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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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

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Ice-templating makes flexible and stretchable conductors

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Shu-Hong Yu and his team from USTC have proposed a general and efficient assembly strategy to assemble versatile 1D nanomaterials.

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New strategy for individualized cancer treatment

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Dr. Xian-Zheng Zhang and co-workers have fabricated a biodegradable chimeric peptide for cancer therapy and real-time apoptosis imaging.

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Fabricating on-chip chalcogenide photonic elements

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A group publish work exploring new routes for the fabrication of on-chip photonic elements with chalcogenides.

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