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University of Illinois professor gets $9.1m commitment for solar cell process

It's not every day you get a call offering you $100,000 - much less a commitment for $9.1 million - but Munir Nayfeh got such a call in August. The University of Illinois physics professor had just published a paper in the journal Applied Physics Letters. The paper explained how an ultrathin layer of nanomaterials could improve the efficiency of solar cells.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2008

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Is hydrogen for airheads?

As Korea pushes into the so-called hydrogen economy, the nation as a whole could be likened to children in the back seat of the family car, asking their parents over and over as each landmark is passed 'are we there yet.' The answer is not yet - not even close, though milestones are flying by at a faster clip.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2008

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Organic solar cell as small as the page of a book

Teams of researchers all over the world are working on the development of organic solar cells. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg is presenting avenues towards industrial mass production at the world's largest trade fair for nanotechnology, the nano tech 2008 from February 21 through 23 in Tokyo.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2008

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Rounding up gases, nano-style

Chemists unveil new process for capturing and storing gas; potential spin-offs include improvements to greenhouse gas management and fuel cell development.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2008

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TU Delft launches bionanoscience initiative

Over the next decade, TU Delft is set to invest 10 million Euro derived from strategic assets in the new Bionanoscience department, which will form part of the university‚??s successful Kavli Institute of Nanoscience. Last week, the Kavli Foundation also agreed to help support the initiative financially by donating 5 million US$.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2008

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Sketching on silicon

Two different chemical compounds can be used to draw perpendicular molecular lines on the surface of silicon substrates.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2008

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University of Tennessee professor appointed chairman of EPA committee

University of Tennessee (UT) professor Gary Sayler, a distinguished professor in microbiology and the director of UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences, will now make recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency as the chairman of its executive committee of the Board of Scientific Counselors.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2008

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Rice Alliance receives major gift to support nanotechnology companies

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University received 50,000 shares of stock from leading nanotechnology firm Arrowhead Research Corp. The gift will support the launch of technology-based companies through the Rice Alliance and in commercializing new technologies, especially in the field of nanotechnology.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2008

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Nanotechnology - towards reducing animal testing

The Conference will be of particular interest to those in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and other industry sectors who are obliged to work towards alternative testing methods, as well as to regulators, test laboratories and organizations working towards the reduction of animal experiments and promotion of the '3Rs' (refining, reducing or replacing animal use in testing) principles.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2008

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