A large consortium is developing silicon carbide (SiC) technology poised to pick up where silicon (Si) leaves off in terms of performance and operating conditions. Additional benefits include reduced energy consumption and emissions.
Strengthening the nanotechnology capabilities of a key institute in Poland will enable the country to upgrade research on biomaterials and alternative energy. It will also help further integrate the country in the European Research Area (ERA).
A European research project, 'New frontiers in quantum dots science: Assembly and functionalisation', pushed knowledge about different quantum dot configuration made from stoichiometric crystalline nanoclusters. It explored their optical properties and how they can be used as multifunctional materials.
Im Zentrum des Forschungsprojekts SELFPHOS stehen metallorganische Phosphorverbindungen. Mit ihrer Hilfe werden neuartige kugelförmige Supramoleküle und poröse Materialien mit vielseitigen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten entwickelt.
A team of researchers from the IMP Vienna together with collaborators from the Vienna University of Technology established a new microscopy technique which greatly enhances resolution in the third dimension. In a simple set-up, the scientists used the translation of position information of fluorescent markers into color information.
Nanostructures, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, can develop under far extremer plasma conditions than was previously thought. Plasmas (hot, charged gases) are already widely used to produce interesting nanostructures.
Researchers are working on a breathalyzer device that could one day replace regular blood testing in diabetics. The new monitoring device uses multilayer nanotechnology to detect acetone in the breath of diabetics, which has been shown to correlate with blood-glucose levels.
Nature builds flawless diamonds, sapphires and other gems. Now a Northwestern University research team is the first to build near-perfect single crystals out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by nature.
A novel approach to understand magnets was taken by a team of scientists. In a joint experimental and theoretical effort, quantum matter waves made of Rubidium atoms were controlled in such a way that they mimic magnets. Under these well-defined conditions, these artificially created magnets can be studied with clarity, and can give a fresh perspective on long-standing riddles.
Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have shown in an experiment that magnetic properties and excitations can be influenced by an electric voltage. This opens up completely new possibilities for electronics at high frequencies.