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5: Biocompatible lasers

Riccardo Sapienza and Marta Castro Lopez show us their research creating biocompatible lasers that could be used to diagnose disease.

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Nanotechnology research highlights: find out what the authors have to say

InAs nanowires for heat conversion

Low thermal conductivity of nanowires enhances thermoelectric performance

Tackling challenges in computer-based screening of battery electrolytes

Researchers from the US Army Research Laboratory have designed a distributed multi-scale computing framework that allows quantum chemistry computations to screen multiple distributed computational resources for promising battery materials.

Artificial protein-directed synthesis of solar-cell material

Using mutant proteins to enhance the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell.

Big data materials science for safer nuclear reactors

Reducing the possibility of hydrogen explosions during nuclear meltdowns with new iron-based coatings.

Polarizing colour filters for power-saving display

Developing more efficient liquid crystal display technology.

Nanostructuration: increasing the thermoelectric properties of thin films

Improving thermoelectric applications with Ti-based silicide quantum dot superlattices.

Etched holes increase speed of graphene electrodes

Reducing ionic impedance with reactive ion etching for improved supercapacitor performance.

Nanostructuring film for improved oxygen intake

Understanding thin film microstructure for higher efficiency solid oxide fuel cells.

Can we build a computing device that works without any energy input?

Researchers review the prospect of zero-power ICT.

Measuring thin-film thermal conductivity

Employing the laser flash method to determine the in-plane thermal conductivity of thin films.

Integrating nanoarchitectures for highly efficient electrocatalysts

Interconnecting small alloy nanoparticles provides long-term durability.

Tailoring nanowire diameter and density for improved light absorption

Accurately designing high efficiency photovoltaic devices without complicated fabrication steps.

An anisotropic self-powered directional sensor

Fabricating flexible nanogenerators with zinc oxide nanowires.

Highly active sea urchin-like catalysts

Constructing magnetic double-shelled Au catalysts with high stability and reusability.

Small molecules make big differences to phosphorene

Molecular doping effectively tunes the electrical and optical properties of phosphorene.

Tailoring zinc oxide nanowires enhances solar cell performance

Precisely controlling geometry with electron-beam lithography.

Lead-salt quantum dot nanocomposites: highest quantum yield yet

Widening absorption spectrum for better sensing and solar energy applications.

Simple route to a widely applicable carbon coating

Direct pyrolysis of coronene leads to the amorphous carbon coating of boron powders.

Colloidal quantum dots: solar applications

Semiconductor nanocrystals for versatile quantum heterojunction solar cells.

Trapping light with nanowire-decorated micro-pyramids

Hybrid anti-reflective surfaces show great potential in solar-cell applications.