Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have received about $2.5 million to identify new materials that will efficiently absorb sunlight and split water (H2O) into clean hydrogen fuel, which could power cars and be used to generate electricity.
Scientists from North Carolina State University have learned how to consistently create hollow, solid and amorphous nanoparticles of nickel phosphide, which has potential uses in the development of solar cells and as catalysts for removing sulfur from fuel.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Center for Chemical Innovation (NSF-CCI) to pursue research in the emerging field of molecular spintronics.
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.
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.
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?
Chemical engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology to deposit nanostructure films on various surfaces, which may first find use as coatings for eyeglasses that cost less and work better.
In an interdisciplinary study, scientists have developed a method that allows them to monitor the distribution of compounds in whole animals by taking snapshots at different times after injection. The technique relies on the attachment of fluorescent nanocrystals to fragments of DNA.
If you are in the business of developing high-speed electronic components, it pays not to lose sight of the electrons. To keep track of them you will need to use dedicated optical elements, such as those now on offer from UltraFast Innovations GmbH.
College football fans cheer when marching bands spell out the home team?s name in gigantic letters on the field at halftime. Now scientists in Utah are reporting the ultimate in one-upmanship: Development of a new technology for writing the school name in letters so small that 500 would fit across the diameter of a human hair.
Tiny particles of albumin, a protein found in the blood, can be used to carry radioactive isotopes to the site of a cancerous tumour in the body and so avoid many of the side-effects of conventional radiotherapy.
Organized by the Cambridge CNT Society, the 2009 forum on November 13, 2009 in Cambridge, UK, will provide a platform for reviewing and discussing novel developments in the field of carbon nanostructures and related materials as well as their applications.