EU-funded scientists have developed risk assessment criteria for engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) that will help support experts in making innovation and policy decisions. An outcome of the NANOHOUSE project, which is backed with EUR 2.4 million under the 'Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies' (NMP) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme, findings reveal that product design can affect the unintentional release of ENMs.
Carbonhagen 2011 is a two day symposium on graphene and carbon nanotubes, jointly organised by the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen and Nano Connect Scandinavia. The symposium will cover fabrication, physical, electronic, chemical and optical properties, device integration and applications.
Hitachi High Technologies and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) today opened the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Products Centre (HEMiC) and unveiled a Hitachi H-95000 environmental transmission electron microscope (E-TEM) that is the first of its kind outside of Japan.
Numerous industrial processes make use of blends. Researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences have studied how the external electric field affects the rate of component separation in blends composed of polymers and liquid crystals and those composed of various types of polymers.
Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have delivered a nanoelectronic synapse that might drive a new class of microchips that can learn, adapt and make probability-based decisions in complex environments. Their work might one day lead to real-time brain simulators that enhance our understanding of neuroscience.
A team of University of Maryland nanotechnology researchers has solved one of the most vexing challenges hindering the use of carbon nanomaterials for better electrical energy storage and for enhancing the fluorescence sensing capabilities of biosensors.
Using a special laser technique, research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and other Fraunhofer Institutes have succeeded in producing hybrid biomimetic matrices. These serve as a basis for scaffold and implant structures on which the cells can grow effectively.
A novel approach to restoring sight using a 'bionic eye' is being investigated at Swinburne University of Technology. The laser stimulation of optic nerves is the focus of this research to develop a vision prosthesis - perhaps a tiny laser device fitted in a pair of spectacles - much like the cochlear implant for restoring hearing.
The sun has enough power to supply the whole earth with electricity. But in Europe solar cells make only a vanishing small share of renewable energy sources. Solar cell production is still an expensive process. And the photovoltaic cells can only exploit about 16 percent of the energy of the sunlight.