This center draws on the extensive expertise of imec to commercially offer a high quality service for scanning spreading resistance microscopy and a range of products and solutions to enable and support electrical atomic force microscopy measurements.
A miniature ethylene sensor could help monitor and control fruit ripening, potentially reducing food wastage. And a multi-ion sweat sensor could allow continuous monitoring of dehydration for athletes, the elderly and the sick. These sensors enable considerable miniaturization in monitoring equipment, opening the door to novel smart packaging and body area network applications.
The method is based on an iterative sequence of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and capillary self-assembly. A wide variety of robust 3D CNT microstructures can be fabricated, including microsprings and tilted microcantilevers. The proposed method promises the development of new microsystems, engineered surfaces and metamaterials.
Opening up a new door in synthetic biology, a team of researchers has developed a microfluidic device that produces a continuous supply of tiny lipid spheres that are similar in many ways to a cell's outer membrane.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it is accepting proposals for funding for a broad range of potential research projects and related activities that support the institute's measurement science and engineering programs.
Boise State University recently began a campaign, Beyond The Blue, to bring deserved awareness to their excellent academic programs. As part of this campaign, the University has launched a series of podcasts discussing many fascinating topics and updates on current work. Here are a few examples of BSU faculty's work on DNA nanotechnology.
A technique that lets researchers monitor single cancer cells in real time as they float in liquid could help doctors study the breakaway tumor cells that cause metastasis. Metastasis is the process of the disease spreading through the body.
Physicists at Aalto University, Finland, have shown how a nanomechanical oscillator can be used for detection and amplification of feeble radio waves or microwaves. A measurement using such a tiny device, resembling a miniaturized guitar string, can be performed with the least possible disturbance.
Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack. These excellent performance results represent a crucial step towards successful commercialization of organic photovoltaic cells.