The new mapping study approaches the nano risk governance issue by presenting a range of nanotechnology applications, summarising the current knowledge about risks and concerns and by giving a comprehensive overview on regulatory approaches, initiatives and stakeholders involved worldwide.
The Empa team investigated the chemical processes which take place during the catalytic decomposition of soot in particle filters used to treat diesel engine exhaust gas. Under certain conditions carcinogenic or genetically damaging substances can be created.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics research center, intend to set up an international collaboration aimed at creation of novel processes and materials for advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the University of Illinois.
The promise of nanotechnology, a Dutch scientist says, is it could allow re-engineering ingredients to bring healthy nutrients more efficiently to the body while allowing less-desirable components to pass on through.
Researchers in the laboratory of Samuel I. Stupp at Northwestern University have an interesting approach for tackling some major health problems: gather raw materials and then let them self-assemble into structures that can address a multitude of medical needs.
A few years ago, with funding from the Office of Naval Research, Eric Paterson, a senior research associate at Penn State?s Applied Research Lab and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, decided to go back to the source, studying the fundamental fluid mechanics and odorant transport of canine olfaction with the object of coming up with a better mechanical equivalent.
Pushing the envelope of Albert Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance', known as entanglement, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have demonstrated a 'quantum buffer', a technique that could be used to control the data flow inside a quantum computer.