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2010-09-15 17:29:25

The PhD thesis by Carlos Echeverría Arrondo, Doctor in Physics from the Public University of Navarre and entitled "On doped semiconductor quantum dots and magnetic nanowires", studied the behaviour and properties of nanometric-scale semiconductor crystals. The interest aroused by nanoscience and nanotechnology spurred Dr Echeverría to study the behaviour of semiconductor crystals when their size is reduced to less than one hundred nanometres (a nanometre is...

2010-09-03 08:35:01

Tokyo, Sept 3, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation commercialized and commenced full-scale mass production of the SP100 Series, Solar Cell Conductive Film for photovoltaic modules in April 2010. The SP100 Series is a film-type conductive bonding material that bonds the solar cell with the metal ribbon that acts as a transmission line for electricity generated by the cell and, compared with conventional soldering (200 C or more), is capable of...

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2010-07-29 11:11:09

Processes which lend materials new characteristics are generally complicated and therefore often rather difficult to reproduce. So surprise turns to astonishment when scientists report on new methods which not only produce outstanding results despite the fact that they use economically priced starting materials but also do not need expensive instrumentation. Just a simple framework made of polystyrene This is exactly what Jamil Elias and Laetitia Philippe of Empa's Mechanics of Materials and...

2010-07-22 12:48:22

Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices, or BNSLs, by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface. The study demonstrates a new and spontaneous way to grow long-range-ordered BNSL membranes with rigorous control of nanocrystal size, shape and concentration by combining two types of nanocrystals and...

2010-07-01 12:04:38

Old glass is not the same as new glass -- and the difference is not just due to manufacturing techniques. Unlike crystalline solids, glasses change as they age, increasing packing density and stability. Ideally, a glass should be cooled slowly, maybe over 10,000 years or so, but that is not usually practical. Research reported in the Journal of Chemical Physics, published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), details the production of highly stable glass films of indomethacin by...

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2010-06-23 09:42:09

Process for manufacturing nanoelectronic 'mini-circuits' developed Organic semiconductors are very promising candidates as starting materials for the manufacture of cheap, large area and flexible electronic components such as transistors, diodes and sensors on a scale ranging from micro to nano. A condition for success in achieving this goal is the ability to join components together with electrically conducting links "“ in other words, to create an electronic circuit. Empa scientists...

2010-06-22 13:00:00

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The rapid evolution from cell phones to smart phones and mobile computing, use of netbooks, and more powerful personal computers is continuing to drive demand for Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM). As DRAM performance can no longer be advanced solely by reducing feature size, integrated circuit manufacturers are now faced with the challenge of integrating materials with extremely high dielectric constants such as Strontium Titanium...

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2010-06-21 14:15:00

In a breakthrough, UCI chemists create synthetic antibodies that block bee venom UC Irvine researchers have developed the first "plastic antibodies" successfully employed in live organisms "“ stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice. Tiny polymeric particles "“ just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair "“ were designed to match and encase melittin, a peptide in bee venom that causes cells to rupture, releasing their contents. Large quantities of...

2010-06-09 16:29:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Solido Design Automation, Inc. today announced that TSMC has selected Solido Variation Designer for its Analog/Mixed-signal (AMS) Reference Flow 1.0 targeting TSMC 28nm advanced process technology. Solido Variation Designer will be used for the Variation-Aware Custom IC design component of TSMC's flow. Variation effects are increasing as silicon processes shrink, and variation has become not only a foundry issue but a design issue as well. If not...

2010-06-02 15:05:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: KEME), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced the availability of new DSCC (Defense Supply Center, Columbus) -approved surface mount Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) in smaller case sizes for defense and aerospace applications. KEMET is now approved to DSCC control drawings 03029 and 03028 for EIA 0402 and...