• Carbon nanotube attached to the tip of an atomic force microscope. Image courtesy of Purdue University, USA

    Surface solution for writing nanodata

    Materials World magazine
    A carbon nanotube (CNT) probe tip, with silicon oxide outer layer for wear resistance, could enable ultrahigh density data storage. The ‘nanopencil’ can write bit sizes as small as 6.8nm onto ferroelectric films, while the silicon oxide makes it less prone to bending or buckling.
  • Making nanoceramic components

    Materials World magazine
    Manufacturing nanostructured ceramic components could now become more industrially viable using processing techniques developed at Loughborough University, UK.
  • Young Persons' Lecture Competition - Abstracts from the London Local Heat

    London Materials Society
    London Materials Society will host the local heat for the Young Persons' Lecture Competition, on the 19th of February 2009 , at the Institute of Materials commencing at 1700 hours . Tea/coffee will be available from 4.30 pm.
  • Optical probe diagram

    Optical probe enhanced with LED

    Materials World magazine
    A scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) integrated with a microlens and a light emitting diode (LED) could allow the SNOM to become a more routine analytical tool for high resolution materials research and optical lithography.
  • Light emitting diode emission as a current passes through the carbon-nanotube coated cotton

    Smart cotton for biomonitoring

    Materials World magazine
    A conductive cotton yarn woven into soft fabrics could have health monitoring capabilities by acting as an intergrated sensor. The thread is coated in carbon nanotubes and is said to produce smart textiles with better flexibility, durability and mobile comfort than metal and optical fibres.
  • Nanogold for multiple drug delivery

    Materials World magazine
    Exploring laser excitation of gold nanoparticles will enhance international research into these materials for controlled drug delivery, say researchers at MIT, Cambridge, USA. Gold nanorods of different shapes respond to different infrared wavelengths, enabling selective melting of the carriers and release of the various medicines attached to their surfaces.
  • Smart nanostructures to make chemical reactors more energy efficient

    Materials World magazine
    Nanostructured materials, tailored to respond to various stimuli, may form the basis of more energy efficient chemical reactors by regulating reactions, momentum, and heat and mass transfer inside the plants. A consortium of three UK universities, Leeds, Bath and Glasgow, is in the early stages of developing this nanotechnology from molecular metal oxides and polymers.
  • Close-up of a microchip

    Faster chip production, without a mask

    Materials World magazine
    A new maskless lithography technique could enable fast and low-cost manufacture of semiconductors with nanoscale resolution.
  • Last opportunity to enter IOM3 Medals and Prizes 2009

    Candidates have until 19 December to submit nomination forms for the IOM3 Medals and Prizes 2009.
  • Nominations sought for Institute’s Medals and Prizes

    The Institute’s Medals and Prizes 2009 are open for nominations. The deadline for all entries is 19 December 2008.