When loaded with an anticancer drug, a delivery system based on a novel material that its creators call a nanosponge is three to five times more effective at reducing tumor growth than direct injection of the same drug.
This workshop will bring together informatics experts, nanotechnology researchers and policy makers, and other stakeholders and potential contributors to jointly develop a comprehensive roadmap for the area of nanoinformatics.
Researchers have shown that a system that assembles itself into a nanoparticle, complete with drug or imaging agent, once it gets inside a tumor can dramatically increase the rate at which clinically important molecules get into tumors and still trap those molecules inside the tumor.
Russian researchers are using special carbon nanoparticles to optimize materials. They are adding fullerenes to aluminum to obtain a new material that is roughly three times harder than conventional composites, yet weights much less.
The electrical energy in generators is generated in copper bars insulated against high electrical voltages with thick layers of plastic. New materials would enable a thinner design for these insulators, freeing up space for thicker bars in which ultimately more energy could be generated.
Chemists from New York University and Russia's St. Petersburg State University have created crystals that can twist and untwist, pointing to a much more varied process of crystal growth than previously thought.
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Starting Grant to the TERATOMO proposal presented by Rainer Hillenbrand. The grant has a budget of nearly 1.5 million euros for a 5 year work program. TERATOMO is the acronym for Near-field Spectroscopic Nanotomography at Infrared and Terahertz frequencies.
Chemists from UCLA and South Korea report the 'ultimate porosity of a nanomaterial', achieving world records for both porosity and carbon dioxide storage capacity in an important class of materials known as MOFs, or metal-organic frameworks.
As a sign of aging or in a suit, wrinkles are almost never welcome, but two papers in the current issue of Physical Review Letters offer some perspective on what determines their size and shape in soft materials.
EU-funded researchers have made a film showing cells' protein factories, ribosomes, in action. The work offers an unprecedented glimpse of the workings of these essential pieces of cellular machinery and could aid the development of new drugs.