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New guide for research on multiblock polymers emerges

Thanks to advances in polymer chemistry and a wide variety of monomer constituents to choose from, the world of multiblock polymers is wide open. These polymers can result in an astonishing array of materials, customizable to almost any specification. However, the flood of options could be overwhelming, without a theoretical framework to guide research.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Boron-nitride nanotubes show potential in cancer treatment

A new study has shown that adding boron-nitride nanotubes to the surface of cancer cells can double the effectiveness of Irreversible Electroporation, a minimally invasive treatment for soft tissue tumors in the liver, lung, prostate, head and neck, kidney and pancreas.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Chalmers receives $3.3m to upgrade its nanofabrication lab

Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory will receive SEK 22 million that will be used for new nanolithography equipment. The funds will primarily be used for a new electron beam lithography (EBL) system, which is a technology used to produce electronics components and other nanosized structures.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Licht in Nanostrukturen gefangen

Einem deutsch-japanischen Forscherteam ist es gelungen, das Einfangen - Physiker sprechen von Lokalisierung - von Licht in kuenstlichen Nanostrukturen in Echtzeit zu verfolgen.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Researcher awarded with "Green Photonics" award for organic solar cells

Scientist Jan Meiss has been awarded with the "Green Photonics" for young academics on April 23, 2012 at the Hanover Fair. Within his dissertation in cooperation with Heliatek GmbH and Fraunhofer IPMS - COMEDD he succeeded in the development of new concepts for organic solar cells with high impact: his solar cells are four times more efficient as conventional organic solar cells.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Tiny crystal revolutionizes computing (w/video)

A tiny crystal that enables a computer to perform calculations that currently stump the world's most powerful supercomputers has been developed by an international team including the University of Sydney's Dr Michael Biercuk.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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New nanomaterial-based magnetoelectric sensors for deep brain stimulation

Up to now, the brain's magnetic field is measurable only under technical laboratory conditions. This technique is therefore not feasible in terms of the broader medical use, although it would be significant for diagnosing numerous conditions such as epilepsy and dementia, or even for improving therapies such as deep brain stimulation for treating Parkinson's disease. Researchers have now developed a new type of magnetoelectric sensor, which is intended to allow the use of this important technology in the future.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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University of Manchester announces graphene funding call

The University of Manchester I3 Ltd (UMI3), the University's Innovation Group, and The UMIP Premier Fund (UPF), managed by MTI Partners, are pleased to announce the launch of a GBP 1M Graphene and innovative materials technology development funding call. This is for proof-of-principle and feasibility work, beyond the research grant stage.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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Making nanotextured glass that's anti-fogging, self-cleaning and free of glare (w/video)

One of the most instantly recognizable features of glass is the way it reflects light. But a new way of creating surface textures on glass, developed by researchers at MIT, virtually eliminates reflections, producing glass that is almost unrecognizable because of its absence of glare - and whose surface causes water droplets to bounce right off, like tiny rubber balls.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2012

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