Argonne's Center for Electrical Energy Storage is one of three Argonne-led Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) that were established in 2009 thanks to a special block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that sought to establish five-year interdisciplinary programs focused around discrete scientific challenges.
The term "nanotechnology" covers a multitude of different technologies, and so a differentiated view of it is needed. This is the opinion of ETH Zurich Professor Christofer Hierold, whose research is in nanotechnology. He says that, to avoid risks and hazards, these must be analysed for each specific example of materials, structures and their applications.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel method of disguising nanoparticles as red blood cells, which will enable them to evade the body's immune system and deliver cancer-fighting drugs straight to a tumor.
Research into the use of nanotechnology in treating stroke has produced evidence of significant motor function recovery. The use of carbon nanotubes to deliver short strands of RNA (siRNA) and induce gene silencing of specific target areas in the brain responsible for motor functions has allowed scientists to 'switch off' proteins that contribute to neuronal tissue loss.
Scientists at Northern Illinois University say they have discovered a simple method for producing high yields of graphene with a new method that converts carbon dioxide directly into few-layer graphene by burning pure magnesium metal in dry ice.
A new microspectrometer architecture that uses compact disc-shaped resonators could address the challenges of integrated lab-on-chip sensing systems that now require a large off-chip spectrometer to achieve high resolution.
Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, has assembled a new collection of its nanotechnology-focused web tutorials and seminars in a convenient CD format.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, and researchers from SEMATECH and The University of Texas at Dallas are the first to demonstrate that specific potentially hazardous organic contaminants present in a type of single-walled carbon nanotubes can be easily removed.
The project will create nano-enabled solutions for introducing and exploiting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology in Russia's retail industry. If successful in its development work, the project will establish a company-integrator to introduce RFID technology to domestic retail trade.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Armed Services Committee, secured approval for an increased focus on nanotechnology research by the Defense Department, including a study to determine the need for a center for nanotechnology.
State-of-the-art equipment for generating composite semiconductor structures has been launched at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. First micropillars, micrometer-sized columns made up of many carefully selected layers of thickness of the order of nanometres, have been generated in the laboratory in Warsaw. They will be used, among others, to build efficient yellow light lasers. The new equipment also opens up unique educational possibilities for students in the field of nanotechnology engineering.