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Precautionary matrix for synthetic nanomaterials

The precautionary matrix for synthetic nanomaterials by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is geared toward industry and trade. A precautionary matrix is a method for assessing the nano-specific health and environmental risks of nanoproducts. The matrix is regularly revised based on experiences and new scientific knowledge.

Nov 19th, 2013

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Refined materials provide booster shot for solar energy conversion.

An interdisciplinary team of Engineering at Illinois researchers has set its sights on improving the materials that make solar energy conversion/photocatalysis possible. Together, they have developed a new form of high-performance solar photocatalyst based on the combination of the titanium dioxide and other "metallic" oxides that greatly enhance the visible light absorption and promote more efficient utilization of the solar spectrum for energy applications.

Nov 18th, 2013

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New lab for top research into solar cells

A new test facility from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) for breakthrough research into thin-film solar cells will be opened on Wednesday 27 November 2013. The new lab is part of the Solliance alliance, and includes a high-resolution transmission electron microscope that will allow atom-by-atom study of the components of solar cells.

Nov 18th, 2013

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Graphene used to make world's smallest FM radio transmitter

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has taken advantage of graphene's special properties - its mechanical strength and electrical conduction - and created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals, in effect the world's smallest FM radio transmitter.

Nov 18th, 2013

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