Joel F. Hooper

Joel Hooper is a senior research fellow at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Molecular electronics could boost miniaturisation

    Using layers of molecules and nanoparticles to create new devices opens the way to busting size l...

    As electronic devices are being scaled smaller and smaller, scientists are beginning to hit the limits of what silico...

    July 16, 2018
  • Making molecules stand up

    Single-molecule fabrication moves one step closer. Joel F. Hooper reports.

    It’s a longstanding dream of chemists to be able to manipulate individual molecules, orientating them in three dimens...

    July 2, 2018
  • Artificial nerve offers boost for robot designs

    US-Korean research creates touch-sensitive system that can recognise Braille. Joel F. Hooper repo...

    Bridging the gap between biological systems and machines has come one step closer, with a report in the journal Scien...

    June 17, 2018
  • Mars rover finds organics, changing methane levels

    The findings are not incompatible with life on the Red Planet, but neither are they evidence. Joe...

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has delivered some of its most intriguing results so far, with the discovery of organic molecu...

    June 8, 2018
  • Researchers create 3D printed microneedles that dissolve in the skin

    Tech-fix takes painless injections closer to reality. Joel F. Hooper reports.

    Nobody likes getting injections, but research from the University of Texas at Dallas, US, might be able to offer a pa...

    March 12, 2018
  • Is this the solution to a major origin-of-life mystery?

    US researchers may have solved one of chemistry and biology’s biggest chicken-or-egg conundrums. ...

    Understanding the origin of life on earth is a daunting prospect.  Piecing together events which took place around 3....

    January 10, 2018
  • Interstellar ice may hold the secret to life

    Canadian research finds low energy electrons can catalyse essential organic molecules. Joel F Hoo...

    Trying to understand the origins of life is perhaps the most difficult problem for chemists and biologists.  The comp...

    December 17, 2017
  • Uranium: the element of surprise

    A chemical breakthrough offers hope of a productive role for uranium in producing plastics and ph...

    Uranium may be good for something more than nuclear fireworks, according to new research that offers it a novel role:...

    December 5, 2017
  • Delivering drugs by magnet

    Medication molecules aboard nanoparticles can be released using magnetic fields. Joel F Hooper re...

    Targeting drugs to a particular site in the body is a topic of major interest in medicine. If drugs can be localised ...

    November 21, 2017
  • “Structural” water makes for strong new glue

    Utilising the way water gets friendly with organic molecules has resulted in a potentially reusab...

    Scientists have used specially arranged water molecules to create a powerful glue that relinquishes its adhesive prop...

    November 19, 2017
  • Magnetic gold is evidence of relativity

    A curious property of nanoscale gold explains why the metal doesn’t tarnish.

    Scientists have spent years debating a strange property of gold: on the macro scale it is both physically and magneti...

    October 30, 2017
  • Working out why quantum dots blink

    A fresh understanding of quantum dot behaviour may lead to better televisions, writes Joel F. Hoo...

    You may not have heard of quantum dots (QDs) yet, but you will be seeing them everywhere soon. These tiny semiconduct...

    October 3, 2017
  • Single-molecule nanomachines drill into cells to fight cancer

    Scientists have used nanomachines, each consisting of a single molecule, to drill into cell membr...

    A human prostate cell under attack by molecular drills. Four blobs can be seen where the drills have punctured the ce...

    September 4, 2017
  • Three-way reactions open new chemical frontiers

    “Chemically termolecular reactions” are an entirely new class of chemical reaction that may chang...

    For chemists, discovering a new chemical reaction is an exciting prospect.  Each new reaction we discover adds a litt...

    August 16, 2017
  • Data mining: How digging through big data can turn up new mineral deposits

    A team of mineralogists is using the tools of network analysis to understand connections between ...

    Mineralogy and mining are two things that often go hand-in-hand. But scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Scien...

    August 2, 2017
  • To make hot ice, take one diamond and vaporise with a laser

    Creating an exotic state of water that may exist on other planets is a high-pressure job.

    Using an enormously powerful laser to vaporise diamond, a team of American researchers have blasted water into “hot i...

    July 19, 2017
  • Painting with light in three dimensions

    A new technique uses photoswitch molecules to create three-dimensional images from pure light. Jo...

    Those of us who grew up watching science fiction movies and TV shows imagined our futures to be filled with marvellou...

    July 14, 2017
  • How ancient Roman concrete grows stronger over time

    Seawater strengthened the chemistry holding together Roman harbours, writes Joel Hooper.

    Pliny the Elder, the 1st century scholar and naval commander, wrote proudly of Roman harbour concrete, describing it ...

    July 5, 2017
  • Much of Earth’s xenon was delivered by comets

    An answer to a longstanding puzzle about Earth’s xenon may also provide clues to the origin of wa...

    Comets like 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko may be the source of 22% of Earth’s xenon.ESA / RosettaAt first glance, xenon s...

    June 8, 2017
  • Turbocharged vancomycin 1000 times more powerful than current antibiotics

    US researchers have equipped an existing antibiotic with extra weapons against microbes in what m...

    A microbiologist holding a culture of MRSA, one of the drug-resistant bacteria against which new treatments are urgen...

    May 31, 2017
  • How to shine a light on a single-molecule motor

    The ability to observe the motion of molecular machines is likely to accelerate practical applica...

    Direct imaging of nanoscale machinery would open many doors for research.Laguna Design / GettyBack in 1959 physicist ...

    May 23, 2017
  • Plutonium chemistry a boon for nuclear waste management

    New insights into how the radioactive heavy metal bonds with other elements may pave the way for ...

    Techniques for handling radioactive substances have come a long way since the 1950s.Bettmann / GettyScientists at Flo...

    May 10, 2017
  • Why does the universe smell so bad?

    The sight of the universe inspires wonder. The smell of it, though, might prompt other reactions....

    The universe: looks amazing, smells awful.Getty ImagesSmell is perhaps our most mysterious sense. It can trigger memo...

    March 30, 2017
  • How noble gases give us neon lights

    The most stable elements led to the garish lights that define big cities.

    Discovered around the end of the 19th century, the noble gases are the most stable group of the chemical elements. Th...

    March 21, 2017
  • Nanostructure 3D printing mimics bio-materials

    Printing of metal structures with complex 3D architectures will have a variety of uses from batte...

    Microstructures like this one developed at Washington State University could be used in batteries, lightweight ultras...

    March 20, 2017
  • Life without phosphate – mystery solved?

    Researchers say sulfur may hold the answer to a conundrum that has puzzled scientists for decades...

    Untreated phosphate being offloaded at the Marca factory of the National Moroccan phosphates company. The chemical is...

    March 2, 2017

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