Scientists don't fully understand how plastic solar panels work, which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency, thereby blocking the wider use of the technology. However, researchers now have determined how light beams excite the chemicals in solar panels, enabling them to produce charge.
The Graphene Special Interest Group (GrapheneSIG) has published a Graphene Think Piece. The document was initiated by the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to 'inform a view on where and how the UK might best gain economic value from graphene related activities'.
Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non-conductive structures. This could lead to flexible electronic materials and, for instance, enable a cell phone to be woven into a shirt.
ElectroGraph is a project supported by the EU and its consortium consists of ten partners from both research institutes and industries. One of the main tasks of this project is to develop new types of supercapacitors with significantly improved energy storage capacities.
Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new technologies may be applied to build a sustainable future and provides practical strategies for identifying and mitigating the potential risks that accompany emerging nanotechnology.
Researchers have created an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. This will allow creation of improved biosensors to study everything from nerve impulses to cancer metastasis as it occurs
In preclinical tests, artificial platelets, called 'hemostatic nanoparticles', when injected after blast trauma increased survival rates to 95 percent from 60 percent, and showed no signs of interfering with healing or causing other complications weeks afterward.
A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the bone, as well as increase bone strength and volume to prevent bone cancer progression.
Researchers have developed a novel strategy to produce single-walled carbon nanotubes with specific chirality by applying a new family of catalysts, which has great applications and influence in nanoelectornics and related fields.