The theme for the event is Innovative Technologies for an Energized Future. The commercialization of technologies and processes used to produce bioenergy from a variety of biomass resources highlights this half-day program. The BioEnergy Summit will also explore innovative nanotechnologies for bioenergy production and technologies for producing energy from wastewater.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today launched a new competition for grants to support the construction of new or expanded scientific research facilities at institutions of higher education and nonprofit scientific research organizations.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are an increasingly popular technology for use in energy-efficient lighting. Researchers from North Carolina State University have now developed a new technique that reduces defects in the gallium nitride (GaN) films used to create LEDs, making them more efficient.
Certain types of pollution monitoring may soon become considerably easier. A group of researchers centered at Kyoto University has shown that a newly-formulated entangled framework of porous crystals (porous coordination polymers, or PCPs) can not only capture a variety of common air pollutants, but that the mixtures then glow in specific, easily-detected colors.
Researchers are developing a new class of 'plasmonic metamaterials' as potential building blocks for advanced optical technologies, including ultrapowerful microscopes and computers, improved solar cells, and a possible invisibility cloak.
Imec announces the launch of a new industrial affiliation program on high-bandwidth optical input/output (I/O). The primary objective of the new program, which is part of imec's research platform on deep-submicron CMOS scaling, is to explore the use of optical solutions for realizing high-bandwidth I/O between CMOS chips.
Die Bundesanstalt fuer Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) fuehrte am 17.01.2011 die Veranstaltung 'Dialog-Forum Nanomaterialien am Arbeitsplatz' mit ueber 200 Interessierten aus Betrieben und Behoerden durch.
The ERC-'Advanced Grant' for established research leaders is one of the most prestigious research awards worldwide. Two physicists at the University of Stuttgart received independently of each other this grant in the amount of 2.4 Million Euro each to promote their pioneering research.
Although full-spectrum solar cells have been made, none yet have been suitable for manufacture at a consumer-friendly price. Now Wladek Walukiewicz, who leads the Solar Energy Materials Research Group in the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) at Berkeley Lab, and his colleagues have demonstrated a solar cell that not only responds to virtually the entire solar spectrum, it can also readily be made using one of the semiconductor industry's most common manufacturing techniques.
They said it could be done and now they've done it. What's more, they did it with a GRIN. A team of researchers have carried out the first experimental demonstration of GRIN - for gradient index - plasmonics, a hybrid technology that opens the door to a wide range of exotic optics, including superfast computers based on light rather than electronic signals, ultra-powerful optical microscopes able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, and 'invisibility' carpet-cloaking devices.
A new class of artificial materials called metamaterials - which derive their properties from carefully engineered, nanostructured building blocks rather than from their chemical composition - may one day be used to create ultrapowerful microscopes, advanced sensors, improved solar cells, computers that use light instead of electronic signals to process information, and even an invisibility cloak.
Nongjian Tao and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have pioneered a new technique capable of peering into single cells and even intracellular processes with unprecedented clarity. The method, known as electrochemical impedance microscopy (EIM) may be used to explore subtle features of profound importance for basic and applied research, including cell adhesion, cell death (or apoptosis) and electroporation - a process that can be used to introduce DNA or drugs into cells.
Scientists at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg created new software that rapidly learns what researchers are looking for and automatically performs complex microscopy experiments.