nanograss

nanograss

(ˈnænəʊˌɡrɑːs)
n
a synthetic surface consisting of minute upright blades of silicon that allow control of the way it interacts with liquids, a technology with a wide range of commercial applications
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2] nanocorals, nanofragments and nanograss and their formaldehyde gas-sensing properties," Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, vol.
The nanosensor has been produced based on silicon nanograss.
Among the topics are dye sensitized solar cells using natural dyes as chromophores, mesoporous photo-anodes for dye-sensitized solar cells, the effect of nanograss and annealing temperature on dye-sensitized solar cells based on titania nanotubes, an electrochemical impedance spectroscopic study of dye-sensitized solar cells sensitized with Begonia malabarica Lam.
Once electricity jolts the electrolyte, it wets out the nanograss and begins producing electricity within 1 millisecond.
A spokesman said the company is also working on a design that uses a honeycomb structure as an alternative to nanograss.
Nanograss is a new class of structure resulting from researchers nano-engineering the surface of a material.
Other possibilities include altering the properties of nanograss by applying ultrasound or a small voltage of electricity to change its temperature.
If the researchers apply about a 20-volt potential between the silicon surface and the liquid, however, the nanograss becomes fluid friendly, so that some liquids will soak in.
The article says, "Instead of sealing an unstable reaction in a big box, he and his team - a combination of Bell Labs scientists and researchers at a start-up called mPhase Technologies are designing batteries out of nanograss that can be turned on and off chemically.
The nanograss material enables Bell Labs to control the movement of tiny droplets, making it possible to control the interaction of electrolytes within a battery.
We are especially excited about the ability to use various battery chemistries and take advantage of the special characteristics of Nanograss," Lifton said.
Seeing is Believing -- Nanograss is almost invisible, but now you can see our nanobattery work for yourself.