Researchers developed a method for using nanostructures to increase the fraction of incoming light that is absorbed by a light-harvesting material. The method is ideal for use with high-efficiency solar cells.
Novel coatings developed with EU support enable the release of healing agents in response to changes in the environment. Longer service lives and increased safety are among the expected benefits for transport vehicles.
Scientist sought to explore mesoscopic behaviours in hybrid systems by combining materials with different and even antagonistic properties. Superconductor-ferromagnet systems are an interesting example where different and opposing electron spin alignments lead to unique phenomena.
Researchers have been able to 'bake' nanostructures within seconds, in order to fabricate very fast UV-sensors. This new technique totally diminishes the need to use sophisticated equipments and toxic chemicals.
When it comes to wireless communication, the amount of data that needs to be transferred keeps growing ever faster. The basis for this are highly perfected crystals with very specific features. An international team of researchers has now developed a material system that meets the highest requirements.
With the help of tiny diamond crystals, physicists at the University of Basel have discovered new possibilities of quantum information: The scientists discovered at specific circumstances electric currents that made it possible to identify defects in the carbon lattice of single diamonds measuring only a few nanometers.
The precautionary matrix for synthetic nanomaterials by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is geared toward industry and trade. A precautionary matrix is a method for assessing the nano-specific health and environmental risks of nanoproducts. The matrix is regularly revised based on experiences and new scientific knowledge.