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New partnerships and pilot line for IMEC's solar cell research program

IMEC today announced that it has established new partnerships with solar cell material and equipment suppliers. These companies, including MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., Leybold Optics Dresden GmbH, Roth & Rau AG, and Mallinckrodt Baker B.V., have concluded joint-development agreements with IMEC in the frame of IMEC?s newly launched wafer-based silicon photovoltaics industrial affiliation program.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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IMEC launches dedicated EUV mask cleaning program

IMEC today announced that it is extending its EUV (extreme ultra-violet) lithography research program with a parallel dedicated EUV mask cleaning research program. The program will build on a new collaboration between IMEC and HamaTech APE GmbH.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Molekularbiologie in 3D-Welten

Forscher des Geschäftsbereichs Visual Computing von Fraunhofer Austria in Graz haben in einem Projekt der DFG die Software BioBrowser entwickelt. Sie errechnet voll-automatisch aus den Forschungsdaten der Molekularbiologen die 3D-Modelle von kompliziert aufgebauten Proteinen und stellt sie auf Knopfdruck hochqualitativ und interaktiv dar.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Meeting the challenges of nanotechnology

Whether in the fields of medicine, sustainable energy supply or environmental protection, without making use of nanotechnology we will not be capable of overcoming the challenges which the future presents. In parallel with these efforts, though, it is essential that we examine the new technology very carefully for potential risks, such as those presented by free nanoparticles. This is the conclusion drawn at the close of Empa's 3rd NanoConvention, held on July 6th in Zurich.

Posted: Jul 14th, 2009

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Scientists discover repulsive side to light force

A team of Yale University researchers has discovered a "repulsive" light force that can be used to control components on silicon microchips, meaning future nanodevices could be controlled by light rather than electricity.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2009

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Printing paper-based biosensors with inkjet printers

If that office inkjet printer has become just another fixture, it's time to take a fresh look at it. Similar technology may soon be used to develop paper-based biosensors that can detect certain harmful toxins that can cause food poisoning or be used as bioterrorism agents.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2009

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