Princess Anne opens new joint facility between the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the LCN

The Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Facility of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the LCN was opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 12 January 2010. The purpose of the new UCL Molecular Beam Epitaxy system is to create new and improved electronic and optical devices using special materials built by controlling their structure atom by atom.

Atomic-scale spintronics with electron transport in silicon (ASSETS)

The London Centre for Nanotechnology researches spintronics and quantum computing: two of the most promising ways to scale computers down to ever smaller sizes. Microelectronics should already be renamed nanoelectronics since computer chips are now built on nanoscopic scales. Quantum computing could take this further by using single atoms to store and manipulate information.

The world's smallest trumpeter

Imagine how passionately this 0.00007 metre short musician blows his instrument toward the sky at dawn to make a sound with his tiny lungs (Picture #1). His full height is about the diameter of a thick human hair; the diameter of the trumpet tube is around about 0.0000001 metre (100 nanometres) and its length about 0.00001 metre (10 micrometres). This contender for the world's smallest standing statue of a musician has been fabricated as a part of a Nanotechnology MSc student project at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).

£5million for nanotechnology healthcare research

UCL has won four grants worth a total of just over £5million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research into large-scale integrated projects that exploit nanotechnology for healthcare purposes.
The projects will focus on using nanotechnologies –systems that function at the level of molecules – to advance knowledge and treatment of cancer, dementia and HIV.

A step forward to predicting rare events

 This week Nature Physics (03 May 2009) reveals how a scientist from the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL (University College London) has found a simple way of predicting the chance that a larger than normal event will happen. This will help us to understand the changes of river levels, and have application in the engineering of sustainable energy sources such as fusion reactors.


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