When combined with biological molecules, such as antibodies, carbon nanotubes have the potential to perform a range of new and useful functions in miniature biotechnology devices - from detecting breast cancer cells to the Penn-Alabama State team's salmonella project.
About every three days, Colleen Alexander, a chemistry graduate student, feeds cells that cause a deadly type of brain cancer. It's a ritual that involves assessing the health of the cells under a microscope, washing away dead cells with a special solution and instilling clean medium that will nurture the living cells and generate new ones. At some point, these cells will be subjected to chemotherapy agents attached to nanoparticles made of gold.
From January 1, 2012 ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG will be funding a group of young researchers from Ruhr University Bochum. The computer scientists and mathematicians will carry out research jointly with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) over a period of six years.
The 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, to be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, HI, June 12-14, 2012 (Technology) and June 13-15, 2012 (Circuits), announce their respective Calls for Papers.
Researchers from North Carolina State University and Purdue University have shown that the semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN) is non-toxic and is compatible with human cells - opening the door to the material's use in a variety of biomedical implant technologies.
Imagine having skin so supple you could stretch it out to more than twice its normal length in any direction - repeatedly - yet it would always snap back completely wrinkle-free when you let go of it. You would certainly never need Botox.
The mechanisms and the timescale of charge separation in photovoltaics have been the subject of controversial scientific debate for many years. Scientists ave now been able to dissect the process in detail.