Ayusman Sen, head of the Department of Chemistry at Penn State, makes tiny, metallic objects do something extraordinary - he makes them swim. Sen's work is driven by catalysis, the chemical phenomenon whereby a substance accelerates a chemical reaction but emerges unchanged at the end of the process.
Smart fabrics and intelligent textiles - material that incorporates cunning molecules or clever electronics - is thriving and European research efforts are tackling some of the sector's toughest challenges.
Officials at the University of Utah announced today the establishment of the Nano Institute of Utah, representing a significant and decisive step in the state?s quest to bring together the university?s and the state?s nano science experts in diverse areas of chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine and pharmacy.
IMEC has developed an innovative architecture for flexible forward error correction (FEC). The solution targets data transmission applications that need to combine flexibility, high throughput, and low power consumption. Examples are future wireless terminals and optical storage.
IMEC's associated laboratory IMOMEC, located on the campus of the Hasselt University, developed a method to stabilize the nanomorphology of organic solar cells resulting in a lifetime improvement of at least a factor 10.
An international research team led by Professor Rajeev Ahuja, Uppsala University, has used theoretical calculations to understand a high-pressure structural phase transition in silane which could gives rise to metallization and could even result in superconductivity.
SEMATECH engineers and the industry at large have made significant advances in moving forward the infrastructure that will prepare extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) for cost-effective manufacturing, according to papers presented at the 2008 International EUVL Symposium in Lake Tahoe, California.
Scientists are puzzled by the nanobubbles that can develop on surfaces under water. It should be impossible for them to exist but nevertheless they remain intact for hours. They are something of a mystery, yet it is possible to manipulate the development of these bubbles.
Researchers have accurately identified tools that model the atomic and void structures of a network-forming elemental material. These tools may revolutionize the process of creating new solar panels, flat-panel displays, optical storage media and myriad other technological devices.