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Northeastern unveils state-of-the-art 3D nanoscale printing system

Uni­ver­sity leaders and nan­otech­nology researchers joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from industry and gov­ern­ment agen­cies at Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity to unveil NanoOPS, a nanoscale printing system with the poten­tial to trans­form nanoman­u­fac­turing and spur inno­va­tion in a range of areas including elec­tronics, med­i­cine, and energy storage.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2014

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Experimenting with smartgel gelation

Scientists are experimenting with a new method of gelation. They can add nanoparticles or biomolecules with useful pH, chemical, and temperature sensing properties into a liquid, but incorporating those liquids into existing technology proves difficult.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2014

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Solar cell researchers break the 'electrode barrier'

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Now for the first time, researchers have developed a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the 'electrode barrier'.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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New insights into the world of quantum materials

Physicists experimentally observed how the anisotropic properties of particles deform the Fermi surface in a quantum gas. The work published in Science provides the basis for future studies on how the geometry of particle interactions may influence the properties of a quantum system.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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Researchers design an 'artificial nose' to detect DNA differentiation with single nucleotide resolution

This is a method of identification of nucleic acids, with single nucleotide resolution, based on the generation pattern (bar code) inspired by our olfactory system. The differences in trans-membrane transport can be used to generate fluorescence patterns. That allows the differentiation of molecules as DNA or RNA by means of pattern generation and/or recognition protocols.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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Sorting water molecules

Not all water is equal - at least not at the molecular level. There are two versions of the water molecule, para and ortho water, in which the spin states of the hydrogen nuclei are different. Researchers have now reported the successful separation of the two forms.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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Deutsche Nanoforschung im Dornröschenschlaf

Von 0 auf 100 und wieder zurück - so lässt sich der Hype um die Nanotechnologie in Deutschland beschreiben. Während die neuen Materialien in asiatischen Ländern nach wie vor intensiv beforscht werden, lässt die Nano-Euphorie in Deutschland nach

Posted: Sep 18th, 2014

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