nanomaterials

See the Nanomaterials category for an exhaustive list of articles related to this subject. What follows is an introduction.

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ZME Science posts about nanomaterials

Discoveries, Nanotechnology, Science, Studies

Scientists discover novel way of making carbon nanotubes

Graphene nanoribbons can be transformed into carbon nanotubes by twisting. Photo: Pekka Koskinen

A team of researchers comprised of scientists at the NanoScience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and at Harvard University, US, have shown through computer simulations a novel technique for generation nanomaterials. The whole process revolves around the extremely simple idea of twisting narrow graphene nanoribbons until they become rolled up into carbon nanotubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel and offer a diverse array of high-tech application – truly one of the most marvelous materials developed by scientists in the past few decades. The mechanism is trivial, indeed – twisting a ribbon until it becomes a tube. You can check it out for yourself simply by twisting…

Electronics, Research, Science, Technology

Smallest Storage Device in the World to Revolutionize Computing Developed

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Miniaturization seems to be the buzzword of the 21st century in this global village. Thanks to the genius of German and American scientists who have pioneered a revolutionary technique that could be used to develop a new class of hard disk drives with nanomaterials which could store larger amounts of information in a tiny space and at the same time consume lesser energy in computing. “It could take a few more years before the technique leads to new consumer goods. But once perfected, this method could lead to new types of nanomaterials able to store large amounts of information in tiny spaces, and to consume less energy while doing it,”…

Physics, Research

World’s smallest battery created with a nanowire

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A team led by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jianyu Huang created the smallest battery in the world, with a single nanowire 7000 times thinner than a human hair as an anode. The battery was formed inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM) at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) to allow researchers to better understand the anode’s characteristics. “This experiment enables us to study the charging and discharging of a battery in real time and at atomic scale resolution, thus enlarging our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms by which batteries work.”, says Huang. Nanowire technology used in lithium based batteries could offer significant improvements in power and energy density, ultimately leading…