It may be possible soon to charge cell phones, change the tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells, thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The Nano4Design workshop held at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, UK, illustrated how nanotechnology could aid sustainable design. Here is a hotlist of nanomaterials and design projects currently in development.
European scientists are merging renewable resources with nanotechnology with EU funding of the 'Surface functionalisation of cellulose matrices using cellulose embedded nanoparticles' (Surfuncell) project.
The Technology Innovation Grant provides funding, business support, equipment, facilities and expert consultation to researchers developing technology related to the microelectronics, biomedical device, nanotechnology and MEMs fields.
A very special clock that can measure time on the basis of the mass of a single atomic or even subatomic particle holds promise not only for ultraprecise measurements of mass and time, but also for such exotic applications as testing Einstein's general theory of relativity, or the effects of gravity on antimatter.
An industrial revolution on a minute scale is taking place in laboratories at The University of Manchester with the development of a highly complex machine that mimics how molecules are made in nature.