By changing the organic molecule that coats gold nanorods, scientists at Rice University in Houston have increased the number of gold nanorods inserted into a single, living cell to over 2 million. The previous record was 150,000. This achievement could greatly improve photothermal therapy for cancer, which uses near-IR light to heat nanorods inside cancer cells to destroy them.
Biomedical engineer Marissa Nichole Rylander, associate professor jointly appointed in the mechanical engineering department and Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, at Virginia Tech is the recipient of the 2012 Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee, secured Senate approval for an increased focus onnanotechnology research by the Defense Department, including a study to determine the need for a center for nanotechnology.
Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute at Penn State are part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from universities and national laboratories across the U.S. who have fabricated piezoelectric thin films with record-setting properties.
A recent review in the edition of Nature Nanotechnology examines the technical challenges in the field of structural DNA nanotechnology and outlines some of the promising applications that could be developed if these hurdles can be overcome.
Mit der Konferenz "Next Generation Solar Energy - From Fundamentals to Applications" ist es der Bayern Innovativ GmbH und ihren Partnern erstmals gelungen, mehr als 40 der international renommiertesten Photovoltaik-Wissenschaftler und Entwickler aus innovativen Unternehmen bei einem Kongress in Deutschland zusammenzufuehren.
Graphen ist an sich ein hervorragender elektrischer Leiter. Doch muss nutzbares Graphen ueber Kontakte elektrisch an die Umgebung angebunden sein - das kann sich nachteilig auf die Leitfaehigkeit auswirken. Ein Team von der Uni Duisburg-Essen hat nun erstmals nanometergenau den Widerstand an den Kontaktstellen gemessen.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have invented a new type of electronic switch that performs electronic logic functions within a single molecule. The incorporation of such single-molecule elements could enable smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient electronics.
The Basque technology centre CIDETEC-IK4 is heading a European project to develop new plastics from organic waste, such as banana plants and almond and crustacean shells, using nanotechnology, which would represent a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to petroleum derivatives.