Towards applications: ultra-low-loss on-chip zero-index materials

a, Zero-index PhC slab without BICs. A photonic dipole mode forming the zero index results in out-of-plane radiation, dramatically increasing the propagation loss of the material. b, Zero-index PhC slab with a BIC. At a particular height, all the upward/downward out-of-plane radiation destructively interferes. Credit: Tian Dong, Jiujiu Liang, Philip Camayd-Muñoz, Yueyang Liu, Haoning Tang, […]

The applications of liquid crystals have been extended to drug encapsulation

Credit: Nano Research (2020). DOI: 10.1007/s12274-020-3078-0 Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL) have used platinum (Pt) compounds of a liquid crystalline nature to design nanocrystal structures capable of effectively encapsulating and transporting water-insoluble drugs that are otherwise difficult to administer. The study, published in Nano Research, […]

New lightweight magnets have possible real-world applications — ScienceDaily

An international team of researchers led by the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (UMR 5031, CNRS -University of Bordeaux) has discovered a novel way to design magnets with outstanding physical properties, which could make them complementary to, or even competitive with traditional inorganic magnets, which are widely used in everyday appliances. Magnets are an integral […]

Bacilli and their enzymes show prospects for several applications

The Laboratory of Enzyme Biosynthesis and Bioengineering of Kazan Federal University is engaged in several projects in fundamental and applied fields of biology and medicine. For several years, the main focus of research has been the production and characterization of enzymes. Enzymes such as subtilisin-like proteinase, glutamyl endopeptidase, and metalloproteinase have been described in detail […]