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Researchers Develop a New Self-Assembling Nanomaterial that Offers a Promising Pathway to More Efficient, Affordable Harnessing of Solar Power

The materials produce a singlet fission reaction that creates more and extends the life of harvestable electronic charges NEW YORK, January 24, 2019 – Solar rays are a plentiful, clean source of energy that is becoming increasingly important as the world works to shift away from power sources that contribute to global warming. But current […] Read More…

Nature Chemistry Cover Features Breakthrough ASRC Nanomaterials Research

Our bodies are busy places. Neurons fire constantly. Cells glean energy from food, and our immune systems ward off intruders. Each reaction or change is triggered by a biochemical signal. When this intricate communication system breaks down, so can crucial functions — from immunity to mobility. Materials chemists are now working to create synthetic materials […] Read More…

ASRC Researcher Receives U.S. Navy Award to Advance Evaporation Energy Harvesting

Xi Chen, an assistant professor with the Nanoscience Initiative at The Graduate Center’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), was awarded a $558,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to explore and develop water-responsive materials for evaporation-energy harvesting techniques that were pioneered by his team at the ASRC and The City College of New York […] Read More…

Scientists Create Nanomaterials that Reconfigure in Response to Biochemical Signals

A newly published paper in Nature Chemistry details how a research team lead by scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center’s Nanoscience Initiative are developing self-assembling electronic nanomaterials that can respond to biochemical signals for potential therapeutic use. NEW YORK, April 30, 2018  — Biological cells have the complex and miraculous ability to reconfigure and […] Read More…

International Fellowship for ASRC Researcher Could Lead to New Cancer Treatments

Ana Pina, a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanoscience Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY, has received a competitive two-year research fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology to support her participation in joint research project with Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa […] Read More…

Scientists Discover Process for Transitioning Two-Layer Graphene into a Diamond-Hard Material on Impact

The innovation could enable development of a range of flexible, impenetrable materials capable of protecting the body and fragile objects NEW YORK, (Dec. 18, 2017) — Imagine a material as flexible and lightweight as foil that becomes stiff and hard enough to stop a bullet on impact. In a newly published paper in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers […] Read More…

Scientists Develop Molecular Code for Melanin-Like Materials

These innovative materials could enable the development of a range of new cosmetic, skin care and biomedical products NEW YORK, (June 8, 2017) – Scientists have long known that melanin—the pigments that give color to skin, hair and eyes—has numerous useful qualities, including providing protection from cancer-causing UV radiation and free radicals, but also electronic conductance, […] Read More…