Stories by Laura Mgrdichian

Growth of an ultra-thin layered structure offers surprises

(Phys.org) —Many new technologies are based on ultra-thin layered structures that are "grown" using precise deposition techniques. Understanding and ultimately controlling this growth at the atomic level – particularly ...

Sep 23, 2014

A new approach to engineering the materials of the future

Some of the most interesting and fascinating electronic devices that will someday be available to consumers, from paper-thin computers to electronic fabric, will be the result of advanced materials designed by scientists. ...

Apr 22, 2014

Better catalyst for solar-powered hydrogen production

(Phys.org) —Hydrogen is a "green" fuel that burns cleanly and can generate electricity via fuel cells. One way to sustainably produce hydrogen is by splitting water molecules using the renewable power of sunlight, but scientists ...

Dec 04, 2013

For better li-ion batteries, scientists watch one at work

(Phys.org) —Using x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), a group of researchers has studied, in great detail, the nanoscale workings of a lithium-ion battery, learning new information about the chemical ...

Aug 30, 2013

Toward tinier transistors

(Phys.org) —The foundation of many, many modern electronic devices – including computers, smart phones, and televisions – is the silicon transistor. However, the shrinking of consumer electronics is driving researchers ...

Jul 03, 2013

New insight into early growth of solid thin films

(Phys.org) —The foundation of many modern electronic devices, such as computer chips, are thin films – nanoscale-thickness layers of one material grown on the surface of another. As consumers continue to demand products ...

May 13, 2013