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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2014 impact factors in polymer science

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Topological insulators: a new approach to spintronics

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.

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.

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Porous polymer membrane can flex its muscles

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

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.

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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