Powerful new microscopes able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, superfast computers that use light rather than electronic signals to process information, and Harry Potteresque invisibility cloaks are just some of the many thrilling promises of transformation optics.
The NanoBusiness Alliance today issued a Position Statement on Nanomaterials Product Sustainability, which reflects NanoBusiness Alliance members' enduring commitment to managing effectively the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology.
A new shape memory alloy with up to now unprecedented functional stability was developed by researchers from the Institute for Materials at the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in cooperation with researchers from the USA and Japan.
Nongjian Tao, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has hit on a new way of making graphene, maximizing the material's enormous potential, particularly for use in high-speed electronic devices.
The Danish company Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and Riso DTU have received a grant of 54.5 million DKK from the Danish Energy Agency's Programme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration (EUDP). This will ensure that the current efforts within solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) will be continued, leading to prototypes in 2012 which meet market demands for efficiency, life time and price.
Ten years of intensive research and development at Riso DTU is now materialized in a fully operational production line for polymer solar cells at the Danish company Mekoprint A/S. Polymer solar cells which is an inexpensive alternative to silicon solar cells, has a significant industrial potential.
The Dichtel group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University has developed a method to organize organic dyes into stacked sheets that are porous for incorporation into flexible solar cells.
As part of a joint venture with the VDE Institute and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, Fraunhofer has joined in laying the cornerstone for a new international test laboratory for photovoltaic modules.
Did you ever open a freshly-bought cereal or bag of potato-chips that was not fresh at all? Did it taste sticky and rubber-like? To prevent unpleasant surprises like this, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (Fraunhofer FEP) in Dresden developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, the main culprits of food deterioration.
Die richtigen Akteure zusammen bringen! Das ist das Ziel des 'Netzwerks Innovative Werkstoffe' Rheinland (NIW) dessen Startschuss auf dem 'materials day 2010' gefeiert wurde. Darueber hinaus wurde mit der 'Innomateria' eine neue Kooperations- und Informationsplattform im Bereich der innovativen Werkstoffe angekuendigt.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle, Germany, have created a new generation of filtration membranes: They developed ceramic membranes with a uniform pore structure and a very tight and even pore size distribution.
Using a unique hybrid nanostructure, University of Maryland researchers have shown a new type of light-matter interaction and also demonstrated the first full quantum control of qubit spin within very tiny colloidal nanostructures (a few nanometers), thus taking a key step forward in efforts to create a quantum computer.