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4/24/2011 11:41:24 PM | Research | 0 comments
UC Berkeley launches synthetic biology institute
Agilent Technologies joins institute as first industry member.
3/17/2011 10:05:38 PM | Bio/Medicine | 0 comments
New blood analysis chip could lead to disease diagnosis in minutes
A major milestone in microfluidics could soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes.
2/9/2011 11:25:30 AM | Materials | 0 comments
Engineers grow nanolasers on silicon, pave way for on-chip photonics
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface, an achievement that could lead to a new class of faster, more efficient microprocessors, as well as to powerful biochemical sensors that use optoelectronic chips.
11/10/2010 3:33:00 AM | Materials | 0 comments
Novel metamaterial vastly improves quality of ultrasound imaging
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have found a way to overcome one of the main limitations of ultrasound imaging – the poor resolution of the picture.
9/22/2010 8:54:37 AM | Partnership | 0 comments
Memorandum of Understanding signed between Centre for Energy Efficient Electronics ie Berkeley and nnovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Frankfurt
Agree to facilitate research cooperation and exchanges in fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology between both parties for their mutual scientific benefit.
9/18/2010 11:56:59 PM | Materials | 0 comments
Magical BEANs: New Nano-sized Particles Could Provide Mega-sized Data Storage
An entire new class of phase-change materials has been discovered by researchers that could be applied to phase change random access memory (PCM) technologies and possibly optical data storage as well.
9/13/2010 10:57:32 AM | Materials | 0 comments
Engineers make artificial skin out of nanowires
Engineers at UC Berkeley have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires that could one day give new meaning to the term "thin-skinned."
8/5/2010 6:32:22 PM | Materials | 0 comments
Graphene exhibits bizarre new behavior well-suited to electronic devices
Graphene, a sheet of pure carbon heralded as a possible replacement for silicon-based semiconductors, has been found to have a unique and amazing property that could make it even more suitable for future electronic devices.
5/31/2010 10:48:22 AM | Products | 0 comments
UC Berkeley orders AIXTRON Black Magic for CNT and SiGe nanowires
Capable of both SiGe nanowire and CNT (carbon nanotube) deposition, the system will be installed in the Laboratory for Nano Materials & Electronics by the local AIXTRON support team in the first half of 2010.
2/17/2010 8:30:38 PM | Partnership | 0 comments
NanoViricides Announces a Research Agreement With Leading Dengue Virus Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley
Under this agreement, Dr. Harris and coworkers will evaluate the effectiveness of nanoviricides drug candidates against various dengue viruses. Cell culture models as well as in vivo animal studies will be employed for testing the drug candidates.
2/13/2010 11:58:13 AM | Energy | 0 comments
New fiber nanogenerators could lead to electric clothing
In research that gives literal meaning to the term "power suit," University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that could one day be woven into clothing and textiles.
1/30/2010 10:02:02 AM | Bio/Medicine | 0 comments
Engineers develop cancer-targeting nanoprobe sensors
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created smart nanoprobes that may one day be used in the battle against cancer to selectively seek out and destroy tumor cells, as well as report back on the mission's status.
9/1/2009 12:25:26 AM | Research | 0 comments
World's smallest semiconductor laser heralds new era in optical science
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have reached a new milestone in laser physics by creating the world's smallest semiconductor laser, capable of generating visible light in a space smaller than a single protein molecule.
8/27/2009 6:21:24 PM | Research | 0 comments
Fusion of Nanocircuits, Bio-membranes Creates New Hybrid Technology
A hybrid of silicon nanocircuits and biological components that mimics some of the processes that control the passage of molecules into and out of cells has been created by a team of scientists from UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Berkeley.
8/23/2009 1:37:32 AM | Research | 0 comments
New images capture cell's ribosomes at work, could aid in molecular war against disease
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have for the first time captured elusive nanoscale movements of ribosomes at work, shedding light on how these cellular factories take in genetic instructions and amino acids to churn out proteins.
8/1/2009 11:56:33 AM | Research | 0 comments
Gene transcribing machine takes halting, backsliding trip along the DNA
The body's nanomachines that read our genes don't run as smoothly as previously thought, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, scientists.
2/23/2009 7:04:06 AM | Energy | 0 comments
Cheaper materials could be key to low-cost solar cells
Unconventional solar cell materials that are as abundant but much less costly than silicon and other semiconductors in use today could substantially reduce the cost of solar photovoltaics, according to a new study from the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
2/1/2009 5:41:37 PM | Research | 0 comments
Microfluidic Devices Capture and Analyze Single Cancer Cells
One of the grand goals in nanotechnology is to develop a single microfluidic device that integrates all of the components needed to perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based nucleic acid analyses. Experts predict that such a device would enable researchers to develop rapid assays for cancer and other life-threatening diseases while a patient is in the doctor’s office.
1/24/2009 5:07:03 PM | Bio/Medicine | 0 comments
Biodegradable Nanoprobe Images New Blood Vessel Growth
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a second type of nanoparticle that can image angiogenesis using positron emission tomography (PET).
11/2/2008 8:47:55 AM | Electronics | 0 comments
Denser computer chips possible with plasmonic lenses that 'fly'
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are reporting a new way of creating computer chips that could revitalize optical lithography, a patterning technique that dominates modern integrated circuits manufacturing.
8/12/2008 11:59:29 PM | Research | 0 comments
Invisibility shields one step closer with new metamaterials that bend light backwards
A development that could help form the basis for higher resolution optical imaging, nanocircuits for high-powered computers, and, to the delight of science-fiction and fantasy buffs, cloaking devices that could render objects invisible to the human eye.
8/11/2008 5:40:08 PM | Industry | 0 comments
Applied Materials Advances Semiconductor Research at UC Berkeley With Significant Equipment Donation
Applied Materials’ gift consists of processing equipment and a service contract valued in excess of $5 million. The systems complement Applied Materials equipment that was donated to the university in 2002.
8/5/2008 12:56:10 AM | Electronics | 0 comments
A First in Integrated Nanowire Sensor Circuitry
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have created the world’s first all-integrated sensor circuit based on nanowire arrays, combining light sensors and electronics made of different crystalline materials.
8/1/2008 5:04:06 PM | Research | 0 comments
New technique to compress light could open doors for optical communications
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have devised a way to squeeze light into tighter spaces than ever thought possible, potentially opening doors to new technology in the fields of optical communications, miniature lasers and optical computers.
7/22/2008 4:49:58 PM | Research | 0 comments
A Phonon Floodgate in Monolayer Carbon
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have performed the first scanning tunneling spectroscopy of graphene flakes equipped with a "gate" electrode.
4/25/2008 1:30:44 AM | Events | 0 comments
April 27 Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum to address transition from labs to the real world
The forum brings together hundreds of attendees from the Bay Area's top universities, national laboratories and research institutions, as well as businesspeople from industry, to hear about research and development priorities and to discuss some of the social, economic and political implications of nanotechnology.
4/23/2008 12:04:47 AM | Research | 0 comments
Photoluminescence In Nano-needles
Silicon is the workhorse among semiconductors in electronics. But in opto-electronics, where light signals are processed along with electronic signals, a semiconductor that is capable of emitting light is needed, which silicon can't do very well. Here gallium-arsenide (GaAs) is the workhorse, especially in the creation of light emitting diodes (LED) and LED lasers.
12/9/2007 10:21:26 AM | Drug Delivery | 0 comments
Building Tumor Balls for Better Drug Discovery
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a microfluidics device that can form tumor spheroids in a large-scale, reproducible manner amenable to high-throughput drug screening protocols
11/19/2007 3:40:10 PM | Research | 0 comments
New technique captures chemical reactions in a single living cell for the first time
Bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered a technique that for the first time enables the detection of biomolecules' dynamic reactions in a single living cell.
9/13/2007 5:28:48 PM | Research | 0 comments
Physicists pin down atomic spin for spintronics
Scientists who dream of shrinking computers to the nanoscale look to atomic spin as one possible building block for both processor and memory, yet setting the spin of an atom, let alone measuring it, has been a challenge.
7/3/2007 6:18:42 PM | Research | 0 comments
Device could put disease detection in the palm of a hand
Lydia Sohn, associate professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, took her show on the road last week with a demonstration of her handheld nanocytometer at a "science fair" for leaders of Congress and the National Science Foundation.
6/24/2007 1:22:15 AM | Research | 0 comments
Growing Mammalian Cells on Nanowires
A research team at the University of California, Berkeley, has achieved a significant step toward one of the futuristic goals of nanomedicine and nanobiology-developing technology for "wiring" together individual cells
5/22/2007 10:40:53 PM | Research | 0 comments
Ultra-cold gas makes great magnetometer
Capturing the coldest atoms in the universe within the confines of a laser beam, University of California, Berkeley, physicists have made a device that can map magnetic fields more precisely than ever before
12/16/2006 11:25:14 PM | Space | 0 comments
Plucking comet dust from Stardust collectors
Ever since NASA's Stardust spacecraft delivered a payload of comet dust to Earth on Jan. 15, 2006, scientists by the hundreds have been clamoring for samples.
11/1/2006 5:44:44 PM | Bio/Medicine | 0 comments
Photoswitches could restore sight to blind retinas
The major cause of blindness in this country is the death of rods and cones in the retina, a disease called macular degeneration. A possible new therapy — giving the gift of sight to other retinal cells — received a boost this month by NIH's nanomedicine initiative, which awarded UC Berkeley scientists $6 million to pursue the technique
8/23/2006 1:44:44 AM | Research | 0 comments
Engineers create gecko-inspired high-friction micro-fibers
Inspired by the remarkable hairs that allow geckos to hang single-toed from sheer walls and scamper along ceilings, a team of researchers led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has created an array of synthetic micro-fibers that uses very high friction to support loads on smooth surfaces.
8/19/2006 1:38:27 PM | Nanotubes | 0 comments
Nanotube Coating Meshes with Living Cells
Using a polymer coating that mimics part of a cell’s outer membrane, a team of investigators at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a versatile method for targeting carbon nanotubes to specific types of cells.
6/1/2006 11:41:11 PM | Materials | 0 comments
Promising new metamaterial could transform ultrasound imaging
Using the same principles that help create a guitar's complex tones, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new material that holds promise for revolutionizing the field of ultrasound imaging.
4/30/2006 11:23:03 AM | Research | 0 comments
Researchers create a biologically-inspired artificial compound eye at University of California Berkeley
These eyes can eventually be used as cameras or sensory detectors to capture visual or chemical information from a wider field of vision than previously possible, even with the best fish-eye lens
4/13/2006 7:57:28 PM | Research | 0 comments
Nanofibers created in orderly fashion
For 72 years, scientists have been able to use electric fields to spin polymers into tiny fibers. But there's been just one problem: Like worms that won't stop wriggling, the fibers tangle randomly almost as soon as they are created.
3/16/2006 4:04:14 PM | Partnership | 0 comments
Nanomix and UC Berkeley Announce E-Nose Detection Collaboration
The agreement enables Nanomix to leverage its proprietary Sensation detection platform and further enhance its product development portfolio in point-of-care detection applications
1/25/2006 5:43:25 PM | Research | 0 comments
Controlling Cell and Molecule Movement Using Light-Responsive Nanoparticles
Using gold, crescent-shaped nanoparticles as a molecular tugboat, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have developed a method for moving cells and biomolecules through microfluidics channels without the need for valves, pumps or other control elements.
11/6/2005 11:42:13 AM | Research | 0 comments
New and sharper X-rays of cell's ribosome could lead to better antibiotics
A new, sharper picture of the nano-machine that translates our genetic program into proteins promises to help researchers explain how some types of antibiotics work and could lead to the design of better ones.
7/4/2005 12:14:46 PM | Research | 0 comments
University of California, Berkeley researchers create first nanofluidic transistor
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have invented a variation on the standard electronic transistor, creating the first "nanofluidic" transistor that allows them to control the movement of ions through sub-microscopic, water-filled channels.
12/7/2004 5:16:02 PM | Research | 0 comments
New center to research nanostructures, design and build nanodevices
Nanobatteries, nanopumps, nanomotors and a slew of other nanoscale devices – most with parts that move a mere fraction of the width of an atom – are among the promises of a new $11.9 million Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) starting up this fall at the University of California, Berkeley
1/15/2004 7:49:49 AM | Electronics | 0 comments
Researchers create first ever integrated silicon circuit with nanotube transistors
The discovery of carbon nanotubes heralded a new era of scientific discovery that included the promise of ultra-sensitive bomb detectors and super-fast computer memory chips. But finding a way to incorporate nanomaterials into a working nanoelectronic system has been a frustratingly elusive achievement - until now.
9/11/2003 5:07:28 PM | Research | 0 comments
Using packed silver nanowires as sensitive explosives detector
Minuscule wires a few nanometers across are proving to be versatile electronic components, as demonstrated recently by University of California, Berkeley, chemists who used silver nanowires as key elements of a sensitive explosives detector.
8/27/2003 5:08:51 PM | Research | 0 comments
Nanometer-sized particles change crystal structure when wet
As scientists shrink materials down to the nanometer scale, creating nanodots, nanoparticles, nanorods and nanotubes a few tens of atoms across, they've found weird and puzzling behaviors that have fired their imaginations and promised many unforeseen applications.
7/23/2003 5:04:48 PM | Research | 0 comments
Physicists build world's smallest motor using nanotubes and etched silicon
Only 15 years after University of California, Berkeley, engineers built the first micro-scale motor, a UC Berkeley physicist has created the first nano-scale motor - a gold rotor on a nanotube shaft that could ride on the back of a virus.
6/23/2003 5:10:15 PM | Research | 0 comments
Researchers develop technique that could open doors to faster nanotech commercialization
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found an innovative way to grow silicon nanowires and carbon nanotubes directly on microstructures in a room temperature chamber, opening the doors to cheaper and faster commercialization of a myriad of nanotechnology-based devices.
4/9/2003 5:32:23 PM | Research | 0 comments
Building nanotubes of gallium nitride rather than carbon yields optically active nanotubes
Nanowires and carbon nanotubes, each with their pluses and minuses, are advertised as the next-generation building blocks for electronic circuits a thousand times smaller than today's semiconductor circuits.
9/25/2002 5:35:00 PM | Research | 0 comments
NSF grant to UC Berkeley will fund exploration of new types of quantum computers, steps toward quantum logic and nanoprocessors
A team of chemists, physicists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has received $4.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to test whether several cutting-edge technologies are suitable for building the first practical quantum computer.
2/5/2002 5:38:02 PM | Research | 0 comments
Nanotech development brings closer era of nanowire electronic devices, much smaller computer chips
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, announced this week a development that could significantly shrink computer chips, promising electronic devices on a single nanowire less than one-hundredth the width of a human hair.

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