction and challenges of PEDOT based composites for supercapacitor applications.

How topological defects scatter phonons in graphene nanoribbons

Defect engineering can greatly reduce the thermal conductivity of graphene.

Nearly ideal solar-cell characteristics revealed in organo-metal halide perovskites

The overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organo-metal halide perovskite solar cells have shot up from 9.6% to 19.3% prompting a frenzy of excitement in the community.

X-ray sources see through commercial fabrication challenges

(with audio)Matthew Cole highlights some of the advantages nanomaterials could offer the commercial x-ray source market if fabrication challenges can be met.

Controlling magnetism at the nanoscale in magnetoresistive sensors

Effective matching of material properties and sensor geometries delivers sensitivities of 3.7%/mT in sub-200nm magnetic tunnel junctions

Ethanol-water as a non-toxic developer of fabrication resists

Hydrogen bonding in ethanol-water solutions enables dissolution of polymethylmethacrylate.

Understanding exposed facet interaction for Li-S batteries

Hierarchical sulfur-impregnated hydrogenated TiO2 mesoporous spheres demonstrate enhanced electrochemical properties.

Intrinsic photo-conductance triggered by the plasmonic effect in graphene for terahertz detection

Graphene paves the way for more photo-detector designs for versatile THz applications

Replacing gold: ZnGaO-based infrared plasmonic sensor

Bulk sensitivity of the sensor surpasses that of the noble metal counterparts by three to four times.

Sub-1 volt three-terminal nanoelectromechanical switch

Mechanical switch shows record low operating voltage.

Hierarchical oxide nanotubes for efficient energy storage

Simultaneous etching-regrowth method substantially increases the surface reactive sites.

Pressure induces amorphisation of europium-doped yttrium vanadate nanoparticles

Europium-doped yttrium vanadate nanoboxes undergo amorphisation and a short-range phase transition to scheelite-type structure

Smart nanoparticles actively deliver to the brain

Apolipoprotein E functionalised nanoparticles offer improved brain drug delivery.

Revealing the optical properties of metal-carbon composite materials

EBID processes enable tailoring of geometric and optical properties of fabricated nanostructures.

Antimatter matters! especially for polymer brushes

Positron annihilation spectroscopy demonstrates its value for the study of nanoparticle-brush composites.

Terahertz wave manipulation using graphene cut-wires

New graphene metasurface with high efficiency is proposed.

Two-dimensional silica can behave as an auxetic material

New ground state of bilayer silica is discovered.

Simply and effectively assembling nanowires

Nanowire alignment is easily achieved by stretching plastic.

Ionic screening suppresses the noise in nanoFETs

Ionic screening effect makes the background current noise in liquid-gated nanowire FETs smaller.