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Computer simulations shed light on nanosized minerals

The red and blue images appear ghostly, like a fleeting glimpse of something that's never been seen before - which is true. Using computer simulations, Berkeley Lab scientists have developed the first predicted images of water molecules surrounding a nanoparticle, in this case an iron-oxide mineral called hematite.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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New research accelerates development of high capacity hydrogen storage materials

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory have created a reversible route to generate aluminum hydride, a high capacity hydrogen storage material. This achievement is not only expected to accelerate the development of a whole class of storage materials, but also has far reaching applications in areas spanning energy technology and synthetic chemistry.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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IMEC and Renesas to collaborate on on reconfigurable RF transceivers

Renesas Technology Corp., one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets, has entered into a strategic research collaboration with IMEC, Europe's leading independent research center in the field of nanoelectronics, to perform research on 45nm RF transceivers targeting Gbit/s cognitive radios.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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EU sponsored research to build nanotoxicology database

How nanoparticle toxicity affects the health and environment of Europeans is a concern that many researchers are currently investigating. Rising to the challenge is the NHECD ('Nano health-environment commented database') project, funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme to the tune of EUR 1.45 million. The project partners are seeking to create a critical and commented database on the health, safety and environmental impact of nanoparticles.

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2009

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Novel method of imaging surface charges on individual biomolecules

A collaborative effort between researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology, King's College London and UCL Chemistry has led to the first measurements of the electrostatic surface potential of individual DNA and avidin molecules with nanometre resolution using Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy in air.

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2009

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