Implants are prone to infection, forcing patients back to surgery for repair or replacement. Now, for the first time, a team of engineers has shown that zinc or titanium oxide nanosurfaces can reduce the presence of bacteria, a technique that can be applied to implants to reduce the number of these costly and debilitating infections.
NIST and the University of Maryland have joined in a cooperative program to develop measurement technology and other new tools designed to support all phases of nanotechnology development, from discovery to manufacture.
Researchers at Purdue University are using a rare type of electron microscope to see how structures like carbon nanotubes form at the atomic level, information that will be crucial for nanotechnology to find practical applications in computing, electronics and other areas.
A novel combination of lipids, a negatively charged polymer, and the anticancer drug doxorubicin has yielded a new nanoparticle that can kill breast cancer cells that are normally resistant to this drug.
Using oligonucleotide- and antibody-coated gold nanoparticles, researchers at the Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) at Northwestern University have developed an analogous technology for proteins that can simultaneously detect trace levels of multiple biomarkers associated with human cancer.
The European Technology Platform for Advanced Materials and Technologies has been launched in order to assure optimal involvement of industry and other important stakeholders in the process of establishing of research priorities in the area of advanced engineering materials and technologies.
Thinking small may help solve one of the biggest problems - the need for alternative energy sources - according to scientists attending the first Energy Nanotechnology International Conference held June 26-28 at MIT.