New publications, experiments and breakthroughs in materials science--and what they mean.
Prototypes bring practical nanotube devices closer
Zhong Lin Wang thinks piezoelectric nanowires could power implantable medical devices and serve as tiny sensors.
Donald Sadoway conceived of a novel battery that could allow cities to run on solar power at night.
Carefully grown carbon-nanotube arrays could be the basis of new energy-storage devices and chip-cooling systems.
Nontoxic silicon nanoparticles soak up drugs like a sponge and break down into smaller particles that are cleared by the kidneys
Polymers that arrange into nanostructures could store terabits on a square inch.
Alex Zettl’s tiny radios, built from nanotubes, could improve everything from cell phones to medical diagnostics.
A new form of carbon being pioneered by Walter de Heer of Georgia Tech could lead to speedy, compact computer processors.
Silver-nanoparticle ink can be used to draw 3-D electrical structures.