Glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes

By / April 28, 2010

According to an ORNL press release, by adapting conventional glass fiber drawing technology to process carbon nanotubes into multichannel assemblies, researchers believe they have the potential to mimic the human nervous system. “Our goal is to use our discovery to mimic nature’s design using artificial sensors to effectively restore a person’s ability to sense objects…

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Video of the week: Prashant Kumta on nanoceramics for bone regeneration and protein transport

By / April 28, 2010

ACerS Fellow Prashant Kumta has been a pioneer in the use of nanoceramic materials for bone regeneration and to bind and transport proteins and protein-like substances into cells. Kumta, who teaches at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of Engineering and Dental Medicine, discusses how his interest in bioglass and bioceramics…

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Monday materials mind candy: ‘Printed’ origami ceramic structures

By / April 19, 2010

As you can see above, ACerS Fellow Jennifer Lewis and her team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have figured out how to make intriguing and beautifully simple (yet complex) origami structures by bending and folding planar lattices. The lattices are made by extruding “inks” of ceramic, metal or polymeric materials using a precise,…

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NIST offers $25M in TIP funding for advanced materials scale-up, modeling and production

By / April 16, 2010

NIST just announced that it is accepting proposals for its 2010 Technology Innovation Program that will provide $25 million in first-year cost-shared funding for innovative research on “Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes.” TIP is NIST’s version of DARPA and ARPA-E, i.e., it seeks to fund high-risk, high-reward research. The competition is open…

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New glass applications and science journal debuts

By / March 16, 2010

The premier issue of ACerS’ new quarterly glass journal has just been put online and – good news – all of the content of this first issue is available for free! The International Journal of Applied Glass Science has been in development for over a year, and the demand for such a publication is the…

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Video of the week: Nanotubes and other nanoparticles for drug delivery systems

By / February 24, 2010

Robert Pazik and Constanze Lamprecht are two young researchers who separately work on methods of using nanoparticles as multifunctional drug delivery systems for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Pazik, who works in chemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala, uses nanoparticles that can be coated with therapeutic drug plus other chemicals…

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ORNL simulations explain unexpected DNA-nanotube flow

By / February 23, 2010

Via press release, researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab working toward a low-cost DNA sequencing tool for medical diagnostics have proposed using a single-walled carbon nanotube to thread a single strand of DNA from one reservoir to another, analyzing and sequencing the DNA in the process. In such a device, the negatively charged DNA material,…

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New sensor exploits weakness of nano devices

By / February 16, 2010

According to a press release, Oak Ridge National Lab, via its Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division, is developing a chemical and biological sensor with unprecedented sensitivity. The device consists of a digital camera, a laser, imaging optics, a signal generator, digital signal processing and other components that can detect tiny amounts of substances in…

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Customized silver–hydroxyapatite coatings proposed to fight bio-implants infections

By / February 10, 2010

A team of North Carolina State University and Oak Ridge National Lab researchers have published a new paper that reports on the possibility of using hydroxyapatite layers seeded with silver particles – customized for each patient – as a coating on joint and bone replacements to help ward off infection. The interesting idea the group…

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Electricity harvesting with piezo–silicone implants

By / February 5, 2010

Researchers at Princeton University have demonstrated that high performance piezoelectric ceramics can be transferred onto rubber or plastic, rendering them flexible without sacrificing energy efficiency. “The human body is a ideal source of power if we can harness our body motion such as walking, finger typing or breathing. This would be especially convenient for implantable…

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