A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using “genetic algorithms,” These metamaterials can shield objects from view by infrared sensors, protect instruments and be manufactured to cover a variety of wavelengths. Continue reading “Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial” »
Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Chemical engineers have now figured out how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Continue reading “Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics: New research directs charges through single molecules” »
University of Akron researchers have developed new materials that function on a nanoscale, which could lead to the creation of lighter laptops, slimmer televisions and crisper smartphone visual displays.
Known as “giant surfactants” — or surface films and liquid solutions — the researchers, led by Stephen Z.D. Cheng, dean of UA’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, used a technique known as nanopatterning to combine functioning molecular nanoparticles with polymers to build these novel materials. Continue reading “New nanotechnology breakthrough – “giant surfactants”” »