The InLiveTox project, which has been funded by the EU over the past three years, has significantly advanced the capability of in vitro testing of nanoparticles. The project focused on the impact of nanoparticle exposure on the gut, cardiovascular system and liver. Exposure via ingestion is particularly relevant due to the inclusion of nanoparticles in food, food packaging and oral medicines.
The initial research collaboration discussion focused on the topic of functional nanomaterials for various applications between NRI and NANOTEC. In addition, the two institutes also discussed the possibility of organizing regular joint technical seminars to be held in both Thailand and Japan.
Researchers have revealed detailed 3D images of an important industrial coating that is used to reduce corrosion of ship hulls. The work allows the automatic identification of aluminium, talc, pigment and remaining filler components in the image, based solely on X-ray refractive data.
Experiments on the quantum wave nature have enabled researchers to precisely measure tiny forces and displacements as well as to shed light onto the unexplored zone between the microscopic realm of quantum physics and our everyday world.
Researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), in collaboration with the CSIC and Macquarie University in Australia, have developed a new technique, similar to the MRI but with a much higher resolution and sensitivity, which has the ability to scan individual cells.
Like turning coal to diamond, adding pressure to an electrical material enhances its properties. Now, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have devised a method of making ferroelectric thin films with twice the strain, resulting in exceptional performance.
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other labs have demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve solar cells, quantum computing, and lighting devices.
Experiments led by Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ph.D., of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) have shown that certain man-made nanoparticles that land in soil can be transferred from the roots of plants to the grains, thus entering the food supply via crops grown for human consumption.
For this coming year we have lined up an outstanding faculty of international nanotechnology experts from industry, academia, and government to speak on clinically important topics and on new and emerging technologies including: nanodrug delivery for cutaneous disease, cosmeceuticals employing nanotechnology, and sunscreens.