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.
Canada offers world-class R+D infrastructure, a highly skilled and educated workforce, a wide array of government funding programs in support of nanotechnologies, a growing number of companies involved in nanotechnologies, and government commitment to the responsible development and application of nanotechnologies.
Hitoshi Goto, associate professor in Toyohashi Tech's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has helped develop and his lab is using original software-based tools to better understand a variety of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena at the molecular level.
Neither smooth nor disordered, gamma-alumina nanoparticles are corrugated with tiny pores inside, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using a powerful transmission electron microscope, the team obtained ultrahigh-resolution images and chemical data about the particle's surface.