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IMEC shows optimizations for next-generation transistors

IMEC has achieved promising results in the race to scale CMOS to 22nm and below. The breakthroughs from its transistor scaling programs include a successful integration of the laser-anneal technique in a high-K/metal-gate first process and a step forward towards fabricating aggressively scaled germanium-pFET transistors.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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Predicting the effectiveness of metal catalysts

Researchers at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Lyon have used numerical simulation methods to show how the selectivity of reaction mechanisms at the surface of a metal catalyst can be understood far more simply.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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UK strategy for nanotechnology business development

The UK's Technology Strategy Board has developed a nanotechnology strategy document that sets out the processes the Technology Strategy Board will use to determine how it will invest in the nanotechnology space in a way that helps UK businesses to succeed on a global scale.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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The optics of nanomaterials

While the chemistry, physics, and optical properties of simple atoms and molecules are quite well understood, this new book demonstrates that there is much to be learned about the optics of nanomaterials.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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NIH grants $3 million for nanotechnology risk and DNA sequencing research

Arizona State University has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal stimulus funds from the National Institutes of Health. ASU professors Stuart Lindsay and Paul Westerhoff will lead a pair of two-year, innovative projects designed to tackle challenges in the fields of rapid DNA sequencing and the potential health risks of nanotechnology.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Ten technologies that made news in 2009 and warrant watching in 2010

A first-of-its kind inhalable measles vaccine for developing countries, where the disease remains a scourge. A nanogenerator that could recharge iPods and other electronic devices with a shake. And for Fido and Fluffy, a long-awaited once-a-month pill for both ticks and fleas. It's list season, the time to prepare inventories of what stood out in 2009 and holds promise for the year ahead.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Tiny beam of light can budge nano-objects

With a bit of leverage, Cornell researchers have used a very tiny beam of light with as little as 1 milliwatt of power to move a silicon structure up to 12 nanometers. That's enough to completely switch the optical properties of the structure from opaque to transparent.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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