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.

LCN Researchers Develop New Analysis Technique for Carbon Nanotubes

Press Release, 01 July 2008

Carbon nanotubes have outstanding electronic, mechanical and optical properties which make them highly suited to a range of possible future applications in engineering. One big problem with them, however, is that they tend to get tied up in bundles rather like the fibres in a twine of wool. What many applications will require, however, is individual (i.e. not bundled) nanotubes.

Professor Quentin Pankhurst to head the Royal Institution's new Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory

25 April 2008

Professor Quentin Pankhurst (left) with Susan Greenfield & Malcolm GrantFollowing its two and a half year closure for an extensive £22 million renovation, the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) announces Professor Quentin Pankhurst as new Director of the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory (DFRL). Professor Pankhurst was previously Deputy Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL (University College London) and has been appointed to undertake research in Healthcare Biomagnetics – the application of magnetic materials to healthcare.

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