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Summer schools on nanophotonics and nanoenergy

The DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has announced th dates for its two summer school events 2012. They will be held in the fields of nano-photonics (Sept. 10-13, 2012) and nano-energy (Sept. 14-17, 2012) - two main areas of research at the CFN.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Nanopills release drugs directly from the inside of cells

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona researchers developed a new vehicle to release proteins with therapeutic effects. The vehicles are known as "bacteria inclusion bodies", stable insoluble nanoparticles which are found normally in recombinant bacteria.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Shrimp shell nanotechnology rescues skin

Nanoparticles containing chitosan have been shown to have effective antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Escherichia coli. The materials could be used as a protective wound-healing material to avoid opportunistic infection as well as working to facilitate wound healing.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Solvent-free luminescent organic liquids for organic electronics

Researchers have introduced a new luminescent organic liquid that can be applied like ink. When two additional dyes are dissolved in this liquid, it forms a white luminescent paste that may offer a new way to make devices like large displays and white light-emitting diodes.

Mar 16th, 2012

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New ways of shaping semiconductors

Researchers from ETH Zurich and CSEM, in collaboration with their Italian colleagues from the Politecnico di Milano and Universita di Milano-Bicocca, have developed a new method by which highly perfect structures composed of different semiconductors can be manufactured.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Novel 3D integration process flow: backside 'soft' via reveal

Imec presents a via-middle through-Si-via (TSV) approach to 3D stacking. This method is new to industry as it allows to 'reveal' TSV contacts by using a Si-etch process. The process further allows thinning down the wafers to 50um with a total thickness variation of less than 2um.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Process makes polymers truly plastic

Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching back and forth between a rough surface and a smooth one.

Mar 15th, 2012

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Nano-imprinted photonic structures improve efficiency of silicon solar cells

Imec has successfully fabricated crystalline silicon solar cells including 2D periodic photonic nanostructures made with nano-imprint lithography. The result was an improvement in energy-conversion efficiency, compared to unpatterned cells, through a better absorption of the light spectrum. The technique shows a path to further reducing the thickness of solar cells while keeping the efficiency as high as possible.

Mar 15th, 2012

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