Tagged: nano

New Wonder Material – Nanocrystalline Cellulose - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Sep 17, 2012

I’ve just been catching up on my New Scientist reading and came across this interesting article on a new material – nanocrystalline cellulose. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528786.100-why-wood-pulp-is-worlds-new-wonder-material.html According to the story it is transparent, electrically conductive and has 8 times the tensile strength of stainless steel. And being derived from wood pulp it can be produced cheaply and sustainably. Some early uses … Read More

Nanoparticles Decontaminate Tainted Drinks - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 30, 2012

Researchers at Oklahoma State University have developed nanoparticle materials that can remove a range of contaminants from liquids including milk and juice. Such materials could provide a vital resource following disasters such as the breakdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant last year. One of the major environmental contaminants following Fukushima was radioactive strontium. Radioactive strontium readily accumulates in humans through … Read More

Just So Science – Nanotech in 1995 - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Dec 28, 2011

Having had the amazing fortune of some free time over the Christmas period, I’ve just finished reading a rather excellent book re-telling the story behind some of the development of nanotechnology. The book in question is “Nano!” by Ed Regis, and provides an interesting perspective on the life and struggles of K. Eric Drexler, commonly attributed with the … Read More

A Review of "A Big Discussion about Small Things" - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 18, 2011

On Wednesday evening I went along to “A Big Discussion about Small Things” a panel discussion about the pros and cons of nanotechnology. Some background information can be found here. The discussion was hosted by Kim Hill who, sharp as ever, did a wonderful job keeping the panelists in line and pouncing on any poor or misleading arguments. The … Read More