The contest supports the atmosphere of discovery and wonder that nanoscience and nanotechnology research represent. The first objective of this competition is for participants to have fun. The second objective is to promote the public interest and acceptance of nanos: people new to the subject really begin to understand it when they see compelling pictures.
66 new partners are being invited to join the consortium following the results of a EUR9 million competitive call. While most partners are universities and research institutes, the share of companies, mainly SMEs, involved is increasing.
A review of studies on nanotwinned metallic materials. Nanotwins were shown to induce numerous unique properties in metallic materials, including high strength and ductility, high temperature thermal stability and superior radiation tolerance.
In the past years, invisibility cloaks were developed for various senses. Objects can be hidden from light, heat or sound. However, hiding of an object from being touched still remained to be accomplished. Scientists have now succeeded in creating a volume in which an object can be hidden from touching.
Shape memory alloys, or SMAs, possess the ability to return to their original shape after being severely deformed, either spontaneously or following the application of heat. This makes them useful materials, not just for making spectacle frames but also for technical applications such as thermostats, stents and micro-actuators.
The SARISTU (Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures) project has focused on the potential application of new materials at specific design phases. By integrating different materials for the wing for example, the consortium has demonstrated that they can achieve a 6 % reduction in drag, meaning that less fuel is needed to complete a flight.