Improving polymer film fabrication

Melbourne reseachers develop method to fabricate chiral stationary phases with nanoengineered features.

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Multifunctional nanocarriers for therapeutic immunology and diagnostics

A new class of iron oxide nanocarrier activates the immune system and serves as a contrast agent for multiple imaging techniques.

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Aviation biofuel made from tobacco plants

Boeing Partners with South African Airways for a pioneering project that will make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new tobacco plant, not cigarettes.

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Time has come for electric aircraft

Airbus Group is now setting its sights on achieving silent, CO2-free, all-electric flight for both unmanned and passenger aircraft over the next three decades.

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Easy-functionalised DNA for better conductivity

Nanowires can be produced by pulling DNA over micropillar arrays, leaving a simple overcoating step to improve conductivity.

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Crosslinking hydrogels for better micrometer cell manipulation

International researchers have reported reported a crosslinker – an activated-ester-type photocleavable crosslinker – to prepare photodegradable hydrogels.

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Solving the MXene capacitive paradox

Entirely new family of conductive two-dimensional carbides and nitrides may lead to better energy storage.

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Gold nanoparticles kill aggressive brain cancer cells

A collaboration between nano- and neuroscientists has resulted in a system that kills the most aggressive, and most common, form of adult brain cancer.

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Sang-Woo Kim: Executive Advisory Board member for Advanced Electronic Materials

We talk to Sang-Woo Kim on his appointment to the Executive Advisory Board for Advanced Electronic Materials.

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This is your Brain on Art: Metaforming Nature

Professor Geoff Ozin highlights the latest in a series of collaborations between himself and artist Todd Siler.

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Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

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Book review: Handbook of Polymer Crystallization

Professor Shouke Yan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, reviews this work in experimental and theoretical polymer science.

Editorial positions available in Wiley locations worldwide

The teams responsible for leading materials journals such as Advanced Materials, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and physica status solidi RRL are expanding Mand have editorial positions available in each of our locations.

Image courtesy of the Colorado Museum of Modern Art.

This is your Brain on Art: Metaforming Nature

Professor Geoff Ozin highlights the latest in a series of collaborations between himself and artist Todd Siler.

Series of still scanning electron micrographs (a to d) show how the electron beam is used to create nanowires. Image: Junhao Lin / Vanderbilt.

Nanoelectronics gets a boost from electron-beam processed nanowires

Flexible metallic wires, only three atoms wide, produced with scanning transmission electron microscope.

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Sang-Woo Kim: Executive Advisory Board member for Advanced Electronic Materials

We talk to Sang-Woo Kim on his appointment to the Executive Advisory Board for Advanced Electronic Materials.

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Overcoming clinical complications of vascular prostheses

Electrospinning and plasma polymerization are combined to provide vascular graft scaffolds that are mechanically compliant and biocompatible.

Wiley-VCH is looking for two assistant editors (f/m)

Wiley-VCH seeks two assistant editors for their materials science program, to be based in Weinheim, south-west Germany.

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Polyhydroxylated metallofullerenols play dual roles to activate macrophages

Prof. Chunying Chen and her colleagues from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China demonstrate that polyhydroxylated metallofullerenol can activate primary mouse macrophages to produce pro-inflammatory cytokines.

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Spray-on LECs: dinner in the dark or a light-emitting fork?

A spray-sintering technique enables the fabrication of light-emitting electrochemical devices on complex substrates.

Better quantification of blood samples: more signal, less background

A team based in Germany develop a new method for simultaneous quantification of ZnPP and PPIX in unwashed blood samples.

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DNAzyme controlled aggregation of gold nanoparticles for DNA sensors and aptasensors

Researchers have developed a DNA biosensor system by controlling the aggregation of AuNPs using horseradish-peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme.

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Getting back to the basics of nanomaterials for better nanomedicine

Can’t see the forest for the nanowire trees? Take a leaf out of this book, and get back to nanomaterial basics to improve nanomedicine.

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Electromagnetic absorbers: from narrow to broad

Chinese scientists have given an overview on the principle of different types of narrowband EM absorbers.

Voltage loss in polymer solar cells down to the dielectric constant

High dielectric constant polymer solar cells found to behave as efficiently as their inorganic counterparts.

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Cancer all-clear for nonlinear optical imaging

Dutch researchers have estimated the risk of squamous cell cancer induction in skin following nonlinear optical imaging.

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New class of industrial polymers discovered

New experimental polymers delivers cheaper, lighter, stronger and recyclable materials ideal for electronics, aerospace, airline and automotive industries.

Editorial positions available in Wiley locations worldwide

The teams responsible for leading materials journals such as Advanced Materials, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, and physica status solidi RRL are expanding Mand have editorial positions available in each of our locations.

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Annealing nanostructures onto electrospun fibers

Researchers have demonstrated that a simple SVA treatment can effectively inscribe secondary nanostructures onto PCL and PCL-based composite fibers.

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Tissue Implantable Insulin Sensors

A team from MIT explores the dynamics and operation of a hypothetical insulin sensor using a model for glucose, insulin and glucagon circulating in the body.

2014 impact factors in polymer science

The numbers from this year’s journal citation report for polymer science.

Physics impact factors for 2014

The materials physics impact factors for 2014 have just been released.

2014 materials science impact factors

The latest materials science impact factors have been announced.

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Analyzing Lithium–Sulfur Batteries in Operando Mode

A new technique is developed for studying lithium-sulfur batteries in operation: UV/Vis spectroscopy in operando mode.

Nitin Samarth, department head of physics at Penn State, works with the molecular beam epitaxy equipment in his lab. He conducts research to design and build new materials needed for radically new kinds of computer chips that could open the door to a new era of super-fast quantum computers. Credit: Fredric Weber, Penn State University.

Topological insulators: a new approach to spintronics

New material combination could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic.

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Hybrid electronic transport in peptides

Researchers show that ionic and electronic conduction occur simultaneously in self-assembled peptide nanostructures.

A talent for motion: thanks to its pores and chemical structure, the membrane developed by the scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces curls faster and more vigorously than comparable actuators. Image: MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

Porous polymer membrane can flex its muscles

A membrane that can lift 20 times its own weight when it comes into contact with a solvent vapour has been developed by a German/Chinese team.

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Altering the optical properties of organic crystals

European researchers have developed a multi-displinary approach to designing organic crystals with targeted linear and nonlinear optical properties.

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Functionalizing microstructuring surfaces without distortion

A team at the University of Central Florida has developed an alternative route for functionalizing polymers using water-based chemistry.

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Investigating quantum dot photoluminescence

Researchers have observed drastic shifts in the photoluminescence emission spectra of quantum dots.

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RNA-loaded red blood cells to vaccinate against cancer

Nair and colleagues demonstrate that a tumor vaccine can be formulated by loading RNA into whole blood cells directly after blood draw.

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Nano-confinement reduces the chaos of DNA interactions: Bringing order to chemotherapy

Researchers at Texas A&M have observed dynamics that could otherwise be discounted as noise in DNA/small molecule interactions.

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Ultrasmall plasmonic Ag clusters are supported!

Employing s-SHG and s-CRD spectroscopy, German scientists shed light on silver cluster as small as tens of atoms.