Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: March 12, 2008
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It's just a concept for now, but Nokia is projecting a future phone product that uses nanotechnology to be stretchable and flexible…
Nanotech drug delivery vehicles may soon improve because it turns out that even those that appear to be promising are not well-designed. In a Nanowerk Spotlight Michael Berger reports work from nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari on how to improve the design of nanoparticles for drug delivery…
Nanotechnology catalysts may enable more efficient fuel cells to power consumer electronics via the oxidation of methanol. From Michael Gross writing in Chemistry World…
Proponents of replacing gasoline with hydrogen for fueling cars have to find a practical way to store hydrogen. One potential nanotech-based solution is presented by the recent demonstration that hydrogen can form chemical bonds with most of the carbon atoms in single-walled carbon nanotubes of the appropriate diameter…
As a follow-up to Monday's post on optimizing nanoparticle design for nanotech drug delivery, the same research group has also demonstrated the advantages of a multistage approach in which micrometer-sized mesoporous particles are used to deliver two different nanoparticles…
We've written here before about the plan to put iron nanoparticles in the ocean as a way to increase growth of plankton, thereby absorbing carbon dioxide. Previously this was to be done by a company called Planktos; now a new company called Climos is making similar plans…
The way in which fundamental electromagnetic properties scale with dimension determines what electronic circuits can be constructed using nanotechnology. A new theoretical framework for nanotech seeks to use specially designed nanoparticles to create circuits that could lead to optical information processing and optical communication between nanostructures…
We've been critical in the past of Saudi Arabia's policy of having women researchers in nanotechnology (and of course other fields as well) work separately from male researchers. Now King Abdullah has moved personally to fund, at the US$10 billion level, a new graduate-level university with a new policy toward women…
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