Many futurists envision a world in which polymer membranes with molecular-sized channels are used to capture carbon, produce solar-based fuels, or desalinate sea water, among many other functions. This will require methods by which such membranes can be readily fabricated in bulk quantities. A technique representing a significant first step down that road has now been successfully demonstrated.
A group of researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have designed and developed a biomedical scanner that detects cellular processes at the molecular level and indicates malfunctioning of an organ before said malfunction can produce an anatomical change.
A ew system that combines two different technologies proposes to break down contaminants using the cheapest possible energy source, sunlight. Microfluidics - transporting water through tiny channels - and photocatalysis - using light to break down impurities - come together in the science of optofluidics.
This workshop will consider what has happened in the year since the publication of the House of Lords Report and also the other associated reports and their implications for the food and drink industry.
In recent years, developers have been investigating light-harvesting thin film solar panels made from nanotechnology - and promoting efficiency metrics to make the technology marketable. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is providing new evidence to challenge recent charge measurements for increasing solar panel efficiency.
Elsevier announced today that DIAMOND 2011, 22nd European Conference on Diamond, Diamond-Like Materials, Carbon Nanotubes and Nitrides, will occur on 4-8 September 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany.
A team led by Dr. Sherif El-Safty, Exploratory Materials Research Laboratory for Energy and Environment, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), fabricated tight mosaic cage silica nanotubes inside anodic alumina membranes as a promising candidate nanofilter for high-speed (within several seconds) size-exclusion separation of high concentration macromolecules.
Glass stronger and tougher than steel? A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass, demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known material, has been developed and tested by a collaboration of researchers with the Berkeley Lab and the California Institute of Technology. What's more, even better versions of this new glass may be on the way.