Nanosized Blocks Self-Assemble In Water To Create Tiny Floating Checkerboards (UC San Diego, Duke)

A technical paper titled “Self-assembly of nanocrystal checkerboard patterns via non-specific interactions” was published by researchers at the University of California San Diego and Duke University. Abstract: "Checkerboard lattices—where the resulting structure is open, porous, and highly symmetric—are difficult to create by self-assembly. Synthetic systems that adopt such structures... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Feb. 10

Solar power technology progresses at a snappy pace and the diversity of approaches keeps expanding. In this edition, investigations in two aspects of solar energy design: understanding a potential solar cell material and a design to make those we use now more effective. Unravelling the peculiarities of nanocrystals Researchers at ETH Zurich conducted an extensive study of nanocrystal ... » read more