Recent work at the University of Minnesota, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Argonne National Lab has combined X-ray and neutron scattering to probe elusive operating mechanisms in a new class of devices known as electrolyte transistors. Electrolyte transistors essentially combine electrolytes, such as organic ionic liquids, with novel materials such as inorganic

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A team of researchers at the NCNR and University of Delaware have developed a Dielectric RheoSANS environment to simultaneously measure the electric, mechanical, and microstructural properties of complex fluids.   Their first application of the technique was to study carbon black slurries as they move through an electrochemical flow cell. Carbon based nanocomposites have been proposed

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From Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Neutron scattering has revealed in unprecedented detail new insights into the exotic magnetic behavior of a material that, with a fuller understanding, could pave the way for quantum calculations far beyond the limits of the ones and zeros of a computer’s binary code. A research team led by the Department

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Fashion is changing in the avant-garde world of next-generation computer component materials. Traditional semiconductors like silicon are releasing their last new lines. Exotic materials called topological insulators (TIs) are on their way in. And when it comes to cool, nitrogen is the new helium. This was clearly on display in a novel experiment at the

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For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing details about their interiors in ways that ordinary laser light-based visual holograms cannot. The research was a multi-institutional collaboration that included scientists from NIST and the

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Plastic manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. Now, research performed in part at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has revealed a way to reduce the energy demand in one key step of plastic manufacturing by using a class of materials that can filter impurities more efficiently than the conventional manufacturing process. The findings,

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A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS. The enzyme, known as HIV-1 protease, is a key drug target for HIV and AIDS therapies. Researchers from ORNL, Georgia State University and the

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A multi-institutional team of researchers has discovered novel magnetic behavior on the surface of a specialized material that holds promise for smaller, more efficient devices and other advanced technology. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their collaborators used neutron scattering to reveal magnetic moments in hybrid

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing. The findings, published in Nature Materials, provide evidence for long-sought phenomena in a two-dimensional magnet. In 2006, the physicist Alexei Kitaev developed a theoretical model of microscopic magnets (“spins”) that interact

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Lipid molecules have split personalities—one part loves water, whereas the other avoids it at all costs. Lipids make up cell membranes, the frontline defense in preventing cellular access to bacterial and viral invaders. Many researchers believe that the membrane is not just a scaffold where proteins reside, but instead actually plays an important role in

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