The high temperatures (>200 °C) required to melt silver nanoparticle inks together to make conductive lines has limited the development of printed electronic devices, such as RFID tags, on low-cost, heat-sensitive paper and plastic substrates. By comparing the resistivity of films made from silver nanostructures with different shapes, the Wiley lab has shown that films of silver nanowires are 4000 times more conductive than the conventionally used silver nanoparticles after drying.Read More
The Hargrove Lab has demonstrated that small molecule ligands can be used to classify RNA secondary structures through shape-based discrimination and that topology is an essential component for selective binding of RNA by small molecules. Read more in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
The Fitzgerald group and their collaborators at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences find that house dust mite allergens are more thermodynamically stable and more abundant than non-allergens in the dust mite proteome. Read more about their discovery in Duke Today and also see their paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyRead More
Most solid materials are amorphous. Although the behavoir of these materials is anomalous when compared to crystalline solids, the origin of the difference has long been a source of confusion. The Charbonneau group and collaborators have recently found evidence for an exotic phase transition that might underlie the effect. The results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.Read More
Professor Beratan’s group has just reported a new mechanism for spin-forbidden excitation energy transfer, a process of great significance in solar photochemistry.Read More