NNI in the News
Although traditional plastics are useful in consumer products, one of the drawbacks is that they are made from petroleum products.
An NSF-funded study embeds nanoparticles into artificial joints to study degradation and wear and potentially curb the need for replacement surgeries.
Quasicrystals revealed atoms in a nonrepeating, mosaic pattern thought to be scientifically impossible; this discovery was made possible by what we now consider the tools of nanotechnology.
The nanoparticles—dubbed nanoflares—attach themselves to individual cancer cells in a blood sample and then glow, allowing cancerous cells to be detected and sorted with the help of a laser.
By making slight alterations in the acidity and concentration of chemicals, a Harvard researcher discovered how to control the growth of self-assembling crystals, resulting in stunning, flower-like structures.
A single tissue box-sized device can harvest up to 2.8 liters, or about three quarts, of water in one day at low humidity — that’s a bit more than the half gallon of water experts recommend a person drink over the course of a day.
See video of the plenary talks and all of the presentation slides from the hugely successful NNI & OECD joint workshop, Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology.
Scientists at DOE's Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural process used by plants.
The invention shows that carbon fiber transistors can be assembled into a general purpose computer, which can run a basic operating system, perform calculations and switch between different processes running at the same time.