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Nano Defence : Global

Military Uses of Nanotechnology – the coming scary cold war of Nano-bots and Nano-materials – the invisible deadly Nano-bombs


Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science as well as defense research organizatrions are working on understanding the impacts of Nano-technologies in military application in coming years. While Nano-technologies can provide enormous benefits, it can also be used by the militaries of the world in creating weapons of mass destruction that we cannot even imagine with a conventional mind set...read the wave


Nano News : RAK - UAE

RAK signs joint venture to set up Technology Innovation Centre


The Government of Ras Al Khaimah has signed a joint venture agreement with CSEM (Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology, Inc.) for setting up a Technology Innovation Centre in RAK

The new CSEM-UAE Innovation Centre is expected to advance innovation and incubation of technologies and process improvement for industrial and entrepreneurial partners in the UAE and in the region.

The Centre will provide state-of-the-art applied research facilities in the fields of micro/ nanotechnology, microelectronics, systems engineering and Information and Communication Technology...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Research crosses fields


High-temperature superconductors that could make your electric bill much cheaper one day. Nanotechnology that could pave the way for quantum computers capable of working exponentially faster than your PC.

Scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory are using magnetic fields for cutting-edge research in biology, chemistry, physics, material science, medicine and other areas. It's the world's largest and most powerful magnet laboratory in the world - and it's getting even more powerful...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Much ado about nothing — visible


LIMA — When they say small businesses are the future of the local economy, this may not have been what they had in mind.

Lima, once known for its big steam engines and big oil, hopes to make a splash in nanotech-nology.

And what is that, you ask?

Think of an Erector set at the microscopic scale, where pieces are measured in atoms and molecules. Those are nano-particles. They’re too small for you to see, they’re much stronger than steel, and they’re turning into the technological wave of the future.
“It’s exciting, it’s fun, and I think we have an opportunity to create a niche in the world economy that could be terrifically beneficial to ourselves,” said Lima Mayor David Berger, who has spearheaded the recruitment effort.
That effort may have already paid off...read the wave


Nano Event : Malta

Nuts, knots and vertex spirals - three aspects of fullerenes


The Department of Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Scientists will be hosting a lecture entitled "Nuts, Knots and Vertex Spirals - three Aspects of Fullerenes" delivered by Professor Patrick W. Fowler, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Exeter, UK. This lecture should be of particular interest to chemists and mathematicians, as it will discuss how mathematics (in particularly spectral graph theory) can be applied to chemistry.

Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, when an arc was passed through carbon
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Nano Electronics : USA

NIST unveils atom-based standards


Device features on computer chips as small as 40 nanometers (nm) wide--less than one-thousandth the width of a human hair--can now be measured reliably thanks to new test structures developed by a team of physicists, engineers, and statisticians at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SEMATECH, and other collaborators. The test structures are replicated on reference materials that will allow better calibration of tools that monitor the manufacturing of microprocessors and similar integrated circuits.

The new test structures are the culmination of NIST's more than four-year effort to provide standard "rulers" for measuring the narrowest linear features that can be controllably etched into a chip. The NIST rulers are precisely etched lines of crystalline silicon ranging in width from...read the wave


Nano Products : Japan

Fujitsu Wins Most Prestigious Award at Nano Tech 2005 for Simulation Technology and Synergy with Carbon Nanotube Technology


Tokyo, Japan, Feb 25, 2005 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) today announced it has been awarded the Nano Tech Award of the Nano Tech 2005 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, held in Tokyo from February 23 to February 25 with 350 exhibitors from around the world. The award is recognized as the most prestigious award presented at Nano Tech, and was presented today to Fujitsu Limited for its development with Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. of simulation technology which plays an important role in nanotechnology research and development, and in addition for its future-generation LSI (large-scale integrated circuit) via interconnection technology utlilizing carbon nanotubes...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Virginia Tech patents advance microprocessors, vaccines, vision, vibration control, more

New discovery evaluation process taps industry market knowledge


Blacksburg, Va. -- Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students who received 20 patents during 2004 will be honored by the university and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc. (VTIP) at a reception at the German Club on March 14. "The creativity, contributions to knowledge, and technology transfer that patents signify are an important form of scholarship," said Brad Fenwick, vice president for research at Virginia Tech

VTIP (www.vtip.org) is the not-for-profit organization that pursues patents and markets Virginia Tech discoveries. "The patents awarded to Virginia Tech faculty members, students, and staff represent a significant resource for economic development," said Mike Martin, VTIP executive vice president.

Patents were awarded in 2004 for technologies to increase the efficiency of the next generation of microprocessors, speed and protect the nation's power grid, protect and enhance human and animals health, and improve communication and education.
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Nano Debate : UK



DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY News Release (Reference P/2005/066) issued by the Government News Network on 25 February 2005. Ensuring the safe and ethical development of new technologies so that their benefits can be rapidly gained is a priority for the Government, Lord Sainsbury, Science and Innovation Minister, said today at the launch of the Science Museum's new nanotechnology exhibition.

Lord Sainsbury set out the Government's response to the Royal Society and
Royal Academy of Engineering joint report on nanotechnology, and outlined
the work and research programme that the Government will undertake to ensure
the safe and ethical use of nanotechnologies. This includes...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

American Pharmaceutical Partners Inc. defie the skeptics


Schaumburg-based American Pharmaceutical Partners Inc. defied the skeptics who never believed it would succeed in bringing to market Abraxane, the company's first proprietary product, a late-stage breast cancer treatment.

Abraxane differs from Taxol in its delivery method, which is based on a novel nanotechnology-generated drug delivery platform created by American BioScience Inc., a privately held company that holds a controlling interest in American Pharmaceuticals and is owned by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, American Pharmaceutical's founder and former CEO...read the wave


Nano Medicine : Global

Nano-enabled drug discovery set to dominate


Nanotechnology for molecular targeting and drug delivery is set to become a trillion-dollar industry, fuelled by the pharmaceutical industry, which faces increasingly challenging market conditions. This has lead to an intensified search for better drug discovery technologies.

A new report has singled out various nanotechnologies, which are set to make a significant impact in drug research and development. Nanotechnology has been singled out as a tool, which could make the difference in an industry, which faces growing regulatory and pricing pressures. In addition there is the threat of antibiotic resistance seen in some disease-causing microorganisms and solid cancerous tumours...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Watervliet nanotech company touts zinc oxide innovation

Applied Nanoworks Inc. of Watervliet has developed a zinc oxide product that it said has unprecedented optical clarity.

The upgraded version of its Pinnacle Zinc Oxide product is the first of its kind that is completely transparent, according to the company. The product consists of nanoscale zinc oxide particles suspended in a water-based solution. Competing products are cloudy, according to the company....read the wave


Nano News : UK

Small wonder that nanotechnology breakthroughs slip past unseen


IN THE hip science of ultrasmall nanotechnology, it is the fantastical future possibilities such as rampaging nanorobots that capture the most attention, but the first fruits of the field have been more mundane: tiny bits of mostly ordinary stuff that just sit there.

Yet these bits - nanoparticles - gain wondrous new capabilities simply because they are so small. Nanoparticles of various sorts are already found in products such as sunscreen, paint and inkjet paper. More exotic varieties offer promise in medicine for sensitive diagnostic tests and novel treatments: the detection of Alzheimer’s disease by finding a protein in spinal fluid, for instance, or nanoparticles that heat up and kill cancer cells.

Some nanoparticles are not even on the cutting edge. Medieval artisans unknowingly became nanotechnologists when they made red stained-glass by mixing gold chloride into molten glass...read the wave


Nano News : UK

Nurturing nanotech


No one wants to strangle a fast-expanding young industry with regulations. The internet illustrates the benefits of allowing an exciting new technology to explode in a virtually unregulated environment. But some promising new fields are likely to grow better inside a well-constructed regulatory framework, either because they are exceptionally sensitive in moral and ethical terms or because they pose a potential hazard to health and the environment

Nanotechnology comes clearly into the latter category. The UK government, perhaps sensitised by its unfortunate experience with genetically modified crops...read the wave


Nano News : South Korea

Longer lives for organic LEDs


The performance of organic light-emitting diodes can be improved by doping them with carbon-60 according to scientists at Samsung in South Korea. The carbon-60 molecules can also extend the lifetime of the devices by a factor of two (Appl. Phys. Lett. 86 063514).

A typical LED contains a thin light-emitting layer sandwiched between layers that transport the holes and the electrons. One way of improving the performance of organic LEDs is to increase the mobility of the holes in the hole-transport layer by adding a dopant. This should lead to more holes combining with electrons in the device...read the wave


Nano Products ? : Thailand



Assoc Prof Dr Supakorn Rojananin, head of Siriraj Hospital's Department of Surgery, said: ``It's impossible for breasts to be made bigger by a cup size within 15 minutes. Massaging makes breasts swollen, not bigger.'' The doctor warned that fat cells in breasts could turn cancerous if breasts were massaged too hard.

Dr Pakdi Phosiri, FDA secretary-general, said the FDA would ban advertisements of St Herb Nano Breast Cream and summon representatives of St Herb Cosmetics Company, the cream manufacturer, for an explanation...read the wave


Nano Event : Germany

n-ABLE 2005 conference


On May 9 – 11, the n-ABLE 2005 conference will take place in Saarbrücken, Germany. The event is co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Nanotechnology Forum (APNF), the INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials, and CC-NanoChem, the German federal network of excellence in chemical nanotechnology.

Vertical manufacturing in nanotechnology, accelerated commercialization, on-demand custom development, and break throughs in nanotechnology development are this year's focus areas.

The number of participants is limited. For detailed information and registration please go to http://www.apnf.org/ocs/index.php?cf=4.


Nano Food : Global

Edible nanotech on the horizon


New York, NY, (UPI) -- Edible forms of nanotechnology could help make smart programmable drinks and more effective drugs. If the prospect of edible nanotech sounds frightening, "it is not about carving little robots for use in food," physicist Anthony Dinsmore at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst told UPI's Nano World.

Instead, scientists are creating edible capsules only nanometers...read the wave


Quantum Computing : USA

Scientists entice superconducting devices to act like atoms

Advance marks progress toward quantum computer made with 'artificial atoms'


Two superconducting devices have been coaxed into a special, interdependent state that mimics the unusual interactions sometimes seen in pairs of atoms, according to a team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The experiments, performed at the NIST laboratory in Boulder, Colo., are an important step toward the possible use of "artificial atoms" made with superconducting materials for storing and processing data in an ultra-powerful quantum computer of the future.

The work, reported in the Feb. 25 issue of the journal Science*, demonstrates that it is possible to measure the quantum properties of two interconnected artificial atoms at virtually the same time. Until now, superconducting qubits--quantum counterparts of the 1s and 0s used in today's computers--have been measured one at a time to avoid...read the wave


Nano Medicine : Russia



The St. Petersburg researchers suggest that infrared emission should be used to treat burns. The Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) will help the authors in the framework of the "Start" program to develop and begin production of devices required for such treatment based on silicon light-emitting diodes.

A unique device based on silicon light-emitting diodes was developed by the St. Petersburg physicists - specialists of the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University. Emission of far infra-red range of wave-lengths generated by this device will help to cure in an ordinary hospital even such burns that could be previously treated only in specialized burn centers. The Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) will help the researchers to arrange production of remarkable devices...read the wave


Nano Research : Australia

Hydrogen energy project achieves breakthrough


A new hydrogen storage technology being commercialised by The University of Queensland spin-off company, Hydrexia Pty Ltd, could propel hydrogen gas into the mass market as an alternative green fuel.

Hydrexia was established by UQ’s commercialisation arm, UniQuest, to commercialise the hydrogen storage technology developed by Associate Professor Arne Dahle and Dr Kazuhiro Nogita from the Division of Materials Engineering.

According to Professor Dahle, practical storage is one of the largest barriers to hydrogen’s adoption as a clean fuel source.

“Current hydrogen storage methods are expensive and suffer from performance disadvantages but we’ve developed a range of magnesium alloys which has the potential to overcome these problems,” said Professor Dahle.

“Using standard casting equipment, we’re able to produce alloys that absorb hydrogen like a sponge, store it safely for long periods and release it on demand when either the pressure or temperature is varied...read the wave


Nano Blog's : Global

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Nano Products : EU

Using nanoparticles to create new consumer products


CORDIS RTD-NEWS--- An EU project is bringing science and engineering together in an attempt to find new processes for dispersing nanoparticles in liquid forms such as body lotions and detergents.

Using nanoparticles in certain products can make them more attractive to consumers, for example by making a body lotion less visible on the skin, or protecting paint from sunlight. But in order to be effective, the particles must be dispersed within the liquid. While manufacturers are currently doing this, 'there is currently no fundamental understanding of how the engineering parameters interact with the chemical parameters,' the PROFORM project coordinator, Dr Gul Ozcan-Taskin, told CORDIS News.

The dispersal process can involve several steps, depending on the particle type.
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Nano Event : UK

Hydrogen Solar’s Tandem Cell™ Chosen for Britain’s Science Museum Nanotechnology Exhibition


Hydrogen Solar’s is pleased to announce its carbon-free hydrogen generating technology, the Tandem Cell™ has been chosen as a lead exhibit for London’s Science Museum exhibition, Nanotechnology: small science, big deal.

The Tandem Cell will be on display at the Museum’s Antenna gallery from February 25th to August 31st 2005, after which it will tour four UK venues.

The Tandem Cell converts the energy of sunlight directly into hydrogen gas by splitting water into its constituent elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. The cell has nano-crystalline coatings of metal oxides, which have vast surface areas and enable the cell to capture the full spectrum of ultraviolet light.

In August 2004 the company announced the cells were able to directly convert just over 8 percent of the sun’s energy into hydrogen gas. The result is a very pure form of hydrogen and unlike current industrial processes does not produce any carbon dioxide...read the wave


Nano Education : UK

Surface Technology Systems' Investment in UCL Aims to Place UK at Forefront of Nanotechnology Research

New Professorial Role to Drive Research and Cement Business and Academia Links


CARDIF Wales /PRNewswire/ -- Surface Technology Systems plc (STS), (FTSE: SRTS), and Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd. (SPP) have announced its plans to create a new professorial chair at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL).

The new professorial appointment, will sit at the LCN and work to strengthen the relationship between STS and the educational organizations and pursue research in a number of important areas. The role will be particularly geared towards producing new nanotechnology devices, materials and processes for a range of important applications. This will enable a growing range of commercial, scientific, engineering and biomedical applications and produce real economic and societal impact through the creation of new healthcare, IT and environmental products....read the wave



Microfabrica Raises the Bar for Microdevices with Millimeter-tall 3-D Structures

Enables meso-scale devices with micron-precision features


Burbank, CA - Microfabrica, the leader in microdevice and microsystem fabrication, has extended the capabilities of its breakthrough EFAB(r) process to fabricate complex three-dimensional microdevices over a millimeter tall, bridging the gap between micro and macro worlds.

The EFAB process is the first micro-manufacturing technology to allow the fabrication of 1mm tall and taller, truly 3-D microsystems and devices with micron precision. Taller heights allow for easier interface and seemless integration into macro-scale systems, while complex 3-D designs open the door to numerous applications that require miniaturized metal parts in military, medical and consumer electronics applications...read the wave


Nano News : UK

Nanotechnology film on national release


Sheffield is a world leader in nanotechnology research, and now it is also taking a leading role in educating the general public in the importance of this science. Experts from the city’s two Universities have made a short film about how nanotechnology affects everyday life, which will be a central part of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

‘Nanotechnology – Small Science, Big Deal’ will be opened by Lord Sainsbury on 25 February 2005, who will announce the Government’s response to the Royal Society’s report on nanotechnology.

The film was developed by Professor Richard Jones and Professor Tony Ryan at the University of Sheffield and Jeff Baggott, Film Director and Nick Dulake, Senior Visualisation Consultant from Design Futures at Sheffield Hallam University. It is presented by Professor Ryan, and looks at how nanotechnology makes the sole of a training shoe more effective...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Tiny Particles Could Solve Billion-Dollar Problem

Bimetallic Nanoparticles Break Down TCE 100 Times Faster Than Bulk Catalysts


New research from Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology finds that nanoparticles of gold and palladium are the most effective catalysts yet identified for remediation of one of the nation's most pervasive and troublesome groundwater pollutants, trichloroethene or TCE.

The research, conducted by engineers at Rice and the Georgia Institute of Technology, will appear next month in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

"The advantages of palladium-based TCE remediation are well-documented, but so is the cost," said lead researcher Michael Wong, assistant professor of chemical engineering and chemistry at Rice. "Using nanotechnology, we were able to maximize the number of palladium atoms that come in contact with TCE molecules and improve efficiency by several orders of magnitude over bulk palladium catalysts.".
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Nano Funding : UK

Advance Nanotech Subsidiary NanoFED Limited Benefits from Royal Society Grant


NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTCBB:AVNA) subsidiary NanoFED Limited recently announced the launch of a $2M collaborative project with the University of Bristol to develop a new emissive display technology based on diamond dust. The Bristol group comprises lead scientist Dr. Neil Fox, Professor Mike Ashfold in the School of Chemistry and Professor David Cherns, Head of the Microstructures group in the Department of Physics. Hard on the heels of this development, the Royal Society announced a $300,000 award to Professor Ashfold and two colleagues in the School of Chemistry under its Royal Society Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Grants Scheme, to enable refurbishment of the laboratory environment available to NanoFED.

As Professor Ashfold commented...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : UK

New viscometer accessory adds to Malvern Zetasizer Nano capabilities


Malvern has added the SV-10 Vibro viscometer to its range of material characterization instruments for use with its Zetasizer Nano particle characterization systems. The SV-10 is exceptionally easy to use and clean, is relatively low cost and gives rapid, highly accurate viscosity measurements in the range 0.3 to 10,000 mPa.s.

With 1% accuracy across the whole measurement range, the data it generates can be used to enhance the accuracy of particle size measurements by dynamic light scattering. Used together, the SV-10 and the Zetasizer Nano provide an excellent option for the study of emulsions and dispersions, and more particularly for the characterization of proteins in solution prior to crystallization...read the wave


Nano Products : UK

New ISO Proposal on Nanotechnologies


The British Standards Institution (BSI) has submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) a proposal for a new field of ISO technical activity on nanotechnologies.

The scope of the proposal identifies specific standardization tasks in the field of nanotechnologies such as classification, terminology and nomenclature, basic metrology, characterization, including calibration and certification, risk and environmental issues. Test methods include approaches for determining physical, chemical, structural and biological properties of materials or devices for which the performance, in the chosen application, is critically dependent on one or more dimension of <100nm. Test methods for applications, and product standards shall come within the scope of the Technical Committee...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA + Canada

Evident Technologies Awarded Defense Grant to Explore Use of Quantum Dots in Thermoelectric Thin Films


TROY, N.Y.,PRNewswire/ -- Evident Technologies (Evident) have announced it has received an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant from the Office of Strategic Defense for a project to develop a high performance thermoelectric material using Evident's proprietary quantum dot technology. The quantum dot thermoelectric project is scheduled to be completed in June of 2005. Dr. Gregory Scholes of the University of Toronto will be collaborating with Evident Technologies to measure and characterize these materials. The award is under the United States Department of Defense's Office of Strategic Defense SBIR Phase 1 proposal OSD04-EP3 "Nanostructure-Enhanced Bulk Thermoelectric Materials" and the program is managed by the Navy's Office of Naval Research.

The objective of the project is to demonstrate that quantum dots can be used to...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

AMRC Research Leads to Promising Nanotechnology Application for Chip Industry


AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/23/2005 -- Using technical resources at the recently opened Advanced Materials Research Center, Austin-based Xidex Corporation and SEMATECH have developed one of Texas' first commercial applications of nanotechnology for semiconductor production.

The process uses carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as surface sensors for scanning probe microscopes (SPMs), which can peer down to the level of molecules and groups of atoms, and which can be used to measure the dimensions of extremely small features in semiconductor devices. Individual CNTs are hollow tubes formed by hexagons of carbon atoms, and are about 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. Single CNT tips are grown to customer specifications directly on commercially available silicon SPM cantilevers...read the wave


Nano News : Japan

Japan Firm Develops Conductive Composite of Nanotubes and Silk


NAGANO- Electric equipment manufacturer Shinano Kenshi Co. has developed a composite powder of carbon nanotubes and carbon silk that features high electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity.

The composite can conduct electricity just as well as electrolytic copper , but because it contains no metal it is strongly resistant to alkaline environments and will not oxidize

Shinano Kenshi has also developed a way to mass produce this material and it plans to begin shipping samples in or after May. One possible application for the composite is the electrodes of fuel cells.

Carbon nanotubes are very good conductors of both electricity and heat. Composites made by mixing the nanotubes with copper or other metals retain both of these features but tend to corrode.Composites made by mixing the nanotubes with resin are electrically conductive but are not good heat conductors

The new composite is made by mixing nanotubes into a solution of carbon silk, which is obtained by sintering silk at high temperature. Mixing of the two components with ultrasound yields a composite powder that can conduct heat around 10 times better than nanotube-resin composites.

Source:Asia Pulse


Nano Biz : UK + Japan

Toppan Printing and Cambridge Display Technology Plot Route to Lower Cost Displays


CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, 23rd February 2005 – Toppan Printing – a leading information and communications company of Tokyo, Japan, and Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) (NASDAQ:OLED), of Cambridge, UK, have just announced the commencement of Phase Two of their joint programme to explore alternative printing processes for the fabrication of displays based on light emitting polymer (PLED) technology.

Phase One, completed at the end of 2004, concentrated on proving the feasibility of using a roll printing process to deposit light emitting polymer materials onto a glass substrate. This technique would enable device manufacture based on roll-to-roll processing with attendant low costs of production...read the wave


Nano Research : USA



The discovery of the atomic structure of technological materials like vanadium pentoxide nanotubes may support nanoscale industrial applications.

Valeri Petkov, a faculty member in Central Michigan University’s physics department and lead researcher in an experiment at Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories, used a nontraditional experimental technique called Pair Distribution Function analysis to determine the three-dimensional structure of vanadium oxide nanotubes. An accurate knowledge of its three-dimensional structure is needed to better understand and control the material’s useful properties.

“Once a good structural model is found, its parameters may...read the wave


Nano Funding : EU

Parliament committee supports Commission's plans for future research policy

CORDIS RTD-NEWS---The European Parliament's committee on industry, research and energy adopted a report on the future of EU research policy on 21 February, giving support to the broad ideas presented in the Commission's communication 'Science and technology - Guidelines for future European Union policy to support research'.

Rapporteur Pia Elda Locatelli emphasised the need for an increased research budget, stressed the need for continuity, and highlighted the proposed European Research Council as 'crucial for successful innovation'. Some 225 amendments were tabled, but few of them questioning Ms Locatelli's general position.

The report calls for the synchronisation of the duration of the framework programmes with the duration of the financial perspectives, which would extend the programmes to seven years. The new system would comprise a rolling programme, including a mid-term review, which would allow a readjustment of objectives if and when needed.
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Nano Electronics : The Netherlands

Philips Takes 32-bit MCU to 90nm


Royal Philips Electronics has introduced the industry’s first ARM9 family based 32-bit microcontroller family at the 90 nanometer process technology level.

Smaller die size for the product means lower cost, said Ata Khan, director of product innovation for the company’s microcontrollers product line. And in addition, Philips has lowered the power requirements for this family of device.

Sampling in Q2, Philips' LPC3000 family products will operate at 200MHz and feature a large array of standard communication peripherals to reduce system logic, thus further reducing power and costs, Philips said in a statement...read the wave


Nano Research : USA


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Using high-intensity ultrasound, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created hollow nanospheres and the first hollow nanocrystals. The nanospheres could be used in microelectronics, drug delivery and as catalysts for making environmentally friendly fuels.

"We use high-intensity ultrasound to generate nanoparticles of molybdenum disulfide or molybdenum oxide, which bind to the surface of tiny silica spheres that are much smaller than red blood cells," ...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

Researcher Works to Clear Air on Soot Formation


Newswise — As five Midwestern states add soot alerts to their warning system for dirty air, one University of Missouri-Rolla researcher is trying to get to the root of the soot problem.

For the past five years Dr. Umit Koylu, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UMR, has been investigating how the microscopic particles form during combustion.

“Whenever you burn any kind of hydrocarbon fuel, especially coal, you release solid particles into the atmosphere,” Koylu explains. “These very small, nanometer-sized particles are inhaled and studies show they are not good for our health or our environment.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has set emissions standards for coarse particles -- those larger than 2.5 micrometers or 1/20th the width of a human hair -- but not for smaller particles...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Expect More From Headwaters NanoKinetix


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For most of us, a foldable, millimeter-thick television or a car that can repair its own dents seems like a scene from a science-fiction film - but not for Dr. Bing Zhou, who specializes in research and development of nanotechnology at Headwaters NanoKinetix. Thanks to Dr. Zhou, these far-out technologies may be closer than we think.

Dr. Zhou, who has been working in nanotechnology for 15 years, has developed a new process of chemical production at the nano-scale - billionths of a meter. His unique process controls and maintains the size, composition, structure and stability of nano-scale materials that are environmentally friendly and economically attractive - two terms not often found together - as well as generations ahead of current technology. It is this process that will allow vast improvements in products...read the wave


Spintronics : USA

NVE Corporation awarded DARPA contract to develop ultra-sensitive spin-dependent tunneling (SDT) sensor systems.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--NVE Corporation (NasdaqSC: NVEC) have announced that it has been awarded a one-year contract for approximately $400,000 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop ultra-sensitive spin-dependent tunneling (SDT) sensor systems.

Under the contract, NVE will develop systems to detect very small magnetic fields. Potential applications include detection of submarines, homeland security, and compasses for cellphones.

SDT junctions are key spintronics building blocks used in magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), ultra-sensitive sensors, and biomagnetic sensors.
SDT sensors have high sensitivity without the cost, size, or cooling requirements of conventional magnetometer systems...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

Biofriendly Corporation Awarded Grant by the State of Texas for EPA Verification Testing


MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The leading environmental agency of the State of Texas has awarded Biofriendly Corporation a $500,000 grant to pay for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency verification of its emissions reduction technology, Green Plus(R). Biofriendly was selected from dozens of applicants to receive full grant funding under Texas' New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) Program.

Biofriendly's liquid fuel combustion catalyst, Green Plus, was awarded the grant as a fuel additive technology with the potential to reduce emissions from on-road and non-road diesel engines and vehicles. These engines are responsible for emitting high quantities of harmful Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) in Texas, which negatively impact urban, suburban, and rural air quality...read the wave

Nano Debate : Canada

Nanotechnology and the Rebirth of Alchemy
Are converging technologies laying a golden egg?


This February, the smallest test tube in the world was manufactured by scientists at Nanotech.org, a joint venture between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and Hitachi Europe Ltd. The test tube is so small that around 300 billion of them would fit into one of the periods (.) on this page.

In January of this year, researchers at the University of Toronto reported that they had combined quantum dots with a polyment to create a new type of solar panel five times more efficient than current technology...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

U.S. Defense Department Grants JMAR $3.5 Million Funding for Continued Development of Soft X-Ray Source


SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the Research Division of JMAR Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: JMAR) $3.5 million in funding under its previously announced $34.5 million Department of Defense Contract to continue development of a compact soft X-ray light source for applications that would otherwise require access to a synchrotron facility.

The funding will be used to make the compact X-ray source sufficiently robust for continuous operation and to advance its performance, reliability and maintainability.

"Enhancements such as improving laser produced plasma (LPP) source laser-to-X-ray conversion efficiency, refining the debris management approach, and completing development and testing of an improved LPP target delivery subsystem, will ultimately make this technology more...read the wave


Quantum Computing : EU

Structuring Europe’s “Quantum-Landscape”


EU-Project aiming at structuring and co-ordinating Europe’s „Quantum-Landscape“ initiated by the Austrian Research Centre Seibersdorf to start this month.

Vienna, February 16 2005. Europe’s scientists in the field of Quantum Information and Quantum Technology are amongst the world leading groups. To stay competitive on an international level, common strategies of both funding and policy are necessary.

The Project “ERA-Pilot QIST” (Structuring the European Research Area within Quantum Information Science and Technology) aims at structuring the rather young scientific area of “Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST)” within Europe.

Topics covered by these key words are for example quantum...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA + Germany

SLAC's new lensless X-ray holography technique opens door to nanoscale world


Researchers at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and the German laboratory Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY) have crafted a technique to take X-ray images that reveal tiny variations and lightning-quick changes in materials a thousand times smaller than the thickness of a strand of hair.

Their work merited the cover of the Dec. 16 issue of Nature. The technique—lensless X-ray holography—will be valuable for researchers working with the world's first X-ray free electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), slated to begin experiments in 2009 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)...read the wave


Quantum Computing : EU

Computing a way through the Turing barrier


Mathematicians working in an emerging field somewhere between physics, computer science and philosophy are investigating new ways of ‘computing the incomputable’ which could radically broaden our understanding of the world. Pure mathematics professor Barry Cooper is leading a European network into a world of ‘unsolvable’ problems.

His goal – to find ways of mathematically modelling how the universe computes – is a task which increasingly engages the world’s most sophisticated logical minds. While the next generation of computers may boost the power of calculation ten or even a hundred-fold, there will still be many complex scientific questions they cannot resolve.

No one has yet managed to model computably the confusing mix of irrefutable laws and chaotic events which seem to govern nature, making, for example...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

UAlbany CNSE enters NanoBio alliance
with Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Leading medical college to partner with world's first nanotechnology college on emerging nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine research and education opportunities


The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany-State University of New York and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University today announced a new partnership to advance education and research in the cross-disciplinary fields of nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine.
The partnership will bring together the unique expertise and resources of both institutions to focus on the nanoscale principles and their application to disease identification and treatment development. CNSE is based at Albany NanoTech, one of the largest global centers of nanoscale scientific research with the most extensive nanotechnology facilities in the academic world. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the nation's top medical schools, receives more than $150 million annually in federal support for innovative medical research...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

NSF awards Cornell $18 million to develop a new source of X-rays


ITHACA, N.Y. -- The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Cornell University $18 million to begin development of a new, advanced synchrotron radiation x-ray source, called an Energy Recovery Linac (ERL). The ERL, based on accelerator physics and superconducting microwave technology in which Cornell's Laboratory of Elementary Particle Physics (LEPP) is a world leader, will enable investigations of matter that are impossible to perform with existing X-ray sources.

"The X-ray beams produced by the new source will be roughly a thousand times better in brightness, coherence and pulse duration than currently is possible," said Sol Gruner, Cornell professor of physics, who is the principal investigator of the ERL project.

The NSF award to Cornell funds prototyping of critical components of the ERL at Cornell's Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory...read the wave


Nano Education : EU

Nanoforum Education Catalogue for Higher Education in Nanotechnology

Nanoforum is pleased to announce the online publication of the “Education Catalogue” which is a complete handbook for people in the university system (professors, students, careers advisors). It provides information on all undergraduate, graduate, and short courses related to nanoscience and nanotechnology in the EU and associated states. It can be downloaded for free from the nanoforum website (www.nanoforum.org)

Nanotechnology is, by its nature, multidisciplinary, while the existing tertiary education system tends to compartmentalize by disciplines for example physics, chemistry, engineering or biology. As a result, many scientists are finding that they have gaps in their education. As organic materials from polymers to molecular electronics begin to have an impact on the semiconductor industry, companies such as Intel and ST Microelectronics are finding an increasing need for chemists and materials scientists...read the wave


Nano Debate : USA

USC to explore nanotechnology ethics


The ethics of nanotechnology is the subject of an international conference that will attract speakers from 35 universities and 10 countries to USC March 2-5.

Speakers will discuss nanomedicine, military applications of nanotechnology, patents and intellectual property and utopian and apocalyptic visions of nanotechnology.

Although the conference is intended for scientists and academicians, college students and the general public can attend one session for free. For information about the conference, including the program, go to http://nsts.nano.sc.edu/events/general.html.

The conference will begin at 7 p.m. March 2 at EdVenture Children’s Museum on Gervais Street. Beginning March 3, all events will be at the Daniel Management Center at USC’s Moore School of Business.

For more information about the South Carolina team studying societal and ethical interactions with nanotechnology, visit http://nsts.nano.sc.edu


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The crystallized form of a molecular machine that can cut and paste genetic material is revealing possible new paths for treating diseases such as some forms of cancer and opportunistic infections that plague HIV patients.

Purdue University researchers froze one of these molecular machines, which are chemical complexes known as a Group I intron, at mid-point in its work cycle. When frozen, crystallized introns reveal their structure and the sites at which they bind with various molecules to cause biochemical reactions. Scientists can use this knowledge to manipulate the intron to splice out malfunctioning genes, said Barbara Golden, associate professor of biochemistry. Normal genes then can take over without actually changing the genetic code...read the wave


NanoProducts : UK

Transforming Nanoparticles Into Sustainable Consumer Products


The practical application of nano technology in the process sectors and their client industries will come to rely heavily on the ability to incorporate nano-particles into products in a fully dispersed and stable state, whilst still allowing the nano-material to fully express its functionality.

The main driver for a new EU Framework 6 sponsored project PROFORM is this need to establish design methods for the manufacture of novel dispersed nano-particulate products. Allowing the rapid implementation of processes to manufacture predictable products, which meet rigorous quality standards.

Currently, the design of processes that involve the dispersion of micro- and nano- particles is...read the wave


Nano Electronics : UK

High Frequency Diamond Transistor Announced by Element Six


ASCOT, England, CNW/ - Element Six (E6) announces that in collaboration with the University of Ulm in Germany it has produced preliminary microwave devices (MESFET transistors) using synthetic single crystal diamond made by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Diamond, with its extreme physical properties, is now entering the world of high frequency electronics, making real the possibility of replacing high-power vacuum tube devices with solid-state diamond components. The intrinsic theoretical performance of diamond, coupled with this latest device, suggest that diamond could capture the entire rf device market for frequencies between 10 and 100 GHz, with devices capable of producing over 100 Watts at X-band frequencies.

The rf power handling capability of solid-state devices using current semiconducting materials, such as silicon and gallium arsenide is limited by ...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University have built and demonstrated a prototype for a new class of miniature devices to study synthetic cell membranes in an effort to speed the discovery of new drugs for a variety of diseases, including cancer.

The researchers created a chip about one centimeter square that holds thousands of tiny vessels sitting on top of a material that contains numerous pores. This "nanoporous" material makes it possible to carry out reactions inside the vessels.

The goal is to produce "laboratories-on-a-chip" less than a half-inch square that might contain up to a million test chambers, or "reactors,"
each capable of screening an individual drug, said Gil Lee, the project's leader and an associate professor of chemical engineering.

"What we are reporting now is a proof of concept," said Lee...read the wave


Nano Products : UK

QinetiQ breakthrough produces world’s smallest stainless steel powder


QinetiQ Nanomaterials Limited (QNL) have announced its development of Tesimorph™ ES-25 - an experimental magnetic stainless steel material with a particle size of 25 nanometres – many times smaller than anything currently available. The result of QNL’s experimental work on alloyed and structured metal nanoparticles, this production breakthrough is particularly applicable to applications like metal injection moulding where smoother flows and therefore finer component detail can be achieved.

Conventional process methods for other steel powders tend to produce relatively large, micron size particles. The Tesima® process can produce commercial quantities of nano size particles, opening up a wide range of potential applications for stainless steel nanopowder for the first time...read the wave



| Theoretical physics predicting its unlimited potentiall|
| by
Hidetoshi FUKUYAMA



...read the wave

" There are four kinds of insulators: (1) a band insulator, in which occupation of lattice points by a pair of electrons with an up-spin and a down-spin based on the Pauli exclusion principle causes electrons to become immobile; (2) a Mott insulator, in which strong Coulombic repulsion, even if lattice points are occupied by odd number of electrons, causes the electrons to become immobile; (3) an insulator induced by charge ordering; (4) an insulator induced by Anderson localization, which results from imperfection of crystal
structures. "
| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Research : UK

Insect hearing helps nanoscience


Physicists and biologists at Bristol University are using the way that insects hear to devise new instruments for use in nanoscience. Using these new tools will then allow them to look even closer at how insects hear. This unusual symbiotic relationship between physicists and biologists means each helps the other’s science to progress.

The Atomic Force Microscope is the main tool used to obtain images at the atomic scale. Likened to an old fashioned record player, it has an ‘arm’ that houses a highly sensitive probe. Much like a stylus bumping around in the groove of a record, the probe moves across the specimen, mapping its shape by ‘feeling’ the bumps. The result is a three-dimensional map of the specimen’s surface. However, when examining delicate biological material, such as DNA, there is a risk that the probe might damage it.
..read the wave


Quantum Computing : USA



(Boston) — Nanotechnology leapt into the realm of quantum mechanics this past winter when an antenna-like sliver of silicon one-tenth the width of a human hair oscillated in a lab in a Boston University basement. With two sets of protrusions, much like the teeth from a two-sided comb or the paddles from a rowing shell, the antenna not only exhibits the first quantum nanomechanical motion but is also the world’s fastest moving nanostructure.

A team of Boston University physicists led by Assistant Professor Pritiraj Mohanty developed the nanomechanical oscillator. Operating at gigahertz speeds, the technology could help further miniaturize wireless communication devices like cell phones, which exchange information at gigahertz frequencies. But, more important to the researchers, the oscillator lies at the cusp of classic physics, what people experience everyday, and quantum physics, the behavior of the molecular world.
..read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The crystallized form of a molecular machine that can cut and paste genetic material is revealing possible new paths for treating diseases such as some forms of cancer and opportunistic infections that plague HIV patients.

Purdue University researchers froze one of these molecular machines, which are chemical complexes known as a Group I intron, at mid-point in its work cycle. When frozen, crystallized introns reveal their structure and the sites at which they bind with various molecules to cause biochemical reactions. Scientists can use this knowledge to manipulate the intron to splice out malfunctioning genes, said Barbara Golden, associate professor of biochemistry. Normal genes then can take over without actually changing the genetic code...read the wave


NanoProducts : UK

Transforming Nanoparticles Into Sustainable Consumer Products


The practical application of nano technology in the process sectors and their client industries will come to rely heavily on the ability to incorporate nano-particles into products in a fully dispersed and stable state, whilst still allowing the nano-material to fully express its functionality.

The main driver for a new EU Framework 6 sponsored project PROFORM is this need to establish design methods for the manufacture of novel dispersed nano-particulate products. Allowing the rapid implementation of processes to manufacture predictable products, which meet rigorous quality standards.

Currently, the design of processes that involve the dispersion of micro- and nano- particles is...read the wave


Nano Electronics : UK

High Frequency Diamond Transistor Announced by Element Six


ASCOT, England, CNW/ - Element Six (E6) announces that in collaboration with the University of Ulm in Germany it has produced preliminary microwave devices (MESFET transistors) using synthetic single crystal diamond made by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Diamond, with its extreme physical properties, is now entering the world of high frequency electronics, making real the possibility of replacing high-power vacuum tube devices with solid-state diamond components. The intrinsic theoretical performance of diamond, coupled with this latest device, suggest that diamond could capture the entire rf device market for frequencies between 10 and 100 GHz, with devices capable of producing over 100 Watts at X-band frequencies.

The rf power handling capability of solid-state devices using current semiconducting materials, such as silicon and gallium arsenide is limited by ...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University have built and demonstrated a prototype for a new class of miniature devices to study synthetic cell membranes in an effort to speed the discovery of new drugs for a variety of diseases, including cancer.

The researchers created a chip about one centimeter square that holds thousands of tiny vessels sitting on top of a material that contains numerous pores. This "nanoporous" material makes it possible to carry out reactions inside the vessels.

The goal is to produce "laboratories-on-a-chip" less than a half-inch square that might contain up to a million test chambers, or "reactors,"
each capable of screening an individual drug, said Gil Lee, the project's leader and an associate professor of chemical engineering.

"What we are reporting now is a proof of concept," said Lee...read the wave


Nano Medicine : Russia



The Moscow chemists have suggested a way to produce insulin in pills instead of injections. They have developed polymeric capsules that would protect insulin from destructive effect of digestive juices. The research has been accomplished with financial support of the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology of Russia within the framework of international scientific cooperation.

Once insulin appeared, diabetes mellitus is no longer a verdict for the patients. However, to control the sugar level in blood, diabetics have to make injections on a regular basis up to several times a day, which undoubtedly makes their life more difficult. The lack of timely injection may result in fatal outcome. The pills would significantly simplify their life. However, the fact that insulin gets quickly destroyed when it appears in acid medium of the stomach does not exclude but significantly complicates creation of pilled insulin. Researchers of the Chemical Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, have found the way to protect insulin from digestive juices' destructive effect and to preserve the ability to perform its function.
To introduce insulin in the organism, the Russian chemists suggested that multi-layer polymeric capsules should be used. These polymeric capsules are stable and remain intact in acid medium, and in neutral medium, capsules gradually excrete insulin..
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Nano Research :USA

Small is different

Computer sims vital tools in exploring nanoworld


Years ago, when Uzi Landman and his colleagues set out to uncover some of the rules that govern why a non-reactive metal like gold acts as a catalyst when it is in nanoclusters only a few atoms in size, they didn't sit down in a lab with the precious metal. Instead, they ran computer simulations and discovered that gold is a very effective catalyst when it is in clusters of eight to two dozen atoms. They also found that electrical charging of gold is crucial to its catalytic capabilities. Six years later, the team has verified their earlier predictions experimentally, and they stand ready to further explore environmental effects on catalysis.

This practice of partnering computer simulations with real-world experiments is
...read the wave



| Theoretical physics predicting its unlimited potentiall|
| by
Hidetoshi FUKUYAMA



...read the wave

" There are four kinds of insulators: (1) a band insulator, in which occupation of lattice points by a pair of electrons with an up-spin and a down-spin based on the Pauli exclusion principle causes electrons to become immobile; (2) a Mott insulator, in which strong Coulombic repulsion, even if lattice points are occupied by odd number of electrons, causes the electrons to become immobile; (3) an insulator induced by charge ordering; (4) an insulator induced by Anderson localization, which results from imperfection of crystal
structures. "
| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Medicine : USA

Spit, and call me in the morning

What saliva says about disease, cavities and drug use


WASHINGTON, DC - The eyes may be the window to the soul, but many scientists would say the mouth is the window to the body.

Saliva and other oral substances are now emerging as the bodily fluids of choice for physicians, dentists and drug testers, researchers said today at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Saliva and other oral fluids (from the cheek and gum surfaces) contain many of the same proteins and other molecules that blood and urine do. Some of these molecules can reveal the presence of diseases such as cancer. Others can be used to predict the number of cavities in a person's teeth and perhaps even where in the mouth the cavities will develop, according to new research...read the wave


Nano Textiles : USA

Nano-Tex Unveils Anti-Static, Stain Release, Moisture-Wicking Fabric Enhancements


EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)----Nano-Tex, a leading fabric innovation company providing textile enhancements to the apparel and interior furnishings markets, have introduced the industry's first permanent anti-static treatment for synthetic fabrics. The company also rolled out the market's best-performing stain repel-and-release treatment and a moisture-wicking product custom-designed for wrinkle-free cotton garments.

Nano-Tex designed these products to address consumer dissatisfaction in some of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the apparel industry...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK



Oxonica Ltd announces today that its chief executive, Dr. Kevin Matthews has been appointed to the Board of Elementis plc, as a non-executive director with effect from 16th February 2005

Oxonica Limited is a leading European technology group, with products already launched into the global market.

The company was spun-out in 1999 from the University of Oxford and is based in Oxford, England. Oxonica currently employs 30 professional staff and is lead by a strong and commercially experienced management team...read the wave


Nano Biz : Global

International report urges pharmaceutical industry to invest more in nanotechnology


CORDIS RTD-NEWS---While EU governments are making funding available for nanotechnology research, major pharmaceutical companies are investing very little money or human resources in this field, according to a new report.

The report, 'Why big pharma is missing the nanotech opportunity', written by Lux Research, claims the failure to invest in nanotechnology exposes the top pharmaceutical companies to strategic risks as other industries invest in this technology.

'Nanotech presents many opportunities to pharmaceutical giants, ranging from better delivery of existing drugs to entirely new therapies based on nanomaterials,' says Matthew Nordan, Vice-President of Lux Research. 'But big pharma is not investing in nanotech today. If this trend continues, nanotech will play out in pharmaceuticals just as biotechnology did, with major pharmaceutical companies leaving money on the table and allowing new competitors to take root,' he adds...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA + Japan

Biophan Receives ICS-Nano Science and Technology Institute's Early Stage Company Award for Innovation in Nanotechnology


ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)- Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:BIPH), a developer of next-generation biomedical technology, announced that it has been named to receive the Nano Science and Technology Institute's (NSTI) Early Stage Company Award, to be presented at its February 23-25 conference in Tokyo, Japan.

The ICS-NSTI's Early Stage Company Award recognizes superior innovation and achievement by development-stage companies providing leadership in the science and business of nanotechnology. NSTI is a respected organization that works to promote education, research and business development in nanoscience and related fields. Biophan has developed a rich portfolio of patents and intellectual property that provide a range of solutions to important problems in healthcare, among them, the application of nanotechnology to improve the safety and effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), one of medicine's most important diagnostic tools...read the wave


Nano Textiles : Global

From function to technology

As consumer demand continues to grow, manufacturers are taking aim at the mad rush for activewear.


Functionality is the buzzword these days in fiber and fabric development for apparel applications. Manufacturers seem to be stampeding to the market in a mad rush to satisfy growing consumer demands for all types of activewear. Desired functions include protection against odors and moisture, UV protection and enhanced thermal properties.

So where do we stand? Industry observers say the functional textile movement will only grow as consumers demand more from their apparel. There is a sorting-out process in play with manufacturers as they try to find out what works. Some say there still are more questions than answers in this burgeoning movement. Manufacturers are partnering along the supply chain with the goal of finding companies to combine the right mix of technologies...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

A greener route to gold nanoparticles


James E. Hutchison has been part of what’s becoming known as the “green nano” movement since before either term was a buzzword. Hutchison has been working on a greener method for synthesizing gold nanoparticles for nearly a decade, and he received a patent on the process last year. He and his colleagues at the University of Oregon are currently making the technology available to other noncommercial researchers in what could be termed a “field of dreams” approach to product development

A traditional method of synthesizing gold particles in the 1.4–1.5-nanometer (nm) range relies on diborane, which is both toxic and highly flammable at room temperature, and benzene, a toxic solvent. The new approach uses sodium borohydride and toluene and “is much less dangerous than the conventional one,” says Hutchison, who is a professor of chemistry and directs the university’s Materials Science Institute. In fact, generating gold nanoparticles using the new method “is one of the first things I have undergraduates do when they come into my lab,” he says...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA +UK

Advance Nanotech and Toumaz Technology Undertake Joint Venture to Produce the Next Generation of Medical Devices


NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc., (OTCBB:AVNA) have announced a joint venture with Toumaz Technology Ltd. to bridge the gap between nanosystems and the macroscopic world.

Bio-Nano Sensium Technologies, the name of the joint venture, will utilize an intelligent, ultra-low power sensor interface, incorporating wireless communication, to create bio-nano sensors that can be implanted within the body to diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical conditions. The development effort will focus on the information and communication technology systems necessary for these sensors to interact with their surrounding environment.

Development of the sensor will leverage the many years of research in ultra-low power circuits and systems at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London now exploited by Toumaz Technology Ltd...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Nano Mechanism to Control Protein May Lead to New Protein Engineering


UCLA scientists have created a mechanism at the nanoscale to externally control the function and action of a protein.

"We can switch a protein on and off, and while we have controlled a specific protein, we believe our approach will work with virtually any protein," said Giovanni Zocchi, assistant professor of physics at UCLA, member of the California NanoSystems Institute and leader of the research effort. "This research has the potential to start a new approach to protein engineering."

The research, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, potentially could lead to a new generation of targeted "smart" pharmaceutical drugs that are active only in cells where a certain gene is expressed, or a certain DNA sequence is present, Zocchi said. Such drugs would have reduced side effects. The research, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, also may lead to a deeper understanding of proteins' molecular architecture...read the wave


Nano News : USA + Global

U.S. May Be Abandoning Leadership in Science and Innovation, Business, Academic Leaders Warn; Call for Boost in Federal Research


WASHINGTON, U.S. Newswire/ -- The Task Force on the Future of American Innovation, a coalition of high-tech industry, scientific societies, and higher education associations, warned today that the United States is in danger of losing its leadership role in science and innovation, a position it has held with a firm grip since the end of World War II.

Business and academic leaders, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. today, identified the weakening federal commitment to invest in science and research as a root cause of the problem -- and as a necessary part of the solution.

They pointed to a set of benchmarks in such areas as education, workforce, ideas, and research investment in which other regions and nations, particularly the rapidly developing economies of Asia, are sharply pursuing the U.S., and may soon...read the wave



| Assessing Venture Capital Returns for Efficient Investing in Nanotechnology |

...read the wave

" With the advent of nanotechnology and the emergence of venture capital funds investing in early stage start-up nanotechnology companies, now is the time to take a closer look at the venture capital industry and ask some questions on how to evaluate venture funds who claim they can successfully invest in nanotechnology and avoid the investment pitfalls of the dot.com and biotech era.

In the aftermath of the dot.com and biotech bubble bursting, it becomes very important for investors to be savvier about how to prevent the considerable investment losses sustained during those periods of investing in technology. Nanotechnology is the next big thing in which to invest but
... "
| by Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA | Guest Writer
Nano Biz : USA + France

Zyvex and Arkema Announce Strategic Partnership


RICHARDSON, Texas and PARIS, /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex and Arkema have announced that they will jointly develop commercial nanomaterials applications. Arkema successfully met the requirements of Zyvex's Supply Chain Level I and II Certification Programs. Arkema's Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs) have already been incorporated into some of Zyvex's NanoSolve(TM) products to improve the mechanical and electrical properties of the materials.

A recognized industry leader, Arkema recently announced their nanotechnology development efforts with a process to produce and distribute high-quality, multifunctional MWNTs. Their production capabilities currently enable them to manufacture 5,000 kg per year of high-purity nanotubes at their Lacq site (France)...read the wave


| Nanorobot pioneer reveals status of simulator, stem cell work |


...read the wave

" Pedal back to 1966, and a miniaturized medical
repair team caroming through the blood stream was the
stuff of science fiction. Today the premise explored in
the movie Fantastic Voyage is the stuff of nanotechnology,as scientists race to build nanorobots that can diagnoseand heal the sick from within the human body.Human guinea pigs are a long way off, however.Researchers need a way to design, test and refinenanorobots in real-life clinical conditions before they can hope to take nanorobots into the clinic.

Enter Adriano Cavalcanti, PhD... "

| by Adriano Cavalcanti | Guest Writer
Nano Textiles : Switzerland + USA

Solar power fabric is goal of Konarka project with Swiss university


LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in developing and commercializing power plastics that convert light to energy, today announced it is developing photovoltaic fabric with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The Photovoltaic Fibers and Textiles Based on Nanotechnology program is expected to yield the first fully integrated woven photovoltaic material. Such material will allow for tighter integration of power generation capabilities into devices, systems and structures beyond what is possible with plastic film...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

E V Group’s new headquarters supports growing North American customer base and R&D with Arizona State University and U.S. Army


TEMPE, Ariz – Expanding its presence in the U.S. and Arizona, EV Group has formally opened its new North American headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., with a state-of-the-art Class 10 production cleanroom. The new facility, designed to serve the company’s expanding North American customer base, will be used by EV Group for sales and support of its diverse line of tools for producing electronic devices, such as semiconductors and flat-panel displays (FPDs), and for development of nanotechnology production techniques.

EV Group, a leading manufacturer of MEMS, nano and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, also will use the facility to conduct joint development work with the Flexible Display Center (FDC), sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU) and the U.S. Army. EV Group is providing a...read the wave


Nano Battery : Japan


Industry's First Tin-Based Anode Battery to be Initially Used with Handycam Camcorders


With the growing demand for smaller digital devices with increased functionality, the trade-off-until now-has been battery life. Sony Corporation today announced the industry's first hybrid lithium ion rechargeable battery. Dubbed NexelionTM the new battery utilizes a tin-based amorphous anode; translating into a 30% increase in the capacity per volume ratio compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, and will be commercialized initially as a battery pack for Handycam® camcorder products.

Instead of using graphite-based materials for the anode as found in conventional batteries, Sony incorporated a tin-based amorphous anode material where the
...read the wave


Nano Biz : Australia



Sydney, Australia - CAP-XX Inc. has been named a 2005 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Technology Pioneers are selected for developing and applying the most innovative and transformational technologies. This year’s honorees are leaders in nanotechnology, drug development, renewable energy and wireless technology, and have the potential to significantly impact business and society.

Supercapacitors provide an ideal power solution for increasingly smaller and more functional portable devices. With high power and energy densities, supercapacitors provide the high burst power required when taking a digital photo, sending wireless phone or PDA transmissions, providing back-up energy or hot-swapping battery packs...read the wave

Nano Research : UK

Liquid crystals expert and his research team move to the University of York


A team of world-leading researchers headed by Professor John Goodby, an authority on liquid crystals, has moved to the University of York's Department of Chemistry.

Professor Goodby and his research team moved to York from the University of Hull, where he had been the Head of the Liquid Crystals and Advanced Organic Materials Group for 15 years and Head of Department for two years.

He is an authority on physico-chemical aspects of low molar mass and polymeric liquid crystals and related self-organising systems, and is Past President and Vice President of the International Liquid Crystal Society.

Liquid crystals are a phase of matter whose order is intermediate between that of a liquid and that of a crystal. They are an example of the Fourth State of Matter -- neither liquid, solid nor gas -- and their molecular orientation can be controlled with applied electric fields, most commonly used in liquid crystal displays (LCDs)...read the wave


Nano Medicine : France

Flamel Technologies Announces Public Release of Phase IIa data on Basulin®


Lyon, France, Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ:FLML) have announced that it has posted a summary of Phase IIa data conducted on Flamel's long-acting insulin, Basulin®, on its website. (direct access to the document).

"We are pleased with the results of the Phase IIa obtained on thirty (30) Type I diabetic patients. This study confirms our strong expectations for Basulin® because Medusa®, our nano-particulate system, is the only one capable to delivery human insulin with this level of efficacy," said Dr. Gerard Soula, founder, president and chief executive officer of Flamel Technologies, S.A. "We are actively looking for a partner capable of realizing the full development and commercialization of Basulin®"...read the wave


Nano Research : Austria

X-rays have become laser-like

Austrian-German research team demonstrates for the first time a source of coherent kiloelectronvolt X-rays, which promises extraordinary applications


Radiologists and biologists have been dreaming - ever since the discovery of lasers - of a compact laboratory source emitting X-rays in one direction in a laser-like beam. Such a source would permit X-ray images to be recorded with far higher resolution at vastly reduced dose levels, allowing early-stage cancer diagnosis at dramatically reduced risk. Microscopes furnished with this source would make nanometer-sized biomolecules perceivable in their natural surrounding (in vivo). It may take many years before this dream comes true, but the experiment reported by an Austrian-German collaboration led by Ferenc Krausz indicates a promising way of realizing the dream some day. Researchers at Vienna University of Technology, the University of Würzburg, the University of Munich and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics demonstrated the first source of laser-like X-rays at a wavelength of 1 nanometer with a compact laboratory apparatus [Nature 433, 596 (2005)] in an experiment in Vienna, funded by the Austrian Science Fund...read the wave


Nano Research : Germany + USA

Open Microfluidic and Nanofluidic Systems

Max Planck scientists develop fundamentals for new microfluidic and nanofluidic devices


The labs of the future will be "labs-on-a-chip", i.e., integrated chemical and biochemical laboratories shrunk down to the size of a computer chip. An essential prerequisite for such labs are appropriate microcompartments for the confinement of very small amounts of liquids and chemical reagents. Directly accessible surface channels, which can be fabricated by available photolithographic methods, represent an appealing design principle for such microcompartments and, thus, provide a new route towards open microfluidic and nanofluidic systems. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, the Max Planck Institute of Dynamics and Selforganization and the University of California in Santa Barbara have shown that such open systems are possible in general but only if the geometry of the surface channels is carefully matched with their wettability (PNAS 102, 1848-1852 (2005)...read the wave


Nano Electronics : UK

Snomipede races to solve the mysteries of life


A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Glasgow has been awarded a £3m research grant to develop a new nanotechnology tool which they have called the ‘Snomipede’. The team, led by Professor Graham Leggett at the University of Sheffield, hopes that once developed, the Snomipede could enable advances in areas as diverse as the understanding of the origins of disease and the low-cost commercial manufacture of plastic computer chips.

The Snomipede will enable scientists to create tiny molecular structures on scales as small as 13 nanometres. A nanometre unit of measurement is equal to one billionth of a metre...read the wave


Nano Reports : Global

Big Pharma Is Missing the Nanotechnology Opportunity


Lux Research report finds that pharmaceutical giants invest less money and people in nanotech than other industries - despite pressure to replace fading blockbuster drugs

The U.S. National Institutes of Health counts nanomedicine as one of its top five priorities, the National Cancer Institute committed $144 million to nanotechnology research in October 2004, and 40% of nanotech venture capital since 1998 has gone to life sciences start-ups. Yet despite nanotechnology's promise in improving how drugs are developed and delivered, major pharmaceutical companies are committing almost no money or people to nanotechnology research -- exposing them to strategic risks, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "Why Big Pharma Is Missing the Nanotech Opportunity."...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Emerging Nanotech Leader Lumera Secures $1.1 Million Government Contract


BOTHELL, Wash.,PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ:LMRA) , an emerging leader in the field of nanotechnology, has been awarded a $1.11 million contract extension from a U.S. government agency to continue development of wideband optical modulators.

The new contract extension was awarded to transition Lumera's proprietary electro-optic polymers into high performance devices by developing custom polymers that are critical in other parts of the device. The overall contract value has now reached approximately $4.7 million.

"This latest contract agreement is a validation of our product development strategy and supports Lumera's approach of designing materials for the whole system to complement our leading electro-optic performance," said Lumera Chief Executive Officer Tom Mino...read the wave


Nano Medicine : Israel

Do-Coop Technologies Introduces the
''Nano-Enhanced by Neowater'' Partnership Program


OR-YEHUDA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Do-Coop Technologies Ltd., a privately held corporation based in Israel, have announced the launch of its "Nano-Enhanced by Neowater(TM)" partnership program.

Do-Coop Technologies manufactures largely hydrated nano-particles (Neowater(TM)) for the Life Sciences. Among the recently introduced products we highlight Neowater(TM) - PCR Enhancer, Neowater(TM) - Transfection Enhancer, and Neowater(TM) - Electrically Competent Cells Enhancer. Do-Coop's family of products, all based on Do-Coop's proprietary Neowater(TM) technology, dramatically enhances existing reagents, applications and processes to help all segments of the Life Sciences industry to achieve the results they expect and need today...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

High Power Supercapacitors From Carbon Nanotubes


Supercapacitors that can deliver a strong surge of electrical power could be manufactured from carbon nanotubes using a technique developed by researchers at UC Davis.

Supercapacitors are electrical storage devices that can deliver a huge amount of energy in a short time. Hybrid-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles need such a surge of energy to start, more than can be provided by regular batteries. Supercapacitors are also needed in a wide range of electronic and engineering applications, wherever a large, rapid pulse of energy is required.

Ning Pan, a professor of textiles in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology (NEAT) center at UC Davis, postdoctoral researcher Chunsheng Du and Jeff Yeh of Mytitek Inc. of Davis prepared suspensions of carbon nanotubes -- tiny rolled-up cylinders of carbon just a few atoms across. They developed a method to deposit the nanotubes on nickel foil so that the nanotubes were aligned and packed closely together...read the wave


Nano Medicine : The Netherlands

Transport system smuggles medicines into brain


Dutch researcher Corine Visser investigated a new way of transporting medicines into the brain. Her approach made use of an iron transport system located on the blood-brain barrier. The smaller the medicine, the more easily it penetrates the brain.

A special barrier between the blood and the brain, the so-called blood-brain barrier (BBB), protects the brain from toxic substances. It only lets through important nutrients for the brain such as iron, glucose and oxygen. Visser allowed larger molecules, such as medicines, to pass through the blood-brain barrier by attaching these to the iron-containing protein transferrin. This technique allowed the medicines to 'hitch a lift' and pass unnoticed though the BBB. How much medicine reaches the brain depends on the size of the molecule attached to the transferrin...read the wave


Nano Debate : Asia

Nanotechnology is natural, not disruptive


Which are the technologies changing the world? Broadband Internet, email, and mobile communications are among the foremost. I think one technology that is going beyond other technologies in changing the world is nanotechnology; its uniqueness being it spans myriad disciplines. At the nanoscale, differences between physics, chemistry, biology, material science, etc. begin fading, with atoms and molecules becoming the basic blocks to work. I call this phenomenon a pinnacle of convergence.

For one thing, nanotechnology and convergence are not the creations of IT, though we almost always link them with IT. Nanotechnology is three to four decades old. In 1970s e-beam lithography was used to make 60-nm lines and dots. Chemical engineers have synthesized molecules for more than 100 years...read the wave


Nano News : Ireland

Ireland builds new nanotechnology research centre


The Irish government has unveiled details of what will be Ireland's first purpose-built research institute.

The new Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures (CRANN), which will open in early 2006, will have for its mission 'to advance the frontiers of nanosciences where physics, chemistry and biology converge'.

'This new facility will have world-class facilities; house the activities of over 150 scientists and have ultra-low vibration laboratories [...], to allow highly sensitive measurements of nanoscale structures, and state-of-the-art clean rooms where even particles of dusts are carefully filtered out to allow high-purity fabrication of these tiny objects,' said Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin...read the wave


Nano Products : USA



VAN NUYS, Calif., - Easton Hockey, the industry leader in manufacturing technologically advanced hockey equipment, has raised its game with the introduction of Zyvex’s NanoSolve™ carbon nanotube technology. The revolutionary new composite stick technology increases strength while reducing weight. Using a new manufacturing process that incorporates the strongest and most flexible molecular material ever, Easton is taking hockey equipment to yet another level, according to the vice president of Easton Hockey, Ned Goldsmith.

“We view the incorporation of CNT into our sticks as a critical step in further developing the world’s best hockey sticks,” said Goldsmith. “The Synergy SL is the first stick to utilize CNT’s stronger and more durable material design. Keeping with our tradition of putting Easton sticks in the hands of the world’s best players, Peter Forsberg has already adopted this new design while playing in Sweden for Modo.” ...read the wave


Nano Battery : USA

Ener1 Nanotech Unit Prepares to Commercialize Revolutionary Battery Electrodes

Will produce high discharge rate lithium-ion battery electrodes for hybrid electric vehicles, other uses


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., FPRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ener1, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ENEI) have announced that its NanoEner, Inc. subsidiary has established and equipped a pilot nanotechnology-based manufacturing facility to fabricate electrodes for high discharge rate, lithium-ion batteries. The company's battery subsidiary, EnerDel, Inc., in which Delphi Corporation holds a 19.5% interest, is in discussions with automotive OEMs regarding evaluation of samples for use in hybrid electric vehicles where the high discharge rate characteristic is viewed as key to performance and cost. EnerDel also plans to explore applications of this technology in other markets.

The company's new nanotechnology based manufacturing process can be used to produce electrodes (anode and cathode) with substantially more power output and higher discharge rates (both key factors in meeting the higher performance requirements for lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and other applications), as well as...read the wave


Nano Products : USA + Ireland

NTERA's NanoChromics™ Technology Makes
Paper-Bright, Low-Power Visual Communications Affordable for Intelligent Devices


NTERA have announced the availability of NTERA NanoChromics display technology - an intelligent electronic display technology featuring ink-on-paper readability and low power consumption at a competitive cost.

Made using proprietary nanostructured materials, NanoChromics displays look like ink on paper and act with the intelligence of an electronic display. NanoChromics technology offers superb optical performance and is more cost-effective than existing LCD, OLED and other display technologies.

Paper white or translucent backgrounds give the NanoChromics displays four times the contrast and reflectivity of other display technologies. The NanoChromics technology bi-stability, 1vDC operation, and high reflectivity drive 10 times longer battery operation than existing display technologies. The technology supports direct drive, flexible, and high-resolution active matrix applications...read the wave


Nano News : Germany

Germany backs nanotech for medicine


The German government is the latest in Europe to start a programme to support companies and academics working in the emerging field of ‘bionanotechnology’.

Similar efforts to boost research in nanotechnology have already been unveiled in the UK and France.

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) funded programme is aimed at supporting industry-led consortia that are working in the areas of pharmaceutics and medical technology. Key topics of interest include...read the wave


14 -02- 2005
Nano Textiles : USA

“Smart” Clothing Materials Could Lead to Synthetics with Biomedical Applications


Newswise — What makes a nanocomposite material “smart”? Consider clothing that can detect the presence of chemical weapons, automatically seal its own pores, and then clean and decontaminate itself. Today the U.S. Department of Defense is funding research for fabric materials that do all these things and are also stronger, more durable, and lighter than current uniforms.

Smart materials are becoming a reality and one of the world’s leading experts in the field is Sergiy Minko, who holds the Egon Matijevic´ Chair of Chemistry at Clarkson University.

Minko’s research explores responsive functional material based on self-assembly in polymer and colloidal systems...read the wave


new this week

| Nanorobot pioneer reveals status of simulator, stem cell work |


...read the wave

" Pedal back to 1966, and a miniaturized medical
repair team caroming through the blood stream was the
stuff of science fiction. Today the premise explored in
the movie Fantastic Voyage is the stuff of nanotechnology,as scientists race to build nanorobots that can diagnoseand heal the sick from within the human body.Human guinea pigs are a long way off, however.Researchers need a way to design, test and refinenanorobots in real-life clinical conditions before they can hope to take nanorobots into the clinic.

Enter Adriano Cavalcanti, PhD... "

| by Adriano Cavalcanti | Guest Writer
Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 77


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


Nano Event : USA

Presenting the Molecularium


Traditional planetarium shows take us on a virtual tour of stars, planets and galaxies: the outer universe. But recently, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute premiered its new Molecularium show, a state-of-the-art, computer-generated animation that takes its viewers on a virtual tour of the inner universe—the atoms and molecules that constitute our world.

Developed for children in grades K-3, and designed for a planetarium setting, the 20-minute show follows Oxy, Hydro, Hydra and Carbón—a cast of characters based on atoms—as they explore this inner universe. Their atomic-scale views of phenomena such as the melting of ice are based on real molecular dynamics calculations.
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Future Technology : USA

"Canary on a Chip" Sensor Measures Tiny Changes in Cell Volume


Newswise — A novel technology that can test cells in minutes for responses to any stimulus, including antibiotics, pathogens, toxins, radiation or chemotherapy, has been developed by scientists at the University at Buffalo.

Susan Z. Hua, Ph.D., UB assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and physiology and biophysics, is the lead researcher.

The technology is based on the universal connection between cell volume and the cell environment, or cell volume cytometry. It is particularly useful because it eliminates the need to culture bacteria to assess their sensitivity to antibiotics...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK + Switzerland



Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) (Nasdaq: OLED) has joined forces with ILFORD Imaging Switzerland, in a project that promises to pave the way for more optically efficient display devices in the future.

All displays produce more light than is actually seen by the user, due to internal losses in the display itself. By increasing the proportion of observed light, (the ‘optical efficiency’), display devices can be made brighter for a given energy input, or energy consumption can be reduced for a given brightness. This is especially valuable where power efficiency is critical such as in mobile devices such as phones and PDAs.
..read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Carbon Nanofiber Producer Signs Second International Distribution Agreement


Cedarville, OH - Pyrograf Products, Inc. (PPI) of Cedarville, Ohio, USA, has signed an agreement with the Electrovac Group, establishing the Austrian firm as the sole distributor of PPI’s PyrografÒ-III carbon nanofibers in Europe.

“This agreement represents a true win-win for both firms,” said PPI General Manager Tom Hughes. “For PPI, this represents an opportunity to expand our international client base and increase customer support and interaction in the European market. For Electrovac, this represents an opportunity to enhance their current product line with the addition of our carbon nanofibers,” he said.

Electrovac also heralded the trans-Atlantic distribution agreement...read the wave

Nano Event : Switzerland

NanoEurope the Nanofair is positioning itself


NanoEurope is the new umbrella brand for the international nanotechnology trade show and the concurrent conferences and seminars. The new name underscores the leading role that Europe is playing in this area. At the same time, it ensures precise positioning in the growing nanotechnology market.

The Nanofair was organized for the first time in 2003. The courageous project of holding a trade fair for nano and microtechnology on the exhibition grounds of St.Gallen met with immediate positive response.

By the time the Nanofair was held the second time, more than 150 exhibitors were already taking advantage of the event as a communication hub. Along with the fair, also the concurrent conferences continued to develop...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

Nanotech shows promise for cheaper Superfund cleanup

They're scattered all around the United States, more than 1,200 of them, waiting for cleanup. Some are old military bases or abandoned factories. Others are gas stations with leaky underground tanks. And they're only the beginning of a long, arduous task.

Over the next 30 years, the U.S. may have to clean up as many as 350,000 Superfund sites at a cost of up to $250 billion, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

One solution is to find cheaper cleanup technologies. One of the most promising innovations right now involves microscopic iron particles. At least four teams of researchers are using these "nanoparticles" to attack some of the most vexing underground pollutants, including chromium-6, the groundwater pollutant made famous in the movie "Erin Brockovich...read the wave


Nano News : Taiwan



Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan has stepped up development of nanotechnology and relevant products, industry sources said Friday. Since the government launched a special program to encourage nanotechnology development in 2002, more than 400 local companies have invested in commercial use of nanotechnology. By 2008, industry sources said, Taiwan's annual production of nanotechnology-related industries will reach NT$300 billion (US$9.68 billion). (By Sofia Wu)


Future Technology : Russia



"InformNauka" --- Last week witnessed a unique operation - a dog's malignant growth was irradiated by the neutron capture therapy method at the reactor of the Moscow Sate Engineering Physics Institute (MIFI). The irradiation case of the reactor was built at the expense of the International Science and Technology Center. As of today, this is the only place in Russia where such treatment is carried out, although only for dogs.

The procedure was carried out in a special irradiation case erected with financial support of the International Science and Technology Center which adjoins to the wall of nuclear reactor of the Moscow Sate Engineering Physics Institute (MIFI). A neutron flux comes in through the reactor's channel orifice. The patient is a tiny dwarf poodle suffering from inoperable melanoma on the snout. Its owners agreed to the operation by the yet experimental method...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

Intel and QinetiQ Collaborate On Transistor Research

Joint Work That Could Form Basis Of 'High Performance' Chips In Next Decade


The results of a two-year joint research programme by Intel Corporation and QinetiQ into new transistor technology that could become a promising candidate for making microprocessors in the middle of the next decade was made public today. Transistors are the tiny switches in microprocessors that process the ones and zeros of the digital world.

Researchers from the two companies have successfully built 'quantum well' transistors by integrating a new transistor material, pioneered by QinetiQ called indium antimonide (InSb). InSb is made up of elements found in the III and V columns of the periodic table...read the wave



10 -02- 2005
Not always nano news : UK

University spin-outs in UK 'more cost effective
than US', finds report


CORDIS RTD-NEWS ---UK universities are becoming more business-oriented and better at linking research to the needs of the private sector, according to the latest annual report on spin-out activity in the country's higher education sector.

A survey of 164 institutions carried out by the higher education funding council for England (Hefce) reveals that the number of patents granted to universities increased by 26 per cent in the academic year 2002-03.

Furthermore, UK universities created one spin-out company for every 25 million euro spent on research, compared with a ratio of one company for every 87 million euro invested in the United States.

According to the higher education-business and community interaction 2002-03 survey...read the wave


Nano Telecom : USA

World's fastest oscillating nanomachine holds promise for telecommunications, quantum computing


(Boston) -- Nanotechnology leapt into the realm of quantum mechanics this past winter when an antenna-like sliver of silicon one-tenth the width of a human hair oscillated in a lab in a Boston University basement. With two sets of protrusions, much like the teeth from a two-sided comb or the paddles from a rowing shell, the antenna not only exhibits the first quantum nanomechanical motion but is also the world's fastest moving nanostructure.

A team of Boston University physicists led by Assistant Professor Pritiraj Mohanty developed the nanomechanical oscillator. Operating at gigahertz speeds, the technology could help further miniaturize wireless communication devices like cell phones, which exchange information at gigahertz frequencies. But, more important to the researchers, the oscillator lies at the cusp of classic physics, what people experience everyday, and quantum physics, the behavior of the molecular world.
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Nano Funding : USA

£11 million funding boost for top research teams


Two top research teams at the University of Southampton have this week secured a funding boost worth over £11 million between them. The two research groups, working in NanoPhotonics and Photonics, were among six groups nationwide to receive long-term funding support under the Portfolio Partnerships initiative launched by Lord Sainsbury.

Southampton is the only university to receive two of the new batch of Portfolio Partnerships, securing over half the £22 million funding awarded in this round.

Portfolio Partnerships have been introduced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to provide long-term support to top research teams with a proven track record of achievement and sustained support from EPSRC. Stable funding allows teams to innovate, explore new directions in research and provides increased opportunities to establish collaborations with others...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Atlas Mining Company Receives Major Purchase Order From NanoDynamics

Leading Nanotechnology Company Places Orders for up to 5,000 Tons of Halloysite Clay


OSBURN, Idaho, Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Atlas Mining Company (OTC Bulletin Board: ALMI), have announced that it has received a purchase order for up to 5,000 tons of its processed halloysite clay from NanoDynamics at a price of $500 per ton. NanoDynamics has already remitted a purchase of 500 tons against this purchase order.

William Jacobson, CEO of Atlas Mining said, "It's clear to see why we are excited about our relationship with NanoDynamics. They have taken a serious interest in our halloysite microtubules and obviously feel they have a market for this product in the nanotechnology sector. Although the purchase order is open ended and does not require full purchase, we feel we will be supplying them product in 2005.".
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Nano News : Switzerland

Nanoscopic Lamps

Lipid-coated nanocrystals as local light sources for the fluorescence stimulation of specifically bound proteins


Miniaturization is finding its way into diagnostics and bioanalysis. Miniature-scale systems, such as DNA chips and labs in credit-card form have been in use for some time. Swiss researchers have now developed a new kind of lamp for use in nanoscopic methods.

At the core of the new device are nanocrystals made of semiconducting materials. The research team headed by Horst Vogel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) selected green-fluorescing crystals of cadmium selenide, which they coated with a thin layer of lipid molecules like those found in cell membranes. The lipid layer protects the nanocrystals from exterior influences and makes them water-soluble without impeding their fluorescence. The lipid layers also have a particular advantage compared to other coatings -- they can easily be equipped with biochemical functions...read the wave


09 -02- 2005
Future Technology : Sweden

Sensor of plastic can be produced in a printing press


Electrochemical transistors made of plastic open myriad possibilities. Since both electrons and ions are active, they can function as a bridge between traditional electronics and biological systems. A new dissertation from Linköping University in Sweden describes a simple and inexpensive humidity sensor that can be manufactured in a printing press.

Electrically conducting plastic is used today in field effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, electrochemical components, and batteries. Organic semiconductors are better than silicon because they can be applied to soft surfaces, even paper, using printing technology. What’s more, the components can be recycled in the same way as regular paper and plastic...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Nanogel® Aerogel Named Best Innovative Product
for Energy Savings at Bau 2005


Architects and Industry Professionals Select Cabot Corp. Product as Economic Solution to Improve Energy and Sound Insulation in Daylighting Applications

BOSTON,-Nanogel(R) translucent aerogel, Cabot Corporation's daylighting material that combines high light transmission with energy efficiency and sound insulation, was named "Best Innovative Product for Energy Savings" at Bau 2005, Germany's leading building and construction exhibition recently held in Munich. Based on feedback from Bau participants, the editors of Deutsche Architektenblatt (DAB) selected Nanogel(R) as one of the best building products at the show designed to meet the needs of architects seeking economic solutions...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Self-assembled nano-sized probes allow Penn researchers to see tumors through flesh and skin


PHILADELPHIA -- Nano-sized particles embedded with bright, light-emitting molecules have enabled researchers to visualize a tumor more than one centimeter below the skin surface using only infrared light. A team of chemists, bioengineers and medical researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota has lodged fluorescent materials called porphyrins within the surface of a polymersome, a cell-like vesicle, to image a tumor within a living rodent. Their findings, which represent a proof of principle for the use of emissive polymersomes to target and visualize tumors, appear in the Feb. 7 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

"We have shown that the dispersion of thousands of brightly emissive multi-porphyrin fluorophores within the polymersome membrane can be used to optically image tissue structures deep below the skin with the potential to go even deeper,"...read the wave


Nano News : Singapore

Singapore research body makes breakthrough in nano-particles


SINGAPORE : Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, has managed to create a new class of nano-particles, which may lead to lower costs in pharmaceuticals production.

These nano-particles are between 50 and 300 nanometres in size. A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre in length.

The groundbreaking research was recently featured in a leading Chemistry journal, and a US patent has been filed on the invention.

Already several pharmaceutical giants are interested in the technology, and the institute hopes to see its invention in industry use in around two years.

Pharmaceuticals companies have all along faced a difficult challenge in removing catalysts and other unwanted materials from their final products...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Altair Nanotechnologies Partners With Genesis Air to Develop Breakthrough Air Cleaning System


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) --Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) have announced that it is partnering with Texas-based Genesis Air to produce specialized surface activated, nano-sized titanium dioxide compounds for use in an innovative HVAC air cleaning system. The system, based on Genesis Air Photocatalysis (GAP™) technology, is marketed by Genesis Air domestically and internationally.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Altair will provide Genesis with product design services, proprietary nano-sized titanium dioxide materials and ongoing chemical engineering support services...read the wave


Nano News : South Africa

S.African group unmasks new industrial use of gold


CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Gold producers aim to boost industrial demand for the precious metal by more than 50 percent within a decade through developing new uses in gas masks, air-cleaning devices and as a superconductor in electrical gadgets.

"New markets based on new technologies for gold will lead to significant new demand," David Thompson of the World Gold Council said at the Indaba mining conference in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Currently the bulk of gold is used for jewellery, accounting for 80 percent of the 4,142 tonnes consumed in 2003, with industrial applications such as electronics and dental fillings taking up only 12 percent or 500 tonnes.

New uses for gold discovered by South African research group Autek are expected to lead to an extra demand of 280 tonnes in 10 years, Thompson said...read the wave


08 -02- 2005
Spintronics : USA

Physics team puts new twist on spin hall effect


COLLEGE STATION, – An international team of physicists that includes a Texas A&M University professor has announced discovery of a new spintronic effect in semiconductor chips, the intrinsic spin Hall effect, which puts a new twist on future technology and the possibility for novel circuits with low energy consumption.

The team is formed by physicists Dr. Jörg Wunderlich and Dr. Bernd Kaestner from the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, U.K.; Prof. Tomás Jungwirth from the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the University of Nottingham, U.K.; and Prof. Jairo Sinova from Texas A&M.

In a normal Hall effect, a voltage is created perpendicular to an electric current as it flows through a conductor in a magnetic field. The magnetic field deflects the moving charges to the sides of the conductor, resulting in an observable Hall voltage.
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Nano Debate : Law + USA

Measuring Nanotechnology's Effect on the Law

A conversation with big leaders in the small world of nanotech


It's a small world. How often have we heard that expression? At the nanoscale, small takes on an entirely new meaning, especially for this group of leaders who have made large investments of varying proportions.

Nanotechnology funding in research and development is huge, with approximately $982 million requested for federal investment in nanoscale science, engineering and technology for fiscal year 2005.

Venture capital investment in tiny technologies is robust. Industry reports indicate that more than $2 billion has been invested in nanotechnology by venture capital firms since 1997.

Couple these figures with a few of the well-respected principals advancing nanotechnology, and that amounts to a big return on innovation and society's future well-being...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Bush budget seeks $344 million in nanotech funding


WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's fiscal 2006 budget proposal includes $344 million in spending next year for nanotechology research and development.

The R&D funding request for nanotechnology would target advances in manufacturing, materials, information technologies and medicine.

Other high-tech research provisions in the budget proposal released Monday (Feb. 7) included $132 billion for military and civilian R&D, including $5.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)...read the wave


Nano Debate : Thailand

Govts urged to control technology


An environmental group urged governments yesterday to establish a new convention on technology control, including nanotechnology where there is still little information about the threat of ``atomically modified'' particles to the environment.

The threat is being compared with that of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which have caused a wide-ranging debate over their long-term safety to human health and the environment.

The use of nanotechnology in farms has given environmentalists fresh concerns over potential unexpected effects on biological diversity, according to the United Kingdom-based Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

Nano-Proprietary signs Agreement with University of Texas at Austin to Develop Next Generation Memory Chip


Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC BB: NNPP), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), have announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing option agreement with The University of Texas at Austin. The agreement will further the development of a next generation memory chip utilizing the university’s information storage technology based on thin photo-conductive films.

The ultimate goal is to make a low cost memory device with a capacity of a terabit on an area of a square inch. Imagine a hand held device storing 50 times more information than high performance desktop PCs produced today...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Inaugural Awards Fund New Studies in Medical Diagnostics, Drug Delivery


Rice University’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have been awarded its first grants from the Smalley/Curl Fund for Innovation to faculty members Michael S. Wong, Rebekah Drezek and Jason Hafner.

The one-year, $15,000 grants are designed to provide faculty with the seed funds they need to develop novel ideas that have the potential of impacting all areas of nanotechnology.

CNST’s innovation fund was established in 2003 in honor of Richard Smalley, University Professor, the Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics; and Robert Curl, University Professor, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry. Professors Smalley and Curl won the 1996 Noble Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of fullerenes, the third major form of carbon after diamond and graphite...read the wave


Nano DVD : Canada

If " N " is for Nanotechnology, then " E " is for Excellent.


A few days ago I had the opportunity to watch / review the documentary " N " is for Nanotechnology.

My review team, comprising of myself, ( a native English speaker ) and my 2 Dutch speaking children aged 9 & 7 ( English being their 2nd language ) thoroughly enjoyed, and more importantly understood the theme of the documentary.

Ken Hama & his team must be congratulated on this excellent DVD.

For our part if " N " is for Nanotechnology, then " E " is for Excellent.

The Editor : David W.G. Voyle

The full DVD version of the program is now available from the Ken Hama's website www.knhproductions.ca


Tools of the Trade : USA

Europe's IMEC to Use FEI's UltraView™ Tool Suite in Process R&D Line

UltraView Takes Manufacturers From Wafers to Atoms in Minutes While Keeping Production Wafers in the Fab


HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb 07, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nano-electronics and nano-technology research center based in Leuven, Belgium, today announced that they have commenced a joint development project (JDP) for advanced metrology and analysis techniques for (sub)-45nm technologies.

The JDP will focus on providing ultra-high resolution process diagnostic information in a production environment in support of process development for 45nm and smaller technologies. IMEC will introduce a full suite of FEI's UltraView(TM) tools in its process R&D pilot line for these development efforts...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK

Oxonica Completes £2.6 million Rights Issue and Employee Subscription


Oxonica Limited, a leading European group developing commercial solutions based on nanotechnology, announces today that it has completed a further round of financing, through a Rights Issue and Employee Subscription.

The Group has raised approximately £2.6 million through the issue of 38,478 new ordinary shares £67.89 per share. This includes 2,006 shares issued to employees who were invited to subscribe for shares at the Rights Issue price. The issue was substantially underwritten by Seighford Investment Company Limited and Mr Richard Farleigh, both of whom were founder investors in Oxonica and was well supported by the Group’s shareholders, including the three largest investors; BASF Venture Capital GmbH, Foresight Technology VCT and TriVest VCT...read the wave


07 -02- 2005
Nano Products : Australia

Timber !

Nanotechnology Treatment Protects Wood in Australia


(PRWEB) Nanotec Pty Ltd based in Sydney, Australia have announced the start of the marketing of it’s wood protection product “Nanoseal Wood”.

Nanoseal Wood is a water based, ultra hydrophobic, colloidal solution with self assembling properties to form the functional surface structure.

The repellent effect is done by a combination of molecular structural surface changes and added on hydrophobic properties.

According to Nanotec’s CEO Harald Stulajter, Nanoseal Wood has the potential to change the entire wood treatment industry.” This is an absolute unique surface treatment which protects the wood by not only controlling the moist and water content but also protecting the surface from UV radiation. “...read the wave



| New Nanorobotic Ideas |


...read the wave

" The nanorobots could be used for a large range of applications, also for manipulating and repairing cells. Basically, we may observe two distinct kind of nanorobot utilization. One is nanorobots for the surgery intervention, and the other is nanorobot to monitor patients’ body.

For the first case, a most suitable approach is the tele-operation of nanorobots as valuable tools for biomedical engineering problems. Hence, for example surgery experts guiding a minimally invasive medical procedure. Such applications are expected also to be extremely useful for brain surgeries... "

| by Adriano Cavalcanti | Guest Writer
Nano Medicine : USA

Firm stumbles upon virus killer

Besides nail fungus and cold sores, Ann Arbor's NanoBio is on way to find remedies for flu and HIV.


ANN ARBOR -- NanoBio Corp. didn't set out to develop a substance so powerful it can kill viruses and bacteria -- some potentially lethal -- on contact.

"We found this technology by serendipity," said NanoBio founder Dr. James Baker, director of the University of Michigan's Center for Biologic Nanotechnology.

Nearly a decade ago, Baker and his researchers were looking for a medium to deliver genetic material into bacteria.

They came up with an emulsion of very tiny droplets -- each about 150 nanometers in diameter, or one-six-hundredth the width of an average human hair -- made of soybean oil and solvent and coated with a lubricant. But instead of delivering the genetic material into the targeted bacteria, the emulsion instantly killed it on contact.

"It was salad dressing that kills," Baker joked...read the wave


Nano News : Israel

Technion to invest $88m in nanotech research center


The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has announced that it will found a nanotechnology research institute with donations totaling $88 million. $52 million of this sum has already been guaranteed: the New Jersey-based Russell Berrie Foundation has donated $26 million, and, urged by Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor Dr. Eli Opper, the government has added $26 million.

The Technion will raise an additional $26 million over the next five years from donors who are members of Technion friendship societies around the world. Prof. Uri Sivan, one of the world’s best-known nanotechnology researchers, will head the new center, which will be one of the largest in the world...read the wave



| What Is Molecular Manufacturing? |

...read the wave

The term “molecular manufacturing” has been associated with all sorts of futuristic stuff, from bloodstream robots to gray goo to tabletop factories that can make a new factory in a few hours. This can make it hard for people who want to understand the field to know exactly what's being claimed and studied. This essay explains what the term originally meant, why the approach is thought to be powerful enough to create a field around, why so many futuristic ideas are associated with it, and why some of those ideas are more plausible than they may seem."

| by Chris Phoenix | Guest Writer
“ Why are you interested in Nanotechnology and not Golf ? ...there is more money invested in the Golfing Industry per year than in Nanotechnology “.
| Prof. D.H. Reinhoudt | Universiteit Twente. Holland
Nano Research : USA



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ultrathin superconducting wires can withstand stronger magnetic fields than larger wires made from the same material, researchers now report. This finding may be useful for technologies that employ superconducting magnets, such as magnetic resonance imaging.

As described in the Jan. 14 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created high-quality superconducting wires with molecular dimensions, and measured their behavior in magnetic fields of various strengths. The observational results have confirmed that theories developed for bulk superconductors also apply to molecular-scale superconductors...read the wave


Nano Research : EU

Polish researcher heads ground-breaking EU project in nanotechnology


CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities--- In order to foster long-term development of nanosciences and technology in the EU, the European Commission is providing 2.2 million euro to a unique Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project combining expertise in synchrotrons, diffusion, magnetism, phonons and surface science.

The DYNASYNC project, which stands for 'Dynamics in nano-scale materials studied with synchrotron radiation', aims to increase current knowledge in nanostructures' dynamics and to develop new methods of preparation, modelling and characterisation in order to improve the performance of future nanoscale devices.

The consortium is also unique in that it aims to give a...read the wave


Nano Products : China

Makers use nanofiber for healthful designs


Advanced technology has helped China suppliers develop models that repel liquids and mites and even massage the body.

Air mattress suppliers in China are using nanotechnology to design models that are conducive to cleanliness and good health. To gain a competitive edge, some makers are even incorporating special functions such as body massage into their nanotech models for added comfort.

Nanofiber, a material made from yarn with an ultrafine denier, is being used for the mattress shells of new designs. In addition to being breathable, this sophisticated type of fabric repels liquid, minimizing stains for a mattress that is more healthful and easier to clean. As nanofiber is lightweight, the mattress is also easy to carry...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

NBMI Research Gaining International Attention


Edmond, OK (January 2005) – “We shook the incus.” This was Dr. Kenneth Dormer’s statement following the successful implantation of magnetic nanoparticles within the middle ear (incus) of a guinea pig that, when subjected to an oscillating magnetic field, displaced the osscicular chain. In other words, Dr. Dormer and his research team created sound and measured, for the first time, a normal sensory function enabled by an implanted magnetic nanoparticles…a scientific breakthrough that could mean a new treatment for millions of people suffering from hearing loss.

This pioneering research on biostable implants by NanoBioMagnetics, Inc.™ (NBMI) in collaboration with the Hough Ear Institute (HEI) and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), will be published in the May, 2005 edition of BioMaterials, a peer-reviewed international journal...read the wave


Nano News : Sweden

New forum reinforces plans for neutron source in Scania


An important step has been taken on the way to building the world's most powerful neutron source­ - ESS­ - European Spallation Source - ­in Scania, the southern Swedish province. To strengthen international contacts, not least with the business community, a collaborative group has been established, including members from the Nordic countries and several research financiers. The group will be called ESS Innovation Forum.

A European research facility like ESS would be a key tool in strategic areas such as energy and nanotechnology. Similar commitments are being made in the US and Japan. Europe, which is the present world leader in research based on neutrons, will lose its top position when the American and Japanese facilities come on steam in a couple of years...read the wave


Nano Storage : Japan

Optware seeks U.S. vendors to adopt holographic storage


Japan's Optware announced a detailed roadmap toward commercialization of its Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) technology on Thursday. It has also set up an alliance to promote HVD and will later this year set up an office in the U.S. to promote the technology with major systems integrators there, it said.

As with CDs and DVDs, HVD technology involves the use of a laser to store information on 12-centimeter discs. However, instead of recording data in dots on the disc, beams of light interfere with each other, forming patterns within the HVD disc. InPhase Technologies, of Longmont, Colorado, is also trying to bring holographic storage drives to market...read the wave


Nano Storage : Japan +USA

Radical disc storage increase


p2pnet.net News:- Fuji Photo and CMC Magnentics are among six companies who will together promote HVD technology, “which will let consumers conceivably put a terabyte (1TB) of data onto a single optical disc,”says CNET News.

Michael Thomas, inventor of 'atomic holographic optical storage nanotechnology' and owner of Colossal Storage, isn't, however, impressed.

He says his patented system has the potential to let you store let every music CD and movie DVD you ever owned, or will own, on one disc, and still leave space for not only your family album, but your brother's, sister's, aunt's and uncle's too...read the wave


Nano Products : South Korea

Ray of light detects illnesses


Efforts to commercialize nanotechnology are evident in countries worldwide, and Korea is no exception. In fact, in the most recent illustration of this trend, a research team at the Korean Electronics Technology Institute has created a nano-based biosensor that makes it possible for doctors to recognize symptoms of diseases including diabetes as well as analyze health conditions using a single ray of light...read the wave



MRAM : Global

Updated MRAM - Magnetoresistive
(or Magnetic).Random.Access.Memory Site


Ron Mertens has contacted us about his newly designed web site, so hop over to the site and check it out he would welcome your comments on the new design. www.MRAM-Info.com


Nano News : USA

States pouring money into nano


NEW YORK -- State governments invested more than $400 million in nanotechnology research and development in 2004. Combined with the more than $1 billion in federal spending, that makes nanotechnology the largest publicly-funded science initiative since the space race.

Not all states ranked equally, however, and experts told UPI's Nano World which ones topped the list and how the rankings might soon change.

"You probably will see a couple of states move up a few ranks in the next year, especially in smaller states such as Vermont," said F. Mark Modzelewski, managing director of Lux Research, a nanotechnology analysis firm in New York City.

In a report to the U.S. Department of Commerce...read the wave


Nano Products : Japan

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) Subsidiary Develops TiO2-based Deodorizing Equipment


Tokyo, Japan, - (JCN Newswire) - Kokusai Eisei Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), has developed a deodorizing equipment jointly with Anzai Kantestu Co., Ltd., using SDK's innovative photocatalyst based on brookite titanium dioxide nanoparticles (Nano Titania NTB). Kokusai Eisei started selling the new equipment under the trade name of Panafino.

Compared with the conventional anatase TiO2, Nano Titania NTB shows a high level of photocatalyst activity in response to weak light. SDK started the world's first commercial production of Nano Titania NTB in 2002. Nano Titania NTB is available in two forms: a slurry in which fine particles (10 nm in diameter) of brookite TiO2 are dispersed, and the combination of the slurry and inorganic binder...read the wave


04 -02- 2005
Nano Energy : UK

Nano surfaces could slash cost of solar energy


Nanotechnologies which can artificially change the optical properties of materials to allow light to be trapped in solar cells could greatly reduce the cost of solar energy.

Research being carried out by the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton is focusing on nanopatterning as the way to design effective solar panels.

‘By drawing features that are much smaller than the wavelength of light, photons can be confused into doing things they normally wouldn’t do,’ says Dr Darren Bagnall, of the School of Electronics and Computer Science. ‘By creating diffractive nanostructured arrays on the surface of solar cells we ensure that optical asymmetries are created that prevent light from escaping the solar cells.' ...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Experiments prove existence of atomic chain 'anchors'


In a development that could one day score a touchdown for better health, chemists Atoms at the ends of self-assembled atomic chains act like anchors with lower energy levels than the "links" in the chain, according to new measurements by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The first-ever proof of the formation of "end states" in atomic chains may help scientists design nanostructures, such as electrical wires made "from the atoms up," with desired electrical properties.

The NIST experiments, described in the...read the wave



| Simultaneous surface observations with STM and TEM |
| by



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" Surface scientists used to call silicon surfaces, "mysterious surfaces." The surface of silicon (111) was supposed to be composed of equilateral triangle lattices because of its crystal structure.
However, its surface structure actually is reconstructed to have a period that is seven times longer than that of a triangle lattice. Why is this? How are the atoms arranged and connected to each other? These
questions went unanswered for more than 20 years after the 7x7 reconstruction of silicon (111) was discovered by low energy electron diffraction in 1959 "

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Meet : Europe

Nanotech In Europe:
Integration Of Science Becomes Priority



The Centre for NanoTechnology (CeNTech) in Muenster was very much under the European banner, as, from 23rd to 25th of January 2005, it hosted a management committee meeting of the EU-funded nanotechnology-oriented “FRONTIERS” ‘Network of Excellence’, launched last August.

Partners from the network, organised into subject-based working parties, met to take stock of progress and to discuss future targets. “The central aim of FRONTIERS is the overall European integration in research, education and scientific infrastructure,” stresses the FRONTIERS network coordinator, Jan-Willem Weener of the MESA+ Institute in the Netherlands. “Through this approach, we support the motion to overcome a fragmentation of nanotechnology in Europe and strengthen the European economy landscape.”...read the wave


Nano Defense : USA

Transforming Defense Basic Research Strategy


The US Army recently has taken a different approach to managing extramural research from the approaches discussed above. One of the Army's main efforts has been to attract the best and brightest to work at solving the Army's problems through the establishment of University Affiliated Research Centers and Collaborative Technology Alliances.

There are currently four DOD-approved centers and five Collaborative Technology Alliances that are partnerships between academia, government, and industry. These University Affiliated Research Centers hope to combine the ability of universities to produce cutting-edge research, the expertise of industry to manufacture technology, and the knowledge of government scientists to guide the research efforts in a manner that meets the needs of the warfighter.38

The four centers encompass the areas of nano-technology, advanced simulations, biotechnology, and electrodynamics; while the Collaborative Technology Alliances encompass the areas of advanced sensors, power and energy, advanced decision architectures, communications and networks, and robotics...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Advance Nanotech Completes $20 Million Financing and Announces Formation of Corporate Advisory Board


NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTCBB:AVNA), a company specializing in the acquisition and commercialization of nanotechnology, have announced the final closing of a $20 million financing of common stock and the formation of, and initial appointments to, the Company's Corporate Advisory Board.

The Company intends to use the proceeds from this round of financing for the further development of its portfolio of eighteen nanotechnology subsidiaries, licensing of additional opportunities and working capital. Commenting on the financing, Magnus Gittins, CEO of Advance Nanotech said, "We are delighted to have closed this round in such a short period of time. Investor interest was such that we increased the size of the original offering. In addition to fully funding the requirements of the Company's portfolio for the foreseeable future, this increased capital provides us with funding for other strategic investments currently under assessment." ...read the wave


Nano Battery : USA

mPhase Technologies Executive Says State Funding for Nanotech Research Necessary As Catalyst for Local Economy


MURRAY HILL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Continued state funding of projects such as the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC) will help enable mPhase Technologies (OTC:XDSL) to make significant strides in building a potentially lucrative nanobattery business and creating jobs, a company executive said..

Steve Simon, executive vice president of research and development of mPhase, with operational headquarters in Little Falls, N.J., told attendees at a conference here that although mPhase has currently not received public funds through this program, without state funding for a world-class research facility like NJNC, it would be difficult if not impossible for locally-based innovators like mPhase to pursue modern materials science commercialization. NJNC is a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) based at and run by Bell Labs...read the wave



Nano biz : Ireland + Japan

Japanese Patent Office Issues Patent Certificate to Elan for Its NanoCrystal-TM- Technology


DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE) Elan Corporation, plc have announced that Japan's Patent Office has issued a patent certificate for Elan's proprietary NanoCrystal(TM) Technology. Japanese Patent Number 36020546, which expires January 24, 2012, protects intellectual property related to Elan's NanoCrystal technology.

"This is a significant milestone in the development of new applications of our NanoCrystal technology and may facilitate the expansion of our activities in Japan, one of the world's most significant pharmaceutical markets. The patent may allow us to work more closely with Japanese companies to help them develop and commercialise compounds that exhibit poor water-solubility," said Paul Breen, Executive Vice President, Global Services & Operations, Elan...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Researchers Create ‘Obedient Virus’; Use Measles Virus Against Cancer


Newswise — An international team of Mayo Clinic-led researchers is first to devise a system that consistently converts the measles virus into a therapeutic killer that hunts down and destroys cancer cells -- and cancer cells only. Their research findings appear in the current issue of Nature Biotechnology http://www.nature.com/nbt/.

The researchers harnessed the viral trait for attacking and commandeering cells, and then redirected the virus to attack diseased, rather than healthy cells. The work was done on laboratory animals implanted with two kinds of human cancer cells -- ovarian cancer and lymphoma -- and is probably still years away from use as a human therapy. But the concept has at last been proved in mice with human cancer tumors -- and that’s an essential step toward using this approach to expand and improve human treatments for a variety of cancers...read the wave


03-02- 2005
Nano Products : UK

Oxonica to supply leading sunscreen additive to Boots
for use in own-brand suncare products


Oxonica Ltd, a leading European technology company and Boots Group Plc have announced the incorporation of Optisol(TM) UV filter within Boots’ new range of Soltan’s Facial Suncare products.

Optisol is a class-leading UVA protection system ideal for quality sunscreens and anti-ageing products. It provides enhanced UVA protection, resulting in a more balanced UVA:UVB sunscreen formulation which is more advanced than many other sun protection products currently available. Optisol has also been proven to reduce free radicals, produced when the user is exposed to the sun. Free radicals contribute to long term damage in the skin, therefore Optisol can offer additional protection against premature ageing and DNA damage which may result in serious skin problems.
..read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

FEI Company Reports Record Bookings and Sales for the Fourth Quarter of 2004


HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) reported record bookings and sales as well as significantly increased operating margins and income in its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2004.

Net sales were $145.2 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2004, an increase of 36% compared with net sales of $107.0 million for the third quarter of 2004 and an increase of 49% compared with net sales of $97.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2003.

Bookings in the fourth quarter totaled $143.8 million, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99 and a backlog of $160.0 million at the end of the quarter. Bookings increased 14% compared with the previous record-high bookings reported for the third quarter of 2004 and increased 42% compared with the fourth quarter of 2003...read the wave


Nano Environment : Lithuania

Detecting secondary aerosols


EUREKA project E! 2507 EUROENVIRON COPAP has developed a new detection device that will aid research into global climate change, environmental studies, life-science research and environmental monitoring and improve understanding on aerosols.

"It is now recognised that aerosols play a central role in a range of environmental problems such as respiratory diseases, climate change and decreased visibility," says Dr Vidmantas Ulevicius, Head of the Environmental Physics and Chemistry Laboratory at the Lithuanian Institute of Physics, the project's lead partner.

The problem arises because the majority of the mass in fine aerosol particles is not directly emitted but...read the wave


Nano News : USA + UK

New ISO Proposal on Nanotechnologies


The British Standards Institution (BSI) has submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) a proposal for a new field of ISO technical activity on nanotechnologies.

The scope of the proposal identifies specific standardization tasks in the field of nanotechnologies such as classification, terminology and nomenclature, basic metrology, characterization, including calibration and certification, risk and environmental issues. Test methods include approaches for determining physical, chemical, structural and biological properties of materials or devices for which the performance, in the chosen application, is critically dependent on one or more dimension of <100nm. Test methods for applications, and product standards shall come within the scope of the Technical Committee...read the wave


02-02- 2005
Nano Medicine : USA

Nanoscale Diagnostic Sets Sights on Alzheimer's

Experimental procedure detects possible traces of disease in cerebrospinal fluid


ARLINGTON, Va.—Using their novel bio-bar-code amplification (BCA) technology, researchers analyzing fluid from around the brain and spinal cord have detected a protein linked in recent studies to Alzheimer's disease.

If proven successful in further clinical studies, the procedure could become the first tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and the first test to conclusively identify the disease in living patients.

Chad Mirkin and William Klein of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Nanopatterning and Detection Technologies at Northwestern University, and their colleagues, announce their findings..read the wave


Nano Tsunami News : The Netherlands

January Statistics


Wateringen, The Netherlands -- 02-02-2005

The number of different visitors counties to Nano Tsunami has again increased in January 2005 to 94 compared to 84 in December 2004.

Last month we welcomed new visitors from : Syrian Arab Republic, Cambodia, Armenia, Nigeria, Vietnam to name but a few !

January 2005 was also our best month ever with an increase of 29% in our visitors numbers against our December 2004 total...read the wave

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Just odd bits of news : UK

Scientists discover 'reading' molecule at Reading


A team of chemists at the University of Reading, led by Professor Howard Colquhoun, have designed a system in which a tweezer-like molecule is able to recognise specific monomer sequences in a linear copolymer. As a result, and for the first time ever, sequence-information in a synthetic polymer has been ‘read’ by a mechanism which mirrors one of the processes on which life itself is based.

Professor Colquhoun and his colleague Dr Zhu designed the ‘tweezer’ so that it binds at particular sites along the polymer chain – namely, at the sequences which complement its own structure most closely. The researchers then used spectroscopic methods to show that the molecular tweezer can bind bind at both adjacent and non-adjacent sites along the polymer chain. From this evidence, the specific sequences present within the copolymer, which is made of several different structural units, could be clearly identified. A full and detailed picture of the way in which the tweezer binds to the polymer chain was finally obtained when Dr Zhu obtained crystals of a complex between the tweezer and a model oligomer and their structure was determined by Dr Cardin and Ms Gan...read the wave


“ Why are you interested in Nanotechnology and not Golf ? ...there is more money invested in the Golfing Industry per year than in Nanotechnology “.
| Prof. D.H. Reinhoudt | Universiteit Twente. Holland
Nano Biz :USA



Romeoville, IL, – Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products has been named for the second consecutive year to Deloitte & Touches’ prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for Chicagoland, a ranking of the fifty fastest growing companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nations’ leading professional services firms. Rankings are based on the percentage of growth in fiscal year revenues over five years, from 1999 – 2003...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Sensor technology at Case Western Reserve University can help uncover package tampering

CLEVELAND – In a world with an intensified need for security, Case Western Reserve University researchers are developing materials that could make consumers less susceptible to product tampering or failures. Using a mixture of conventional polymers with small amounts of tailored fluorescent dyes, Case researchers have discovered that the dyes function as natural, molecular sensors, creating light-emitting polymer blends that show mechanical stress by changing colors when a material is deformed.

The technology could be useful in a variety of applications...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. Announces Availability of Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes


HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI)
CNI can provide gram to kilogram quantities of double-wall carbon nanotubes.

Double-wall carbon nanotubes behave similarly to single-wall carbon nanotubes but have unique property characteristics for certain applications.
CNI has early intellectual property for growing small-diameter carbon nanotubes on supported catalyst.

Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. (CNI) have announced that it has expanded its pilot plant capability to provide double-wall carbon nanotubes to the market. Double-wall carbon nanotubes behave similarly to single-wall carbon nanotubes but have unique property characteristics for some applications. The technology to produce double-wall carbon nanotubes is part of the intellectual...read the wave


Nano News : EU + New Zealand

EU Commission to promote EU-New Zealand collaboration at nanotechnology conference


Senior officials from the European Commission will lead a workshop on developing closer collaboration between the EU and New Zealand in the field of nanotechnology at an international conference on advanced materials and nanotechnology, taking place in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 6 to 11 February.

The EU delegation will also outline the European strategy for nanotechnology and give details of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) work programme for nanotechnology research.

The purpose of the conference is to promote international collaboration in the broad areas of advanced materials and nanotechnology, with a particular emphasis on new and emerging technologies...read the wave

Nano Electronics : USA

HP Prints a New Chapter in Circuitry


Its researchers have patented what promises to be a simple, cheap, and thoroughly revolutionary way of producing nano-width wiring

Who says Hewlett-Packard should separate its rich printer division from its struggling computer business? In the latest technology advance unveiled Feb. 1, HP (HPQ ) heralds nothing less than the future of the computer, and it also signals that the two divisions could share a cozy future.

HP researchers say they've solved an enigma that next decade could lead the computing industry beyond the current standard of silicon chips and transistors into an era of molecular computing. The computer giant has patented a process that uses microscopic platinum nanowires to create ultratiny circuits...read the wave



MEMS - Nano Imprint : Austria + South Korea

EV Group collaborates with Jinsan Scientific Co. Ltd. on new cleanroom facility at Korea’s Sung Kyun Kwan University


SCHÄRDING, Austria – EV Group (EVG), a leading manufacturer of MEMS, nano and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, have announced that it will open a joint cleanroom facility in Korea with its agent Jinsan Scientific Co. Ltd. and Jinsan Micro-Engineering Ltd. (JML). The new facility is located at the Technology Innovation Center of Sung Kyun Kwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, Korea.

The JML lab is designed for MEMS and advanced-packaging processes as well as for nanoimprint lithography, and contains a state-of-the-art Class 100 cleanroom. As the lead equipment supplier for the facility, EV Group will provide...read the wave


01-02- 2005
Future Technology : Australia

Chemists create 'Superbowl' molecule; May lead to better health

In a development that could one day score a touchdown for better health, chemists in Australia have created a "superbowl" molecule that shows promise for precision drug delivery, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Shaped like a miniature football stadium, the molecule is capable of delivering a wide range of drugs — from painkillers to chemotherapy cocktails — to specific areas of the body, potentially resulting in improved treatment outcomes and perhaps saving lives, the researchers say.

The molecule also shows promise for a wide range of...read the wave



| The Importance of Using Rodents in the Nanomedical Research |


...read the wave

" The use of minor species for the benefits of mankind always has been a controversial topic in modern society. Especially the use of animals for medical research, which is seen by some as a necessary evil in the name of scientific advance while others may think it is probably one the greatest sins mankind can commit against other species. Without entering in a profound ethical debate about the need of using other species for medical research, this article explores the importance of using rodents to study the positive and negative effects nanotechnology can have on the health of ... "

| by Dr. Jose Feneque DVM | Guest Writer
the (nano) tsunami is gaining height “ | Tim Harper | Cientifica
Nano Biz : UK

Oxonica Extends Sales of Envirox™ Fuel Borne Catalyst into Asia-Pacific

Following the successful UK commercial evaluation of Envirox™ Fuel Borne Catalyst with Stagecoach Group Plc, Oxonica is partnering with BASF, the world’s leading chemical company and DMX Technology Corp., the Philippine marketer of cutting edge technology to the petroleum industry, to introduce Envirox™ to the Philippines.

DMX will distribute this latest nanotechnology based fuel catalyst, into premium branded fuel in the Philippines.

Petteri Makitalo, DMX’s chief executive, explained that the new fuel contains BASF’s additive package Keropur™ DP 4540, incorporating Oxonica’s Envirox™ nanotechnology. This can result in significant fuel savings of up to 10 percent and a 14 percent reduction in emissions...read the wave


Nano Environment : India

Auto majors betting big on hydrogen


HYDERABAD, Automobile majors and oil companies are on a new mission to find alternative energy sources. And the best bet for this could be hydrogen-based energy sources. In pursuit of alternative energy sources, the scientific community has identified hydrogen as the best alternative energy carrier. The technical challenges in achieving this include cost-effective hydrogen generation, storage, delivery, conversion and application.

Following the developments after India became the co-chair of the international programme on hydrogen energy which was signed a few months ago, there is an initiative by the government of India, through the department of science and technology to conduct direct research on hydrogen storage materials...read the wave


“ Why are you interested in Nanotechnology and not Golf ? ...there is more money invested in the Golfing Industry per year than in Nanotechnology “.
Prof. D.H. Reinhoudt. Universiteit Twente. Holland

Spintronics : USA

NVE Technology Agreement With Cypress Results in MRAM Samples


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVE Corporation (NASDAQ:NVEC) have confirmed that Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) alpha samples recently announced by Cypress Semiconductor Corporation are covered by NVE's technology agreement with Cypress.

MRAM is a revolutionary memory that uses electron spin to store data. On January 27, 2005 Cypress announced it had provided fully functional 256- kilobit alpha samples.

NVE President and CEO Daniel A. Baker, Ph.D., said: "These are remarkable devices, and we congratulate the talented Cypress team led by Jeff Kaszubinski on an impressive accomplishment."...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

NanoOpto announces two new products


NanoOpto New Wideband Achromatic Waveplate Enabling Higher Performance, Smaller Size for DVD/CD Optical Pick-up Units...read the wave

NanoOpto New Nano-optic Bandpass Filter Designed for High Volume, High Performance Digital Imaging Applications...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Altair Nanotechnologies Licenses RenaZorb™ to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

RenaZorb Targets Potential Multi-Billion Dollar Chronic Kidney Disease Market


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) have announced that a licensing agreement has been signed with California-based Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPPI), giving Spectrum the exclusive worldwide rights for human therapeutic and diagnostic applications to develop, market and sell its RenaZorb™ product line. Altair's RenaZorb™ products, which target an emerging billion-dollar-plus market, are for phosphate control in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and hyperphosphatemia, high phosphate levels in blood, associated with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). These products are non-aluminum-, non-calcium-based phosphate binders, which utilize Altair's proprietary lanthanum nanomaterial technology...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Spire Corporation Receives NSF Grant to Develop Blood-Compatible Catheters

BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR):

-- Nano-engineered biological coatings designed to prevent blood clotting.

-- Biological coatings aimed at enhancing Spire's hemodialysis product line.

Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR) have announced the receipt of a two-year SBIR Phase II grant of $498,764 from the National Science Foundation ("NSF") to continue the development of blood-compatible dialysis catheters, used for the treatment of end-stage renal disease ("ESRD") dialysis patients.

Under Phase I of the program, Spire demonstrated through in-vitro studies that its proprietary surface treatment reduces the...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Nanomedicine's Promise Is Anything but Tiny


It was a small wedding. Very small. But big changes are coming from the marriage of medicine and nanotechnology, the new branch of science that deals with things a few millionths of an inch in size.

Think "tiny medicine," and you probably think "Fantastic Voyage," the 1966 movie (and Isaac Asimov book) about a minuscule medical crew submarining through a patient's circulatory system. In fact, some nanomedicine experts foresee a day when invisibly small robots will cruise through the body looking for signs of disease -- albeit without the added attraction of a neoprene-clad Raquel Welch...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Nanotechnology offers promise on a smaller scale


Think small, dream big is a typical slogan about the promise of nanotechnology that various scientific research communities have been incessantly bombarded with for about a decade.

With annual funding on nanotechnology research estimated to be more than $600 million, surprisingly, the word "nano" can be found in daily horoscopes and the funnies as well.

Yet, "nanotech (is) not the answer" to any woes plaguing the local economy, according to Rustum Roy in a recent letter in the Centre Daily Times...read the wave



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