A new class of biomedical diagnostic devices are among the possible uses for the optical sensing technologies developed in Holger Schmidt's lab at UC Santa Cruz. To help Schmidt assess the commercial potential of his work, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded his team a $50,000 Innovation Corps grant.
In the continual quest for better thermoelectric materials - which convert heat into electricity and vice versa - researchers have identified a liquid-like compound whose properties give it the potential to be even more efficient than traditional thermoelectrics.
Researchers working for the EU-funded research project SOPHIED have discovered that a fungus from the Solomon Islands produces special enzymes that act as nano-bio-catalysts. These components help to trigger a chemical reaction between two different basic ingredients and turn it into a dye.
Researchers have developed a new method for the boron-doping of two dimensional carbon materials, which is expected to be a promising approach towards the development of highly efficient electron transporting materials for organic electronics.
The NT conferences are the most influential meetings focusing on nanotube research and have been held for the past 12 years around the world. The thirteenth will take place in 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
Addressing a half-decade-old debate, engineers at Stanford have positively identified the presence of plasmons, the collective oscillations of electrons, in individual metal particles as small as one nanometer in diameter. The discovery could impact nanotechnology.
The tiny, high-speed computer chips found in every modern electronic device bear little resemblance to their bulky, slow ancestors of decades ago. Different materials, new designs and new production techniques have ensured successive generations of integrated circuits offer ever more performance at lower cost. Groundbreaking EU-funded research is helping to continue the trend.
Scientists have designed a molecule which, in living cells, emits turquoise light three times brighter than possible until recently. This improves the sensitivity of cellular imaging, a technique where biological processes inside a living organism are imaged at high resolution.