Boise State University recently began a campaign, Beyond The Blue, to bring deserved awareness to their excellent academic programs. As part of this campaign, the University has launched a series of podcasts discussing many fascinating topics and updates on current work. Here are a few examples of BSU faculty's work on DNA nanotechnology.
A technique that lets researchers monitor single cancer cells in real time as they float in liquid could help doctors study the breakaway tumor cells that cause metastasis. Metastasis is the process of the disease spreading through the body.
Physicists at Aalto University, Finland, have shown how a nanomechanical oscillator can be used for detection and amplification of feeble radio waves or microwaves. A measurement using such a tiny device, resembling a miniaturized guitar string, can be performed with the least possible disturbance.
Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack. These excellent performance results represent a crucial step towards successful commercialization of organic photovoltaic cells.
The surprising discovery of a new way to tune and enhance thermal conductivity - a basic property generally considered to be fixed for a given material - gives engineers a new tool for managing thermal effects in smart phones and computers, lasers and a number of other powered devices.
Some molecules have unique and technologically useful optical properties; the medicinal properties of drugs depend on the direction of the twist; and within us twisted DNA can interact with different proteins. This twisting is called chirality and researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found they can use a macroscopic brute force to impose and induce a twist in an otherwise non-chiral molecule.
Einem Team von Physikern ist der Nachweis gelungen, dass auch die Elektronen in grossen Molekuelen - beispielsweise in organischen Halbleitern - mit hoher Praezision durch einzelne Orbitale beschrieben werden koennen.
Researchers at the Berkeley Lab have developed a promising new inexpensive technique for fabricating large-scale flexible and stretchable backplanes using semiconductor-enriched carbon nanotube solutions that yield networks of thin film transistors with superb electrical properties, including a charge carrier mobility that is dramatically higher than that of organic counterparts.