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Correcting quantum errors in superconducting circuits

Repetitive error detection technique could help make robust qubits for future quantum computers.

Metal-free nanocomposite makes cheap and efficient ORR catalyst

Carbon nanotubes and graphene could speed up the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.

Nanomagnetic effects find a cool application

(with audio) The observation of the magnetocaloric effect in readily fabricated thin films suggests nanostructures may be exploited in refrigeration.

Laser anneal improves graphene ink

The method might be used to improve inks made from other 2D materials too.

“Nanorattles” reduce tumour size

Structures made from gold quantum dots inside a porous silica shell could be used to image and destroy cancer cells.

Polarized light pushes graphene plasmons

New result could not only be important for studying how charge carriers move in graphene but could also help build graphene-based elements for the rapidly developing field of metamaterials.

Gold tubes sizzle cancer cells

Nanostructures could photothermally destroy tumours.

“Hopping” electrodeposition makes gold nanodot plating

(with video) New method might be used to make plasmonic photonic crystals, optoelectronic on-chip interconnects and chemical and biological sensors.

Catenane structure makes “sense-and-treat” device

Interlocked rings switch from one catalytic state to another thanks to an external trigger.

Van der Waals heterostructures make good LEDS

The structures, which are only around 10-40 atoms thick, might be used in semi-transparent devices, such as displays, and in flexible electronics.

CNTs show feasibility for practical devices

A study of carbon nanotube transistors identifies the origin of device variability and ways to improve it.

Better ranking nanoparticle safety

Researchers compare effect of carbon-based nanostructures on rodent lungs.

Nanoclusters act as antioxidants

Hydrophilic carbon nanoparticles might help in the treatment of traumatic brain injury, strokes, autoimmune diseases and neuropathy.

One nanoparticle: six imaging modalities

Researchers design a nanoparticle that can be detected by six different medical imaging techniques.

Skyrmion bubbles go gyrotropic

Researchers image how magnetic skyrmions move for the first time – a result that bodes well for next-generation high-density data-storage technologies and nanodigital electronic devices.

Nanoscientist heads CNRS Institute of Physics

Alain Schuhl become new director of the Institute of Physics at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

Prickly structure rethinks catalyst supports

A sea-urchin-shaped titania structure with an iron core provides a unique support for effective use and re-use of gold nanoparticle catalysts.

Aramid nanofibres make good battery separators

New nanomaterial suppresses dendrite growth, for safer and better solid-ion batteries.

Solvents help print CNT devices

Polymer sorting technique in different solvents can separate semiconducting from metallic carbon nanotubes.

Silicene makes stable FET

US-Italy team makes first field-effect transistor from 2D silicon sheet.