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April 2012


JUST RELEASED: Nano-Semiconductors: Devices and Technology. Author Shares How Nano is Changing Computing, Telecommunications

JUST RELEASED: Nano-Semiconductors: Devices and Technology. Author Shares How Nano is Changing Computing, Telecommunications

NanoScienceWorks.org looks at the dynamic area of nano-semoconductors, and how these tiny devices are fundamentally changing the worlds of computing and communications. We speak with the author of Nano-Semiconductor: Devices and Technology, Dr. Krzysztof Iniewski. He manages R&D developments at Redlen Technologies, Inc., a start-up firm in British Columbia, Canada. His research interests are in VLSI circuits for medical and security applications.

For this book, Dr. Iniwski collaborated with more than two dozen experts across many fields impacting on the present and the future of semiconductors, including CMOS, carbon nanotubes, graphene, spintronics, quantum dots, and even III-V materials. A sample chapter is available.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability

NanoScienceWorks.org explores how ideas and work products from nanoscience are helping to reshape the focus and conversations surrounding global sustainability. We speak with the author of Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, Dr. Donnie Maclurcan, an Honorary Research Fellow with the Institute for Nanoscale Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Author Interview: Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability

Dr. Maclurcan has spent his career looking at the interrelationships between nanotechnology and innovation, politics, economy and sustainable systems. His groundbreaking book explores nano’s impact on many levels beyond the traditional ones of efficiency, productivity, and utility.

FEATURED RESEARCHER: UCLA Team Develops Graphene-Based Supercapacitor

FEATURED RESEARCHER: UCLA Team Develops Graphene-Based Supercapacitor

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed a supercapacitor or electrochemical capacitor (EC) composed of an expanded network of graphene — a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon.

The team, led by Richard B. Kaner, UCLA professor of chemistry & materials science and engineering, demonstrated excellent mechanical and electrical properties as well as exceptionally high surface area.

Purdue Nanoantennas Promise Optical Innovations

Purdue Nanoantennas Promise Optical Innovations

Purdue University researchers have demonstrated new ways to accurately manipulate the propagation of light by modifying its phase. The team is using plasmonic nanoantenna arrays to tap into the next class of optical advancements for computers, telecom and microscopes. The Purdue nanoantennas are 40-nm wide and are V-form structures made of gold and created over a silicon layer.

FEATURED INSTITUTION: Rensselaer Draws ‘Roadmap’ for Designing with Graphene Nanomaterials

FEATURED INSTITUTION: Rensselaer Draws ‘Roadmap’ for Designing with Graphene Nanomaterials

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have produced a roadmap that can guide scientists on how to design and build graphene-based nanostructures that can be customized for applications in electronics, photovoltaics and other areas.

The research team used Rensselaer’s Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) supercomputer to explore the secrets of graphitic nanoribbons. They discovered these can be come in variously typed structures, called nanowiggles, which produce different magnetic and conductive properties, depending on their shape.

NDnano Quantum Dots Power ‘Paint-On’ Solar Cells

NDnano Quantum Dots Power ‘Paint-On’ Solar Cells

University of Notre Dame's Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) researchers have developed an inexpensive energy-producing "solar paint" made from semiconducting quantum dots. The team used the quantum dots to make a spreadable ‘solar paint’ that can be applied to any conductive surface without special equipment, said team lead Prashant Kamat.

"The best light-to-energy conversion efficiency we've reached so far is 1 percent, which is well behind the usual 10 to 15 percent efficiency of commercial silicon solar cells," Kamat said. "But this paint can be made cheaply and in large quantities.” The team now is working to improve efficiencies.

Univ. of Pittsburgh Team Pushes for Nanoscale MRI

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are applying quantum computing principals to high-precision measurement. Using single electrons encased in a diamond crystal, the team is making strides in the development of a nanoscale magnetic imager.

Microfluidic Devices One Step Closer to Detecting Single Proteins

Quanterix Corp. researchers have developed a novel way to detect individual proteins using its Single Molecule Array (SiMoA) technology. The firm used arrays enclosed in microfluidic channels to perform SiMoA in a fully automated fashion.

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