Research News

  • Terahertz Spectroscopy Goes Nano

    Terahertz Spectroscopy Goes Nano

    Researchers have improved the resolution of terahertz spectroscopy by 1,000 times, making the technique useful at the nanoscale.  Full Article Publication

  • Research Demonstrates Method to Alter Coherence of Light

    Research Demonstrates Method to Alter Coherence of Light

    New research shows how incoherent light can be made coherent and vice versa. Full Article Publication

  • From the Wang Lab: "Reinventing the Wheel" with a New Bimetallic Cluster

    From the Wang Lab: "Reinventing the Wheel" with a New Bimetallic Cluster

    Symmetrical gold and niobium cluster with unusually short Nb–Nb bond Full Article

  • A Better Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

    A Better Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

     Perovskite solar cells could be a cheap, efficient alternative to silicon-based solar cells. A new technique can potentially mass-produce thinner perovskite films at room temperature without sacrificing quality. Thin-film perovskite solar cells could be used for colorful windows that can generate electricity.

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  • Researchers Simulate Behavior of 'Active Matter'

    Researchers Simulate Behavior of 'Active Matter'

    Microspheres in a fluid, spinning in opposite directions, create flow patterns that affect other particles. Computer simulations show the particles self-assembling into different structures at different concentrations: bands, small swirls, a single large vortex.

  • Researchers Predict Material with Record-Setting Melting Point

    Researchers Predict Material with Record-Setting Melting Point

    Compounds made from hafnium and carbon have some of the highest known melting points. Using computer simulations, Brown University engineers predict that a material made with hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon will have a higher melting point than any known material.

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  • Nanowires highly ‘anelastic,’ research shows

    Nanowires highly ‘anelastic,’ research shows

     Zinc oxide nanowires return to shape slowly after being bent. That property, called anelasticity, suggests that nanowires might be good in applications that require absorption of shocks or vibrations.

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  • Wrinkles and Crumples Make Graphene Better

    Wrinkles and Crumples Make Graphene Better

    Brown University researchers have developed a method for making super-wrinkled and super-crumpled sheets of the nanomaterial graphene.

  • Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat

    Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat

    A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells.

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The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) at Brown University was founded in 2007, and IMNI serves as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research in materials, molecular and nanoscale sciences and technologies.  IMNI is a "polydisciplinary" venture with over 80 participating faculty members representing nine departments across campus, and 12 staff members.  

Much of IMNI research activity is centered around three broad themes:

IMNI serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and our affiliated hospitals.  IMNI supports and administers: seed funding, scientific team building, proposals preparation, post-award block grants, seminars, special events, and nanoscience course offerings across campus.

IMNI manages three major core research facilities:  Microelectronics Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, NanoTools Facility - and the Joint Engineering/Physics Instrument Shop.

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