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Structural investigations and processing of electronically and protonically conducting polymers

Different conducting polymers form a special class of materials with the potential for many applications in organic electronics and functional materials. These polymers can be electronically conducting or semiconducting due to a conjugated polymer backbone, or alternatively possess conductivity due to mobile protons or other ions. A new thesis discusses such conducting polymers and shows ways how they can be processed by printing and how the nanostructure allows controlling their electrical properties.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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National Cancer Institute funds preclinical theranostic study

Researchers from Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the radiology department at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are preparing to test a combined approach for diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer with a specially engineered nanoparticle.

Posted: Oct 18th, 2010

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International anerkannt: die Quantentechnologie des AIT

Vor genau zwei Jahre praesentierte das AIT Austrian Institute of Technology am 20. Oktober 2008 weltweit zum ersten Mal ein quantenkryptographisches Netzwerk, resultierend aus einer Kooperation mit den fuehrenden europaeischen Gruppen, darunter auch der Uni Wien. In den Tagen zwischen 18. und 20.Oktober 2010 erfolgt eine neuerliche Live-Praesentation.

Posted: Oct 18th, 2010

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Australia introduces notification and assessment process for new industrial nanomaterials

The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) is introducing new administrative processes for the notification and assessment of industrial nanomaterials that are considered to be New Chemicals under Part 3 (Notification and Assessment of Industrial Chemicals) of the Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Act 1989 (the Act).

Posted: Oct 16th, 2010

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Scientists unravel complex quantum dot-dopamine interactions

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in conjunction with the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Ca., recently reported a detailed study of the interactions of water soluble semi-conductor quantum dots (QDs) with the electro-active neuro-transmitter dopamine. These biocompatible QD-dopamine nano-assemblies may be used as the active component for sensors that are used to detect a wide variety of target analytes ranging from sugars to peroxides.

Posted: Oct 15th, 2010

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The noise about graphene

Berkeley Labs materials scientist Yuegang Zhang and colleagues at University of California, Los Angeles are moving toward more efficient devices by studying the 'noise' in graphene nanoribbons.

Posted: Oct 15th, 2010

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Funding boost for nanotechnology research into global challenges

Extracting drinking water from the sea to prepare for a world parched by climate change, and re-imagining aeroplane and ship hull designs for the best fuel efficiency, are two of the visionary applications of a new GBP2.4 million research project announced today at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Posted: Oct 15th, 2010

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NIH New Innovator Award for nanotechnology-based bone tissue healing technique

Balaji Sitharaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, is a 2010 recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award. Only a select group of early-career biomedical researchers nationwide receive this award, which includes a 5-year $1.5 million grant.

Posted: Oct 15th, 2010

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