For the first time, chemists have succeeded in plugging a metal atom into a methane gas molecule, thereby creating a new compound that could be a key in opening up new production processes for the chemical industry, especially for the synthesis of organic compounds, which in turn might have implications for drug development.
Scientists from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands have succeeded in controlling the building blocks of a future super-fast quantum computer. They are now able to manipulate these building blocks (qubits) with electrical rather than magnetic fields, as has been the common practice up till now.
A new study (pdf) just published by the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) in Germany has looked at the quantitative biokinetic analysis of radioactively labelled, inhaled titanium dioxide nanoparticles in a rat model.
Advances in miniaturisation have led to the increasing adoption of microsystems in a wide array of applications. Continued miniaturisation, however, impacts the assembly of the components, the integration of passive components and overall system performance. To address these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding a research collaboration between the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering.
Stanford University in the USA has an X-FEL (X-ray Free Electron Laser) with a pricetag of hundreds of millions. It provides images of 'molecules in action', using a kilometer-long electron accelerator. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed an alternative that can do many of the same things. However this alternative fits on a tabletop, and costs around half a million euro.
On January 1, 2011, the European project AtMol will be officially launched for 4 years. AtMol is to open the atomic scale era of molecular computing integrating state of the art atomic scale technologies, new quantum architectures with multi-scale interconnection and packaging techniques for a single molecule to compute and be packaged into a molecular chip.
Researchers from the Quantum Photonics Group at DTU Fotonik in collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen surprise the scientific world with the discovery that light emission from solid-state photon emitters, the so-called quantum dots, is fundamentally different than hitherto believed.