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: New Course on Nanotech is Showcase for Integrated Science

(March 4, 2010) A new seminar on nanotechnology taught by a team of professors from the Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments marks the first integrated science course offered in Boston College’s strategic push to link research and teaching across the disciplines.

ScienceDaily: Silicon-Coated Nanonets Could Build a Better Lithium-Ion Battery

(Feb. 18, 2010) Dunwei Wang has developed a new anode material using a tiny scaffold-like titanium structure of Nanonets coated with silicon particles that could pave the way for faster, lighter and longer-lasting Lithium-ion batteries. 

Photonics: Guiding Light is Not Just a Soap Opera 

(Dec. 17, 2009) Willie Padilla has laid out the theoretical framework for a metamaterial waveguide that travels around a region with many irregular curves. To demonstrate the flexibility of their method, the researchers used a map of the Eastern seaboard of the US as an example of a pathway with irregular curves for light to travel around.

ScienceDaily: Elusive 'Hot' Electrons Captured in Ultra-Thin Solar Cells 

(Dec. 12, 2009) Mike Naughton has observed the "hot electron" effect in a solar cell for the first time and successfully harvested the elusive charges using ultra thin solar cells, opening a potential avenue to improved solar power efficiency. 


: $2.1M for 'Green Energy' Research

(May 8, 2009) Zhifeng Ren has been awarded $2.1 million in "green energy" funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a multi-university project to develop solid-state materials that transfer solar energy to electricity.

ScienceDaily: New Catalysts Promise Faster, Cleaner and More Efficient Research Platform

(Nov. 26, 2008) Amir Hoveyda and Nobel laureate and MIT Professor Richard Schrock have discovered a new class of exceptionally effective catalysts that promote the powerful olefin metathesis reaction, opening up a vast new scientific platform to researchers in medicine, biology and materials.

Nano Techwire: Boston College Integrates Nanofabrication with New JEOL Instruments

(Jan. 19, 2008) JEOL USA announced today that Boston College has selected the new JEOL MultiBeam Focused Ion Beam system and a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope for its nanofabrication clean room facility in Newton, Massachusetts.

ScienceDaily: Laser Technique Used to Build Micro-Structures on a Human Hair Without Harming It

(May 23, 2005) John Fourkas, Michael Naughton, and Boston University Professors have discovered a way to build microscopic structures on tiny biological materials using a technique called multiphoton-absorption photopolymerization (MAP), a revelation that could eventually be used to build structures on skin, blood vessels, and even in individual cells.

Nature: Miniature aerials pick up light

(Sept. 20, 2004) Zhifeng Ren and Krzysztof Kempa have invented an antenna that captures visible light, similar to radio antennas capturing radio waves. Once properly developed, the device, made from tiny carbon nanotubes, might serve as the basis for an optical television or for converting solar energy into electricity.