Using highly uniform samples of carbon nanotubes - sorted by centrifuge for length - materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made some of the most precise measurements yet of the concentrations at which delicate mats of nanotubes become transparent, conducting sheets.
Diatoms, mighty microscopic algae, have profound influence on climate, producing 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe by capturing atmospheric carbon and in so doing, countering the greenhouse effect. Since their evolutionary origins these photosynthetic wonders have come to acquire advantageous genes from bacterial, animal and plant ancestors enabling them to thrive in today's oceans.
Here is another set of cool images from the world of micro- and nanotechnology. The 34th International Conference on Micro and Nanoengineering (MNE08) has announced the micro- and nanograph contest winners of this year's conference held in Athens, Greece, from September 15-18.
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, held its first UK NanoFinance event on Thursday 25th September at the Institute of Directors in London.
Researchers at the University of Sheffield have received 2million Pounds to invest in a research centre which will help develop cutting edge technology from personal care products to the next generation of medical supplies.
Strukturierung und Manipulation auf der Nanoskala, eine gleichzeitige Beobachtung der Prozesse und eine sofortige Analytik - das sind Moeglichkeiten, von denen die Nanotechnologie heute nur traeumen kann. Im EU-Projekt FIBLYS soll ein 'Multi-Nano-Werkzeug' hergestellt werden, das all das ermoeglicht.
The European Commission yesterday (14 October) launched a long-term public-private research partnership aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of eco-friendly hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. But industry leaders immediately slammed the initiative's lack of ambition.
The future of how the world communicates, and how we power our lives, will likely come from the same source. According to the latest NanoFrontiers newsletter and Trips to the Nanofrontier podcast, nanotechnolgoy will be central to developing and using new electronics and energy technologies.
Session topics include mechanical design and modeling, advanced manufacturing processes, net-shape 3D textile preforms, nano-fibers and composites, elastic and failure behavior, process simulation and control, textile modeling, and industrial applications and case studies.
Ayusman Sen, head of the Department of Chemistry at Penn State, makes tiny, metallic objects do something extraordinary - he makes them swim. Sen's work is driven by catalysis, the chemical phenomenon whereby a substance accelerates a chemical reaction but emerges unchanged at the end of the process.
Smart fabrics and intelligent textiles - material that incorporates cunning molecules or clever electronics - is thriving and European research efforts are tackling some of the sector's toughest challenges.
Officials at the University of Utah announced today the establishment of the Nano Institute of Utah, representing a significant and decisive step in the state?s quest to bring together the university?s and the state?s nano science experts in diverse areas of chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine and pharmacy.