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AFM Forum and Workshop in Ireland

The Nanoscale Function Group, University College Dublin, and Asylum Research are pleased to sponsor the 2008 AFM Forum and Workshop.The Forum is organized for scientists to share and exchange their cutting-edge research being carried out in both materials and life sciences.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2008

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Superconducting thin film

Researchers report that they have successfully produced two-layer thin films where neither layer is superconducting on its own, but which exhibit a nanometer-thick region of superconductivity at their interface.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2008

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Smarter catalysts could help chemical industry

Smarter catalysts that could help the chemical industry to cut costs and beat ever-more stringent government regulations were showcased at CPhI, the pharmaceutical ingredient trade show, held in Frankfurt, Germany, 30 September to 2 October.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2008

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Nanotechnology cell factories to make DNA based structures inside a living cell

In the tiny realm of nanotechnology, scientists have used a wide variety of materials to build atomic scale structures. But just as in the construction business, nanotechnology researchers can often be limited by the amount of raw materials. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Hao Yan has avoided these pitfalls by using cells as factories to make DNA based nanostructures inside a living cell.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2008

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Novel nanomaterial could act as nanofridge for microchips

In this project, researchers of the UAB Department of Physics and the Barcelona Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) have worked together to develop a new material based on supernets formed with two alternative layers, one made of silicon and the other of germanium nanocrystals.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2008

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European Commission sees no regulatory void on nanotechnology

While knowledge gaps remain regarding the potential risks of nanotechnologies, the European Commission again expressed confidence that existing EU regulation can be applied to this emerging sector, stressing that the challenge ahead lies in their implementation.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2008

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Special nanodiamond films improve mechanical pump seals

The surfaces of these Ultrananocrystalline-Diamond (UNCD) Mechanical Seals are specially treated with a continuous film of tiny diamonds. This diamond coating improves the pumps' reliability, durability and ability to prevent fluids from escaping into the environment.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2008

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