Nanotechnology breakthroughs will be essential in developing game-changing solutions to address world issues, such as energy shortages, environmental concerns and greater connectivity, said Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mohammad A. Zaidi at Rusnanotech '09.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research has published a call for tender for a comparative scoreboard and performance indicators in nanotechnology, materials, processes (NMP) research activities between the EU and third countries.
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.
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.
National Physical Laboratory scientists are paving the way for highly accurate measurement at the nano-scale and beyond, by being the first team in the world to develop a tiny microwave-powered room-temperature fridge.
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.
Errki Ruoslahti, professor at UC Santa Barbara's Burnham Institute for Medical Research, is the recipient of a $2.8 million award from the Department of Defense for research into detection and therapies for breast cancer using nanotechnology.
Researchers are developing a new type of rocket propellant made of a frozen mixture of water and nanoscale aluminum powder that is more environmentally friendly than conventional propellants and could be manufactured on the moon, Mars and other water-bearing bodies.