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World's first large(wafer)-scale production of III-V semiconductor nanowire

The research team demonstrated a novel method to epitaxially synthesize structurally and compositionally homogeneous and spatially uniform ternary InAsyP1-y nanowire on Si at wafer-scale using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The high quality of the nanowires is reflected in the remarkably narrow PL and X-ray peak width and extremely low ideality factor in the InAsyP1-y nanowire/Si diode.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2013

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Nanotechnology explores the secret life of knots

Nanotechnologies require a detailed knowledge of the molecular state. For instance, it is useful to know when and how a generic polymer, a long chain of polymers (chain of beads), knots. The study of molecular entanglement is an important field of study as the presence of knots affects its physical properties, for instance the resistence to traction.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2013

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The Dance of the atoms

Lone people standing in a ballroom don't tend to move a lot. It's only when they find a suitable dance partner that rapid motion sets in. Atoms on iron-oxide surfaces behave in a similar way: Only with the right molecular partner do they dance across the surface. Scientists have now filmed the atoms, proving that carbon monoxide is the partner responsible for the quick motion.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2013

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Carbon nanotubes for molecular magnetic resonances

Scientists have been able to measure weak forces with sensitivity 50 times higher than what has been achieved to date. This significant improvement represents a turning point in measuring very weak forces and opens the door for magnetic resonance imaging at the molecular scale.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2013

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Artificial 'cricket hair' sensor uncovers hidden signals

An 'artificial cricket hair' used as a sensitive flow sensor has difficulty detecting weak, low-frequency signals - they tend to be drowned out by noise. But now, a bit of clever tinkering with the flexibility of the tiny hair's supports has made it possible to boost the signal-to-noise ratio by a factor of 25.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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Promising material for lithium-ion batteries

Researchers have synthesized a novel framework structure consisting of boron and silicon, which could be suitable as an electrode material. Similar to the carbon atoms in diamond, the boron and silicon atoms in the novel lithium borosilicide are interconnected tetrahedrally. But unlike the diamond they form additional channels.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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ETPN White Paper 2013 'Contribution of Nanomedicine to Horizon 2020'

This strategic document provides a set of key recommendations for the European Commission and the EU Member States to create a favourable ecosystem for the successful deployment of Nanomedicine in Europe. It lays thereby the groundwork to manage the efficient translation of nanotechnology from a Key Enabling Technology (KET) into new and innovative medical products.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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