Nano News Archive March 2010

Tiny gold probes to help track disease

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND — Tiny chemical sensors implanted into patients could help diagnose disease and track its progress. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed tiny probes…

Scientists create self-powered nanowire devices, potential to charge small electronics like cell phones                          by Aarti Kapoor

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Georgia Tech professor Zhong Lin Wang holds an improved nanogenerator containing 700 rows of nanowire arrays. The generator was used to power nanometer-scale sensors. Photo: Gary Meek. Image source: Georgia Institute of Technology news release.

Atlanta, GEORGIA — Have you ever gone for a long walk, only to discover halfway through that your cell phone was flat and you needed to recharge it? 

Now, scientists at the Georgia Institute of…

Scientists discover world's smallest superconductor

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This image shows the smallest superconductor, which is only .87 nanometer wide. (Image courtesy of Saw-Wai Hla and Kendal Clark, Ohio University)

Study paves way for development of nanocircuits for energy, electronics applications

Athens, OHIO — Scientists have discovered the world’s smallest superconductor, a sheet of four pairs of molecules…

Chemist monitors nanotechnology's environmental impact

Binghamton, NEW YORK — Interest in ‘green’ innovation means not just thinking big but also very, very, very small. 

At least that’s the way Omowunmi Sadik, director of Binghamton University’s Center…

Revolutionary new solution for semiconductor and nano materials

College Park, MARYLAND — University of Maryland researchers have created a completely new way to produce high quality semiconductor materials critical for advanced microelectronics and nanotechnology.…

Independent review finds US nanotechnology initiative highly effective; recommends changes to assure ongoing US lead

Report calls for greater emphasis on commercialization, strategic coordination of health and safety research

Washington, DC — The Federal government’s ten-year-old program for nurturing and…

From pollutant to profit: Nanoscience turns carbon on its head

United Kingdom — Three new complementary research projects will turn carbon from a pollutant into useful products that could help both industry and the environment.

Nanotechnology solutions will be…

Incorporating biofunctionality into nanomaterials for medical, health devices

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This scanning electron micrograph was obtained from a zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membrane. (Credit: Dr. Roger Narayan, North Carolina State University)

Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA — A team led by researchers from North Carolina State University has published a paper that describes the use of a technique called atomic layer deposition to incorporate…

Researchers provide proof in humans of RNA interference using targeted nanoparticles

This electron micrograph shows the presence of numerous siRNA-containing targeted nanoparticles both entering and within a tumor cell. (Credit: Caltech/Swaroop Mishra)

Researchers unveil scientific results from siRNA Phase I clinical trial in cancer patients

Pasadena, CALIFORNIA — A California Institute of Technology (Caltech)-led team of researchers and clinicians…

Engineers: Weak laser can ignite nanoparticles, with exciting possibilities

Gainesville, FLORIDA — University of Florida engineering researchers have found they can ignite certain nanoparticles using a low-power laser, a development they say opens the door to a wave of new…

Silver proves its mettle for nanotech applications

Tempe, ARIZONA — The self-assembling properties of the DNA molecule have allowed for the construction of an intriguing range of nanoscale forms. Such nanoarchitectures may eventually find their way…

Nano-based RFID tag, you're it

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(Credit: Gyou-Jin Cho/Sunchon National University)

RFID tags printed through a new roll-to-roll process could replace bar codes and make checking out of a store a snap. 

Rice, Korean collaboration produces printable tag that could replace bar codes

Houston, TEXAS — Long lines at store checkouts could be history if a new technology created in part at Rice University…

Light twists rigid structures in unexpected nanotech finding

Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN — In findings that took the experimenters three years to believe, University of Michigan engineers and their collaborators have demonstrated that light itself can twist ribbons of…

Frogs, foam and fuel: University of Cincinnati researchers convert solar energy to sugars

Engineers from the University of Cincinnati devise a foam that captures energy and removes excess carbon dioxide from the air — thanks to semi-tropical frogs.

Cincinnati, OHIO — For decades, farmers…

3-D cell culture: Making cells feel right at home

Houston, TEXAS — The film "Avatar" isn't the only 3-D blockbuster making a splash this winter. A team of scientists from Houston's Texas Medical Center this week unveiled a new technique for growing…

Battery boost: High-performance lithium-ion anode uses "bottom up, self-assembled" nanocomposite materials to increase capacity

Atlanta, GEORGIA — A new high-performance anode structure based on silicon-carbon nanocomposite materials could significantly improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries used in a wide range of…

Rice team tests century-old calculations

A team of Rice students used nanoparticle "constellations" to help find specific particles in images from three different devices. Above left, the same particles are imaged for scattering and…

Nanoparticles provide a targeted version of photothermal therapy for cancer

St. Louis, MISSOURI — In a lecture he delivered in 1906, the German physician Paul Ehrlich coined the term Zuberkugel, or “magic bullet,” as shorthand for a highly targeted medical treatment. Magic…

The sounds of nanoscience

Carbon Nanotube Speakers Could Be Powered by Lasers, Blend into Windows and Transform Noisy Spaces into Peaceful Sanctums

The nanotube device uses a principle first identified by Alexander Graham…

New nanobioscience center in Arizona targets personalized medicine

Phoenix, AZ — The first center of the downtown Phoenix biomedical campus aims to change the way individuals are diagnosed and treated for the most deadly and debilitating diseases. Diseases will be…

Researchers develop world's first junctionless nanowire transistor


Junctionless nanowire transistor successfully designed, simulated, fabricated and tested at Tyndall National Institute (Credit: Image courtesy of Tyndall National Institute)  

IRELAND — A team of…

New nanoethics book released by Wiley-Blackwell

Collaboration between two ethicists and nanoscientist reveals unique synergies and insights

San Luis Obispo, CA  The Nanoethics Group today announced the release of a new book to engage the rising…

MIT researchers discover new way of producing electricity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A team of scientists at MIT have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of energy to shoot through minuscule wires known as carbon nanotubes. The…

Sizing up nanotechnology: How nano-sized particles may affect skin care products

MIAMI  The rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and its future use in cosmetic products holds both enormous potential and potential concern for consumers. Currently, major cosmetic manufacturers…

Researchers show how nanomaterials with control over properties can be created 

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Shiv Khanna, Ph.D., a professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Physics, together with colleagues from VCU, Penn State University and the California…

California NanoSystems Institute and England's Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information expand research collaborations 

LOS ANGELES — The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA and the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information (NSQI) at England's University of Bristol have entered into an agreement to…

Nanotube thermocells hold promise for converting heat waste to energy

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A study published in the American Chemical Society's journal Nano Letters reveals that thermocells based on carbon nanotube electrodes might eventually be used for generating…

Popular nanoparticle causes toxicity in fish, study shows

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A nanoparticle growing in popularity as a bactericidal agent has been shown to be toxic to fish, according to a Purdue University study.

Tested on fathead minnows  an…

Atmospheric nanoparticles impact health, weather prof says

TEXAS — Nanoparticles are atmospheric materials so small that they can’t be seen with the naked eye, but they can very visibly affect both weather patterns and human health all over the world – and…