Press releases - archive 2014-2010

Nano-supercapacitors

Press Release 2014-07-01

Development of nano-material based supercapacitors
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Development of nano-material based supercapacitors

Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

Innovative nano-material based supercapacitors are set to bring mass market appeal a good step closer to the lukewarm public interest in Germany. This movement is currently being motivated by the advancements in the state-of-the-art of this device. Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country, in contrast to the situation in Germany.

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Less animal testing thanks to Nanosensors

Press Release, January 02, 2012

Less animal testing thanks to Nanosensors
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With the yellow signal the nanosensors show that the cells are active. If they were in bad shape, they would be more red. Middle: Signal of the indicator substance. Left: Signal of the reference substance.

Scientists of Fraunhofer EMFT aim to reduce the amount of animal testing with the help of novel nanosensors.

Countless mice, rats and rabbits die every year for the sake of science – and the number is rising. German labs tested approximately 2,41 million animals in 2005 for scientific research, in 2009 the number had already risen to 2,79 million. One third served biological basic research, the most needed for learning more about diseases and for developing medical products and equipment. People are demanding secure medicine and well-tolerated therapy, but nobody is prepared to accept animal testing. That is why scientists have been looking for alternative methods already for years. One alternative has been discovered by the scientists at Fraunhofer EMFT in Munich. They aim to reduce the amount of animal testing with the help of novel nanosensors. “We are testing the efficiency and potential risks of chemicals practically in test tubes. The method involves exposing living cells isolated from human and animal tissue to the substance under research,” Dr. Jennifer Schmidt from EMFT explains. If the substance is toxic for the cell in certain concentration, the cell dies. This change in “well-being” can be made visible using the sensor nano particles developed by Dr. Schmidt and her team.

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Touch me

Press Release 2011-01-27

Touchscreens Made of Carbon
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Touchscreens Made of Carbon

Touchscreens Made of Carbon

Touchscreens are in – although the technology still has its price. The little screens contain rare and expensive elements. This is the reason why researchers at Fraunhofer are coming up with an alternative display made of low-priced renewable raw materials available all over the world. The researchers are presenting touchscreens that contain carbon nanotubes at the nano tech 2011 fair in Tokyo from February 16-18.

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Nanoworld in color

Press Release 2011-01-20

Nanoworld in color
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Nanoworld in color

Nanoworld in color

Microscopically small nanostructured arrays of lenses that can record or project amazingly sharp images in brilliant colors are being demonstrated by Fraunhofer research scientists at the nano tech 2011 trade show in Tokyo from February 16 to 18.

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Fast sepsis test can save lives

Research News December 2010

Fast sepsis test can save lives
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Fast sepsis test can save lives

Fast sepsis test can save lives

Blood poisoning can be fatal. If you suffer from sepsis, you used to have to wait as much as 48 hours for laboratory findings. A new diagnostic platform as big as a credit card will now supply the analysis after as little as an hour. This system is based on nanoparticles that are automatically guided by magnetic forces.

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Plastics and nanoparticles

Research News October 2010

Plastics and nanoparticles - the perfect combination
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Plastics and nanoparticles - the perfect combination

Plastics and nanoparticles - the perfect combination

These days, plastic components are vital to many fields of industry – lightweight construction, automobile manufacturing and electrical engineering, to name but a few. Now researchers have found ingenious ways to combine plastics with nanoparticles and endow them with new properties. Thanks to these innovative materials, aircraft could in future be better protected against lightning strikes.

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Paving slabs that clean the air

Research News August 2010

Paving slabs that clean the air
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Paving slabs that clean the air

Paving slabs that clean the air

The concentrations of toxic nitrogen oxide that are present in German cities regularly exceed the maximum permitted levels. That’s now about to change, as innovative paving slabs that will help protect the environment are being introduced. Coated in titanium dioxide nanoparticles, they reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide in the air.

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Big potential

Research Topics 2010

Nanotechnology - midgets with big potential
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Nanotechnology - midgets with big potential

Nanotechnology - midgets with big potential

Nanotechnology is a cross-section technology concerned with research and construction in very small structures. A nanometer corresponds to a millionth of a millimeter. It is a discipline which offers more potential for innovative applications than any other, as special physical laws apply on the nano-level. The optical, electrical or chemical properties of established materials can be altered completely by manipulation of the nanostructure.

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Free wings

Press Release 2011-02-25

Ice-free wings by nanostructuring
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Ice-free wings by nanostructuring

Ice-free wings by nanostructuring

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart have developed nano-structured surfaces on which water is repelled and almost no ice is formed in freezing temperatures.

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Printable sensors

Research News March 2010

Printable sensors
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Printable sensors

Printable sensors

In future every home will have one: electronic devices that you can control just by pointing a finger. To turn this vision into reality the 3Plast research consortium is developing special sensors that can be printed onto plastic film and affixed to objects.

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Pin sharp

Press Release February 2010

Nano for the senses
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Nano for the senses

Nano for the senses

Pin-sharp projections, light that’s whiter than white, varnishes that make sounds if the temperature changes: at nano tech 2010 in Tokyo, Fraunhofer researchers present nanotechnology that is a veritable feast for the senses.

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Nano materials put to test

Press release of Information Service Science from 2010-09-09

Thick carbon nanotubes in electron microscope
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Thick carbon nanotubes in electron microscope

Nano materials put to test

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are among the new nanomaterials with a wide application potential. Their exceptional properties - extreme tensile strength, high electrical conductivity and low weight - make these tiny graphite tubes interesting for a wide range of products. However, some studies suggest that certain nanotubes with specific properties may be similar to carcinogens as asbestos fibers. To exclude potential risks to humans, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding the research network CarboTox for three years with around 1.25 million euros.

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