Beginning in winter 2015, Wayne State University's College of Engineering will offer a nanoengineering undergraduate certificate program that will provide students with in-depth training in the emerging area of nanotechnology. The program will offer new lecture, laboratory and seminar courses that cross traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries.
Scientists have found a way to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are widely used to speed the search for new materials for industry, electronics, energy, drug design and a host of other applications.
Researchers have have found a way to change the magnetoresistance of a thin (100 nm) organic semiconducting material by pairing it with an even thinner layer - a self-assembled monolayer - to alter its characteristics. By demonstrating that this kind of fine tuning is both straightforward and repeatable, the researchers have opened up an unprecedented level of control over materials that hold huge promise for next-generation technologies.
Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have lifted the lid on some futuristic technologies that could be incorporated in military and civil aircraft of 2040 or even earlier. One of the four concepts is a nanotechnology that allows jets to quickly heal themselves from damage sustained in flight.
A recent study provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing.
The storage capacity of hard drives is increasing explosively, but the speed with which all that data can be written has reached its limits. Researchers present a promising new technology which potentially allows data to be stored 1,000 times as fast. The technology, in which ultra-short laser pulses generate a 'spin current', also opens the way to future optical computer chips.
A new discovery will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications such as 'smart' glasses, synthetic retinas, and foldable screens.
This Timeline outlines important events related to nanotechnology policy and regulation in Canada, Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States with an emphasis on developments since 2000.