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Investigating nanopillars: Silicon brittle? Not this kind!

Silicon, the most important semiconductor material of all, is usually considered to be as brittle and breakable as window glass. On the nanometer scale, however, the substance exhibits very different properties, as Empa researchers have shown by creating minute silicon pillars.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2009

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Mit Nanotechnologie sollen Solarzellen mehr Strom liefern

Uwe Hartmann, Professor für Experimentalphysik an der Universitaet des Saarlandes, will jetzt den Wirkungsgrad von Solarzellen mit Hilfe der Nanotechnologie steigern. Er erhaelt dafuer rund 500.000 Euro Foerderung im Rahmen eines Verbundprojektes des Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2009

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Bacterium helps formation of gold

Australian scientists have found that the bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans catalyses the biomineralisation of gold by transforming toxic gold compounds to their metallic form using active cellular mechanism.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2009

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