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Placing graphene on boron nitride improves its electronic properties

The study of the physical properties and potential applications of graphene, however, has suffered from a lack of suitable carrier materials that can support a flat graphene layer while not interfering with its electrical properties. Researchers in the University of Arizona's physics department along with collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Materials Science Institute in Japan have now taken an important step forward toward overcoming those obstacles.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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New Institute for Applied Materials will pool materials research at KIT

Thanks to materials science and technology, fried eggs no longer stick to the pan, computers calculate more rapidly, and tunnels can be drilled through massive rock. Increasingly complex technical challenges are faced by advancements in the research and development of materials. To bundle its competencies in this area, KIT has founded the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and plans to establish a new course of study.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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The rise of flexible electronics

The silicon chip took over forty years to approach a $300 billion business today. Now there is a new form of electronics that will hit that figure in half the time because, unlike the silicon chip, it subsumes electrics such as lighting, batteries, solar cells and heaters, not just electronics. It is usually achieved by printing and its most vital characteristic is physical flexibility.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Eisfreie Flugzeuge durch Nanostrukturierung

Wissenschaftler am Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Grenzflaechen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB in Stuttgart haben nanostrukturierte Oberflaechen entwickelt, auf denen Wasser abgestossen wird und sich auch bei Minusgraden nahezu kein Eis bildet.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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New form of carbon proposed

Diamond may have a softer side: T-carbon. This fluffy form of diamond, simulated in a Chinese supercomputer, could be used for a variety of applications - if someone can make the stuff and prove its stability in the real world.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Physicists develop potent packing process

New York University physicists have developed a method for packing microscopic spheres that could lead to improvements in commercial products ranging from pharmaceutical lotions to ice cream.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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Stretched rubber offers simpler method for assembling nanowires

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a cheap and easy method for assembling nanowires, controlling their alignment and density. The researchers hope the findings will foster additional research into a range of device applications using nanowires, from nanoelectronics to nanosensors, especially on unconventional substrates such as rubber, plastic and paper.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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New Master's program "MSc NanoBiosciences and NanoMedicine" in Austria

Nanotechnology is one of the key technologies of the 21st century. It is already of immense significance in medicine as well as industry. Together with the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Danube University Krems has developed a postgraduate Master's program in nanobiosciences and nanomedicine which imparts interdisciplinary and practice-oriented knowledge in this sub-speciality.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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European micro- and nanotechnology companies continue to hire employees

A new survey shows that European companies want to hire more employees again, their sales have risen strongly, they are aiming for new overseas markets and looking out on the new business year with confidence. However, skills shortage and a persistent difficulty to raise capital may eventually restrict the industry's growth.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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