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Lasers Switch On and Off at World Record Speed

September 30, 2014 | by Gail Wilson, Imperial College London | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a record-breaking laser that accelerates the interaction between light and matter by ten times. The physicists used semiconductor nanowires made of zinc oxide and placed them on a silver surface to create ultra-fast lasers. By using silver rather than a conventional glass surface, the scientists were able to shrink their nanowire lasers down to around a thousandth the diameter of human hair.

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Moisture in Oil Transmitter

September 30, 2014 9:54 am | E+E Elektronik Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The EE364 in-line transmitter from E+E Elektronik measures moisture and temperature in transformer, lubricating, hydraulic or motor oils, and diesel fuel.


Contamination Control Certification Services

September 30, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laboratory Testing Inc. of Hatfield, Pa. has added contamination control certification services to its list of testing, inspection, and calibration capabilities.


Nitrile Cleanroom Gloves

September 30, 2014 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

BioClean offers its "Tiso" nitrile cleanroom gloves, which contain no natural latex proteins.


Vacuum Pump Inlet Trap

September 29, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

MV Products has developed the MV Multi-Trap High-Capacity Vacuum Inlet Trap, which is used for processes that generate large particulates.


Portable Explosion-proof LED Light

September 29, 2014 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-16BS-1X150LED-UV365-100 portable explosion proof LED light from Larson Electronics can be used within hazardous locations.



September 29, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Opto Diode, a division of ITW, offers the SXUV20HS1, a high-speed photodiode with a Ø 5 mm circular active area.


Developing Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

September 29, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use. This technology taps into the power of a single electron to control energy consumption inside transistors, which are at the core of most modern electronic systems.


Nanotech Leads to Better, Cheaper LEDs

September 26, 2014 4:37 pm | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton U. | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency, and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting. Using a new nanoscale structure, the researchers increased the brightness and efficiency of LEDs made of organic materials (flexible carbon-based sheets) by 57 percent.


2-D Materials' Crystalline Defects Key to New Properties

September 26, 2014 11:11 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers. Tungsten disulphide as a 2D crystalline material is a semiconductor, so it can be used in electronic devices and it is also a catalyst used to liberate hydrogen gas from compounds.


Smallest-possible Diamonds Form Ultra-thin Nanothread

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

A team has, for the first time, discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymer fibers. These materials have an array of potential applications, everything from more-fuel efficient vehicles or even the science fictional-sounding proposal for a “space elevator.”


World’s Smallest Reference Material is Big Plus for Nanotechnology

September 26, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

NIST recently issued Reference Material 8027, the smallest known reference material ever created for validating measurements of these man-made, ultrafine particles between 1 and 100 nanometers in size. Silicon nanoparticles may one day serve as easily detectable "tags" for tracking nanosized substances in biological, environmental, or other dynamic systems.


Building a Cancer Detecting Sensor

September 26, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a highly sensitive graphene biosensor with the capability to detect molecules which show signs of increased cancer risk. The newly developed graphene biosensor could ultimately help to provide a rapid diagnosis at the point of care. In comparison with other bioassay tests, this sensor was over five times more sensitive.


Collaborating on Graphene-based Energy Storage Device Research

September 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Diane Kukich, University of Delaware | News | Comments

Supercapacitors play a transitional role between conventional capacitors and batteries as energy storage devices due to their combination of high power density, long cycle life, outstanding cycle stability, and moderate energy density. Their applications range from memory backup devices and hybrid vehicles to a variety of electronic devices.


Novel Method to Synthesize Nanoparticles Developed

September 25, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly form oxide nanoparticles from simple salt solutions in water.


LED High Bay Fixture

September 25, 2014 9:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dialight offers its CE compliant and UL-certified Vigilant LED High Bay fixture with integrated controls and Cloud based monitoring for industrial applications, including manufacturing, material processing, and others.



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