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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: November 13, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Mechanosynthesis with AFM as a step toward advanced nanotechnology

Robert A. Freitas Jr. brings to our attention a major step on the road to advanced nanotech, published a couple weeks ago in Science (abstract). He writes:

This paper reports purely mechanical-based covalent bond-making and bond-breaking (true mechanosynthesis) involving atom by atom substitution of silicon (Si) atoms for tin (Sn) atoms in an Sn monolayer surface on a Si(111) surface…

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Nanotechnology provides antireflective coating to boost solar cell efficiency

By nearly eliminating the light lost to solar cells by reflection, a multilayer nanotech coating promises to increase solar cell efficiency…

DNA nanotechnology provides an improved tweezers

Re-engineering a simple nanotech device to make it more functional, Chinese scientists have developed an improved DNA tweezers that is able to capture, hold, and release a target molecule in a controlled manner…

Using nanotechnology to build backpacks for cells

A patch consisting of three layers of polymers can be loaded with nanoparticles and attached to living cells to give them nanotech backpacks that could be useful for carrying chemotherapy and imaging agents to tumors, or to align cells in certain patterns for tissue engineering…

Mass production method for nanotechnology wonder material

The publication of a method to mass produce graphene has opened the way to further study of this remarkable nanomaterial, and to its eventual use in a number of nanotech applications…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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