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Rice researchers make ultrasensitive conductivity measurementsRice researchers make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements
Photonic platform could provide ‘optical signatures’ for molecular electronics
Researchers at Rice University have discovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on high-speed nanoscale electronic components.  (June 10, 2015)


Ancient algae found deep in tropical glacierAncient algae found deep in tropical glacier
Rice University, Ohio State, Nebraska scientists prove core competency in finding millennium-old diatoms
The remains of tiny creatures found deep inside a mountaintop glacier in Peru are clues to the local landscape more than a millennium ago, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ohio State University. (June 1, 2015)


Rice merges two institutes to form Smalley-Curl InstituteRice merges two institutes to form Smalley-Curl Institute
New institute will expand on missions of Rice Quantum Institute, Smalley Institute
Rice University is merging two of its multidisciplinary research institutes, the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Rice Quantum Institute, to form a new entity, the Smalley-Curl Institute. (May 22, 2015)


Chemistry Department creates memorial fund for Professor Emeritus Jim KinseyChemistry Department creates memorial fund for Professor Emeritus Jim Kinsey
A memorial fund has been created to honor Professor James Kinsey, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science Emeritus, who passed away on December 20, 2014. (May 20, 2015)


New shortcut to solar cellsNew shortcut to solar cells
Rice discovery employs electrodes as catalysts to make black silicon
Rice University scientists have found a way to simplify the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon.  (May 13, 2015)


Rice collaborators win Hamill Innovation AwardsRice collaborators win Hamill Innovation Awards
Rice University’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering honored five teams of researchers chosen to receive Hamill Innovation Awards at a May 7 luncheon at the BioScience Research Collaborative. (May 8, 2015)


Rice scientists use light to probe acoustic tuning in gold nanodisksRice scientists use light to probe acoustic tuning in gold nanodisks
Rice University experts demonstrate new method for optomechanical tuning
In a study published online this week in Nature Communications, researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) used ultrafast laser pulses to induce the atoms in gold nanodisks to vibrate. (May 7, 2015)


From brittle to plastic in one breathFrom brittle to plastic in one breath
Rice University theorists show environments can alter 2-D materials’ basic properties
What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.  (May 4, 2015)

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