Investigating the use of alternative materials as catalysts in fuel cells, Perla Balbuena has found a class of composite materials that show early indications of being just as effective - and even more durable - than the costly platinum catalysts typically used in fuel cells.
This is a major step forward because it marks the real beginning of a balanced and innovative public-private partnership in which industry, Member States and the Commission aim for industrial excellence and a significant impact on the economy.
Last week the international micro- and nanotechnology community met in Dortmund, Germany on the occasion of the 16th international Micromachine Summit. The summit is an annual conference, which shows a snapshot of industrial, scientific and political micro and nano activities worldwide.
Finland is a leader in the development of new applications for nanotechnology. This status has been earned through unrelenting and persistent work. Tekes' FinNano programme, which is about to end, awarded the Nanotech Finland Awards in four categories to distinguished contributors in the field.
A University of Queensland (UQ)-led global consortium that aims to produce environmentally friendly aviation fuel from algae is one of four UQ research projects awarded a total $6.48 million in State Government funding this week.
The largest state universities and research centers will be integrated into a countrywide nanotechnology network, whose members will receive access to information about one another's research developments and facilities.
In an achievement that could help enable fast quantum computers, University of Michigan physicists have built a better Rydberg atom trap. Rydberg atoms are highly excited, nearly-ionized giants that can be thousands of times larger than their ground-state counterparts.
Emory scientists have discovered that simple peptides can organize into bi-layer membranes. The finding suggests a 'missing link' between the pre-biotic Earth's chemical inventory and the organizational scaffolding essential to life.