The National Nanotechnology Initiative today published the proceedings of a technical interchange meeting on 'Realizing the Promise of Carbon Nanotubes: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Pathway to Commercialization'.
Scientists have simplified the chemical synthesis of small molecules, eliminating a major bottleneck that limits the exploration of a class of compounds offering tremendous potential for medicine and technology.
Materials resulting from chemical bonding of glucosamine, a type of sugar, with fullerenes, kind of nanoparticles known as buckyballs, might help to reduce cell damage and inflammation occurring after stroke.
Researchers have devised a way of mass-producing metamaterials that exhibit magnetic resonance in optical frequencies. Called 'raspberry-like metamolecules' due to their unique shape, these nanoscale structures could be used as building blocks for metamaterials that could scatter light as if they had magnetic properties, which could be relevant to applications in optical processing and signal handling.
Chemists have made a major leap forward in carbon-capture technology with a material that can efficiently remove carbon from the ambient air of a submarine as readily as from the polluted emissions of a coal-fired power plant.
Cumulatively totaling more than $22 billion since the inception of the NNI in 2001, this funding reflects nanotechnology's potential to significantly improve our fundamental understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale and to translate that knowledge into solutions for critical national needs.