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Investment opportunities in the nanotechnology region of Eastern Germany

Within the framework of the conference series 'Commercialization of Future Technologies: Investment Opportunities in the Nanotechnology Region of Eastern Germany,' Germany Trade and Invest is presenting opportunities for Russian companies and research institutes in the field of nanotechnology in Eastern Germany with an investor event in St. Petersburg on November 12, 2009.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2009

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Researchers overcome barrier for organic electronics

Providing insight into a frustrating inconsistency in the performance of electronics made with organic materials, Stanford researchers have shown that the way boundaries between individual crystals in a film are aligned can make a 70-fold difference in how easily current, or electrical charges, can move through transistors.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2009

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'Homegrown' hybrid solar cell aims for low-cost power

Argonne National Laboratory have refined a technique to manufacture solar cells by creating tubes of semiconducting material and then 'growing' polymers directly inside them. The method has the potential to be significantly cheaper than the process used to make today's commercial solar cells.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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Nanoelectronics work combines DNA self-assembly with carbon nanotubes

n work that someday may lead to the development of novel types of nanoscale electronic devices, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has combined DNA's talent for self-assembly with the remarkable electronic properties of carbon nanotubes, thereby suggesting a solution to the long-standing problem of organizing carbon nanotubes into nanoscale electronic circuits.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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Interdisciplinary research team developing novel drug detection technology

With the support of a $2.7 million Recovery Act grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) an interdisciplinary team headed by Vanderbilt chemist John McLean and physicist John Wikswo will attempt to determine whether an individual's white blood cells retain chemical memories of exposure to drugs like cocaine and alcohol that can be read reliably and unambiguously.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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New nanocrystalline diamond AFM probes overcome wear

Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have developed, characterized, and modeled a new kind of probe used in atomic force microscopy (AFM), which images, measures, and manipulates matter at the nanoscale.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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EU consumer bodies launch nanotechnology consumer product inventory

Two European consumer organisations - the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC) and the European consumer voice in standardisation (ANEC) - have jointly launched a first stab at a nanotechnology inventory to tell consumers which products on the EU market contain nanomaterials.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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