Researchers at Fractal Antenna Systems have written a new chapter in the science of making things disappears. Their wideband microwave invisibility cloak, first revealed in March 2009, now makes its debut for everyone to see in a new video.
For years, scientists have been searching for an example of Moebius symmetry in natural materials without any success. Now a team of scientists has discovered Moebius symmetry in metamaterials - materials engineered from artificial 'atoms' and 'molecules' with electromagnetic properties that arise from their structure rather than their chemical composition.
Plastics-based materials have been in use for decades. But manufacturers are facing a serious hurdle in their quest for new developments: Substantial influences of the microscopic material structure on mechanical material properties cannot be observed directly. The synthetic polymer molecules are simply too small for microscopic observation in mechanical experiments. A team of physicists has now developed a method that allows just these kinds of measurements.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new technique that allows plasmon lasers to operate at room temperature, overcoming a major barrier to practical utilization of the technology.
The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2010 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology.
The National Institutes of Health has designated Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine a Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine. The five-year, $1.7 million award is part of a larger, $13.5 million grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute which established a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.
Australia's National Industrial Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has issued guidance on new chemical requirements for the notification of industrial nanomaterials. The notification and assessment process comes in effect on January 1, 2011.
A new European access centre called ACTMOST will provide European companies with timely, cost-effective, and investment-free access to professional, cutting-edge micro-photonic technologies and knowledge to support the development of new products.
Imec has demonstrated the selective area growth of high-quality InP layers on 200mm Si(001) wafers. Key to avoiding the typically formed and unwanted antiphase boundaries (APBs) is the creation of atomic steps on a thin Ge buffer layer. This result is a major step forward towards the fabrication of high-performance Ge/III-V CMOS devices and the integration of optoelectronic devices on a Si chip.
The joint European project SEAL (Semiconductor Equipment Assessment Leveraging Innovation), dedicated to foster the European semiconductor equipment industry in a global market has been successfully started.
Researchers from imec and the University of Michigan have reported a new technology to fabricate complex three-dimensional microstructures, with intricate bends, twists, and multidirectional textures, starting from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes.
Imec has derived a process flow concept for the packaging of medical implants that meets the requirements for miniaturization, biocompatibility and safety. The proposed solution is a promising alternative for the currently used rigid packages that tend to enhance foreign body reactions.