‘Smart materials’ that make proteins form crystals to boost research into new drugs – Scientists have developed a new method to make proteins form crystals using 'smart materials' that remember the shape and characteristics of the molecule. The technique, reported today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, should assist research into new medicines by helping scientists work out the structure of drug targets.
Coming to TV screens of the future: A sense of smell – In a proof of concept paper published in Angewandte Chemie, the researchers demonstrate that it is possible to generate odor, at will, in a compact device small enough to fit on the back of your TV with potentially thousands of odors.
Nanoboxes given optoelectronic function – Scientists in the US have folded a nanoscale wafer of aluminium oxide, with a pattern of with gold on its surface, into a hollow cube, creating a tiny optoelectronic device. They have made the smallest ever 3D split-ring resonator, a device widely used in new metamaterials that have unusual physical and electronic properties.