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Double helix structure found in inorganic material
Double helix structure found in inorganic material12.09.2016 - 23:27

A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a double helix structure in an inorganic material. The material, called SnIP, comprising tin, iodine and phosphorus, is a semiconductor said to possess extraordinary optical and electronic properties and, unlike conventional inorganic semiconducting materials, it is highly flexi...

Diamond based electronics developer raises £750k
Diamond based electronics developer raises £750k12.09.2016 - 23:23

Evince Technology, which is developing technologies to enable the manufacture of electronics based on synthetic diamond, has closed its largest funding round to date. According to the company, it has raised £750,240 from business angels and other private investors. The money, along with a £230,000 award from Innovate UK, will be u...

Up to £4m available in compound semiconductor competition
Up to £4m available in compound semiconductor competition12.09.2016 - 23:16

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4million in innovative projects that help to speed the application of compound semiconductors in areas such as power electronics, RF and microwave, photonics and sensors. According to the investment body, the competition is intended to ensure that UK businesses can respond to market opportunities in compo...

Nanoclusters of silver with ‘desirable’ optical properties
Nanoclusters of silver with ‘desirable’ optical properties12.09.2016 - 00:00

An international team of researchers has managed to synthesise and characterise two previously unknown silver nanoclusters of 136 and 374 silver atoms. These diamond-shaped nanoclusters, consisting of a silver core of two to three nanometres and a protecting layer of silver atoms and organic thiol molecules, are the largest whose structure is...

Euro project launches tools for energy efficient software development
31.08.2016 - 23:53

A three year European research project, which closes today, has launched a set of tools that is said to make computer systems more energy efficient. The EU funded Excess project, led by Chalmers University of Technology, set out to address what it saw as a lack of holistic, integrated approaches to cover all system layers from hardware to use...

Robots can learn by simply observing
31.08.2016 - 23:50

According to researchers at the University of Sheffield, it is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for. This could mean advances in machines being able to predict, among other things, human behaviour. Dr Roderich Gross from the Department of Automa...

Nantero signs NRAM licensing agreement
31.08.2016 - 23:06

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor have announced that they will begin developing carbon nanotube based memory products using Nantero’s CNT NRAM technology. The licensing agreement between Fujitsu and Nantero will cover the joint development of ultra-fast, ultra-high-density NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes...

Antennas enter the digital world, says team
31.08.2016 - 23:01

Antennas currently in use are mostly based on technology developed 50 years ago, but work undertaken by Aalto University researchers has the potential to allow antennas to enter the digital world. Until now, says the team, antennas support either a broad frequency range or high efficiency, but radiation efficiency has been decreasing because ...

Silicon-metal material for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries
29.08.2016 - 23:18

Researchers from MANA and the Georgia Institute of Technology have jointly developed an anode material for Li-ion rechargeable batteries by forming nanoparticles made of Si-metal composites on metal substrates. The resulting anode material is said to have twice the capacity and a longer life cycle than conventional materials used in Li-ion re...

Edible batteries for future medical devices
29.08.2016 - 23:16

Edible, non-toxic batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease and a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the United States has reported progress in their development by using melanin pigments, which are naturally found in the body, to develop edible batteries. Melanin is a mater...

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