Nanocarbon -- carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene, etc. -- production reached less than 25% of capacity in 2010, according to a new report from iRAP Inc. Capacity utilization is expected to reach 50% in 2015. Prices for these products will drop annually by more than 10%.
Scientists at the University of Gothenburg successfully defended a thesis on the subject of carbon nanotube fundamentals, "In Silco Studies of Carbon Nanotubes and Metal Clusters." CNTs can be regarded as thin threads of pure carbon, whose length can be a billion times greater than their thickness.
Rice University researchers are studying the amount of strength needed to pull a multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) from a bead of epoxy. A spring-loaded, push-pull micromechanical assembly on a silicon chip allows researchers to string a MWCNT to a blanket of epoxy on one side while the other is held firmly in place with a platinum anchor.
SRC and researchers from Stanford University have developed a combination of elements that yields a unique nanostructure material for packaging. This advance should allow longer life for semiconductor devices while costing less than current state-of-the-art materials.
Just as walkie-talkies transmit and receive radio waves, carbon nanotubes can transmit and receive light at the nanoscale, Cornell researchers have discovered.
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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