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Paolo Vavassori describes research combining magnetic properties with plasmonic systems.

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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.

Smartphones look for a cure for Alzheimer’s

Sony has released an app that allows researchers at Stanford University to use your smartphone’s idle processing power to perform protein-folding calculations.

Quantum-dot TVs seed a bright future

Cadmium-free quantum dot technology looks set to puncture mainstream consumerism for the first time.

Nanoantennas go fan-shaped

New nanostructure improves the sensitivity of infrared spectroscopy.

Rare polymorph grows on graphene

Organic semiconductor pentacene assumes an unusual crystal structure when grown on carbon sheet.

Top-grade perovskite boosts solar cells

(with audio) A hot-casting solution-processing technique produces perovskite crystals with millimetre size grain cells.