In order to help people better understand emerging research on the safety of the tiny substances called nanoparticles, the National Science Foundation has awarded North Carolina State University's Dr. David Berube a $1.4 million grant to determine how the public absorbs scientific information on the emerging technology and other technical issues.
Australian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens (TTNA) members and guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the Australian Nantechnology Alliance in Brisbane on the afternoon of Thursday, April, 17 2008 to discuss synergies and future collaborative projects and business.
On March 12, 2008, an ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel strategy session helped educate U.S. Panel members about existing activities in the international standardization arena, develop a strategy for national coordination goals, and identify priority areas where U.S. leadership can be sought, retained, or strengthened.
In laboratory studies conducted at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), researchers discovered that nanocomposite particles carrying radioactive gold directly to tumors reduced cancer growth by 45% in just eight days.
Researchers at Boston College and MIT have used nanotechnology to achieve a major increase in thermoelectric efficiency, a milestone that paves the way for a new generation of products - from semiconductors and air conditioners to car exhaust systems and solar power technology - that run cleaner.
A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitised solar cells. This type of cell imitates the natural conversion of sunlight into energy by, for instance, plants and light-sensitive bacteria. A researcher at TU Delft has succeeded in substantially improving a process in this type of solar cell, which is similar to Graetzel cells.
Hydrogen could be a clean, abundant energy source, but it's difficult to store in bulk. In new research, materials scientists at Rice University have made the surprising discovery that tiny carbon capsules called buckyballs are so strong they can hold volumes of hydrogen nearly as dense as those at the center of Jupiter.