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Joint BASF-IMEC research to reduce production steps for 22-nanometer chips

BASF and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics research center, have announced that they are extending their joint development program. The process chemicals which the two partners plan to develop as part of their extended work together will enhance the performance of cleaning chemicals in the production of semiconductors. Research will also focus on reduction of process complexity and the number of production steps.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2009

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Inventors look to crack electric car conundrum

Researchers grappling with the problem of developing the most fuel-efficient electric cars are using micro-jet turbine engines and 'supercapacity' batteries to help energy-conscious consumers drive further.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2009

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ASTM revises nanotechnology standard E2490

A revision to an important ASTM nanotechnology standard incorporates a large-scale interlaboratory study that took place in 2008. The revised standard, ASTM E2490, Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E56.02 on Characterization: Physical, Chemical and Toxicological Properties, part of ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2009

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