A group of researchers funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is among the three research teams nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis in 2011. Dresden-based researchers Professor Karl Leo, Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth and Dr. Martin Pfeiffer are among those hoping to win this year's Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation.
The Belgian research centre imec, together with Plextronics and Solvay, present this week at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PVSEC) in Hamburg an organic polymer-based single junction solar cell with 6.9% performance in an innovative inverted device stack.
The Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) puts Singapore into the Guinness Book of World Records with its controllable, molecule-sized gears, which are officially the world's smallest. The gears are up 100,000 times smaller than the width of a single strand of hair and can only be viewed using powerful microscopes.
Chemists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences have developed the world's first single molecule electric motor, a development that may potentially create a new class of devices that could be used in applications ranging from medicine to engineering.
smart has always been a pioneer in matters of urban mobility and with the smart fortwo electric drive the company is showing the direction of development in cities around the world. Together with BASF, the largest automotive supplier in the chemical industry, smart is demonstrating its leading role in the use of forward-looking technologies above and beyond the drive system. The joint concept vehicle smart forvision presented at the 2011 International Motor Show in Frankfurt combines a futuristic design with technologies relating to energy efficiency, lightweight design and temperature management.
If nanoparticles are incorporated into a material with the aim of imparting new functions, the properties of the single nanoparticles have to be precisely characterized. To date this information was only available for individual nanoparticles that are smaller than 500 nanometres. Now, the refinement of a procedure used in biology to study cell membranes has shed light onto even smaller 'dwarves'.
The problems encountered by the traditional European dyes industry go from lack of innovation and weak market competitiveness to toxicity, environmental hazards and health risks for those working in it. To address them scientists have developed a new and environmentally friendly way to produce dyes.
Members of the Nanodermatology Society (NDS), a physician-led organization dedicated to the scientific and medical aspects of nanotechnology and dermatology, recently published a pilot study evaluating knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding Nanotechnology amongst dermatologists in the United States.
Though it seems like science fiction, microscopic "factories" in which nanomachines produce tiny structures for miniaturized components or nanorobots that destroy tumor cells within the body and scrape blockages from our arteries may become reality in the foreseeable future. Nanomotors could transport drugs to specific target organs more rapidly or pilot analytes through the tiny channels on microchip diagnostic systems.