Empa researchers have borrowed this trick from nature and developed a polymer foam surface coating with a closed cell construction which not only reduces the pressure loss after the membrane is damaged but also makes the inflatable structure more resistant and giving it a longer operational life.
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have built a very simple nanoantenna that directs red and blue colours in opposite directions, even though the antenna is smaller than the wavelength of light.
Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have for the first time provided details of their "confinement controlled sublimation" technique for growing high-quality layers of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide wafers. The technique relies on controlling the vapor pressure of gas-phase silicon in the high-temperature furnace used for fabricating the material.
Light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale has turned into a very fast-growing field of research known as nano-optics. To highlight breakthroughs in the specific areas of nano-optics known as nanoplasmonics and metamaterials, the editors of the Optical Society's open-access journal Optical Materials Express have published a special Focus Issue on Nanoplasmonics and Metamaterials.
Scientists have observed individual phase slips in aluminum nanowires and characterized the nature and temperature at which they occur. This information could help scientists remove phase slips from nano-scale systems, which could lead to more reliable nanowires and more efficient nanoelectronics.
Diamonds can add more than sparkle and style to X-ray experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source. They are giving scientists a way to focus the LCLS's powerful X-rays to a much tinier, brighter point without destroying the very device that does the focusing, according to a report from the Swiss team that created the new diamond-based technology.
The National Research Council, Canada is developing an innovative technology for smart glass with possible applications in sectors such as building, aircraft, automotive and displays. The micro-blinds are actuated by electrostatic forces; they allow the dynamic control of light transmission at remarkable speed and could lead to major energy savings in buildings. The idea is based on a cost-efficient manufacturing scheme.
Researchers from Thailand's NANOTEC pitched the "i-Guard Air Filter Sheets" technology to potential investors during the NSTDA Investor Day 2011 this morning to drum up interest from potential investors and entrepreneurs.
On Friday, September 16, 2011, Stefan W. Hell, head of the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, received the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize "for his groundbreaking development of light microscopy and its applications in biological settings".
RUSNANOTECH Forum is one of the central events of the year in the field of innovation in Russia. Traditionally, the event is attended by leading politicians, scientists and heads of major domestic and foreign companies. The Forum is focused on the main trends of global scientific and technological development and the advanced experience of innovative development commercialization.
Fuehrende europaeische Wissenschaftler bereiten derzeit das Human Brain Project vor, welches die Erforschung der Funktionsprinzipen des Gehirns eng mit moeglichen Anwendungen in der Informationswissenschaft verbinden soll.