Topological insulators act as both insulators and conductors, with their interior preventing the flow of electrical currents while their edges or surfaces allow the movement of a charge. Surface conduction channels in BiTe topological insulator nano ribbons are tunable, according to new research from UCLA and Australia's U of Queensland.
The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) recently demonstrated that single-layer MoS2 can be used to fabricate transistors with extremely low leakage currents (25fA/um).
Researchers from Boston College, MIT, Clemson University and the University of Virginia have used nanotechnology to achieve a 60-90% increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit of p-type half-Heusler, a common bulk semiconductor compound.
An international team of scientists led by King's College London has taken a step closer towards developing optical components for super-fast computers and high-speed Internet services. The researchers are studying the science of 'nanoplasmonic devices,' whose key components are tiny nanoscale metal structures that guide and direct light.
Professor Kohei Itoh, who is developing quantum computers based on silicon semiconductors at Keio University's Faculty of Science and Technology, together with Dr. John Morton at Oxford University and others, successfully generated and detected quantum entanglement between electron spin and nuclear spin in phosphorus impurities added to silicon.
Vistec Lithography Inc received an order from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) for one of its Vistec EBPG5200 electron-beam lithography systems. The Vistec EBPG5200 will be installed in the new Nanotechnology Center, which is a public/private partnership between IBM Research - Zurich and ETH Zurich.
The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, U.K., purchased a DPN 5000 System from NanoInk's NanoFabrication Systems Division to be used for the fabrication of nanostructured photonic metamaterials, nanophotonics and sensors.
ADA Technologies Inc. received an $70k contract from the U.S. Army to develop advanced electrochemical ultracapacitor systems for use in hybrid electronic vehicles. Low-cost carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite electrode materials will be leveraged for the systems.
Students are invited to compete for fellowships to implement graphene-related research at CEA in Grenoble beginning in January 2012. Teams participating in the Graphene Fundamentals and Applications Session will receive project mentoring from leading global experts, including a Nobel Prize recipient.
King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology signed an agreement with imec to host researchers from KACST-INTEL consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications at imec facilities in Belgium starting September 2011, for a period of three years.
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