• 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.
  • Schematic of ultrasonic atomisation spraying system

    Better barrier properties for biodegradable films

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Ultrasonic application of clay nanoparticles to biodegradable films could enhance their barrier properties, according to US spray technology company Sono-Tek. The technique prolongs the shelf life of food and pharmaceuticals and offers the packaging industry more accurate and economical treatment.
  • Materials awards seek entrants

    Four materials-related prizes, organised by the Federation of European Materials Societies, are open for nominations.
  • Introducing the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition

    The 2008 Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition will be held at the University of Florida, Gainsville, in the USA, on 23 September.