Crystalline ‘nanobrush’ clears way to advanced energy and information tech

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory synthesized a tiny structure with high surface area and discovered how its unique architecture drives ions across interfaces to transport energy or information. Their ‘nanobrush’ contains bristles made of alternating crystal sheets with vertically aligned interfaces and plentiful pores. ‘These are major technical accomplishments and may prove useful in advancing energy and information technologies,’ said ORNL’s Ho Nyung Lee, who led the study.