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Nano-energy resesearcher wins Krill Prize

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researcher Dr. Taleb Mokari, a member of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has been awarded a prestigious Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research. Dr. Mokari received the Prize for his work on developing novel nanostructures for renewable energy applications.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Electric signals in the nose

The human olfactory system possesses a special electric amplification mechanism that enables olfactory cells to respond even to extremely weak stimuli. Scientists at Heidelberg University have now established how this mechanism works.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Infographic: Understanding graphene

The website WellHome has created a nice infographic that gives an overview of what graphene is and what areas - such as computing, manufacturing, or energy - could be profoundly impacted by this nanomaterial.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Nanomaterialien: Anwendungen im Umweltbereich

Das Landesanstalt fuer Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Wuerttemberg hat eine neue Broschuere herausgegeben mit dem Titel "Nanomaterialien: Anwendungen im Umweltbereich". Diese Broschuere stellt Beispiele fuer den Einsatz von Nanomaterialien vor, die zu deutlichen Umweltentlastungen fuehren koennen.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Penn breaks ground for nanotechnology center

On Feb. 17, Penn President Amy Gutmann will join University Trustees and the deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Engineering and Applied Science at the 3200 block of Walnut Street for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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New approach to solar cells

An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz researchers is taking a novel approach to solar power, one that promises to lead to a technological breakthrough. By using nanoparticles of germanium, silicon and other materials, the researchers hope to produce solar cells far more efficient than the current state of the art.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2011

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Seeing the light: Scientists bring plasmonic nanofields into focus

In typical plasmonic devices, electromagnetic waves crowd into tiny metal structures, concentrating energy into nanoscale dimensions. Due to coupling of electronics and photonics in these metal nanostructures, plasmonic devices could be harnessed for high-speed data transmission or ultrafast detector arrays. However, studying plasmonic fields in nanoscale devices presents a real roadblock for scientists, as examining these structures inherently alters their behavior.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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New nanomaterials unlock new electronic and energy technologies

A new way of splitting layered materials to give atom thin "nanosheets" has been discovered. This has led to a range of novel two-dimensional nanomaterials with chemical and electronic properties that have the potential to enable new electronic and energy storage technologies.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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