The ninth edition of the Trends in Nanotechnology Conference (September 1-5, 2008) held in Oviedo, Spain, presented a broad range of current research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as related policies (European Commission, etc.) or other kind of initiatives (iNANO, CIC nanoGUNE, GDR-E, etc.).
Scientists in Spain have managed, by means of a numerical technique known as Transmission Line Matrix (TLM) Modelling method, to hide an object or make it invisible in a certain frequency, inside an electromagnetic simulator.
Researchers in Japan have revealed important information about why the threshold of gas pressure required for the structural transformation of flexible, three-dimensional molecular networks known as porous coordination polymers (PCPs) varies for different gases.
In a quest to push the limits of intensity to achieve extreme light-matter interactions in large molecules, a team of researchers from RIKEN?s Advanced Science Institute in Wako, the SPring-8 Center in Harima, and the University of Tokyo, has demonstrated the ionisation and consequently the dissociation of nitrogen molecules using a free-electron laser.
An unusual molecule once thought to be too strained to exist has been transformed into another contorted compound by RIKEN chemists, testing the limits of how far carbon-based molecules can be distorted by combining them with metal atoms.
Scientists have developed nanometer-sized 'cargo ships' that can sail throughout the body via the bloodstream without immediate detection from the body's immune radar system and ferry their cargo of anti-cancer drugs and markers into tumors that might otherwise go untreated or undetected.
A team from Stevens Institute of Technology has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project 'MRI: Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Plasma Etching System for Nano/Micro Device Fabrication.'
It is the aim of this workshop to stimulate discussions and understanding of the general mechanisms and structural features behind self-assembled nanowire growth within the wide range of materials systems.
As we have written here before, the utter nonsense of claiming that nanotechnology products will be a 'trillion dollar market' has become a self-perpetuating claim that is eagerly adopted by politicians to push industrial policies, subsidies and investments.
Archaeological evidence suggests that glass was first made in the Middle East sometime around 3000 B.C. However, almost 5,000 years later, scientists are still perplexed about how glassy materials make the transition from a molten state to a solid.