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Energy efficiency - the focus of an EU network of excellence
A new European Network takes up the challenge of increasing the energy efficiency in photonic applications. Gathering nanophotonic experts in Europe this network clusters nine different institutions in six European countries and comprises of 130 scientists, engineers, technicians and managers in nanophotonics. They are going to focus on energy efficient light harvesting (e.g. solar cells) and light generation (e.g. light emitting diodes). Srinivasan Anand is the partner coordinator for KTH.
These nanoscale “crack-junctions” can speed up DNA sequencing
The time-consuming, expensive process of sequencing DNA molecules – a technology used to identify, diagnose and possibly find cures for diseases – could become a whole lot faster and cheaper as a result of a new nanofabrication method that takes advantage of nano-sized air-gaps, or nanocracks, in electrically conductive materials.
Permeable capsule could be packed with cells that fight cancer
One way that cancer may be fought in the future is with micro-sized capsules containing living cells engineered to secrete toxins that attack cancer cells. Although the science of cell micro-encapsulation has yet to overcome certain limitations, recent developments at KTH might finally offer a way forward.
Sweden’s super lab is strengthened
The national cooperation between KTH, Uppsala University and Chalmers in the form of the clean-room network Myfab is to be upgraded and will become a national resource. This is something the Science Council has arranged. Increased access to the laboratories in question for all of Sweden’s researchers is an important aspect of the improved cooperation.
Solar-driven fridges, a winning concept
With the sun as an energy source and nanotechnology as the tool, two KTH students have managed to produce a cheap fridge that runs on solar power. This idea is so smart that the company behind the invention has now been awarded the newly instituted Innovation Prize Student 2010.
KTH-student won prestigious environmental competition
5000 pounds and extremely close scrutiny. When the KTH-student Hjalmar Nilsonne recently won first prize in the competition Cleantech Challenge 2011 the review of his business plan was just as important as the prize money.
Magnetic nanopaper shows the way for new forest products
Researchers at KTH, Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) and SU have succeeded in creating magnetic nanoparticles in super-strong nanopaper. The new nanopaper is extremely light, strong and flexible and can, among other things, be used to prevent the forgery of paper money, and also to filter off metal particles.
Nanotechnology is an exciting field within science and technology related to materials and device structures with characteristic dimensions in the nanometer regime. The labour market in this emerging area is growing significantly, and nanotechnology is penetrating several technology sectors.