Iranian research getting noticed

By / September 13, 2008

Iran isn’t necessarily known for being a leader in ceramic and related material science, but some recent announcements suggest they shouldn’t be ignored either. For example, one group has successfully…

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Advance makes thermoelectrics twice as efficient

By / September 12, 2008

Ohio State University researchers say they have invented a new material that “will make cars even more efficient by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity” and with “twice the…

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Growing smart materials idea comes from trees

By / September 10, 2008

What is the best way to move substances from one place to another – a key consideration when developing complex new “smart” materials? Duke University researchers believe they have found…

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Brick, stained glass that cleans the air

By / September 5, 2008

We came across two very different stories about passive methods that can produce cleaner air – methods developed centuries apart. First, in a test that may lead to a breakthrough…

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Thin film energy market to reach $3.9 billion by 2013

By / September 5, 2008

According to a new report from BCC Research the global market for thin film in energy applications is expected to increase from $1.1 billion in 2007 to $1.4 billion in…

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Graphene memory possible?

By / August 26, 2008

Writers at the IEEE Spectrum report that molecule-size memory may be possible using graphene. Electrons flow extremely fast in graphene, much faster than in silicon, and a graphene transistor could…

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Missouri S&T working on bringing hydrogen to market

By / August 25, 2008

A group of researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have received funding from the DOE to develop a real-world overview of the possible uses for hydrogen in the…

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New “skin” to provide more human touch

By / August 24, 2008

Science Magazine has published research suggesting that Japanese scientists have developed a composite skin that is both stretchable and able to conduct electricity, leading researchers at the University of Tokyo…

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Nanotech market to reach $3.1 trillion by 2015

By / August 18, 2008

A new report from Lux Research claims that nanotechnology, while perhaps overhyped in the past, has now become pervasive in a broad range of sectors. “Nanomaterials State of the Market Q3 2008: Stealth Success, Broad Impact,” predicts that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products produced in 2007 will grow to $3.1 trillion by 2015.To estimate nanotech’s commercial impact, Lux looked at the technology’s effect in three major industry sectors – manufacturing and materials, electronics and IT, and healthcare. The firm bases its predictions on more than 1,000 interviews conducted with technology developers and a new survey of 31 leading corporations in the nanotechnology field.

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