The Euro debt crisis has left the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries largely unfazed so far. Although business has not grown as much as the companies had expected in the beginning of 2011, still more than half of them have been able to increase orders, production and sales during the past year.
The EMBL Microfluidics Conference 2012 (on July 25-27, 2012 in Heidelberg, Germany) will bring together top researchers in the field, sparking scientific exchange across different disciplines. The latest Lab-on-a-Chip technologies and applications will be presented, alongside discussions of developments in the field.
An engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas and his colleagues at the University of Utah have discovered a new method of making nanoparticles and nanofilms to be used in developing better electronic devices, biosensors and certain types of high-powered and highly specific microscopes used for scientific research.
Anasys Instruments, the company that pioneered nanoscale thermal analysis and nanoscale IR spectroscopy using an AFM, is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce Chase is presenting an invited talk entitled "Structure and Orientation in Electrospun Nanofibers", at the 2012 Pittsburgh Conference, as part of the Organized Contributed Session on Analytical Applications of Broadly Tunable Lasers.
The important topics of nano-optics and plasmonics occupied students and faculty at the recent 2012 Winter College on Optics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is among eight organizations that co-sponsor the annual event and other ICTP programs to meet the needs of students and scientists in developing countries.
An international team of materials researchers has given the engineering world a better look at the inner functions of the electrodes of supercapacitors - the low-cost, lightweight energy storage devices used in many electronics, transportation and many other applications.
Researchers showed in a recent study that a transparent active-matrix photosensor array, that can operate at high frame rates and which has potential applications in contact-free interactive displays, had been integrated.
CEA-Leti and III-V lab today announced that they have demonstrated an integrated tunable transmitter on silicon. For the first time, a tunable laser source has been integrated on silicon, which represents a key milestone towards fully integrated transceivers.
Positively charged star polymers containing a magnetic core are particularly suitable as DNA-delivery vectors. They show extremely high gene transfer efficiency and afterwards enable the quick and simple separation of the transfected cells from the transfection pool.
Researchers discovered that spider silks - particularly the draglines that anchor webs in place - conduct heat better than most materials, including very good conductors such as silicon, aluminum and pure iron. Spider silk also conducts heat 1,000 times better than woven silkworm silk and 800 times better than other organic tissues.