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The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council Canada and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the university. The organic photovoltaics group at NINT is focused on the development of new materials, architectures and interfaces for photovoltaics cells including polymers, small molecules, inorganic nanostructures, and inorganic/organic hybrids. The group is operated as an interdisciplinary collaboration headed by Dr. Jillian M. Buriak and Dr. Michael J. Brett.
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2 Sep 2021

Bionic Arm Restores Natural Behaviours in Upper Limb Amputations

Researchers have engineered a first-of-its-kind bionic arm for patients with upper-limb amputations that allows wearers to think, behave and function like a person without an amputation, according to new findings.
9 Aug 2021

Metamaterial and Metasurface Markets Electromagnetic 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson and Dr Xiaoxi He
20 Jul 2021

Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies Appraised, Market, Roadmap 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr James Edmondson
25 Jun 2021

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting and Other Zero-Emission Electricity from Heat 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report:
13 May 2021

Nose Cartilage Successfully Created Using 3D Bioprinting

A team of researchers has discovered a way to use 3D bioprinting technology to create custom-shaped cartilage for use in surgical procedures. The work aims to make it easier for surgeons to safely restore the features of skin cancer patients living with nasal cartilage defects after surgery.
19 Nov 2019

Proof-of-concept for a loss-free quantum battery

A blueprint for a loss-free quantum battery may be closer than we think, according to new research.
19 Mar 2019

Implantable 'tea bag' releases insulin for children with diabetes

Children with Type 1 diabetes have only one option to control their blood sugar: insulin treatment. Ravaged by an autoimmune disease that attacks their own pancreas and islets -- microscopic clusters of cells that sense blood sugar and produce insulin -- patients are forced to rely on insulin from an external source.
4 Sep 2018

Better particle tracking software using AI

Scientists have created a new method of particle tracking based on machine learning that is far more accurate and provides better automation than techniques currently in use.
19 Jul 2018

Synthetic Biology 2018

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
25 Apr 2018

Gene-editing medicine one step closer to patient applications

Imagine a future where a guided biomachine put into your body seeks out defective gene sequences in each cell and edits in the correct information with precision accuracy.
28 Dec 2017

Inner workings of victorious AI

Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em earlier this year, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers report.
4 Oct 2016

Thermal metamaterial innovation

An international research team has used a "thermal metamaterial" to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures, an advance that could bring devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories.
18 Dec 2014

From nutshell to supercapattery

Scientists have created a hybrid sodium ion capacitor from peanut shells in a pioneering study bridging the gap between conventional ion batteries and supercapacitors.
20 Aug 2014

Carbon dioxide consuming fuel cell project awarded development grant

Can a fuel cell consume rather than produce CO2 to create energy?
18 Aug 2014

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making supercapacitors?

Scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.
7 Jul 2014

Researchers develop next-generation battery

A research team has used carbon nanomaterials to develop next-generation batteries capable of charging faster and lasting longer than today's standard lithium-ion batteries.
3 Sep 2013

Discovery could make solar power cheaper, more accessible

University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
2 Sep 2013

Discovery could make solar power cheaper, more accessible

Researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
1 Dec 2010

Inverted-mode Organic Photovoltaics with Long Term Stability

University of Alberta, Canada
27 Aug 2010

New world record with efficient CIGS solar cell

The new record-breaking solar cells from ZSW are made of extremely thin layers of copper, indium, gallium and diselenide (CIGS for short).