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New family of composite structures

Material scientists at ETH-Zurich are working on composite materials that mimic the structure of seashells. Such complex structures are produced using magnetic nanoparticles which guide the composites' stiffer elements into place.

Posted: Jan 13th, 2012

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Tiny transmitter sets frequency record

A terahertz transmitter developed at the TU Darmstadt has generated the highest frequency ever attained by a microelectronic device. The innovative device is also minuscule and operates at room temperature, which could lead to it paving the way for new applications in, e.g., nondestructive testing or medical diagnostics.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2012

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Nanotechnology expert Paul Alivisatos wins Wolf Prize in Chemistry

Paul Alivisatos, director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology, has won the prestigious Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry for 2012.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2012

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New nanotechnology technique for lower-cost materials repair

In the super-small world of nanostructures, a team of polymer scientists and engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered how to make nano-scale repairs to a damaged surface equivalent to spot-filling a scratched car fender rather than re-surfacing the entire part.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2012

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Inventing self-repairing batteries

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are exploring ways to design batteries that heal themselves when damaged.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2012

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