The efficiency of thin-film-based devices, however, could rival that of bulk silicon solar cells if the surface of the thin film is engineered on the nanoscale using the specifications suggested in a theoretical study by Junshuai Li and co-workers at the Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR.
Researchers have developed a new method for adding an extended defect to graphene, a one-atom-thick planar sheet of carbon atoms that many believe could replace silicon as the material for building virtually all electronics.
The University of Illinois at Chicago will become the first university in the world to have a new generation of electron microscope, promising views up to three times sharper than instruments now commonly used and providing a unique tool for the Midwest's academic and industrial research community.
A Milwaukee startup company founded by an engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has completed a licensing agreement with the UWM Research Foundation for intellectual property that the company will use to develop nanoscale products and devices.
Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin-films. This new route to energy production overcomes the bandgap voltage limitation that continues to plague conventional solid-state solar cells.
Poster titles are now being accepted for Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology's fourth annual symposium, 'Environmental and Health Impacts of Engineered Nanomaterials' set for Thursday, April 29, at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Lexington Insurance Company, a Chartis company, today introduced LexNanoShield, an integrated insurance product and array of risk management services designed for firms whose principal business is manufacturing nanoparticles or nanomaterials, or using them in their processes.
Max Planck scientists have discovered how to regulate the formation of proteins in the chloroplasts. They can use so-called riboswitches to switch the genes in the chloroplasts of tobacco plants on and off.
Nature likes some symmetries, but dislikes others. Ordered solids often display a so-called 6-fold rotation symmetry. To achieve this kind of symmetry, the atoms in a plane surround themselves with six neighbours in an arrangement similar to that found in a honeycomb. As opposed to this, ordered materials with 7-fold, 9-fold or 11-fold symmetries do not appear to arise in nature.
Imec announces that it has started work, together with its project partners, on PRIMA, a project under the EU's 7th framework program for ICT (FP7). The project's goal is to improve the efficiency and cost of solar cells though the use of metallic nanostructures.
Preliminary research on cancer treatments using nanotechnology and laser therapy has led to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for Marissa Nichole Rylander, Virginia Tech assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES)
Professor Gary Marchant, Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, will deliver a keynote speech on Tuesday, March 30, at a national nanotechnology conference in Arlington, Va.