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PSI Researchers Fabricate Nanoscale Matterhorn Models Using 3D Photolithography

PSI Researchers Fabricate Nanoscale Matterhorn Models Using 3D Photolithography

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have produced large numbers of detailed models of the Matterhorn, each one less than a tenth of a millimetre in size. With this, they demonstrated how 3-D objects so delicate could be mass-produced. Materials whose surface is covered with a pattern of such tiny 3-D structures often have special properties. What nature has exploited for so long could be instructive for a number of industrial applications. Many snakes glide over sand aided by 3-D structures on their skin that significantly reduce friction. Along the same lines, machine parts could be furnished with a comparable structure, thereby minimizing wear and tear.

Novel Carbon Thin Film Deposition Method Provides Energy Storage Capability to Microchips

Novel Carbon Thin Film Deposition Method Provides Energy Storage Capability to Microchips

After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi, PhD , and Patrice Simon, PhD, of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same.

Breakthrough Method Paves Way for Development of Tunable Lens Arrays

Breakthrough Method Paves Way for Development of Tunable Lens Arrays

Have you ever noticed that when heated a film of oil in a pan doesn’t remain completely flat? Instead, it forms a wavy pattern that resembles the exterior of an orange. These sorts of deformations inspired a group of researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt, in Germany, to explore whether they could be used to improve and streamline microfabrication processes.

Breakthrough Technique to Create Cubic Boron Nitride at Ambient Temperature and Air Pressure

Breakthrough Technique to Create Cubic Boron Nitride at Ambient Temperature and Air Pressure

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University have determined a new phase of boron nitride (Q-BN), which plays a vital role in both electronic displays and manufacturing tools. The team have come up with a new method for forming cubic boron nitride (c-BN) at ambient air pressure and temperatures. This method is used for a wide range of application, such as the develop,emt modern power grid technologies.

POSTECH Researchers Develop Novel Fabrication Technology for High Density and Scalable Memristor Array

POSTECH Researchers Develop Novel Fabrication Technology for High Density and Scalable Memristor Array

Along with the fast development of modern information technology, charge-based memories, such as DRAM and flash memory, are being aggressively scaled down to meet the current trend of small size devices.

New Nanotube-Based Outer Conductor Could Reduce Weight of Coaxial Cables

New Nanotube-Based Outer Conductor Could Reduce Weight of Coaxial Cables

Scientists from Rice University have developed a new nanotube-based outer conductor that helps reduce 50% weight of common coaxial cables.

Reprogrammable Origami Tubes May Provide Foundation for Antennas, Microfluidic Devices

Reprogrammable Origami Tubes May Provide Foundation for Antennas, Microfluidic Devices

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, may soon provide a foundation for antennas that can reconfigure themselves to operate at different frequencies, microfluidic devices whose properties can change in operation – and even heating and air-conditioning ductwork that adjusts to demand.

Simplified Nanotechnology Approach to Fabricating Ultrathin Optics

Simplified Nanotechnology Approach to Fabricating Ultrathin Optics

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simplified approach to fabricating flat, ultrathin optics. The new approach enables simple etching without the use of acids or hazardous chemical etching agents.

Newly Developed Nanofiber-Type Pressure Sensor Measures Pressure Distribution of Rounded Surfaces

Newly Developed Nanofiber-Type Pressure Sensor Measures Pressure Distribution of Rounded Surfaces

Teams from America and Japan have developed a bendable, sensitive and transparent pressure sensor, which could enable healthcare practitioners to use pressure-sensitive rubber gloves to conduct physical screening for breast cancer.

Simple Origami Fold Has Potential to Create Any 3D Shape, from Nanostructures to Buildings

Simple Origami Fold Has Potential to Create Any 3D Shape, from Nanostructures to Buildings

A simple origami fold could assist in designing pop-up furniture, medical devices and scientific tools. L. Mahadevan and his research team have discovered a simple origami fold could be used to create almost any three-dimensional shape, ranging from nanostructures to buildings.