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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

Nanosilver dims firefly’s light

Silver nanoparticles can inhibit luciferase enzyme

Graphene production goes green

A new one-step method to make monolayer-functionalized graphene by electrochemical exfoliation of graphite

'Living' PEGylation could improve cancer therapy

Technique enhances specific uptake of gold nanoparticles by tumour cells and reveals key system parameters

Ion irradiation improves magnetic domain wall conduction

Appropriate dose of highly-energetic Ga+ ions enlarges operating margin of devices by up to a factor of 9

Ultrathin oxide induced non-volatile nanowire memory performs when bent

Room temperature processed nonvolatile memory device reported based on an Al/AlOx/CdTe:Sb nanowire heterojunction

Sticky electrodes capture environmental nanoparticles

Simple, cheap and sensitive devices suit analysis in the field

ZnO nanowires and low-cost quartz resonators: a perfect match

Easy-to-apply nucleation step produces well-separated nanostructures on commercial quartz resonators to increase effective electrode area and boost measurement sensitivity

Sensing team examines DNA thymine-dependent formation of fluorescent copper nanoparticles

Nanoprobes made using single-stranded DNA template could detect mercury contamination in drinking water

Long range air-hole assisted subwavelength waveguide targets high-density photonic ICs

Hybrid approach seeks to overcome bottleneck that can occur when combining four essential design features

Do purely dilute rare-earth doped group-III nitrides really exist?

Paul-Drude-Institut team presents dedicated transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of epitaxial GaN:Gd thin films

Competing interactions and stepwise magnetization observed in Fe nanoparticle films

Laser pulses generate nanostructured materials with peculiar and tunable properties for use in applications such as sensors, nanoscope tips and magnetic read heads