Researchers demonstrate ‘no-ink’ color printing with nanomaterials

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a method to accurately print high-resolution images on nanoscale materials. They used the Missouri S&T athletic logo to demonstrate the process.

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a method to accurately print high-resolution images on nanoscale materials. They used the Missouri S&T athletic logo to demonstrate the process. At top left is the original logo. At right are examples of the logo printed at the nanoscale level.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are giving new meaning to the term “read the fine print” with their demonstration of a color printing process using nanomaterials. [Read more…]

Simpler process to grow germanium nanowires could improve lithium-ion batteries

Scanning electron micrograph image of germanium nanowires electrodeposited onto an indium-tin oxide electrode from an aqueous solution.

Scanning electron micrograph image of germanium nanowires electrodeposited onto an indium-tin oxide electrode from an aqueous solution.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed what they call “a simple, one-step method” to grow nanowires of germanium from an aqueous solution. Their process could make it more feasible to use germanium in lithium-ion batteries. [Read more…]

Dr. Jie Gao wins ORAU’s Powe research award

Dr. Jie Gao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Dr. Jie Gao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Dr. Jie Gao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is one of 35 faculty members in the nation to win a competitive research grant through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Program. [Read more…]

13 important research stories of 2013

Robotic brains. Glass that can heal bones. A urine test to detect breast cancer. New insights into how Internet use could indicate depression. These were among the most notable advances in research made by Missouri S&T professors and their students in 2013. Here are 13 that were publicized during the year, but are well worth talking about again. [Read more…]

Researchers design nanometer-scale material that can speed up, squeeze light

The cross-section of a 100-nanometer-long “meta-atom” of gold and silicon oxide. Researchers say the meta-atom is capable of straightening and speeding up light waves.

In a process comparable to squeezing an elephant through a pinhole, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have designed a way to engineer atoms capable of funneling light through ultra-small channels.

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Connecting the (quantum) dots

Imagine if your office laser printer could print text the size of atoms, then embed that ink into a writing surface as light as air. That, in a sense, is what researchers at UMR have done with a new "laser writing" technique they have developed. But with this process, the "ink" is a semiconductor that could write a new chapter in the field of micro-computing.

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