Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilizing thin, "smart", plastic films. For example, paper might be induced to release printing inks, if necessary, chemical reactions might be started and interrupted as required, or medications might be tailored to affect only certain parts of the body.
Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces? Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have investigated the viability of a technique called "spincasting" for creating thin films of nanoparticles on an underlying substrate - an important step in the creation of materials with a variety of uses, from optics to electronics.
The Research Council of Norway's Large-scale Programmes Functional Genomics (FUGE) and Nanotechnology and New Materials (NANOMAT) are a success, according to the recently-concluded external evaluations of the two programs.
A company developing a nanocomposite bone substitute claimed the $30,000 top prize in the inaugural Nanotechnology New Ventures Competition, sponsored by Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.
Ein internationales Forscherteam hat eine Methode entwickelt, mit der Krebsstammzellen moeglicherweise daran gehindert werden koennen, sich zu vermehren und zu metastasieren. Der Trick: Nanomaterialien, die die Krebsstammzellen in Gewahrsam nehmen.
Encapsulating antibiotics inside nanofibers, like a mummy inside a sarcophagus, gives them the amazing ability to destroy drug-resistant bacteria so completely that scientists described the remains as mere "ghosts".
Speaking at the 241st National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, an international team of scientists today described use of a new technique to see the paintings under the paintings of Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, and other 17th Century Old Master painters. The report was among almost two dozen studies presented as part of a symposium on chemistry and art titled "Partnerships and New Analytical Methodologies at the Interface of Chemistry and Art."
Scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom have been awarded funding totaling more than $10.3 million to improve the process of biological photosynthesis. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) collaborated in issuing these jointly funded awards.
Unlike other drugs that target cancer cells from the outside with minimal effect, this 'transport vehicle' carries multiple drugs that spare healthy cells, accumulate in tumor cells and strike cancer-specific molecular targets inside.
Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the California Institute of Technology have shown that it may be possible to take a conventional semiconductor and endow it with topological properties without subjecting the material to extreme environmental conditions or fundamentally changing its solid state structure.