Transforming how and where we harvest power is essential for meeting the objectives set out in the Europe 2020 strategy. One alternative energy source is printed-plastic solar technology: a new EU-funded project that has just got under way aims to advance this innovative technology, and design advanced flexible plastic solar panels that can be integrated into new consumer mobile applications and buildings.
The technology being developed by Nosang Myung has the potential to be adapted in many industries. These include agriculture (detecting concentrations of pesticides), industry (monitoring evaporation and leaks when using or storing combustible gases), homeland security (warning systems for bio-terrorism) and the military (detecting chemical warfare agents).
A dose of carbon nanotubes more than doubles the growth rate of plant cell cultures - workhorses in the production of everything from lifesaving medications to sweeteners to dyes and perfumes - researchers are reporting. Their study is the first to show that carbon nanotubes boost plant cell division and growth.
This first NANO-DEV policy brief reviews literature on nanotechnologies for development. On the basis of this literature, the NANO-DEV policy brief identifies a number of gaps in our understanding of the relation between development and nanotechnology.
A cheaper, faster and more efficient platform for preclinical drug discovery applications has been invented by scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN). Called 'Fish and Chips', the novel multi-channel microfluidic perfusion platform can grow and monitor the development of various tissues and organs inside zebrafish embryos for drug toxicity testing.
Memory devices based on magnetism are one of the core technologies of the computing industry, and engineers are working to develop new forms of magnetic memory that are faster, smaller, and more energy efficient than today's flash and SDRAM memory. They now have a new tool - a method to detect defects in magnetic structures as small as a tenth of a micrometer even if the region in question is buried inside a multilayer electronic device.
Cornell chemists have developed a way to make porous metal films with up to 1,000 times the electrical conductivity offered by previous methods. Their technique also opens the door to creating a wide variety of metal nanostructures for engineering and biomedical applications, the researchers said.
Materials researchers from Saarbruecken developed a low friction coating combining two properties: It shows lubrication properties similar to grease and oil and it protects from corrosion. The new material is suitable for the coating of metals and metal alloys, such as steel, aluminium or magnesium.
Today, the second edition of the International Conference on Silicon Photovoltaics takes off in Leuven (Belgium). The Si PV conference is a high-level scientific conference on advanced crystalline silicon solar cell technology.
The National Nanomanufacturing Network is conducting a survey of nanomanufacturing community members to better understand the avenues that people use to stay informed about advances in nanomanufacturing.
The conception of NanoThailand 2012: "Nanotechnology for the Benefits of Mankind", which will be held during April 9-11, 2012 in Khon Kaen, Thailand, is to be a premier international conference and a series of exhibition in Nanotechnology, bringing together world-leading researchers, Thai scientists, entrepreneurs, business partners and exhibitors, in several focused areas of science and technology at the nanoscale.
This week, North Carolina's advocate for nanobiotechnology innovation, the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN), is co-hosting a rare opportunity for Triangle life science and technology professionals to gain access to some of the top talent on nanotechnology from across the nation representing academia, government and private sector interests.