The Nanotechnology Engagement Group, a UK group established to support public bodies in developing a wider programme of social and ethical research and public dialogue around nanotechnology, has released its final report.
Portugal hopes to stimulate initiatives in three key areas during its stint in the EU's Presidency seat: publishing and scientific information; nanosciences and nanotechnologies; reform and modernisation of universities.
A team of researchers from Canada have demonstrated an innovative technique for producing very small conductive nano-wires on silicon chips. Process can produce nano-wires that are 5,000 times longer than they are wide.
Researchers have observed and documented electron transfer reactions on an electrode surface at the single molecule level for the first time, a discovery which could have future relevance to areas such as molecular electronics, information storage, and solar energy conversion.
In an assist in the quest for ever smaller electronic devices, engineers have adapted a decades-old computer aided design and manufacturing process to reproduce nanosize structures with features on the order of single molecules.
France boasts several zones dedicated to advancing nanotechnology excellence, including the SCS cluster in Sophia Antipolis, the Systematic cluster in the Paris region and notably, the global micro-nanotechnology cluster Minalogic in Grenoble.