Tag Archives: nanotechnology

Metamaterials: A possible nano breakthrough

    Readers of my blog have probably recognized that I write more about energy than about chemical developments. This is not by choice, but because I have over the last year found little to write about in the chemical world. … Continue reading

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Intelligent textiles: Another technology breakthrough

In my previous post I discussed how chemical companies are trying to cope with how technology is changing the workplace: the need to train insufficiently skilled/ educated workers to use the automated controls and robotics now increasingly used in plants that … Continue reading

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California water crisis deepens: Graphene membranes could provide a breakthrough

This blog has recently featured articles on the growing worldwide water crisis and on the potential of a new material called graphene which has exhibited amazing characteristics (strength, chemical resistance, flexibility) that could lead to breakthroughs in a number of areas. It … Continue reading

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Nanocrystals for tagging: A possible breakthrough

Research carried out at MIT and funded by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office and National Institute of Health has led to the successful development  of tiny, smartphone-readable particles that, inventors say, could be used to authenticate currency (see also … Continue reading

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Unusual forms of carbon: Growing Commercial Uses

 Richard Smalley’s team’s discovery of Buckyballs( Fullerene) at Rice University in 1985 was a breakthrough in the knowledge of so-called allotropic forms of carbon. Thirty years have now gone by, but commercial applications of these interesting shapes of carbon are still … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology Breakthroughs or Conversation Pieces?

 This is a subject that is perennially mysterious, because it is hard to get your arms around. It is about atomic-sized particles able or targeted to do things that were never done before.  It has been around for many years, yet seems … Continue reading

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