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Better auto design by unlocking secret of sea shells

A two-year grant is allowing researchers at UCR?s Bourns College of Engineering to unlock the secrets behind the enormous strength of the inner pearly layer (nacre) of the abalone shell so it can be replicated in man-made materials.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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New method to rapidly and inexpensively copy biological surface structures

Someday, your car might have the metallic finish of some insects or the deep black of a butterfly's wing, and the reflectors might be patterned on the nanostructure of a fly's eyes, according to Penn State researchers who have developed a method to rapidly and inexpensively copy biological surface structures.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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Light and electrons cooperate in single nanostructure

Light hitting a surface creates very different kinds of disturbances depending on whether it's a metal or a semiconductor. But combining these two materials in a single nanostructure could lead to devices that benefit from the best properties of each.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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Water down the nanotube

By discovering the physical mechanism behind the rapid transport of water in carbon nanotubes, scientists at the University of Illinois have moved a step closer to ultra-efficient, next-generation nanofluidic devices for drug delivery, water purification and nano-manufacturing.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008

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Raising and sinking nanoparticles on thin film

In a finding that could speed the use of sensors or barcodes at the nanoscale, North Carolina State University engineers have shown that certain types of tiny organic particles, when heated to the proper temperature, bob to the surface of a layer of a thin polymer film and then can reversibly recede below the surface when heated a second time.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008

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CCNY receives $5 million grant to establish nanotechnology center

The City College of New York (CCNY) announced today that it has received $5 million over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a new, interdisciplinary research center that will investigate new applications for nanostructures and nanomaterials in sensors and energy systems.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008

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