Intelligence is not only a matter of humans and animals. Scientists speak also of intelligent molecules. The latter directly react to external stimuli and change reversibly their shape. NIM physicists demonstrate the process for the first time with a single molecule.
Researchers from Toulouse (CEMES) and Ohio University have developed a molecular motor 2 nm in diameter. This motor can be made to rotate in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction by selec tive inelastic electron tunnelling.
Yale University scientists have found a way to observe quantum information while preserving its integrity, an achievement that offers researchers greater control in the volatile realm of quantum mechanics and greatly improves the prospects of quantum computing.
Scientists have proposed a novel triple-junction solar cell with the potential to break the 50 percent conversion efficiency barrier, which is the current goal in multi-junction photovoltaic development.
Mighty electronic chips in your clothes to monitor your vitals? A tablet that folds up and fits in your back pocket? Research scientists Stephen Bedell and Davood Shahrjerdi at IBM's Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York think that flexible nanoscale circuits can do just that.
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.