Inspired with the speed at which dolphins swim through the water compared to other aquatic life, Jonghwan Suhr of the University of Nevada, Reno, decided to mimic the dolphin?s skin using nanotechnology in order to make objects move more efficiently through the air.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Uk Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Uk Environment Agency is in the process of finalizing a major joint nanotechnology research effort to develop and validate predictive tools and similar conceptual models that predict exposure, bioavailability and effects of manufactured nanomaterials in the environment.
Scientists have succeeded in greatly improving the mechanical properties, including elastic modulus and strength, of plastic (aliphatic polycarbonate) made from carbon dioxide, previously far from practical use, by blending with other plastics.
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies will create the first venture capital investments fund, the assets of which will be used for the innovative projects' financing.
To support what it calls 'new-wave industries', the National Innovation Agency (NIA) in Thailand has set aside about Bt250 million to help businesses and entrepreneurs in the development of innovative products and services in 2009.
Following the successful conclusion of the first Russian nanotechnology conference at the beginning of this month, the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) has just announced the dates of its Annual Nanotechnology International Forum for 2009.
A research team headed by Prof. TIAN Zhijian with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics has made remarkable progress in the synthesis of zeolites, the aluminosilicate members of the family of microporous solids known as 'molecular sieves'.
A research team led by Prof. MA Guanghui with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Processing Engineering has developed a one-pot approach to couple the crystallization of CaCO3 nanoparticles and the in-situ symmetry-breaking assembly of these crystallites into hollow spherical shells under the templating effect of a soluble starch.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method to measure the toughness of the thin insulating films that play a critical role in high-performance integrated circuits.