Prof Valeria Nicolosi with a microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Battery low and yet miles to go. It’s a pain for consumers and a challenge for manufacturers: how do you make a battery that can store more charge an(...)

On the research image of the year shortlist: A 3D printed miniature model of Trinity College’s iconic Campanile shown in front of a housefly (Musca domestica). The model is only 2mm tall. It was fabricated using 3D two-photon lithography in AMBER’s new Additive Research Laboratory, where a unique suite of cutting edge Additive Manufacturing tools - 3D printers - are used in cross platform projects including energy storage systems, opto-electronics and medical devices. Photograph: Dr Matthias Kremer TCD

A scientist who is one the world’s leading researchers on nanoscale materials has received the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Researcher of the Year(...)

Metal-organic framework (MOF) material  are highly crystalline porous materials made up of 3D networks of zinc-oxygen clusters connected by organic molecules. Uses of MOFs include gas separation, gas purification, gas storage, or as catalysts.  Photograph: Science Photo Library

Metal Organic Frameworks. What do those three words together conjure up in your mind?If you’re not a science graduate, perhaps the 1980s cartoon Jayce(...)

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough in the fight against a hospital superbug which killed four babies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have synthesised a new hydrogel capable of destroying some of the most potent hospital superbugs. “Superbugs(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi: “We need alternative – and better – ways of storing energy.”

Energy. If you don’t have it where and when you need it, you could soon be in trouble. Trinity scientist Prof Valeria Nicolosi reckons that we could s(...)