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Biosensors for Environmental Applications: Future Development Trends

Biosensors can be excellent analytical tools for monitoring programs working to implement legislation. In this article, biosensors for environmental analysis and monitoring are extensively reviewed. Examples of biosensors for the most important families of environmental pollutants, including some commercial devices, are presented. Finally, future trends in biosensor development are discussed. In this context, bioelectronics, nanotechnology, miniaturization, and especially biotechnology seem to be growing areas that will have a marked influence on the development of new biosensing strategies in the next future. Read More

Nanowire-Based Electrochemical Biosensors

We review recent advances in biosensors based on one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure field-effect transistors (FET). Specifically, we address the fabrication, functionalization, assembly/alignment and sensing applications of FET based on carbon nanotubes, silicon nanowires and conducting polymer nanowires. The advantages and disadvantages of various fabrication, functionalization, and assembling procedures of these nanosensors are reviewed and discussed. We evaluate how they have been used for detection of various biological molecules and how such devices have enabled the achievement of high sensitivity and selectivity with low detection limits. Finally, we conclude by highlighting some of the challenges researchers face in the 1-D nanostructures research arena and also predict the direction toward which future research in this area might be directed. Read More

Product Certification and Evaluation

Behind the built environment lies a complicated series of legal regulations, created to specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed assemblies and products as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. This is where product evaluation and certification lies, as every building component specified must be shown to meet the applicable building codes and to perform as equivalent to the prescriptive method outlined. This paper will explain two processes for manufacturers to demonstrate this compliance, as well as the costs and benefits of each. By making these distinctions clear, a product manufacturer will be able to optimize the process of product certification and significantly reduce the amount of time and money spent. Read More

Materials Sciences and Engineering

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science Materials Sciences and Engineering subprogram supports research on molecularly tailored nanostructured materials, stress corrosion and corrosion fatigue, interfacial dynamics during heterogeneous deformation, irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking, bulk defect and defect processing in ceramics, chemistry and physics of ceramic surfaces and interfacial deformation mechanisms in aluminum alloys. Read More

Consumption and Efficiency

Overview, data, analysis and projections for all types of energy use. Read More

Machines and Tools

Experiments that fall under each of the following: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. Read More

Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Project is dedicated to helping ensure that as nanotechnologies advance, possible risks are minimized, public and consumer engagement remains strong, and the potential benefits of these new technologies are realized. Read More

Pollution Engineering Magazine: Meeting the Environmental Concerns for Air Water & Waste

This is the homepage for the Pollution Engineering Magazine. The publication provides broad coverage to the field of environmental engineering. Current articles from the magazine are available online. Read More

IEEE Standards Online

IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries, and is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Read More

Industrial Technologies Program

A partnership between U.S. industry and the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of industry primarily through investment in high-risk, high-value research and development that will reduce industrial energy use while promoting economic productivity and growth. Read More

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