Clemson University completed construction of a world-class nanomaterials facility specifically designed to support research projects that are funded by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Department of Energy.
Barrier films, used in everything from food and drug packaging to consumer electronics and solar cells, help prevent your food from spoiling, help to preserve medication, and protect your electronics from damage due to exposure to air or a splash of water. Now a group of researchers in Georgia have developed a new way to produce better films using atomic layer deposition.
The new material resembles tiny sheets of Velcro, each just one-hundred nanometers across. But instead of securing your sneakers, this molecular Velcro mimics the way natural antibodies recognize viruses and toxins, and could lead to a new class of biosensors.
Many of today's technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, rely on materials known as rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply, but scientists are reporting development of a new method to recycle them from wastewater. The process could help alleviate economic and environmental pressures facing the REE industry.
A team from Rice University in Houston, Texas, has developed a method to manufacture stable, three-dimensional (3-D) nanoclusters that could be used to impart metamaterial optical properties into unstructured substrates such as liquids, glasses and plastics.
Their investigations, carried out at the nanoscale, provide valuable new information for scientists and environmentalists working to protect and conserve coral from the threats of acidification and rising water temperatures.
Since the official launch in June 2013, the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine (ETPN) together with the EU funded consortium NANOMED2020, are organising the first ever Nanomedicine Award to honor the best international nanotechnology medicine innovation for 2013.
After more than 40 years of intense research, experimental physicists still seek to explore the rich behaviour of electrons confined to a two-dimensional crystalline structure exposed to large magnetic fields. Now a team of scientists developed a new experimental method to simulate these systems using a crystal made of neutral atoms and laser light.