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Radiation detector

Radiation Detector with the Lowest Noise in the World Boosts Quantum...

Researchers from Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have built a super-sensitive bolometer, a type of thermal radiation detector....
garments

A New, Natural Wax Coating Makes Garments Water-Resistant and Breathable

Aalto University researchers have developed a new way of making garments water-resistant with wax obtained from Brazilian palm tree leaves. The treatment...
keyboards

Smartphone Typing Speeds Catching up with Keyboards

A study of over 37,000 users shows that the ‘typing gap’, the difference typing speeds between mobile devices and physical keyboards is...
spider web threads

A Combination of Wood Fibres and Spider Silk Could Rival Plastic

The unique material outperforms most of today’s synthetic and natural materials by providing high strength and stiffness, combined with increased toughness.
Nanowires

Nanowires Replace Newton’s Famous Glass Prism

Scientists have designed an ultra-miniaturized spectrometer that could directly make chemical fingerprint analysis. Made from a single nanowire, the spectrometer is the...
composite material

Dyes and Viruses Create New Composite Material for Photooxidation Reactions

A research team from Aalto University has developed a novel strategy to create virus-based materials for catalysis. The project, which is framed...
lignin particles

Using Lignin to Replace Fossil Materials

Plastic is everywhere. Massive barges of plastic waste float in our seas. A plastic bag and other plastic waste have even been found in...
black solar modules

First Truly Black Solar Modules Roll off Industrial Production Line

A 2011 invention made by Aalto University’s researchers has proceeded from concept to reality.  Just a few years ago, the researchers obtained the record...
Nanotubes

Carbon in Colour: First-Ever Coloured Thin Films of Nanotubes Created

Researchers present a technique to produce large quantities of pristine single-walled carbon nanotubes in select shades of the rainbow. The secret is a fine-tuned...
nanostructure, quantum devices, photopic vision

Illuminating Electronics: Researchers Construct All-Optical Pocket Calculator

Our daily lives rely on electronic processors, which perform the basic arithmetic, logical, and control operations that make devices from mobile phones to smart...
Qubits

Qubits as Valves: Controlling Quantum Heat Engines

Researchers from Aalto University are designing nano-sized quantum heat engines to explore whether they may be able to outperform classical heat engines in terms...
qubits and machine learning

Ultimate Precision for Sensor Technology Using Qubits and Machine Learning

There are limits to how accurately you can measure things. Think of an X-ray image: it is likely quite blurry and something only an...
solar cells

Challenges for Mass-Production of Flexible Solar Cells: Durability and Environmental Impact

If scientists’ dreams came true, everyday items such as mobile devices, clothing and vehicles would be equipped with flexible solar cells. A recent review article by...
topological quantum matter

Designer Materials with Completely Random Structures Might Enable Quantum Computing

Designing quantum materials with exotic and unprecedented electrical properties has the field of physics teeming with buzz. Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have...
DNA origami

Promising News from Biomedicine: DNA Origami More Resilient Than Previously Understood

Study shows these nanostructures can survive in extremely low magnesium concentrations, opening up a broad spectrum of biophysical and biomedical applications The DNA origami technique...
Time crystals

Time Crystals May Hold Secret to Coherence in Quantum Computing

An Aalto University study has provided new evidence that time crystals can physically exist – a claim currently under hot debate. A time crystal is...
wastewater

Microlitter – a Challenge for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Finnish Environment Institute Researcher and M.Sc. Julia Talvitie’s doctoral dissertation indicates that wastewater treatment plants function well overall for microlitter removal. The vast majority (approx. 99%)...
Sound waves

Sound Waves Can Be Perfectly Redirected at Will by Engineered Thin...

Researchers at Aalto University and Duke University have succeeded in producing a thin material that can control the movement of sound waves with high...
Ultrafast laser pulse

Ultrafast Laser Pulse Created by Golden Nanoparticles

New study shows that organic dye material combined with metallic nanostructures can provide ultrafast lasing dynamics with short and rapidly appearing laser pulses. ‘We wanted...
diamond like carbon

Diamond-Like Carbon Is Formed Differently to What Was Believed – Machine...

Researchers at Aalto University and Cambridge University have made a significant breakthrough in computational science by combining atomic-level modelling and machine learning. For the...