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2011-09-27 17:40:27

Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a carbon-based material that could revolutionize the way solar power is harvested. The new solar cell material — a transparent conductor made of carbon nanotubes — provides an alternative to current technology, which is mechanically brittle and reliant on a relatively rare mineral. Due to the earth abundance of carbon, carbon nanotubes have the potential to boost the long-term viability of solar power by providing a...

2011-09-27 11:22:00

Fortuitous discovery in UC Riverside physics lab made using stacked layers of “wonder material” An accidental discovery in a physicist´s laboratory at the University of California, Riverside provides a unique route for tuning the electrical properties of graphene, nature´s thinnest elastic material. This route holds great promise for replacing silicon with graphene in the microchip industry. The researchers found that stacking up three layers of graphene, like...

2011-09-27 10:37:53

Fortuitous discovery in UC Riverside physics lab made using stacked layers of 'wonder material' An accidental discovery in a physicist's laboratory at the University of California, Riverside provides a unique route for tuning the electrical properties of graphene, nature's thinnest elastic material. This route holds great promise for replacing silicon with graphene in the microchip industry. The researchers found that stacking up three layers of graphene, like pancakes, significantly...

2011-09-22 08:00:00

RED BANK, N.J., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prof. Andrew R. Barron, a scientific co-founder of Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V; NXT; NTCXV.PK), has been named a finalist for a prestigious World Technology Award presented by the World Technology Network in association with Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review. Barron joins a roster of organizations and individuals from over 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful...

Why Carbon Nanotubes Spell Trouble For Cells
2011-09-19 04:10:52

  [ View the Video ] It's been long known that asbestos spells trouble for human cells. Scientists have seen cells stabbed with spiky, long asbestos fibers, and the image is gory: Part of the fiber is protruding from the cell, like a quivering arrow that's found its mark. But scientists had been unable to understand why cells would be interested in asbestos fibers and other materials at the nanoscale that are too long to be fully ingested. Now a group of researchers at Brown...

2011-09-14 08:00:00

RED BANK, N.J., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Patent Office has awarded patent no. 7,999,176 B2 to Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V; NXT; NTCXV.PK) for a solar cell structure that uses carbon nanotubes to improve cell performance. Approved in April, this patent was issued on August 16. This patent, and the three earlier foundational patents on which it is based, cover a liquid phase deposition (LPD) process for growing inorganic films on silicon. One of these earlier patents is...

Image 1 - Nanocables Light The Way To The Future
2011-09-07 10:31:42

  Rice researchers power line-voltage light bulb with nanotube wire Cables made of carbon nanotubes are inching toward electrical conductivities seen in metal wires, and that may light up interest among a range of industries, according to Rice University researchers. A Rice lab made such a cable from double-walled carbon nanotubes and powered a fluorescent light bulb at standard line voltage -- a true test of the novel material's ability to stake a claim in energy systems of the...

2011-08-30 15:12:26

Polyurethane reinforced with carbon nanotubes outperforms currently used materials Efforts to build larger wind turbines able to capture more energy from the air are stymied by the weight of blades. A Case Western Reserve University researcher has built a prototype blade that is substantially lighter and eight times tougher and more durable than currently used blade materials. Marcio Loos, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, works with...

2011-08-30 11:10:00

Polyurethane reinforced with carbon nanotubes outperforms currently used materials CLEVELAND, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Efforts to build larger wind turbines able to capture more energy from the air are stymied by the weight of blades. A Case Western Reserve University researcher has built a prototype blade that is substantially lighter and eight times tougher and more durable than currently used blade materials. Marcio Loos, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of...

2011-08-10 09:10:00

National experts, led by Case Western Reserve University researcher, wins federal grant CLEVELAND, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national team of experts, led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher, has received a multi-million-dollar grant to bring unrivaled qualities found in one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials into three dimensions. The scientists' goal is to produce new materials for a host of uses, ranging from high-efficiency batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel...