Hydrogen-powered fuel cells and solar energy are the best hope for a more environmentally friendly and resource-sparing energy supply in the future. Previous approaches to this have suffered from high costs and the limited lifetime of their catalytic systems. Researchers have now introduced an efficient, robust photoelectrode made of common, inexpensive materials.
Researchers trying to restore vision damaged by disease have found promise in a tiny implant that sows seeds of new cells in the eye. They built a mesh through a process called electrospinning, which uses electrical charges to draw biodegradable polymers out of a needle and into a fine stream, producing interwoven fibers ranging from 1/20th to 1/1000th the width of a hair.
House representative David Wu has introduced the Nanotechnology Education Act (HR 4502 IH) with the goal of strengthening the capacity of eligible institutions in the U.S. to provide instruction in nanotechnology.
Scientists have observed electrons in a semiconductor on the brink of the metal-insulator transition for the first time. Caught in the act, the electrons formed complex patterns resembling those seen in turbulent fluids, confirming some long-held predictions and providing new insights into how semiconductors can be turned into magnets.
The PhD thesis by Mr Hegoi Manzano Moro at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), entitled Atomistic simulation studies of cement components, aimed to provide an answer to these questions and to understand the properties and characteristics of the components of the material.
A team of scientists from the ESRF and the ETH in Zurich (Switzerland) has managed to see how the electrons in the platinum reorganize as the adsorption is taking place and why catalysts are 'poisoned', i.e. why their activity is reduced.
Paukenschlag fuer den Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsstandort Muenster: Dem Bau des deutschlandweit einmaligen und 16 Mio. Euro teuren Nanobioanalytik-Zentrums (NBZ) steht nichts mehr im Wege, nachdem das NRW-Wirtschaftsministerium die Foerderung dieses Leuchtturmprojekts mit 10,2 Mio. Euro zugesagt hat.
Eine Arbeitsgruppe des Sonderforschungsbereichs 688 in Zusammenarbeit mit Wissenschaftlern vom DESY in Hamburg und der ESRF in Grenoble hat kuerzlich das erste voll funktionsfaehige Mikroskop fuer die Holografie von Nanostrukturen vorgestellt.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed new pretreatment and curing methods that can be used with the sol-gel coating process. With the new pretreatment method, the adhesion of sol-gel coatings can be improved significantly.