In laboratory studies conducted at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), researchers discovered that nanocomposite particles carrying radioactive gold directly to tumors reduced cancer growth by 45% in just eight days.
Researchers at Boston College and MIT have used nanotechnology to achieve a major increase in thermoelectric efficiency, a milestone that paves the way for a new generation of products - from semiconductors and air conditioners to car exhaust systems and solar power technology - that run cleaner.
A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitised solar cells. This type of cell imitates the natural conversion of sunlight into energy by, for instance, plants and light-sensitive bacteria. A researcher at TU Delft has succeeded in substantially improving a process in this type of solar cell, which is similar to Graetzel cells.
Hydrogen could be a clean, abundant energy source, but it's difficult to store in bulk. In new research, materials scientists at Rice University have made the surprising discovery that tiny carbon capsules called buckyballs are so strong they can hold volumes of hydrogen nearly as dense as those at the center of Jupiter.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will host the NanoManufacturing and the co-located MicroManufacturing Conference and Exhibits, April 22-23, 2008, at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts. This event will not only bring together two emerging manufacturing technologies, but also 13 of Greater Boston's brightest engineering and science university students. Their participation will mark the launch of the conference's Bright Minds Nano Program.
Laser technology for photovoltaics, quality analysis of drinking water with capillary electrophoresis, or challenges in the area of carbon nanotubes - exclusive insights in latest developments of micro and nanotechnology can be experienced at MicroTechnology/HANNOVER MESSE from April 21 to 25 at the forum Innovations for Industry.