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Studies of defects in boron nitride reveal useful properties for devices

First-principles calculations of defects in boron nitride highlight properties that may be used in nanoelectronics, spintronics and electromechanical devices

Adding defects to carbon nanosponge benefits wastewater clean-up

Re-usable interconnected CNT framework driven by magnet soaks up oil

Nanopores form more quickly through FIB boiling

Nanopore formation is predicted to occur much faster under high-flux FIB thanks to an explosive boiling mechanism

Short DNA molecules reveal ion patches

Quantitative AFM of DNA conformation unearths unusual surface properties in mica

Fluorescent nanoparticles for quantitative uptake studies

Polymer particles produced via free radical polymerization assess nanocarrier transport into biological cells

Hexagonal boron nitride monolayers could make perfect coatings

"White graphene" is remarkably stable - both thermally and chemically - and is transparent

CNT networks make better flexible supercapacitors

Nanotube devices work under high mechanical pressures and over a wide temperature window

Logic operations on a nanomagnetic staircase

Are ultrahigh-density all-magnetic microprocessors based on spintronics in sight?

Patterning gold nanorods on substrates: non-agglomerated deposition and alignment

Hydrophilic-hydrophobic contrast stripe patterned substrates can be used to selectively pattern nanorods with controlled orientation and interparticle spacing

Nanographene oxide destroys tumours

2D carbon sheets could be used as hyperthermia agents in anticancer therapies

Monte Carlo simulations of ion beam-induced sputtering

US researchers have developed simulations for both electron and ion beams to model beam-induced deposition, etching and the physical sputtering of materials

Rare-Earth oxides for silicon-germanium quantum dot memories

Multilayer Si as well as single layer Si1-xGex QDs show excellent memory characteristics, making them attractive for next-generation flash-floating-gate memory devices

Measuring the conductance through molecular junctions made from non-gold electrodes

Electrode is formed in situ and junctions contain pyridyl-copper contacts

Could few layer graphene be used for ultrafast DNA sequencing?

Graphene-based nanopores might be ideal in future single-molecule genomic screening devices

Zinc oxide tracks cells

ZnO nanoparticles make good antibacterial and antifungal additives and can also be used to label biological cells

How does size affect the piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanowires?

Surface effects are negligible for nanowire diameters larger than 15 Å

Plasma reduction enables nanoscale platinum printing

Towards printed nanoelectrodes on biomaterial substrates

Interface atoms decide nanoadhesion and conductance

Combined field ion and scanning probe microscopy technique helps create atomically defined indentation system that allows for nanoscale contact between metals

Probing an individual DNA molecule thousands of times with a nanopore

Solid-state nanopores can be used to trap and measure an individual DNA molecule at will

Silicon nanowires decorated with silver and copper nanoparticles make efficient bactericides

Nanostructures destroy E. coli but are safe for human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial cells