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|Penn Engineers Add Another Tool in Their Directed Assembly Toolkit|
Penn Engineers have already collaborated to develop a technique for controlling liquid crystals by means of physical templates and elastic energy. They envision using this technique to direct the assembly of other materials, such as nanoparticles. Now, the team has added another tool to its directed assembly toolkit, developing a new kind of template for rearranging particles and a new set of patterns that can be formed with them.
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|Celebrating the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology|
|The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology was officially opened with dedication ceremonies on October 4. The region's premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative partnerships in nanotechnology, the 78,000 square-foot center serves as the University's focal point for groundbreaking work in the emerging field of nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.|
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|Nanotech Innovation Keeps Surfaces Clean and Transparent|
Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper's windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle - it's an expensive problem with serious ecological implications. A spin-off company from Penn Engineering has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.
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|Demonstrating a New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction|
For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics. Now, Penn Engineers have collaborated to experimentally demonstrated a new paradigm for solar cell construction which may ultimately make them less expensive, easier to manufacture and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun.