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Active Implants: How Gold Binds to Silicone Rubber

Flexible electronic parts could significantly improve medical implants. However, electroconductive gold atoms usually hardly bind to silicones. Researchers from the University of Basel have now been able to modify short-chain silicones in a way, that they build strong bonds to gold atoms. Thus, for the first time, ultra-thin conductive layers on silicone rubber can be

Nanoparticle Tuning for New Optomechanical Applications

Like a tuning fork struck with a mallet, tiny gold nanodisks can be made to vibrate at resonant frequencies when struck by light. In new research, Rice University researchers showed they can selectively alter those vibrational frequencies by gathering different-sized nanodisks into groups. Researchers tested more than a dozen sample groupings of nanodisks using electron

AMRDEC Scientist Helps Advance Research for Alternative Energy

A U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center senior research scientist helped develop tiny nanoparticles that convert carbon dioxide into methane using only ultraviolent light as an energy source. Dr. Henry Everitt has been working with the chemistry department at Duke University to explore new ways light can be used to add