The AZoNano.com "Nanotech Thought Leaders" series is a collection of articles that cover the key technology areas where Nanotechnology is making an impact and where it will make an increasing impact. All the articles are written by experts who have been invited as recognised leaders in their fields to provide a "state of the art" contribution.
In this Thought Leader interview, Prof Rohit Karnik from MIT tells Will Soutter about his work on graphene membranes.
In this Thought Leader interview, Dr Ventsislav Valev talks to Will Soutter about his research on "hotspots" in electrical fields on nanostructured surfaces, which have applications in catalysis, sensors and analytical science.
In this Thought Leader interview with Will Soutter, Prof. Michael Strano and Dr. Qing Hua Wang talk about their work on graphene, and explain how the properties of the atomically thin layers of carbon depend on what type of material they are placed on.
In this "Thought Leader" interview, Professor Robert Dorey talks to
Will Soutter about his work on personal energy generation technologies, which will have many applications in the military sector, as well as in consumer devices.
For the past decade, scientists and engineers have been gaining increasing control over the properties of matter at the nanometer scale - measuring, predicting and constructing nanoparticles and nanostructures. Now nanomedicine - a multidisciplinary field - promises to revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat disease.
Due to the ever increasing energy demand and growing global concern over the environmental impact of CO2 emissions, there is a need to seek solutions to transit from fossil fuels to sustainable energy. In this "Thought Leader' article Prof. Huey Hoon Hng of Nanyang Technological University discusses how harvesting waste energy with nanostructured thermoelectric materials just may help this cause.
Thermodynamic relations may be regarded as the motor driving chemical processes (while chemical kinetics represents the brakes). In order to operate, the relations need to be powered with the fuel of values for the thermodynamic quantities concerned, such as enthalpies, entropies, heat capacities, Gibbs and Helmholtz energies, and so forth.
The statement that a materials functionality is controlled by defects is perhaps the most recognized paradigm of materials science, solid state electrochemistry, and condensed physics alike.
Nanotechnology has been well supported in the UK within a rather restricted budget, in ways that have encouraged the effective use of funds and with a clear policy to translate the outputs of basic research into future applications.
Microfluidics is a research area within MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) and is concerned with the control of the flow of fluids measured in micro, nano, or even Pico, litre, quantities.