Technological Frontiers

Nanofibres to interact with human brain

Science has always searched for the way to investigate the human brain operation and the interconnection among the various regions and an excellence result has been reached by a team of researchers of…

Transforming CO2 into fuel, with the aid of light

Catalysis is a phenomenon that allows varying the speed of a chemical reaction due to the intervention of a substance, or a mix of substances, identified by the term of catalyst. Some time…

Water-repellent nanofabrics from nature

In nature some insects, in their evolution, have acquired particular skills, such as having parts of their body surface able to repel water and oil liquids. Some time ago, the scientists of DOF…

Nanofibres to regenerate degraded nerves

A team of researchers of Osaka University, in Japan, has developed a nanofibre mesh that, wound around peripheral nerves that have suffered a trauma, facilitates their regeneration, restoring their original functions. This nanotechnological…

Silver wires

They are actually silver nanowires, whose characteristics and properties are originating innovative applications, to the extent that we can state we are facing a new technology. Nanowires, according to an unofficial but commonly…

Optical switch based on nanofibres

Computers translate, or better digitize letters, numbers, images and sounds into a set of 8 zeroes and ones, i.e. into bytes. The word “test”, for instance, is translated into the sequence 01110000 01110010…

A new speed record for optical fibres

It seems that universities and research centres are competing to win the record of the fastest optical fibre connection in the world. The ultrafast target is not an end in itself, representing especially…

Nanolaser on silicon

The scientific community and semiconductor manufacturers believe that a rise of computers’ processing performances is now possible only exploiting the light, optical fibres and lasers. Since the beginning of the microelectronics era, 50…

New compact single-mode fibres for a new cable design

Single-mode optical fibres derive their name from the fact that they transmit a single light beam, or better, the light travels directly along the fibre, perpendicular to the section, and they are ideal…

The wire in micro-EDM

With wire EDM machines we can obtain very high-precision machining, even if with not high execution speeds if compared with other mechanical machine tools’. Research focuses then on particular automations allowing independent performances…

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