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  • The invention of the scanning tunnelling microscope 25 years ago, followed by the arrival of the atomic force microscope five years later, were crucial events in the history of nanoscience and nanotechnology. As the recent International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology in Basel made clear, scanning probe microscopes based on these discoveries are still having a tremendous impact on many areas of research.

    • Christoph Gerber
    • Hans Peter Lang
    Commentary
  • A new and scalable method for separating metallic from semiconducting carbon nanotubes will make for easier wiring of nanocircuits and lead to more reliable nanoelectronic devices.

    • Andrew G. Rinzler
    News & Views
  • A superconducting quantum interference device made with carbon nanotubes may be able to measure changes in the magnetic moment of a single molecule.

    • Marco Aprili
    News & Views
  • Researchers have combined photolithography and self-assembly to pattern a silicon wafer

    • Peter Rodgers
    Research Highlights
  • Single photoconducting nanowires made from an organic polymer may lead to smaller solar cells and photo-detectors

    • Jessica Thomas
    Research Highlights
  • Nanosized objects can be easily manipulated on a low-friction workbench made of multiwalled carbon nanotubes

    • Ai Lin Chun
    Research Highlights
  • Disk-like molecules can be self-assembled into nanowires and crosslinked to form robust structures

    • Samia Mantoura
    Research Highlights
  • The charge on a quantum dot controls the magnetic properties of a single manganese atom embedded in it

    • Adarsh Sandhu
    Research Highlights
  • RNA molecules can be used as scaffolds for the synthesis of CdS nanocrystals of the same size

    • Stuart Cantrill
    Research Highlights
  • Quantum ‘back-action’ has been used to lower the temperature of a vibrating nanobeam

    • Peter Rodgers
    Research Highlights
  • The 'molecular fingerprinting' technique known as SERS has now been applied to living samples for the first time

    • Ai Lin Chun
    Research Highlights
  • Multiwalled carbon nanotubes can stimulate the growth of a single-celled organism when cultured in yeast medium

    • Ai Lin Chun
    Research Highlights
  • A single molecule fixed to the wall of a nanopore can be switched between two states using light

    • Stuart Cantrill
    Research Highlights
  • The efficiency of amorphous-silicon solar cells can be improved by adding a layer of gold nanoparticles

    • Adarsh Sandhu
    Research Highlights
  • A synthetic nanoparticle crystal can be used as a filter for hypersonic vibrational frequencies

    • Jessica Thomas
    Research Highlights
  • The outer edges of a branched molecule can be zipped together to form a nanoparticle with a conjugated polymer coating

    • Stuart Cantrill
    Research Highlights
  • Neuronal electronic signal transfer is controlled and measured using silicon nanowire device arrays

    • Jessica Thomas
    Research Highlights