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European Commission provides 488m euros for nanotechnology research

Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn announced nearly EUR 7 billion to kick-start innovation through research. The European Commission's biggest ever such funding package, under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), is expected to create around 174 000 jobs in the short-term and nearly 450 000 jobs and nearly EUR 80 billion in GDP growth over 15 years. EUR 488 million for nanotechnologies will focus on areas such as factories of the future, green cars and energy efficient buildings.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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Highly endowed EU grant to develop new tools for nanoscale optical spectroscopy

One of the Starting Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) in its latest funding round has gone to Professor Achim Hartschuh, who works at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at LMU Munich. Hartschuh receives the award for a project entitled "New tools for nanoscale optical spectroscopy - Functional imaging of single nanostructures using antennas".

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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Spintronics: A high wire act

Ferromagnetic iron germanide nanowires grown on graphene could serve as spin injection contacts for graphene-based spintronics.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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Nanofiber arrays dramatically boost batteries' energy storage

MIT researchers have found a way to improve the energy density of a type of battery known as lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) batteries, producing a device that could potentially pack several times more energy per pound than the lithium-ion batteries that now dominate the market for rechargeable devices in everything from cellphones to cars.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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Soft spheres settle in somewhat surprising structure

Latex paints and drug suspensions such as insulin or amoxicillin that do not need to be shaken or stirred may be possible thanks to a new understanding of how particles separate in liquids, according to Penn State chemical engineers, who have developed a method for predicting the way colloidal components separate based on energy.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2011

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Nanoplasmonic 'whispering gallery' breaks emission time record in semiconductors

Renaissance architects demonstrated their understanding of geometry and physics when they built whispering galleries into their cathedrals. These circular chambers were designed to amplify and direct sound waves so that, when standing in the right spot, a whisper could be heard from across the room. Now, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have applied the same principle on the nanoscale to drastically reduce emission lifetime, a key property of semiconductors, which can lead to the development of new ultrafast photonic devices.

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2011

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