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Nanotechnology in Illinois - companies, research, and degree programs

Illinois has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. The University of Illinois and Northwestern University with its International Institute for Nanotechnolog have large and well-respected nanotechnology research programs. Currently, there are 29 companies in Illinois involved in nanotechnology-related business activities. In addition, there are 39 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Illinois.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2013

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Development of a switchable mirror sheet using a new gasochromic method

A newly developed switchable mirror sheet uses new gasochromic switching that is completely different from conventional gasochromic switching methods. It can control the reflection of visible to near-infrared light at a switching speed about 20 times faster than that of conventional electrochromic switchable glass.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2013

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Nano-sensors for listening to the 'conversation' of bacteria

Scientists are developing an ambitious research project, known as 'Plasmaquo', aimed at developing a sensor which enables detecting the molecules that are released by bacteria to communicate with each other and, thus, understanding their paths of communication.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2013

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Nanogels offer new way to attack lupus

Scientists at Yale University have designed and tested a drug delivery system that shows early promise for improved treatment of lupus and other chronic, uncured autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Osmotic flow through boron nitride nanotubes generates huge electric currents

The salinity difference between fresh water and salt water could be a source of renewable energy. However, power yields from existing techniques are not high enough to make them viable. A solution to this problem may now have been found. Researchers have discovered a new means of harnessing this energy: osmotic flow through boron nitride nanotubes generates huge electric currents, with 1,000 times the efficiency of any previous system.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Turbulence in a crystal

Scientist observe the impact of subtle changes in the electron distribution of a crystal on its atomic structure on ultrashort time scales.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Pour, shake and stir

A diagnostic 'cocktail', containing a single drop of blood, a dribble of water and a dose of DNA powder with gold particles, could one day lead to the treatment of the world's leading diseases.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Trackable drug-filled nanoparticles - a potential weapon against cancer

Nanoparticles filled with a drug could be a new tool for treating cancer in the future. A new study shows how such nanoparticles can be combined to secure the effective delivery of cancer drugs to tumour cells - and how they can be given properties to make them visible in MR scanners and thus rendered trackable.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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