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Drug delivery: Why gold nanoparticles can penetrate cell walls

Cells are very good at protecting their precious contents and as a result it's very difficult to penetrate their membrane walls to deliver drugs nutrients or biosensors without damaging or destroying the cell One effective ... - Read More

Two become one with the 3-D NanoChemiscope: Unique surface analysis instrument

Surface analysis, Analysis
The 3D NanoChemiscope is a miracle of state of the art analysis technology As a further development of well known microscopic and mass spectroscopic methods it maps the physical and chemical surfaces of materials down ... - Read More

Synthetic polymers enable cheap, efficient, durable alkaline fuel cells

Synthetic polymers, Fuel, Fuel cells
A new cost effective polymer membrane can decrease the cost of alkaline batteries and fuel cells by allowing the replacement of expensive platinum catalysts without sacrificing important aspects of performance according to Penn State researchers ... - Read More

New insights into the polymer mystique for conducting charges

For most of us a modern lifestyle without polymers is unthinkable…if only we knew what they were The ordinary hardware store terms we use for them include plastics polyethylene epoxy resins paints adhesives rubber without ... - Read More

Plastic solar cells' new design promises bright future

Plastic, Plastic, cells, cells
Energy consumption is growing rapidly in the 21st century with rising energy costs and sustainability issues greatly impacting the quality of human life Harvesting energy directly from sunlight to generate electricity using photovoltaic technologies is ... - Read More

'Soft robotic' devices using water-based gels

Gels
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water based hydrogel material that can be patterned folded and used to manipulate objects The technique holds promise ... - Read More

Bio-imaging: Probing for deeper diagnostics

Multi armed polymers with dual fluorescent and magnetic imaging capabilities boost the resolution of cancer detection tools Molecular probes that selectively latch onto tumor cells and emit imaging signals can detect cancer without invasive procedures ... - Read More

Nanomaterials: Sized-up for strength

Experiments and numerical simulations show that miniaturized ultra small platinum cylinders weaken when their constituents are reduced in number Miniaturizing microscopic metallic objects while enhancing their strength is critical to developing high performance devices that ... - Read More

Microfluidic breakthrough in biotechnology

Bacteria, bacteria
Chemical flasks and inconvenient chemostats for cultivation of bacteria are likely soon to be discarded Researchers have constructed a microfluidic system allowing for merging transporting and splitting of microdroplets With this method hundreds of different ... - Read More

Tetrapod nanocrystals light the way to stronger polymers

nanocrystals
Fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals could light the way to the future design of stronger polymer nanocomposites A team of researchers with the U S Department of Energy DOE 's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab has ... - Read More

Accurately testing exact hardness of a material, in depth

In today's precision manufacturing environment designers of products as diverse as car airbag sensors computer microchips drill bits and paint often need to know the mechanical properties of their materials' down to the nanometer scale ... - Read More

Removing pollutants and contaminants from wastewater

Pollutants, Contaminants
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and its European partners have developed several effective processes for eliminating persistent pollutants from wastewater Some of these processes generate reactive species which can be used ... - Read More

Polymer ribbons for better healing

Polymer
Freiburg researchers develop hydrogels for tissue regeneration that can be fine tuned to fit any body part A new kind of gel that promotes the proper organization of human cells was developed by Prof Prasad ... - Read More

Researchers get better metrics on laser potential of key material

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed more accurate measurements of how efficiently a polymer called MEH PPV amplifies light which should advance efforts to develop a new generation of lasers and photonic devices ... - Read More

Choosing a wave could accelerate airplane maintenance

Adhesive
Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard to reach places more quickly ... - Read More

Thin, flexible glass for energy storage

Glass
A new use for glass is being developed by researchers in Penn State's Materials Research Institute that could make future hybrid electric and plug in electric vehicles more affordable and reliable Thin and flexible glass ... - Read More

Two-in-one solution for low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells

Solution, Polymer
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer based optoelectronic devices is reported today by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology UNIST South Korea The new plasmonic material can be applied to both ... - Read More

Injectable 'smart sponge' holds promise for controlled drug delivery

Drug delivery
Researchers have developed a drug delivery technique for diabetes treatment in which a sponge like material surrounds an insulin core The sponge expands and contracts in response to blood sugar levels to release insulin as ... - Read More

Finding the keys to boiling heat transfer

A team of MIT researchers has succeeded in carrying out the first systematic investigation of the factors that control boiling heat transfer from a surface to a liquid This process is crucial to the efficiency ... - Read More

Drug delivery: Small packages delivering huge results

Drug delivery
University of Melbourne researchers have developed an efficient system to coat tiny objects such as bacterial cells with thin films that assemble themselves which could have important implications for drug delivery as well as biomedical ... - Read More
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