Silver nanowires make highly conductive and elastic conductors that can be used to develop stretchable electronic devices.
Homepage image – UNSW Si nanowire
A forest of tiny silicon and zinc oxide nanowires can capture solar energy and convert it to hydrogen fuel.
Just four atoms wide and one atom tall and with the same electrical current carrying capability of copper, these wires may help develop the quantum computers of tomorrow.
The world’s smallest nanowires brings us closer to the holy grail of optics – the creation of a ‘photonic chip’ which would lead to a faster, more sustainable internet.
What I found fascinating and concerning is that according to one of the researchers involved in the next decade the internet will count for half of the world’s energy use. One good reason to find something that can curb this insatiable consumption of energy.
Small physical motions from heartbeat and breathing have made enough electrical energy to run a nanogenerator implanted in a live rat
Nanowerk: 9 July 2010
A Nanowerk Spotlight
Nanopiezotronics describes the coupled piezoelectric and semiconducting property of nanowires and nanobelts for designing and fabricating novel electronic devices such as nanotransistors and nanodiodes.
Biomechanical energy is one of the main energy components in biological systems. Developing an effective technique that can convert biomechanical energy into electricity is important for the future of in vivo implantable biosensors and other nanomedical devices.