A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitised solar cells. This type of cell imitates the natural conversion of sunlight into energy by, for instance, plants and light-sensitive bacteria. A researcher at TU Delft has succeeded in substantially improving a process in this type of solar cell, which is similar to Graetzel cells.
Hydrogen could be a clean, abundant energy source, but it's difficult to store in bulk. In new research, materials scientists at Rice University have made the surprising discovery that tiny carbon capsules called buckyballs are so strong they can hold volumes of hydrogen nearly as dense as those at the center of Jupiter.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will host the NanoManufacturing and the co-located MicroManufacturing Conference and Exhibits, April 22-23, 2008, at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts. This event will not only bring together two emerging manufacturing technologies, but also 13 of Greater Boston's brightest engineering and science university students. Their participation will mark the launch of the conference's Bright Minds Nano Program.
Laser technology for photovoltaics, quality analysis of drinking water with capillary electrophoresis, or challenges in the area of carbon nanotubes - exclusive insights in latest developments of micro and nanotechnology can be experienced at MicroTechnology/HANNOVER MESSE from April 21 to 25 at the forum Innovations for Industry.
Recent research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated that thin films made of 'metamaterials' - manmade composites engineered to offer strange combinations of electromagnetic properties - can reduce the size of resonating circuits that generate microwaves.
A new way to control the motion of fluid particles through tiny channels, potentially aiding the development of micro- and nano-scale technologies such as drug delivery devices, chemical and biological sensors, and components for miniaturized biological 'lab-on-a-chip' applications has been discovered by chemical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have set the stage for building the 'evolutionary link' between the microelectronics of today built from semiconductor compounds and future generations of devices made largely from complex organic molecules.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Joint Quantum Institute (NIST/University of Maryland) have developed a new method for creating pairs of entangled photons, particles of light whose properties are interlinked in a very unusual way dictated by the rules of quantum physics. The researchers used the photons to test fundamental concepts in quantum theory.