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Ultrasensitive Label-Free Electronic Biochips Based on Carbon Nanotube Nanoelectrode Arrays
The potential for low-cost disposable chips for rapid molecular analysis using handheld devices is ideal for space applications.
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Bulk Single-walled Carbon Nanotube Growth
Carbon nanotubes can play a variety of roles in future space systems, including wiring, high-strength lightweight composite materials, thermal protection and cooling systems and electronics/sensors.
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CAD for Miniaturized Electronics and Sensors
Computer-aided design of nanoscale devices and sensors is a cost effective way to infuse emerging nanoelectronics technologies in on-board information processing.
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Carbon Nanotube Field Emitters
We are developing Carbon Nanotube (CNT) field emitters to improve their efficiency and durability. Current densities of ~1A/cm2 have been measured from these emitters.
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Nanoengineered Heat Sink Materials
Advanced thermal materials will radically improve the performance of devices and instruments such as high-performance computers and high power optical components used in exploration hardware.
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Human-Implantable Thermoelectric Devices
We are developing thermoelectric power sources that will be able to generate power from even a small temperature gradient, such as temperature variations available internally and externally throughout the human body.
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Automatic Program Synthesis for Data Monitors and Classifiers
The AutoBayes and AutoFilter program synthesis systems can automatically generate efficient, certified code for data monitors from compact specifications. The tools enable advanced on-board statistical data analysis algorithms and highly flexible ISHM.
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Carbon Nanotubes for Removal of Toxic Gases in Life Support Systems
Single walled carbon nanotubes can greatly increase the catalytic efficiency and decrease the mass and energy requirements of life support systems on future space missions, allowing new thermal processes for waste management and resource recovery.
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Carbon Nanotube Sensors for Gas Detection
A nanosensor technology has been developed using nanostructures: single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), combined with a silicon-based microfabrication and micromachining process.
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Carbon Nanotubes as Vertical Interconnects
A bottom-up approach is developed to integrate vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into nanoscale vertical interconnects, which can conduct much higher currents and enable more layers for Si-based integrated circuit (IC) chips.
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Nanoelectronics for Logic and Memory
Nanowire-based electronic devices offer great potential to implement future integrated nanoelectronic systems for both on-board computing and information storage.
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Nonvolatile Molecular Memory
Approaching the limits in miniaturization for ultra-high density, low power consumption media, this capability may enable orders of magnitude increases in on-board data storage capabilities that are compatible with space exploration system resource limitations of mass, power and volume.
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Large-Scale Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Probe Tips for Space Imaging and Sensing Applications
An innovative approach has been developed that combines nanopatterning and nanomaterials synthesis with traditional silicon micromachining technologies for large-scale fabrication of carbon nanotube (CNT) probe tips.
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Nano and Micro Fabrication Process Modeling
Development of manufacturable technologies for nanoelectronics and MEMS devices for advanced computing and sensing applications presents significant challenges.
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Nanoelectronics for Space
Extracting a signal from radiation resistant devices or nanoscale devices for NASA mission is highly challenging. We study the electrode-device contact systematically.
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Solid-state Nanopores for Gene Sequencing
he objective of this project is to develop a revolutionary device that can sequence single molecules of nucleic acid, DNA or RNA, at a rate of a million bases per second by electrophoresis of the charged polymers through a solid-state nanopore channel of molecular dimensions.
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Nanoscale Mass Transport and Carbon Nanotube Based Membranes
Carbon nanotube based membranes known as buckypaper may be used as filter media for analytical mission instruments or implantable device support for astronaut health monitoring.
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Nanotechnology at Ames
The Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center conducts research and development in nanotechnology to address critical life science questions.
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Optoelectronics and Nanophotonics
Developing smaller, faster, and more efficient lasers, detectors, and sensors through first-principle design, nanoscale engineering, and prototyping for space communications, computing, lidar ranging, and spectroscopic profiling applications.
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Plasma Diagnostics
A standardized plasma diagnostic reactor, known as the "GEC Cell" is equipped with a wide range of diagnostics for measuring and understanding plasma physics and chemistry for a variety of low temperature plasmas
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Thermal, Radiation and Impact Protective Shields (TRIPS)
Nanotechnology is providing new concepts for multipurpose shields against the triple threats of Aeroheating during atmospheric entry, Radiation (Solar and Galactic Cosmic Rays) and Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris (MMOD) strikes.
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