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February 26th, 2007
Nanotechnology and the Future of Renewable Energy
Nanotechnology operates at such a fundamental level that there is very little of a technological nature that it will not impact. Thus its effects on energy generation, transmission, storage and consumption are numerous and diverse. Some will be incremental and some quite possibly revolutionary.
Rather than trying to sketch the whole landscape, a few examples will hopefully illustrate the variety.
At the mundane end of the scale you have anti-fouling paints for wave or tidal power, or materials with a higher tolerance for radiation in nuclear reactors. I did say mundane.
In wind power, the potentially enormous improvements in strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials used in blades could pay back surprisingly well because the relationship of blade length to efficiency is not linear but follows a power law -- though there is much argument about how this pans out in the real world.
European roadmap for graphene science and technology published February 25th, 2015
Quantum research past, present and future for discussion at AAAS February 16th, 2015
World’s first compact rotary 3D printer-cum-scanner unveiled at AAAS by NTU Singapore start-up: With production funded by crowdsourcing, the first unit will be delivered to the United States in March February 16th, 2015
Nanotechnology Electric Vehicle (EV) Market Analysis Report 2015: According to Radiant Insights, Inc February 13th, 2015
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
Moving molecule writes letters: Caging of molecules allows investigation of equilibrium thermodynamics February 27th, 2015
Untangling DNA with a droplet of water, a pipet and a polymer: With the 'rolling droplet technique,' a DNA-injected water droplet rolls like a ball over a platelet, sticking the DNA to the plate surface February 27th, 2015
Real-time observation of bond formation by using femtosecond X-ray liquidography February 26th, 2015
Graphene shows potential as novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategy: University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells February 26th, 2015
Simple, Cost-Efficient Method Used to Determine Toxicants Growing in Pistachio February 26th, 2015
Purification of Industrial Wastewater Using Visible-Light Sensitive Photocatalysts February 24th, 2015
Nanocomposite Membranes Used in Iran for Water Desalination, Sweetening February 16th, 2015
Scientists in Iran Use Nanotechnology for Industrial Purification of Drinking Water February 13th, 2015
In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability: Nanoparticle coatings improve stability, cyclability of '3DOm' carbon February 25th, 2015
New nanowire structure absorbs light efficiently: Dual-type nanowire arrays can be used in applications such as LEDs and solar cells February 25th, 2015
Learning by eye: Silicon micro-funnels increase the efficiency of solar cells February 25th, 2015
Magnetic nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells X-ray study points the way to higher energy yields February 25th, 2015