Spain has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. A large network, NanoSpain, promotes the exchange of knowledge between Spanish groups working in different fields related to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience increasing collaboration among universities, research institutions and industry.
The rate of chemical processes in cells is dictated by the speed of movement (diffusion) of molecules needed for a given reaction. Using a versatile method developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, researchers were able to predict for the first time the diffusion coefficients of all proteins in Escherichia coli. The achievement is important not only for biologists and chemists, but also for... transport companies.
A new type of order, or symmetry, discovered in an exotic material made with uranium may one day lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and levitating high-speed trains.
In the framework of the World Cancer Day, the European Technology Platform of Nanomedicine (ETPN) and its partners will organize a European event on February the 1st on "How nanomedicine contributes to better cancer diagnostic and therapy".
Scientists at the SuperSTEM facility at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory have, for the first time, been able to observe changes to the electronic structure of graphene as it is bonds with a foreign element added to it just one atom at a time.
In a PhD study conducted at Alterra Wageningen UR and Wageningen University, doctoral candidate Merel van der Ploeg explored the effects of nanoparticles on soils. Caution, it turns out, is still called for in nanotechnology's use.
The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting research to study the force from the unfolding wrinkles in spores and to build new types of materials by assembling the spores into larger structures. The work may eventually lead to the development of a battery that can use energy from spores.
Enzymes, workhorse molecules of life that underpin almost every biological process, may have a new role as "intelligent" micro- and nanomotors with applications in medicine, engineering and other fields.
A new form of micelle, which is composed of detergents with bent aromatic panels, has been created by Michito Yoshizawa and his colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Unlike traditional micelles, the new "aromatic micelles" are photoactive, and capable of encapsulating dye molecules and showing unusual fluorescence in aqueous solutions.
Production capacity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) will grow rapidly in the next couple of years reaching several tonnes. With that, first volume applications (not including mechanical enhancement) will be available from 2016 onwards.