Our birthday wishes come true – #WhyIDoScience results

August 19, 2013 | Posted by Team in Science Exchange News |

We’ve blown out the candles and recovered from cake coma, so it’s time to share the amazing and thoughtful stories from our Science Exchange community!

We were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support from our users – many individuals were so passionate, they didn’t want to limit their response to 140 characters. As a result, we’ll be featuring their stories separately on the blog throughout the week. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA’s Super-Black Carbon Nanotubes Developed through Science Exchange

July 17, 2013 | Posted by Team in Innovation Highlight, Science Exchange News |
Principal Investigator John Hagopian working with a nanotube material sample. Image Credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn

Principal Investigator John Hagopian working with a nanotube material sample.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn

A collaboration formed on Science Exchange has lead to new developments in the production of carbon nanotube forests – the blackest materials ever measured! The research resulted from a partnership between NASA and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), a part of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).

“NASA and the ANFF’s research is monumental, and we are thrilled to have been part of such an important development in nanotechnology,” said our CEO Dr. Elizabeth Iorns.“Scientists can now access the vast expertise available globally to produce powerful partnerships that lead to innovative research.”

An International Collaboration

The NASA team and MCN connected using Science Exchange when NASA was searching for a way to coat instrument components with a thin film, and continue development on their super-black material.

The NASA team, lead by Principal Investigator John Hagopian, was able to submit an open RFQ and identify the MCN as a capable provider based on the expertise and novel deposition platforms offered, forming an ideal overseas partnership to develop NASA’s intricate nanotubes.

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