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European project SmartFiber to develop a fully embeddable system for continuous health monitoring of composite structures

The European FP7 funded project SmartFiber, a consortium led by imec and including partners Ghent University, Airborne, FBGS Technologies, Xenics, Fraunhofer and Optocap, will develop a smart miniaturized system for continuous health monitoring of composites that integrates optical fiber sensor technology, nanophotonic chip technology and low-power wireless technology.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2010

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Au-free Si-processing compatible GaN power devices on 6 inch Si wafers

Imec and its partners have successfully fabricated Au-free, Si-processing compatible GaN power devices on a 6 inch Si wafer. This result is a milestone in imec's industrial affiliation program (IIAP) on GaN power and light-emitting (LED) devices that targets cost reduction as one of the main objectives.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2010

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Smaller is better in the viscous zone

Being the right size and existing in the limbo between a solid and a liquid state appear to be the secrets to improving the efficiency of chemical catalysts that can create better nanoparticles or more efficient energy sources.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2010

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Light on silicon better than copper?

As good as the metal has been in zipping information from one circuit to another on silicon inside computers and other electronic devices, optical signals can carry much more, according to Duke University electrical engineers. So the engineers have designed and demonstrated microscopically small lasers integrated with thin film-light guides on silicon that could replace the copper in a host of electronic products.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2010

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A forest of nanorods

Just as landscape photographs shot in low-angle light dramatically accentuate subtle swales and mounds, depositing metal vapors at glancing angles turns a rough surface into amazing nanostructures with a vast range of potential properties.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2010

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Scientists take first step toward electronically interfacing microbes with inorganic materials

Scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have designed an electrical link to living cells engineered to shuttle electrons across a cell's membrane to an external acceptor along a well-defined path. This direct channel could yield cells that can read and respond to electronic signals, electronics capable of self-replication and repair, or efficiently transfer sunlight into electricity.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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Wirkstoffkandidaten im Blut testen

Ein Team um den LMU-Biophysiker Professor Dieter Braun und Wissenschaftler des LMU Spin-off NanoTemper Technologies GmbH haben eine Methode entwickelt, die erstmals die Interaktionen biologischer Molekuele aller und auch sehr unterschiedlicher Groessen untersuchen laesst - selbst der bislang nur schwer zu erforschenden Small Molecules.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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Artificial metalloenzymes, the chemical synthesis of the future

Researchers at CEA, Joseph Fourier University and CNRS have developed a new approach combining protein crystallography and biomimetic chemistry for observing they key steps of a process essential to life: oxygen activation. This was achieved by creating a complex artificial metalloenzyme composed of a chemical catalyst and a protein and observing it via X-ray crystallography at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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