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Nano Research : USA

Tiny Writing: Researchers Develop Improved Method to Produce Nanometer-scale Patterns


Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed an improved method for directly writing nanometer-scale patterns onto a variety of surfaces

The new writing method, dubbed “thermal dip pen nanolithography,” represents an important extension for dip pen nanolithography (DPN), an increasingly popular technique that uses atomic force microscopy (AFM) probes as pens to produce nanometer-scale patterns.

In conventional DPN, a probe tip is coated with a liquid ink, which then flows onto the surface to make patterns wherever the tip makes contact. Dozens of research groups worldwide are working on DPN applications, but the technique – which uses the AFM tips to both sense surface patterns and write new patterns – has been limited by an inability to turn the ink flow on and off. Existing dip pens apply ink as long as they remain in contact with a surface...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

NASDAQ Approves Arrowhead Research Corporation for Trading on SmallCap Market


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2004--Arrowhead Research Corporation (OTCBB: ARWR), an emerging company in the field of nanotechnology, have announced that NASDAQ has approved the Company's common stock and common stock purchase warrants (ARWRW) for listing on the NASDAQ SmallCap Market(TM), subject to certain conditions. The Company expects its stock to begin trading on the SmallCap Market within the next ten trading days.

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Nano Electronics : USA

Look Honey, Intel shrunk the chips

New 65-nanometre design means Moore's Law will continue unabated Transistor switches are 30 per cent smaller than those in today


SAN JOSE, Calif.—Contradicting fears that the semiconductor industry's pace of development is slowing, Intel Corp. announced it has achieved a milestone in shrinking the size of transistors that will power its next-generation chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company says it's created a fully functional 70-megabit memory chip with transistor switches measuring just 35 nanometres — about 30 per cent smaller than those found on today's state-of-the-art chips.

By shrinking the size of the transistors and other features etched into the silicon, more of the tiny devices can be squeezed on to a single chip. As a result, microprocessors become more powerful and memory chips can store more data without growing in size...read the wave

Nano News :

Where the Fantastic Meets the Future

Cherry Murray of Bell Labs talks about nanotechnology, "network convergence," the pace at which theories becomes fact


Bell Labs has been a fount of innovation since its founding in 1925. Now the research center for Lucent Technologies (LU ), Bell Labs has been fundamental in many technologies taken for granted today, including computer and phone networks. Cherry Murray, senior vice-president for physical sciences research, has been with Bell Labs for 26 years and has seen major innovations go from research to development. BusinessWeek's Sarah R. Shapiro recently spoke with Murray about where she sees innovation going in the next 20 years. Edited excerpts from their conversation follow…read the wave

Future Technology : Japan

Japan designers shoot for supercomputer on a chip

Chip designers at Japan's RIKEN say you can get a lot done by specializing.


RIKEN, an anglicized acronym for Japan's Research Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, described on Tuesday the MDGrape 3, a processor it thinks will become the cornerstone of a computer capable of operating at a petaflop, or a quadrillion operations per second--far faster than the 36 trillion ops supercomputers of today.

Samples of the chip, which was designed for life sciences research, can now perform 230 gigaflops, or 230 billion operations per second, while running at 350MHz, better than standard general-purpose chips. In a worst-case scenario, the chip performs 160 gigaflops at 250MHz, said Makoto Tanji, a researcher with RIKEN's high-performance computing group. Tanji spoke at the Hot Chips conference taking place at Stanford University…read the wave

Nano Products : Wales

Sound of silence spreads overseas


A SOUTH Wales technology company that is pioneering a sophisticated solution to help the construction industry improve the soundproofing qualities of new buildings has gained its first foothold overseas.

Xetal Consultants of Crynant, near Neath, is celebrating new business in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the rapidly-developing Middle East emirates which are providing strong opportunities for specialists in the building and construction sector.

Xetal was able to target the region after securing support from WalesTrade International (WTI), the overseas trade arm of the Welsh Assembly Government, which helped Xetal's commercial team meet potential customers and agents in the United Arab Emirates…read the wave

news 30 - 08 - 2004
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MEMS - Future Technology : USA

NIST unveils chip-scale atomic clock


The heart of a minuscule atomic clock---believed to be 100 times smaller than any other atomic clock---has been demonstrated by scientists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), opening the door to atomically precise timekeeping in portable, battery-powered devices for secure wireless communications, more precise navigation and other applications.

Described in the Aug. 30, 2004, issue of Applied Physics Letters, the clock's inner workings are about the size of a grain of rice (1.5 millimeters on a side and 4 millimeters high), consume less than 75 thousandths of a watt (enabling the clock to be operated on batteries) and are stable to one part in 10 billion, equivalent to gaining or losing just one second every 300 years.

In addition, this "physics package" could be fabricated and assembled on semiconductor wafers using...read the wave

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Nano News : Canada

Focusing on the nanorealm

Scientists work on processes on a small scale

However, big returns are still likely years away


EDMONTON—The pragmatic visionaries of NINT could be forgiven a quiet groan at yet another prediction that research into the very, very small will soon yield very, very big payoffs.

The National Institute of Nanotechnology here is intended as the main focal point for Canada's as yet largely unfocused bid to elbow into the nanorealm, a field that even cautious experts say could usher in a new industrial revolution.

Eventually. Maybe in two or three decades. Maybe longer.

So far, however, what's happening in NINT's temporary quarters at the University of Alberta is as much basic science as technology, and not always strictly nano either...read the wave

Nano Defence :

From the Lab to the Battlefield? Nanotechnology and Fourth-Generation Nuclear Weapons

By André Gsponer


In Disarmament Diplomacy No. 65, Sean Howard warned of the dangers of enhanced or even new types of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) emerging from the development of 'nanotechnology', an umbrella term for a range of potentially revolutionary engineering techniques at the atomic and molecular level.1 Howard called for urgent preliminary consideration to be given to the benefits and practicalities of negotiating an 'Inner Space Treaty' to guard against such developments. While echoing this call, this paper draws attention to the existing potential of nanotechnology to affect dangerous and destabilizing 'refinements' to existing nuclear weapon designs. Historically, nanotechnology is a child of the nuclear weapons labs, a creation of the WMD-industrial complex. The most far-reaching and fateful impacts of nanotechnology, therefore, may lie - and can already be seen - in the same area....read the wave

Nano Debate :

Surviving the Great Technology Convergence


There was much talk in the 1990's about the convergence of video, audio and data. And what we have today certainly is proving the validity of that vision.

Video and audio, or course, can be digitized and treated as data. To put it another way, on our networks and computers today, video and audio are logical constructs that leverage information technology.

Today, we are witnessing a convergence that radically will reshape our world. This new convergence extends far beyond the world of communication and media, and enters into new physical frontiers posing challenges hitherto relatively unconsidered.

The topic at hand is the combining of information technology with the worlds of biotechnology and nanotechnology...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Building Blocks for Biobots


"Biology today is at the same stage chemistry was a century ago — it's growing up quickly, making the transition from a largely descriptive discipline to one where we use what we know about biological systems to build new things," says Jan Liphardt, a Divisional Fellow in Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division (PBD) and a newly named assistant professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley.

"In response to this development," Liphardt says, "PBD has established the nation's first Synthetic Biology Department," which is headed by PBD staff scientist Jay Keasling, a professor of chemical engineering at UC Berkeley. As founding members, Liphardt and his group are particularly interested in the design and construction of what Carlos Bustamante, head of PBD's Advanced Microscopies Department and a UCB professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and physics, has dubbed "biobots" — autonomous, special-purpose robots, about the size of a virus or cell and composed of a small number of biological and artificial parts...read the wave

Future Technology

US stem cell debate heats up


Europeans are not the only ones struggling to reach a consensus on whether or not public money should be used to support stem cell research. A recent poll in the US on whether federal funding should be used for embryonic stem cell research found a near equal split in public opinion.

Asked 'Do you support or oppose federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?', 43 per cent declared themselves in favour of such a policy, while 47 per cent said that they would oppose it. The poll was conducted via telephone interviews with 1,001 American adults over five days in August of this year.

Embryonic stem cell research would involve the use of embryos left over from...read the wave

Nano Electronics : Korea

Samsung mulls new 300mm fab for 65nm chips


Continuing to expand its capacity, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has disclosed plans that it is looking to build a new wafer fab for use in processing devices at the 65nm node.
The proposed fab would be a 300mm facility, which would make NAND-based flash memories and other 65nm products. The company is already developing its first sub-70nm parts, including an 8-gigabit flash-memory device for advanced NAND applications.

"We will build a new line for 65nm," said Jon Kang, SVP of technical marketing for the company's U.S. arm, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., based in San Jose, California...read the wave

Nano Meet : Canada

Small world opens up at Edmonton conference
Nanotech experts gather to brainstorm


Small tech is about to become big news in Edmonton.

The city, home to an emerging nanotechnology cluster, will play host to an international conference later this month on the commercialization aspects of micro and nanotechnologies.

Industry leaders, including Meyya Meyyappan, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and senior scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, will provide insight into market trends.

Those attending the International Commercial- ization of Micro and Nano Systems Conference (COMS) will also have opportunities to connect with global small-tech leaders representing all segments of the micro-nano value chain, said Chris Lumb, co-chair of NanoMEMS Edmonton, the Greater Edmonton region’s small-tech cluster organization...read the news


news 27 - 08 - 2004
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Nano Electronics : USA

An incredibly sensitive Cornell apparatus probes the mystery of a high-temperature superconductor


ITHACA, N.Y. -- With equipment so sensitive that it can locate clusters of electrons, Cornell University and University of Tokyo physicists have -- sort of -- explained puzzling behavior in a much-studied high-temperature superconductor, perhaps leading to a better understanding of how such superconductors work.

It turns out that under certain conditions the electrons in the material pretty much ignore the atoms to which they are supposed to be attached, arranging themselves into a neat pattern that looks like a crystal lattice. The behavior occurs in a phase physicists have called a "pseudogap," but because the newly discovered arrangement looks like a checkerboard in scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images, J.C. Séamus Davis, Cornell professor of physics, calls the phenomenon a "checkerboard phase."
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Nano Environment : USA



Researchers at Temple University are using protein structures to design and assemble metal oxide nanoparticles that could be used in environmental remediation.

The researchers have been exploring how these nanoparticles can be used in environmental remediation, such as helping to transform toxic metals in lakes, rivers or streams, and in groundwater for easier cleanup. "The protein we use to make these particles is ferritin, which is a protein we carry around in our blood," says Daniel R. Strongin, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Temple. "It's an iron storage protein, so if there's extra iron in our blood, it typically gets stored in ferritin. Then, when our body needs iron, the ferritin releases what has been stored."...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Researchers Announce Nanotube Breakthrough; Caltech Team Funded by Arrowhead Announces New Method for Coating Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)- A research project funded by Arrowhead Research Corporation (OTCBB:ARWR) has resulted in a breakthrough in carbon nanotube technology. The California Institute of Technology ("Caltech") has filed for patent protection on the invention, and Arrowhead has the right to obtain an exclusive license from Caltech. Arrowhead and its subsidiaries have already acquired a large and diverse portfolio of nanotech intellectual property, which consists of approximately 100 U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications.

Atomic force microscopes are used to analyze materials at the molecular and atomic levels. When attached to AFM tips, carbon nanotubes can be used for ultrahigh-resolution imaging and manipulation at the nanoscale. The invention presents several advantages in using SWNTs for AFM imaging. The polymer coating provides a chemically inert and electrically insulating outer layer and mechanically stabilizes the attached nanotube, which enables imaging in liquids without the need for an intervening adhesive...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

Nano-Proprietary Receives Key Patent Grants


AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2004 -- Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC BB:NNPP.OB - News), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), have announced that its U.S. Patent claiming two-dimensional carbon nanostructures (dubbed by ANI ``carbon flakes''), with the priority date of August 21, 2000, was allowed by the U.S. Patent Office. These two-dimensional carbon nanotube structures, which may also be referred to as carbon nanowalls, may have attractive electron emission properties due to their sharp edges. The large surface area of this newly identified carbon phase may also make them particularly useful in applications for chemical and bio-sensors. Professor Yihong Wu of Kyoto University in Japan recently announced that he had succeeded in growing and observing a similar two-dimensional nano-structure (dubbed ``Carbon nanowalls'' ...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Molecular assemblies created to convert
water to hydrogen gas


(Blacksburg, Va ) -- Wonder where the fuel will come from for tomorrow's hydrogen-powered vehicles? Virginia Tech researchers are developing catalysts that will convert water to hydrogen gas.

Supramolecular complexes created by Karen Brewer's group at Virginia Tech convert light energy (solar energy) into a fuel that can be transported, stored, and dispensed, such as hydrogen gas.

The process has been called artificial photosynthesis, says Brewer, associate professor of chemistry. "Light energy is converted to chemical energy. Solar light is of sufficient energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas, but this does not happen on its own; we need a catalysts to make this reaction occur." ...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

UI Researchers Miniaturize Mechanics,
Materials in Nanodevices


Newswise — Nanoparticles and nanodevices -- a thousand times smaller than a human hair (about a millionth of a meter) -- are becoming part of such commonplace products as stain-resistant fabrics, sunscreen, tennis balls and bathroom tile cleaner. Just around the corner will be the use of nanotechnology for air purification systems, medical sensors, imaging devices, processed foods, fuel cells, electronics and other such modern tools.

While microchips and nanochips now are manufactured by the millions for computing use, lesser-known applications of nanomechanisms and materials are in the making as well. A cluster of University of Idaho researchers now lays the groundwork for Idaho and the nation to bring these miniscule technologies to industry and the marketplace...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

NanoDynamics Awarded Carbon Nanotube Patent; New Processing Method Advances Potential for Commercial Success of Carbon Nanotubes


BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NanoDynamics, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, have announced it has received a United States Patent, which covers the use of sol-gel processing, a well established methodology commonly used in the ceramics industry, in the production of a variety of useful end products comprised of carbon nanotubes.

The process methodology covered by the NanoDynamics' patent can result in two and three dimensionally ordered arrays of single wall carbon nanotubes, making them much more useful in the production of a wide range of end products. Potential end products include flat-screen TVs, airplane fuselage structures, water filtration systems, composite panels for automobiles, thermal interfaces for integrated circuits, advanced battery systems and biotech applications such as synthetic membranes and skins...read the wave

Nano Education : Global

PTC Partners with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Global Nanotechnology R&D Project

Effort brings together seven universities collaborating with Pro/ENGINEER(R) Wildfire(TM) and Windchill(R) ProjectLink(TM) solutions to develop micro- injection moulding machines


NEEDHAM, Mass./PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PTC (NASDAQ:PMTC) , the Product Development Company(TM), have announced its partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in a Hong Kong Government funded research and development project for the advancement of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology, also referred to as molecular manufacturing, is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of tiny electronic circuits and mechanical devices built at the molecular level of matter.

As part of the deal, PTC will provide its product design and lifecycle management solutions Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and Windchill ProjectLink to Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong Polytechnic University will use Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and Windchill ProjectLink to collaborate with four universities in China as well as universities worldwide on a project to design and manufacture a micro-injection moulding machine. The developed micro- injection moulding machine will be used for the mass production of micro- products that are currently limited in commercial availability...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

Zyvex Offers New Nanoprobing/Nanomanipulation Analytical Services


RICHARDSON, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex Corporation have announced that it will provide IC probing, electrical characterization of nanomaterials, TEM sample lift-out, nanomanipulation, and other analytical services to both potential and existing customers. These services allow customers to test, measure, and characterize their samples at Zyvex's state-of-the-art facilities.

This service continues to advance Zyvex's NanoWorks(TM) product platform by enabling Zyvex to obtain effective feedback into customers' current and future needs for nanoprobing and nanomanipulation. These needs are instrumental in Zyvex's plans to continually improve their products and services...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

Ener1 And Delphi Sign LOI To Form Lithium Battery Joint Venture


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ener1, Inc.(OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI), and Delphi Corp. (NYSE: DPH), have entered into a non-binding letter of intent to create a joint venture to leverage their combined expertise in lithium batteries. Delphi and Ener1 will be negotiating definitive agreements and conducting due diligence in the coming weeks.

Through the proposed joint venture, Delphi and Ener1 look to aggressively pursue business opportunities in the military, automotive, power tool, uninterrupted power supply, medical and personal mobility markets.

"Ener1 is an emerging leader in the development of advanced lithium
batteries," said Kevin Fitzgerald, Ener1's chairman and chief executive officer. "The proposed venture would synergistically combine a unique set of competitive advantages from Delphi and Ener1...read the wave


news 26 - 08 - 2004
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Nano Research : UK

Expert says nanotechnology should look to Mother Nature


Professor Richard Jones of the University of Sheffield has today outlined the possibilities of using nature’s secrets to develop nanotechnology, and casts doubt on some popular assumptions about the science, including the premise that we may create nano-robots with the power to reduce the world to ‘grey goo’.

Professor Jones is internationally renowned both as an experimental nanoscientist and as a commentator on the social and economic implications of nanotechnology. In his book, Soft Machines – Nanotechnology and Life, published today by Oxford University Press, he argues that many widely-held assumptions on how nanotechnology will work need to be rethought...read the wave

Nano Debate: UK

Nanotech report raises red flags


When the government asked the Royal Society to assess nanotechnology, it was expecting the same rubber-stamping service that it got from it on GM foods. But the attempt has backfired, as the much-awaited report highlights a plethora of nano-risks and calls for enhanced regulation.

The Royal Society hardly ranks as one of the UK’s more socially progressive bodies. Pro-nuclear and famously employed by the Blair government to run a spin unit defending GM foods, this august institution can usually be relied on to to give a hearty cheer for new corporate technologies and a sneer to anyone raising tricky questions. That was probably what Lord Sainsbury was expecting last year, when he asked the Royal Society in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineers to run a year long investigation into whether nanotechnology raises any societal issues. Lord Sainsbury had in fact already declared that it doesn't, but was keen to “park” an emerging nanotech controversy by bringing in the scientific heavy guns to declare it safe.

However, it now seems that the heavy guns have inadvertently backfired....read the wave

Future Technology : UK

Plastic finds its pulling power

An experiment that was almost thrown out has produced the
first room-temperature magnetic plastic


THE world's first plastic magnet to work at room temperature has passed the elementary test of magnetism. Its creators at the University of Durham in the UK have used it to pick up iron filings from a laboratory bench.

In 2001, chemists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln claimed to have created the world's first plastic magnet, but it only worked below 10 kelvin. Other researchers have made plastic magnets, but typically they only function at extremely low temperatures, or their magnetism at room temperature is too feeble to be of commercial use. So the Durham team can claim to have made the first plastic magnet that could be used in everyday products.

One of the most likely applications is in the magnetic coating of...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Quantum Dots to be Explored for Use as Fluorescent Standards


TROY, N.Y.PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Evident Technologies, Inc. have announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to explore the use of quantum dot composite fluorescent standards for biotech instrumentation. Fluorescence-based measurements are becoming the standard for genomic research, clinical diagnostics, high-through-put screening, forensic determination and drug discovery. However, absolute fluorescent measurements are difficult since there are few fluorescent standards available today.

"A fluorescence standard is necessary, especially for clinical applications, where quantification is required. It is nearly impossible to quantify the fluorescence from an assay today, but our collaboration with NIST should greatly advance the state of the art," said Clint Ballinger, CEO, of Evident Technologies...read the wave

Nano Products : USA

Gemz Corp. Expects its International Nanotechnology Corp. Subsidiary to Demonstrate First Product in
Fourth Quarter 2004


GEMZ Corp., (OTC: GMZP - News) announced today that its subsidiary, International Nanotechnology Corp. (INC) will sample its first consumer product in the fourth quarter of 2004. This progress is based on signing, as previously announced, of a definitive agreement with TSDC-N, a joint venture created by Terra Solar Development Corp. (TSDC) and Dr. S. Kulcsar. TSDC is a leading developer of photovoltaic and nanocell technology. As announced, INC will acquire substantially all of its nanotechnology assets of TSDC-N and an exclusive license to sell certain photovoltaic products being developed by TSDC in the United States as well.

The INC product is believed to be the first to use PV Nanofilms, which combine...read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

Nanogen Issued Patent for Enhancing Molecular Biological Reactions


SAN DIEGO /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN), developer of molecular and point-of-care diagnostic products, have announced that it was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,780,584, "Electronic Systems and Component Devices for Macroscopic and Microscopic Molecular Biological Reactions, Analyses and Diagnostics," by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The '584 patent covers the design, development, and capability of an electronic system to carry out and control multi-step and multiplex reactions in macroscopic or microscopic formats. The system described in the patent is at the core of Nanogen's electronic microarray technology, which uses electricity to move and concentrate biological samples in miniature formats for diagnostic applications...read the wave

Nano Event : Austria - Canada

EV Group expands UV-nanoimprint consortium, sponsors Canadian nanotechnology conference


SCHÄRDING, Austria – EV Group (EVG), a leading manufacturer of MEMS, nano and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, have announced that a major Canadian research organization has joined its nanoimprint lithography consortium. In addition, the company announced plans to sponsor and participate in COMS 2004, an Aug. 29-Sept. 2 conference in Edmonton, Alberta, that will focus on the commercialization of nano and MEMS devices.

EV Group, which has the world's largest installed base of nanoimprinting equipment, said the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Materials Institute (NRC-IMI) joined the consortium that EVG formed last year. The consortium is working to commercialize advanced nanoimprint lithography (NIL) technologies, a next-generation lithography method that utilizes a low-cost, high-resolution and large-area patterning process....read the wave

Nano Funding : USA

$24 million gift to make UCF a leader in computer chip manufacturing research

Northrop Grumman donation of intellectual property, equipment boosts UCF research in extreme ultraviolet lithography


ORLANDO,-- University of Central Florida optics researchers and students are poised to become leaders in the next generation of computer chip manufacturing thanks to a $24 million donation of intellectual property, equipment and cash from Northrop Grumman.

The largest donation in UCF history will boost the College of Optics and Photonics' research in extreme ultraviolet lithography, a process that computer chip manufacturers expect to begin using in about four years because it will allow for smaller, denser features to be imprinted on chips. UCF already is researching the shorter-wavelength light sources that will be used in extreme ultraviolet lithography...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Technology From Altair Nanotechnologies, Hosokawa Micron and Rutgers University Targets $1.5 Billion Battery Materials Market


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/24/2004 -- Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) have announced that it has begun work on a development project entitled "SBIR Phase l: Carbon-Coated Nano-Structured Electrodes for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Ultra Capacitors." The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase l grant, initially for $100,000, provides the opportunity to receive an additional $500,000 Phase ll grant which, if the development program is successful, leads to a Phase lll commercialization.

Altair and Hosokawa Micron's Nano Particle Technology Center produced the first advanced carbon coated materials for this program, which were tested under a contract with the Energy Storage Research Group at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Based on that work the final research testing protocol was determined...read the wave

Nano Meet : USA



"The successful pursuit of space exploration will require the development of new technologies and different ways of thinking," said Meya Meyyappan, chairman of the workshop and director of the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames. "The Grand Challenge brings experts together in a multi-agency effort to address these needs though the development of new applications of nanotechnology," he said.

Lessons learned from the workshop will be included in a Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology report and incorporated into the new National Nanotechnology Initiative strategic plan for the next five to ten years. Input from the workshop will be to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology as part of the council's ongoing review of National Nanotechnology Initiative...read the wave

Nano Electronics : USA

Nanotube Player Claims Process Breakthrough


NanoDynamics, a manufacturer of materials for nanotechnology applications, has received a U.S. patent that covers the use of sol-gel processing, which is the established methodology commonly used in the production of a carbon nanotubes.

The process methodology covered by the patent can result in two and three dimensionally ordered arrays of single wall carbon nanotubes, which the company claims will make them more useful in the production of end products...read the wave

Nano Electronics:

Quantum dots enhance amplifier bandwidth


Japanese researchers develop a quantum-dot based semiconductor optical amplifier, a device that could be suitable for affordable CWDM systems.

Optical amplifiers based on quantum dots (QDs) offer a number of sought-after features, including broadband gain and a high saturation output power.

Properties like these could well make them ideal for use in low-cost CWDM systems, in which the aim is to cover a wide range of transmission bands with the least number of amplifiers.

Now, a Japanese collaboration (from the University of Tokyo, the Optoelectronic Industry and Technology Development Association, and Fujitsu) has developed a QD-based semiconductor optical amplifier (QD SOA) that is said to...read the wave

Nano Funding : USA

Platypus Technologies Receives $2.1 Million Phase II SBIR


Platypus Technologies has received a three year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $2.14 million from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

The grant is to continue development of a personal monitor for the measurement of low dose, cumulative exposure to pesticides. The monitors will be small, sensitive, inexpensive, rugged, and suitable for studies involving children.

Collaborators on the grant include the Milwaukee School of Engineering Rapid Prototyping Center and the University of Minnesota. Platypus Technologies was founded in 2000 to develop nanotechnology products for the physical and life sciences. The Company has 20 employees and is located in the University Research Park....read the wave

Nano News : Japan

Firms rush to apply nanotechnology to products

Trading companies have been bolstering their lineups of products developed through nanotechnology, which involves manipulating materials on atomic and molecular levels.

Such products are expected to hit store shelves within this fiscal year, after the firms complete basic research on materials and implement systems to mass-produce the items.

Nanotechnology, which deals with materials measuring no more than one-billionth of a meter, can be applied to a broad range of products, including semiconductors and cosmetics.

The Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) has predicted that the domestic market in nanotechnology would grow to 27 trillion yen in 2010. ...read the wave

news 25 - 08 - 2004
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Nano Research : USA

The ability to create nothing could result in novel way to make circuits at atomic scale, Cornell-led group discovers


ITHACA, N.Y. -- Time is fast running out for the semiconductor industry as transistors become ever smaller and their insulating layers of silicon dioxide, already only atoms in thickness, reach maximum shrinkage. In addition, the thinner the silicon layer becomes, the greater the amount of chemical dopants that must be used to maintain electrical contact. And the limit here also is close to being reached.

But a Cornell University researcher has caused an information industry buzz with the discovery that it is possible to precisely control the electronic properties of a complex oxide material -- a possible replacement for silicon insulators -- at the atomic level. And this can be done without chemicals. Instead, the dopant is precisely nothing...read the wave

Nano Products : USA

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. Completes 14-Inch Color Proof of Concept


AUSTIN, Texas,(PRIMEZONE) -- Austin, Texas based Applied Nanotech, Inc. (``ANI''), a subsidiary of Nano-Proprietary (OTC BB:NNPP.OB - News) have announced that it completed its proof of concept of a high resolution, full color, 14-inch diagonal carbon nanotube (CNT) TV (160 x 160 color lines or pixels). This is a necessary preliminary step in demonstrating a high resolution, full color, 25-inch diagonal CNT TV (200 x 280 color lines or pixels) with the same pixel size and pitch as the 14-inch diagonal CNT TV.

Work on the 25-inch display is in progress and is being performed by a consortium of Japanese firms. Both displays are designed in anticipation of a 60-inch diagonal advanced TV (ATV) with the following characteristics: aspect ratio 16:9; active area 53`` x 30''; ATV format with 480 x 852 color lines; 256 gray levels; and brightness of at least 1000 Nits. The Company expects to have the 25-inch display, which will prove that scalability is not an issue, complete no later than the end of the year...read the wave

Nano Defense : USA

DoD Awards NDC $2.5 Million for Nanotech Fuel Cells

Defense Appropriations Bill Awards $2.5 Million to Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation to Produce a New Class of Fuel Cells Using Nanotechnology


LARAMIE, Wyo.--(BUSINESS WIRE) Defense Appropriations Bill Awards $2.5 Million to Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation to Produce a New Class of Fuel Cells Using Nanotechnology

Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation (NDC) announced today that it will receive $2.5 million from the Department of Defense in FY2005. NDC is working with the Army Material Command at Picatinny Arsenal to use nanotechnology to produce a new class of fuel cells powered by high energy materials such as propellants and explosives.

The nanotechnologies developed by NDC under this program will be used to produce portable power devices for soldiers and enable development of miniature power supplies for fusing and arming munitions. Also envisioned, are "self-sterilizing" smart land mines that render themselves harmless after a certain period of time. The nanotechnologies developed under the program could be used to enable the reuse of obsolete ammunition by converting its explosive components into electrical power...read the wave

Nano Products : Europe

Henkel Group Develops Innovative
Cleaning Solvents Using Nanotechnology


GULPH MILLS, Penn./PRNewswire/ -- The Henkel Group, a global manufacturer of some of the world's best-know consumer and industrial brands, recently developed an innovative cleaning substance that mimics glass in order to keep reflective surfaces free from dirt and debris. This new cleaning solvent is rooted in nanotechnology and is just one example of the pioneering technologies currently being developed by the Henkel Group -- a global leader in consumer packaged goods and products.

Currently, this breakthrough technology is only available in Europe. The cleaning solvent is composed of microscopic spheres measuring just 9 - 12 x 10-6 mm, generally referred to as nanoparticles. Despite their small size, these spheres have the amazing ability to form a long-lasting film on glass surfaces. They are also hydrophilic, meaning that the water runs off without forming droplets, which leave dirty streaks. This shield also prevents the glass from misting up.

"The particles are chemically very similar to glass, and this is why they adhere extremely well to glass surfaces," said Dr. Michael Dreja, Henkel product developer. Their negative charge gives them magnetic properties to ward off their neighbors and thus to form an even film...read the wave

Nano Defense : USA

CombiMatrix's Strategic Partner Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation Announces Department of Defense Award for $2.5 Million for Nanotech Fuel Cells


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:ACTG)(Nasdaq:CBMX) have announced that its CombiMatrix group's strategic partner, Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation (NDC), has been awarded $2.5 million from the Department of Defense for the development of its fuel cell technology. NDC will utilize CombiMatrix's NanoArrays(TM) for the further discovery and optimization of a new class of fuel cells powered by high-energy materials such as propellants and explosives.

The technology developed by NDC under this program will be used to produce portable power devices for soldiers and enable development of miniature power supplies for fusing and arming munitions. Also envisioned are "self-sterilizing" smart land mines that render themselves harmless after a certain period of time for land mine remediation...read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

Molecular Imprints Names Tokyo Electron a Strategic Investor


AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2004--Molecular Imprints, Inc. ("MII"), the leading manufacturer of step and flash imprint lithography (S-FIL(TM)), has reached an investment agreement with Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL). TEL is one of the world's leading suppliers of semiconductor and flat panel display production equipment. TEL has agreed to make an equity investment in MII as a contributor to MII's Series B funding round. TEL joins KLA-Tencor, Carl Zeiss SMT, Motorola and others as a strategic investor in Molecular Imprints.

"Molecular Imprints is very excited about the strategic investment that it has established with TEL," says Dr. Norman Schumaker, president and CEO of MII. "TEL's lineup of leading-edge systems covers most stages of the semiconductor wafer production process, and its strength in the world market makes TEL an ideal partner."...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Nanoscale chemical sensors


New types of chemical sensors for environmental monitoring, food safety or security applications could be based on nanotechnology, according to Frank Osterloh, an assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis.

"Nanomaterials are very well suited for chemical sensor applications, because their physical properties often vary considerably in response to changes of the chemical environment," Osterloh said. Because nanomaterials can be made up of structures just a few atoms across, just a few molecules of chemical can trigger a response, he said...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

No longer just for biology, RNA can now
be built into 3-D arrays

Biomaterial to be girders for nanoscale construction projects


ARLINGTON, Va.-- Researchers have coaxed RNA to self-assemble into 3-D arrays, a potential backbone for nanotech scaffolds. These RNA structures can form a wider variety of shapes than double-stranded DNA can and are easier to manipulate than many protein alternatives.

Peixuan Guo of Purdue University and his colleagues report the findings in the August 11, 2004, issue of the journal Nano Letters.

RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules are best known for implementing the genetic information encoded in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). However, instead of using the long molecular strings to carry information, the researchers have achieved new control over RNA and created novel arrays.

By mixing the custom-made RNA strands with other substances, such as magnesium chloride, the researchers were able to get the strands to join into 3-D shapes...read the wave


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Nano Electronics: USA

Taking charge of molecular wires


UPTON, NY -- Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Florida have uncovered information that may help "molecular wires" replace silicon in micro-electronic circuits and/or components in solar energy storage systems. The scientists were studying how electric charge is distributed in polymer molecule chains that are several nanometers, or billionths of a meter, in length.

"Long molecules that can act as molecular wires, of which there are many variations, are one type of nanoscale object with the potential to lead to new technologies, due to their ability to conduct electricity and very small size," said Miller. "But unlike conventional metal wires, polymer nanowires need assistance in order to conduct."...read the wave

Future Technology : Debate

Human cloning is an arrogant attempt
to improve on God's creation


Two weeks after British scientists became the first in Europe to receive permission to clone human embryos for medical research, Pope John Paul II has issued a statement condemning human cloning as an arrogant attempt to improve on God's creation.

In the statement, released on 22 August for a meeting of prominent Catholic cultural, political and business leaders on the theme of progress, John Paul II warned that humanity's rapid progress in science and technology threatens to overlook moral values....read the wave

Nano Funding : UK


Nanotechnology projects throughout the country were given a major boost by the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

Twenty five projects are to receive £15m worth of funding for projects
ranging from anti-corrosion coatings and electronics to water purification and printing. This new Government investment will provide up to a maximum of 50% of each project's total value.

A further £3m will be given to INEX, a microsystems and nanotechnology facility for industry based at Newcastle.

These grants are the first to be allocated from the Government's £90m micro and nanotechnology manufacturing initiative in support of both nanotechnology applied research programmes and for the creation of new nanotechnology facilities across the country. Further grants will be made available over the next five years to complete the initiative...read the wave

Nano News: Korea

Invisible Bar Code System Developed


Korean scientists have developed the worlds first invisible and omnipresent bar code system.

After eight years of research, a team of Seoul National University (SNU) professors and chemists announced Wednesday the development of what is called the Nano DNA-Barcode System (NDBS).

The novel system is literally nvisible but omnipresent. Its invisibility prevents fabrications of barcode information such as password changes or nullification. This ensures a high level of security, whereas the system currently in use is open to fabrications,Choy Jin-ho, who led the project at the National Nanohybrid Materials Laboratory, said.

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Nano Biz: USA

Hitachi Endorses Zyvex Nanoprober Solutions


PLEASANTON, Calif. and RICHARDSON, Texas, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitachi High Technologies America (HTA) and Zyvex Corporation today announced an agreement to refer microsystems customers for worldwide sales channels. Under this agreement, Hitachi High Technologies America will refer appropriate customers interested in integrated circuit probing in the semiconductor industry to utilize the Zyvex nanoprober/manipulation products in conjunction with Hitachi's Scanning Electron Microscopes.

"Hitachi is a worldwide leader of semiconductor manufacturing equipment," said Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA, Zyvex's President. "Now that Hitachi is referring their microsystems customers to our Nanomanipulator and Prober products, both customer bases will have a far more effective solution than they've ever had before...read the wave

Nano Reports:

Nanotechnology in Fire Protection can save Life and secure health. New Applications and Developments. Strong growth.


The Markets for Fire Protection Worldwide increase up to more than 30 Billion Euro 2004 and will grow to 54 Billion Euro in 2015. Beijing Olympics 2008 set new standards.

(hkc22.com)Fire Protection have gained importance the last years because of increasing fire problems, damage and death. The loss of assets is about 70 billion Euro in 2004 with increasing tendency. Since many years there is a strong controvercy among passive and active fire protection and the building design and construction. Now the trend goes to more passive fire protection that means to more prevention of fire, damage and death.

Nanotechnology today is playing a importend role. Many applications to secure life and health would not be possible without nanotechnology and molecular science....read the wave

Nano Debate : Switzerland

Scientists fear nanoparticle threat


Researchers gathered in Zurich have warned that nanoparticles from diesel engines could pose a serious health threat.

They say regulatory measures and more research funding are needed to counter any potential dangers.

Over 300 scientists from around the world met at Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology this week to discuss the effects of ultra fine particles found in diesel soot.

While debate continues in this area, the researchers are in agreement that these emissions must be regulated and curbed.

“If you see a foreign particle in a cell, it has the potential of being hazardous,” said Peter Gehr of Bern University’s anatomy institute. “One should consider this to be a problem.”...read the wave

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Nano Medicine : USA

Virus known for its photo ops makes its movie screen debut


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – High-resolution snapshots of a virus attacking its host – which have culminated in a movie of the process – could reveal secrets of viral infection and improve gene therapy techniques, according to a Purdue University research group.

Structural biologists including Michael G. Rossmann have obtained clearer pictures of how the T4 virus, long known to infect E. coli bacteria, alters its shape as it prepares to pierce its host's cell membrane. The complicated infection process requires a flower-like section of the virus, known as the baseplate, to shape-shift by dramatically changing the configuration of the numerous proteins that form it. The team has taken cryoelectron microscope images of the baseplate from different moments in the process and transformed them into a brief animated movie, helping scientists understand how infection occurs and possibly enabling them to apply this knowledge for the benefit of human patients in the future.

"Instead of a still photo of the baseplate, we now have a movie of it opening," said Rossmann, who is Henley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences in Purdue's School of Science....read the wave

Nano News : Vietnam

Viet Nam scientists keen on nanotech


HCM CITY — Nanote-chnology was a major topic at a national seminar on theoretical physics held in HCM City’s Natural Science University on Monday.

Sixty papers were presented on the subject which, according to Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, headmaster of the Ha Noi National University’s Technology College, could change the productivity and size of materials like polymers, electronic equipment and batteries....read the wave

Nano News : USA

Science seen as slipping in U.S.


Hidden amid the hoopla of finding planets orbiting other stars, decoding the human genome and discovering miracle materials with nanotechnology, there's a seemingly improbable but perhaps even more important story — U.S. science may be in decline.

After 50 years of supremacy, both scientifically and economically, America now faces formidable challenges from foreign governments that have recognized scientific research and new technology as the fuels of a powerful economy.

"The Chinese government has a slogan, 'Develop science to save the country,' " said Paul Chu, a physics professor at the University of Houston who also is president of Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. "For a long time they have talked about it. Now they are serious."

According to the National Science Foundation and other organizations that track science indicators, the United States' share of worldwide scientific and engineering research publications, Nobel Prize awards, and some types of patents is falling.

A recent trend in the number of foreign students applying to U.S. schools is even more troubling, scientists say.

As American students have become less interested in science and engineering, top U.S. graduate schools have turned increasingly toward Europe and Asia for the best young scientists to fill laboratories...read the wave

Nano News : India

IISc scientists' findings may revolutionise power generation

NEW DELHI: In a global first, two Indian scientists have devised a tiny electrical current by merely passing a lot of gas over semi-conductors.

This innovation by Ajay K. Sood and his student Shankar Ghosh at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is already drawing laurels from across the world for its simple design and immense technological potential. Some observers are even of the opinion that this is the greatest Indian scientific discovery in the last 50 years.

‘‘Gas flow energy can be converted directly into the electrical signal – thus having a potential for applications in generating electricity,’’ the duo asserted.

Already being dubbed ‘‘Sood effect’’, the two scientists work at the world famous department founded by Nobel laureate Sir C.V.Raman, the discoverer of the ‘Raman Effect’’. The two may have,,,read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

Tiny technology holds big promise for local economy


Centre County has seen big losses in manufacturing jobs in the past few years. But help is on the way, in the form of the tiniest of technological advances. Nanotechnology -- the production of materials and devices on a very small scale -- has become a huge player in local economic development efforts. The proposed Keystone Innovation Zone would link the economies of Centre, Blair and Bedford counties with Penn State research and development in the areas of nanotechnology and materials sciences.

The effort, which will need state funding, makes sense for a number of reasons -- and the timing is perfect. Penn State has become a leader in the field, both nationally and globally. And several local nanotechnology firms have garnered attention, and tax dollars, because of their innovative and important work.

"There are lots of things to brag about at Penn State," Penn State President Graham Spanier said in a recent meeting with Centre Daily Times editors and reporters. "But the truth is that there is only a handful where you can say unequivocally, 'We are No. 1 in the country,' and not get much debate about it. This is an area, materials science, where we are in fact probably the top institution in the world."...read the wave

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Nano Biz: USA

Biophan Reaches Major Milestone in Intellectual Property; Expands Biomedical Technology Portfolio to Total of 80 Patents, Licenses or Applications


Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BIPH), a developer of next-generation biomedical technology, today announced that the company's technology portfolio has swelled to 80 different patents, and pending patent applications either owned by Biophan or its licensors. The portfolio of groundbreaking technologies represents the world's most significant collection of intellectual property focused upon extending the safety, functionality, and compatibility of vital biomedical devices with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), one of medicine's most important diagnostic imaging tools. The announcement was made by Michael Weiner, president and CEO of Biophan.

The Company has expanded its advanced technology portfolio 30% in the last 3 months alone, and the steep rate of technology acquisition is continuing. Biophan's patents and licenses involve several cutting-edge fields of research and development, including nanotechnology and biothermal battery technology....read the wave

Nano News : Japan

Sweltering weather ignites sales of made-for-summer cosmetics


Sales of made-for-summer cosmetics such as sunscreen have been red hot lately thanks to the heat wave and, on a much smaller scale, nanotechnology.

Shiseido Co., the nation's leading cosmetics maker, saw sales of its Anessa brand anti-suntan products jump 45 percent in July from a year earlier. Anessa sunscreen lotions, the brand's mainstay products, put up their best sales figures since the brand was launched in 1992, officials said.

The biggest seller of the lot was Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen lotion, which comes in a 60-milliliter container and costs 3,000 yen, excluding consumption tax.
The lotion features what the company calls ``flower leaf zinc oxide,'' nanometer-sized particles coated by flouride. The flower leaves are said to have enhanced water-repelling abilities and prevent the lotion from turning white upon application.

Nano Wear, a new line of sunscreen products released by Kose Corp. in February, has also exceeded expectations. Total sales by the end of July had already topped a company target by 50 percent, and the maker expects sales will reach their full-year goal by the end of August.
Nano Wear Whitening UV Solution, priced at a tax-exclusive 3,000 yen for a 50-milliliter bottle, is the line's main product.

Kose says the sunscreen inhibits the formation of melanin, which causes liver spots and freckles, and is also an effective skin whitener.

At Kao Corp., sales of Biore Sarasara Powder Sheet products, tissue paper-like sheets designed to wipe up sweat before it starts to smell, doubled in July year on year.

Kao officials, while withholding the exact figures, said monthly sales in July were the highest since the product debuted in March 1999. They added that August sales have also been brisk.
(IHT/Asahi: August 20,2004) (08/20)

Nano Research

193 nm Immersion Litho Continues to Pass Industry Scrutiny, Symposium Finds


VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) --- With no apparent obstacles to slow its progress, 193 nm immersion (193i) lithography continues to move toward manufacturing insertion in 2007 and holds promise for future extension, an international symposium concluded here recently.

The International Symposium on Immersion and 157nm Lithography, which attracted more than 250 attendees and 72 technical papers, generally concluded that initial optimism on 193 nm immersion is being supported by hard data from full-field prototype exposure tools, plus encouraging progress in defectivity, resists, lens coatings, and mask substrates. Meanwhile, Japan's Selete consortium leads development of conventional 157 nm lithography for potential use in future manufacturing.

"Rapid progress is visible on all critical issues for...read the wave

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Nano Biz: USA

Kidde Acquires Worldwide License for the Manufacturing, Marketing and Distribution of All-Clear(TM) Decontamination Foam From US Global Nanospace


COLNBROOK, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Kidde Fire Fighting, a business unit of Kidde plc -- the global fire and safety group (LSE: KID) has entered into a worldwide manufacturing, marketing and distribution agreement for All-Clear™ Chemical/Biological Decontamination Foam with US Global Nanospace, Inc. (OTC BB: USGA).

Under the terms of the license agreement, Kidde has purchased the worldwide rights to manufacture, market and distribute All-Clear to Kidde's worldwide distribution network for which US Global Nanospace will receive a license fee and percentage of All-Clear sales. Kidde has also purchased the rights to use the All-Clear trademark from USGN.

Commenting on the agreement, Doug Vaday -- Managing Director of the Industrial Fire Protection Division of Kidde, said...read the wave



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Nano Biz: USA

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Generates International and Domestic Interest With Distributorships Opening in Mexico and the Northwestern U.S.


CHEYENNE, Wyo., PRNewswire/ -- Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (INI) is finalizing agreements with companies in Mexico and the northwestern United States for distribution of INI's insulation and anti-corrosion product line, Nansulate(TM). The agreements will allow for localized distribution of their products within several regions and allow a wider market to be reached in a shorter period of time.

Nanomerk (http://www.nanomerk.com/) will be the exclusive distributor in Mexico and was one of the first international companies to approach Industrial Nanotech about their new product.

"Mexico's industry is eager to try new technologies that help companies find better solutions, at better prices, that simultaneously bring energy and maintenance costs dramatically down. We believe Nansulate(TM) will be an exciting opportunity to challenge the market to new standards," stated Nanomerk CEO Hector Quintanilla.
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Nano Biz: USA



Harris & Harris Group, Inc., noted today that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to Nanosys, Inc., for up to approximately $14 million over a five- year period to develop nanotechnology-enabled solar cells for power generation solutions in military applications. The initial phase of development is for $2.2 million for 12 months. Nanosys will manage the contract and will collaborate with research and development partners including the University of California at Berkeley, Battelle Memorial Institute, and SAIC. Subsequent phases will be funded upon approval from DARPA. Shareholders may be interested in reading the press release from Nanosys.

Harris & Harris Group owns a 1.58% fully diluted interest in Nanosys, for which it paid $1.5 million in April 2003. On June 30, 2004, the most recent date on which Harris & Harris Group determined its net asset value, it continued to value its holding in Nanosys at its cost to Harris & Harris Group.

Nanosys is a company with broad-based intellectual property that is initially commercializing applications in macroelectronics, photoelectronics, photovoltaics, and chemical and biological sensing. These applications incorporate novel zero and one- dimensional, nanometer-scale materials, such as nanowires and nanocrystals as their principal elements....read the wave

Nano Research

TNT and Talking Cells


Biologists have long known that cells "talk" to each other, but there are a limited number of ways in which this conversation can happen. Some cells speak with neurotransmitters or hormones. Other neighboring cells encode their chatter in ions that pass through the holes in their shared membrane known as gap junctions. In plants, a babble of water and small molecules flows through the plasmodesmata between cells. These forms of communication have been known for decades.

So cell scientists can be excused for their surprise when graduate student Amin Rustom at the University of Heidelberg recently described his evidence for a new conversational medium: entire organelles. This finding generated excitement because these intracellular compartments have the potential to carry cumbersome message packets, such as the fat–loving signaling molecules that don't dissolve in the cell's watery contents, and RNA, which dictates the assembly of new proteins. More novel still, a peculiar kind of delivery service—a long, thin, arrow–straight filament suspended between two cultured cells—ships these complex missives....read the wave


Nano Electronics:

AMD Ships Notebook Chips


It wasn't the first to go small, and it won't be the biggest producer, but AMD's (Quote, Chart) 64-bit 90-nanometer (nm) chips are expected to make waves in the semiconductor pool.

The semiconductor maker said it has shipped its low-power 90nm Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors for thin and light notebooks (previously codenamed "Oakville"). AMD says the desktop chips will ship later this quarter, while its Opteron counterpart for servers will ship later this year. The company also said it is right on schedule to deliver 90nm dual-core products in mid-2005.

"We promised 90 nanometer revenue shipments in the third quarter, and today we're delivering on that promise," Dirk Meyer, AMD executive vice president, said in a statement.

The new chips will eventually compete with other 64-bit 90nm chips from companies, such as...read the wave

Nano News: India

Govt To Commercialise Nanotechnology Products


NEW DELHI: The government is planning to put commercialisation of nanotechnology—one of the promising areas for future growth—on the fast track. It is launching a major initiative to identify prospective nanotechnology products that can be commercialised with the support of research and development (R&D) institutes.

A nanotechnology mission programme will also be launched early next month, said Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI), Pilani, senior scientist S Ahmad. Dr Ahmad is closely associated with the mission programme, representing the R&D institutes....read the wave

Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 66


We are once again pleased to publish news from Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee via their latest Iranian Nano Technology Newsletter.

This link is published as a service to many of our global visitors. Please note that the link is to a non-English language web site so we have not been about to check this link to ascertain if it contains any “non appropriate “ language or statements.

Judging from the earlier high standard of news published items from the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee, Nano Tsunami is happy to add this link to our site. However, Nano Tsunami cannot be held reasonable for any remarks made by the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee web site or their newsletters.

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Future Technology

International collaboration measures velocity of antihydrogen atoms



An international team of scientists has measured the velocity of slow moving or 'cold' antihydrogen atoms for the first time.

The ATRAP collaboration, which brings together Harvard University from the US, Germany's Forschungszentrum Jülich and Max Planck institute and the UK's University of York, is working towards capturing large numbers of cold antihydrogen atoms in a trap. The team is working at CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research.

The development puts the ATRAP team well on the way to understanding anti-elements. The results will also undoubtedly be used for further fundamental physics research, possibly including the most accurate test yet of charge, parity and time reversal (CPT) symmetry - the fundamental symmetry under transformations that involve the inversions of charge, parity and time simultaneously. Symmetry is regarded as a fundamental property of physical laws...read the wave



Nano Tsunami : Guest Writer

Dr. Jose Feneque DVM
Associate Veterinarian Crossroads Animal Hospital

Brief Introduction To The Veterinary Applications Of Nanotechnology

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Nano Research : EU

Europe Concentrates Forces in
the Nanotechnology Area


AlphaGalileo --- The University Twente (The Netherlands), representing a network of 12 partners, has received a considerable grant from the European Commission to implement the nanotechnology program ‘Frontiers’.

Frontiers is a European network which aims at establishing leadership in research and innovation on behalf of life sciences related nanotechnology by integrating the strengths and facilities of the network partners. This integrated approach will strengthen Europe’s position in nanosciences and will increase its competitive R&D position with respect to the US and Japan. In the Frontiers consortium 12 top-level nanotechnology institutes are united including the University of Cambridge, Max Planck in Germany and the Nano Science Group from Toulouse, France.

On August 23 the network gathers in Enschede (The Netherlands) to launch a joint program of activities...read the wave


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Nano News: India

German nanotech firm to open centers in India


NEW DELHI: A German nanotechnology firm Wednesday announced plans to open information centres in major Indian metros for the hottest emerging technology.

Announcing this, Matthias Oesterwinter of Thomas Oesterwinter KG told a seminar on nanotechnology, or NT, organised by the Chamber of Indian Industries (CII) here that the centres would seek to make end-users aware of the technology's benefits.

Georg Wagner of NTC NanoTech Coatings GmbH of Germany said his company was successfully marketing technology for glass coating that makes glass water repelling....read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

RPI researchers land $1.3M grant for nanotech project


Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop nanotube sensors for homeland security.

The nanoscale chemical sensors are designed to detect toxic gases and chemical warfare agents.

"Traditionally, it could take several days to get gas analysis results back from a lab, but first responders don't have that kind of time. They need answers immediately," said Nikhil Koratkar, RPI assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Researchers show how to assemble building blocks for nanotechnology


ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan researchers have discovered a way to self-assemble nanoparticles into wires, sheets, shells and other unusual structures using sticky patches that make the particles group themselves together in programmed ways. This method could be used to fabricate new materials and devices for nanotechnology.

Using computer simulation of model particles, Zhenli Zhang, U-M research fellow in chemical engineering, and Sharon Glotzer, U-M associate professor in chemical engineering, studied the self-assembly of particles with sticky molecular "patches" on their surfaces---discrete interaction sites that cause particles to stick together at just the right places to make the grouping organized...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

Nanosys Awarded U.S. Defense Department Contract to Develop Flexible Solar Cells


PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanosys, Inc. today announced that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract to Nanosys and its collaborators to support the development of flexible low cost solar cells. The award has a potential value of approximately $14 million over a five-year period. The initial 12-month Phase 1 of the program will include up to $2.2 million of funding to Nanosys and its collaborators. Additional phases of development will be funded based upon the approval of DARPA....read the wave


Nano Reports :

Nano-Storage Market to Reach
$65.7 billion by 2011


Sterling, Virginia: By 2011 the market for nano-engineered information storage devices will be worth $65.7 billion, according to a new report from NanoMarkets, LC, a leading nanotechnology industry analysis firm. The new report provides forecasts and analysis of the markets for MRAM, FRAM, holographic memory, ovonic unified memory, molecular memory, nanotube RAM, MEMS-based memory and polymer memory, all of which are expected to generate initial revenues in the next couple of years. ...read the wave


Nano Event: USA

SRI Sponsors Clean Energy and Nanocatalyst Conference; Co-hosted Event with nanoSIG and nanoStellar Inc. Will Focus on Key Role of Nanocatalysts for the Environment and Industry


MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Dr. Larry Dubois, Vice President of the Physical Sciences division at SRI International, an independent, non-profit research and development organization, will open a day of discussions about clean energy, clean air, nanocatalysts, photo electrochemical hydrogen production and next generation fuel cells this Friday. Event details are as follows:...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA - Canada

tinytechjobs Expands its Network of Nanotechnology-Related Job Sites into Canada


ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 17, 2004--tinytechjobs, a career web site focused on jobs in nanotechnology, microtechnology, biotechnology, and information technology, have announced that it has been selected by the Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance to develop and host the Canadian Nanotechnology Job Centre. Companies, government agencies, and academic institutions can post Canadian-based jobs on this dedicated site that will be viewed by thousands of experienced and highly qualified individuals. "The Canadian Nanotechnology Job Centre offers a unique meeting place for prospective employers and job seekers in Canada's vibrant nanotechnology community. tinytechjobs has built a highly professional on-line service that is a natural extension to our association's mission," according to Neil Gordon, President of the Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance. The Job Centre can be found at: http://cnba.tinytechjobs.com.
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Nano Biz: USA

Gemz Corp. Signs Definitive Agreement with Terra Solar Subsidiary for Nanotechnology Assets


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)---GEMZ Corp., (OTC: GMZP - News) have announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, International Nanotechnology Corporation (INC) has signed a definitive agreement with TSDC-N, a joint venture created by Terra Solar Development Corp. (TSDC) and Dr. S. Kulcsar. TSDC is a leading developer of photovoltaic and nanocell technology. INC will acquire substantially all of its nanotechnology assets of TSDC-N and an exclusive license to sell certain photovoltaic products being developed by TSDC in the United States as well. Previously GEMZ Corp. had announced the signing of a letter of intent in connection with this transaction.
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Nano Reports: USA

Optical lithography refinement essential to meet increasing challenge from NGL technologies

Technical Insights Semiconductor Microlithography Analysis

Palo Alto, Calif. - -- Optical lithography may currently offer the advantage of high wafer throughputs, but to sustain in the long term and compete with the next generation lithography (NGL) technologies, it must deliver finer resolution and achieve the desired quality, reliability, and cost targets.

"Constant improvements in optical lithography are likely to play a crucial role in assisting the semiconductor industry to achieve shrinking device sizes and increased chip performance," says Technical Insights Research Analyst Sivakumar Muthuramalingam.

Extending optical lithography toward the...read the wave



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Nano Medicine : USA



GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The molecule of life just got a new job description.

University of Florida scientists have coaxed a piece of DNA to act in concert with a filter-like membrane and tiny hollow tubes called nanotubes to find and retrieve other DNA dissolved in a solution. It’s the first time researchers have turned to a nanotube filter based on DNA to perform a task now routine in medical research, criminal forensics and other areas.

An article about the research, authored by several scientists in UF chemistry professor Charles Martin’s laboratory, is scheduled to appear Friday in the journal Science...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

ASU researchers demonstrate new technique that improves the power of atomic force microscopy


TEMPE, Ariz. – A team of researchers have developed a method that could vastly improve the ability of atomic force microscopes to "see" the chemical composition of a sample, follow variations of the sample, as well as map its topographic structure.

The advance could have significant implications for drug development by allowing scientists to monitor the effects of potential drugs on an ever-smaller scale, according to Stuart Lindsay, director of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and a lead researcher on the project.

Lindsay, an ASU professor in the department of physics and astronomy said the new technique allows an atomic force microscope to "see," on a nanometer scale, the chemical composition of molecules...read the wave


Future Technology : Germany

Germany pushes for EU ban on embryo cloning


Reacting to the UK's decision to legalise the cloning of human embryos for medical research, German doctors and politicians have called for a EU-wide ban on the practice.

Although cloning is already illegal in Germany, medical associations are calling on the German government to take a strong stance on the issue and advocate an international ban.

'We can't allow embryos to be harvested like raw materials,' said the president of the German Medical Association, Jürg-Dietrich Hoppe, at a press conference, as he called for all forms of embryo cloning to be made illegal...read the wave


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Nano Biz : USA

Biophan and NASA Ames Research Center for Nanotechnology Announce Joint Development Agreement

Space Act Agreement Focused on Development of Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Implantable Power Systems


MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. & ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH), have announced that its TE-Bio subsidiary has signed an agreement with NASA for characterization and joint development of high-density, nanoengineered thermoelectric materials for use with implantable medical devices. Research will be conducted at the NASA Ames Research Center for Nanotechnology in Moffett Field, CA.

Successful outcomes of the agreement are anticipated to provide breakthrough power generation systems for use in implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers, as well as long-life, light-weight power for use in future space exploration applications. Specifically, NASA is supporting Biophan's efforts and hoping to utilize its technology to further develop on-board power for astronaut health monitors...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

NSF grants $1.3 million to develop
Photonic Crystal Fiber nanosensors

Academic/industrial research team led by Stevens’ Dr. Henry Du

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Stevens Institute of Technology’s Dr. Henry Du and his research team have pioneered work on the integration of photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) with nanoscale technologies that will potentially lead to robust chemical and biological sensing devices. The National Science Foundation recently granted Du’s team $1.3 million to pursue a multidisciplinary project in the area.

Using molecular and nanoscale surface modification, state-of-the-art laser techniques, and computer simulation, their research seeks to enhance the prospects of PCF sensors, sensor arrays, and sensor networks for diverse applications such as remote and dynamic environmental monitoring, manufacturing process safety, medical diagnosis, early warning of biological and chemical warfare, and homeland defense...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA

JMAR Britelight Laser Selected
for Special Applications


JMAR Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMAR) reports that its proprietary Britelight(TM) laser is being applied to leading edge applications by two of its customers. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has awarded a contract to JMAR to supply its Britelight(TM) laser to condition laser crystals used by the National Ignition Facility, a 192-beam laser system under construction at LLNL. Separately, as part of an SBIR research project, OPOTEK, Inc. reports success in using the Britelight(TM) laser with an OPOTEK doubler to increase bio-detection throughput.

JMAR's Research Division General Manager, Dr. Scott Bloom, said "We are pleased that our Britelight(TM) laser meets LLNL's stringent requirements for beam quality, pulse energy, short pulse width, and high repetition rate. Our laser will be used by...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA

Nanomix Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Breakthrough Medical Sensor


EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanomix Inc., a leading nanotechnology company which is commercializing a line of nanoelectronic sensors for industrial and biomedical applications, today announced that it has been awarded a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award will be used to continue Nanomix's development of a medical capnography sensor. Capnography is the measurement of carbon dioxide concentration in human respiration and is a standard of care during administration of anesthesia in the operating room...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

Altair Nanotechnologies Appoints New Chief Executive Officer


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/16/2004 -- Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI), today announced that it has appointed Alan J. Gotcher, Ph.D. as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Gotcher fills the position created by the May 1, 2004 retirement of Dr. William P. Long. Dr. Gotcher has been working with Altair as a management consultant since May 2004.

"Dr. Gotcher has a record of bridging unmet market needs with technology-based product and service solutions," said Altair Board Chairman Jon N. Bengtson. "His almost 30 years of experience in successfully taking new technology to diverse markets and leading development teams with companies such as Avery Dennison and Raychem Corporation adds significant depth to our management team. His management skills and technology expertise are particularly important to the company as Altair is positioned for significant growth in both its life sciences and performance materials businesses."
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Nano Debate : USA

How Big Will Nano Become?


From the President’s Nanotechnology Bill signed last December to the Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index (NNZ on NASDAQ) created in March to the recently cancelled Nano-sys IPO, the “buzz” in the financial community is awash with a nanotechnology fervor reminiscent of similar periods of enthusiasm in biotechnology over the past ten years.

But the distinction with nanotech is that it’s based on a physical linear dimension, the nanometer or a billionth of a meter. Natural nanotech processes have been around since the beginning of time, it is researchers’ ability now to analyze, evaluate, manipulate, and control specific materials at the nanoscale level that makes this process so important today. And many of these controllable nanotech processes are not really new, either. The semiconductor industry has been involved with them for nearly 20 years, and so has the instrumentation industry, the coating industry, and the life science community, among others. So what makes nanotech so hot in 2004?...read the wave

Nano News: Taiwan

Taiwan sights a nanotech future

Predicts nanotechnology and biotechnology as star industries of the future; has filed 6545 patents of which 3003 are in high tech areas.


MUMBAI: Biotechnology and nanotechnology are tomorrow's star industries in Taiwan, said Paul Wang, director, Bilateral Trade Division, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.

Speaking on the topic "Taiwan - your partner for globalization" at the Nasscom event, he said, Taiwan is known for its technical skills. Taiwan has high number of patents filed with US. It has so far 6545 patents of which 3003 are in high tech areas. For approved patents in the US in the year 2000, Taiwan ranked fourth in the world, behind US, Japan and Germany. The economy of Taiwan has increased from 3.2 percent to 5 percent. Capital goods market too has increased in Taiwan from 14 - 23 percent…read the wave

Nano Debate: UK

Brits ignorant of Nanotechnology

A survey in London reveals that most Britons have no idea what nanotechnology is and the rest think it will have a beneficial effect in the future


LONDON: Most Britons have never heard of Nanotechnology and have no idea what it is, according to a survey released.

But the majority of the 29 per cent of people questioned in the poll who were aware of it think the ultra-small scale technology will have a beneficial effect in the future.

The survey was carried out by the Royal Society, an academy of leading scientists and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

"Nanotechnology involves studying and working with matter at an ultra-small scale, and a nanometer is just one-millionth of a millimeter in length. It is not really a shock to discover that most people have not heard about nanotechnology, …read the wave

Nano News: Austria

EV Group Opens Second Customer-Support Center in Japan


SCHARDING, Austria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 17, 2004--EV Group (EVG), a global supplier of wafer-bonding and lithography equipment, announced today that it has opened a second customer-support center in Japan with a significant increase in engineering staff to better serve its growing customer base in that country.
The EV Group Customer Support Center Kyushu is in Fukuoka, a city of 1.3 million people on the island of Kyushu. The island, which has become a focal point for emerging technology research, accounts for nearly one-third of Japan's semiconductor production.

"EV Group is committed to providing a strong service and support network, to ensure that volume production installations receive timely service and access to information," said Dr. Peter Podesser, chief executive officer of EV Group. "Moreover, Kyushu has established itself as a technology hotspot, which presents EV Group with opportunities to expand our customer base and participate in the significant R&D efforts underway in SOI, MEMs and nanotechnology."
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Nano Research : USA

Paper explains ferroelectrics memory losses

While the memory inside electronic devices may often be more reliable than that of humans, it, too, can worsen over time.

Now a team of scientists from UW-Madison and Argonne National Laboratory may understand why. The results were published in a recent edition of the journal Nature Materials.

Smart cards, buzzers inside watches and even ultrasound machines all take advantage of ferroelectrics, a family of materials that can retain information, as well as transform electrical pulses into auditory or optical signals, or vice versa.

“The neat thing about these materials is that they have built-in electronic memory that doesn't require any power,” explains Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Paul Evans, a co-author of the recent paper...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

Zyvex and XEI Scientific Sign Reseller Agreement


Zyvex Corporation and XEI Scientific have announced an exclusive worldwide reseller agreement for Zyvex to sell the Evactron® Anti-Contaminator Product. Under this agreement Zyvex will also integrate the Evactron A-C with the Zyvex Nanomanipulator/Prober and sell it as a unified system.

Zyvex’s Nanomanipulator/Prober enables rapid-response device failure analysis at the contact level for better, faster, and more cost-effective IC development. A clean environment is critical when probing the most advanced sub-100 nanometer feature size devices available in today's semiconductor industry....read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Mayo Clinic researcher uses supercomputer to model a SARS viral enzyme


Mayo Clinic researcher Yuan-Ping Pang, Ph.D., a chemist and head of the Computer-Aided Molecular Design Laboratory, reports results produced by the terascale computer he designed, built and managed. Using 800 PC processors harnessed together, Dr. Pang analyzed the SARS viral genome and built, atom by atom, the instantaneous 3D structures of the viral enzyme -- each of which is composed of 8,113 atoms -- just 20 days after the SARS viral genome was made public....read the wave


Nano Electronics: EU

European alliance grows for 45-nm gate stack push


Grenoble, France — Collaborative research is cranking up in Europe, as France's CEA Laboratory of Electronics and Information Technologies (LETI) has gathered partners in a project to develop a 45-nanometer-and-beyond CMOS gate stack with a high-k insulator and metal gate electrodes.

The partnership is based at the French Atomic Energy Commission's (CEA) LETI's new 300-mm research facility here called Nanotec 300.

Tokyo Electron Ltd., the world's second-largest equipment company, recently signed an agreement to participate in Nanotec 300, joining the three partners of the Crolles, France, process development alliance: Freescale Semiconductor, Philips and STMicroelectronics....read the wave

Nano Electronics:

AMD Ahead in 90nm, Firm Reports

Shipments of AMD64 notebooks on 90nm began last week, within AMD’s schedule for shipments prior to the end of Q3, making it one of the few companies that does not seem to have had significant delays or defect issues on its 90nm technology, according to a recent Goldman Sachs report.

Desktop AMD64 shipments on 90nm are scheduled to commence next month, followed by servers, with market share for the latter expected to reach 10 percent by year-end. In the report, Hector Ruiz, CEO of AMD, said the company should see 50 percent of total MPU revenues on AMD64 by year-end, with units crossing over in Q2 2005...read the wave

Nano Products: USA

Lighting the GE Way


Contrary to popular lore, Thomas Edison didn't invent the first lightbulb. That was Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, a British chemist, physicist, and inventor. Edison simply came up with one that could burn for 600 hours instead of 40, making it the first commercially viable "electric lamp" in history.

For scientists at General Electric's global research facility in Niskayuna, New York, that's more than trivia. It's a guiding principle for Anil Duggal, 38, an amiable chemistry researcher who is trying to pull off an Edison-like feat. Duggal and a cross-disciplinary team of scientists at the center want to develop a new kind of electric lamp using an emerging technology called organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), most easily thought of as light-up plastic.

Why? Call it creative destruction. Or, for the slightly more jaded perspective, call it a Hail Mary pass to salvage the iconic but struggling GE Lighting business (now part of GE's $14 billion consumer and industrial division). In 2002, it lost all of its Home Depot business to rival Philips. That single defeat wiped out a full 7% of the unit's annual sales. Business hasn't improved much since. And in a commodity line such as lighting, Duggal's work also fits in nicely with CEO Jeffrey Immelt's push to foster innovations that let GE widen its margins with hard-to-copy products rather than competing on incremental improvements and price....read the wave

Future Technology

How Tech Got Its Groove Back


Cautiously optimistic. Those are the words you hear, from Silicon Valley to New York City, when you ask about the mood of the technology industry today. From young startups to old pros, everybody is looking hopefully forward while keeping one eye on the pitfalls of the past. And in the thick of it all, entrepreneurs are lighting the way with solid business plans and a careful attitude toward funding.

OK, now brace yourself. Internet companies are making a comeback. Not money-burning dotcoms as we knew them, but businesses like CertificateSwap.com, an online marketplace for buying and selling gift certificates. CEO Cameron Johnson is a veteran of more than a dozen ventures. He's also 19 and living in a dorm at Virginia Tech. Internet entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch these days...read the wave

Nano Products: USA

U.S. Military Develops Unique Proccess Utilizing Nanotechnolgy Now Available Through Diamon-Fusion USA West.

Diamon-Fusion Technology works by filling in the microscopic peaks and valleys that make up the surface of glass. Patented in 52 countries around the world, the Diamon-Fusion technology is not a coating that can peel and blister over time. Using a Chemical Vapor Deposition Process, the Diamon-Fusion Technology transforms a liquid catalyst into a vapor that fills the peaks and valleys creating an ultra smooth surface that glass by itself does not possess. The surface to be fused goes through a cleaning process and is then coated with a liquid catalyst (in cases of high humidity, no catalyst is necessary). A specially designed machine pumps out a "fog-like" vapor containing the special chemicals needed to make the molecular change. The process happens in a split-second and the glass is immediately usable. All chemicals become inert within seconds...read the wave


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Nano Research : USA

Carbon nanotubes eliminate manufacturing woe


Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered that the addition of carbon nanotubes to a common commercial polymer, polypropylene, leads to dramatic changes in how the molten polymer flows. This process eliminates a widespread manufacturing headache known as "die-swell" in which polymers swell in undesirable directions when passing through the exit port of an extruder (a machine for producing more or less continuous lengths of plastic sections).

Researchers have been adding small amounts of nanotubes--tiny tubes of carbon about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair--to polypropylene in hopes of dramatically enhancing the material's strength and other properties...read the wave


Nano Biz : EU

EU project targets small materials


The European Commission is providing 24 million euro for a Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) Integrated Project aimed at developing a new range of nanoscale smart plastics materials in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way. These materials will be applied to a wide range of products.

The project is called NAIMO, which stands for 'Nanoscale integrated processing of self-organising multifunctional organic materials', and is unique in that it will 'transform a plastic film substrate into a multifunctional composite,' explains project coordinator Professor Yves Henri Geerts from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. This will be achieved by combining organic nanoelectronics with solution-based additive manufacturing techniques such as printing....read the wave



Nano Biz: Global

Nanotech Extracts Benefits For Oil Industry


Big oil companies such as Chevron-Texaco Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. have dedicated resources to researching and developing micro and nanoscale technologies for exploration, production or refining. Their efforts include investing in or collaborating with startups, and establishing in-house business units.

Director for advanced technology at ConocoPhillips reports that the continues to “keep an eye out on the development of nanotech” to help overcome challenges. SouthWest NanoTechnologies, a spinout of ConocoPhillips and Oklahoma University. Norman, Okla.-based SouthWest used money from ConocoPhillips to construct a pilot plant to manufacture single-wall carbon nanotubes while keeping an eye on commercial possibilities.

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Nano Biz : USA

Norwalk technology firm is working with Lucent to develop nanotech power cells


Ron Durando's first experiments with batteries were big.

The Nutley, N.J., native recalls rigging a windmill to 10 car batteries that lit a bank of 10, 100-watt light bulbs.

It was an experiment during the 1970s energy crisis that made little sense but was fun for Durando, who set up the windmill outside an electric manufacturing company where he worked as a high school intern.

"Every once in a while the wind would blow and the thing would spin a couple of times," Durando said. "But we knew it would never work -- the batteries were 10 times the size of the light bulbs."

These days, Durando's experiments with batteries are small.

Really small.

His company, mPhase Technologies, is working with Lucent's Bell Labs and the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium to develop a minuscule long-lasting battery using nanotechnology...read the wave


Nano Medicine: USA

Emory researchers map structure
of anti-cancer molecule

Scientists at Emory University, in collaboration with researchers at three national laboratories, have solved the structural puzzle of how an emerging class of promising cancer drugs work to halt cell division. The discovery potentially opens the door to the creation of more effective cancer treatments.

"Uncovering and mapping the structure of this model system will assist scientists around the world in creating new compounds that hopefully will lead to new cancer drugs," says researcher Jim Snyder, an Emory chemist and director of biostructural research at the university.

The results, reported in the Aug. 6 issue of the journal Science, include the first three-dimensional, atomic-scale images of the binding site where one of the drugs, epothilone A, interacts with a key protein controlling cell division...read the wave


Nano Medicine: USA

PSU receives grant for high-tech microscope

Electron microscope would be capable of viewing delicate tissue

Portland State's Rempfer Lab team working on a more advanced microscope got a big boost this spring, when the nanoscience researchers won a $741,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The team's plan is to develop a photoelectron microscope that will have greater resolution than any microscope yet. Though he says it's an ambitious goal, Koenenkamp thinks the new instrument will be able to give researchers a better view of viruses, and possibly macro-molecular assemblies and DNA structure.

The support is more than just financial. The team's physicist, professor Rolf Koenenkamp, said that getting the grant is a vote of confidence for the team's proposal...read the wave


Nano Products : EU

Nanophase Receives European Patent


Nanophase also announced the recent issuing of European Patent, “Siloxane Star-Graft Polymers, Ceramic Powders Coated Therewith and Method of Preparing Coated Ceramic Powders.” This patent extends Nanophase’s patent protection for surface treatment of nanoparticles to include the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. This surface treatment technology has been commercially scaled and, together with Nanophase’s patented nanoparticle production technologies, comprise a platform of integrated nanotechnologies. The Company noted that it had also grown its US patent portfolio by approximately 150% since 2000...read the wave



Ahead of schedule,
Hydrogen Solar Ltd more than doubles performance of its Tandem Cell™


Hydrogen Solar Ltd, the UK-based hydrogen production research and development company have announced it has more than doubled the performance of its world leading Tandem Cell™ technology, and is moving towards the 10 percent benchmark accepted for commercial production.

The increase means that the Tandem Cell™ is now able to directly convert more than 8 percent of sunlight energy directly into pure hydrogen fuel.

The target 10 percent performance level was recognised in 2003 by the industry as the common benchmark for commercially viable production on the open energy market...read the wave


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Nano Medicine : Canada

Small bumps could make a big difference
for hip replacement

By Caitlin Crawshaw

When patients undergo hip replacement surgery, they can hope for 10 to 15 years of use before the implant wears out. After that, they will need another artificial hip--a surgery that will probably be less successful than the first one. And for a handful of unlucky patients, a hip replacement will fail within the first year, requiring another surgery.

A research team led by University of Alberta chemist Dr. Hisham Fenniri is working to change that outcome. Using nanotechnology, the team is developing a method for making artificial hips last longer. If the technique works, it could make hip replacement surgery more economical and minimize patient pain.

"The goal of our work is to minimize the number of surgeries a person goes through in a lifetime,” said Fenniri. "You want an implant that will last the longest possible amount of time."...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Self-assembling and biologically active artificial pores may lead to a future full of holes

PHILADELPHIA – In the August 12 issue of the journal Nature, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania detail the creation of a library of small protein-like molecules that can self-assemble to form hollow corkscrew-like pores that could mimic pores seen in living systems. These molecules, formed from short chains of amino acids called peptides attached to tree-like fragments called dendrons, represent the first successful attempt at creating man-made pores that can form in solution and in bulk.

"Using variations on naturally-occurring and synthetic amino acids, we could create a nearly unlimited variety of pores of different shapes and sizes," said Virgil Percec, a professor in Penn's Department of Chemistry. "We can foresee creating pores to mimic biological function, to filter out one molecule from a solution or to carry specific molecules across cellular membranes."...read the wave


Nano Biz:

GEMZ Corp. says Independent Research Estimates Global Nanotechnology Market to Reach $29 Billion by 2008

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. --GEMZ Corp., (OTC: GMZP) have announced that Business Communication Company, Inc. has released an independent report that estimates total global demand for nanoscale materials, tools, and devices was estimated at $7.6 billion in 2003 and is expected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 30.6% to reach $28.7 billion in 2008. Comparing nanotechnology to other key emerging technologies, the global nanotechnology market, at about $7 billion in 2002, was roughly comparable in size to the biotechnology sector, but far smaller than the $800 billion global informatics market. However, the nanotechnology market is believed to be growing more than twice as fast as either of the other two...read the wave.


Nano Research : USA

USF working hard to make alternative
fuels a reality

Thanks to a recent $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and continuing funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the University of South Florida's Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) continues to pursue research to develop new materials and processes to help produce hydrogen as a safe, efficient and clean usable fuel while improving the performance of existing hydrogen fuel cells.

At a time of skyrocketing oil prices and pressing concerns about clean air, the development of a vehicle power source that emits no pollutants has never been more important. When burned in an engine as fuel, hydrogen produces no emissions with water the only byproduct. However, producing hydrogen is still expensive and researchers are looking for less expensive and more efficient ways of producing it...read the wave


Nano Research : USA - India

Efficient Filters Produced From Carbon Nanotubes

Filters remove nano-scale germs from water,
heavy hydrocarbons from petroleum

TROY, N.Y. — Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Banaras Hindu University (India) have devised a simple method to produce carbon nanotube filters that efficiently remove micro- to nano-scale contaminants from water and heavy hydrocarbons from petroleum. Made entirely of carbon nanotubes, the filters are easily manufactured using a novel method for controlling the cylindrical geometry of the structure.

“The research demonstrates how to spray well-ordered nanotube structures directly onto a substrate,” said Pulickel M. Ajayan, professor of materials engineering at Rensselaer and one of the authors of “Carbon Nanotube Filters,” which describes the manufacture and application of the filters in the September issue of Nature Materials. The work was supported in part by the Center for the Directed Assembly of Nanostructures at Rensselaer and the Ministry of Education in India....read the wave


Nano Products:

TOR Minerals Develops New Nanoparticle Pigments

These new pigments are the first of a number of new products the company is introducing that utilize the company's propriety production process. The propriety process allows TOR to economically produce commercial quantities of nanoparticle size pigments. TOR offers its customers the ability to make materials that are harder, stronger, higher gloss, more fire retardant, and more wear resistant. Future applications planned for its nanoparticle
pigments include paper and plastics...read the wave


Nano Debate:

Nanotech is Godzilla


Nanotechnology - the manipulation of matter on the atomic scale - is recognised everywhere as the next major technological revolution. Billions of dollars are being spent world-wide in the race to develop nano-devices and materials, with many already on the market. Little, however, is said about the dark side of nanotech: hazardous substances, military applications, and a huge leap in corporate power...read the wave


Nano News : China



Prior to 2000, the Chinese media made practically no mention of the concept of "nanotechnology" (nami jishu) or its potential for revolutionizing China's high tech industry. Today, however, dozens of major Chinese research centers and hundreds of enterprises engage in the production of nanotechnologies, which has quickly become a multibillion-Yuan industry. Concentrated in China's major economic centers such as Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong, these urban hubs account for some 90 percent of all nanotech Research and Development.

The rapid development of China's nanotech industry is due in large part to the intervention of the central government. Apparently added to a list of priority technologies at the end of the 1990s, nanotech has enjoyed state funding since then through National 863 Hi-Tech R&D Plan. The plan provided huge investments for nanotech projects from both the central and local governments....read the wave


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Nano Medicine: USA


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group.

By encouraging ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules to self-assemble into 3-D shapes resembling spirals, triangles, rods and hairpins, the group has found what could be a method of constructing lattices on which to build complex microscopic machines. From such RNA blocks, the group has already constructed arrays that are several micrometers in diameter - still microscopically small, but exciting because manipulating controllable structures of this size from nanoparticles is one of nanotechnology's main goals.

"Our work shows that we can control the construction of ...read the wave


Nano Electronics: Canada


Canadian researchers have shown that nanotechnology can be used to pave the way to a supercharged Internet based entirely on light. The discovery could lead to a network 100 times faster than today's.

In a study published today in Nano Letters, Professor Ted Sargent and colleagues advance the use of one laser beam to direct another with unprecedented control, a featured needed inside future fibre-optic networks. "This finding showcases the power of nanotechnology: to design and create purpose-built custom materials from the molecule up," says Sargent, a professor at U of T's Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Until now, engineering researchers have been unable to capitalize on theoreticians' predictions of the power of light to control light. The failure of real materials to live up to their theoretical potential has become known as the "Kuzyk quantum gap" in molecular nonlinear optics. "Molecular materials used to switch light signals with light have, until now, been considerably weaker than fundamental physics say they could be," says Sargent. "With this work, the ultimate capacity to process information-bearing signals using light is within our practical grasp."...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

NanoString Technologies, Inc. Raises $4.3 Million in Early Stage Capital; Initiates Development of Molecular Bar Coding System

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NanoString Technologies, Inc., an early stage nanotechnology company developing bar coding systems for single molecules, have announced that it has raised $4.3 million in early stage capital. The investment was jointly led by OVP Venture Partners, of Kirkland, Wash., and Draper Fisher Jurvetson of Menlo Park, Calif.

"We are very pleased to have the support of two well respected venture capital groups," stated H. Perry Fell, Ph.D., NanoString president and chief executive officer. "The capital that we have raised will enable us to accelerate our development program that was initiated in Dr. Leroy Hood's lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) here in Seattle."

NanoString has an exclusive license agreement with the ISB, for the rights to technology developed by Dr. Krassen Dimitrov, chief scientific officer of NanoString and former director of Microarrays, under the leadership of Dr. Hood at the ISB. NanoString is developing a system that is anticipated to ultimately be as much as 100,000 times more sensitive than a DNA microarray and can scan entire transcriptomes in minutes...read the wave


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Future Technology: UK - USA

Scientists seal $1 million from NASA
to put stem cells in space

AlphaGalileo---As British scientists are given the go-ahead to clone human embryos, two Kingston University researchers have linked up with NASA in the first ever collaboration on space medicine between the United Kingdom and the United States. The $US1 million project aims to explore ways to protect astronauts from space radiation in preparation for a manned mission to Mars in 2020. Dr Colin McGuckin and Dr Nico Forraz, from the University’s School of Life Sciences, will fly out to NASA’s Johnson Space Centre later this year to begin a series of experiments that could also produce significant health benefits for people back on Earth.

Dr McGuckin and Dr Forraz first met NASA officials at an international stem cell biology conference in San Francisco last year. The agency is particularly keen to tap into the...read the wave


Nano Debate: EU

Europe opens comment period on nanotech

The European Commission has started a discussion on its strategy for developing Europe’s nanotechnology industry, and is seeking comments on its proposals put forward in June.

While the European Union is at the forefront of research into nanotechnology, this position is in danger of being eroded, with both the US and Japan investing more per capita in the new technology. Among the EC’s proposals are a doubling in funding for the sector in its next research budget in 2006.

“Europe must build upon the solid knowledge base that it has developed through research in nanosciences and nanotechnologies and translate this into useful and commercially viable products and services,” commented Philippe Busquin, the European Research Commissioner.

"At the same time we must play a proactive role for ensuring its safe and responsible development and use, also at global level,” European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin said. “It now important to gather the views of all stakeholders in order to help prepare effective and efficient future initiatives at European level.” ...read the wave

Nano Electronics

Quantum dots poised for production line

PORTLAND, Ore. — University researchers are using self-assembly techniques and chip-related chemistry to develop a process for mass producing tiny crystals called quantum dots.

Semiconductor nanocrystals promise a quantum leap over traditional optoelectronics due to their unique and size-tunable properties. Quantum dots measure a few nanometers in size and are already revolutionizing biological and environmental sensing due to their size-dependent luminescence.

Other applications include telecommunications, photovoltaics, lasers and quantum computing.

A research team at the University at Buffalo claims to have discovered a simple way to mass-produce quantum dots with extreme precision, in nearly any desirable size, using a technique based on self assembly and room-temperature chemistry…read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

ThinkEquity Names Stuart Pulvirent Managing Director and Senior Analyst of Life Sciences and Nanotechnology

SAN FRANCISCO, PRNewswire/ -- ThinkEquity Partners, a leading research-centric institutional investment bank focused on growth sectors of the economy, have announced that Stuart Pulvirent has joined the firm as a managing director and senior research analyst focused on nanotechnology and life sciences. Pulvirent will serve as one of Wall Street's first analysts focused exclusively on nanotechnology. In his new position at ThinkEquity, Pulvirent will head ThinkEquity's healthcare research group and work to enhance its growing reputation.

Pulvirent brings 20 years of investment experience to ThinkEquity. Prior to joining the firm, he was a founding member of the hedge fund Axia Capital Management. He also held research management and training roles at Lehman Brothers and Zweig-DiMenna Associates. A winner of Institutional Investor All-Star Honors for six consecutive years, Pulvirent also was named to the Wall Street Journal All-Team in his only year eligible. Also in 1997, he pioneered investment research on materials science and nanotechnology. Pulvirent earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School and holds a degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University...read the wave


Nano Biz: Ireland


Dublin, Ireland, August 11, 2004. NTERA Ltd., the market-leading developer of NanoChromicsTM displays (NCDTM) using state-of-the-art patented nanostructured materials, has announced an agreement with a Swedish consortium - The Nanodynamics Group - to acquire two families of patent applications in the field of electrochromic applications.

The patent applications acquired are as follows:

Title: Method for manufacturing sealed monolithic electrochemical systems and sealed monolithic electrochemical system

Title: Electrochromic device based on nanocrystalline materials
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Nano Electronics: USA

SiGen Announces Breakthrough in Strained Silicon Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)----Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) have announced that it has successfully developed a new wafer-level strained substrate technology, called "Next-Generation Strain" or NGS. NGS features uniaxial strain instead of biaxial strain and avoids the mobility degradation and the high defect levels associated with current silicon-germanium (SiGe) based biaxially strained silicon or strained silicon on insulator (s-SOI). Several chip manufacturers, including Intel and Texas Instruments, have successfully demonstrated the significant benefits of uniaxial strain at the transistor level. Intel pioneered the use of uniaxial strain-enhanced transistor technology and is already using it in its 90nm process. Until today, only local transistor-level uniaxial strain has been available. SiGen is changing that with the introduction of the NGS wafer-level strained substrate...read the wave


Nano Electronics: In Dutch

SiGen: Doorbraak in strained

Silicon Genesis kondigt de succesvolle ontwikkeling aan van "Next-Generation Strain". NGS beschikt over zogenaamde 'uniaxial strain' in plaats van 'biaxial strain' en vermijdt de mobiliteitsdegradatie en de hogere slijtage die in verband worden gebracht met de oudere technologie. Verscheidene chipfabrikanten waaronder Intel en Texas Instruments hebben met succes de voordelen van uniaxal strain op transistorniveau aangetoond. ...read the wave


Nano Research: Germany

“Macaroni” of carbon atoms

As early as 1991 Japanese researchers discovered that carbon atoms can form tiny tubes whose walls are just one atom thick. Since then, “nanotubes” have become one of the most important research subjects of nanotechnology. Particularly in molecular electronics, they were quickly recognised as the basic building blocks of electronic components. However, up until now there has been one difficulty: production always results in a mixture of two types of nanotubes with differing electric properties. Depending on the arrangement of atoms in the walls, the carbon macaroni either behave like metals or like semiconductors. Only now has the work of the Karlsruhe research team made it possible to separate the semiconducting and metallic tubes from each other in a solution and so to sort them. “In an alternating electrical field with a frequency of 10 million Hertz, the metallic and the semiconducting nano¬tubes drift in opposite directions and can hence be separated. The non-metallic tubes stay in the solution,” explains the physicist Dr. Ralph Krupke. Together with the chemist Dr. Frank Hennrich, he was able to solve the problem using a multidisciplinary approach...read the wave


Nano Debate : India

Report advises caution over nanotech use :

Technology India: Nanotechnology that ignited sci-fi brains to conjure up nanobots -- tiny self-evolving robots that turn the living planet into a 'grey goo' -- needs to be handled cautiously, says a new scientific report.

Though the report released last week scotched fears about nanobots, signifying a science gone out of hand as conjured up in Michael Crichton's 2002 fiction "Prey", it still recommended a wide-ranging set of precautions.

The report by Britain's Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering was initiated after Prince Charles called for scientific discretion echoing public fears about nanotechnology -- nano being a billionth of a metre -- triggering an environmental fallout if not an apocalyptic catastrophe…read the wave

Nano Biz: USA


Harris & Harris Group, Inc., have announced that it has invested $887,500 as part of a $3.3 million round of financing by privately held NanoOpto Corporation (www.nanoopto.com). The funding is from existing equity partners Morgenthaler Ventures; U.S. Trust's Excelsior Venture Partners III, L.L.C.; Draper Fisher Jurvetson
(DFJ) Gotham Ventures and New England Ventures; Bessemer Venture Partners and Harris & Harris Group. Harris & Harris Group originally invested in NanoOpto in March, 2002. Harris & Harris Group now owns approximately 11.6 percent of the fully diluted equity in privately held NanoOpto.

NanoOpto is applying proprietary nano-fabrication technology to the rapid design and high-volume manufacture of nano-optic devices for optical components and systems. The company's nanometer scale optical function design capability, combined with wafer-based manufacturing methods, delivers optical components that are directed at increasing performance and lowering cost.
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Nano Biz: Austria

Security, health, IT, aerospace and massive earnings

Nanotechnology is one of the most important developments to arise from scientific research during recent years. It involves working with materials on the smallest of scales and offers the potential to create products or manipulate materials in fields ranging from aerospace to healthcare. It also offers the possibility of massive earnings on a global scale.

A nanometre is a billionth of a metre or 10 times the diameter of a hydrogen atom, and the multidisciplinary field of nanotechnology covers activities at the level of atoms and molecules that have applications in the real world. These include precision engineering, electronics and electromechanical systems, such as "lab-on-a-chip" devices. They also encompass biomedical uses in areas as diverse as gene therapy, drug delivery and novel drug discovery techniques.

A research team at the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, is working to create the memory circuits of the future using nanotechnology. They hope to use molecules and small chemical groups to create billions of devices that could fit easily in the space of today's chip. Immunisation experts believe that vaccina- tions could be administered in a more controlled way using nanoparticle delivery systems….read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

Biophan Details Latest Patent Rights;
Depiction of Technology Available Online

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2004--Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BIPH), a leading developer of next-generation biomedical technology, provided additional detail today on its broad U.S. Patent issued to Nanoset, LLC, its technology partner, with Biophan holding the worldwide, exclusive rights for all medical applications. The patent rights relate to a nanomagnetic particle coating technology which can provide illumination for devices that are currently difficult to see, either because they are invisible to MRI or because the devices occlude the MRI image. As noted in the earlier release, the patented technology is expected to help pave the way to allowing MRI-guided surgical procedures when combined with Biophan's safety solutions, including minimally invasive procedures, such as those used for placing stents, performing RF ablation, angiograms, biopsy probes, and many other procedures....read the wave


Nano Electronics: USA

Intel chip surgeons near a computing grail

SANTA CLARA, California Almost 15 years ago, Richard Livengood, a researcher for Intel, used an exotic machine known as a focused ion beam to painstakingly deposit a missing wire on the surface of a 486-microprocessor chip.

The chip was then placed into a personal computer, which, to the astonishment of Livengood and a small group of Intel engineers, booted Microsoft's Windows operating system without a hitch.

The technique, now referred to as silicon nanosurgery and routinely used at nine Intel chip factories around the world, has transformed the way modern computer chips are developed.

In a building next to Intel's corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, the focused ion beam technology is now employed - often around the clock - as part of an arsenal of microimaging and "surgical" tools used to locate design flaws and performance bottlenecks and make changes in circuit wires that are frequently no more than several hundred atoms in width....read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

Biophan Details Latest Patent Rights;
Depiction of Technology Available Online

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2004--Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BIPH), a leading developer of next-generation biomedical technology, provided additional detail today on its broad U.S. Patent issued to Nanoset, LLC, its technology partner, with Biophan holding the worldwide, exclusive rights for all medical applications. The patent rights relate to a nanomagnetic particle coating technology which can provide illumination for devices that are currently difficult to see, either because they are invisible to MRI or because the devices occlude the MRI image. As noted in the earlier release, the patented technology is expected to help pave the way to allowing MRI-guided surgical procedures when combined with Biophan's safety solutions, including minimally invasive procedures, such as those used for placing stents, performing RF ablation, angiograms, biopsy probes, and many other procedures....read the wave


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Nano Electronics: USA


AUSTIN, TX– Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC BB: NNPP), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), have announced that it has developed a low cost process for manufacturing thin film transistors utilizing monolayers of well dispersed single wall carbon nanotubes. The monolayer random network of single wall carbon nanotubes was deposited at room temperature from a solution using a process that is fully compatible with polymeric substrates that are the base of large area flexible microelectronics. The thin films transistors were built on silicon oxide but other dielectric materials are also suitable. The mobility performance of these transistors, even at this early stage, is an order of magnitude better than amorphous silicon or organic semiconductor transistors. Furthermore, this new type of transistors may considerably improve the sensitivity of ANI’s carbon nanotube based sensor technology, with the transistors providing intrinsic amplification of the sensor detection signals...read the wave


Nano Electronics: Japan

Fujitsu Develops World's First Technologies Enabling Formation and Multi-layering of High Dielectric Constant Ceramic Film on Resin Circuit Boards

Tokyo, Japan, (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan, have announced that they have jointly developed the world's first technologies that enable the formation and multi-layering at room temperature of ceramic film with dielectric constant (*1) of 400, on resin circuit boards. The new technologies makes it possible to embed passive components such as condensers into printed circuit boards, such as FR4 (*2), thereby achieving miniaturization and cost reductions of circuit boards.

The technologies were developed as part of basic research to realize further miniaturization of devices for the ubiquitous networking era, by integrating resin with ceramic materials. Details of the new technology will be presented at
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Nano Events: USA

MFIC to Participate in the M.I.T. Emerging Technology Conference Showcase

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 9, 2004--MFIC Corporation (OTCBB:MFIC)("MFIC" or the "Company") announced today that it has been selected by Technology Review Magazine to be one of 30 exhibitors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ("MIT") Emerging Technology Conference Showcase to be held on September 29th and 30th, 2004. The participants are selected from innovators in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medicine, computing, telecommunications, energy, transportation, logistics and nanotechnology. Selection to participate in this prestigious showcase entails submission of an application and collateral material and a juried review and approval process.

The Emerging Technologies Showcase is designed to allow innovators to show and demonstrate new technologies that they have created which are poised to make a dramatic impact on the world. MFIC will feature its new patented Multiple Stream Mixer/Reactor (MMR), a continuous chemical reactor system which manufactures nanomaterials in production quantities...read the wave

Nano Debate:

America's Nanotechnology Gap With China
By Lev Navrozov

How Do Nanoweapons Work?

There are two questions that my readers ask especially often. Let me confront the first of these two questions by the question asked in 1900, 1941, and even 2004:

How does nuclear power work?

Pyotr Kapitsa, the favorite disciple of Rutherford, the founder (in England) of nuclear physics, went to a conference in 1934 in Stalin’s Russia, whereupon he was told that since he was a “Soviet citizen,” he would not be allowed to return to England and his laboratory would be bought from Rutherford and brought to Russia.

So, already in 1934, Stalin understood the importance of nuclear weapons. In 1941, Pravda carried Kapitsa’s speech describing a weapon able to destroy a city, while an ordinary bomb or shell can destroy only a building. That was all…read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

NanoOpto Secures Additional $3.3 Million in Venture Financing; Final Phase of B-Round Funding Will Take NanoOpto Into Production

SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 9, 2004--NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, announced that it has closed on an additional $3.3 million in venture financing, completing the final phase of its Series B round. The funding is from existing equity partners Morgenthaler Ventures; U.S. Trust's Excelsior Venture Partners III, L.L.C.; Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) Gotham Ventures and New England Ventures; Bessemer Venture Partners; and the Harris & Harris Group. Harris & Harris took this opportunity to increase its share of investment in NanoOpto. This additional $3.3 million brings the total financing raised by NanoOpto to date to $30.3 million...read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

Biophan Receives Patent Rights Enabling
MRI-Guided Surgery

Patent Rights Further Expand Biophan's Burgeoning IP Portfolio Supporting Company's Leadership Position in MRI-Safe Technologies

Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BIPH), a leading developer of next-generation biomedical technology, announced today that a broad U.S. Patent has been issued to Nanoset, LLC, Biophan's technology partner with Biophan holding the worldwide exclusive rights for all medical applications. The announcement was made by Michael Weiner, Biophan's president and CEO.

The Company noted that the nanomagnetic particle coating technology can illuminate devices that are currently difficult to see, either because they are invisible to MRI or because the devices occlude the MRI image. Combined with Biophan's safety solutions, the patented technology is expected to help pave the way to allowing MRI-guided surgical procedures, including minimally invasive procedures such as those used for placing stents, performing RF ablation, angiograms, biopsy probes, and many other procedures...read the wave

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Future Technology

Scientists Formulate Intelligent Glass That Blocks Heat Not Light

Soaring air conditioning bills or suffering in the sweltering heat could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to UCL chemists.

Reporting in the Journal of Materials Chemistry, researchers reveal they have developed an intelligent window coating that, when applied to the glass of buildings or cars, reflects the sun’s heat so you don’t get too hot under the collar.

While conventional tints block both heat and light the coating, which is made from a derivative of vanadium dioxide, allows visible wavelengths of light through at all times but reflects infrared light when temperature rise over 29 degrees Celsius. Wavelengths of light in this region of the spectrum cause heating so blocking infrared reduces unwanted rays from the sun.

The coating’s ability to switch between absorbing and reflecting light means occupants benefit from the sun’s heat in cooler conditions but when temperatures soar room heating is reduced by up to 50 per cent...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Simple method may improve computer memory, catalysts, ceramic/metal seals, and nanodevices

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A method that creates smooth and strong interfaces between metals and metal oxides without high-temperature brazing has been patented by researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the University of North Texas.

The method can improve magnetic random-access memories, which allow next-generation computers to boot up instantly yet retain their entire memories after power interruptions. Depositing flat, nanometer-thin crystalline and ferromagnetic metallic layers on similarly thin oxide layers increases strength, stability, and uniformity of the oxide-metal interface. This reduces manufacturing cost and requires less electricity to produce more rapid magnetic effects for the computer memory....read the wave


Nano Debate:

Venture Capital: Nanotech may take years to hit it big

Fog-free sunglasses, stain-resistant pants and lightweight antennas that can quickly transmit data are just some of the ways that nanotechnology is transforming a world that really is becoming a smaller place.

But nanotechnology -- a nearly 25-year-old science that promises changes in fields from cancer research to semiconductor design by creating materials on an ultra-small scale -- may be years away from hitting the big time. That could have a negative effect on some Seattle area nanotech companies, which are manipulating molecules to create new biological tools, communications devices and other products.

The industry received a setback this week when...read the wave

Nano Debate: South Africa

Small is not always beautiful
By David Dickson

Britain's main scientific body has confirmed that there are reasons to be cautious about the potential dangers of 'nanotechnology' — the use of ultra-small devices. The main threat, however, is a lack of understanding.

Is 'nano' the new GM? Or, to put it less enigmatically, are fears of the potential health and environmental dangers associated with small-scale devices based on molecular-scale engineering – known as nanotechnology — likely to stir up the same public opposition, in developed and developing countries alike, as fears about genetically-modified (GM) crops.

There are plenty of those who feel that it could, and even should. Environmental groups, led by those who have been campaigning on GM issues, claim that there is already significant evidence of the potential dangers of, for example, engineered carbon molecules — a typical form of so-called 'nano-particles' — entering the human body and causing unpredictable damage to human cells and tissues. They are demanding a global moratorium on the technology until it is better understood…read the wave

Nano Event:


MOSCOW,(RIA Novosti) -EXPO-2005 in Japan will showcase Russia's nanotechnology advances (latest molecular-level technologies), Alexander Baraulin of the working group to prepare the Russian exposition has said.

"Nanotechnology has a promising scientific and applied importance. Russia has already made world-class developments of the kind. That is why they have been included in the national exposition", Baraulin said.

Among them are the Nanoscan device for measurements and manipulations at the micro- and nano-levels, versatile scanning research microscope for comprehensive study of polymer, semiconductor and biological objects at top resolution in the air, liquid and gaseous mediums...read the wave


Nano Event: Holland

Symposium addresses nanotechnology and patenting

An international symposium on nanotechnology and patenting will take place at the European Patent Office in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 9 and 10 November.

The symposium sessions will include:
- scientific routes to nanotechnology;
- industrial strategies for nanotechnology;
- long term visions for nanotechnology - science fiction or reality?
- nanoelectronic applications;
- thin film technology for optoelectronic components;
- nanotechnology and consumer products:
- drug delivery solutions.

The event will also include a presentation by the European Commission's Head of Unit for nanotechnology and nanosciences, Renzo Tomellini, on a European strategy for nanotechnology....read the wave


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Nano Event: Holland

Symposium addresses nanotechnology and patenting

An international symposium on nanotechnology and patenting will take place at the European Patent Office in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 9 and 10 November.

The symposium sessions will include:
- scientific routes to nanotechnology;
- industrial strategies for nanotechnology;
- long term visions for nanotechnology - science fiction or reality?
- nanoelectronic applications;
- thin film technology for optoelectronic components;
- nanotechnology and consumer products:
- drug delivery solutions.

The event will also include a presentation by the European Commission's Head of Unit for nanotechnology and nanosciences, Renzo Tomellini, on a European strategy for nanotechnology....read the wave


Nano Education : Australia

Adelaide Uni introduces nanotech degree

The University of Adelaide will soon become the first university in Australia to offer a degree in nanoscience.

The students will work with molecules, combinations of atoms which form a particular substance.

Professor Steven Lincoln says Adelaide is at the forefront of nanotechnology research, with one student recently developing a molecular switch.

He says the switch is just one of the projects the university is working on.

"We have new materials which perhaps we could change colour at will, new glasses for example to darken the glass or to lighten the glass depending upon the daylight, and new polymers you could even find cropping up in the fashion industry," he said.

He says while the nanoscience course does not officially start until next year, overwhelming demand has forced the university to let a small number of students begin early.

"We've already got queries from interstate and we have students who want to enter it this year," he said.

"We are making some arrangements for letting a limited number essentially get in one year earlier, but we didn't quite anticipate that amount of interest."

Nano Biz :

No-No for Nanotech
Nanosys pulled the plug on its IPO.

That's a victory for rational investing.
By Paul R. La Monica

NEW YORK - It looks like nanotech isn't ready for prime time after all.

Nanosys, a nanotechnology company with no products that I wrote about last week, on Wednesday pulled the plug on its eagerly anticipated initial public offering.

I argued last week that investors needed to be wary of Nanosys (and the sector) since nanotech, the science of manipulating matter at the subatomic level, is still more about hype than real world business applications.

That it pulled the offering is a good sign. The company must have realized that investors have brushed up on their Who classics (or at very least, watched the opening credits of "CSI: Miami").

After all the dot-com IPO busts that followed the late 1990s tech runup, investors were not willing to get fooled again...read the wave


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Nano Products: USA

Nanotechnology-Based Solid Lubricant NanoLub Shows Promising Performance for Space Applications

New York, USA, ApNano Materials Inc. (www.apnano.com), a provider of nanotechnology-based products, have announced that its proprietary product NanoLub, the world’s first commercial nanotechnology-based solid lubricant, has significantly surpassed an outgassing screening test for space applications. This aerospace qualification test, in accordance with international specifications, was conducted under a simulated space environment by the Space Technology Division Materials Group of the Soreq Nuclear Research Center in Israel.

NanoLub particles have a unique structure of nested spheres that lubricate by rolling like miniature ball bearings. NanoLub is based on a revolutionary scientific discovery - nano-spheres of inorganic compounds that were discovered at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Dr. Menachem Genut, CEO and Co-Founder of ApNano Materials, was a co- discoverer of these novel inorganic nanostructures as a member of the Institute’s Nanomaterials Synthesis Group headed by Professor Reshef Tenne....read the wave


Nano Research: USA

Researchers Invent Novel Way to Synthesize Quantum Dots

Newswise — A University at Buffalo research team has invented a new way to synthesize quantum dots -- luminescent nanocrystals made from semiconductor material.

Sometimes called artificial atoms, quantum dots have the potential to be used to build exciting new devices for biological and environmental sensing, quantum computing, lasers and telecommunications, among other applications.

The new technique developed by a team led by T.J. Mountziaris, Ph.D., professor of chemical and biological engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, enables precise control of particle size by using a microemulsion template formed by "self-assembly." The process involves the direct mixing of a nonpolar substance (heptane), a polar substance (formamide) and an amphiphilic substance or surfactant (a block copolymer) to form a uniform dispersion of heptane droplets in formamide, stabilized by the surfactant...read the wave


Nano Research:USA

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
how I wonder where you are

Whether viewed dimly through the haze and lights of a city or in all their glory in a pristine wilderness, the stars that surround the Earth are magnificent, and one day Earthlings will travel to some of the new planets that astronomers are locating. However, the stars we see are not necessarily where we think they are, according to an international research team.

"We know that the light from distant stars takes a very long time to reach the Earth," says Dr. Akhlesh Lakhtakia, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State. "But, taking into account the distance a star will have moved while that light travels, we still may not be able to accurately locate the star.Ó

Negative phase velocity media or materials with negative refractive index may be responsible for...read the wave


Nano Plastics:

Cyclics Corporation to Introduce New Products

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cyclics Corporation will be introducing a variety of grades of CBT(R) resin at the K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany this October (Hall 5, booth 5G19-3). CBT resins offer an unmatched combination of processing ease and high performance in demanding applications. This new product achieves its unique processing by melting to a water-like viscosity before it polymerizes and solidifies to a high strength engineering thermoplastic. The boundless versatility of CBT resin enables it to be processed by nearly all types of plastics processing and offers designers and molders new opportunities in....read the wave


Nano Electronics:

R&D eyes novel, nonvolatile memories at nanoscale

Hancock, N.H. - Nanotechnology has the ability to yield a memory chip technology that could replace everything from magnetic disks to DRAMs-at least in theory. R&D projects based on such techniques as carbon nanotubes, molecular electronics and atomic force microscope probe arrays appear to be converging on a universal memory technology and, while still highly speculative, have attracted substantial funding.

The draw for investors is the possibility of producing a memory chip that could address a slew of applications at substantially higher storage densities than today's technologies….read the wave

Nano Biz: USA-Japan


AUSTIN, TX– Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC BB: NNPP), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), today announced that it has entered into a research and development agreement with Alps Engineering Co., Ltd., a Japanese equipment manufacturer.

The purpose of the agreement is to expand the usage of the current equipment designed and produced by Alps Engineering to various nanotechnology applications. Special efforts are being directed toward the use of Alps Engineering’s Micro-blast machine, a very precise “sand blast” piece of equipment with high accuracy and productivity....read the wave


Nano Research: In Dutch

Overzichtstudie op het gebied van nanotechnologie en nanowetenschap

Wetenschap in wonderland; over nanometers en femtoseconden in technolologisch perspectief, intreerede.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Koopmans, B. (2004)...read the wave


Nano Debate: USA

The Big Tease
Investors are touting nanotech as the new biotech. Don't believe them.

It's one of the most watched Silicon Valley IPOs in years - one that could lead to billions of dollars in new investment, the birth of a powerful industry, and a huge boost to American high tech.

Google? No, Nanosys.

While the media has been busy tracking the soap opera of Google's pending Going Public Day, tech veterans are watching this other, nearly unknown nanotechnology company just up the road. And with good reason: The search engine business has already been bled of most of its profit potential, with giants like Yahoo! and Microsoft poised to force that industry to grow up fast...read the wave

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Nano News : Iran

President Mohammad Khatami stresses promotion of Nanotechnology research

Tabriz, E Azarbaijan prov, Aug 3, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami here Monday afternoon underlined the need for promotion of research in all areas in the country.

Addressing a meeting held at the biotechnological research center
of the provincial agriculture jihad department, he said promotion of
research is a major task of the Ministry of Science, Research
and Technology.

President Khatami further praised great efforts made by the
government in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology,
information technology and communications.

Stressing on the importance of a powerful Iran, he said
safeguarding the country`s independence and freedom without power is impossible…read the wave


Nano Medicine:

pSivida Limited: New US Patent Granted

Global nanotechnology company pSivida Limited (ASX: PSD), is pleased to announce that its UK operating subsidiary pSiMedica Limited has been granted a further US patent for BioSilicon
US Patent Number 6,770,480 provides protection for the transfer of a substance, such as a drug or genetic material, into a cell utilizing resorbable silicon, such as certain biodegradable forms of porous or polycrystalline silicon (BioSilicon TM).

One of the key attributes of BioSilicon™ is its capacity to be micro-engineered into complex and precise shapes. This property stems from a long history of silicon-based micro-engineering in the electronics industry. pSivida is capitalizing on this property of BioSilicon™ to create microstructures suited to the delivery of drugs directly into cells or through barriers such as the skin. This is achieved through the construction of needle microarrays that are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye...read the wave


Nano Research : EU

New EU project gives a boost to
European nano-biotechnology

A new EU-funded Integrated Project, with a total budget of 26 million euro has become the largest ever project to deal with nanotechnologies. It seeks to develop a new generation of nano-biotechnological devices with therapeutic applications in the field of tissue engineering.

The four-year project, entitled cellPROM (cell programming by nanoscaled devices), brings together 27 academic and industrial researchers from 12 European countries.

CellPROM, which is financed under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), will turn 'macro' medical devices into nano-tools, while at the same time combining different expertise to bridge the gap between biology and nanotechnology. It is hoped those new nano-tools will help achieve a technical breakthrough in regenerative medicine, especially in terms of autologous cell therapy, cancer treatment and medical implants...read the wave



New Nano Tsunami : Guest Writer

Dr. Jose Feneque DVM
Associate Veterinarian Crossroads Animal Hospital


...read the wave

Nano Biz:

FEI and Zyvex Sign Strategic Alliance Agreement

HILLSBORO, Oregon and RICHARDSON, Texas,/PRNewswire/ -- FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) , a world leader in focused ion beam (FIB) technologies, and Zyvex Corporation, the nanotechnology commercialization leader, have signed an agreement to provide real-world solutions for electrical/IC probing applications.

The agreement calls for the companies to share marketing, sales, and applications engineering resources to create new solutions that combine Zyvex's nanomanipulation and probing technologies with FEI's expertise in analyzing nanoscale features in complex semiconductor devices...read the wave


Nano News : Norway

Nano for the future

-It's high time we take nano- and materials technology seriously," says Astrid Brenna, project manager of Avanserte materialer Norge 2020 (Advanced Materials Technology in Norway towards 2020). We will focus on Norway's role as an innovative user and producer of materials, and we will highlight important areas of nanotechnology. The project is one of the three foresight programmes recently undertaken by the Research Council to enhance the expertise in some of the most important future technologies. The other two programmes concern information and communication technology and biotechnology....read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

New nanotechnology company promises to bridge the gap between biology and electronics.

Cambrios Technologies Corp. (formerly named Semzyme, Inc.) was co-founded by Dr. Angela Belcher of MIT, one of the world¹s premier materials scientists, and Dr. Evelyn Hu of UCSB, a renowned electrical and computer engineer.

Belcher¹s groundbreaking technology featured in Science, Nature, The New York Times, Forbes, and US News & World Report borrows techniques from drug-discovery, genetic engineering and materials science to self-assemble atomic-scale wires and other electro-magnetic structures out of inorganic materials, including semiconductors...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA


Harris & Harris Group, Inc., noted that Nanosys, Inc., has issued a press release today noting the withdrawal of its planned IPO owing to market conditions.

Harris & Harris Group owns a 1.58 % fully diluted interest in Nanosys, Inc. for which it paid $1.5 million in April 2003. On June 30, 2004, the most recent date on which Harris & Harris Group determined it net asset value, it continued to value its holding in Nanosys at its cost to Harris & Harris Group...read the wave

Nano Electronics: Japan

Fujitsu, Cadence Partner on 90nm SOC Design

Fujitsu Ltd. and Cadence Design Systems’ business unit in Japan have inked a global partnership under which they will create SOC design environments at 90nm and below.

Tokyo-based Fujitsu expects this partnership -- which goes beyond just design tools, will allow it to achieve shorter design lead times and improve design quality -- is unique in that Cadence will serve as a strategic business partner, jointly developing methodologies with Fujitsu that merge design and process technologies. The companies also plan to expand their global business collaboration to markets to include the U.S. and China…read the wave

Nano Biz: USA

Aclara Announces Second Quarter
Financial Results

ACLARA BioSciences, Inc. is commercializing its proprietary eTag Assay System for drug discovery research and to support preclinical and clinical development of specific targeted therapies. The eTag Assay System is a high performance, high throughput system for the simultaneous measurement of 10's to 100's of genes, proteins, and cell-based antigens across thousands of samples. The eTag platform makes it possible for researchers to measure multiple aspects of a complex biological system, enabling the study of gene expression, protein expression, cell signaling and pathway activation, protein-protein interaction, post-translational modifications and cell receptor binding -- all in the same sample and with the same platform...read the wave

headline news 4- 08 - 2004
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Future Technology : Germany

German government pleased with results
of stem cell law

Germany has published a report on the first 18 months of regulations allowing the import and use of human embryonic stem cells for research purposes.

The report covers the period 1 July 2002 until 31 December 2003, during which seven applications for carrying out stem cell research were received by the Robert Koch Institute, which is responsible for reviewing applications. Five had been approved by the end of 2003. All approved applications involve the importing of stem cell lines registered at the US National Institute of Health.

The new law has already proved itself, according to Germany's health and research ministers, Ulla Schmidt and Edelgard Bulmahn, in particular by ensuring high ethical standards and creating safe conditions for research...read the wave


Nano Defence:USA

Sentigen Holding Corp. Awarded $1.65 Million Federal Contract

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sentigen Holding Corp. (NasdaqSC: SGHL) have announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) - an interagency government office with representatives from the Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security - to develop advanced biotechnology for the detection of explosives and other threats. The contract, entitled "Olfactory Receptor Microarray-Based Sensor for Explosives Detection (ORM-EDS)", will provide Sentigen with $1.65 million in research funding over the next 2 years.

Sentigen will conduct research for the development of...read the wave


Nano Coatings :

New Corrosion-resistant Polymers
Developed to Replace Chromates

The polymers are designed as a replacement for chromates in paints and other coating systems. Chromates have been used commercially to protect metal from corrosion for 50 years but have recently been declared hazardous. Brockovich's efforts to demonstrate that they caused widespread health problems in Hinckley, Cal. was made into the Academy Award-winning movie Erin Brockovich in 2000 starring Julia Roberts.

"There is now a worldwide push on to remove chromates because they are carcinogens," said Yang, a professor of chemistry and one of URI's most prolific inventors. "Its use is gradually decreasing as replacements are found."....read the wave


Nano Textiles:

International Textile Group Completes Integration of Burlington and Cone

GREENSBORO, N.C. /PRNewswire/ -- WL Ross & Company have announced that it has completed the integration of Burlington Industries and Cone Mills into the newly formed International Textile Group (ITG).

The company also announced it has entered into a five-year, $150 million credit facility led by Bank of America. Other lenders in the bank group include GE Capital Corporation and The CIT Group.

"This credit facility will fund our anticipated growth in 2005 and later years," commented Wilbur L. Ross, Chairman of International Textile Group.

"We are proud that three of the world's largest and most sophisticated lenders to the textile industry share our confidence that ITG will prosper even in a world without textile quotas."
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Nano Medicine

FDA Clearance to Clinical Trial VivaGel™
for Prevention of HIV Receives Advance to Third Stage of Dosing in Phase 1

Melbourne (Australia), Starpharma Holdings Limited (ASX:S PL) have announced that VivaGel™, its investigational new drug for the prevention of HIV, is advancing to the next stage of dosing in the current Phase 1 study.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed Starpharma’s interim study results and has given clearance to proceed using the highest dosage concentration planned for this study.

This next stage, commencing today, will involve administration of VivaGel™ containing 3.0% of the active dendrimer ingredient, SPL7013, and placebo gel to a group of healthy women.
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Nano Reports:

Mass Production & Commercialization Critical to Reduce Prices and Generate Greater Demand for Carbon Nanotubes

An Assessment on the Future of Carbon Nanotubes, reveals that revenue in this industry totaled $35 million in 2003 and is projected to reach $540 million by 2007.

"Limited capital, uncertainty of incremental demand and ambiguity clouding the return on investment delayed the initial decision to increase production capacity; however, positive signals on CNT adoption from various application segments are encouraging companies to strive for refinement in manufacturing processes and maximize their production yields," explains Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Deepa Doraiswamy...read the wave



Nano Biz:

Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. Announces the Allowance of a U.S. Patent for Contacting Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes With Catalytic Metal

Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI) announced today the allowance of a U.S. Patent for contacting single-wall carbon nanotubes with catalytic metal and then activating the catalyst. The technology provides CNI with important coverage for the use of single-wall carbon nanotubes in applications where they support metal catalysts, such as in fuel cell electrodes. This technology is part of the intellectual property developed by Nobel-Prize winning scientist Dr. Richard Smalley and licensed exclusively to CNI by Rice University in 2001.

"This technology, along with CNI's patent coverage related to doping of single-wall carbon nanotubes provides CNI an important position in fuel cells where single-wall carbon nanotubes have been demonstrated to show substantial performance improvement in achieving current density," said Dr. Smalley...read the wave


MEMS / Future Technology : Australia

Tiny gas turbines could spell end of batteries

The electronics industry has raised miniaturisation to a fine art, with phones, computers and other devices all small enough to slip into a pocket.

However, all are dependent on bulky, short-life batteries.

Now two Melbourne engineers are working on the demise of batteries, at least in high-value applications, with a radical plan to make miniature gas turbines the size of a shirt button.

The turbines could offer significant advantages, according to Ralph Collins and Bernie Mace, the founders of Micromachines....read the wave


Nano News : India

Our future lies in nanotechnology

In India, modest beginnings have been made by some pioneers. Today, only a few institutions are contributing towards this pioneering research. A lot more needs to be done and we have to formulate an action plan by pooling all available national resources. Both the Government and the private sector have to join hands and form a “Nano-Tech Enterprise”.

For us to succeed in manufacturing of nano products and their deployment we need to tackle the issues of science and technology, product development and societal aspects in an integrated way. Judging by the past experience of the country in driving technology missions in aerospace, agriculture, atomic energy and IT, I am confident that, if we take up a mission mode with a clear-cut vision, the country will reap the benefits of nanoscience and technology...read the wave


headline news 3- 08 - 2004
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Nano Research: USA


BERKELEY, CA -- A nanocrystalline metal is one whose average grain size is measured in billionths of a meter, much smaller than in most ordinary metals. As the grain size of a metal shrinks, it can become many times stronger, but it also usually loses ductility. To take advantage of increasing strength with decreasing grain size, researchers must first understand a fundamental problem: by what processes do nanosized crystals of metal stretch, bend, or otherwise deform under strain?

A team of researchers headed by Scott X. Mao of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Pittsburgh, working at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and using high-quality samples of nickel prepared at DOE's Sandia National Laboratories, has now identified a prominent way in which nanocrystalline metals deform...read the wave


Nano Debate: EU

How big is nanotechnology for Europe?

“Europe must build upon the solid knowledge base that it has developed through research in nanosciences and nanotechnologies and translate this into useful and commercially viable products and services. At the same time we must play a proactive role for ensuring its safe and responsible development and use, also at global level.” European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin said. “It now important to gather the views of all stakeholders in order to help prepare effective and efficient future initiatives at European level.”
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Future Technology

Matter-Antimatter: Discovered New,
Striking Difference

If we can look at stars, planets and all living beings in the Universe, as well as ourselves, is because, as theoretical physicists suggest, after the primordial cosmic explosion, the "Big Bang", matter has prevailed over antimatter originating Universe as we know it.

Today, the amazing idea that there is in nature an asymmetry between matter and antimatter, technically known as CP violation, has been confirmed by new, enthusiastic results reached by BaBar Collaboration, in which Infn is involved.
The present results, just published in the eminent journal "Physical Review Letters", concern in particular a new measurement that shows in an incontrovertible way a remarkable difference in behaviour between particle named B mesons and their antimatter counterpart, anti-B mesons...read the wave


Tools of the Trade: Germany / Holland

Germany's Ernst Ruska Center and FEI
Join in Partnership Program

The Center's development project with FEI will advance sub-atomic resolution electron microscopy for analyzing atoms and their bonds

"It is our mission to provide German users with cutting-edge equipment in atomic resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy which, due to the advent of aberration-corrector technology, has become one of the most innovative fields of analytical instrumentation," commented Professor Dr. Knut Urban, the president of the German physical society and co-director of the recently established Ernst Ruska Center. "FEI has proven to be an international key player in this area. The partnership with FEI will allow us to stay at the forefront of instrumental development."...read the wave


Nano Research : USA


PORTLAND - Diatoms, a single-celled marine life form that has been around at least 100 million years, are being harnessed by researchers at Oregon State University to help make progress in one of the newest and most promising fields of science - nanotechnology.

These ancient, microscopic organisms are found in the fossil record as far back as the time of the dinosaurs and, as a major component of phytoplankton, are an important basis for much ocean life. But they may also be the key to a more efficient, less costly way to produce some of the most advanced high tech materials in the world, scientists say...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

New Issued Patents Strengthen
Nano-Proprietary IP Portfolio

AUSTIN, Texas, (PRIMEZONE) -- Austin, TX -based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTCBB:NNPP), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), HAVE announced that three new patents were issued related to the use of electron emissions from carbon nanotubes for various applications. U.S. Patent No. 6,739,932 presents a low cost manufacturing process that can be easily implemented for field emission displays utilizing carbon nanotubes. This patent extends the current printing manufacturing technology developed by ANI to embossing techniques suitable for high volume manufacturing...read the wave

Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 65


We are once again pleased to publish news from Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee via their latest Iranian Nano Technology Newsletter.

This link is published as a service to many of our global visitors. Please note that the link is to a non-English language web site so we have not been about to check this link to ascertain if it contains any “non appropriate “ language or statements.

Judging from the earlier high standard of news published items from the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee, Nano Tsunami is happy to add this link to our site. However, Nano Tsunami cannot be held reasonable for any remarks made by the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee web site or their newsletters.

The Editor …read the wave


headline news 2- 08 - 2004
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Nano Tsunami : Guest Writer

Scaling Laws--Back to Basics
by Chris Phoenix

Scaling laws are extremely simple observations about how physics works at different sizes. A well-known example is that a flea can jump dozens of times its height, while an elephant can't jump at all. Scaling laws tell us that this is a general rule: smaller things are less affected by gravity. This essay explains how scaling laws work, shows how to use them, and discusses the benefits of tinyness with regard to speed of operation, power density, functional density, and efficiency--four very important factors in the performance of any system.

Scaling laws provide a very simple...read the wave


Nano Electronics :

Asymmetric feature shows puzzling
face for superconductivity

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The weird behavior of electrons tunneling across an atomically flat interface within a cuprate superconductor has defied explanation by theories of high-temperature superconductivity.

As will be reported in the journal Physical Review Letters, a team of scientists led by physics professor James Eckstein at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has found a large particle-hole asymmetry in the density of states of excitations in high-temperature superconducting tunnel junctions embedded in a single crystal heterostructure. Since superconductors are supposed to possess particle-hole symmetry - according to current theories - new theoretical work may be required to explain the strange results...read the wave


Nano Defence: UK

Free electron laser reaches 10 kW


Newport News, Va. – The Free-Electron Laser (FEL), supported by the Office of Naval Research and located at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, achieved 10 kilowatts of infrared laser light in late June, making it the most powerful tunable laser in the world. The recently upgraded laser's new capabilities will enhance defense and manufacturing technologies, and support advanced studies of chemistry, physics, biology, and more.

"No other laser can provide the same benefits to manufacturing, medical research, biology, and basic physics," said ONR's Directed Energy Program Officer, Mr. Quentin Saulter. "The Navy has...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

ASU researchers demonstrate new nanotech effect - moving water molecules by light

TEMPE, Ariz. – A team of researchers at Arizona State University has demonstrated the ability to move water molecules by light -- a phenomenon they believe could have widespread use in analytical chemistry and possibly pharmaceutical research. The discovery could have an important effect on the fledgling field of microfluidics, said Tony Garcia, an associate professor in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering.

The use of an ordinary beam of light to move water around without the need for potentially damaging electric fields, air bubbles (which can denature proteins), or moving microscopic mechanical pump parts (which are expensive to make and difficult to repair) could significantly aid development of microfluidic devices, which are themselves tiny, sophisticated devices that can analyze samples...read the wave


Nano Products: Canada

Acrongenomics Advances in Nanobiotechnology Field With Revolutionary Neo-EpCAM'TM' Cancer Detection Kit

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Acrongenomics Inc. (OTCBB:AGNM) is pleased to introduce the revolutionary design of its nanobiotechnology product, the Neo-EpCAM(TM) cancer detection kit, which fuses molecular diagnostics with nanotechnology.

The Neo-EpCAMTM kit will be used for the detection of cancers of epithelial origin such as, lung, breast, colon, prostate, head and neck, stomach, ovary, pancreas, oesophagus, and larynx...read the wave


Nano Products:

LG leads in use of nano tech

DUBAI - LG Electronics has successfully applied innovative nano technology to a wide range of home appliances, assuring customers of healthier households.

LG has adopted the technology to provide breakthrough benefits such as antibacterial and deodorisation features in air conditioners, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and washing machines.

In a washing machine integrated with nano technology, nano sized silver particles provide antibacterial action and sterilises clothes and water during the laundry processes...read the wave


Nano Debate: UK

UK report hails nanotechnology potential, but urges caution vis-à-vis nanoparticles

CORDIS News --- A UK working group has completed its report on nanotechnology, concluding that it has great potential and poses few new risks. However, as much is still unknown about the effects of nanoparticles on human health and the environment, the report advocates caution and the classification of nanoparticles and nanotubes as new chemicals under UK and EU legislation.

The potential benefits to be gained from nanotechnology include new materials, more powerful computers and revolutionary medical techniques. One such product could be medical implants. Current implants, such as heart valves, are made from titanium and stainless steel alloys. These metal alloys can, however,...read the wave


Nano Debate: UK

Report Urges Nanotechnology Safety Checks

LONDON - Substances made using nanotechnology should be considered new chemicals and undergo extra safety checks before they hit the market to ensure they do not pose a threat to human health, experts said Thursday.

In a report commissioned by the British government, a panel of scientists, engineers, ethicists and other experts identified major opportunities and hazards that are likely to arise as nanotechnology "the science of manipulating matter at the molecular level " comes of age...read the wave.


Nano News :

Bangalore Besting Silicon Valley?

Bangalore, India, soon may replace California's Silicon Valley as the information technology center of the world. But even though outsourcing of I.T. occupations has created an exodus of tech jobs to India and other locales, some industry watchers say the situation is not entirely bleak for the U.S. tech heartland....read the wave





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