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Novel electrode for flexible thin-film solar cells

Conventional silicon-based rigid solar cells generally found on the market are not suitable for manufacturing moldable thin-film solar cells, in which a transparent, flexible and electrically conductive electrode collects the light and carries away the current. A woven polymer electrode developed by Empa has now produced first results which are very promising, indicating that the new material may be a substitute for indium tin oxide coatings.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2011

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Nanotechnology transistor powered by single electrons

A team from Pitt, UW-Madison and HP Labs reports in Nature Nanotechnology a 1.5-nanometer single-electron transistor that could lead to long-lasting, ultradense computer memories, quantum computers and advanced electronics.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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ICE Publishing launches new flagship journal collection: ICE Science

ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers, today announces the launch of a major new flagship journal series: ICE Science. By publishing at the intersection of many scientific disciplines this new series aims to inspire the cross-fertilization of ideas and drive forward knowledge in the areas of materials science, biomaterials, nanotechnology and energy.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Sensitive label-free DNA sensing based on metal/fluorophore interactions

With two recent studies, imec scientists contribute to the field of label-free DNA sensing. The measurement technique they have refined is based on the fact that metallic films and nanoparticles absorb the light of nearby light-emitting fluorophores. In one study, the quenching and enhancement of the emitted light was studied and quantified with a wide range of gold nanoparticles and DNA hairpin probes. In a second study and using similar probes, the technique was used to demonstrate a functional label-free genosensor.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Improved bulk FinFET fabrication process

A new process flow to fabricate FinFETs in bulk Si has shown significant advancements in critical FinFET fabrication steps. Key issue of the new fabrication method is the use of a plasma-free dry oxide removal process. FinFETs, obtained with this new integration scheme and co-integrated with planar CMOS in the same wafer, showed good morphological and electrical characteristics.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Imec reports two breakthroughs in its EUV mask defectivity assessment

Imec, together with some of its partners in the Advanced Lithography Program, has demonstrated the need for improved capability of the EUV supplier community to detect printing mask blank defects. And together with Zeiss SMS, a compensation technique to mitigate such defects has been demonstrated experimentally.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Bringing laboratory technology into the age of automation

Select Biosciences, organisers of European Lab Automation (ELA) 2011, are delighted to announce that the Advances in Microarray Technology, Lab-on-a-Chip European Congress and Next Gen Sequencing Europe meetings will be joining the streams of this new, highly topical conference and exhibition, held in Hamburg, Germany, from 30 June - 1 July 2011.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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