Silicon nanoparticles are attracted to vortices in superfluid helium

Journal Reference: Yosuke Minowa, Shota Aoyagi, Sosuke Inui, Tomo Nakagawa, Gamu Asaka, Makoto Tsubota, Masaaki Ashida. Visualization of quantized vortex reconnection enabled by laser ablation. Science Advances, 2022; 8 (18) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abn1143 The rules of quantum mechanics may seem very foreign to us, with particles that sometimes act like waves and vice versa. Normally, we … Read more

Scavenger nanoparticles could make fuel cell-powered vehicles a reality

Journal Reference: Hua Xie, Xiaohong Xie, Guoxiang Hu, Venkateshkumar Prabhakaran, Sulay Saha, Lorelis Gonzalez-Lopez, Abhijit H. Phakatkar, Min Hong, Meiling Wu, Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Vijay Ramani, Mohamad I. Al-Sheikhly, De-en Jiang, Yuyan Shao, Liangbing Hu. Ta–TiOx nanoparticles as radical scavengers to improve the durability of Fe–N–C oxygen reduction catalysts. Nature Energy, 2022; 7 (3): 281 DOI: … Read more

Engineering researchers develop porous nanoparticles for regenerative medicine

Journal Reference: Sukanya Bhunia, Manish K. Jaiswal, Kanwar Abhay Singh, Kaivalya A. Deo, Akhilesh K. Gaharwar. 2D Covalent Organic Framework Direct Osteogenic Differentiation of Stem Cells. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2022; 2101737 DOI: 10.1002/adhm.202101737 Akhilesh K. Gaharwar, associate professor and Presidential Impact Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a fellow of the American Institute … Read more

Atom by atom: Building precise smaller nanoparticles with templates

Journal Reference: Takamasa Tsukamoto, Kosuke Tomozawa, Tatsuya Moriai, Nozomi Yoshida, Tetsuya Kambe, Kimihisa Yamamoto. Highly Accurate Synthesis of Quasi‐sub‐nanoparticles by Dendron‐assembled Supramolecular Templates. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2022; 61 (8) DOI: 10.1002/anie.202114353 Nanoparticles (which have sizes ranging between 3-500 nm), and sub-nanoclusters (which are around 1 nm in diameter) are utilized in many fields, including … Read more

Seeing below the surface of bimetallic nanoparticles

Journal Reference: Nobutomo Nakamura, Koji Matsuura, Akio Ishii, Hirotsugu Ogi. Restructuring in bimetallic core-shell nanoparticles: Real-time observation. Physical Review B, 2022; 105 (12) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.105.125401 Core-shell nanoparticles comprise one type of material encapsulated within another and offer properties that are not available using just one material. When the materials are metals, and one is deposited … Read more

Easy aluminum nanoparticles for speedy, efficient hydrogen generation from water

Journal Reference: Gabriella Amberchan, Isai Lopez, Beatriz Ehlke, Jeremy Barnett, Neo Y. Bao, A’Lester Allen, Bakthan Singaram, Scott R. J. Oliver. Aluminum Nanoparticles from a Ga–Al Composite for Water Splitting and Hydrogen Generation. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2022; DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c04331 For years, researchers have tried to find efficient and cost-effective ways to use aluminum’s reactivity … Read more

‘Wonderful’ nanoparticles from maize: A potent and economical anti-cancer therapeutic

Journal Reference: Daisuke Sasaki, Kosuke Kusamori, Yukiya Takayama, Shoko Itakura, Hiroaki Todo, Makiya Nishikawa. Development of nanoparticles derived from corn as mass producible bionanoparticles with anticancer activity. Scientific Reports, 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-02241-y Another recently emerging option is that of plant-derived nanoparticles (NPs), which can be easily produced in high levels at relatively lower … Read more

With fuzzy nanoparticles, researchers reveal a way to design tougher ballistic materials

Journal Reference: Shawn H. Chen, Amanda J. Souna, Stephan Jeffrey Stranick, Mayank Jhalaria, Sanat Kumar, Christopher L Soles, Edwin Chan. Controlling Toughness of Polymer-grafted Nanoparticle Composites for Impact Mitigation. Soft Matter, 2022; DOI: 10.1039/D1SM01432C In a study published today in Soft Matter, the team produced films composed of nanometer-scale ceramic particles decorated with polymer strands … Read more