Insights from BCC Research

Nanofiber-based Paper Filter Removes Viruses from Water

Written by Clayton Luz on Jul 14, 2016 6:00:00 AM

A simple paper sheet can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter because its unique layered internal architecture resembles that of the French puff pastry mille-feuille (thousand leaves).

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Topics: Nanotechnology

3D Printing Technology Expands Through Nanotechnology

Written by Clayton Luz on Apr 12, 2016 8:55:28 AM

From smartphones to the operating interfaces of ticket machines and cash dispensers, touchscreens require transparent electrodes in order to recognize finger pressure. The glass surfaces of these devices are coated with a grid of barely visible gold or silver, the walls of which are so thin they’re barely visible.  Called nanowalls or nanowires, these new type of transparent electrodes offer great potential as transparent electrodes in display and solar cell applications.

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Topics: Nanotechnology

Quantum Dots Prove Effective Against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Written by Clayton Luz on Mar 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Among the many types of nanomaterials, quantum dots (QDs) are like no other. At dimensions typically below 10 nanometers (nm), these nanocrystalline semiconductors, metals and magnetic materials are 20,000 times smaller than a human hair and resemble the tiny semiconductors used in consumer electronics.

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Topics: Nanotechnology

Nanomedicine May Offer Diagnoses and Treatment Options for Diseases

Written by Clayton Luz on Mar 14, 2016 9:09:26 AM

Researchers in the field of nanotechnology have discovered new tools that could change how cancers and brain diseases, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease are treated in the future.

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Topics: Nanotechnology