Graphene could play an important role in the modelling of cell membranes. For example, the lipid bilayer is the fundamental structure of cell membranes, and the structure and dynamic of bilayer membranes govern the transport of materials and information in and out of cells.
New work by theoretical physicists in Sweden intends to draw the attention of both communities, particle and condensed matter physics, to the illustrative analogies between Kaluza-Klein theories and carbon nanotube systems.
A team of international researchers have fired ultra-fast shots of light at oxygen, nitrogen and carbon monoxide molecules as part of a development aimed at mapping the astonishingly quick movements of atoms within molecules, as well as the charges that surround them.
University of Chicago physicists have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, that atoms chilled to temperatures near absolute zero may behave like seemingly unrelated natural systems of vastly different scales, offering potential insights into links between the atomic realm and deep questions of cosmology.
The DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has announced th dates for its two summer school events 2012. They will be held in the fields of nano-photonics (Sept. 10-13, 2012) and nano-energy (Sept. 14-17, 2012) - two main areas of research at the CFN.
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona researchers developed a new vehicle to release proteins with therapeutic effects. The vehicles are known as "bacteria inclusion bodies", stable insoluble nanoparticles which are found normally in recombinant bacteria.
Nanoparticles containing chitosan have been shown to have effective antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Escherichia coli. The materials could be used as a protective wound-healing material to avoid opportunistic infection as well as working to facilitate wound healing.
By depositing atoms on one side of a grid of graphene, researchers at Stanford have engineered piezoelectricity into a nanoscale material for the first time. The implications could yield dramatic degree of control in nanotechnology.
Researchers have introduced a new luminescent organic liquid that can be applied like ink. When two additional dyes are dissolved in this liquid, it forms a white luminescent paste that may offer a new way to make devices like large displays and white light-emitting diodes.
Researchers from ETH Zurich and CSEM, in collaboration with their Italian colleagues from the Politecnico di Milano and Universita di Milano-Bicocca, have developed a new method by which highly perfect structures composed of different semiconductors can be manufactured.
A research group at the University of Tokyo and Sharp Corp developed a quantum dot-type photovoltaic (PV) battery with a high efficiency. Its cell conversion efficiency is 18.7% without light condensing and 19.4% at the time of 2x light condensing.