Self-assembly of ordered colloidal nanoparticle films on silicon oxide surfaces

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A new approach to obtain colloidal crystal films from polystyrene nanoparticles in narrow structured molecular monolayers.

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Bioinspired bubble-generated system

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Researchers report a method to mimic bubble-based propulsion systems found in nature.

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Improving polymer film fabrication

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

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Solvent vapor annealing: secondary nanostructures made easy

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The solvent vapor annealing method can be utilized to introduce structural hierarchy to PCL-based fibers.

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Overcoming clinical complications of vascular prostheses

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

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

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

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Getting back to the basics of nanomaterials for better nanomedicine

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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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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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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.

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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