Today, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Commission announced the twelve nominees for the Inventor of the Year 2008 awards. An independent and high-profile international jury has nominated twelve outstanding researchers and their inventions which have had a significant impact on our everyday lives and were patented by the EPO between 1993 and 2002.
By using a popcorn-ball design - tiny kernels clumped into much larger porous spheres - researchers at the University of Washington are able to manipulate light and more than double the efficiency of converting solar energy to electricity.
The precise control over chemical transformations, both in terms of 'tuning' reaction products and allowing site specific chemical control is the subject of one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of modern science - introducing the potential for the creation of new materials and the development of new technologies with dramatic implications for advances in such fields as nanotechnology, quantum electronics and biophysics.
The NMP Finland Conference next week presents the cutting edge of Finnish nanotechnology, materials and new production technologies. The conference provides an opportunity to meet the leading companies and partners behind the new technologies.
Researchers at Northwestern University have used metallic nanotubes to make thin films that are semitransparent, highly conductive, flexible and come in a variety of colors, with an appearance similar to stained glass.
Carbon dioxide removed from smokestack emissions in order to slow global warming in the future could become a valuable raw material for the production of DVDs, beverage bottles and other products made from polycarbonate plastics, chemists are reporting.
Even large amounts of manufactured nanoparticles, also known as Buckyballs, don't faze microscopic organisms that are charged with cleaning up the environment, according to Purdue University researchers.