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First successful operation of carbon nanotube-based integrated circuits manufactured on plastic substrates

As part of NEDO's Industrial Technology Research Grant Japan-Finland collaborative project, Professors Yutaka Ohno from Nagoya University in Japan and Esko I. Kauppinen from Aalto University in Finland along with their colleagues have developed a simple and fast process to manufacture high quality carbon nanotube-based thin film transistors (TFT) on a plastic substrate. They used this technology to manufacture the world's first sequential logic circuits using carbon nanotubes.

Feb 8th, 2011

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First images of proteins and viruses caught with an X-ray laser

It has been a dream of researchers for over a decade: image biological materials at high resolution using incredibly intense X-ray laser pulses. A research team has proven this principle at the Linac Coherent Light Source by forming images of the Photosystem I protein complex and particles of the Mimivirus.

Feb 8th, 2011

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Scientists find neurons communicate at a distance with electric fields

Researchers believed neurons in the brain communicated through physical connections known as synapses. However, EU-funded neuroscientists have uncovered strong evidence that neurons also communicate with each other through weak electric fields, a finding that could help us understand how biophysics gives rise to cognition.

Feb 7th, 2011

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Taming carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes have many attractive properties, and their structure and areas of application can be compared with those of graphene, the material for whose discovery the most recent Nobel Prize was awarded. In order to be able to exploit these properties, however, it is necessary to have full control of the manufacturing process. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg are closing in on the answer.

Feb 7th, 2011

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Increased efficiency for CIGS solar cells

Scientists at INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials developed a barrier layer that separates the metal carrier from the absorber film and thus increases the efficiency of metal-based CIGS solar cells.

Feb 7th, 2011

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