The prospects for neuromedicine within nanotechnology

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2017 Neurological disorders are an increasing health burden worldwide. However the current standard drugs used can often only relieve symptoms, and their ability to reach the brain is limited due to the protective properties of the blood-brain barrier, BBB [1].The BBB’s neurophysiological purpose is to keep …

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Nano Food Additives, Good or Bad?

Nanotechnology provides many opportunities for improvement in the food industry. These include intelligent packaging with sensors to detect when food has gone bad, longer shelf lives due to antibacterial packaging, not to mention nano food additives with various benefits. Some of these benefits are better nutrient delivery using nanoencapsulation [i], and improving flavors, texture, and …

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cphnano Interview: Building a Strong Start-up within Nanotechnology

Building a start-up within nanotechnology is full of challenges. This is especially true when going directly from academic research to applying the ideas to a novel product. Copenhagen Nanosystems ApS (cphnano), a Danish start-up with 10 employees, has nevertheless taken up these challenges and managed to overcome many obstacles on the way. In this interview …

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Prevention of infectious diseases: Active Immunization and Vaccines

Restricting the spread and disease severity of the COVID-19 virus are some of the main challenges with regards to combatting the ongoing pandemic. Nanotechnology is a strong tool as it enables development of technology that can be utilized to combat the disease, e.g. diagnosis, dissemination prevention and vaccination. (Find more on Nanotechnology here.) Vaccination is …

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Revolutionizing Solar Cells with Quantum Dots

Introduction The great aspect of solar cells is that they are producing non-polluting renewable energy by absorbing photons i.e. sunlight, and by extension converting the energy  of the photon to electrical energy for applications or conservation.  One of the main challenges in the photovoltaic industry is the 33% efficiency limit for any traditional solar cell …

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Removing Atomic Layers from Nanostructures with Thermal ALE

Thermal Atomic layer etching (ALE) is a recently developed technique to fabricate nanostructures with high precision. While not yet as scalable as other techniques, it shows promising application possibilities. To improve the power of integrated circuits such as CPUs, we need to build finer structures of transistors that can store the information used in electronic …

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Lithium Sulfur the Next-Gen Lithium Ion Battery?

The lithium ion battery chemistries are reaching their theoretical limits. The transition to sustainable energy sources such as solar- and wind power requires large energy storage systems to counter their intermittency. Furthermore, the electrification of the transportation sector increases the demand for higher specific capacities i.e., the capacity to weight ratio. The needs are right …

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Nanofabrication: The Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches

When fabricating nanostructures, a major task is to find reliable, and inexpensive methods that can be used on an industrial scale. These methods fall into two categories: top-down and bottom-up. The improvement of products such as smartphones relies on the semiconductor industry to improve on their methods or develop new ones. Content –      …

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Pushing the Boundaries of Lithium-Ion Batteries With Nanotechnology

Note: Image adopted from UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps-faculty/potw/potw/potw1313 Today it is hard to imagine a world where smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, and electric vehicles are not rechargeable. This indispensable attribute is thanks to the lithium-ion battery (LIB) which was first commercialized by Sony and Asahi Kasei in 1991 [i]. Our demand …

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Repelling Red Wine and Coffee From a White Cotton Dress Shirt

Please note that this article is sponsored by J. Harvest & Frost – v/GEPARD ApS. Stains on a white button-up shirt can be a pain that is sometimes hard to avoid. With the Black Bow shirt from J. Harvest & Frost, this, however, is no longer an issue. Using nanotechnology from Nanotex© the high-quality cotton …

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