AVS 55th International Symposium Showcases Nanotechnology and Materials Research

The AVS 55th International Symposium next month in Boston will showcase research from across the spectrum of science and engineering devoted to research on such topics as nanotechnology, alternative energy, materials research, and medicine.

Reporters are invited to attend the conference free of charge. Registration instructions and other information may be found at the end of this news release. Brief highlights of the 1,300 talks at the meeting are listed below.

HIGH-POWER NANOTUBES
"...The carbon nanotube field effect transistor has the potential to deliver functional performance and efficiency that exceed silicon-based power devices by more than an order of magnitude..." See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=77.

IMPLANTABLE CLINICAL MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES
"...the feasibility of a variety of implantable bioMEMS devices for drug delivery, physiological monitoring, and tissue engineering, has been demonstrated within a research context. Unfortunately, their translation into the clinical environment has been largely limited due to technical, cultural, and economic challenges..." See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=29.

DRAWING WITH A PLASMA QUILL AND SILICON NANOCRYSTAL INK
This talk will present the properties and potential applications of silicon nanocrystal inks for making quantum dot solar cells and printed electronic chips. See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=82.

JUMBO ELECTRON MICROSCOPE
A German company builds scanning electron microscopes that can look at objects as heavy as 20 kg. See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=210.

TINY SYSTEMS FOR GROWING AND STUDYING CELLS
"...We present microfluidic systems for cell growth... [and] for quantitative microinjection of macromolecules and nanoparticles into living cells..."
See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=31.

TUNABLE MICROEDDIES TRAP CELLS
"...We demonstrate the ease of trapping for bubbles, spheres, rod-like debris, non-spherical motile phytoplankton, macrophages, and monocytes in different fluid media..." See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=1215.

GRAPHENE -- THE CARBON FLATLAND.
Andrei Geim, who discovered those two-dimensional carbon sheets known as graphene, will report on the latest findings in this important subject, concentrating on its exotic electronic properties and speculate about potential applications. See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=186.

HOW MUCH DO CELLS, PROTEINS, AND NANOPARTICLES WEIGH?
Weighing of biological molecules, individual cells, and single nanoparticles in Fluid may be possible with a new technology known as suspended microchannel resonator (SMR), which has achieved a resolution of approximately 1 femtogram, an improvement of six orders of magnitude over a high-end commercial quartz crystal microbalance. See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=113.

FAILURE ON THE MICRO-SCALE
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), those tiny technological wonders with components as small as one ten-thousandth of a centimeter, may fail because of high humidity; correlations between corrosion rates and relative humidity. Why? See: http://www.avssymposium.org/paper.asp?abstractID=1366.

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