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Imec reports two breakthroughs in its EUV mask defectivity assessment

Imec, together with some of its partners in the Advanced Lithography Program, has demonstrated the need for improved capability of the EUV supplier community to detect printing mask blank defects. And together with Zeiss SMS, a compensation technique to mitigate such defects has been demonstrated experimentally.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Bringing laboratory technology into the age of automation

Select Biosciences, organisers of European Lab Automation (ELA) 2011, are delighted to announce that the Advances in Microarray Technology, Lab-on-a-Chip European Congress and Next Gen Sequencing Europe meetings will be joining the streams of this new, highly topical conference and exhibition, held in Hamburg, Germany, from 30 June - 1 July 2011.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Polysterene spheres self-assembled onto graphene can be used to pattern ribbons and other shapes

Sheets of graphene are useful in many situations for their lack of an energy barrier, or bandgap, to prevent electrons from moving freely. For electronic devices such as transistors, however, a bandgap and the corresponding semiconducting behavior are essential, and narrow ribbons of graphene are known to display this property. Researchers have now reported a simple and scalable method for manufacturing such graphene nanoribbons.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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Curing quantum dots with ultraviolet light causes a permanent increase in their light emission efficiency

Semiconductor-based light-emitting devices that produce while light are beginning to replace incandescent light-globes in homes and offices around the world thanks to their high efficiency. Researchers have now shown that curing polymer-embedded quantum dots with ultraviolet light can permanently increase the light-emitting efficiency of these elements as part of white-light devices.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2011

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EU research center contributes to risk assessment of selected engineered nanomaterials to human health and the environment

Scientists from the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) performed basic risk assessments for four types of nanomaterials: fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, nano-silver and metal-oxides (nano-titanium dioxide and nano-zinc oxide) following the methodology described in the REACH guidance.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2011

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Putting a fuel cell in your pocket

Edman Tsang of Oxford University's Department of Chemistry and colleagues are developing new catalysts which can produce hydrogen at room temperature without the need for solvents or additives.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2011

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Nanoscale Gutenberg-style printing

When Gutenberg developed the principles of modern book printing, books became available to the masses. Hoping to bring technology capable of mass production to the nanometer scale, Udo Bach and this team of scientists at Monash University (Australia) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) have developed a nanoprinting process modeled on Gutenberg's printing method. Their goal is the simple, inexpensive production of nanotechnological components for solar cells, biosensors, and other electronic systems.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2011

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BASF Dialogueforum Nano - Information and Transparency Along the Product Life Cycle of Nanomaterials Final Report

In the BASF Dialogueforum Nano representatives of environmental and consumer organisations, trade unions, scientific institutes and churches (Civil Society Organisations / Non Governmental Organisations) work together with employees of the chemical company BASF SE on various issues related to the subject of nanotechnologies. The 2009 / 2010 dialogueforum, led by the Risk Dialogue Foundation, St. Gallen, resulted in recommendations on how transparency and information can be guaranteed along the product life cycle.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2011

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