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Examining the infinitesimal

Dr Andrew Humhpris, co-founder of the original technology and now Chief Technology Officer of Infinitesima, explains how this University spin-out has turned into a leading-edge company.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2009

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Cheaper materials could be key to low-cost solar cells

Unconventional solar cell materials that are as abundant but much less costly than silicon and other semiconductors in use today could substantially reduce the cost of solar photovoltaics, according to a new study from the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2009

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Scientists study catalytic properties of individual gold nanoparticles

Before you can design the perfect nanoparticle catalyst, you first need to understand the fundamental science that governs their reactivity, say scientists from the US. And they claim to have done just that, using single molecule spectroscopy to reveal that nanocatalyst surface properties respond to changes to the concentration of reactants.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2009

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Through the wire: A new nanocatalyst synthesis technique

Materials containing bimetallic nanoparticles are attractive in vast technological fields because of their unique catalytic, electronic, and magnetic properties. One of the most promising of the bunch is made from palladium and gold, an alloy that could be used in a wide variety of catalytic activities including the water-gas shift reaction and the oxidation of carbon dioxide - both important steps in alternative energy applications like fuel cells.

Posted: Mar 16th, 2009

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IIT Madras files two nanotechnology patent applications

Continuing to remain at the forefront of using cutting-edge technology to meet societal needs, IIT-Madras is filing a patent on two new applications of nanotechnology for removal of dyes from waste water released from textile mills and for more efficient drug delivery in cancer treatment.

Posted: Mar 16th, 2009

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