With a declining GDP and a rising unemployment rate, Italy is facing testing times. Nevertheless, there are signs of promise, with exports rising and a number of companies innovating their way out of recession.
Scientists have uncovered details about the structure of PCDTBT, one of the most common organic photovoltaic materials available, which could help explain its superior performance and lead to the creation of materials with improved optoelectronic properties.
Gamma rays could provide the missing link towards nuclear photonics, leading to a whole host of new analytical and imaging techniques from medicine to nuclear waste. Dr Michael Jentschel of the Institut Laue-Langevin in France discusses the possibilities.
The 1st NCEM-1 Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials Consortium (NCEM-1) has been launched in order to facilitate the commercial uptake of technologies based on nano-carbon materials and to bring together potential users.