Enlisting an army of plant viruses to their cause, materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have identified a small biomolecule that binds specifically to one of the key crystal structures of the body - the calcium compound that is the basic building block of teeth and bone.
Tiny electronically active chemicals can be made to form ordered layers on a surface, thanks to research supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the EUROCORES program SONS 2 (Self-Organised NanoStructures).
A workshop on September 10-11, 2008 in Washington, DC brings together experts from diverse disciplines to evaluate how the field of risk analysis can address the considerable uncertainties currently associated with impacts from nanoscale materials and nanotechnologies.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new instrument that allows them to control the size of nanoclusters - groups of 10 to 100 atoms - with atomic precision.
Dr. Gino DiLabio, Research Council Officer at Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) in Edmonton, Alberta, has been awarded the 2008 Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence in the Field of Physical Organic Chemistry.
Terrace-like elevations of just a few nanometres can form during production of organic thin films made from electrically conductive material. This phenomenon was previously only known from inorganic materials and is crucially important for future production of a new generation of semi-conductor components based on organic thin films.
Combining a nanoparticle with manganese, a metal that boosts magnetic resonance imaging signals, and an antibody that targets blood vessels, researchers have created a new type of imaging agent that also has the potential to deliver drugs to tumors.