In recent decades, various research groups in the field of materials science have invested time and resources to answer the following question: is it possible to develop new techniques capable of producing silver particles on a nanometric scale (i.e., one billionth of a meter), thus enhancing the optical, catalytic and bactericidal properties of silver?In a research carried out within the Center for Development of Functional Materials (CDMF), one of the Research, Innovation & Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP, they developed a new technological approach that generated silver nanoparticles with 32 times the bactericidal capacity of those currently used in food packaging, orthotics, and hospital and medical materials, among others.The results of the study, conducted by researchers from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil and from Spain's Jaume I University and the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic, were published in Scientific Reports.New technique provides economic feasibilityA Professor at UFSCar and executive director for the CDMF, Elson Longo says that CDMF's researchers developed an innovative method of obtaining nanocomposites three years ago.These nanocomposites were comprised of silver nanoparticles coupled to a silver tungstate semiconductor crystal by transmission electron microscopy.
Modern parallel computer architectures are capable of processing huge amounts of data at high speed.Beginning of September, the European Doctoral Training Network „Smart Tomographic Sensors for Advanced Industrial Process Control" (TOMOCON) is going to be launched.Beside their academic research projects they will receive industrial training in various companies and attend three summer schools of the network", explains the project coordinator Professor Uwe Hampel from HZDR.Among the many imaging techniques tomographic ones are of highest interest for the industry, as they can provide insight into opaque systems in a contactless way.Just to name a few: How can we cope with aggressive process conditions and highest data rates?What does human-machine interaction in such systems look like?