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'Prize Lecture for Nanoscience' established in Ireland

In recognition of the significant achievements being made by Irish scientists and scientists based in Ireland to the field of nanoscience the RDS in partnership with Intel Ireland have inaugurated a Prize Lecture for Nanoscience.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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Increased efficiency for CIGS solar cells

Scientists at INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials developed a barrier layer that separates the metal carrier from the absorber film and thus increases the efficiency of metal-based CIGS solar cells.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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Engineers grow nanolasers on silicon, pave way for on-chip photonics

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface, an achievement that could lead to a new class of faster, more efficient microprocessors, as well as to powerful biochemical sensors that use optoelectronic chips.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2011

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New way to grow microwires

Microwires made of silicon have a wide range of possible uses, including the production of solar cells that can harvest much more sunlight for a given amount of material than a conventional solar cell made from a thin wafer of silicon crystal. Now researchers from MIT and Penn State have found a way of producing such wires in quantity in a highly controlled way that could be scaled up to an industrial-scale process, potentially leading to practical commercial applications.

Posted: Feb 5th, 2011

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Nano-energy resesearcher wins Krill Prize

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher Dr. Taleb Mokari, a member of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has been awarded a prestigious Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research. Dr. Mokari received the Prize for his work on developing novel nanostructures for renewable energy applications.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Electric signals in the nose

The human olfactory system possesses a special electric amplification mechanism that enables olfactory cells to respond even to extremely weak stimuli. Scientists at Heidelberg University have now established how this mechanism works.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Infographic: Understanding graphene

The website WellHome has created a nice infographic that gives an overview of what graphene is and what areas - such as computing, manufacturing, or energy - could be profoundly impacted by this nanomaterial.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Nanomaterialien: Anwendungen im Umweltbereich

Das Landesanstalt fuer Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Wuerttemberg hat eine neue Broschuere herausgegeben mit dem Titel "Nanomaterialien: Anwendungen im Umweltbereich". Diese Broschuere stellt Beispiele fuer den Einsatz von Nanomaterialien vor, die zu deutlichen Umweltentlastungen fuehren koennen.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Penn breaks ground for nanotechnology center

On Feb. 17, Penn President Amy Gutmann will join University Trustees and the deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Engineering and Applied Science at the 3200 block of Walnut Street for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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