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Nanosilver for therapy and diagnostics

Nowadays, everyday life would be inconceivable without nanotechnology. It is also ever-present in medical technology - both in therapy and diagnostics. Researchers from ETH Zurich have now prepared silver nanoparticles in an interdisciplinary study in such a way that they offer further potential in this field.

Posted: May 12th, 2011

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Chemie im Femtoliter-Bereich

Das Forschungsprojekt "Femtoliter-Arrays fuer die Analyse von Einzel-Molekuel-Mechanismen von Enzymen" wird durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) ueber einen Zeitraum von drei Jahren mit mehr als 350.000 Euro gefoerdert.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Metallic alloy 'snowflakes' enhance the efficiency and safety of rechargeable batteries

The tiny porous frameworks of zinc-antimony (ZnSb) nanoflakes are set to have a big impact on future hybrid vehicles and pocket-sized electronic devices. Researchers have now deposited ZnSb nanostructures directly onto copper foil using a template-free electrochemical technique to produce a material that could enhance the charge-storage capacity and safety of lithium-ion batteries.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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The effect of fluid flow on graphene

The application of graphene in a liquid environment has so far received little attention. Fong Yew Leong from the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing has now shed some light on the effects of fluid dynamics on graphene in such applications through a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and scaling arguments.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Connaught Summer Institute in Nanofabrication

The Connaught Summer Institute in Nanofabrication will bring together Canadian and international experts in a variety of areas related to nanofabrication techniques for the production of nano devices. Open to members of both academia and industry, the institute will be of interest to faculty members, research associates, graduate students, post-docs, industry representatives, and technical representatives.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Nature may be making silver nanoparticles on its own

Nanoparticles of silver are being found increasingly in the environment - and in environmental science laboratories. Because they have a variety of useful properties, especially as antibacterial and antifungal agents, silver nanoparticles increasingly are being used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products. This, in turn, has raised concerns about what happens to them once released into the environment. Now a new research paper adds an additional wrinkle: Nature may be making silver nanoparticles on its own.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Consultation: Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU research and innovation funding

On 9th February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money. The Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations on these proposed changes and on the specific questions set out in the Green Paper.

Posted: May 10th, 2011

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New technique improves artificial photosynthesis

This discovery will make it possible to improve photoelectrochemical cells. In the same way that plants use photosynthesis to transform sunlight into energy, these cells use sunlight to drive chemical reactions that ultimately produce hydrogen from water.

Posted: May 10th, 2011

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