Building on the success of the past two years, the N.C. Office of Science and Technology will host the 2011 N.C. Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference at the UNC Charlotte Barnhardt Student Center on March 29-30. The third annual conference brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, and investors to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology and drive economic development.
A recently patented adhesive made by Kansas State University researchers could become a staple in every astronaut's toolbox. The patent, "pH dependent adhesive peptides", covers an adhesive made from peptides -- a compound containing two or more amino acids that link together -- that increases in strength as moisture is removed.
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg in Germany have developed a method to uncover the combined effects of genes. The method should help scientists understand how different genes can amplify, cancel out or mask the effects of each other.
FutureMed, an executive program for physicians, healthcare executives, innovators and investors focused on exploring the impact of rapidly developing technologies on the future of health and biomedicine, is being held May 10-15 at Singularity University on the NASA-Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley.
A Pitt and Carnegie Mellon team developed a new model of how self-repairing materials function and show that materials with a certain number of easily breakable bonds can absorb more stress, a natural trick found in the resilient abalone shell.
Researchers at Brown may have come across the right formula to deter bacterial migrants. The group reports two ways in which it modified the surface of titanium leg implants to promote skin cell growth, thereby creating a natural skin layer and sealing the gap where the device has been implanted into the body. The researchers also created a molecular chain to sprinkle skin-growing proteins on the implant to hasten skin growth.
Catalysts made of carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution equal the energy output and otherwise outperform platinum catalysts in fuel cells, a team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has found.
Toyohashi Tech researchers develop an innovative infrared photodetector exploiting 'plasmon resonance' at the surface of gold nanorods, which enhances the density of photoelectrons excited over the Schottky barrier. This technology shows potential as the basis for the development of high efficiency infra-red photodetectors for optical communications systems.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge use the example of the conch shell as illustration of toughness-by-architecture in the quest for new synthetic materials for engineering, construction and aerospace applications.
Small artificial tubes in the veins, so-called stents, dilate the veins and allow the blood to circulate again without hindrance. But after a while, the deposit of cells and blood components starts at these tubes, as well, and thus the blood vessel narrows again. In an international joint project, scientists are now investigating the feasibility, how to change the surface of these tubes so that no unwanted components may no longer be deposited there.
nano tech 2011 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference celebrated its 10th annual event from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2011 in Tokyo. 638 exhibitors covering an exhibition surface of 6786 square meters presented their nano technologies and products at this world's largest nano technology fair.