How do you make a material that has the elasticity of a rubber band and the thermal insulation of a Styrofoam cup? Connect two distinct polymer chains - poly(isoprene) and poly(styrene) - end to end like a series of children's building blocks. The result is an appropriately named 'block copolymer' that boasts the properties of both materials and is commonly used in the tires of automobiles and the soles of athletic shoes.
CEMMNT, The Centre of Excellence in Metrology for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is set to host a brand new motorsport event on the 21st September 2010 focusing on the application of nanotechnologies in high performance motorsport and automotive engineering.
Physicists in the United States and Germany have discovered a way to use a gallium arsenide nanodevice as a signal processor at terahertz speeds, the first time it's been used for this purpose and an important step forward in the new world of optical communication and computing.
Tomorrow's television and computer screens could be brighter, clearer and more energy-efficient as a result of a process developed by a team of researchers from Canada and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Researchers have investigated using nanoparticles to deliver double-stranded ribonucleic acid, dsRNA - a molecule capable of specifically triggering gene silencing - into mosquito larvae through their food. By silencing particular genes, the dsRNA may kill the developing mosquitoes or make them more susceptible to pesticides.
With renewed attention being given to nuclear power, a UT Dallas nanomaterials researcher has snagged an $875,000 Department of Energy (DOE) grant to explore a means to boost power plant efficiency and reduce nuclear waste.
The objective of the Wear-a-BAN project (Unobtrusive wearable human to machine wireless interface) is to investigate and demonstrate ultra low-power wireless body-area-network technologies for enabling unobtrusive human to machine interfaces into market segments such as smart and interactive textiles, robotics for augmented reality assistance and rehabilitation and natural interfacing devices for video gaming.
Nanotechnologists at University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a sensor that can detect anthrax spores. The invention is more sensitive and efficient than existing detection methods.
Dublin City University (DCU) has been awarded EUR23.8m in Cycle V PRTLI, following an announcement earlier today by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. All three DCU-led projects were successful in their bid for funding, with a further two, in which DCU are partners, also successful.
Researchers from Irish companies and higher education institutions won funding totalling 213 million euros for collaborative research projects in areas like ICT, health, nano-technology and energy from the largest European R+D funding programme ever, announced Minister Conor Lenihan TD.