Though piezoelectrics are a widely used technology, there are major gaps in our understanding of how they work. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Canada's Simon Fraser University believe they've learned why one of the main classes of these materials, known as relaxors, behaves in distinctly different ways from the rest and exhibit the largest piezoelectric effect.
Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products.
This issue brings you news of the NanoTox 2014 Congress in Antalya in April, which inevitably has implications for current NSC activities, and so the Newsletter begins with the draft agenda for the NSC meeting to be held there.
By letting DNA strands grow together with gold, scientists at Uppsala Berzelii Centre for Neurodiagnostics and Science for Life Laboratory have developed a brand new concept for super sensitive diagnostics of different diseases.
A new theoretical model may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells. The scientists say the model could lead to new solar cell materials made from improved blends of semiconducting polymers and fullerenes.
Researchers have shown that free-base and nickel porphyrin-diaminopurine conjugates are formed by hydrogen-bond-directed assembly on single-stranded oligothymidine templates of different lengths into helical multiporphyrin nanoassemblies. The nanoassemblies have highly modular structural and chiroptical properties.
A new brochure explains how to get started if you want to search for nanotechnology inventions in patent databases, and what to look out for if you are thinking about applying to the European Patent Office for a nanotechnology patent yourself.
Many of the most exciting frontiers in biomedical research sound like the stuff of science fiction, but here's some work that even looks like it's straight from the set of Star Trek! This scanning electron micrograph captures the pivotal moment when nanospheres - a futuristic approach to drug delivery - are swallowed up by a human fibroblast cell.
Scientists have been systematically studying the effects of transition metal oxide nanoparticles on human lung cells. These nanoparticles are used extensively in optical and recording devices, water purification systems, cosmetics and skin care products, and targeted drug delivery, among other applications.