The Materials Research Society awarded Walter A. de Heer, professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the MRS Medal at its annual fall meeting in Boston today. De Heer was cited by the society for his 'pioneering contributions to the science and technology of epitaxial graphene'.
A group of Beckman Institute researchers have discovered a practical method for direct writing of metal lines less than five nanometers (5 nm) wide, a big step in creating contacts to and interconnects between nanoscale device structures like carbon nanotubes and graphene that have potential uses in electronics applications.
Swiss Nano-Cube is a new interactive knowledge and education platform for micro and nanotechnology. It aims to spark interest in nanotechnology and engineering among students and young professionals. It is addressed to teachers and students of vocational schools, secondary schools as well as higher professional schools.
An ambitious teaching project of nine German universities and research institutions started in the southern area of the national 'Competence Consortium Electrochemistry'. Every two years, the institutions involved will organize lectures and seminars that will be transmitted live by video to the other locations.
Blood poisoning can be fatal. If you suffer from sepsis, you used to have to wait as much as 48 hours for laboratory findings. A new diagnostic platform as big as a credit card will now supply the analysis after as little as an hour. This system is based on nanoparticles that are automatically guided by magnetic forces.
Funded with a recent $2.25 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E, a Case Western professor will try to make a capacitor ready for market within three years.
InTech, a multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of journals and books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine, has published seven nanotechnology book titles that are available as free downloads.
Interfaces between the brain and electrical circuits in technical devices or computers open new perspectives for basic research and medical application, e.g., for therapeutic brain stimulation and neuroprosthetics. The new EU project CORONET will develop the technological and theoretical foundations for such future 'bio-hybrid' interfaces between biological and artificial nervous tissues.
During the normal grinding of powders in a mortar, the powders can enter into chemical reactions with each other. This phenomenon has been known for years but only now it has become possible to transform in this way three-dimensional clusters of certain chemical compounds into other, also three-dimensional, clusters.