The power of the nanowire!

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How are nanowires boosting research results? And how are EU-funded researchers advancing our knowledge of nanowires and their applications? CORDIS Express explores the power of the nanowire!

Available in a variety of forms, including metallic, semiconducting and insulating, and applicable in areas from energy and electronics to environmental protection, nanowires are a tool of choice for boosting many EU-funded research results. And their amazing length-to-width ratio – they have a lateral size of tens of nanometres or less but an unconstrained longitudinal size – compounds their unique appeal for researchers.

For example, the NWS4LIGHT project, which concluded in May, used nanowire technology to overcome the performance and efficiency barriers associated with current planar nitride-based LEDs for lighting applications. Meanwhile, the EU-funded UNIVSEM project has developed a unique tool that enables scientists to carry out numerous nanoscale measurements in one go. This could help further advances in the field of silver nanowires (AgNWs). These nanowires can form a transparent conductive network, and thus are a promising candidate for solar cell contacts or transparent layers in displays.

This edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at these EU-funded results and others as well as related news.

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Source: Based on information from CORDIS.