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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

An intermediate layer approach to grow InP nanowires on silicon

Isolating nanowires from the substrate using a buffer layer simplifies nanowire integration

Understanding the ultimate limit of quantum dot linewidths

Colloidal quantum dots sense environmental charge noise and decohere

Nb-doped titania electrode helps make good solar cell

Quantum dot-sensitized device has record photon-to-current efficiency

Improving contact quality in AFM-based electrical measurements

An appropriate loading force is essential in nanoscale electrical characterization by Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy

Making monodisperse FeCo nanoparticles the easy way

Environmentally friendly reductive heat treatment produces particles with good magnetic properties

Plasmonics and quantum dots team up for solar harvesting

Colloidal metal nanoparticles and quantum dots may be the building blocks of future photovoltaic devices

Atomic roughness increases friction on hydrogenated graphene

Discovery may help in the design of more efficient mechanical components for micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems

Does surface roughness really matter in nanowires?

Nanowire geometries and surface properties should be taken into account when designing high-performance devices

Photothermal therapy eradicates tumours targeted by carbon nanotubes

CNTs targeted to breast tumour vessels implanted in mice completely eradicate these tumours for the great majority of animals after three minutes irradiation with near-infrared light

Graphene nanonets make biological sensors

Selectively assembled V2O5 nanowires act as a shadow mask for producing graphene nanonet patterns over a large surface area

Nanotubes help turn stem cells into cartilage

CNT-modified polymer scaffolds could usher in a new era in cartilage tissue engineering