Die Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung laedt mit der Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie dazu ein, die innovationspolitischen Herausforderungen der Nanotechnologie fuer den Standort Deutschland zu diskutieren. Anlass ist die Vorstellung der neuen gemeinsamen Studie 'Nanotechnologie - Innovationsmotor fuer den Standort Deutschland" der VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH und der Prognos AG.
ETH Zurich scientists have developed a comparatively simple non-contact method to hold nanoparticles at a given location in a liquid for any length of time, thus enabling them to be studied at leisure, something which had previously only been possible using elaborate methods.
When two scientists were recently awarded the Nobel Prize for physics for their work with graphene, a Kansas State University professor was thrilled with the recognition of the new two-dimensional material.
While swimmers and boaters along any shore consider the slimy green film that coats everything from rocks to docks as a nuisance, University of New Haven (UNH) chemical engineering student Nicole Reardon and Assistant Professor Shannon Ciston, Ph.D. think otherwise. They view the slime, or biofilm, as a complex community that may hold the key to informing humanity of the true environmental impact of the chemical nanoparticles that find their way from area kitchens, baths and garages into Long Island Sound.
In nature, textured surfaces provide some plants the ability to trap insects and pollen, certain insects the ability to walk on water, and the gecko the ability to climb walls. Being able to mimic these features at a larger scale would spur new advances in renewable energy and medicine.
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Last week Eindhoven saw the kick-off of the international R+D project PARADIGM. This project, which is led by Eindhoven University of Technology, is intended to standardize the development and production of optical chips, making them much cheaper and bringing all kinds of new products within arm's reach.
CHTF 2010 will focus on emerging industries, such as new energy, energy saving and environmental protection, new generation of information technology, biology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new materials and new energy automobiles.
In solar cells, solar radiation boosts electrons to higher energy states, thereby releasing them from their atomic bonds as electricity begins to flow. Scientists led by Professor Alexander Holleitner, physicist at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, have developed a novel method to analyze the way photogenerated electrons move in the smallest photodetectors.
Imagine that, one day, we would be able to implant electronics in the brain. Electronics that restore damaged regions of the brain. Or impaired functions, such as speech, hearing, vision, movement control, or even memory.
Imec has started work, together with its project partners, on SUGAR, a project under the EU's 7th framework program for ICT. The project's goal is to develop a process for the integrated production of photovoltaic modules based on ultra-thin crystalline Si.
The European FP7 funded project SmartFiber, a consortium led by imec and including partners Ghent University, Airborne, FBGS Technologies, Xenics, Fraunhofer and Optocap, will develop a smart miniaturized system for continuous health monitoring of composites that integrates optical fiber sensor technology, nanophotonic chip technology and low-power wireless technology.
Imec and its partners have successfully fabricated Au-free, Si-processing compatible GaN power devices on a 6 inch Si wafer. This result is a milestone in imec's industrial affiliation program (IIAP) on GaN power and light-emitting (LED) devices that targets cost reduction as one of the main objectives.