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'Mimosa' nanostructure spontaneously self-folds

Technology could find use in a range of applications, such as wearable and portable sensors, paper-based microfluidic devices and micro-robotics.

Experiment is first to see kicking photons heat up nanoparticles

Breakthrough could lead to measurements of quantum-state evolution due to gravity.

Dealing with the end life of nanowaste – news from Nanotech France 2016

Unravelling the impact of environmental exposure to nanomaterials can be complicated by the difference between the materials produced for applications and those released into the environment.

AgBiS2 nanocrystals make 'green' solar cells

New, efficient, devices are environmentally friendly and can be produced at low temperatures.

Radiotherapy enhancer brings back mass medicine

(with movie - French) A high x-ray absorbing nanoparticle could boost radiotherapy treatment while helping the immune system fight all types of non-local cancers in metastasis.

Nanostraw microdevices deliver drugs

Oral drug delivery could benefit.

Correlation force spectroscopy reveals tethering effects on DNA

Study quantifies the effects of tethering on the dynamic mechanical properties of a DNA molecule, which affects the conformational changes involved in DNA replication.

Black phosphorus absorbs light in the infrared

2D semiconductor could be used in a wide range of optical technologies, such as spectroscopy, materials processing and chemical and biomedical sensing.

Graphene nanoplatelets make good metal-free catalysts

Counter electrode made from the carbon sheet works well in different electrolytes.

Garnet nanofibres improve lithium batteries

New membrane could replace conventional flammable organic liquid electrolyte systems in lithium-ion devices.

Nanocavity-molecule coupling becomes stronger

Construct could be used to probe the quantum properties of materials and to make quantum information processing or cryptography devices.

Boron nitride nanotube production takes the heat – news from Nanotech France 2016

A process for synthesizing boron nitride nanotubes at 4000 °C produces high-purity boron nitride nanotubes catalyst-free without escalating the price.

siRNA nanoparticles reduce post-heart attack inflammation

Technique could help reduce the risk of dangerous complications.

Google gains new ground on universal quantum computer

Combination of digital and analogue computing methods may be the route towards a quantum computer.

Graphite makes good metallic contact for graphene

New findings could help improve devices made from the carbon sheet.

Chemically powered nanomotor goes autonomous

Device might be used to help design artificial molecular machines similar to those found in nature.

pH-sensitive nanoparticles detect millimetre-sized tumours

New contrast agent amplifies MRI signals.

Organic solar cells stand the heat

A new organic conjugated polymer fares better under thermal stress than PCDTBT – one of the most stable polymers used for solar cells.

Planar meta-lens works in the visible range

(with video) A step forward to replacing conventional bulky lenses in portable phones, digital cameras and even telescopes.

Electrostatic interactions improve drug delivery

(with video) Therapeutic proteins do not need to be encapsulated by a nanoparticle for controllable release in the body.