Nanoscale devices

Nanoscale devices are devices that are one hundred to ten thousand times smaller than human cells and that can manipulate matter on atomic or molecular scales. Examples of nanoscale devices are synthetic molecular motors such as rotaxanes, graphene-based transistors and nanoelectromechanical oscillators.

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    Polymeric glasses with significant thermodynamic and kinetic stability have been fabricated using physical vapour deposition, providing a mean to gather insight into the properties of glasses aged for millions of years.

    • Juan J. de Pablo
    Nature Materials 19, 1041-1042
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    Controlling nuclear spins coupled to an electron spin in silicon carbide has enabled development of a ‘quantum register’ interfaced with telecom photons, leading to the possibility of distant transport of quantum information.

    • Siddharth Dhomkar
    •  & John J. L. Morton
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    Carbon nanotubes with single-digit diameter embedded in a solid artificial membrane show pressure-sensitive ionic conductance that is similar to the mechanically activated currents of biological ion channels.

    • Sanjin Marion
    •  & Aleksandra Radenovic
    Nature Materials 19, 1043-1044
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    Progress towards low-power electronics based on negative capacitance has been slow. For the field to develop, the gap between fundamental research on ferroelectric materials and the engineering of practical devices needs to be bridged.

    • Michael Hoffmann
    • , Stefan Slesazeck
    • , Uwe Schroeder
    •  & Thomas Mikolajick
    Nature Electronics 3, 504-506