The Future of Fusion: are diamonds forever?

Increasingly, we live in a time that is obsessively motivated towards alternative energies, as global warming and its effects begin to dominate the world’s collective consciousness. Favour is irreversibly shifting away from ‘traditional’ fossil fuels as it becomes clear that the future of energy production must tick all the boxes; abundant, financially viable and, above all, green.

UCL forges new research links with China in nanospintronics

The London Centre for Nanotechnology – a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London – is taking a strategic lead in the emerging field of nanospintronics, by initiating collaborative projects with research groups at China’s top two universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University. The projects aim to develop radically new approaches to miniaturization of computer systems, based on the exploitation of special magnetic “spin” properties of individual molecules and single atoms.

Imaging Collagen with X-rays

Coherent X-ray Diffraction patterns of collagen in soft tissues have been measured for the first time by Dr Felisa Berenguer (London Centre for Nanotechnology) with her colleagues. This development opens doors to better understanding of living tissues like skin and bones, as well as the bio-mineralization processes which turn flexible collagen into semi-flexible cartilage and eventually into rigid bones.

Self-Assembled Metallic Nanowires on a Dielectric Support

Professor Geoff Thornton's group have identified a method to grow metallic Pd nanowires on the dielectric oxide substrate, TiO2.
   
The complementary techniques of photoemission electron microscopy (XPEEM, Diamond Light Source), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM, UCL) have been used to characterise both the chemical and structural properties of Pd nanostructures deposited on TiO2.

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