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Carbon Nanotubes machen aus Kunststoffen etwas ganz Neues

Carbon Nanotubes machen Kunststoffe stabiler, haltbarer und elektrisch leitfaehig. Vom 20. bis 23. September steht dieser neue Verbundwerkstoff im Zentrum der vierten International Conference on Carbon Based Nanocomposites an der TU Hamburg-Harburg.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2009

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New procedure makes nanowires more electrically stable

Carmen Lilley, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is working on new procedures for making nanowires more electrically stable - and hence more reliable. She was recently awarded a $505,532 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award to help advance her project.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2009

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Strain on nanocrystals could yield colossal results

In finally answering an elusive scientific question, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that the selective placement of strain can alter the electronic phase and its spatial arrangement in correlated electron materials.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2009

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Researcher proposes to shrink ionic liquid polymers to nanoscale

Rochester Institute of Technology scientist Tom Smith is experimenting with synthesizing liquid salts into a gel. He recently received an EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant from the National Science Foundation to create an entirely new material - a polymer, or a plastic, from ionic liquid monomers - that will confine charge-carrying ions in a gelled, pseudo-liquid state.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2009

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With a flash of light, a neuron's function is revealed

There's a new way to explore biology's secrets. With a flash of light, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley zeroed in on the type of neural cell that controls swimming in larval zebrafish.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2009

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How to create particles capable of complex interactions with biological systems

Functionalized nano- and microscale particle systems have become a key component in biomedical applications, from drug delivery to prosthetics. Their small size and potential for modification and functionalization make them ideal for performing specific tasks within the human body. But can these materials be controlled at the structural level, to create particles capable of complex interactions with biological systems?

Posted: Sep 16th, 2009

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