The world's first "electrified snail" has joined the menagerie of cockroaches, rats, rabbits and other animals previously implanted with biofuel cells that generate electricity - perhaps for future spy cameras, eavesdropping microphones and other electronics - from natural sugar in their bodies.
Xiaoguang Tu and co-workers at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics have now demonstrated how to improve silicon modulators by using an appropriate way of doping the silicon with electrons and holes.
In a significant step forward in the field, researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and the A*STAR Data Storage Institute have now pioneered a low-cost methodology for the fabrication of zinc oxide thin films.
Cornell materials scientists have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of synthesizing oxide crystal sheets, just nanometers thick, which have useful properties for electronics and alternative energy applications.
Researchers at MIT have come up with a solution that may further reduce the energy needed for copper to convert carbon dioxide, while also making the metal much more stable. The group has engineered tiny nanoparticles of copper mixed with gold, which is resistant to corrosion and oxidation.
The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, recently joined to TIA-nano as a new core institute, in addition to the existing core institutes, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), and the University of Tsukuba.
The German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has published a new report "Assessment tools for nanomaterials" ("Instrumente zur Bewertung von Nanomaterialien") which summarizes the discussion and results of the German NanoCommission's work and the Stakeholder Dialogue "Risk management in the nano world".
The annual printed electronics award winners were announced at the IDTechEx Awards Dinner in Berlin, Germany on April 3rd. The awards recognize outstanding progress in the development and commercialization of printed electronics, an industry that produces a huge amount of technical innovation which will be used in many products.