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nano news 31 - 01- 2004 (week5)

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BERKELEY, CA ,  USA. The term “Molecular Foundry” suggests a place where objects are forged and new materials are molded. Like the foundries of

the industrial revolution, this new concept, on a nanoscale, promises to

revolutionize the way the world works. It begins at the Department of

Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – ceremonially, on Friday, Jan. 30).


That’s when ground was turned for the official beginning of construction

on a six-story, $85 million, 94,500-square-foot research building that

will be one of the centerpieces of the DOE’s Nanoscale Research Program.

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry is one of five DOE research centers to

be constructed over the next few years.


“This facility will assist scientists in reaching new frontiers in the

study of nanoscale research and its practical application,” Secretary of

Energy Spencer Abraham said. “It represents a beginning of a revolution

in science, opening up a broad array of innovation in materials science,

biology, medicine, technologies for environmental research and national



“Berkeley is blessed with tremendous resources, such as the national

supercomputing center (NERSC), the Advanced Light Source, and the

National Center for Electron Microscopy,” he added. “All will be

instrumental in the revolution in science offered by the Molecular Foundry.”


“Nanoscale research will, in many respects, represent the new building

blocks for new technologies and applications across the science and

industry spectrum,” said Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank.

“Understanding the properties of materials on the tiniest scale will

have an impact on everything, from medicine to manufacturing.”


Nanoscale research enables scientists literally to build novel

structures atom by atom. The fundamental properties of materials and

systems are established at the nanoscale.  Nanomaterials, typically on

the scale of billionths of a meter, or 75,000 times smaller than the

width of a human hair, offer different chemical and physical properties

than the same materials in bulk form, and have the potential to form the

basis for new technologies. This especially includes the realm of

molecular biology.


Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry – actually the research building around

which Foundry programs will be developed – will include six facilities

available to users from around the world. These include labs and experts

devoted to inorganic nanostructures; nanofabrication; organic,

polymer/biopolymer synthesis; biological nanostructures; imaging and

manipulation; and theory. Its focus will be on the design, synthesis and

characterization of both “soft” (biological and polymer) and “hard”

(inorganic and microfabricated) substances and the integration of these

into complex assemblies.


The SmithGroup of San Francisco designed the structure, which will

follow the contours of a hillside site between a materials research

building and the microscopy center. Construction will be coordinated by

Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. of Foster City. When completed in 2006, the

Foundry building will house more than 200 scientists and support staff,

using state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and manipulation.


Berkeley Lab’s facility is one of five in the DOE’s proposed Nanoscience

Research Program; others will be developed at Oak Ridge National

Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory

and Sandia National Laboratories/Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The possibilities to grow out of this and other initiatives dedicated to

the field of nanoscience are virtually limitless. Some potential

outcomes that have been suggested include:


*  Carbon nanotubes -- sheets of graphite rolled into extremely narrow

tubes a few nanometers in diameter – could be the possible building

blocks of future electronic devices.


*  Nanotechnology may one day enable the detection of disease on the

cellular level and the targeting of treatment only to tissues where it

is needed in a patient’s body, potentially alleviating many unpleasant

and sometimes harmful side effects.


*  Nanomanufacturing of parts and materials “from the bottom up”—by

assembling them on an atom-by-atom basis—may one day be used to reduce

waste and pollution in the manufacturing process.


*  Nanosensors already are being developed to allow fast, reliable,

real-time monitoring for everything from chemical attack to

environmental leaks.


*  Woven into a cable, carbon nanotubes could provide electricity

transmission lines with substantially improved performance over current

power lines.


*  Certain nanomaterials show promise for use in making more efficient

solar cells and the next-generation catalysts and membranes that will be

used in hydrogen-powered fuel cells.


U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, was featured speaker at the

groundbreaking ceremony. Honda was co-sponsor of the Boehlert-Honda

Nanotechnology Act of 2003, which authorizes $3.7 billion over the next

three years for nanotechnology research and development programs


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nano news 30 - 01- 2004

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Smart carriers in gene therapy

IBN team develops protein-based gene delivery system for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have devised an effective and efficient gene delivery method that may one day be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. ...read the wave


Nano Europe : Denmark

Das Wachsen von Nanoröhrchen lässt sich beobachten

Stig Helveg von der Katalysator-Firma Haldor Topsoe und Wissenschaftler von der Technischen Universität von Dänemark in Lyngby haben den Wachstumsprozess von Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhrchen an nur etwa 20 Nanometer großen Nickel-Wachstumskeimen beobachten können....read the wave


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Patent lawsuit costs Hitachi 163 million yen Japanese Inventor wins record payout on appeal

The Tokyo High Court on Thursday ordered Hitachi Ltd. to pay 163 million yen to a former employee for the transfer of patent rights related to optical discs, quadrupling the award set by a lower court....read the wave



A report released on January 20, 2004 in Sacramento indicates that

U.S. federal confusion over nanotechnology's original goal has spread to the state of California, where the concept originated. The report, "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges in California,"was released yesterday at a meeting of the state's Joint Committee on "Preparing California for the 21st Century."

Christine Peterson, president of the California-based Foresight Institute, addressed the Committee meeting: "The original goal for

nanotechnology -- systems of molecular machines, building cleanly with atom-by-atom precision, as described by Nobel physicist Richard Feynman -- is entirely absent from the report. His name does not even appear.

Instead, the concept of molecular machines appears only in the form of 'plagues of self-replicating nanobots,' as in Michael Crichton's thriller

Prey. The environmental benefits of molecular manufacturing may be needlessly delayed by this confusion." Foresight is the leading public interest group in nanotechnology.

Ray Kurzweil, a National Medal of Technology winner who serves on Foresight's Board of Advisors, commented: "While the report has its

visionary elements -- such as projecting 'intracellular intelligent machines' within 15 years -- the omission of molecular machine systems is extremely disappointing and, if not corrected, may contribute to the state losing

its natural lead in this area."

Prof. Ralph Merkle, a winner of the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and current chair of the Prize Committee, stated,

"This confusion was distressing enough when it first appeared in Washington, but it is far more so in California, where Feynman set the goal in 1959 at Caltech. It's true that Caltech and Hollywood - where Michael Crichton

thriller films are made -- are not far apart geographically, but Californians should know the difference."


Building with atomic precision using molecular machine systems, also known as molecular manufacturing, is seen as a key technology for

the environment, medicine, and defense. "This proposed technology -- the 'nanofactory' - is our best hope for ending chemical pollution as

we know it today," said Peterson. "California's strengths in design, systems engineering, and software -- combined with its strong interest

in restoring the natural environment -- give it an edge in this area. The state's proposed Nanotechnology Research and Workforce Advisory Council should include molecular manufacturing as a major focus." ...read the wave


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Scientists have created a new form of matter saying it could provide a new way to generate electricity.

A Tale of Two Nanotechs

It's the best of times for nanotechnology. Or is it the worst of times? There's evidence in both directions.

On the upside, nanotechnology is becoming real, with increasing numbers of applications and breakthroughs. Even a dedicated observer of the field (like, er, me) can't keep up with all the new research and applications. And while we're a long way from Drexlerian nanobots, we're a long way beyond mere gimmicks like stain-resistant nano-pants, too.read the wave


Nano Europe : UK

Civil society groups call for more communication between nanotechnology stakeholders

The UK working group charged with carrying out a study on the likely developments in nanotechnology has heard calls for the creation of a 'space' where scientists, government representatives, civil society groups and industry can communicate as needed...read more


nano news 29 - 01- 2004

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Durchbruch: Synthetische Nanoröhren und Nanofäden auf Mineralbasis

Erstmals ist es Wissenschaftlern am Institut für Mineralogie, Kristallographie und Materialwissenschaft der Universität Leipzig gelungen, Nanoröhren und Nanofäden komplexer Metallsulfide auf der Basis von Nanomineralen herzustellen. Auf Grund ihrer variablen strukturellen, chemischen und physikalischen Eigenschaften sollen entsprechende Syntheseprodukte für unterschiedliche Anwendungsbereiche zur Verfügung gestellt werden.
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Nanotech spy eyes life inside the cell

In Prey, Michael Crichton's tale of nanotech gone awry, a swarm of light-sensitive nanoparticles swim through a human body, creating the ultimate medical imaging system....read the wave


UTA researchers develop sensors to think smart

Imagine a newborn baby’s nightgown that constantly monitors the infant’s body temperature and breathing, or a soldier in Iraq whose uniform transmits physiological signs to a central station.

Husband and wife team Dr. Zeynep Celik-Butler and Dr. Donald Butler, researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, envision a day when clothing will become a second skin. “Our long-term aim is to make artificial ‘skin’ that can get the signal out just as nerve cells do,” Celik-Butler said.

They call it “Smart Skin,” a simple name for the technical term “distributed flexible microsensor array.” Their research effort is the result of a bridge between nanotechnology and micro-mechanical systems....read the wave


Gold is an indispensable element of nanoscale electronic components

Gold is an indispensable element for nanoscale electronic components because of its resistance to oxidation and its mechanical robustness. Amongst other metals, only silver and platinum offer similar properties, but silver can be too reactive with the environment and platinum is significantly more expensive than gold....read the wave

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Chemicals map nanowire arrays
Minuscule grids of nanowires could enable smaller, faster computer circuits. But there are two challenges to getting nanowire arrays ready for prime time -- finding ways of accessing any particular nanowire junction, and connecting the devices to the outside world. Chemically modifying the right junctions could solve both problems.


MISTA Touts First Event to Explore Potential of Small Tech

The U.S. Michigan Small Tech Association is pleased to announce that its event: Growing Michigan Business with Small Tech facility. will be held March 16th at Wayne State's Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems facility.

Come join us to learn more about how existing products are being changed, and new possibilities are being created. The event is free for members and just $35 for non-members. The day-long event kicks off with a members meeting, followed by a public program featuring:

  • Presentations from small tech industry leaders in Michigan
  • Analysis of the small tech landscape from both a global and state perspective
  • Breakout sessions on small tech developments in the Automotive, Life Sciences/Bio, and Defense & Security sectors
  • A showcase of small tech products from Michigan companies

MISTA was founded as an initiative of the state dedicated to the economic development of nanotechnology and microsystems including MEMS. These emerging technologies are changing products and processes in every technological sector. R&D funding is at an all-time high prompting comparisons with the space race and the computer revolution.

The event is open to the public and more information about the agenda and registration can be found here.


Nanogen Issued Patent for Addressable Biologic Electrode Arrays

SAN DIEGO, USA,  Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN) announced today that it was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,682,936, "Addressable Biologic Electrode Array," by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The '936 patent relates to electrode-based array devices and methods of operation in which individual electrodes contained within the array can be selectively addressed or manipulated. The technology enables high-density electrode arrays to be produced and has applications for the hybridization as well as combinatorial synthesis and self-assembly of biological molecules, such as nucleic acids and peptides....read the wave


ACLARA announces eTag(TM) Access Agreement with Pfizer Agreement Enables Multiplexed Gene and Protein Expression Profiling Studies

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California  USA : ACLARA BioSciences (Nasdaq: ACLA) announced today that it has entered into an eTag(TM) Access Agreement with Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE: PFE). Pfizer scientists will gain access to ACLARA's proprietary eTag Assay System for use in their pharmaceutical discovery research. The agreement is structured to cover two of Pfizer's research sites over the course of two years. Pfizer will access ACLARA's custom assay development capability and services, as well as utilize eTag assay reagent products and software for multiplexed gene expression and protein profiling studies....read the wave


GM cress could seek out landmines
Danish scientists say they have developed a genetically modified plant that will detect unexploded landmines.

Smaller is better — the next revolution is nanotechnology

From horse buggies to automobiles, air travel to space travel, we are standing on the precipice of opportunity— an opportunity with such promise as has not been witnessed since the Industrial Revolution....read the wave


nano news 28 - 01- 2004

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Scientists Grow Neurons Using Nanostructures 

EVANSTON, Ill. USA --- Scientists at Northwestern University have designed synthetic molecules that promote neuron growth, a promising development that could lead to the reversal of paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

“We have created new materials that because of their chemical structure interact with cells of the central nervous system in ways that may help prevent the formation of the scar that is often linked to paralysis after spinal cord injury,” said Samuel I. Stupp, Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Medicine...read the wave


The Risks of 'Designer Insects'
Michael Fernandez of the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology will be online to answer reader questions on his organization's new report on scientific research into genetically modified insects.

Nano Europe: Germany

Forschungszentrum Jülich und RWTH Aachen gründen nationales Kompetenzzentrum für höchstauflösende Elektronenmikroskopie

Um künftig leistungsstarke Materialien zu entwickeln, müssen Forscher in den unvorstellbar kleinen Bereich jenseits des Nanometers - in Bruchteile von Millionstel Millimeter - schauen. Dafür brauchen sie höchstauflösende Mikroskope. Das Forschungszentrum Jülich und die RWTH Aachen gründen daher das "Ernst Ruska-Centrum für höchstauflösende Mikroskopie und Spektroskopie mit Elektronen". Die Einrichtung befindet sich auf dem Campus des Forschungszentrums Jülich. Das nationale Kompetenzzentrum wird die weltweit leistungsfähigsten Elektronenmikroskope betreiben. Damit können Forscher Zukunftstechnologien wie die Nanoelektronik vorantreiben - was künftig auch für die deutsche Industrie von hohem Nutzen sein wird. Der Namensgeber des Kompetenzzentrums, der Physik-Nobelpreisträger Ernst Ruska, war der Erfinder des Elektronenmikroskops. ...read the wave


Will Prince Charles et al diminish the opportunities of developing countries in nanotechnology?

Prince Charles and the ETC Group (formerly RAFI) have expressed opposition to nanotechnology in recent months, making this seem like a replay of the genetically-modified (GM) foods debate. That debate essentially ignored the voices of people in developing countries3. Commentators from industrialized countries are now focusing primarily on nanotechnology risks rather than its potential benefits.
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Nano Europe: UK

Report from the UK Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering on Nanotechnology

On 30 October 2003, the working group of The Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology met with a number of civil society groups to discuss the potential societal implications of nanotechnology.  Representatives from Forum for the future, ITCG, ETC Group, PEALS, Patients Association and Demos attended.          

Both the invitees and the working group were aware that comprehensive coverage of the issues was not possible in one meeting and with limited representation from civil society groups. 

The working group would also welcome any comments on this report.  Please email comments to nano@royalsoc.ac.uk

Comments received by 16 February 2004 would be particularly useful, though any received after this date will still be considered.  Please also be aware that the group may wish to publish your response - if your response is confidential this should be indicated.

The working group will meet with additional civil society representatives on 24 February 2004, and also be holding a workshop with regulators on 11 February 2004. Reports of both these meetings will be posted on the web as soon as is practicable.

This workshop forms part of a independent study on nanotechnology commissioned in the UK Government, and carried out by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

At the end of our study, likely to be in late spring 2004, they will publish a report outlining our findings.

A  summary of evidence received has now been posted on at http://www.nanotec.org.uk/CivilSociety.htm


Nitpicking Nanotechnology By Waldemar Ingdahl

Nanotechnology, the manufacture of materials and machines with atomic precision and size, is regarded as the next technical revolution. As the debate rages on its eventual capabilities, it is inevitably becoming a target for environmentalist attacks.

The first major public attack on nanotechnological safety was launched by the Winnipeg-based organization ETC Group …read the wave


Virus ALERT!

MyDoom Targets Linux Antagonist

The latest computer virus, which is threatening to become the most pervasive virus yet, is coded to launch a denial-of-service attack against SCO, the company which claims its intellectual property has been violated by Linux. By Michelle Delio.


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Nano Europe : EEC

Commission to propose new legislation on human tissue products

A EU Commission report has mapped out the present state and future prospects for human tissue engineering in the EU, calling for an EU-wide regulatory framework in this field.

American Superconductor’s Nanotechnology Breakthrough Significantly Increases Performance of Superconductor Wire

Company Files for Patent on Proprietary New Nanodot Technology;
Nanotech-Based Manufacturing Process Delivers 30% Higher Current Carrying Capability in Second Generation High Temperature Superconductor Wire

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), a leading electricity solutions company, announced today that it has successfully developed and filed a patent application for a nanotechnology-based manufacturing technique that delivers an immediate 30% increase in the electric current-carrying capability of the company’s second generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire.  This new nanotechnology process leverages AMSC’s proprietary metal-organic chemical processing methodology by producing a dispersion of “nanodots” throughout the superconductor coating of the company’s 2G HTS wire....read the wave


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Nanorings Promise Big Memory

Researchers are always looking for better memory.

There are many projects aimed at making computer memory that holds more information in smaller spaces, memory that allows data to be retrieved more quickly, and memory that does not have to be refreshed so often. Today's computers use dynamic random access memory, which must be constantly refreshed, and therefore requires a constant stream of electricity in order to retain information. ...read the wave


nano news 27 - 01- 2004

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Hybrid Plastics’ Receives a $100,000 R&D Grant from the National Science Foundation to develop Nanostructured Solder Materials


Fountain Valley, CA USA : Hybrid Plastics, Inc. has received a $100,000 R&D Grant from the National Science foundation (NSF) for the development of Nanostructured Solder Materials.


This competitive Phase I Small Business Innovation Research [SBIR] award will allow the company to advance the fundamental knowledge and service performance of lead-free electronic solders.Current lead-free electronic solders are performance limited due to thermomechanical fatigue and from heir microstructural instabilities which degrade electronic performance over time. Hybrid Plastics expects o utilize its POSS ® building blocks as nanoscopic chemical reinforcements to control both microstructural tability and accumulated performance degradation. Such control will afford lead free solders with higher strength, durability and dimensional stability in interconnects for aerospace, automotive, consumer and micro-electromechanical (MEMS) systems ...read the wave




Sumitomo Corporation and Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc. (CNI) Finalize Strategic Alliance Agreements in Asia

Houston, Tx, USA:  Sumitomo Corporation and Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc. (CNI) today, announced the signing of two significant agreements that cement their relationship in developing the carbon nanotechnology business in Japan & S. Korea.   

These two world-class organizations have agreed to combine their efforts by (1) completing an exclusive marketing and distribution arrangement for CNI’s buckytubes in Japan and S. Korea and (2) through an  arrangement that includes an immediate financial investment,  with the opportunity for additional investments, by Sumitomo Corporation in CNI.  Sumitomo and CNI have been working together in Asia for two years to develop and promote the markets for CNI buckytubes....read the wave



NASA scientists will study brewers yeast --typically used to make bread and beer -- to better understand how microgravity affects genes, and gain insight into the genetic basis of how humans respond to microgravity.

Deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of yeast's genetic response to microgravity will help NASA scientists identify which genes enable cell survival. Molecular biologists have added 'signature tags' to every gene in the yeast genome, so that the effects of microgravity on each gene can be studied. The benefit of using yeast cells is that it serves as a benchmark microbe for biological research studying human or other mammalian cells that have a very large and complex set of genes.

"Understanding gene expression patterns and how they are altered when cells are grown in the low-gravity, or microgravity, environment inside the International Space Station will help scientists learn how humans respond to gravity," said principal investigator Dr. Cheryl Nickerson from the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, who is working with co-investigator Dr. Tim Hammond of Tulane University and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Orleans. 

Yeast Group Activation Packs (GAP) that hold the yeast cultures, liquid growth medium and fixative used to preserve cells in space will be flown onboard the Russian Progress launch vehicle 13P scheduled to launch on Jan. 29 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After a two-day flight, the payload will be transferred to the International Space Station, where the experiment will remain for several months.

"This experiment will be among the first set of U.S. biological experiments that will be sent into space since the Columbia accident," said Dr. Beverly Girten, chief of the Science Payloads Operations Branch and small payloads project manager at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.  

To activate the experiment, an International Space Station crewmember will insert a hand crank into the top of the GAP. Turning the crank will cause the yeast cells to mix with the liquid growth solution and begin growing. Following the growth period, the hand crank will be inserted into the top of the GAP again and turned, which will allow fixative to mix with the growing yeast colony, thus preserving the cells.

The preserved cells will be contained within the GAP for up to one year following experiment activation. They will be returned to Earth where scientists will compare them to identical yeast cells grown inside a ground control unit. By comparing the yeast genes expressed during ground-based growth with those expressed when the organism is grown in space, scientists can determine how microgravity alters the genetic expression profile and survival of cells.

"This experiment is a collaborative effort between peer-reviewed investigators funded through NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research's (OBPR) Fundamental Space Biology Division, commercial groups working through OBPR's Space Product Development, and several NASA centers," said Girten. "This shared effort is particularly important since the shuttle fleet is not flying and there are limited opportunities to conduct science in space right now."  …read the wave


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Nanofiber Gel Could Heal Spinal Damage

A gel of tiny fibers could help reverse paralysis from spinal cord injury.


Advice for designing reliable nanomaterials

Stronger or tougher? For designers of advanced materials, this tradeoff may complicate efforts to devise efficient methods for assembling nanometer-scale building blocks into exotic ceramics, glasses and other types of customized materials.

"Not all properties may benefit from microstructural refinement, so due caution needs to be exercised in materials design," writes the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Brian Lawn in the January issue of Journal of Materials Research. …read the wave


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Genetically Altered Insects

The U.S. Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology called on the government to begin devising oversight rules for the use of genetically altered insects. Michael Rodemeyer, executive director of the Pew Initiative: "The history of biotechnology is that the regulatory system is always playing catch-up. The question here is whether the regulatory system can begin now to think about who's in charge."


New Type of Nanotube Made of Gold or Silver Created at the Weizmann Institute

Weizmann Institute scientists have created a new type of nanotube built of gold, silver and other nanoparticles. The tubes exhibit unique electrical, optical and other properties, depending on their components, and as such, may form the basis for future nanosensors, catalysts and chemistry-on-a-chip systems.


The study, published in Angewandte Chemie, was performed by Prof. Israel Rubinstein, Dr. Alexander Vaskevich, postdoctoral associate Dr. Michal Lahav and doctoral student Tali Sehayek, all of the Institute’s Department of Materials and Interfaces....read the wave


nano news 26 - 01- 2004

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Nano Chemists Make Curved Structures

The natural world is full of curves and three dimensions, but the ability to deliberately and rationally construct such complex structures using nanoscale building blocks has eluded nanotechnologists who are eager to add curved structures to their toolbox.

Now a team of Northwestern University chemists report they have discovered ways to construct nanoscale building blocks that assemble into flat or curved structures with a high level of predictability, depending on the architecture and composition of the building blocks. The results are published in the Jan. 16 issue of the journal Science. ...read the wave


0.09 microns, or 90 nanometers what’s all the hype about?
Seeing more and more chip manufacturers touting the word Nano (instead of microns), I decided to search the web for a little more info. I found this article from September 2003, which helped me understand this Nano Chip hype just a little bit more. The Editor   

Chip vendors prepare for 90 nanometer era
by Tom Krazit, IDG News Service, Boston Bureau

The 40-nanometer gap that semiconductor manufacturers are preparing to leap is only as wide as a sliver of a human hair. Years of research and millions of dollars have been spent on equipment and techniques that will enable companies to pack even more transistors onto a silicon chip, or reduce the size of powerful processors. ... read more


Centipedes’ could lead to nano-Velcro
Scientists from the University of Michigan and Purdue University in the US, and the University of Vigo in Spain, have made “bristled nano-centipedes”. The structures consist of a bristled silica coating on a cadmium tellurium (CdTe) nanowire core.\ ... read more


Nano Europe : Switzerland

Nano Conference 2004: Hochkarätiges Scientific Committee

Die Vorbereitungen für die Nanofair und die Nano Conference 2004 laufen auf Hochtouren. Die internationale Nanotechnologie-Messe mit angegliederter Konferenz findet vom 14. bis 16. September 2004 in St.Gallen / Schweiz statt. Damit Messe und Konferenz wiederum auf einem hohen fachlichen Niveau abgehalten werden, konstituierte sich ein hochkarätiges wissenschaftliches Komitee für die Nano Conference.

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Nanometrics Inc. and Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (HHT) have entered an agreement whereby Nanometrics will supply HHT with metrology units for integration into various HHT semiconductor products.


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Nano Conference 2004: Prestigious Scientific Committee

Preparations for the Nanofair and the Nano Conference 2004 are in full swing. The international nanotechnology trade show with its concurrent conference will take place in St.Gallen, Switzerland, from September 14-16, 2004. To ensure that last year's high level of specialization of the fair and conference is again attained, a prestigious Scientific Committee has been elected for the Nano Conference. ... read more


Rapid growth makes clean nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are of great interest for electronics applications, but it’s important that they are of high quality. With this in mind, scientists at the University of Cambridge, UK, Rutgers University in the US, and Thales Research and Technology in France have developed a growth technique that produces single-walled carbon nanotubes without amorphous carbon.
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Micro Tweezers Have Ice Grip

As the field of microscopic machines heats up, researchers are racing to find ways to manipulate minuscule objects.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found that cooling things down makes for a simple way to rotate, twist, stretch, pick up and drop a wide range of microscopic items.
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NanoHorizons announces Matrix-less MALDI now available for Fast, Cost Effective Analysis of Small Molecules

State College, PA, USA : NanoHorizons, an emerging leader in nanoscale material and device technologies, and Kratos Analytical (a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation), a world leader in Mass Spectrometry, announced the commercial introduction of a fast, precise technique for small molecule analysis today.  Kratos Analytical will offer the NanoHorizons’ QuickMass™ targets, which are used to identify low molecular weight compounds in MALDI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization) mass spectrometers, through Shimadzu Biotech, a business unit of Shimadzu Corporation.  Users of the Axima-QIT™ and Axima-CFR™plus line of mass spectrometry systems will soon be able to realize the benefits of high throughput and lower cost from using disposable, matrix-less, QuickMass™ targets for small molecule analysis.  QuickMassTM targets increase selectivity and reduce cross-contamination concerns for small molecule detection in MALDI-type mass spectrometers.

“QuickMassTM targets are a breakthrough in mass spectrometry: they provide clean and reproducible low molecular weight spectra by eliminating the matrix compound used to help laser desorption/ionization in a MALDI mass spectrometer.  This dramatic improvement is due to the QuckMassTM target’s non-porous, thin film surface, which adsorbs and transfers the laser energy to the sample molecules.  Accordingly, the interfering background matrix peaks that are commonly observed with MALDI MS are not present.  Also, the lack of surface porosity prevents low mass contaminant trapping” says Dr. Stephen Fonash, founder and Chairman of NanoHorizons


nano news 24 / 25 - 01- 2004

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Strength and Conductivity of Nanotube-Laced Materials

Materials fortified with carbon nanotubes are strongest when the embedded filaments run parallel to each other, but electronic and thermal conductivity are best when the nanotubes are oriented randomly. That's the finding from a team of engineers at Penn who have developed a production technique that permits a finer and more precise dispersion of nanotubes within a material.
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What's coming our way this year?

If Silicon Valley capitalists have any ability to predict the future, an open question after the Internet and telecommunications debacle of 2000, then we're heading into a very interesting year.
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Federal nanotech confusion spreads to California

In "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges in California," released today at a meeting of the state's Joint Committee on "Preparing California for the 21st Century," the concept of molecular machines appears only in the form of "plagues of self-replicating nanobots," as in Michael Crichton's thriller Prey, said Christine Peterson, president of Foresight Institute. ... read more


USA : Protein data bank opens new era with broader support

Nearly 24,000 molecules and growing, accessible collection

The assets of the U.S. Protein Data Bank (PDB) just keep growing.

The PDB holds the three-dimensional structures of nearly 24,000 proteins and other macromolecules in its growing - and publicly accessible - collection. Its holdings profile DNAs, RNAs, viruses, and various proteins, such as enzymes central to photosynthesis, growth, development and brain function.

This month, with a doubling in the number of the federal agencies supporting it, the PDB begins a new five-year, $30 million management era, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced today. The chapter opens following a new international agreement announced last month to pool and coordinate the deposit of molecular structure data globally. ... read more


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Quantum dots offer secure solutions
Tiny light-emitting crystals with unique emission signatures could protect personal documents from counterfeiting. ... read more



Venture Capital: Money managers and their prophecies


Predicting the future is a risky proposition, but it is also the job of every single venture capitalist. ... read more



Organic electrode brightens OLEDs

A new material for connecting organic light emitting diodes

together could lead to brighter displays. ... read more



UMass-Amherst looks to push nanotechnology into big time

Researchers seeking to move ideas from lab to marketplace

AMHERST -- Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are making breakthroughs in the science needed to produce a new generation of powerful computers, tiny machines, and unique materials, and now they want to move their work out of the lab and into the marketplace. ...read more


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CIP Wins £1.2M Components Contract
ADASTRAL PARK, U.K. -- A world-leading scientific research facility established by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is to get into full swing after being awarded major funding.

In 2003, EEDA stepped in when the US company Corning Incorporated announced that it would close the Corning Research Centre (CRC) on Adastral Park in Ipswich due to a world-wide restructuring programme.
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nano news 23- 01- 2004

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Atoms Make Quantum Coprocessor
Researchers from Brussels Free University in Belgium (ULB) and the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark have shown that the collective spin of clouds of atoms can be used to compute. ..read more



Nanophase launches new material

Nanophase Technologies Corp. has announced the commercial availability of a nanomaterial from its PVS technology.


NanoTech:  Room to Rant ( courtesy of Howard Lovy's NanoBot )

R.U. Sirius, who has an impressive track record of spotting cultural and technological trends years before the rest of the media pick up on it, has posted an interview with me ( Howard Lovy ) on his neofiles Webzine. 

Mr. Sirius gave me tons of room to rant and gussied it up with some very pretty pictures. R.U. gave me the chance to expand on what it is I'm trying to accomplish on this blog and in some of my other work. ...read more


The Healthy Promise of Biochips

Tracking the human genome was just the beginning. Now, biochips can be used to study many genetic aspects of a disease -- and possibly a cure

Though it accounts for just a tiny percentage of overall chip sales, a thumbnail-size glass plate on which intricate patterns are printed is a tool with the power to transform drug research and improve the health of millions of people. It's called a biochip, and the patterns hold tens of thousands of "probes" -- segments of DNA that represent genes. ...read more


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Small defects have large impact
Many materials lose their useful properties as soon as their dimensions fall below a certain limit. This so-called size effect, the sources of which may be quite diverse, can be a road block for the miniaturization of electronic, electromechanic, and electrooptic components. For a particularly promising class of materials, viz. the ferroelectric oxides, researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics have now identified a new origin of the size effect: ...read more


Nanotech chip firm lands $17.5 million in second VC round

ZettaCore, a semiconductor start-up developing molecular memory chips, said it has received $17.5 million in a second round of funding led by Silicon Valley venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. ...read more


A robot that likes to play with test tubes

Researchers build an artificial scientist that can come up with a hypothesis, design experiments and analyze data. Getting it to work in the messy real world was a big accomplishment. DAVID AKIN reports ...read more


nano news 22- 01- 2004

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Nanotech`s big challenge: Getting to market

Researchers are under pressure to move their projects out of the lab and onto the factory floor.

Like a lot of executives these days, Julie Chen is under a lot of pressure. But her concerns are not about meeting quarterly number projections or outsourcing jobs to India. Instead, Ms. Chen is out to make the U.S. the leader in what the Bush Administration calls “the next industrial revolution” – nanotechnology.

As director of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) nanomanufacturing program, a key strand within the federally funded $3.7 billion National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), Ms. Chen knows that the stakes are high. Failure could cost the industry billions of dollars. ... read more



Tiny Chip Catches Viruses like Flypaper

Using nanotechnology, researchers have developed a tiny silicon chip that acts like flypaper to trap and help rapidly identify viruses.



FEI Company to Present at D.A. Davidson's Technology Conference

FEI is a nanotechnology company providing enabling 3D Structural Process Management(TM) solutions

FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) have announced that its management will make a presentation to investors at D.A. Davidson's Second Annual Growth Conference at 2:00 p.m. MST on February 5, 2004 in Park City, Utah, and will participate in a conference panel discussion on Design-to-Yield strategies at 5:30 p.m. on the same day.



World's Smallest Guitar
Imagine playing the world's smallest guitar, with a laser for your guitar pick.
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Important New US Patent Granted for BioSilicon TM “Smart Drug Delivery”


Global nanotechnology company pSivida Limited (ASX: PSD), is pleased to announce that its UK operating subsidiary pSiMedica Limited has been granted a further patent in the important US market.


US Patent No. 6,666,214 provides for a method of implanting an electronic device within a living animal or human body, wherein the device includes bioactive silicon and a method of delivering a drug to a living animal or human by placing the drug to be delivered on or within a bioactive silicon structure.


The Patent provides an important first step in the development of ‘smart’ drug delivery devices making use of the semi-conductor properties of silicon. pSiMedica is currently advancing development of its partnering strategy and continues to progress discussions with leading electronics and chip technology companies who have all expressed strong interest in the development of such devices.


pSivida Managing Director Gavin Rezos said,” This new US Patent is an important addition to our already strong IP portfolio. The patent will draw further attention in the US to the versatility of the BioSilicon TM technology platform and in particular to large value adding electronics and chip companies looking to develop ‘smart’ devices with potential applications in controlled drug delivery and diagnostics.” This US patent follows 4 earlier patent grants in the key jurisdictions of the United Kingdom and United States and further strengthens pSiMedica’s healthcare claims for the BioSilicon TM technology.


The pSiMedica Intellectual Property portfolio consists of 17 patent families, 7 granted patents and over 70 patent applications. pSiMedica owns all of the Intellectual Property (royalty free) for the application of BioSilicon


Products protected by patents and patent applications owned by pSiMedica include materials comprising bioactive, resorbable and biocompatible silicon that are of value in the fabrication of new generations of intelligent drug delivery devices, orthopaedic implants and intelligent diagnostic tools.

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Skinny endoscope squeezes into new niches
The instrument, made of a single optical fibre just half a millimetre wide, could help place cochlear implants in the inner ear or peer inside blood vessels


Nano Europe : The Netherlands 

Nanofysici steken NASA naar de kroon
Delftse onderzoekers hebben een nieuwe terahertzdetector ontwikkeld om te achterhalen hoe de allereerste sterren ontstonden. ,,Wie weet wat voor onverwachts we te zien krijgen ...read more



NanoWorld : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter (NO.53) 


nano news 21- 01- 2004

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Victor Hwang at California Nanotech Policy Briefing
Larta's COO will be on the Economy/Markets panel of the California Nanotechnology Policy conference: California Nanotechnology 2004: Our Future Is Very Small, which is designed to educate state policymakers about nanotechnology, develop substantive policy proposals, and highlight issues emerging from the CCST California Nanotechnology report



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UK Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Nanotechnology Study - evidence and latest progress report

Please note that the latest progress report and the written and oral evidence gathered so far in this study are now available online at the study's website - www.nanotec.org.uk.



Glowing Dots Safely Illuminate Innards

Small glowing particles called quantum dots have been engineered to safely fluoresce in animals for months, a major step towards using them for imaging such things as tumors.


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‘Cowboy cloners’ should be outlawed in every country

A call for “cowboy cloners” to be outlawed in every country has been issued today (21 January 2004) by Lord May of Oxford, President of the Royal Society (the UK national academy of science), in an article published at the start of the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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The Minister for Innovation and Acting Premier, John Brumby, today announced the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the CSIRO would each provide $5 million towards initial beamlines planned for the Australian Synchrotron project.
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Wetterfühlige Nanolampen in molekularer Lichterkette

Suche nach neuen Halbleitern für Displays und Solarzellen

Weihnachten ist vorbei, aber die Erinnerung bleibt: Gerade noch leuchten die Lichter am Baum so schön, da kündet ein kurzes Flackern von Unheil und schon geht die gesamte feierliche Beleuchtung aus. Danach beginnt die mühselige Suche nach der Nadel im Heuhaufen, in diesem Fall der kaputten Glühbirne in der Lichterkette, die den Stromkreis unterbrochen hat. Mitarbeitern des Lehrstuhls für Photonik und Optoelektronik unter der Leitung von Dr. John Lupton und Professor Jochen Feldmann an der Sektion Physik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München ist es jetzt gelungen, ein ähnliches Phänomen jenseits aller Feiertagsromantik nachzuweisen: In langkettigen Kunststoffmolekülen, die aus einer Reihe von Kohlenstoffatomen bestehen, finden sich einzelne Lichtquellen, die miteinander wechselwirken. "Ist diese Reaktion stark genug, so erlöscht beim Ausgehen einer einzelnen Lichtquelle die gesamte molekulare Beleuchtung", so Lupton. Die jüngst in der Fachzeitschrift Physical Review Letters (Bd. 91, Nr. 26) beschriebene Arbeit hat grundlegende Bedeutung für die Entwicklung neuartiger Materialien in der Displaytechnologie
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Nanotubes Grown on Plastic
A new method of growing vertical forests of carbon nanotubes on flexible plastic could enable applications ranging from wearable computer displays to new types of fuel cells, say researchers in England. ... read more



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Praktizierte Nanobiotechnolgie: Kunststoffe mit eingebauter Hygiene

Forscher der Universität des Saarlandes und vom Deutschen Kunststoffinstitut Darmstadt entwickeln anti-bakterielle Kunststoffe im Spritzgussverfahren. Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des Programms Zukunftstechnologien (ZuTech) der AiF mit knapp 600 000 Euro in den nächsten drei Jahren gefördert und gilt als Musterbeispiel für die interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit von Nanochemikern, Biologen und Technikern. ...read more


nano news 20- 01- 2004

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Weltpremiere an der Augenklinik Jules Gonin in Lausanne

Der Augenmediziner André Mermoud von der Augenklinik Jules Gonin in Lausanne präsentiert eine Weltneuheit zur Behandlung des grünen Stars: Ein Röhrchen mit einem Durchmesser von nur 50 Mikrometern führt die Flüssigkeit ab, die zum erhöhten Augeninnendruck führt ... read more




ZettaCore Wins Round of Financing
ZettaCore raised $17.5 million from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins. more at WSJ.com


Bagle virus hides as calculator
Users are warned to look out for the Bagle virus which has started spreading rapidly.


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Santa Clara/Palo Alto (pte, 14. Jan 2004 17:05) - Der US-Chiphersteller Intel Corp. http://www.intel.com will mit dem Start-up Nanosys Inc. http://www.nanosysinc.com zusammenarbeiten. Gemäß einer Vereinbarung soll eine gemeinsame Studie darüber erstellt werden, inwieweit die Nanosys-Technologie für die Herstellung der Intel-Chips einsetzbar ist. Das berichtet das Wall Street Journal (WSJ) http://www.wsj.com heute, Mittwoch.



Nanotechnology: Time to Make a Choice By Mike Treder

With molecular manufacturing on its way, we must we must reject relinquishment and resignation in favor of responsible regulation



DSM Somos® Introduces NanoForm™: ProtoComposites™ and nanotechnology combined for new stereolithography applications

New Castle, Delaware, January 12, 2004— DSM Somos®, an innovation leader in the development of rapid prototyping materials, introduces the first composite stereolithography material to incorporate nano-particle technology.
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Nanotech chip firm lands $17.5 million in second VC round
Mercury News

ZettaCore, a semiconductor start-up developing molecular memory chips, said it has received $17.5 million in a second round of funding led by Silicon Valley venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

The funding round, which also attracted other Silicon Valley venture capitalists as well as Stanford University, was the latest validation Denver-based ZettaCore has received in the past month. In December, the company said that Les Vadasz, formerly head of Intel's venture capital arm, joined its board of directors. ... read more


nano news 19- 01- 2004

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A novel wound dressing made of genetically engineered human collagen that will enable faster and improved healing of injuries has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University Faculty of Dental Medicine.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the animal kingdom, including humans. It is the major constituent of connective tissues – tendons, skin, bones, cartilage, blood vessel walls and membranes. Collagen fibers are the “warp and woof” of these connective tissues and are responsible for keeping all the body’s organs and tissues in their correct functional structure.

There are different collagen-containing preparations on the market today made for treating wounds, for use in dentistry implants, and in cosmetics. All of them use collagen made from animal tissues, which requires specific adaptation in order to eliminate immunological rejection or to prevent microbiological infection.

The dressing developed at the Hebrew University incorporates an inner layer of genetically engineered, human recombinant collagen. This material becomes a soluble, readily enzymatically degradable molecule in the wound tissue. The molecular fragments that are thus formed have been shown to play a pivotal role in the healing process. An outer layer, also of biological origin, is provided in the wound dressing to provide initial protection prior to release of the delicate collagen layer.

Preliminary animal experiments with the new dressing have shown substantially faster and better healing, with rapid formation of new collagen fibers, than has been possible using older methods.

The new dressing is the fruit of many years of experimentation with collagen in the laboratory of Prof. Emeritus Shmuel Shoshan of the Connective Tissue Research Laboratory of the Hebrew University Faculty of Dental Medicine. Prof. Shoshan is the inventor and chief scientist of Dittekol Ltd., a company formed in cooperation with the Hebrew University’s Yissum Research Development Company, to commercialize the new wound dressing. The company is now negotiating with investors for further development.


The History of Robots in the Victorian Era | csmonitor.com



Nanostructured sensors for the United States company NanoSonic
A research team from the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering at the Public University of Navarre has designed nanostructured optical sensors and instrumentation to monitor these sensors, for the United States company NanoSonic, which has begun to market the product.



Doctor 'implants cloned embryo'
A controversial US fertility specialist says he has implanted a cloned embryo into a woman's womb.



Nanosys, Intel partner in next-gen memory systems
Nanosys Inc. has entered into a collaborative agreement with Intel to investigate using nanotechnology for future memory systems.


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Green technique makes silver nanoparticles

Scientists at the University of North Carolina, US, have made silver nanoparticles by a completely “green” technique. The process used water, a reducing sugar and a starch instead of more environmentally harmful chemicals such as organic solvents. ... read more



2003: nanotechnology in the firing line

2003 was the year when nanotechnology collided with the real world. It was a painful collision, bringing prophesies of doom, fears of hidden dangers and calls for a moratorium on nanoscience. Philip Ball looks at what we have learnt from the year that “nano” hit the headlines. ... read more


nano news 17 / 18- 01- 2004

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Nanoscale building blocks that predictably assemble into flat or curved structures have been created, a step to building tiny, complex devices by mimicking organic life.




Photonics to revolutionize the world

To mark the new year Opto & Laser Europe takes a look at three

revolutionary optical technologies that are likely to have a

profound impact on society when they become commercially available.

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Doctor set to make clone claim
A US fertility expert is in the UK to reveal his latest work in the controversial area of human cloning.



Electronic skin senses touch
A pressure-detecting membrane laminated onto a sheet of flexible plastic electronics may lead to artificial skin for robots. ... read more


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Nanowires grow on viral templates
Researchers are using viruses to assemble semiconducting nanowires--the building blocks of future electronic circuits. ... read more


Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced commercial availability of a new nanomaterial from the Company’s patented PVS technology.  The new nanomaterial, tin oxide, is approximately 30 nanometers with tight particle size distribution and is targeted for electronic applications and transparent conductive coatings.  ... read more  

nano news 16- 01- 2004

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Nanofilms under attack
Self-assembled monolayers are commonly used to improve the 'body-friendliness' of medical implants. But how long do they last in the body?



Nano Europe : The future of European research

The future of European research was among the subjects touched on
by Bertie Ahern and Romano Prodi, Presidents of the European
Council and Commission respectively, in their speeches to the
European Parliament on 14 January to mark the beginning of the
Irish Presidency of the EU. Indeed, Mr Prodi's firm commitment to
science and technology was reflected by Research Commissioner
Philippe Busquin this week, as he called on Member States to double
the Community budget for research by 2010. ... read more.



Nanogen Inc and Transgenomic Enter into Distribution Agreement
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Mini-Van Sized Rover for 2009

Pathfinder was the size of a shoebox; the Mars Exploration Rovers are as big as golf-carts; but a future Martian rover could be as big as a mini-van. Engineers from Montana State University are helping to design the Mars Scientific Laboratory (MSL), which could make its way to the Red Planet by 2009. Unlike Spirit and Opportunity, which are solar powered, the MSL will have a nuclear reactor, so it will be able to remain operational on the surface for an entire Martian year (two years on Earth), and measure long-term climate changes.



CRN has started a new weblog

Center for Responsible Nanotechnology CRN started a new weblog, an interactive space for reporting and commentary about our activities.
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Fiber Optics Goes Nano
Labs have made optical fibers more than one thousand times finer than human hair--potentially leading to smaller or faster microphotonic devices for optical communications and optical sensing.
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Chemists learn to build curved structures with nanoscale building blocks: The natural world is full of curves and three dimensions, but the ability to deliberately and rationally construct such complex structures using nanoscale building blocks has eluded nanotechnologists who are eager to add curved structures to their toolbox.




Like spies on a secret mission, the different parts of an

electronic system must carry precisely synchronized clocks to

coordinate their tasks. Recently, researchers harnessed the spins

of electrons to create oscillations which they said suggested a new

type of electronic clock. Now a report in the 16 January PRL

demonstrates an improved version with far higher quality

oscillations, which experts say demonstrates the commercial

potential of the device as a small, versatile clock for electronic


(W. H. Rippard, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 027201)

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nano news 15- 01- 2004

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Nanophase Announces Commercial Availability of Novel New Nanomaterials
Nanophase Technologies Corporation, a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced commercial availability of a new class of cerium-based oxide nanomaterials from the Comp...
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Nanostructured sensors for the United States’ company NanoSonic

A research team from the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering at the Public University of Navarre has designed nanostructured optical sensors and instrumentation to monitor these sensors, for the United States’ company NanoSonic, which has begun to market the product.

The optic fibre sensors are human hair-sized devices. The Public University of Navarre has developed a humidity sensor and a light source for applications with optic fibre sensors. Moreover, the Navarre team has designed and manufactured optic-electronic converters that incorporate a signal terminal for the sensor and which, in turn, can be connected to other electronic apparatus, such as a computer, and through which information gathered by the sensors can be consulted.
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nanoTITAN, Inc., Teamed with Alion Science and Technology, Wins U.S. Army RDECOM, CERDEC "Night Vision High Tech" Contract

nanoTITAN, Inc., a leader in the field of nanoinformatics, and a Teammate in the Contracting Team of Alion Sciences and Technology, announces the recent contract award of the U.S. Army RDECOM, CERCEC "Night Vision Hi Tech" Contract. nanoTITAN will provide advanced software engineering services and products in visualization and nanoinformatics technology.

nanoTITAN, is the developer and producer of two early-to-market nanoinformatics products for the nanotechnology industry - nanoML® and nanoXplorer™. nanoML is the industry's first and only exclusive nanotechnology markup language, and formed the foundation for the development of nanoXplorer, a software suite of tools used to explore, exchange, and engineer the full range of nanodevice inspirations -- from concept to commercialization. Built on the principles of life cycle systems engineering, nanoXplorer complements chemical analysis and simulation software by providing management of all aspects of a nanodevice. nanoXplorer provides advanced visualization of nanoscale components, customizable tools for nanodevice design and, with its exclusive Nanodevice Database connectivity, information needed to stay current is always available. nanoTITAN also brings to the Alion Science and Technology Team, a powerful Java built data visualization and integration application, nVisualizer™. These products, combined with the capabilities and talents of the Alion Team, provide the Army a unique set of technologies to maintain its lead in the Night Vision and Electronic Sensor support for the Warfighter.

Alion Science and Technology is a leader in global research and development, primarily serving the U.S. Government. For over 65 years, Alion has formed long-term alliances with its customers, acting in their best interests to solve critical technology problems. Alion is a privately held, 100% employee owned company based in McLean, Virginia.

nanoTITAN, Inc., a privately held company incorporated in 2001, offers state-of-the-art software, unique databases and analytical services targeted to scientists and engineers working in the emerging field of nanotechnology.

For more information about nanoXplorer and information about the company's products and services is available at www.nanotitan.com.




China provided an American military delegation with a first-ever glimpse into its space program's mission control center, which a few months ago guided the nation's first manned flight to orbit and back. ... read more



PDF Solutions CEO: Company cooperation a trend for 90nm and below era

John Kibarian, CEO of PDF Solutions, shared his views on 90nm technology developments in a recent e-mail interview with DigiTimes. ... read more


Energy Saver

Fifty years from now, the world may need as much as four times the energy

used today. A Nobel Prize winner thinks nanotechnology could help.

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Bugs Taking Over Robot Guidance
Getting visual processing power into a tiny package is a tough task, but nature has already solved the problem. Robotics researchers take cues from insects. By Lakshmi Sandhana.



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pSivida secure additional German Listings Berlin, Munich & Stuttgart


pSivida Limited (ASX: PSD) has announced that the company's applications

for listing on the Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart Stock Exchanges have met all the admission requirements.


pSivida will trade under the ticker symbol PSI and the German securities code (WKN) 358705. pSivida will continue to trade on the Australian and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges.


pSivida Managing Director Mr Gavin Rezos said, "These additional German listings will serve to further increase the profile of pSivida with both institutional and retail investors in Germany and across Europe. It provides investors abroad with the opportunity to invest in the development and commercialisation of BioSilicon TM , while also enhancing pSivida’s existing shareholder base and corporate visibility in these

key regions." ... read more

pSivida Limited http://www.psivida.com.au



Nanoparticle dyes boost storage


By Eric Smalley , Technology Research News


Shrinking the size of fluorescent dye particles is one way to cram more information into optical data storage devices, but dye particles can be made only so small.

Researchers from the University of Toronto have found a way to put layers of different dyes into a single particle, making it possible to record several bits of data on the same spot. The technique could increase data storage capacities several-fold, and improve anticounterfeiting measures. ... read more


nano news 14- 01- 2004

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Keen Eye for the Nano Guys
Serious concerns exist over the health threats posed by nanotechnology, but now a new microscope allows scientists and doctors to see the impact for the first time. By Daithí Ó hAnluain.


Europe plans mega funding for nano CMOS
The European Commission has approved the first phase of a proposed multiyear collaborative research program to advance CMOS beyond the 45nm node.



Californian Budget axe looms on stem-cell research

Mercury News

Guidelines that chart a course for the state's ambitious stem-cell research effort could lose funding under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget.

The guidelines -- which would have offered expert legal and ethical advice, costing $250,000 -- are on a list of programs to be sacrificed in an effort to close the state's $14 billion shortfall, according to the California Department of Finance, the governor's chief fiscal adviser.

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Nano Europe :

Irish Nanotech facility wins €20m funding


Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms. Mary Harney TD yesterday announced investment awards of over €69 million recently approved by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).


More than €20m has been awarded to a facility in Trinity College Dublin

developing nanotechnologies for use in the medical and ICT sectors. Half of

the funding is to go towards a specialised nanoscience research facility,

with the remainder to be spent on a centre developing technology for next

generation microelectronics and new drug delivery systems.

The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), involving TCD, UCC and UCD will develop tools and techniques to build new structures and devices atom by atom. CRANN’s principal industry partner is Intel Ireland Ltd.


Tánaiste Mary Harney said the projects, which link academic researchers with industry partners, will play a "significant role in building Ireland's new

knowledge-driven economy". "Building partnerships between academia and

industry will support the creation of new ideas and products and produce the

innovation and development that successful wealth generating economies need to grow," she said.
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Via confirms deal with IBM to make 90nm CPU
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Scientists Turn DNA Tubes into Nanowires
Scientists have recruited DNA to manufacture minuscule wires that could be used for nanoscale electronic devices. According to new findings, tiny tubes that self-assemble can be coated in metal to form highly conductive wires.


Nanotechnology: Safety, Ethics and Regulation

Wednesday, January 28th

An evening discussion of nanotechnology's impact on the environment, policy and public perception.


Vicki Colvin
 Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
Rice University

George Khushf
Center for Bioethics
University of South Carolina

Frank Yang
Industrial Science & Technology Network, Inc.

Where:    The offices of Pillsbury Winthrop,2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA, USA                                                                           



6:00PM - 9:00pm                                


Cost: $25 for pre-registered attendees , $35 for registration at the door           


Pre-registration now open! www.acteva.com/go/nanobiocon

See website for map and details: www.nanobioconvergence.org



Intel Looks Hard at Nanotechnology
Intel agreed to collaborate with Nanosys, which specializes in microscopic chip technology. more at WSJ.com


nano news 13- 01- 2004

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Iranian NanoTech News

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter (NO.52)

(please note not in English)

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Mentor Graphics CEO: 2004 recovery longer and smoother; move to 90nm creates EDA growth

Katherine Chiu, Hsinchu


The upturn of the semiconductor industry in 2004 will be longer and smoother than past recoveries. In addition, the move to 90-nanometer (nm) is creating substantial growth for the EDA (electronic design automation) market, according to Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics, in a recent e-mail interview with DigiTimes.

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Nano Europe :

Plastic Logic named as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

CAMBRIDGE, UK –Plastic Logic, the leading developer of plastic electronics technology announced today that it had been named as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Stuart Evans, Plastic Logic CEO, will attend the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland 21-25 January 2004. He will participate in a panel (Friday 23 January 10.45-12.00 at Congress Centre – Pischa) on Demystifying Innovation, which will include discussion on plastic electronics and other ground-breaking developments with enormous potential for society.



Additional Attempts Fail to Reach Beagle 2

Mars Express has made several more attempts to reach the British-built Beagle 2 lander, and so far it hasn't received any communications. At this point the European Space Agency will go into a phase of radio silence until January 22, when Beagle 2 is supposed to go into a new communications mode where it will attempt to transmit a signal throughout the Martian day. It's expected that the teams will consider the probe a lost cause if it can't be reached by March.


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Three breakout sessions on nanotechnology


Cisco, HP, Oracle, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Philips, ASML, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and NIB Capital Private Equity will Assemble in San Jose to Anchor Largest Ever Transatlantic Initiative to Promote Innovation and New Business Opportunities Between the U.S. and the Netherlands.


The largest-ever move to bridge the innovation power of two world-class, high-tech centers of excellence Silicon Valley and the Netherlands High Tech Connections (HTC) will host an exclusive technology forum in San Jose, Calif. on January 12 and 13, 2004. Marking the first initiative of its kind, HTC will assemble todays brightest business and technology leaders to promote innovation and facilitate new business matchmaking between the United States and the Netherlands. 


HTC will feature keynote speeches by a range of U.S. and Dutch senior executives, including John Chambers (Cisco Systems), Carly Fiorina (HP) and Gerard Kleisterlee (Philips Electronics). A unique transatlantic trade and investment initiative, HTC is supported by an elite corps of technology companies with a combined market capitalization of more than one trillion U.S. dollars. 


More than 400 top-tier executives from the Netherlands and Silicon Valley high-tech sectors are registered to attend the forum to be held at San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel—to exchange ideas, participate in breakout sessions and identify collaborative business opportunities within both centers of high-tech excellence. 


Led by the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Clifford Sobel, and the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade, Karien van Gennip, the two-day forum will feature a live address by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (via videoconference) and keynote presentations by top executives from supporting companies, research institutes, academia and government. The forum will also include panel sessions on nanotechnology, embedded systems and broadband spearheaded by leading U.S. and Dutch experts.

The caliber of keynote speakers and the number of high-level attendees speak volumes about the strong existing relationship and future potential between both centers of high-tech excellence, noted HTC Chair Tom McGuire. The U.S. and the Netherlands share a world-beating track record for technology success. Both centers have a rich tradition of cutting-edge research and innovation and are deeply grounded in mutual international commerce. HTC will accelerate and intensify high-tech success over the bridge between Silicon Valley and the Netherlands. 


About the High Tech Connections Silicon Valley Forum To be held January 11-13, 2004 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif., the HTC Silicon Valley Forum will bridge two high-tech giants together Silicon Valley and Europe’’s gateway, the Netherlands to help drive technological innovation, as well as improve economic and business prosperity. HTC attendees will have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and information critical to expanding trade, increasing investment and creating new business opportunities through innovation and leadership in the high technology sector. The forum will feature an impressive line-up of executives and senior managers from today’’s leading high-tech companies, academia and government organizations covering a wide-range of topics, including major R&D initiatives; the 'Innovation Platform' currently on the Dutch political agenda; as well as business measures that support innovation and start-ups in the Netherlands. In addition, it will include three breakout sessions on nanotechnology, embedded systems and broadband all market segments in which the Netherlands and United States play an enabling role. 


About High Tech Connections High Tech Connections is the first initiative of its kind specifically dedicated to promoting technological exchanges to drive innovation and pioneer new business matchmaking opportunities between American and Dutch companies, institutions and universities. Created by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands and the U.S. Commercial Service, this initiative allows each country to draw upon its respective strengths to develop and deliver new products, services and technology essential for future growth. HTC’s member companies include some of the most prominent Dutch and U.S. high-tech leaders including ASML, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NIB Capital Private Equity, Oracle and Philips. More information about HTC is available at www.hightechconnections.org



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INP Grenoble, Politecnico di Torino and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne are joining forces to set up an international course for nanotechnology engineers.


Products implementing microtechnology are already omnipresent in daily life, but there is still plenty of scope for miniaturization. To go much further we must master micrometerand nanometer-scale technologies, for which specially trained engineers are essential. Nanotechnology is equally vital for developing instrumentation, not to mention the actual teaching of nanoscience. 


The aim of the interna-tional engineering degree in nanotechnology is to prepare graduates for such work. Successful applicants will benefit from the high-grade teaching and research capability of three European universities (Grenoble, Lausanne and Turin). The four-semester course will include modules on microsystems, microelectronics design and nanotechnology, in three languages (English, French and Italian). Students will spend a semester at each university and a fourth doing an assignment in industry or a research laboratory, making a flying start to their career. Teaching in Grenoble will be based at ENSERG(12) and ENSPG(13), both part of INP Grenoble. 



Between 45 and 60 places will be open in September 2004 to students from the three universities and the first batch will graduate in July 2006. This highly original course will qualify for a joint engineering degree in nanotechnology awarded by INP Grenoble, EPFL and Politecnico de Torino. It will be the first course of its kind in France.


Bernard Guérin (head of ENSERG) and Roland Madar (head of ENSPG)
Contact: Youla Morfouli, ENSERG (morfouli@enserg.fr)




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Application of Nanotechnology for Chemical Corporation

Berlin-based high-tech company Capsulution NanoScience AG has signed a cooperation agreement with the globally operating special chemicals corporation Cognis in December. As part of the agreement Capsulution will apply its proprietary LBL-Technologie® for the targeted development of new and innovative products. Further details of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Cognis - separated into the strategic business units Oleochemicals, Nutrition & Health, Care Chemicals, Functional Products and Process Chemicals - has generated a turnover in 2002 in excess of Euro 3 billion of which Euro 76 million have been spent on research and development. Current research and development activities focus on products and concepts for cosmetics, nutrition and healthcare, the research of innovative formulation concepts and delivery systems as well as on products with additional functionalities (e.g. textiles with skin-caring effects).

Alexander Herrmann, Chief Financial Officer of Capsulution commented on the recently signed cooperation agreement: "We are very pleased to have found with Cognis a globally renowned cooperation partner. Based on our expertise in the area of nano- and micro-encapsulation we will demonstrate yet another time, that we are capable to fulfil the demands of a globally-operation corporation in its search for innovative solution in a speedy and professional manner."

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Squid May Inspire New Nanolights

A Hawaiian squid is shining new light on optical nanotechnology: the creature has a built-in flashlight made up of a previously unknown type of protein. The discovery, described in a report published today in the journal Science, could help researchers design novel nanoreflectors.
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Top ten 2003 sci-tech news of China, world unveiled

The top ten scientific and technological developments of China and the world, voted out by 582 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, were unveiled in Beijing on January 12.


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Mars rover gets ready to roll
The Spirit rover is now sitting on its six wheels, ready to move on to the Martian surface, Nasa scientists say.


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Next-generation robots take the plunge

New underwater vehicles are set to make discoveries in the deepest regions of the world's oceans.


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Micro Fuel Cell Runs Cool
A tiny methane fuel cell that works at only 60 degrees Celsius--considerably cooler than most fuel cells--could eventually be used in portable and microelectronics devices, according to Penn State and UCLA researchers. 
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Australian Legislation Blocks Stem Cell Research

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South Korea To Restrict Stem Cell Research


The Washington Times reports on South Korean government restrictions on

embryonic stem cell research. 

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Chartered VP: 90nm to be mature in 2005; foundry sales growth to outpace industry average in sub-micron era
John Martin, vice president for strategic alliances and partners at Singapore-based foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, shared his views on the industry outlook during a recent telephone interview.


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New g-2 Measurement Deviates Further From Standard Model


UPTON, NY USA - The latest result from an international collaboration of

scientists investigating how the spin of a muon is affected as this

type of subatomic particle moves through a magnetic field deviates

further than previous measurements from theoretical predictions. The

result strengthens the challenge this experiment, known as muon g-2,

first posed to the so-called Standard Model of particle physics in

February 2001 (based on data collected in 1999), and then backed with

a more precise result in July 2002 (based on data collected in 2000).


The new measurement, which has been submitted to Physical Review

Letters, was announced today at the U.S. Department of Energy's

Brookhaven National Laboratory, where the experiment was conducted by

scientists from Brookhaven and 11 other institutions in the United

States, Russia, Japan, The Netherlands, and Germany. Based on data

collected in 2001, it is the first precise measurement of how

negatively charged muons "wobble" in the magnetic field; the two

prior results were for positively charged muons. The precision of the

new result matches the combined precision of the previously reported



All three results are in good agreement with one another and with a

long-standing theoretical prediction of the so-called PCT Theorem

that particles and antiparticles should wobble at the same rate in a

magnetic field. But when compared with the latest Standard Model

predictions for the g-2 value, the new experimental result differs

from the most direct theory calculation by 2.8 standard deviations,

and from a somewhat more indirect theory calculation by 1.7 standard

deviations, making this the most significant deviation to date

between experiment and theory. When the positive and negative muon

results are combined, the result differs from the direct theory

calculation by 2.7 standard deviations, and from the indirect theory

calculation by 1.4 standard deviations. The two theoretical

predictions are in significant disagreement with one another and have

been under close scrutiny by the theory community for several years.

The related theory issues are gradually being clarified and may get

fully resolved soon.


Boston University physicist Lee Roberts, spokesperson for the muon

g-2 experiment, said, "The measurement of this property, the

anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, is a very sensitive test of

the validity of the Standard Model, and is also sensitive to new

physics beyond the Standard Model." The Standard Model seeks to

describe the effects of three of the four known forces on all

subatomic particles. "The fact that our measurement continues to

deviate from what that theory predicts may be an indication that we

are seeing new physics beyond the Standard Model," Roberts said.


While physicists have known for some time that the Standard Model is

incomplete, the correct extension to this theory is still a matter of

speculation, with one leading candidate being supersymmetry - a

theory that predicts the existence of yet-to-be-discovered companion

particles for all the known subatomic particles. "One reason there

has been so much interest in our experiment is that the rate at which

muons wobble in a magnetic field would be affected by the presence of

new physics, such as supersymmetric particles, if they exist," said

Roberts. "Historically, muon g-2 has provided an important constraint

on new theories. Our experiment is now fourteen times more precise

than the experiment done at CERN [the European laboratory for

particle physics] in the 1970s. This precision places important

restrictions on potential new theories."


Added William Marciano, senior theoretical physicist at Brookhaven

Lab, "The recent g-2 result strengthens the case for new physics

effects with supersymmetry, a leading candidate, but it is by no

means definitive. Continued scrutiny of theory and further running of

the experiment are imperative."


Background on previous g-2 results


The Standard Model of particle physics is an overall theory of

particles and forces that has withstood experimental challenge for

some 30 years. In February 2001, the muon g-2 collaboration published

a finding that deviated from the value predicted by the Standard

Model. The result of that experiment, which like the current one, was

performed at Brookhaven's Alternating Gradient Synchrotron, had a one

percent statistical chance of being explained by the theory as it was

understood at that time.


After that announcement, perhaps because of the startling

experimental result from Brookhaven, many theoretical and

experimental physicists took a closer look at the predicted

theoretical value for g-2. In October 2001, theorists reported that a

mathematical error had been made in calculating the predicted value.

As a result of the revised theory estimate, the measured difference

from the Standard Model prediction reported at Brookhaven in 2001 was

less statistically significant.


The experimental result released in July 2002 was twice as precise as

the previous measurement and was in excellent agreement with it,

making that measurement a much more sensitive test of the Standard

Model. Since that time, much additional work has been going on to

improve scientists' understanding of and confidence in the theory

prediction for the Standard Model value. While a consensus seems to

be developing, it is still an active topic of investigation by a

large number of scientists from around the world.


The Standard Model theory for g-2 is composed of contributions from

three of the four forces in nature: the weak, the electric, and the

strong force. While the contributions from the weak and electric

forces can be calculated from first principles, the contribution from

the strong force cannot. This latter contribution must be determined

using experimental data. The direct determination uses data obtained

by colliding electrons and anti-electrons and measuring the particles

that are created from the strong force in the collision. The indirect

method uses data from the decay of tau particles, which are heavy

brothers of the muon and electron, along with some additional

theoretical assumptions.


At present the two methods do not agree very well, and in light of

this disagreement some physicists only use the direct method to

determine the theory value. The data used in both methods were

obtained at accelerators in Russia, Europe, China, and the U.S. Data

from additional experiments at accelerators in the U.S., Italy, and

Japan, when available, should help to further refine the Standard

Model theory value for g-2, giving scientists greater confidence in

the number used for comparison with the experimental result announced



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Molecular Imaging: Tomorrow's Stethoscope

General Electric is betting that molecular imaging is medicine's next frontier -- and a great growth opportunity. By Erick Schonfeld


Doctors love to scan their patients -- whether it's with X-rays, ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or CT (computerized tomography). Doctors rely on imaging technologies to pinpoint what's wrong with patients before they treat or operate. As wonderful as these devices may seem, one day we will look back and think they are as crude as a stethoscope. Or, rather, the way doctors use them today will seem crude. 


That's because, for the most part, these machines are used to look inside our bodies at the anatomical level -- at our organs and tissues and bones. But as our understanding of the human genome and its links to disease unfolds, doctors will increasingly use these machines and others to look at what is happening inside our bodies at the molecular level -- at our cells and genes and proteins. 


Already, there is a machine that does this: the PET (positron-emission tomography) scanner. As Michael Phelps, the inventor of PET, once told me, "The PET scan is a way to measure the molecules of the body. It makes visible to us the living chemistry of our bodies." The way it does that is by taking a trace amount of radioactive material, inserting it into the body, and seeing what happens to it. Today, PET scans are used mostly with cancer patients to watch how much glucose a given piece of tissue is consuming (cancer cells consume a lot of glucose). But its application to other diseases is limited only by the harmless radioactive contrast agents designed to monitor a specific biological function or find a specific molecular target within the body. 


Indeed, it is these contrast agents that are the key to molecular medicine. Given the right agents, even older technologies such as MRI (as well as newer ones being developed) can be used to monitor molecular events. "We need new molecular probes," Phelps says. As scientists find out how genes give rise to specific diseases and cause a cascade of protein-cell interactions, contrast agents that target those interactions can be developed. Nadeem Ishaque, who heads up the molecular medicine group at GE Research, says, "It is becoming possible to look at fundamental aspects of the cell and tissue that we could not before. We can now design these contrast agents to attach to very specific events." In that way, they are just like drugs. The difference is that these agents would be seeking biomarkers of a disease -- the molecular symptoms -- rather than trying to block the disease itself. But these molecular symptoms arise early, and identifying them via molecular imaging holds the promise of personalized medicine.

Molecular imaging also holds the promise of huge profits for whoever can figure it out first. That's why General Electric (GE) is in the midst of buying Amersham, a British molecular imaging company, for $9.5 billion. It is the shift from anatomical to molecular imaging that is behind this acquisition. Amersham will be rolled into GE Medical Systems -- the market leader in medical imaging machines such as those used for X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and PET scans -- and the whole thing will be renamed GE Healthcare Technologies. The Amersham acquisition is so important to the future of this business that Amersham's current CEO will become the new boss -- a departure from GE's usual practice of putting its own people in charge of acquisitions. Steve Bolze, the GE executive who will help oversee the integration of Amersham into GE, notes that "GE Medical Systems is not in the contrast agent business today. That is Amersham's business." 

If more contrast agents were developed that could reliably diagnose more diseases, GE would be able not only to sell more of its medical imaging machines but also to generate recurring revenue from the contrast agents. Those agents are like the profitable ink cartridges sold for computer printers that have to be constantly replenished. "The opportunity we see," Bolze says, "is [that] as you go from anatomical imaging to molecular imaging, you are going to be changing how clinical medicine is done. It will be more personalized to a specific patient's genetic profile or how they metabolize a given medicine. Instead of the see-and-treat model, we will move to a new model that is more predictive. That is when you start getting into more targeted diagnostics." And that is the opportunity that GE is eyeing.

Whether GE will be able to capitalize on that opportunity hinges on as-yet-undiscovered links between genes and diseases, the identification of biomarkers for those diseases, and the development of contrast agents (which require FDA approval) that will let doctors see those biomarkers. So this is a long-term opportunity. Today, molecular imaging represents less than 5 percent of the overall medical imaging industry. I'd say that if it ever reaches 50 percent, we'll know that personalized medicine has finally arrived.




Twenty Years at the US National Center for Electron Microscopy

"User facility" was a new concept when pioneering microscopist Gareth Thomas pitched the idea to Berkeley Lab's Nobel Prize-winning scientists in the '70s. He won them over by promising that the world's most powerful electron microscope could make atoms visible. Today NCEM still leads the way in imaging the very, very small.


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Nanophase announces Commercial Availability of Novel new Nanomaterials


Romeoville, IL, USA, Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced commercial availability of a new class of cerium-based oxide nanomaterials from the Company’s patented NanoArc™ technology.  The new nanomaterials, termed HSA nanoproducts, are approximately 5-15 nanometers with tight particle size distribution and are targeted to ultrafine polishing applications (CMP for semiconductors) and catalysts applications (catalytic converters). 


Nanophase’s new HSA nanomaterials may also be combined with dopants, such as rare earths, to form single crystal multi-element nanomaterials.  For example, Ceria may be combined with rare earths (Lanthanum, Samarium, and/or Praseodymium) or other elements (Zirconium), to form multi-element nanomaterials that are uniquely contained in a single nanocrystal.  Nanophase’s NanoArc™ technology further allows the Company to tailor the nanoparticle surface and obtain highly concentrated, very stable dispersions of nanomaterials.

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Moon fever grips US space agency
Space officials welcome President Bush's desire to send Americans back to the Moon and on to Mars.



Tiny Heaters Could Build Body Parts

Tiny heaters coated with a special polymer could improve the creation of body parts through tissue engineering and allow the development of new disease-detecting sensors.



Tiny hard drive packs a big punch
Toshiba has created a hard drive little bigger than a postage stamp.


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Tiny particles 'threaten brain'

Microscopic pollutant particles given off by traffic and industry can enter the bloodstream and the brain after being inhaled, scientists have found.

The particles are known to cause lung damage in susceptible patients, and are implicated in cardiovascular disease.

Experiments on rats and humans have now discovered they can penetrate further into the body, with unknown results.

UK scientists are calling for vigilance over the finding, and over the possible effects of a new group of particles.

These objects are being created in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, in which atoms and molecules in materials are manipulated to exploit novel and sometimes unusual properties.
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Electroplating Boosts Solar Cells
Coating photovoltaic cells with a titania film containing nanometer-sized particles improves the devices' ability to generate electricity from sunlight, says a team of Japanese and U.S. researchers.
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Perception a problem for nanomaterial companies touting cost advantages - by mark puls - Cost remains one of the main stumbling blocks to the widespread use of nanomaterials. Can they be produced cheap enough for automakers and other industries to embrace their advantages? A Grand Rapids company launched this month, Noble Polymers LLC, is touting the economic benefits of nanocomposites. Full story here


Israel Hosts Information Day on the 2nd Call for Proposals to Priority 3


ISERD : The Israel Europe R&D Directorate for FP6 is organizing an Information day on The 2nd Call for Proposals to Priority 3   Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Knowledge-Based Multifunctional

Materials, New Production Processes and Devices, on January 21st 2004, in the Technion, Haifa, Israel.

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Obducat AB (publ), noterat på NGM-listan, har träffat avtal med nanoteknologifonden H&A Lux DAC Nanotech. Avtalet innebär att Hauck & Aufhäuser Investment Gesellschaft S.A. (H&A), under ledning av German Nanostart AG, kommer att teckna 15 miljoner B-aktier i Obducat i en riktad nyemission.



Obducats styrelse har således till fullo utnyttjat det bemyndigande som beslutades av ordinarie bolagsstämma 2003. Nyemissionen tillför Obducat 13,2 Mkr.


Utöver tecknandet av ovannämnda aktier, har H&A och Nanostart AG förbundit sig att garantera 6 Mkr i den konvertibelemission som – under förutsättning att beslut fattas på kommande extra bolagsstämma – kommer att genomföras under februari och mars 2004.

Garantin på 6 Mkr kommer även – i enlighet med de föreslagna konvertibellånevillkoren – att ge H&A och Nanostart AG avskiljbara teckningsoptioner som möjliggör tecknande av ytterligare tre miljoner aktier.


-När vi tittade närmare på aktörerna inom nanoimprintlitografi var det alldeles uppenbart att Obducat redan etablerat en ledande marknadsposition, säger Marco Beckmann, CEO Nanostart AG och rådgivare till H&A Lux DAC Nanotech-fonds.

-Utifrån vår erfarenhet, skapas de största värdena av ledande spelare inom snabbväxande marknader såsom produktionsteknik för nanostrukturer. Vi har stora förhoppningar på vår investering i Obducat.


-Det gläder mig att Obducat attraherat en ny betydande grupp av institutionella ägare som har ett långsiktigt perspektiv och potential att bistå Obducat i företagets fortsatta utveckling, säger Patrik Lundström, VD Obducat. De nya ägarnas profil passar väl in med de intentioner styrelsen hade, när det nu nyttjade bemyndigandet begärdes av aktieägarna i maj 2003 och jag ser med tillförsikt fram mot ett nära samarabete.



Obducat kommer i separata pressmeddelanden idag att ge ytterligare information om tidigare indikerade planer avseende kapitalanskaffning samt om kallelse till en extra bolagsstämma.



Obducat AB utvecklar och levererar teknologier, produkter och processer för produktion av avancerade mikro- och nanostrukturer.

Obducats tjänster och produkter riktar sig i första hand till expansiva företag inom datalagrings-, halvledar-, kretskorts- och sensorindustrierna.

Obducats teknologier omfattar elektronstråleteknik och nanoimprintteknik.

Obducat finns i Sverige och Storbritannien och har huvudkontor i Malmö. Aktien är noterad på NGM-listan.

Läs mer på www.obducat.com


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US National Science Board approves award for a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network - ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Science Board, the 24-member policy advisory body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has authorized the Foundation to fund a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network(NNIN) The University of Michigan is among the 13 insitutions named in the release. Full release here


Bush proposal to send man to Mars
The US president will announce plans next week to send Americans to Mars, and back to the moon.



MISTA secures member discount for MIT event - MISTA members can attend the MIT Enterprise Forum's event being held Friday January 16th at Compuware HQ This Nanotechnology Forum is a half-day program addressing research and development in nanotechnology. Speakers will be followed by a panel with participants from regional business, government and universities. This discount is available only for current Michigan Small Tech Association members. Subscription to this newsletter does not equal membership. Members are instructed to email John Bedz by 6:00PM Tuesday January 13th if they would like to attend. If you are interested in joining MISTA, click here.



Chemists Grow Nano Menagerie

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories have found a simple way to make tiny, complicated shapes from zinc oxide, including arrays of vertically-aligned rods, flat disks, and columns that resemble stacks of coins.

The researchers grew the structures, which are similar to those found in biomaterials, by seeding a solution with zinc oxide nanoparticles. They were able to produce different shapes by changing the amount of citrate in the solution at different points during particle growth
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Nanotechnology makes giant steps

The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) will host a showcase event on 14 January 2004 to publicise new research and raise awareness of this cutting-edge technology. A video produced by UCL Images (Media Resources) and designed to promote the centre will also debut at the event. This marks the latest phase in an ongoing campaign to launch LCN which will culminate in the opening of its new purpose-built centre at UCL’s central campus in January 2005.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers have shown that 

extremely thin carbon fibers called "nanotubes" might be used to create 

brain probes and implants to study and treat neurological damage and 



Probes made of silicon currently are used to study brain function and 

disease but may one day be used to apply electrical signals that 

restore damaged areas of the brain. A major drawback to these probes, 

however, is that they cause the body to produce scar tissue that 

eventually accumulates and prevents the devices from making good 

electrical contact with brain cells called neurons, said Thomas 

Webster, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering.


New findings showed that the nanotubes not only caused less scar tissue 

but also stimulated neurons to grow 60 percent more fingerlike 

extensions, called neurites, which are needed to regenerate brain 

activity in damaged regions, Webster said.


The findings are detailed in a paper appearing this month in the 

journal Nanotechnology, published by the Institute of Physics in the 

United Kingdom. The paper was written by Webster, Purdue doctoral 

students Janice L. McKenzie and Rachel L. Price, former postdoctoral 

fellow Jeremiah U. Ejiofor and visiting undergraduate student Michael 

C. Waid from the University of Nebraska.


The nanotubes were specially designed so that their surfaces contained 

tiny bumps measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter. 

Conventional silicon probes do not contain the nanometer-scale surface 

features, causing the body to regard them as foreign invaders and 

surround them with scar tissue. Because the nanometer-scale features 

mimic those found on the surfaces of natural brain proteins and 

tissues, the nanotubes induce the formation of less scar tissue.


The scar tissue is produced by cells called astrocytes, which attach to 

the probes. The Purdue researchers discovered that about half as many 

astrocytes attach to the nanofibers compared to nanotubes that don't 

have the small features.


"These astrocytes can't make scar tissue unless they can adhere to the 

probe," Webster said. "Fewer astrocytes adhering to the nanotubes means 

less scar tissue will be produced."


The Purdue researchers pressed numerous nanofibers together to form 

discs and placed them in petri plates. Then the petri plates were 

filled with a liquid suspension of astrocytes. After one hour the 

nanotube disks were washed and a microscope was used to count how many 

of the dyed astrocytes washed out of the suspension, which enabled the 

researchers to calculate how many astrocytes stuck to the nanotubes. 

About 400 astrocytes per square centimeter adhered to the nanotubes 

containing the small surface features, compared to about 800 for 

nanotubes not containing the small surface features. The researchers 

repeated the experiment while leaving the nanotubes in the cell 

suspension for two weeks, yielding similar results.


When the nanotubes were placed in a suspension with neurons, the brain 

cells sprouted about five neurites, compared with the usual three 

neurites formed in suspensions with nanotubes that didn't have the 

small surface features.


Researchers plan to make brain probes and implants out of a mixture of 

plastics and nanotubes. The findings demonstrated that progressively 

fewer astrocytes attached to this mixture as the concentration of 

nanotubes was increased and the concentration of plastics was decreased.


"That means if you increase the percentage of carbon nanofibers you can 

decrease the amount of scar tissue that might form around these 

electrodes," Webster said.


The nanometer-scale bumps mimic features found on the surface of a 

brain protein called laminin.


"Neurons recognize parts of that protein and latch onto it," Webster 



The crucifix-shaped protein then helps neurons sprout neurites, while 

suppressing the formation of scar tissue.


The tube-shaped molecules of carbon have unusual properties that make 

them especially promising for these and other applications. Researchers 

theorize that electrons might flow more efficiently over extremely thin 

nanotubes than they do over conventional circuits, possibly enabling 

scientists to create better brain probes as well as non-silicon-based 

transistors and more powerful, compact computers.


"Nano" is a prefix meaning one-billionth, so a nanometer is 

one-billionth of a meter, or roughly the length of 10 hydrogen atoms 

strung together. The nanotubes were about 100 nanometers wide, or 

roughly 1,000 times as thin as a human hair.


The research is funded by the National Science Foundation.


Webster also plans to test the effectiveness of silicon that contains 

the same sort of nanometer-scale features as the nanotubes, which could 

increase the performance of silicon probes and implants. In work with 

Spire Biomedical Inc. (Nasdaq:SPIR) in Bedford, Mass., Purdue 

researchers will analyze silicon that contains numerous pores, unlike 

conventional silicon, which has no such porous features. That research 

is funded by the National Science Foundation and the federal Small 

Business Innovation Research Program.


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Nano-biotechnology: carbon nanofibers as improved neural and orthopedic  implants


Thomas J. Webster, Michael C. Waid, Janice L. McKenzie, Rachel L. Price 

and Jeremiah U. Ejiofor


Department of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University


For the continuous monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of neural 

tissue, implantable probes are required. However, sometimes such neural 

probes (usually composed of silicon) become encapsulated with 

non-conductive, undesirable glial scar tissue. Similarly for orthopedic 

implants, biomaterials (usually titanium and/or titanium alloys) often 

become encapsulated with undesirable soft fibrous, not hard bony, 

tissue. Although possessing intriguing electrical and mechanical 

properties for neural and orthopedic applications, carbon 

nanofibers/nanotubes have not been widely considered for these 

applications to date. The present work developed a carbon nanofiber 

reinforced polycarbonate urethane (PU) composite in an attempt to 

determine the possibility of using carbon nanofibers (CNs) as either 

neural or orthopedic prosthetic devices. Electrical and mechanical 

characterization studies determined that such composites have 

properties suitable for neural and orthopedic applications. More 

importantly, cell adhesion experiments revealed for the first time the 

promise these materials have to increase neural (nerve cell) and 

osteoblast (bone-forming cell) functions. In contrast, functions of 

cells that contribute to glial scar-tissue formation for neural 

prosthesis (astrocytes) and fibrous-tissue encapsulation events for 

bone implants (fibroblasts) decreased on PU composites containing 

increasing amounts of CNs. In this manner, this study provided the 

first evidence of the future that CN formulations may have towards 

interacting with neural and bone cells, which is important for the 

design of successful neural probes and orthopedic implants, 




Third Annual Nanotech Investing Forum ( USA )
A window on where the money is going and the most promising commercialization applications

February 2-3, 2004 - The Lodge at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, CA, USA

Presented in conjunction by IBF and the Nanobusiness Alliance

With the new legislation propelling the future $1 trillion global nanotechnology market, the National Science Foundation has estimated that nanotechnology applications may be worth more than $1 trillion in the global economy in little more than a decade.

Chaired by Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Director of NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology and featuring keynote presentations by Vinod Khosla, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Larry Bock, President of Nanosys, the Nanotech Investing Conference continues to grow and expand. The forum gives the investing and business community leading-edge information to profit from Nanotech Innovation. Nanotechnology continues to receive growing attention from venture capital investors, government, academia and corporations, and will become one of the biggest growth industries in the world. This year’s conference will cover the full range of private equity investor issues with an emphasis on the surrounding issues of intellectual property, deal structures and the commercialization process of Nanotechnology.

Registration Details: To register for this conference, please visit www.ibfconferences.com or contact Cathy Fenn of IBF at (516) 765-9005 ext. 21, email: Cathy@ibfconferences.com.  Note: NBA members receive $200 off the regular registration fee of $1,195. 

Get more information with this PDF download: IBF NanoTech Investing Conference.

Follow this link to visit the NanoBusiness Alliance website.



Mobile Robots Take Baby Steps
Darpa and U.S. Army researchers try to design robots that can traverse all types of terrain, but the machines will need legs to pull off the task. And that's a big hurdle. By Noah Shachtman.


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IBN SEMINAR is pleased to announce the following seminar by Dr Ronald Ziolo at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 13, at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Auditorium, 1 Research Link, S(117604). There are no registration fees and a tea reception will be provided at the end of the seminar. 


Nanoscale Materials Evolution at Xerox

from Discovery to Niche Markets and Commercialization


Dr Ronald F Ziolo

Distinguished Visiting Professor

University of Barcelona, Spain  

Tuesday, 13 January 2004

2 pm to 3 pm

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Auditorium

1 Research Link

National University of Singapore


This presentation will trace the evolution of nanoscale metal oxides at Xerox Corporation from the mid 1970s to produce optically transparent magnetic materials for magnetic color imaging applications to present day applications in highly diverse multidisciplinary endeavors.

Discussion will include the development of the nanocomposite materials platform that led to multiple breakthroughs in the areas of ‘see-through’ magnets, aqueous ferrofluids, colored magnetic materials, freely rotating nanomagnets, magnetic microspheres and nanoscale particle production by very-short-term mechanical attrition.

The synthesis and unique physicochemical properties of the base materials will be discussed, which include both solid and liquid nanocomposites of gamma-Fe2O3 and CoFe2O4 and the high-spin molecular magnet Mn12O12(Ac)16.

Mention will also be made of the associated breakthroughs made in collaboration with the University of Barcelona in the areas of quantum tunneling of magnetization, terahertz generation and magnetically induced molecular superradiance and with the European Space Agency in the measurement of internal Marangoni effect induced convection. Examples of the niche applications for the developed nanotechnologies will be given along with new research opportunities in areas of biomedical engineering and cell and molecular biology.

Brief CV Ronald F Ziolo

Dr Ziolo is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona in Spain and Director of the University’s UBX Laboratory for Nanoscience and Magnetics. He has held numerous positions at Xerox Corporation’s Webster Research Center in Rochester, New York, where he started his career in nanostructured materials in the 70’s before the term ‘nano’ had come into popular use. He maintains laboratories in the United States and Spain where he conducts fundamental research in nanostructured materials through trans-disciplinary collaborations.

Dr Ziolo has been has been an active member of the international research community throughout his career at Xerox where he has published over 300 technical papers and patents in nanostructured materials, condensed matter physics and materials science. He was the principal architect of a unique industrial academic partnership that resulted in the establishment of the University of Barcelona Xerox Laboratory where he served as Director and Senior Research Fellow from 1997 to 2002.

Before joining Xerox, Dr Ziolo held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the California Institute of Technology where he studied bioinorganic chemistry, and obtained his BS and PhD degrees in chemistry and X-ray crystallography from the University of California at Los Angeles and Temple University in Philadelphia.

When not doing research, he serves as advisor to various government agencies, enjoys a proactive role in helping students in their chosen careers, and recently founded NVXL Corporation, a US-based company for the manufacture of nanotech consumer goods, where he is presently acting Director and Chief Technical Officer.

Dr Ziolo is presently focusing his research efforts on the application of nanoscience and technology to the biomedical and life sciences.

This seminar is brought to you by the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

For more details, please contact Nidyah Sani (nidyah@ibn.a-star.edu.sg or Tel: 6874 9342) or Adeline Goh (agoh@ibn.a-star.edu.sg or Tel: 6874 9373).



NSF board approves award for National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Arlington, VA ,USA
The US National Science Board, the 24-member policy advisory
body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has authorized the Foundation to fund a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN): 13 university sites that will form an integrated, nationwide system of user facilities to support research and education in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.



Going beyond quantum mechanics

-- the challenge of holography electron microscopy --

(Issued in Japanese: March 11, 2003)


  Akira TONOMURA, Fellow, Hitachi Ltd. and Group Director, The

  Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken)


What is "the most beautiful experiment in physics"? When British

magazine Physics World asked this question, its readers chose the

double-slit experiments with single electrons, Dr. Tonomura and others

carried out. "Following our experiments, you could see big names like

Galileo and Newton in the top five," Dr. Tonomura says with a smile.

Richard Feynman once called the double-slit experiments "the heart of

quantum mechanics but impossible to perform." Dr. Tonomura succeeded

in carrying out the experiment to show, for the first time, the

essence of quantum mechanics--that single electrons can have

characteristics of both waves and particle.

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No bark heard from Beagle 2 probe
The European Mars Express orbiter fails to contact Beagle 2 in what was thought to be the best chance of finding the missing probe.




Soft chemical synthesis of functional inorganic nanostructured

Materials (Issued in Japanese: March 11, 2003)


  Isamu MORIGUCHI, Associate Professor, Department of Applied

  Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Nagasaki University and

  Researcher,  Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and

  Technology (PRESTO), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)


Of late, the soft chemical process for the synthesis of inorganic

materials has attracted considerable attention, especially with regard

to its application in green material science & technology, processing

of new materials, and nanotechnology.  The present work is an

interdisciplinary study of colloid and surface chemistry, molecular

assembly chemistry and ceramic chemistry, which aims at designing and

fabricating organic-inorganic nanocomposites and inorganic

nanostructured materials which would, in turn, lead to the development

of novel functional materials.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers have developed a

new method to quickly and inexpensively create microfluidic chips,

analytic devices with potential applications in food safety,

biosecurity, clinical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and other industries.


"This development democratizes the preparation of microfluidic

biochips," said Michael Ladisch, Distinguished Professor of

Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

"This brings the design and manufacture of these devices within reach

of scientists in many laboratories who can now easily test their ideas

and conduct research within a typical laboratory setting."


Microfluidics is a branch of nanotechnology that involves manipulating

minute quantities of liquids, typically in a chip device approximately

the size of a postage stamp. The initial design and manufacture of

these chips often requires weeks of work, but the new approach

developed by Ladisch and Tom Huang, a graduate student in chemical

engineering, cuts that time to hours.


Microchips have traditionally been made through a lengthy and expensive

process called photolithography, which uses X-rays or ultraviolet light

to form a pattern on a glass or silicon wafer that is then etched by

washing the wafer with a variety of solvents. The key to controlling

the shape and size of the patterns on the wafer is the production of a

template, which can take weeks to develop.


Ladisch and his team have developed an alternative method that uses

materials easily acquired by any research laboratory, including glass

microscope slides, tweezers, thin glass fibers such as those found in

glass wall insulation, and a flexible polymer called PDMS that is

available from most scientific supply companies.


"What we've done is really thinking outside of the box," said Nate

Mosier, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological

engineering who also contributed to this project. "This is a radical

departure from using photolithography to make these devices."


The speed and simplicity of Ladisch's method gives researchers the

flexibility to experiment with the conception and construction of

microchips that can test any number of ideas.


"This whole device can be developed and in operation in less than two

hours," Ladisch said. "Tools like this that take a lot less time to

make and that can be manufactured in any lab are going to speed up the

rate of research."


Mosier said, "The capability for rapid prototyping and working out

design considerations before the manufacturing step is important to any

development, from the micro-scale on up.


"It's always very difficult to the make the first of anything -- the

second through the millionth are much easier."


The new chip assembly method involves placing a fine fiber -

approximately one-tenth the width of a human hair - on a glass slide

and covering it with a small square of the polymer PDMS. The polymer

flexes slightly over the fiber, creating a small channel on either side

of the fiber, much the same way that a sheet of plastic wrap placed on

top of a pencil would bend, making two channels running the pencil's



A small amount of pressure applied with a finger is enough to cause the

PDMS to stick to the glass slide, Mosier said.


"The chemical properties of the PDMS allow it to stick to the glass

slide with enough strength to form a tight seal, which permits us to

pump liquids through the channel," Ladisch said.


In addition, he said, the small size of the channel - not quite the

width of a strand of hair - allows researchers to minimize their use of

experimental liquids, which may be costly or difficult to obtain.


In their proof-of-concept paper, published in the November issue of the

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, the team showed that

coating the fibers with materials that attract different types of

molecules allowed them to separate specific proteins from a mixed



By manipulating the fiber's properties, scientists can identify or

separate various types of molecules, such as proteins or antibodies,

from solutions pumped through the chip.


Depending on the properties of the fiber, liquids placed at one end of

the channel move through the device by "wicking" along the fiber, or by

being pulled through by with a weak vacuum at the opposite end of the



"We can control the chemistry inside the channel to determine what

flows through, what sticks, and in that way we can separate things

out," Huang said.


This ability translates into numerous potential applications, such as

the ability to diagnose diseases or detect foodborne pathogens and

biological agents.


"These kinds of chips are essential from a security perspective," said

Bob Armstrong, senior research fellow at the National Defense

University, one of the organizations that funded this research.


"Microfluidic chips are becoming part of a sensor system to detect, for

example, biological or chemical agents, or pathogens in the food

supply. What is it you want to detect? Your imagination is the only

limit on how to use these devices."


Also collaborating on this research were Woo-Jin Chang, research

associate in electrical and computer engineering; Demir Akin, senior

research scientist in electrical and computer engineering; Rafel Gomez,

former graduate student in electrical and chemical engineering; and

Rashid Bashir, associate professor of electrical and computer

engineering and biomedical engineering.


The research is part of an ongoing project sponsored through the Purdue

Center for Food Safety Engineering and the Purdue Laboratory of 

Renewable Resources Engineering. Funding was provided by the

Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,

and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the

National Defense University in Washington, D.C., is contributing to the

further development of this concept.



Writer: Jennifer Cutraro, (765)496-2050



Sources: Mike Ladisch, (765)494-702 , ladisch@purdue.edu


Nate Mosier, (765)494-6695, mosiern@purdue.edu


Tom Huang, (765)494-0326, huangt@purdue.edu


Bob Armstrong, (202) 685-2532, armstrongre@ndu.edu



Related Web sites:


American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal:



Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering:



Center for Food Safety Engineering: http://www.cfse.purdue.edu/index.cfm


Center for Technology and National Security Policy:





Brookhaven Scientist Develops a Safer Way to Make One Class of Superconductors


UPTON, NY -- A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's

Brookhaven National Laboratory has developed a safer, easier, and

more environmentally friendly way to create a certain experimental

type of superconductor, a material that conducts electricity with

zero resistance. This new synthesis process facilitates the study of

superconductors, which are already used in medical imaging machines

and are expected to improve the efficiency of computer chips,

electrical transmission lines, and many other real-world devices.


Previously, the only method used to create the superconductor, called

sodium cobalt oxyhydrate, required working with volatile and

flammable liquids. The production process also created a lot of

unwanted chemical waste. Now, Brookhaven chemist Sangmoon Park has

devised a cleaner method for synthesizing large quantities of the

superconductor using plain water. Park works in the Physics

Department's Materials Synthesis and Characterization group with his

advisor, physicist Tom Vogt.


The findings appeared in the November 19, 2003, issue of Physical Review B.


"We prepared the superconductor using an alternate route that does

not require the special precautions necessary to handle hazardous

substances," said Park. "Also, this method allows us to synthesize

large amounts of the material, which will make it easier for us to

further analyze its properties."


Unlike metal and metal-compound superconductors, sodium cobalt

oxyhydrate is unusual because it contains water. In fact, in early

2003 researchers discovered it was the addition of water to the

initial cobalt-oxygen compound, called cobalt oxide, that induced its

superconducting properties. Because scientists have been looking for

ways to turn other metal oxides into superconductors, this discovery,

coupled with Park¹s safer method of producing the material, may open

a door to a new avenue in superconductor research. For example,

because common metal-compound superconductors are brittle and cannot

be made into certain forms, such as pliable wire, studying

water-based superconductors may lead to materials that are less

mechanically restrictive.


The present material does have some drawbacks, particularly its

tendency to dry out and lose its superconductivity, making it

inconvenient to work with. But using Park's new synthesis method, the

researchers plan to look for additional, similar superconductors,

such as those that contain lithium, potassium, rubidium, or cesium in

place of sodium, to see if they can be produced as efficiently and

safely, without the need for special care. Thus, the new method will

serve as a stepping-stone for further research.


Experimental Method


To synthesize the superconductor, Park dissolved a powdery compound

made of sodium, sulfur, and oxygen into water, which caused

positively-charged sodium ions and negatively-charged molecules of a

sodium-oxygen compound, called sulfate ions, to separate from the

original compound. This solution was then mixed with another compound

composed of sodium, cobalt, and oxygen. The resulting reaction, which

generated no waste, created the superconducting material. The

structure of the material and the precise amounts of these

components, particularly the sodium and water, give the material its

superconducting properties. This was confirmed by measurements

performed by Arnold Moodenbaugh, a chemist in the Lab's Materials

Science Department.


At the molecular level, the superconductor consists of hexagon-shaped

layers: The cobalt oxide forms one type of layer, while the sodium

and water, together, form another. This structure is like a stack of

pancakes and waffles, with each pair of thin cobalt oxide "pancakes"

separated by a thick sodium/water "waffle." To learn about the

properties of this configuration, the material was subjected to

pressure that altered and distorted the layer structure. Because the

material loses moisture easily and must be contained in a wet

environment, the pressure was applied after first surrounding the

material with a liquid mixture of alcohol and water. The pressure

then forced alcohol or water molecules to nestle between the layers,

causing them to expand and distort. Adding these extra molecules into

the material, which increases the thickness of the sodium/water

layers, may further alter its behavior.


As the pressure was increased, the distortion process was studied

using a method called x-ray diffraction at the National Synchrotron

Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven Lab. Yongjae Lee, also of the

Materials Synthesis and Characterization Group, shined x-rays at the

material using NSLS beam line X7A and measured how the rays bent as

they passed through it. They found that, even at very low pressures,

the structure of the superconductor changed significantly. Now, Park

and his colleagues plan to investigate how these structural changes

affect the material's superconductivity.


"Since the discovery of sodium cobalt oxyhydrate, we've been

interested in this series of materials that have cobalt oxide layers,

and how and why they show superconducting properties, or why they

don't," Park said. "We plan to look at the rest of the series to

understand which ones are superconductors."


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In an important milestone in the field of nanoelectronics, researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford University have created the first working, integrated silicon circuit that successfully incorporates carbon nanotubes in its design. Researchers say the development brings them a significant step closer to using carbon nanotubes for memory chips that can hold orders of magnitude more data than current silicon chips or for sensors sensitive enough to detect traces of explosive and biochemical sensors at the molecular level.
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Ohga joins high-tech hall of fame

NEW YORK (Kyodo) Norio Ohga, former president and chairman of Sony Corp., and former Pioneer Corp. engineer Ken Kai are among the 2004 class of 11 inductees to the prestigious Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, the Consumer Electronics Association said Monday.
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Lord of the Nano-Rings May Hold Key to I.T.
A new technology tackles the growing problem of data storage: tiny
cobalt "nano-rings" that can shrink storage space to less than
1/10,000th the width of a human hair...
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By Mike Treder
The Futurist

The future shock of rapid change and technology run amok described by Alvin Toffler in his 1970 best seller has perhaps been less debilitating for most people than predicted, but even Toffler could not have envisioned the tidal wave of change that will hit us when nanofactories make the scene.

Imagine a world with billions of desktop-size, portable, nonpolluting, cheap machines that can manufacture almost anything-from clothing to furniture to electronics, and much more – in just a few hours. Today, such devices do not exist. But in the years ahead, this advanced form of nanotechnology could create the next Industrial Revolution – or the world's worst nightmare
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Final chance for missing Beagle
The European Space Agency is making a last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to locate the missing Beagle 2 probe.


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Nanophase technologies announces New patent


Romeoville, IL, ­­­­January 6, 2004 Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced the Company was issued U.S. patent 6,669,823 on December 30, 2003 entitled “Process For Preparing Nanostructured Materials Of Controlled Surface Chemistry”.  This patent protects Nanophase’s novel plasma nanoparticle processes to prepare nanocrystalline materials with highly controlled surface chemistry.  The patented process applies to both of Nanophase’s technologies:  the PVS process, the Company’s original nanomaterials process; and, the new NanoArc™ technology, Nanophase’s recently commercialized nanomaterials process.


The ability to control and engineer the surface chemistry of nanostructured materials is important because the proportion of atoms on the surface of a nanoparticle versus the nanoparticle’s bulk is much greater than for conventional materials, and is often a critical parameter in application performance.  The Company’s recent, and now patented, technology advancement allows nanoparticle dispersions with substantially enhanced stability and enables the Company to engineer and manufacture materials with predictable, and often increased, process reactivity.  The technology applies to single elemental oxides, as well as multi-element nanomaterials, including rare earth nanomaterials


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DuFaux Joins NanoDynamics Team

NanoDynamics, Inc. has announced that Douglas DuFaux has joined the organization as Director, Intellectual Properties of the ND Innovations business unit. DuFaux received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He completed his Masters work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and continued to work at NIST after completion of the program. While at NIST, Mr. DuFaux oversaw the development of several reactors for the production of nanomaterials and led studies on the formation and growth mechanisms occurring in those reactors. He left NIST in 1996 to join National Environmental Technologies, Inc. (NET) as a Senior Engineer and a co-founder/partner in a sister company focused on the development of environmental control equipment. Mr. DuFaux was in charge of equipment development and part of a team that brought a biological treatment technology to commercial market in a nine-months. In 1997, Mr. DuFaux joined colleagues from Washington University to start AP Materials, a company focused on the development of non-oxide nanomaterials. Mr. DuFaux was responsible for operations, overseeing research and production facilities as well as development of new technologies. He managed several DoD contracts totaling over $1M for development of nanomaterials for defense applications. Mr. DuFaux currently has five issued U.S. Patents, along with three pending applications, and seven publications.

"We are delighted to have Doug join NanoDynamics. His fifteen years experience in the nanotechnology field make him an excellent addition to the team. Coupling his experience in the nano field with his scientific abilities, entrepreneurial spirit, and business experience make him a perfect choice for ND Innovations and to help us accelerate the integration of new materials, technologies, and processes into commercially relevant products," stated Keith Blakely, CEO of NanoDynamics.

NanoDynamics is a vertically integrated manufacturer of nanomaterials, components, and devices, which incorporate significant nanotechnology. Its ND Innovations business unit is focused on the rapidly expanding sphere of intellectual property in nanotechnology. The ND Innovations team works closely with universities, National Laboratories, corporate laboratories, and private inventors, researchers, and scientists to identify, develop, and acquire commercially relevant nanotechnology. It also provides access to relevant nanotechnology to other industrial companies through licensing, joint venture, and joint development programs.

For further information, contact: info@nanodynamics.biz


India : CCMB To Invest Rs 28 Crore In Nanotech Centre

HYDERABAD:  The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is planning to set up a nanotechnology centre and an exclusive micro imaging facility with an investment of about Rs 28 crore.

CCMB director Dr Lalji Singh said that the proposal for these two facilities has been sent to the government’s department of science and technology (DST) for approval. The proposal is being considered and will be approved in due course, he added.
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Nanotechnology weaves big garment profits

When U-Right International started to invest in nanotechnology in 2001, the traditional Hong Kong fashion manufacturer had not expected its business to pay off so quickly.

Then came the SARS epidemic in the spring.

The infectious disease spurred huge demand for medical products - including masks and protective gowns, which U-Right processed with nanotechnology.

Covered with a layer of protective coating on the surface and around fibres, nano-processed garments are water and stain repellent, thus saving time and laundering costs.


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DNA Nanotubes Could Wire Molecular Electronics

Tiny tubes of DNA have been developed that could be used to wire nanoscale electronics.


The Third Annual BCC Conference
Nanotech and Biotech Convergence 2004

March 28-30, 2004, Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA, USA
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  "Now it's time to domesticate molecules." – Susan Lindquist, director of MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

A growing number of researchers are aiming to build circuits and structures measured in nanometers, or one billionth of a meter–the length of 10 hydrogen atoms lined up in a row. Nanodevices could form the heart of superdense computer chips, more efficient solar cells, and perhaps even tiny factories. And biology can help construct them. After all, life's molecules are masters at building nanomachines, from the molecular motors in muscle to the tiny cellular power plants that extract energy from food.

Using viruses to build computer chips.

Invitation to attend the Albert Franks Memorial LectureTuesday, 
20 January 2004 - 18.30-20.00 hrs

The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London (preceded by a complimentary drinks reception 17.30 -18.30)*


Hear from UK's most exciting futurologist how nanotechnology will change the way industry works,

and how our lives may change forever as a result.


'Nanotechnology and IT- A Glimpse of the Future'


Guest Speaker: Ian H. Pearson, BT Futurologist


"We are now on the exciting threshold of an explosion of new

technologies emanating from the convergence of information technology with

nanotechnology and biotechnology. It will become easier for anyone to

harness the full capabilities of an enriched, IT-dominated world. Artificial

intelligence (making its inevitable impact soon), combined with computing

and telecomms will be so widely and invisibly available across 'smart' urban

environments, that we will never be out of touch again, as our bodies will

be linked to a world of ubiquitous computing.


In this Future World, companies will have to reinvent themselves

regularly to stay in business. Mergers and acquisitions will become easier,

pushing us into a business world dominated by virtual companies.

Relationships between employees and companies will also change dramatically.

It is predicted that the information economy will then be replaced by the

care economy, with people-skills dominating over intellectual skills. This

will once again change corporate structures. Major changes across the whole

field of business are predicted, running the gamut from manufacturing to

retailing to banking and distribution."



*Attendance of this lecture is FREE of charge; but the drinks reception is on a first-come; first-served basis, and limited to the first 100 responses. 


To register, contact Caroline Russell, T: +44 (0)1786 447520, E: caroline@nano.org.uk  or sign-up online at http://www.nano.org.uk/franks.htm


This Lecture is held in memory or Professor Albert Franks, Director of Nanomet Technology Ltd, Emeritus Fellow of the National Physical Laboratory and former Honorary President of the Institute of Nanotechnology.The Reception and Lecture are co-sponsored by NPL http://www.npl.co.uk  

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Still no sign of missing Beagle
Beagle 2's mothership Mars Express will begin searching for the missing probe in the next few days.

Biochip Holds Millions of Vessels

Researchers have found a way to make and organize tiny, self-organizing containers that could be used on labs-on-a-chip. How tiny? Each vessel holds only a few millionths of a billionth of a milliliter.
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Pixel pages : Retailers have tested e-paper gadgets; now consumers have their chance By Jonathan Sidener

Sometime this year, consumers will have their first chance to buy electronic paper.

This first e-paper gadget, probably an electronic book, will be a steppingstone toward true electronic paper – thin, flexible sheets that look and feel similar to paper, but are capable of changing text and images just as computer monitors do.
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1st International Nanofabrication Symposium

10-12 MARCH 2004.

The 1st International Nanofabrication Symposium brings nanotechnology companies, research scientists, industry leaders and investors under the same roof, to explore the impact of nanotechnology on industry and to showcase the commercial potential of applied nanotechnology.
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