A new biosensor microchip that could hold more than 100,000 magnetically sensitive nanosensors could speed up drug development markedly, Stanford researchers say. The nanosensors analyze how proteins bond - a critical step in drug development. The ultrasensitive sensors can simultaneously monitor thousands of times more proteins than existing technology, deliver results faster and assess the strength of the bonds.
Alexander A. Balandin, professor of electrical engineering professor and founding chair of materials science and engineering at the University of California - Riverside, was selected to receive the IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for the year of 2011.
Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, has published an informative e-handbook titled "Ensuring the Accuracy of Nanoscale Electrical Measurements". A free copy is downloadable upon request from Keithley.
Electrical fields play a pivotal role in numerous cases in both nature and technical areas: by changing the electrical field, impulses of nerves are transmitted and modern data storage operates by saving electrical charges the so-called Flash Memories. An ultra-precise reading of electrical fields, however, is still a challenge for physical measurement techniques. Researchers from the University of Stuttgart succeeded in measuring electrical fields with the aid of one single defect center in diamond.
Conventional silicon-based rigid solar cells generally found on the market are not suitable for manufacturing moldable thin-film solar cells, in which a transparent, flexible and electrically conductive electrode collects the light and carries away the current. A woven polymer electrode developed by Empa has now produced first results which are very promising, indicating that the new material may be a substitute for indium tin oxide coatings.
New research suggests that currently available types of synthetic skin may now be good enough to imitate animal skin in laboratory tests, and may be on their way to truly simulating human skin in the future.
A team from Pitt, UW-Madison and HP Labs reports in Nature Nanotechnology a 1.5-nanometer single-electron transistor that could lead to long-lasting, ultradense computer memories, quantum computers and advanced electronics.
ICE Publishing, the publishing division of the Institution of Civil Engineers, today announces the launch of a major new flagship journal series: ICE Science. By publishing at the intersection of many scientific disciplines this new series aims to inspire the cross-fertilization of ideas and drive forward knowledge in the areas of materials science, biomaterials, nanotechnology and energy.
In February 2011, a new European project called Seebetter was launched with the goal to design and build a high-performance silicon retina using advanced photodetector and packaging technology. It is expected that these new vision sensors will revolutionize artificial vision and find wide applications in industry.