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31-03- 2005

Nano Products : USA

Evident Technologies Launches Second Generation EviTags(TM) Quantum Dot Labels to Advance Life Science Research

Unique Properties, New Surfaces to Reduce Testing Costs, Increase Flexibility and Uses

TROY, N.Y., PRNewswire/ -- Evident Technologies have introduceda second generation Type 2 EviTag(TM) luminescent label. The T2 EviTag has a proprietary natural coating that provides increased flexibility, easier use, wider applications and possible reduced testing costs in biological assays and other types of life science research.

"At Evident, we are practical pioneers developing nanomaterials to meet real needs and solve real problems," said Clint Ballinger, CEO of Evident Technologies. "Our customers need smaller, brighter, more flexible fluorescing markers to enable more applications across different life science market segments. Our T2 EviTags meet these needs and reduce testing costs because of their flexibility and adaptability. We see EviTags as an enabling technology at the crossroads of nano and bio."...read the wave


Future Technology : Israel

Organic Semiconductors Bring Foldable Computer Screens Closer


Newswise — An Israeli research team has manufactured new organic semiconductors using proteins designed from scratch in the lab and linking them together in precise chains to create electronic-grade material. The new semiconductors, called electronic peptides, could lead to lighter, cheaper and more flexible electronic devices within the next two years, the researchers say.

The electronic peptides created by Professor Nir Tessler and colleagues at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology could be used in full color, foldable LED displays with a sharper resolution than today’s computer screens, and large, flexible solar cells that spread flat and roll up like a blanket. The peptides could also be used in sensor devices that detect tiny amounts of disease molecules in the body or toxins in the environment.

Researchers can construct the electronic peptides one building block at a time, which gives them precise control over the semiconductor’s properties...read the wave


Nano Funding : UK



£20 million funding to harness the commercial potential of micro and
nanotechnology (MNT) was announced today by Lord Sainsbury, Science and
Innovation Minister.

Eight projects across the UK will benefit from nearly £20m, from the DTI's
MNT Capital Facilities Programme, to help build new advanced manufacturing
facilities that will help develop revolutionary new products and services. It
is estimated that the global market for nanotechnology could be worth £1
trillion by 2013.

Emerging nanotechnologies offer a wide range of potential new
applications. This funding will help develop and exploit cutting edge
ideas such as stain resistant clothing, cottons that feel like silk, scratch
resistant and self-cleaning surfaces. They will also help create new medicines
and improve the efficiency of existing drugs...read the wave


Nano News : EU

European Nanotechnology Trade Association Established


The Institute of Nanotechnology, a global leader in nanotechnology matters, today announced plans to launch the European Nanotechnology Trade Association (ENTA), to support industry’s uptake of nanotechnology.

Created to represent the interests of nanotechnology businesses across Europe, ENTA will act to bridge gaps between governments, science and industry policy makers and business. It will also openly interface with the public and watchdog organizations to ensure transparency and that new nanotechnologies are developed in a safe and responsible manner.

Backed by companies such as Procter and Gamble, BP International, Thomas Swan & Co. , Nexia Solutions, Imerys, SmartBead Technologies and LOT-Oriel, ENTA’s membership is open to businesses and organizations for whom nanotechnology has or may have an impact. The Institute of Occupational Medicine and other key advisors including Mewburn Ellis LLP, Marks and Clerk, Darbys, Technesium TC, DMEM, and CENAMPS have also joined ENTA...read the wave


Nano News : China

China to Implement Standards for Nanometer Materials on April 1


BEIJING, March 30 Asia Pulse - China will implement seven state standards for nanometer materials beginning on April 1, which will be the first state standards related to nanometer materials in the country as well as in the world.

The standards, issued jointly by the State Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision and the State Standardization Management Committee, will help standardize the nanometer materials market, support the application of products with high technological contents, and promote healthy development of China's nanometer materials industry.

Li Zhonghai, director of the State Standardization Management Committee, said more state standards will be issued later to establish a complete market access and technical standards system for nanometer materials.

The capacity of China's nanometer materials market has kept an annual growth of over 15 per cent for five consecutive years.

According to a survey done by CCID, China's nanometer materials market had a capacity of 2.92 billion yuan in 2004, growing 18 per cent over 2003. Of this, nanometer powder materials market accounted for 2.74 billion yuan or 93.8 per cent of the total, and nanometer compound materials market accounted for 180 million yuan or 6.2 per cent.

At present, China has accomplished industrialized production in such fields as nanometer calcium carbonate, nanometer zinc oxide and nanometer silicon oxide. Leading nano powder materials production bases in the country include Enping of Guangdong Province, Xuchang of Henan Province, Taiyuan of Shanxi Province and Zibo of Shandong Province, where such nanometer materials makers as Jiawei, Keli, Fenghai and Xingya are respectively located.

Nano powder materials boast great market potentials as they are increasingly applied in such fields as automobiles, machinery, electronics and packaging.

Source : Asia Pulse (XIC)


Nano Products : Canada

A Green Technology in Response to the Kyoto Protocol


MONTREAL, QUEBEC--- Raymor Industries Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RAR) is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), whereby Raymor has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights for the commercialization of a new technology for the production of single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWNT), based on a plasma process, unique in the world. This process is 25 times more efficient, less dangerous, and less costly than any other existing technologies in the world. Environmentally, this process is non-polluting (green technology) and helps Canada meets its commitments with respect to the Kyoto Protocol. BCC Research estimates that global sales of carbon nanotubes will reach US$231.5 million in 2006, with an average annual growth rate of 173% over the next 5 years.

Raymor plans to increase its current C-SWNT production capacity by using...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

First Nano Grows Ultra-Long High Purity Aligned Carbon Nanotubes


Santa Barbara, CA, – First Nano grows high-density vertically aligned carbon nanotubes over 1 mm long.

First Nano have announced that lab experiments with the EasyTube 2000 System has proven to grow high purity, vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) over 1 mm long, on silicon substrate using an iron thin film catalyst. The fully automated, high-throughput EasyTube 2000 System is a chemical vapor deposition tool for the synthesis of nanotubes and other nanoscale materials.

"Our system has demonstrated the ability to grow ultra-long and controllable diameter nanotubes,” said Dr. Yi Tu, Principal Research Scientist with First Nano. “The value that these densely formed ultra-long nanoscale strands offers is application development that can be used for composite materials strengthening, rechargeable batteries, filtration systems and electronic devices.”

The process development for growing CNTs is part of a solution package that First Nano offers to customers, and is embedded in preprogrammed recipes in the EasyTube System...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

The Lighter Side of Nanotechnology


(PRWEB) Grey Goos (www.nanoinvestornews.com/goo.php), the first comic strip developed for the nanotechnology community, has been released by leading Nanotechnology portal NanoApex. The weekly cartoon, currently in its fourth episode, examines the lighter side of nanotechnology and brings a diverse global audience together through its wry, but relevant humor.

"Nanotechnology can sometimes feel intimidating,” said Grey Goos creator Joel Fisher. “We wanted to put a friendly face on the technology—humanize it, give people a chuckle.” Grey Goos has already generated some positive attention in technology circles. "The first time I saw the cartoon I immediately sent it to everyone in my office," said Jon Nowick, a programmer with HSI Technology in Chicago. "The humor is insightful enough for techno-savvy readers like me and light enough to hang on an office refrigerator," he continued...read the wave


Nano Funding : UK

New nanotechnology centre for Nottingham


Nottingham will be at the forefront of the nanotechnology revolution thanks to a £3.5 million grant to set up a new state-of-the-art research centre in the city, it was announced today.

The Nottingham Micro Nano Technology (MNT) Centre will be an advanced manufacturing facility to help companies develop revolutionary new products and services at a scale of thousandths of a millimetre.

Announced today by Lord Sainsbury, Science and Innovation Minister, the grant will provide open access for companies to cutting-edge facilities designed to help bring nanotechnology products and services to the market — particularly in healthcare, engineering and information communications technology (ICT)...read the wave


Nano Defense : USA

Research team to develop techniques to detect
bio-warfare agents


A team of chemists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop new, more accurate techniques for detecting the presence of harmful agents.

In their study, professors Richard Vachet, Vincent Rotello and Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan will use a combination of nanotechnology and mass spectrometry to isolate and identify minute amounts of two types of hazardous substances: endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and microcystins, water-borne toxins that are considered potential bio-warfare agents.

“The Navy is always interested in new ways to detect compounds that have adverse effects on its personnel or operations,” says Vachet, the principle investigator on the project. “They're interested in methods that can detect more rapidly and with more sensitivity in ways that are less prone to error.”...read the wave


Nano News : USA + Russia

Nanotech-America and NT-MDT:An International Success Story


(PRWEB) -- Nanotech-America (NTA, Allen, TX) is a unique organization which provides full service administration, technical support, sales and marketing services to our Russian strategic partner, NT-MDT (Zelenograd, Moscow), a well-known manufacturer of atomic force and scanning probe microscopes and related technology.

The history of off-shore companies trying to penetrate the US market is littered with lost investment, agonizingly slow market penetration, and failed efforts. In sharp distinction, the NTA/NT-MDT strategic relationship is a success story. Three key factors support that success:

- Extensive experience in the market from the NTA management team and, specifically, in business development for US support of international firms,
- NTA’s robust national technical support program, and
- the strong commitment and expansive technical support provided by Dr. Sergey Saunin, NT-MDT’s VP R&D and the Russian liaison to NTA.

With an installed base of over 500 systems world-wide, NT-MDT is well-known on the international scene. Their microscopes are key to...read the wave


Nano Event : Germany

MANCEF: COMS 2005 21-25 August - Mark Your Calendar!


The 10th Annual International Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems conference, COMS 2005, will bring together key people from across the world and from every sector of industry, including leading practitioners in the field, equipment suppliers, end users, customers, government representatives, academics, and financial experts.

The Conference extends to 4 days and is structured to accommodate the wide-ranging needs of delegates. It is comprised of keynote talks by MNT leaders; break-out sessions fostering intimate in-depth discussion, extensive networking opportunities, and educational workshops. All of this is supported with an extensive exhibition that features the top companies in Micro/Nano. COMS is the ideal environment for the exchange of ideas and new business development.

COMS 2005 will be jointly organized by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK). COMS was first created in 1994 at BANFF, Canada as a Gordon style workshop, and has since developed into full-scale conferences alternating between North America and Europe (even expanding into Asia/Pacific in 2007, with our first appearance in Melbourne, Australia), while still maintaining the intimate atmosphere that fosters a true exchange of ideas and business development. Their increasing popularity and business networking potential in terms of delegate numbers has been impressive...read the wave


30-03- 2005

| Assessing Venture Capital Returns for Efficient Investing in Nanotechnology |

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" 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..."
| Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA | Guest Writer |
Nano Research : USA

Caltech Physics Team Invents Device For Weighing Individual Molecules


PASADENA, Calif.-Physicists at the California Institute of Technology have created the first nanodevices capable of weighing individual biological molecules. This technology may lead to new forms of molecular identification that are cheaper and faster than existing methods, as well as revolutionary new instruments for proteomics.

According to Michael Roukes, professor of physics, applied physics, and bioengineering at Caltech and the founding director of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute, the technology his group has announced this week shows the immense potential of nanotechnology for creating transformational new instrumentation for the medical and life sciences. The new devices are at the nanoscale, he explains, since their principal component is significantly less than a millionth of a meter in width.

The Caltech devices are "nanoelectromechanical resonators"--essentially tiny.
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Spintronics : USA

NVE Notified of Patent Grant on Spintronic Structure


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--March 29, 2005--NVE Corporation (NasdaqSC: NVEC) announced that it has been notified by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office that the patent titled "Magnetic Field Sensor with Augmented Magnetoresistive Sensing Layer" will be issued today. The patent relates to the use of an effect known as "electron spin exchange-biasing" for low-hysteresis spin dependent tunneling (SDT) and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensors. The patent is number 6,872,467 and is the grant of the application published by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office under number 2004-0115478.

SDT and GMR sensors applications include magnetic...read the wave


Nano Research : EU

Just what nanoparticle research in Europe needs


Delegates at a recent Commission-hosted workshop on nanotechnology and nanoparticle research revealed the large demand for research and tools in this field which are targeted, certified, easy to use and shared freely and quickly among stakeholders. But all agreed that the risks and drawbacks of such developments should be openly and carefully analysed.

The European Commission calls for an “integrated and responsible” approach to nanotechnology development that benefits society. This goes for nanoparticles as well which, according to the recently published proceedings of the workshop ‘Research needs on nanoparticles’, exist in nature or can be produced by human activities – intentionally or unintentionally.

“Intentional nanoparticles are manufactured under (normally strict) control while unintentional ones can come from...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Ophthalmologists and physicists team up to design 'bionic eye'


On Feb. 22 in the Journal of Neural Engineering, Daniel Palanker, Alexander Vankov and Phil Huie from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory and Stephen Baccus from the Department of Neurobiology published a design of an optoelectronic retinal prosthesis system that can stimulate the retina with resolution corresponding to a visual acuity of 20/80--sharp enough to orient yourself toward objects, recognize faces, read large fonts, watch TV and, perhaps most important, lead an independent life. The researchers hope their device may someday bring artificial vision to those blind due to retinal degeneration. They are testing their system in rats, but human trials are at least three years away.

"This is basic research," said Palanker, a physicist whose primary appointment is in the Ophthalmology Department. "It's the essence of Bio-X," he said, referring to Stanford's interdisciplinary initiative to speed biomedical research from benchtop to bedside...read the wave


Nano Reports : Global

Nanotechnology's Impact on Products: Cancer Treatment Gets Reinvented, Automobiles Get Incrementally Improved


NEW YORK, PRNewswire/ -- Who will win and lose as nanotechnology pervades consumer goods? The answer will differ greatly by industry and product category, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "How Nanotechnology Adds Value to Products." Nanotech could slash the cost of breast cancer treatment by 39% and add an average of seven years' to patients lives, reinventing the field -- but in another sector like automotive, nanotech innovations will add a series of small, incremental innovations from which component suppliers benefit the most.

"First-generation consumer products incorporating nanotechnology are already on the market. They show price premiums of 11%, on average, over conventional products. For example, Easton Sports' Synergy SL hockey stick is built from a carbon nanotube composite, and Wyeth's Rapamune immunosuppressant tablets are milled into nanocrystalline grains," said Matthew Nordan, Vice President of Research at Lux Research. "But these products form a poor guide to the future. Second-generation nano-enabled products will differ by tapping many nanotechnology innovations instead of just one, employing active nanostructures, and requiring new manufacturing processes to exploit."...read the wave


Nano Products :

Nanotech food containers in hollow-type silicone


South Korea – Daewoo Tech Co. Ltd has released a range of airtight food storage containers in durable, hollow-type silicone.

The containers are refrigerator- and dishwasher-safe. They are processed using nano-silver technology, which helps intercept infrared rays and prevents mold formation. The containers come in various shapes and sizes for storing pasta, fruit, vegetables, nuts and candy.

The products are marketed under the Xeonic brand. Source : Global Sources


Future Technology : USA

Shape-Shifting Robot Nanotech Swarms on Mars


Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., took the first step toward this scenario with the successful test of a shape-shifting robotic pyramid. As the engineers watched like anxious new parents, the robot pyramid traveled across the floor of a lab at NASA Goddard. Robots of this type will eventually be miniaturized and joined together to form "autonomous nanotechnology swarms" (ANTS) that alter their shape to flow over rocky terrain or to create useful structures like communications antennae and solar sails...read the wave


Nano Biz - Products : USA

Emergency Filtration Products Signs NanoMask Distributor for Wholesale and Retail Markets in the United States and Southeast Asia


HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB: EMFP) have announced that it has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Manteca, Calif.-based 2H Distributors (http://www.2hdistributors.com/) to distribute the company's NanoMask to both retail and wholesale market segments in the United States and internationally. 2H Distributors has already placed its initial stocking order of 10,000 NanoMasks and 50,000 replacement filters.

In the United States, 2H Distributors will launch a marketing campaign for the NanoMask, and will be seeking retail outlets throughout the country, with particular emphasis on marketing to airport retail stores that cater to customers flying to the Pacific Rim. Internationally, 2H Distributors' wholesale marketing plans entail forming partnerships with a number of consumer products distributors in Southeast Asian markets such as Vietnam and Thailand...read the wave


Nano Biz -Event : Ireland

Advance Nanotech Ceo Magnus Gittins to Deliver Keynote Address at World Nano-Economic Congress in Dublin


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 2005--Advance Nanotech, Inc., (OTC BB:AVNA.OB), the world's premier provider of services, support and financing to drive the commercialization of nanotechnology discoveries, today announced that CEO Magnus Gittins will deliver the keynote address at the World Nano-Economic Congress (the "WNEC") in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Gittins presentation, entitled From Science to Product: Making a Promising Technology into a Successful Business, will provide a detailed look at the role corporations must play in supporting the successful commercialization of nanotechnology discoveries at the university level. Mr. Gittins will speak on the second day of the conference, which will run from April 20-21, 2005.

Mr. Gittins' will be addressing a global audience of leaders concerned with ensuring that the rapidly evolving nanotechnology sector can meet its...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA + Japan

Japan's Frontier Carbon Corporation to Manufacture in U.S. -- Will Accelerate Production of Fullerenes for Nanomanufacturing


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To meet the growing commercial demand for nano-scale products in the United States and Europe, Frontier Carbon Corporation (FCC) of Tokyo, Japan, has established Frontier Carbon Corporation America (FCCA) in December 2004 to begin production of fullerene materials in the U.S. in March 2005 in co-operation with TDA Research, Inc. for serving present and potential customers.

Fullerenes are large carbon molecules with unique properties that are particularly well suited to nanotechnology-based applications and have led to prototyping a large number of promising cutting-edge products. Fullerenes are extraordinarily stable and heat-resistant, joining diamonds and graphite as the third form of pure carbon, yet are the only form of carbon that is soluble, leading to easy processing and a variety of chemical modifications for usable nanotechnology materials...read the wave


29-03- 2005
Nano Electronics : USA



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new dielectric material, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, could facilitate the use of copper circuitry at the chip level. The thermally stable aromatic polymer has a low dielectric constant of 1.85, good mechanical properties and excellent adhesion.

Replacing aluminum with copper as the multilayer interconnect structure in microelectronic devices could enhance both miniaturization and performance. Copper offers much higher electrical and thermal conductivity than aluminum. Placing narrow copper lines close together, however, requires a good dielectric to reduce cross talk between wires. Unfortunately, existing dielectric insulators can't withstand the rigors of the aggressive chemical-mechanical polishing step used to produce a smooth copper surface...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Nanotechnology could promote hydrogen economy


New Brunswick/Piscataway, NJ ---Say “nanotechnology” and people are likely to think of micro machines or zippy computer chips. But in a new twist, Rutgers scientists are using nanotechnology in chemical reactions that could provide hydrogen for tomorrow’s fuel-cell powered clean energy vehicles.

In a paper to be published April 20 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, describe how they make a finely textured surface of the metal iridium that can be used to extract hydrogen from ammonia, then captured and fed to a fuel cell. The metal’s unique surface consists of millions of pyramids with facets as tiny as five nanometers (five billionths of a meter) across, onto which ammonia molecules can nestle like matching puzzle pieces. This sets up the molecules to undergo complete and efficient decomposition.
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Nano Biz : Global

Nanotech: Huge Focus on a Small Science


Nanotechnology, the practice of manipulating matter on the atomic scale, may demand an exact science. But so far, nanotech investing has not.
A few short years after Wall Street's first flirtation with the science routinely touted as the next big wave of innovation, there is more misunderstanding about nanotechnology among investors -- and more confusion than information. And it's not just the little guys who get befuddled; it's also big investment banks like Merrill Lynch.

On April 1, 2004, Merrill and its highly respected tech analyst, Steve Milunovich, launched the Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index, injecting a jolt of volatility into many of the 25 small-cap components. A week later, the firm quietly...read the wave


Nano News :Global

U.S. leads in nantotech, but Asia, Europe gaining


MANHASSET, N.Y. — The U.S. lead in nanotechnology is gradually being whittled down by Europe and Asia, according to a sneak preview of a major study on the nascent technology being prepared by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Moreover, while the technology holds out great promise for breakthroughs across-the-board in a wide range of disciplines, the possible toxic dangers of nanotechnology need to be examined, according to the advisors, the Washington Post reported.

The toxicity studies need to be stepped up, John H. Marburger III, cochairman of the study committee, said ...read the wave


Nano News : Russia

First signals from nano-satellite received


KOROLYOV. March 28 (Interfax) - Russia's mission control center has received the first signals from a nano-satellite the International Space Station crew launched manually during a Monday spacewalk, an Interfax correspondent reported from the control center.

"We have just received the first signals from the nano-satellite. You have accomplished the mission," a mission control center official told the ISS crew which is still on the spacewalk.

ISS crewmember Salizhan Sharipov launched an experimental nano- satellite during the Monday spacewalk. Source: Interfax


Nano Biz : France + Israel

France and Israel sign high-tech deals


JERUSALEM (AFX) - France and Israel have signed two high-tech trade agreements on bio and nanotechnology, a French official said.

The agreements, between Israel Aircraft Industries and French company TNI Software, concern electronic systems for space, defence, energy and the automobile industry, said a French spokesman.

Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert signed the deals with his French counterpart, Patrick Devedjian, who is on a two-day visit to Israel
Source : AFX


26-03- 2005
Nano News : Australia

Scientists urge PM to join the nanotech revolution


Australia needs to develop a national strategy to deal with the ethical, social and safety issues of nanotechnology, a rapidly advancing area of science with "the potential to transform the way we live", a report says.

Links between nanotechnology researchers and industry also need to be strengthened so Australia benefits from expected innovations in drug delivery, clean water and energy production, new materials and sensor devices.

The Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council's working-party report, Nanotechnology: enabling technologies for Australian innovative industries, estimates the worldwide sale of nanotechnology-based products will increase by 150 times in the next decade to $US2.6 trillion ($3.4 trillion).

"Australia cannot afford to ignore nanotechnology," the working party, chaired by Dr Deborah Rathjen, managing director of the biotechnology company Bionomics, told the Prime Minister...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Scientists develop new color-coded test for protein folding


Every protein--from albumin to testosterone--is folded into a unique, three-dimensional shape that allows it to function properly. Now Stanford University scientists have developed a simple test that instantly changes color when a protein molecule attached to a gold nanoparticle folds or unfolds. The new technique, which works on the same principle as ordinary pH tests that measure the acidity of water, is described in the March 2005 issue of the journal Chemistry and Biology.

"What we've developed is a simple and inexpensive sensor for determining when a protein changes its conformation," said study co-author Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science in Stanford's Department of Chemistry. According to Zare, the new sensor may eventually provide biomedical researchers a fast, affordable method for detecting antibodies and other disease-related proteins...read the wave


Nano News : Cuba

First Cuban Earth Science Convention


THE first Cuban Earth Science Convention is to take place in Havana between April 5 and 8, with the participation of 700 people from 33 countries, including the host country.

The event, at which 650 papers will be presented, combines the 6th Geology Congress, the 3rd Geophysics Conference, the 1st Mineralogy Conference and the 1st Astronomy and Spatial Geophysics Symposium.

Doctor Manuel Iturralde Vinent, first vice president and scientific secretary of the organizing committee, stated to the press that the convention is taking place at a time when the world is immersed in a process of changing ideas on the role played by geoscience in the development of life...read the wave


Nano News : Asia

Declaration adopted to support fair trade


Asia-Pacific science and technology ministers yesterday adopted the Bangkok Declaration in an attempt to enhance the role of science and technology to support fair trade rather than just free trade.

Thai minister Korn Dabbaransi said it was agreed science and technology should be used to promote trade under fairer rules and through negotiations.

The ministers also planned to develop cooperation in intellectual property so as to benefit humanity rather than only target commercial gains.

In addition, the declaration called for increased access by developing countries to new areas of science and technology such as nanotechnology...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA

454 Life Sciences Installs First Genome Sequencing System at the Broad Institute


BRANFORD, Conn., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 454 Life Sciences, a majority-owned subsidiary of CuraGen Corporation (Nasdaq: CRGN - News), have announced that it has sold and installed its first 454 Genome Sequencing System at the Genome Sequencing and Analysis program of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a research collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and its hospitals and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. The system, which utilizes novel technology developed by 454 Life Sciences, has the potential to perform sequencing 100 times faster than conventional sequencing machines.

"Genome sequencing technology is entering a new era of development," said Eric Lander, Ph.D., director of the Broad Institute. "The 454 Genome Sequencing System is the first of this next generation and we expect it to enable our researchers to tackle a wide range of applications."...read the wave


Nano Electronics : Global

Life beyond CMOS


“For the last 40 years computers have been getting faster as CMOS chips have become smaller, faster and cheaper. But all good things come to an end and, all around the world, people have begun looking at alternative electronic devices that might follow on from CMOS.”

So said Dr Michael Forshaw, coordinator of IST project ESCHER, who gathered with other researchers to present recent findings in the search for new technology to succeed CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductors), during the 15th Nanotechnology Information Devices (NID) Workshop, organised by the PHANTOMS Network of Excellence.

CMOS has been the dominant chip technology used by the world’s electronics industry for several decades. CMOS semiconductors use both negative and positive polarity circuits. Since only one of the circuit types is on at any given time, CMOS chips require much less power than chips using just one type of transistor. This makes them particularly attractive for use in battery-powered devices, such as portable computers...read the wave

Nano News : USA

It IS a Small World After All


Think small… very small. The future is bright for nanotechnology, but it certainly isn’t big. Nanotechnology seems to be the future of everything these days. From medicine to clothing to spaceflight, nanotechnology now infiltrates a multitude of research areas. And it is being applied in ways most would find difficult to comprehend.

Over forty years ago, Nobel-winning scientist, Richard P. Feynman said, “In the year 2000, when they look back at this age, they will wonder why it was not until the year 1960 that anybody began seriously to move in this direction.” The direction he referred to was down. Down in size, down in scale, but up in possibility.

So what is nanotechnology? A nanometer is one billionth of a meter—1/80,000 the width of a human hair or about the combined diameter of ten hydrogen atoms. Nanotechnology is broadly defined as the...read the wave


Nano Electronics : Japan

NEC develops super fast bionano chip


NEC Corp. has developed a prototype protein analysis technology that can diagnose diseases about 20 times faster than the time taken by current techniques.

The company's technology can complete an analysis of a blood sample in about 60 minutes or 70 minutes compared to the day or so such analysis takes by conventional methods, according to Wataru Hattori, assistant manager at NEC's Nanotechnology Group, at the company's Fundamental and Environmental Research Laboratories.

Certain proteins, called marker proteins, can act as early warning signs for diseases such as cancer...read the wave


Nano News : China

Nano technology advancing


BEIJING, -- China's nano-technology now leads the world with the approval of a new type of nano-crystalline material for mass production.

Scientists say the new material will be used in China's Shenzhou-6 manned spacecraft and other more sophisticated satellites.

They also see a promising future for using the technology in home appliances and automobiles.

Nano-crystalline material is made up of crystal particles five to ten nanometers long.

(Source: CRIENGLISH.com)


Nano News : USA

Nanotube research at its beginnings


Hour after hour, Satya Bulusu, a graduate chemistry student, checked the PrarieFire supercomputer for the results of its computations.

After three months of configurations, the computer finally spat out the virtual molecule that Bulusu and his teammates had been looking for.

Under the direction of Xiao Cheng Zeng, Willa Cather professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bulusu used the supercomputer in combination with computations from Washington State University to determine the point where the element boron changes from a sheet of molecules to a 3-D ring.

“We ran the supercomputer for three months and searched thousands of structures and found that at 20 molecules, boron was shaped like a ring if you added an electron,” Zeng said...read the wave


Nano Biz : Russia



MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) - A round-table discussion, "Nanotechnologies in business: problems, interests, profits", that took place at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was attended by scientists, experts on nanotechnologies, government officials, business people and public figures. The initiative to set up the national NanoBusiness associaiton was voiced.

Mention was also made that Russia remains the only industrialized country where the development of nanatechnologies has been getting little government encouragement. The government allocates tens of million of dollars for innovation projects, in comparison with billions being earmarked in the European Union and the USA. Stepan Sulakshin, president of the center for the industry's legislative support, declared in favor of a federal program for the development of nanotechnologies while Sergey Petrov, director of the company "Republic of ideas.ru", said that products of nanotechnologies would not become reality unless private capital is available and venture funds have been set up."...read the wave



Future Technology : Siberia

Filter That Makes Viruses Adhere


Siberian researchers have developed a biologically active sorbent of a new generation. The sorbent provides for the 100-percent efficient water purification from microorganisms and bacteriophages. Microbiological researches were performed with partial support of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) grant.

Specialists of the Tomsk Polytechnical University and Scientific Research Institute “Microorganism Culture Collection” (VECTOR State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology) have developed a biologically active sorbent of a new generation based on cotton pulp, modified 1-percent silica slip containing activated alumina. The sorbent provides for the 100-percent efficient water purification from microorganisms and bacteriophages, it can be applied in a wide range of conditions and possesses sufficient durability and longevity...read the wave


25-03- 2005
Quantum Computing : The Netherlands

Sham spin in nanotube acts as real spin - New insight
for quantum computing


At the Technical University of Delft, researchers created electrons with an artifical spin. Yet, this spin acts as a real quantum spin. This finding is of importance for the development of quantum computers and quantum information processing.

At the Kavli Institute of the Technical University of Delft, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and colleagues had electrons spiral their way up -or down- around carbon nanotubes. The spiral movement causes the electron to spin around, according to the principles of classical mechanics. This gives them an angular momentum.

When electrons are properly located in an atom (instead of running around a nanotube), they also have spin, always. This spin is quantised, has only a fixed magnitude and only two directions: up or down. At very low temperatures, spin results in a phenomenon called the Kondo-effect...read the wave


Nano Electronics : Global

The end of silicon?


If you marvel at the array of silicon circuitry wedged inside today's computers, prepare to be amazed. Semiconductors made out of the smallest particles known to man and plastic computer memory are two technologies that could feature in PCs just a decade from now.

As any seasoned techie will know, the days of conventional chips are numbered. Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors you can fit on a silicon chip will double every two years, could expire within the decade. Chipmakers are frantically trying to find a substitute for silicon, and computing giant HP claims that it may have the answer - molecules.

HP says it can replace traditional transistors with grids of...read the wave


Nano News : Japan

Fujitsu Labs Works on Portable Protein Detector


Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and The Technical University of Munich are working on technology that may one day lead to the development of a fast, accurate and portable detector for chronic diseases and viruses.

The project is developing a portable protein detector that will use a new approach to analyzing DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Detection of proteins is a valuable tool in health care because the presence of one or a combination of proteins in a sample can serve as an indicator for a particular disease such as diabetes or a virus such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

"Protein detection will become much more important in future health care," said Shozo Fujita, senior research fellow at Fujitsu's Nanotechnology Research Center in Atsugi, west of Tokyo...read the wave


Nano Biz: USA

Nanogen Issued Patent for Electronic Microarray With Memory


SAN DIEGO, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN), developer of advanced diagnostic products, have announced that it was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,867,048, "Multiplexed Active Biologic Array" by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The '048 patent relates to a method of addressing one or more electrodes (or "test sites") across multiple rows and columns of a microarray. The patent also covers a method for storing the value of the voltage associated with each electrode in a local memory. This "smart chip" technology is a key feature of Nanogen's NanoChip(R) 400 electronic microarray, the company's second generation multi-purpose system for developing and performing molecular diagnostic tests.

Using local memory circuits provides for precise control of the currents delivered to individual electrodes on the array, while minimizing the utilization of...read the wave


Future Technology : Finland

Smart clothes can improve occupational safety


”Smart clothes” are clothes that employ new technologies: technological developments have made it possible to integrate electronic components into conventional garments. In demanding conditions, such as working in heavy industries, very specific demands are placed on work apparel and materials, as they must protect the wearer from any hazards found in the working environment. Smart clothes design offers new material technology applications to make work apparel safer and more specifically suited to the work and environment in question. Smart clothes also make it possible for the wearer’s vital functions to be monitored, using, for example, an electromyograph (EMG).

The goal of the Academy-funded Models for Intelligent Garment Design (MeMoGa) research project is to develop methods and models for the research and design of smart clothes as well as to study matters related to their usability and social acceptability. The MeMoGa project approaches new, multidisciplinary research fields through the research of clothing design, fibre material technologies and physiology...read the wave


23-03- 2005
Nano Battery : USA



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A fuel cell designed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can operate without a solid membrane separating fuel and oxidant, and functions with alkaline chemistry in addition to the more common acidic chemistry.

Like a battery, a fuel cell changes chemical energy into electrical energy. While most fuel cells employ a physical barrier to separate the fuel and oxidant, the microfluidic fuel cell developed at Illinois utilizes multi-stream laminar flow to accomplish the same task.

"The system uses a Y-shaped microfluidic channel in which two liquid streams containing fuel and oxidant merge and flow between catalyst-covered electrodes without mixing," said Paul Kenis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Noisy Pictures Tell a Story of 'Entangled' Atoms, JILA Physicists Find

Patterns of noise—normally considered flaws—in images of an ultracold cloud of potassium provide the first-ever visual evidence of correlated ultracold atoms, a potentially useful tool for many applications, according to physicists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Described in the March 21 online issue of Physical Review Letters,* the noise analysis method could, in principle, be used to identify and test the limits of entanglement, a phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With entangled atom pairs, for example, the properties of one atom instantaneously affect the properties of its mate, even when the two are physically separated by substantial distances. Such tests of the basic rules of quantum physics could be helpful, for example, in efforts to design quantum computers that would use the properties of individual neutral atoms as 1s and 0s for storing and processing data...read the wave


Future Technology : Israel

Latest Biomolecular Computer Can Operate A Billion Programs

Newswise — Current computers consist of metal, plastic, wires and transistors. The manner in which they process information is called linear because they conduct one computation at a time. In the latest generation of computers, biological molecules replace all the components. One advantage of these biomolecular computers over linear computers is their ability to simultaneously carry out an enormous number of complex operations.

A new version of a biomolecular computer developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology – composed entirely of DNA molecules and enzymes – outdoes even the fastest of its kind. It can perform as many as a billion different programs simultaneously. Previous biomolecular computers, such as the one built by a joint team from the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science three years ago, were limited to just 765 simultaneous programs...read the wave


Nano Research : UK

Birmingham Scientists Witness the Birth of an Atom


Scientists from the University of Birmingham's Nanoscale Science Facility have made a breakthrough in manipulating the smallest single molecules and atoms by devising a new technique of molecular dissection which induces the "birth" of a daughter atom from the parent molecule.

This breakthrough, which is highlighted in a paper published in the journal, Nature, today (Thursday 17 March), is significant for two reasons - not only have University physicists developed a novel method of dissociation using two electrons, but they have also successfully achieved this experiment at room temperature.

The new method, devised by Professor Richard Palmer and Dr Peter Sloan, uses the tip of a Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) to inject two electrons into the parent chlorobenzine molecule to induce a dissociation event - the first electron sets the molecule into vibration and the second electron breaks the bond between the parent molecule and daughter chlorine atom...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

NanoOpto Announces Closing on $12M of C-Round Venture Financing

New Capital Will Support Production Ramp and New Product Introduction for Consumer Electronics and Communications Market


Somerset, New Jersey. March 22, 2005. NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, announced that it has closed on $12 million in Series C round venture financing. First Analysis, a leading private growth-equity investor, is leading the round. Existing equity partners joining in the round are Morgenthaler Ventures; the Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) network (including DFJ Gotham Ventures and New England Ventures); Harris & Harris Group; and U.S. Trusts Excelsior Venture Partners III, L.L.C

The total financing raised by NanoOpto to date is $42.3 million...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Big hopes for tiny, new hydrogen storage material


LOS ANGELES – Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are taking a new approach to "filling up" a fuel cell car with a nanoscale solid, hydrogen storage material. Their discovery could hasten a day when our vehicles will run on hydrogen-powered, environmentally friendly fuel cells instead of gasoline engines.

The challenge, of course, is how to store and carry hydrogen. Whatever the method, it needs to be no heavier and take up no more space than a traditional gas tank but provide enough hydrogen to power the vehicle for 300 miles before refueling.

One approach is to find a solid chemical material that can hold and then release hydrogen as needed. Recently, PNNL researchers Tom Autrey and Anna Gutowska found a way to release hydrogen from a solid compound almost 100 times faster than was previously possible...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Dropping nano-anchor


SAN DIEGO – Touch the tines of a tuning fork and it goes silent. Scientists have faced a similar problem trying to harness the strength and conductivity of carbon nanotubes, regarded as material of choice for the next generation of everything from biosensors to pollution-trapping sponges.

Fifield reported the group's findings today at the American Chemical Society national meeting. In the decade since the synthesis of the first carbon nanotubes, researchers have attached molecules—intended to be the "feelers" for picking up chemical sensations and passing the information to the nanotube—using techniques that call for strong acidity and other harsh conditions that compromise the material's utility.

"Usually, people use an organic solution of anchors and incubate the nanotubes in...read the wave


Nano Biz ; USA

Nanogen and Pathway Diagnostics Sign License Agreement for Gene Variants Linked to Drug Response


SAN DIEGO, PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN) and Pathway Diagnostics have announced that they have entered into a nonexclusive, worldwide license agreement under which Nanogen will develop diagnostic products that detect genetic variations associated with responses to antidepressant and antipsychotic therapeutics. The companies have begun work on developing a molecular diagnostic product that could be used to select the most appropriate drug and dosage for patients treated for psychiatric diseases. Specific financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In the U.S., schizophrenia affects more than 2 million people each year, and more than 20 million people suffer from depression. Although many therapeutic options are.
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Nano Research : UK

Birmingham Makes Big Strides in Tiny Science: University Launches Nanotechnology Network


A pioneering team of scientists at the University of Birmingham joined forces on Monday 21 March to help further develop the new industrial revolution of nanotechnology - with the support of one of the world's leading chemists.

The Collaborative Research Network in Nanotechnology (CRNNT) is an elite group of scientists from across the university and external partners who are working in partnership to research and develop the commercial exploitation of nanotechnology - the "dwarf" technology where objects are measured not in millimetres or even microns, but nanometres - one thousand millionth of a metre. This cutting-edge science has the potential to make a huge impact on a range of industries, including medicine and food.

The launch, which was open to everyone, featured the inaugural lecture of the CRNNT, given by the eminent chemist, Professor J Fraser Stoddart, FRS from UCLA, entitled: 'Nano Toys and Nano Art: How Fun and Beauty Inspire Creativity' . The lecture also focused on the design and fabrication of nanomachines and nanodevices.
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22-03- 2005
Spintronics : USA

Spintronic Materials Show Their First Move

Physicists trace the "hopping" of single electrons in magnetic materials


LOS ANGELES, CA -- How much energy does it take for an electron to hop from atom to atom, and how do the magnetic properties of the material influence the rate or ease of hopping? Answers to those questions could help explain why some materials, like those used in a computer hard drive, become conductors only in a magnetic field while they are very strong insulators otherwise. They might also help scientists learn how to use the electron's "spin" (a property analogous to the spinning of a child's toy top), as well as its charge, to carry information in a new field known as spintronics.

Stéphane Grenier, a postdoctoral fellow studying electronic excitations, or "electron hopping," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, will describe the techniques he uses and the properties of these materials at the March 2005 meeting of the American Physical Society in Los Angeles, California. His talk took place on Monday, March 21, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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Nano Electronics : USA

Increasing Charge Mobility in Single Molecular Organic Crystals

Studies may help identify best materials for variety of future electronics applications


LOS ANGELES, CA -- Flexible displays that can be folded up in your pocket? More accurate biological and chemical sensors? Biocompatible electronics? In research that may help determine the best materials for a wide range of future electronics applications, a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will report on the intrinsic electronic properties of molecular organic crystals at the March 2005 meeting of the American Physical Society.

Brookhaven materials scientist Vladimir Butko described the experimental techniques and key findings on Monday, March 21, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Organic materials are particularly attractive for potential applications such as flexible displays, or so-called "electronic paper," because they are inherently flexible. "Imagine a computer screen that you could crumple or fold like a sheet of plastic film,"
...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Carnegie Mellon scientists develop tool that uses MRI to visualize gene expression in living animals


PITTSBURGH--In a first, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have "programmed" cells to make their own contrast agents, enabling unprecedented high-resolution, deep-tissue imaging of gene expression. The results, appearing in the April issue of Nature Medicine, hold considerable promise for conducting preclinical studies in the emerging field of molecular therapeutics and for monitoring the delivery of therapeutic genes in patients.

"For 20 years it has been the chemist's job to develop agents that can be used to enhance MRI contrast," said Eric Ahrens, assistant professor of biological sciences in the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon. "Now, with our approach, we have put this job into the hands of the molecular biologist. Using off-the-shelf molecular biology tools we can now enable living cells to change their MRI contrast via genetic instructions." ...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Researchers pursue blast-resistant steel using new tomograph

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Materials scientists and engineers at Northwestern University are developing a new "high-security" steel that would be resistant to bomb blasts such as the one that struck -- and nearly sank -- the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. The researchers now have a state-of-the-art instrument that enables them to get a precise look at steel's composition on the nanoscale: a $2 million atom-probe tomograph that is only the fourth of its kind in the world.

Using the new Local-Electrode Atom-Probe (LEAP®) tomograph, researchers studying steel and other materials can -- at amazing speed -- pluck atoms off a material's surface one at a time, layer by layer over tens of thousands of layers, to better understand the entire nanostructure and chemical composition of the material, which is key to designing new materials effectively and efficiently.

The technology is similar to that used...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA

Quantum Dot Corporation Launches the Mosaic™

Gene Expression Assay System: a Unique Combination of Quality Controls, Performance and Throughput for Multiplexed mRNA Quantification


Hayward, CA | Quantum Dot Corporation announces launch of the Mosaic Gene Expression Assay System. For the first time, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and functional genomics researchers can measure quantitative expression of 100 user-specified mRNAs simultaneously from small amounts of input sample.

“The combination of quality controls in every assay, exceptional performance, throughput and project cost savings brings tremendous benefit to researchers and a better way to implement gene expression analysis for discovery, compound screening and lead validation,” cites Senior Marketing Manager, Stephen Chamberlain, Ph.D...read the wave


19-03- 2005
Nano Environment : Germany

Background: Particulates - Ever tinier particles are coming under the researchers’ microscopes


Our senses are not attuned to this danger. You can’t smell them, you can’t taste them and particulates are not visible to the naked eye. They are tiny, with a diameter not even a tenth of that of a hair. Yet they have a major impact.

The particles penetrate into the body through the lungs and can cause respiratory diseases and also diseases of the cardiovascular system. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that even 10 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic metre of air are sufficient to cause a reduction in life expectancy of six months.

“Particulates are now among the greatest threats to health in urban areas”, states Dr Martin Lanzendorf of the UFZ Centre for Environmental Research (Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle) of the importance of the research. According to a recent study by the European Commission, 65,000 deaths per year in Germany are due to cardiovascular diseases which are caused or at least intensified by air pollution...read the wave


Nano Bio-Electronics : USA

Harnessing microbes, one by one, to build a better nanoworld


SAN DIEGO - Taking a new approach to the painstaking assembly of nanometer-sized machines, a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has successfully used single bacterial cells to make tiny bio-electronic circuits.

The work is important because it has the potential to make building the atomic-scale machines of the nanotechnologist far easier. It also may be the basis for a new class of biological sensors capable of near-instantaneous detection of dangerous biological agents such as anthrax.

The approach, was reported March 17, 2005 at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, suggests that microbes can serve as forms for complicated nanoscale structures, perhaps obviating, in part, the need for the tedious and time-consuming construction of devices at the smallest scale.

The work is also scheduled to appear in the April issue of the journal Nano Letters.

"One of the great challenges of nanotechnology remains the assembly of.
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Nano Research : USA

Tiny porphyrin tubes developed by Sandia may lead to new nanodevices


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sunlight splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen using devices too small to be seen in a standard microscope. That’s a goal of a research team from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Sandia National Laboratories. The research has captured the interest of chemists around the world pursuing methods of producing hydrogen from water.

“The broad objective of the research is to design and fabricate new types of nanoscale devices,” says John Shelnutt, Sandia research team leader. “This investigation is exciting because it promises to provide fundamental scientific breakthroughs in chemical synthesis, self-assembly, electron and energy transfer processes, and photocatalysis. Controlling these processes is necessary to build nanodevices for efficient water splitting, potentially enabling a solar hydrogen-based economy.”

The prospect of using sunlight to split water at the nanoscale grew out of.
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| Atomic and molecular scale design of solid catalystl| by Makoto MISONO |


...read the wave

" Catalytic technology has supported chemical industry and assisted to solve environmental issues. Living in an era of development in heavy chemical industry and also fine chemical industry, Prof. Misono has been working on synthetic and environmental catalysis as well as defining the fundamentals of solid catalyst design, by using crystalline mixed oxides such as heteropolyacids and perovskites. He has also worked to publicize 'useful made-in-Japan-catalysts' worldwide. "
| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Reearch : USA

Nano-Probes Allow an Inside Look at Cell Nuclei


BERKELEY, CA – Nanotechnology may be in its infancy, but biologists may soon use it to watch the inner workings of a living cell like never before. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to sneak nano-sized probes inside cell nuclei where they can track life’s fundamental processes, such as DNA repair, for hours on end.

“Our work represents the first time a biologist can image long-term phenomena within the nuclei of living cells,” says Fanqing Chen of Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division, who developed the technique with Daniele Gerion of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Their success lies in specially prepared crystalline semiconductors composed of a few hundred or thousand atoms that emit different colors of light when illuminated by a laser. Because these fluorescent probes are...read the wave


Nano Biz-Coatings : Canada

Raymor Receives a Contract from Turbomeca (SNECMA Group –Aerospace Sector) and Becomes an Approved Supplier


(Montreal, Quebec) - Raymor Industries is proud to announce that its wholly-owned, industrial subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc. (AP&C) has received a contract from Turbomeca, a SNECMA Group aerospace company, to provide metallic coating services for helicopter turbine engine components. AP&C won the contract after having undergone an approval process for its anti-wear metallic coating production unit and its quality management system. As a result, AP&C becomes an approved supplier for Turbomeca, a division of the large aerospace company, SNECMA Group.

“This contract with Turbomeca is very important, because it represents for our company a source of recurring revenue for products & services of high added value and a breakthrough in the aeronautical sector,” highlights Mr. Stéphane Robert, President of Raymor Industries...read the wave


Nano Research : Norway

Norwegian Fund for Research and Innovation to be increased to NOK 50 billion


" ....Measures designed to boost innovation, both in the public and private sector. If industry is to achieve its part of an ambitious stepping-up of research investments, public funding of research must be such that it triggers increased efforts on the part of industry. Research and renewal of the public sector will be strengthened by, among other things, increased levels of research in a changing Europe, welfare, law and democracy and migration and integration.

In addition to these general areas of priority, the Government will focus especially on: energy and the environment, health, oceans and food, and on three areas of technology – materials and nanotechnology, biotechnology and information and communication technology. These areas of priority largely represent continuation of current priorities in Norwegian research "...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Sleeping with Nano...Simple-Pedic Repels Spills Reducing Stains


PRLEAP.COM --- DENVER, CO, – Simple-Pedic™, Best Made Mattress Company’s luxury and custom brand, have announced that all its Simple-Pedic mattresses will use the revolutionary fabric protection NANO-PEL™ to repel spills.

High-tech NANO-PEL fabric protection is now available on mattress fabric made by Burlington House Mattress Fabrics, a unit of Burlington Industries. This revolutionary fabric protection system allows fabrics to repel liquids and resist stains without sacrificing breath ability, appearance, comfort and durability.

Unlike previous stain protection processes that add chemical coatings and treatments to fabrics, NANO-PEL manipulates fibers at the molecular level. Tiny “nano-whiskers” attach to the individual fibers of the fabric. These microscopic whiskers act as fingers, lifting liquids and keeping them from penetrating into the fabrics...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Altair Nanotechnologies Titania Nano-Material Coatings Demonstrate Superior Strength

Significant Performance and Cost Improvement Implications for Applications Having Severe Durability or Corrosion-Resistance Requirements


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) have announced that two papers have recently been published that illustrate the improved durability of Altair's titanium dioxide nanoparticles, when used as coatings on titanium metal or other high performance metal alloys.

In testing conducted by Dr. R. S. Lima and Dr. B. R. Marple at the National Research Council of Canada, it was demonstrated that Altair's nano-structured particles deliver superior strength and durability, compared to traditional materials, when used as a coating on surfaces. Altair nanosized titanium dioxide materials act as crack arresters, enhancing toughness which is a critical factor in coatings applied to materials used in harsh environments. Coating strength increased significantly as the porosity of the Altair material was 2.5 times less than that of conventionally applied traditional materials. Lima and Marple also demonstrated that the coatings can be applied with a lower cost process, high velocity oxy-fuel, versus the traditional method of air plasma spray, which may provide a significant cost improvement for these tough, high strength coatings...read the wave



17-03- 2005
Nano Storage : The Netherlands

Philips develops a non-volatile nano-electronic memory technology

Philips Research team publishes details of a non-volatile memory that scales in size and performance in line with deep sub-micron silicon chip technology


Eindhoven, The Netherlands – In the April issue of Nature Materials, scientists at Philips Research will publish details of an innovative phase-change memory that promises to match the speed, density, low voltage and low power consumption requirements of future deep sub-micron silicon chips. Unlike existing non-volatile memory technologies such as Flash memory, the performance of this new memory improves in virtually every respect the smaller you make it.

Phase-change materials, which change their physical properties depending on whether they are in their amorphous or crystalline phase, are widely used in optical storage media such as DVD Recordable and Rewritable discs. In these discs it is the reflectivity of the material that changes, with a laser being used both to heat the material to the required temperature in order to switch it between its amorphous and crystalline phases and to detect the resultant change in its reflectivity...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

Engineers study whether `light on a wire` is wave of future for circuitry


If data drove itself around in cars, photonics would be a roomy minivan and electronics would be a nimble coupe. Photonic components such as fiber optic cables can carry a lot of data but are bulky compared to electronic circuits. Electronic components such as wires and transistors carry less data but can be incredibly small.

A problem holding back the progress of computing is that with mismatched capacities and sizes, the two technologies are hard to combine in a circuit. Researchers can cobble them together, but a single technology that has the capacity of photonics and the smallness of electronics would be the best bridge of all. A new research group in Stanford`s School of Engineering is pioneering just such a technology-plasmonics.

Surface plasmons are density waves of electrons-picture bunches of electrons passing a point regularly-along the surface of a metal. Plasmons have the...read the wave


Nano News : Bulgaria

2004 report from the National Centre on Nanotechnology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


The reports underline the participation of work teams from a number of BAS’s institutes – Institute of Space Research, Institute of Material Science, Inst. Mechanic and Biomechanic, Inst. Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Inst. Solid State Phys, and from Sofia University and Univ. Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, into Network of Excellence, Integrated Projects, Specific Supported Actions, Coordinated Action – all of them included in 6FP and in its Third Priority – NMP. The creation of a Centre of Excellence on this subject in the Institute of Physical Chemistry is particularly satisfying

The coordination of the institutions activities for the education of young researchers, competent in the nanotechnology sphere, comprises the main part of the activities of NCNT. The Centre actively assisted in...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

Researchers study how to make nanomaterial industry environmentally sustainable


Research into making the emerging nanomaterial industry environmentally sustainable is showing promise in a preliminary engineering study conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Rice University.

Under the auspices of the Rice University Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers have been investigating the potential environmental impact of nanomaterial waste. Specifically, they want to know if they can predict the fate and transport of nanomaterial waste in natural systems, and whether nanomaterials will behave the same as common environmental pollutants. In addition, they want to determine if nanomaterials can be treated before they enter the environment to minimize impact.

Previous research provided information on how structures such as fullerenes clump together in water to form larger particles. This study is the first to show what factors affect the size of these aggregate particle...read the wave


Nano Debate : USA

U.S. Could Lose Race for Nanotechnology Leadership


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2005--The coming transition to nano-scale semiconductor devices means that leadership in information technology is up for grabs, warned the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

At a news conference in Washington, D.C., today chief executives of U.S. semiconductor makers and a leading economist stressed the importance of continued progress and leadership in semiconductor technology. The industry is observing the 40th anniversary of Moore's Law -- an observation made in 1965 by industry pioneer Gordon Moore that the number of components on a computer chip was doubling approximately every 12 months with a commensurate reduction in costs. Following the vision of Moore's Law, the U.S. semiconductor industry has led the worldwide industry, contributing key innovations that have helped drive America's economic growth...read the wave


Nano Medicine - Products : USA

Introgen's Nanoparticle Formulation of Mda-7/IL-24 Shows Promise in Preclinical Models of Lung Cancer


AUSTIN, TX, (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Data published in a recent issue of DNA and Cell Biology by researchers at Introgen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: INGN) and colleagues at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center highlight the potential utility of combining Introgen's nanoparticle delivery system with the mda-7 gene for the treatment of lung cancer. The data reported in the publication are the first to evaluate the anti-cancer effects of delivering the mda-7 gene using the nanoparticle technology.

The delivery system is a component of INGN 401, now in Phase 1 trials for the treatment of lung cancer, and the mda-7 gene is the active component of INGN 241, now in Phase 2 trials for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. A phase 1 clinical study of INGN 241 in various solid tumors has been completed and demonstrated the ability to induce partial or complete regression of injected tumors...read the wave


Nano Biz : Germany + S. Korea

Cyclics and PolymersNet to Pursue Korean Compounding Market


SCHWARZHEIDE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-PolymersNet Co. LTD and Cyclics Corporation are forming an alliance to sell CBT(R) resin-based compounds and masterbatch concentrate products in Korea. PolymersNet (www.polymersnet.com) sees immediate potential for CBT resin in digital products, mobile phones and sheet extrusion. For instance, Korea produces more mobile phones than any other country and the fast pace of product obsolescence pushes the boundaries of material technology each year. CBT resin may be able to satisfy that need acting as a flow enhancer to make more intricate parts, the matrix in highly filled conductive plastics, or improved stiffness and dimensional stability afforded with CBT-based nano-composites.

Cyclics CBT resins are a cyclic or small ring-shaped molecular form of...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

'Few-walled' carbon nanotubes said cheap and efficient option for certain applications


SAN DIEGO -- North Carolina scientists have found that "thinnest" is not necessarily "best" in rating structure and function of carbon nanotubes, the molecule-sized cylinders that show promise for futuristic technology scaled at a billionths of a meter

During an American Chemical Society national meeting, researchers at Duke University and Xintek, Inc. of Research Triangle Park, N.C., will report on the synthesis and testing of a new class of nanotubes made up of two to five layers of carbon atoms. The scientists find these "few-walled" carbon nanotubes are structurally nearly as perfect as one carbon atom thick "single-walled" carbon nanotubes, while being cheaper to make than their single-walled cousins, said Duke assistant chemistry professor Jie Liu Liu and his colleagues discovered how to create the tubes within heated streams of alcohol and hydrogen...read the wave


Nano Plastics : Germany

Cyclics Sees Sizeable Growth in Nano Technology

Cyclics' Plastic Supports Nano-composite Materials


SCHWARZHEIDE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The properties of Cyclics CBT® resin have been taken to a higher level of performance through the use of nano-scale additives. The addition of nano-scale clays to CBT resin results in a stable nano-composite structure that produces a system with higher thermal stability, strength, stiffness, dimensional stability and barrier to solvent and gas penetration. CBT resin is uniquely effective in creating nano-materials because it allows the tiny nano-sized particles to easily disperse in the molten CBT resin and remain evenly distributed throughout the resin as it re-solidifies. The resulting parts made from this system benefit from a combination of properties not previously possible with traditional engineering thermoplastics...read the wave


16-03- 2005
Nano Energy : USA

Moving Electrons at the Molecular and Nanometer Scales

Possible applications for solar cells and other small-scale circuits


SAN DIEGO, CA -- Learning how to control the movement of electrons on the molecular and nanometer scales could help scientists devise small-scale circuits for a wide variety of applications, including more efficient ways of storing and using solar energy. Marshall Newton, a theoretical chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, presented at talk at the 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society highlighting the theoretical techniques used to understand the factors affecting electron movement. The talk take place on Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center.

“Electron donor/acceptor interactions govern a huge number of microscopic processes that everything and everybody is dependent upon,” says Newton, “from the movement of electrons in electronic devices to the separation of charges necessary for life processes such as nerve cell communication and photosynthesis.” ...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chemical engineers at Purdue University have made a discovery that may help to improve a promising low-polluting energy technology that combusts natural gas more cleanly than conventional methods.

The finding revolves around the fact that catalysts and other materials vital to industry have complex crystalline structures with numerous sides, or facets. Different facets sometimes provide higher performance than others, so industry tries to prepare catalytic materials that contain a large number of higher-performing facets.

The Purdue researchers have determined, however, that the precious metal palladium, the catalyst used in the clean energy technology - called catalytic combustion - performs the same no matter which facet is exposed.

"Palladium is the best metal for the catalytic combustion of methane, which is contained in natural gas," said Fabio Ribeiro, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Purdue. "There is no other element in the periodic table you can use that's better than palladium for this reaction."...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Could injections someday be a thing of the past?


Santa Barbara, Calif. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (http://www.pnas.org/), a group of researchers led by Samir Mitragotri, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reports the identification of fundamental mechanisms that may facilitate the design of safer and more efficacious topical drug delivery systems.

Certain molecules, called chemical penetration enhancers (CPEs) help drugs absorb through the skin. After analyzing more than 100 different CPEs to better understand how they manage to increase skin permeability, the researchers engineered more than 300 new CPEs. The design of the new CPEs was based on the researchers' understanding of the molecular forces that are associated with CPE safety and potency. They then screened the new CPEs, first using computer technology and then testing the most promising ones in the laboratory environment. The molecules identified broaden the number of CPEs that can be used in the design of transdermal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

Ceria nanoparticles catalyze reactions for cleaner-fuel future


SAN DIEGO, CA -- Experiments on ceria (cerium oxide) nanoparticles carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory may lead to catalytic converters that are better at cleaning up auto exhaust, and/or to more-efficient ways of generating hydrogen -- a promising zero-emission fuel for the future. Brookhaven chemist Jose Rodriguez presented results from two studies exploring the composition, structure, and reactivity of these versatile nanoparticles during the 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on Tuesday, March 15.

After using a novel technique to synthesize the ceria nanoparticles, Rodriguez and coworkers Xianqin Wang and Jonathan Hanson used bright beams of x-rays at the National Synchrotron Light Source to study how their composition, structure, and reactivity changed in response to doping with zirconium in one case, and impregnation with gold in another...read the wave


Nano Coatings : USA

Pioneers Collaborate on Radical New Coatings for the Automotive, Metal, Plastics and Electronics Industries


AKRON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a move that will incorporate new nanotechnologies into staid manufacturing methods, three leading companies in the field of nanomaterial development and commercialization are collaborating to deliver polymer nanocomposite coatings, which will combine the benefits of organic polymers and advanced inorganic materials to improve material performance while driving manufacturing efficiencies. Ecology Coatings, Inc., a provider of nano-engineered, UV-curable coatings, NanoDynamics, a leading manufacturer of superior nanomaterials and its subsidiary, MetaMateria Partners, a developer of nanomaterial synthesis technology, announced today that they are partnering to develop a new breed of multi-functional coatings.

Designed to exhibit a new set of protective and aesthetic characteristics, the product of this collaboration will consist of a hybrid of...read the wave


15-03- 2005
Nano Medicine : UK

Downsizing Science Offers Huge Potential For NHS


Nanotechnology holds the potential to transform healthcare over the next few years. From a robot the size of a blood cell, swimming around in a patient’s bloodstream, detecting biochemical parameters such as blood sugar, so that the treatments used to control abnormal levels can be carefully monitored and adapted for the individual. To toothbrushes with built-in sensors to detect abnormalities in saliva, alerting users to get themselves checked out.

It may sound like science fiction, but the ability to work at the atomic level to change the physical properties of materials to create new structures – nanotechnology – is becoming the new science of healthcare.

The Nanoscience Centre at Cambridge University is one of only a few in Europe investigating...read the wave


Nano Debate : UK

UK government calls for more public debate on science


CORDIS RTD-NEWS---The UK Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has called for greater public engagement and dialogue on science to help retain the UK's attractiveness in this field. Her statement comes after a new survey has shown that only 40 per cent of UK adults consider themselves well-informed about science.

The survey 'Science in Society', carried out by MORI, also revealed that although eight out of ten people believe that science makes a valuable contribution to society, seven out of ten adults think that the media sensationalises science issues.

'The UK has an excellent history of scientific achievement but with only four in ten people feeling informed about science and eight out of ten supportive of public consultation, now is the time for greater engagement and dialogue,' stated Ms Hewitt. 'And the public is keen for consultation to be followed by action on the outcomes' she added...read the wave


Just odd bits of news : USA

CAS science spotlight identifies most requested article


SAN DIEGO, CA, March 14, 2005 - A nanotechnology-related paper published in the journal CHIRALITY in 2002 was the scientific article most requested by users of CAS electronic services during 2004, according to CAS's Science Spotlight web service. Three co-authors of the paper--Prof. Stefan Matile, Dr. Naomi Sakai, both from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Dr. Gopal Das, currently affiliated with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati--were honored by CAS at a special ceremony on March 14, during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, California.

Identified as the most requested article was "Toward Catalytic Rigid-rod ß-barrels: a Hexamer with Multiple Histidines." Research described in the article focuses on the...read the wave


Just odd bits of news : Asia

Asian Countries Gain Prominence in Science and Technology


Newswise — The global landscape for science and technology is changing, with increased competition for resources and recognition. That’s beginning to look like bad news for the innovative edge the United States has long enjoyed.

“Will the United States own the technology of the future? Probably not all of it, and only if we compete harder to maintain our current position,” said Diana Hicks, professor and chair of Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy.

Many foreign governments have been strengthening their educational and research programs, she explained. As a result, the gap is closing between the United States and its overseas competitors, with Asian countries – China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and India -- showing particular gains.

Hicks will discuss trends in Asian research and development and their impact on U.S...read the wave.


Nano News : India

India world leader in nano-technology in 5 yrs

COIMBATORE (PTI): With bio-info-nano technologies expected to be the base for the future development, India is making efforts to come out with devices using nano-technology, including health and industrial applications, a senior scientist in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said last week.

India, for that matter, DRDO, which has realised carbon nano tube, has drawn up an action plan and making efforts to develop various applications, under the guidance of President, A. P.J. Abdul Kalam, DRDO chief controller (R and D) Dr.A. Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

Thirtytwo specialised institutions across the country were being involved in the research in the field, he said adding DRDO was working out on the investment requirement to enter into device making in a big way, by which India would become one of the leaders in the field within five years...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA



CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) [Nasdaq: OLED] has had a number of key, new patents allowed in the United States, Europe and Canada, further expanding its extensive portfolio of intellectual property (IP) in the field of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) used for display and lighting applications.

Among the patents now allowed in the US is a patent relating to OLEDs which comprise hole transport, electron transport and emissive components, using type II interfaces, contained in the same molecule. This is believed to be of considerable importance in the context of the printing of OLED devices. Molecules containing ‘type II’ interfaces are believed to be important in achieving high efficiency display devices...read the wave


Nano Electronics : Global

Beyond Silicon: HP Outlines Comprehensive Strategy for Molecular-scale Electronics

HP Research Featured in Key Technical Publication; International Nanotechnology Symposium Scheduled at HP Labs


For the first time, HP (NYSE:HPQ) (Nasdaq:HPQ) has laid out in one place a comprehensive, practical strategy for a computing future beyond traditional silicon technology.

The vision -- and the challenges -- are captured in nearly two dozen papers published today in a special nanotechnology edition of Applied Physics A, the premier European journal of applied physics.

"We believe we have a practical, comprehensive strategy for moving computing beyond silicon to the world of molecular-scale electronics," said Stan Williams, HP Senior Fellow and director, Quantum Science Research (QSR), HP Labs. "We have a three-pronged approach: fundamental scientific research into the quantum effects that dominate the nanometer scale, a new architecture that can tolerate defects in molecular-sized circuit components and cost-effective methods of fabrication."
...read the wave


Nano News : Jamaica

More investment needed in research, modern technologies


DR Arnoldo Ventura, chief advisor to the prime minister on science and technology, is again urging regional governments to invest more in research and to look to science and technology to solve their developmental problems.

"The production and employment of modern technologies offer opportunities to solve many extant problems that face societies like our own," said Ventura at the first biennial symposium on Science and Technology in Barbados on Tuesday.

Ventura, who spoke on the topic 'The Knowledge Economy: An opportunity to defeat underdevelopment', implored governments to invest in...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

In solution, tiny magnetic wires scatter light


SAN DIEGO - Maneuvering external magnets, scientists can command the direction in which light bounces off tiny, magnetic wires that sway like matchsticks in thick, slow-moving solutions.

Announcing her finding here today (March 13) at the 229th meeting of the American Chemical Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials chemist Anne Bentley described how suspended nickel wires - each 200 times thinner than a human hair - could one day serve as magneto-optical switches. The switches could aid in fields such as photonics, where light, rather than electricity, relays information.

"In a broader sense, it is also helpful to study how these wires behave in.
..read the wave


11-03- 2005
Nano Research : Singapore

IBN pioneers breakthrough method in nanoparticle synthesis


Singapore : The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) has developed a novel method to simultaneously control the size and morphology of nanoparticles, which can be used in pharmaceutical synthesis and novel biomedical applications.

This groundbreaking research was recently featured in the leading Chemistry journal, Angewandte Chemie1, and a United States patent has been filed on the invention.

Research Scientist Dr. Yu Han and IBN Executive Director Prof. Jackie Y. Ying have developed a fluorocarbon-mediated-synthesis technique that produces nanometer-sized particles of between 50 and 300 nm with tunable pore sizes in the range of 5-30 nm (The width of a human hair is approximately 80,000 nm)...read the wave



| Information Delivery for Nanoscale Construction |

...read the wave

" A widely acknowledged goal of nanotechnology is to build intricate, useful nanoscale structures. What usually goes unstated is how the structures will be specified. Simple structures can be created easily: a
crystal is an atomically precise structure that can be created from simple molecules and conditions. But complex nano-products will require some way to deliver large quantities of information to the nanoscale.

A key indicator of a technology's usefulness is how fast it can deliver information. A kilobyte is not very much information--less than a page of text or a thumbnail image. A dialup modem connection can transfer
several kilobytes per second. Today's nanoscale manufacturing techniques can transfer "

| Chris Phoenix | Guest Writer |
Nano Report : Germany

German Innovation Report on "Nanotechnology"


The Innovation Report “Nanotechnology” is the first in a series of informative brochures being published by the management office of kompetenznetze.de in cooperation with Invest in Germany. Written in English, the purpose of these publications is to familiarise an international circle of readers with the work of competence networks in Germany and their members from science and industry. The individual brochures provide supplementary reading to the yearbook issued by kompetenznetze.de, which contains portraits of all 118 participating competence networks covering 18 fields of innovation.

The Nanotechnology report features...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Nanogen Issued Patent for Ligation-Based Strand Displacement Amplification Technologies for DNA Analysis


SAN DIEGO, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN), developer of advanced diagnostic products, have announced that it was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,864,071, "Multiplex amplification and separation of nucleic acid sequences using ligation-dependent strand displacement amplification and bioelectronic chip technology," by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The '071 patent relates to amplifying and analyzing multiple samples of nucleic acid using ligation-based strand displacement amplification (SDA) technologies. The intellectual property pertains to research Nanogen conducted in collaboration with Becton Dickinson and increases Nanogen's portfolio of technologies for multiplex amplification on a chip.

The combination of SDA and Nanogen chip technologies makes it possible to
...read the wave


Nano Medicine : Greece

Acrongenomics Inc. Further Develops Its Nano-JETA Platform


ATHENS, Greece--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 11, 2005--Acrongenomics Inc. (OTCBB:AGNM) a Research and Development company focused in the field of nanobiotechnology is exploring future prospects by evaluating the technology behind existing implementations of PCR, ELISA and Real Time PCR.

According to our market research, current applications reveal certain limitations, including problems with efficiencies and cost effectiveness. Acrongenomics Inc. endeavors to overcome these limitations by introducing nanotechnology into molecular biology. Nanotechnology is beginning to generate substantial new insights into how biological systems function and is believed to hold potential advances in both the pharmaceuticals and health care industries...read the wave


Nano News : Jordan

Scientists hope for breakthrough in nanotechnology project- Jordan


Jordanian scientists working on a nanotechnology project are hopeful that their efforts will translate into practical applications in the fields of cancer therapy and bacteriology, among others.

The teams, sponsored by the Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), coordinate their research with international peers. Their technologies and initial findings were presented at a meeting on Thursday chaired by HRH Prince Hassan, who called for developing the efforts into a national project with a clearly set vision and scale of priorities...read the wave


Nano Food : USA + Japan

Nanotechnology hails into food industry

OilFresh Company Introduces Anti-Oxidation Device for Restaurant Industry


SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA -- OilFresh Company have announced the U.S. market introduction of the OilFresh 1000, a catalytic anti-oxidant device for use in restaurant deep-frying machines. Powered by nanotechnology, the OilFresh 1000 not only keeps frying oil fresh significantly longer, but also allows restaurants the flexibility of switching to more healthful vegetable oils. Unlike other products that simply filter out unwanted oxidation byproducts, OilFresh actually prevents them from forming in the first place. The result is better taste, crisper deep-fried foods, better consistency of product, lower costs and greater profits, and substantial benefits to health and the environment.

Usually, when cooking oil is exposed to heat in a deep-fryer,observes Sonny Oh, founder and CEO of OilFresh, it immediately starts to deteriorate. Without a product like OilFresh, the smaller molecules of fresh, fine oil react with oxygen and begin to polymerize -- to lump together -- which makes the oil more viscous, as well as rancid and foul-smelling. The oil also loses heat conductivity, which does even more damage to the flavor and texture of the food being fried. OilFresh is the solution to all these problems and more...read the wave



10-03- 2005
Nano Electronics : USA

Researchers Develop Clear Picture Of 'Birth' Of Semiconductor Nanostructures


Fayetteville, Ark. -- University of Arkansas researchers have witnessed the birth of a quantum dot and learned more about how such atomic islands form and grow, using the ultrahigh vacuum facility on campus. This information will help researchers better understand and use materials that could lead to small, efficient and powerful computers, communication devices and scientific instruments.

Seongho Cho, Zhiming Wang, and Gregory Salamo report their findings in the upcoming issue of the journal Applied Physics Letters.

"We have changed the way people have to think about how nanostructures grow on a surface," said Salamo, University Professor of physics. "People had a different idea of how these islands formed, but until now there was not direct evidence."...read the wave



| Birth of surface emitting laserl| by Kenichi IGA |



...read the wave

" A surface emitting laser can emit light vertically from the surface of a semiconductor substrate, and it is characterized by low power consumption, a long lifetime, and a monolithic process to fabricate.

Since 1999, many institutes have been conducting R&D in order to commercialize the technology. The idea of the surface emitting laser was first proposed by Prof. Iga in 1977.

In the mid 70's, when it was shown that transmission loss in optical fibers could be reduced by the use of near infrared light with a wavelength of longer than 1.3 mm, research involving the development of a long-wavelength laser which was suitable for optical transmission began worldwide."

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Medicine : USA

Nanoparticle Breast Cancer Drug O.K.D by Food and Drug Administration


CHICAGO --- Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine played a significant role in Food and Drug Administration approval of AbraxaneTM (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension), indicated for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

“The approval means that women with metastatic breast cancer no longer need to endure the toxicities associated with solvents and will no longer need steroid premedication when they receive this albumin-bound form of paclitaxel,” said principal clinical study investigator William J. Gradishar, M.D., associate professor of medicine, division of hematology/oncology at Feinberg and co-director, Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital...read the wave


Nano Products : Germany + Japan

Collaboration on New Microfine Titanium dioxide


BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Germany has agreed to collaborate with Sakai Chemical Industry Company, Japan on new microfine titanium dioxide grades. According to the agreement BASF, the world leading company in UV filters for cosmetic applications, is expanding its UV filter product portfolio to include a range of new inorganic titanium dioxide grades manufactured by Sakai. These innovative products will be marketed under the tradename T-Lite™ by BASF. Under the new agreement Sakai will be producing microfine titanium dioxide for BASF, who will exclusively market these products globally with the exception of Japan.

“Sakai’s capabilities in advanced nanotechnology and powder modification enables...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

UMR researcher receives $400,000 from National Science Foundation


Dr. Jee-Ching Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, recently received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to support his work on modeling nanoparticle self-assembly.

The CAREER Award is NSF’s most prestigious award given to assistant professors in tenure-track positions. The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career development activities of those teachers and scholars who are to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Wang will receive $400,000 from the NSF over the course of five years to investigate at the atomic scale how nanoparticles self-assemble. The project, “Molecular-Based Engineering of Nanoparticle Self-Assembly,” involves using...read the wave


Nano Reports : USA


Report from Rice University notes potential cost and environmental benefits


Breakthroughs in nanotechnology could open up the possibility of moving beyond the United States' current alternatives for energy supply by introducing technologies that are more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally sound, according to a new science policy study by Rice University.

The report, based on input from 50 leading U.S. scientists who gathered at Rice in May 2003, found that key contributions can be made in energy security and supply through fundamental research on nanoscience solutions to energy technologies. The group of experts concluded that a major nanoscience and energy research program should be aimed at long-term breakthrough possibilities in cleaner sources of energy, particularly solar energy, while providing vital science backup to current technologies in the short term, including technologies for storing and transmitting electricity...read the wave


Nano Products : Canada

Raymor Industries Begins Commercial Production of
Nano-Sized and Micron-Sized Titanium Powder for the Biomedical and Aerospace Markets


MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raymor Industries (TSX VENTURE:RAR - News) is proud to announce that its wholly-owned, industrial subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc. (AP&C) will begin commercial production of nano-sized and micron-sized titanium powders, in order to meet immediate demands for this high value-added product with specific companies in the biomedical and aerospace sectors. AP&C is currently negotiating with a major US enterprise involved in the production and commercialization of biomedical products. This company is considering the commercialization of a new generation of innovative orthopedic implants produced using AP&C titanium powders. This US company had received approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for these productS manufactured using AP&C powders, which are produced using a patented process. Commercial applications for these implants can include hip and knee replacements, as well as other orthopedic implants...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Joint Implants Can Weaken With Time


MONDAY, (HealthDay News) -- Tiny particles released by the wear-and-tear of titanium joint implants can weaken the bonding of knee and hip replacements, researchers report.

In tests with rats, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Jacobs School of Engineering researchers concluded that titanium implants are safe in large blocks, but wear-and-tear can cause the implants to release micrometer-sized particles.

"As replacement joints are becoming increasingly...read the wave


Nano Debate : USA

How Media’s Representation of 'Nanotechnology" Is Shaping Public's Opinion


Newswise — In recent years the term “nanotechnology” has appeared with dramatically increased frequency in newspapers and news magazines. From January 1, 1998, to January 1, 2003, use of the term in print media increased by more that 400 percent.

“With potential nanotechnology applications across a broad spectrum ranging from disease treatment to computer memory, to environmental pollution control, public awareness of the field is clearly growing fast,” says Brenton Faber, associate professor of Communication & Media at Clarkson University. “But little research has tracked, categorized or sought to understand how nanoscale science and technology is represented in written media.”...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Arrowhead Announces Expansion of Nanotech Intellectual Property Portfolio


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ARWR) (NASDAQ:ARWRW) have announced that it has exclusively licensed new technology in dip pen nanolithography (DPN) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In addition, Arrowhead acquired a 12-month option to exclusively license additional patent applications from Caltech covering nanotube-based scanning probes, lipid membrane fabrication, nanotube-based memory devices, and nanotube strain sensors, which technology could potentially be used as mechanically tunable light emitting diodes (LEDs). During the option period, the Company expects to craft commercialization plans for these technologies.

"It's great to see our strategy of funding research in exchange for rights to intellectual property come full circle," said R. Bruce Stewart, President of Arrowhead. "Arrowhead and its subsidiaries now own or have licensed over...read the wave


Nano Products : Israel

Do-Coop Technologies Announces Breakthrough New Product


New Product Introduction: Neowater(TM) - Ligation Enhancer

Neowater(TM) - Ligation Enhancer has been especially formulated to enhance DNA-ligation processes in an incremental, non-disruptive yet highly effective way. Neowater(TM)- Ligation Enhancer can dramatically improve DNA-ligation, making ligation faster, easier and with better yields.

In addition, Neowater(TM) - Ligation Enhancer allows for the reduction of buffer concentration (and hence the reduction of the system's noise) therefore it allows the user to proceed to DNA-ligation if desired straightforwardly from the PCR step, skipping the traditional, but now no longer necessary step of PCR-purification (cleaning) following the PCR amplification step...read the wave






09-03- 2005

Sampling ‘small atmospheres’ in the tiny new worlds of MEMS

Sandia gas sampling device rapidly determines whether MEMS seals are effective


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just as astronomers want to understand the atmospheres of planets and moons, so engineers want atmospheric knowledge of worlds they create that are the size of pinheads, their “skies” capped by tiny glass bubbles.

Should their silicon inhabitants — microcircuits, microgears, and micropower drivers — exist in a vacuum? An atmosphere of nitrogen? Air as we know it? More importantly, whatever atmosphere was intended, how long will it stay that way? Is the protective barrier hermetic or will its atmosphere change over time, potentially leading to the early death of the device? Will water vapor seep in, its sticky molecules causing unpredictable behavior? What, in short, can we say about how long this little world and its inhabitants will survive and function?...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Scientists Answer Key Enamel Question


It is one of the mysteries of biology: How does tooth enamel, the hardest mineral in the mammalian body, emerge from soft, organic gum tissue?

An important part of the answer appears in a report in the latest issue of Science.

The puzzle of enamel formation centers on amelogenin, a protein secreted by cells in gum tissue called ameloblasts. Amelogenin's closest analogue in the human body is collagen, the protein that guides the formation of mineral in bone.

Unlike collagen - which remains an essential part of bone structure, helping it to heal after fractures - amelogenin degrades and disappears during the process of enamel mineral growth, or biomineralization...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Naval Grant Funds Development of Wafer-Scale, Single-Electron Memory Devices


The Office of Naval Research has awarded a three-year, $320,000 grant to Drs. Seong Jin Koh and Choong-Un Kim of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Materials Science & Engineering Program and the Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility to develop a technology for wafer-scale fabrication of single-electron memory devices.

Most memory chips currently in use require millions of electrons to store each bit of information, but single-electron memory devices use only a few tens of electrons to store a single bit, resulting in ultra-low power consumption and ultra-high density memories.

Although the potential benefit of single electron devices is clear, their fabrication technology, i.e., reliable production of addressable devices, is in...read the wave


Nano Debate : EU

Europe-wide dialogue launched on benefits, risks and social, ethical and legal implications of nanotechnology


A new European Commissioned-funded project, Nanologue (www.nanologue.net), is launched this week, bringing together leading researchers from across Europe to facilitate an international dialogue on the social, ethical and legal benefits and potential impacts of nanoscience and nanotechnologies.

In the aftermath of the controversy and debate on genetically modified organisms
it has become abundantly clear that in order to harness new technologies for
economic and social benefit, governments and businesses will have to address a
wide range of social, ethical and regulatory concerns. Nanologue will bring...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Advance Nanotech Announces the Establishment of Southeast Asian Operations and the Closing of a $3.5 Million Financing to Finance Initial Acquisitions


NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTCBB:AVNA), a company that specializes in the acquisition and commercialization of nanotechnologies, have announced the incorporation of Advance Nanotech (Singapore) Pte Ltd and the final closing of a $3.5 million financing of common stock to finance the acquisition of initial, identified technologies.

Magnus Gittins, CEO of Advance Nanotech said, "We are very pleased to have established operations in Singapore. This provides a base to continue our assessment of promising new technologies within the innovative Southeastern Asian markets. Moreover, as a result of this round of financing, we now have specific resources in hand to do so. This is the next step in...read the wave


Nano Reports : Global

Process Optimization Key to Innovation in Smart Material Technology


"To enable and accentuate the design and the exploration of new materials and properties, there is a need to improve synthesis and processing of materials," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Kasturi Nadkarny. "Researchers also need to focus on material modeling and advanced analytical techniques."

Tailor-made materials from complex arrangements of atoms and molecules that incorporate superior levels of precision and control are expected to enhance smart materials technologies.

The successful integration of the hardware and software based infrastructures is also set to accelerate technology development in the field of smart materials and systems...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Nanogen Expands European Distribution Network for Point-of-Care Diagnostics


SAN DIEGO, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN), developer of advanced diagnostic products, have announced its subsidiary SynX signed five new European distributors for its point-of-care products. The additional distribution agreements significantly increase SynX's coverage to 28 European nations. All of SynX's European distributors were selected based on prior experience in the point-of-care medical device and equipment sector, as well as knowledge with cardiac and central nervous system diseases. Each partner will be responsible for the distribution and marketing of SynX's point-of-care tests and research oriented products for congestive heart failure (CHF) and myocardial infarction. Expected to be commercially available in 2005, the CHF diagnostic product will measure NT-proBNP (N-terminal pro-hormone brain natriuretic peptide), a sensitive and specific biomarker for the diagnosis of congestive heart failure...read the wave


08-03- 2005
Nano Food : Germany

Buhler to unveil advances in nanotechnology


Equipment giant Buhler is set to demonstrate how nanotechnology could lead to complete contamination-free food processing and superior printing, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Two of the company’s business units – Grinding & Dispersion and Nanotechnology – will be present at the European Coatings Show 2005 in order to unveil new systems and processes supporting manufacturers of paints & inks and of all types of fine dispersions in developing ever finer and contamination-free products.

Buhler’s Grinding & Dispersion and Nanotechnology units will also unveil sophisticated new applications involving the dispersion and grinding of low-viscosity to pasty products.

Nanotechnology involves the use of...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Researcher describes new type of strong, lightweight metallic material

A new type of laminate performed spectacularly in depth-of-penetration ballistics tests, but its greatest potential may derive from its ability to be tailored to meet specific engineering requirements


An engineering professor at the University of California, San Diego has described in the March issue of JOM (the Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) the unique properties of a new type of metallic laminate that can serve as armor and as a replacement for beryllium, a strong but toxic metal commonly used in demanding aerospace applications.

"The new material we developed is environmentally safe, and while its stiffness equals that of steel, it's only half as dense," said Kenneth S. Vecchio, author of the paper and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. "It performs spectacularly in our depth-of-penetration ballistics tests, but we think its greatest potential may derive from its unique ability to have its structure and properties tailored to meet a wide variety of application-specific engineering requirements."...read the wave


Future Technology : Spain

Microwires: replacement for the CD-ROM?


A ballpoint that detects if we are forging a signature or a substitute in miniature for the CD-ROM are some of the applications that can be carried out using microwires.

3 or 5 times thinner than a human hair, these fine threads were invented in the old Soviet Union for military purposes but, the broader scientific community has been studying them for some time now for other applications – including at the University of the Basque Country (EHU).

Body and coating

Microwires have a metal body and a glass coating. The size of the metal body is usually about 1-20 µm radius and the glass coating of between 5 and 20 µm thickness Being so fine, the microthreads are totally flexible...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA + Japan

Toshiba Announces Development of NANO FLASH(TM) Technology


SAN FRANCISCO / PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Electronic
Components, Inc. (TAEC)* have announced the development of NANO FLASH(TM), a new technology for embedded flash microcontrollers that combines the best attributes of a NAND flash cell and a NOR flash peripheral circuit to create high-density embedded memory with ultra-low power consumption.

TAEC today launched the first NANO FLASH-based product, a 32-bit single-chip MIPS-based(TM) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) microcontroller (MCU).
Designated TMP19A43FDXBG, the new high-performance MCU is ideal for
battery-operated digital consumer applications, including single-lens reflex
digital still cameras, and is also well-suited for home-appliance applications. Sampling is scheduled to start in October 2005...read the wave


Nano News : USA

Materials scientists come up with a new wrinkle


Wrinkles? Who needs 'em? The fewer the better, most people would say, whether on your face or your shirt.

Not scientists. They are busy creating wrinkles in the lab -- layer upon layer of them, in an effect worthy of Robert Redford.

Wrinkles, researchers note in a report released Sunday, ``have been typically treated as a nuisance to be avoided rather than an exquisite pattern to be exploited.''

In fact, they say, learning how to precisely craft such exquisite wrinkles could have practical value for making tiny gadgets and flexible electronic displays, among other things. It could also shed light on why our eyes sprout crow's feet -- even if it turns out we can't do much to stop it.

The report, in the journal Nature Materials, is the latest step in a fascination that goes back 500 years, said Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, an applied mathematician at Harvard University...read the wave


Nano Biz : Ireland

Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs Officially Opens Research Centre in Ireland


DUBLIN, IRELAND, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lucent Technologies' (NYSE:LU)
Bell Labs have officially opened its new research centre, located in Lucent's Blanchardstown, Dublin, facility. The new centre leverages Bell Labs' extensive global collaborative efforts with local universities and research institutions, and also illustrates Lucent's commitment to Ireland as a central component of our European operations.

The Centre's opening was celebrated with an event hosted by Ireland's Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, T.D., and Bill O'Shea, president Bell Labs, and executive vice president Corporate Strategy and Business Development.

Led by Lou Manzione, the Centre's Executive Director, researchers at the facility will focus on advancements in product realization, engineering, manufacturing and value and supply chain techniques, tools and technologies. Bell Labs' researchers will work in collaboration with nine leading Irish universities...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK

Prime Minister visits Imperial College London,
underlines commitment to British science funding


Prime Minister Tony Blair and Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt made a visit to Imperial College London today following the announcement of a £10 billion investment in UK science.

The PM and Trade and Industry Secretary visited the laboratory of Professor Donna Blackmond, who carries out research within the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Imperial. Her work on understanding how chemical reactions can be improved by catalysts is essential to help industry develop cost-effective new medicines for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and AIDS.

The government funding, which will be rolled out over the next three years, is aimed at closing the research gap with the USA. It will be focused particularly on biotechnology, climate change science and promoting collaboration between universities and industry to encourage commercialisation of research. Today's announcement details the new allocations from the science budget agreed in the 2004 Spending Review
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07-03- 2005
Nano Research : Germany

Tiny holes offer surprising insights


Light can creep through tiny holes in a metal plate, even if those holes are smaller in diameter than the wavelength of light. What’s more, the light is stored for a short period of time on the metal surface, as if the metal were a photonic crystal. The controlled interaction of light with such metal structures could pave the way to unique methods for nanosensing or nanoscale information transfer, write Claus Ropers and colleagues in the forthcoming issue of Physical Review Letters (“Femtosecond light transmission and subradiant damping in plasmonic crystals”).

In their experiments conducted at the Max Born Institute in Berlin, Ropers and colleagues aim an ultrashort laser pulse at a nanostructured metal surface. The initial laser pulse measures...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Early Cancer Detection is Treatment of the Future
Emerging field of nano-medicine is part of cutting edge research at MU

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Earlier detection of cancer means a better chance of effective treatment. The five-year survival rate for a patient with Stage I breast cancer is 98 percent, while the survival rate for later detection, stage II or greater, drops to as low as 16 percent. University of Missouri-Columbia experts from several fields, including physics and radiology, are working together to use ultra tiny nanoparticles to detect and treat cancer at the molecular level. The researchers involved with this project say early detection of all types of cancer is the primary motivation for this research.

"The nanoparticles are safe to handle and safe to administer, so this could speed the process of approval," said Kattesh Katti, professor of radiology and biomedical physics. "This research looks very promising...read the wave


Nano Biz : Finland / EU

Tekes proposes FP7 research priority dedicated to industry


CORDIS RTD-NEWS--- Tekes, Finland's technology agency, has called for the introduction of an entirely new thematic priority in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for EU research: 'R&D as a tool to renew strong existing industries'.

In a position paper on FP7, Tekes states that it finds 'most current FP6 priorities and themes important and relevant to European R&D [research and development] collaboration. However, new viewpoints and orientations are needed in order to ensure the competitiveness of European R&D in the future.'

For that reason, Tekes' list of proposed thematic priorities largely resembles that in place in FP6, minus the current 'citizens and governance' priority, and with the addition of both 'safety and security' and the priority on industry...read the wave

Nano Education : EU

European Master in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology recognized by the European Commission

The European Commission has recognised the European Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Master of Science course as an Erasmus Mundus Master. Participating in this course are Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), Leiden University (The Netherlands), Leuven University (Belgium), Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). In the near future, France will also join the consortium.

All partners in this European consortium are active in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and offer local educational programmes. These programmes will also remain in operation...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Tiny tubes loom large
Company is poised to be a force as nanotechnology gains momentum


A Houston company could be an early winner in the fledgling nanotechnology industry, which many believe will become the biggest thing since the silicon chip.

That's because the company, Carbon Nanotechnologies, recently secured what are expected to be key patents related to production of and applications for carbon nanotubes.

Carbon nanotubes are miniature cylinders — a billionth of a meter in diameter — of carbon atoms touted for their strength and electrical conductivity.

Only a handful of products feature nanotechnology, including tennis balls and stain-resistant pants. But companies are scurrying to find applications in the belief they will make almost any product better.

Possible products include super-strong bulletproof vests, ultra-efficient fuel cells, straight-soaring golf balls and crystal clear flat-screen televisions...read the wave


Nano Products : India

Samsung to launch new range of home appliances


NEW DELHI: Samsung India Electronics has announced its plan to launch a range of ‘Silver Nano Health System’ home appliances in India.

Samsung intends to introduce 55 new models of washing machines, air conditioners and refrigerators based on the new technology.Ravinder Zutshi, Director-Sales of Samsung India Electronics said, “The customers in India are becoming more health conscious and thus demand more health friendly products. We test marketed the silver nano technology in our select refrigerator models few months back. The consumer feedback was very encouraging. So we decided to go ahead with the full fledged launch of silver nano technology across India in...read the wave


Nano Event : Belgium

Nanotech conference, Belgium


A conference entitled 'Why does nanotechnology concern me?' will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 25 and 26 April.

Aimed at scientific and research professionals, legislators, investors, academics, NGOs and public interest groups, the conference will explain the concepts behind nanotechnology, how to invest in the technology or incorporate it into a business strategy.

The event will look at the current and future status of materials nanotechnologies, using several case studies to explore the issues, highlight how investors and industry should view the technology and explore timelines of commercialisation. There will be a focus upon issues for the end user of the technology and a look at applications soon to be commercialised...read the wave


Nano News : Global

The Weird World of Precious Metal Nanotechnology


For once, instead of encouraging you to think big, we’re going to ask you to think small—really small. The field of nanotechnology—the science of controlling materials at the atomic or molecular level—is currently attracting keen interest. New start-ups and scientific discoveries seem to be announced daily, and books and movies on the subject keep popping up. All the excitement about this “weird science” is motivated by the promise of faster computing, better medicines, and “smarter” products. Some aspect of nanotechnology has been used to create products in markets as diverse as the building, electronics, cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals industries. Which begs the question, What is the potential impact of nanotechnology on the jewelry industry?

The short answer is that nanotechnology has already penetrated the jewelry industry in many forms, discreetly playing a useful role in a number of applications—especially with respect to precious metals. But it’s really only scratched the surface. There’s much to come...read the wave


Nano News : Tunisia

Pr Zohra ben Lakhdar from Tunisia awarded


Dr Zohra BEN LAKHDAR from Tunisia was awarded "For her experiments and models in infrared light spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine."

The Laureates work in the most promising areas of physics: nano-science or quantum physics. Their research concerns the technologies of semiconductors, measuring atmospheric pollution, the extraction of heavy petroleum trapped underground. It is also the stuff of dreams, such as building a module for the International Space Station on Mars or developing quantum computers that could...read the wave


06-03- 2005
Nano News : Germany

Auf dem Weg zu kontrollierten Nano-Transportern

Potsdamer Max-Planck-Wissenschaftler decken die molekularen Mechanismen bei der Verschmelzung von Vesikeln und Membranen auf

Bei der Signalübertragung, beispielsweise zwischen Nervenzellen, verschmelzen winzige Transportbläschen, so genannte Vesikel, mit der Membran und setzen so ihren chemischen Inhalt frei. Diese Verschmelzung dauert weniger als eine Millisekunde und lässt sich daher mit den gegenwärtig verfügbaren Methoden experimentell nicht genau untersuchen. Am Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung ist es Wissenschaftlern nun gelungen, mittels Computersimulationen Fusionsprozesse mit molekularer Auflösung zu beobachten. Dabei zeigt sich, dass die Membranfusion durch die anfänglichen Spannungen innerhalb der Membranen gesteuert werden. Die Verschmelzung läuft nur bei mittleren Spannungen ab, dann aber sehr schnell, innerhalb von 200 Nanosekunden. (Nature Materials, Advanced Online Publication, February 13, 2005)...read the wave


Quantum Computing : USA

Quantum computers may be easier to build than predicted

A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today's best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature* by a scientist at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

In theory, such a quantum computer could be used to break commonly used encryption codes, to improve optimization of complex systems such as airline schedules, and to simulate other complex quantum systems.

A key issue for the reliability of future quantum computers--which would rely on the unusual properties of nature's smallest particles to store and process data--is the fragility of quantum states. Today's computers use millions of transistors that are switched on or off to reliably represent values of 1 or 0. Quantum computers would use atoms, for example...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Best's Review Explores a New Insurance Frontier

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As in all areas of exploration, where people go, insurers soon follow. Best's Review follows the industry as it boldly goes into the new frontier of space tourism.

In addition, the March issue investigates what you may not know about Gramm-Leach-Bliley; whether the life industry is calling it splits, as it divides over reserve requirements; and the small physical matter of nanotechnology, which may mean big insurance growth.

Best's Review is published by A.M. Best Co. for insurance professionals, including home office executives, agents, brokers and others who are affiliated with the industry, including bankers, lawyers and educators...read the wave


Nano Debate : UK

NANOTECH: What it is and How Corporations are Using it

Why is the nanoscale interesting to corporations?
For corporations nanotechnology opens up a whole new world of possible applications and product opportunities across all sectors of the economy: smaller and faster computers; drugs that permeate the body more effectively and can target specific cells; catalysts (used to speed up chemical reactions, including oil-refining processes) can be made more reactive; sensors can monitor everything with much greater precision; materials can be stronger, lighter and 'smarter'. Given the diverse range of applications to which nanotechnology can be put it is perhaps more accurate to talk of nanotechnologies.

What are the problems?
Toxicity: Corporations have rushed into commercialising the first generation of nanotechnology based products (nanoparticles) before adequate safety testing procedures, let alone regulations, are in place to deal with them. Given that nanoparticle products, including cosmetics and wound dressings, are already on the market and food and environmental remediation applications are not far off this should be ringing alarm bells...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Next Generation Biological Detection System Developed by ANP Technologies Leverages Cogent Systems' ASIC and Pattern Recognition Technology

NEWARK, Del. & SOUTH PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ANP Technologies, Inc., a leading prime contractor for the U.S. Army, specializing in nanobiotechnology, have announced its partnership with Cogent Systems (Nasdaq:COGT) in developing a low-cost, rapid biological detection system. ANP Technologies has developed a next generation Nano-Intelligent Detection System (NIDS(TM)) based low-cost, rapid, multiplexed assay for the identification and quantitative analysis of various biological agents and biomarkers to the U.S. Government and pharmaceutical industries.

Utilizing Cogent's cutting-edge miniaturized ASIC, which includes the...read the wave


Odd bits of news : Belgium

Scientist of the University of Gent discovers natural atom antihydrogen

On February 15, 2005 of the Physics/Einstein Year, the complete story of the discovery of natural atom antihydrogen, started in 1985, was published on-line.

The antihydrogen problem has become a highly mediatic issue, both in the specialized physics and the more general press [1]. A real hype started at the end of 2002 when rivalling CERN-based groups ATHENA and ATRAP both claimed the production of large quantities of artificial antihydrogen. Scientists, wondering about a signature for the presence of this mysterious species antihydrogen, were disappointed as no direct signature whatever was presented. In fact, a spectral identification of antihydrogen is impossible since measuring its spectrum is exactly the goal of ATHENA and ATRAP collaborations...read the wave


Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 78


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.

But 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

Tools of the Trade : India + Japan

Microtec to Introduce Zeta Potential Analyzer with Image Analysis Software onto Global Market

First Unit Delivered to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),
School of Physical Science, India

Japan - Microtec Co., Ltd. (Microtec http://nition.com/en/), the Chiba-based pioneering creator and developer of scientific instruments, today announces the international launch of Zeecom(R), the company's zeta potential analyzer, onto the global market. The first unit was delivered to the School of Physical Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) in February 2005.

With the increasing demand for solutions to measure zeta potential from a wide variety of fields, ranging from inks through electronics and waterworks to physical chemistry, and both locally in Japan and overseas, Microtec is now introducing Zeecom to potential users around the world and expanding the market with its competitive price, as well as its trademark feature of inherent reliability due to its structural integrity, which is based on its traditional measurement method...read the wave


Nano News : China

World's first national standard for nanotech to be effective in China

China will have its first national standards for nano material in effect from April 1.

There are seven items, including a Glossary, four standards for Nano products, nickel powder, Zinc Oxide, titanium dioxide, and calcium carbonate, as well as two for testing of gas adsorption BET and the granularity of nano powder.

Nano materials have attracted much attention from the public in China. however, some businesses play tricks and consumers get consufed.

Li Zhonghai, Director of Standard Administration of China, disclosed that research on 15 nano materials standards were underway and the 7 items released this time was only the first batch...read the wave


02-03- 2005
Nano Electronics : USA

Findings Could Break Down Brick Wall of Miniaturization

Newswise — A project by University of Delaware researchers that could break down the brick wall of miniaturization and revolutionize modern electronics through the formation and control of wires made of molecules is featured on the cover of the Feb. 15 issue of the American Chemical Society journal, Langmuir.

The important new results produced by the UD research team are “the ability to produce molecular wires at very precise positions, and to control the length of the wires through confinement inside of molecule corrals,” according to Thomas P. Beebe Jr., professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Beebe said modern electronics, such as computer processors or the micro-circuitry that makes a cell phone fully functional, have hit a “brick wall” in attempts at.
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Nano Research : USA

New materials provide insight into radioactivity in the environment, self-assembling nanostructures

ARGONNE, Ill. — A new class of materials that could enhance basic understanding of how radioactive materials behave in the environment has been discovered by researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory. Called actinyl peroxide compounds, these materials self-assemble into nano-sized, hollow cages that could have useful new electronic, magnetic and structural properties important to the emerging world of nanotechnology.

The new materials are precipitated from uranium and neptunium peroxide solutions at room temperature. They consist of groups of 24, 28 or 32 identical polyhedra that are linked into clusters measuring about two nanometers – billionths of a meter – in diameter...read the wave


Nano Medicine / Biz : Australia

pSivida Announces Future Out-licensing of BioSilicon in Tissue Engineering and Orthopedics;

pSivida signs agreement with US based PureTech Development LLC

PERTH, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global nanotechnology company pSivida Limited (Nasdaq:PSDV) (ASX:PSD) (Xetra:PSI) have announced it has signed an agreement with US based PureTech Development LLC ("PureTech") to investigate and evaluate out-licensing opportunities for BioSilicon(TM) with an emphasis on tissue engineering, wound management and orthopedics.

Through a range of collaborative partnerships and internal R&D over the last four years, pSivida has developed the BioSilicon(TM) (nano-structured porous elemental silicon) technology platform in non-core areas such as tissue engineering, wound management and orthopedics to a point where it is in a position and in line with the Company's broader commercialization strategy, to seek suitable partners in these specialist areas of healthcare...read the wave


Nano News : Germany

Germany has been recognised as a European leader in nanotechnology.

Currently, more than half of Europe’s nanotechnology companies are from Germany and of all the patent applications from across the world, German researchers are only beaten by the Americans in terms of quantity.

“We’ve made huge progress in the past six years,” said Ulrich Kasparick, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Education and Research (BMBF).

Nanotechnology is considered the key technology of the 21st century. It enables the production of material and products with completely new functions, which are environmentally sensitive and energy efficient. Many products enable improved technical communication and the field has been hailed as having the potential to revolutionise the world of medicine.

Since 1998, the BMBF has increased its financial support for nanotechnology fourfold, spending some 125 million euros on the field in 2004. In total, the Government spends around 300 million euros a year on nanotechnology, a figure which, relatively, is higher than that in the USA...read the wave


Nano News : Spain

Nanotechnology reports and the White Paper on Electronic Organics and Displays

CIDETEC is taking part in drawing up two reports on European Strategy in Nanotechnology, the main conclusion being that Nanotechnology is going to have a strong impact on European industry and on society in general over the next ten years, affecting important sectors such as chemistry, construction of materials, biotechnology, information and telecommunications technology, safety and health.

In a parallel way, CIDETEC has also been consulted in drawing up another report co-ordinated by the Dutch Centre of Expertise in Life Sciences on the creation of a European centre with powers of decision over the impact of Nanotechnology on the environment and for human. The new centre will study, amongst other areas, the effect on health of nanoparticles shed from medical implant and the biopersistence of nanoparticules when used in medication doses, etc.

At the same time, CIDETEC is also collaborating on a White Paper on Electronic Organics and Displays. It is the only body in the Spanish State that has taken part in this White Paper. In this, recent developments in Electronic Organics and Displays are analysed and action proposed in order to maintain the strength of European research and industry in this field...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : USA

FEI Introduces Nova™ NanoSEM

New System is the World's First SEM for Ultra-High Resolution Characterization of Non-Conductive or Contaminating Samples

HILLSBORO, Ore /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) have released the newest member of its Nova™ family of SEM and DualBeam™ systems, the Nova NanoSEM. It is the world's first low-vacuum, field emission scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) solution for ultra-high resolution characterization of charging and/or contaminating samples such as organic materials, substrates, porous materials, plastics and polymers. This newest system joins FEI's growing line of market-leading tools that are enabling nanoscale research, development and manufacturing in a diverse range of markets and applications.

The Nova NanoSEM brings new capabilities to researchers and developers working with...read the wave


Nano News : UK + Japan


Investment and commercial opportunities in nanotechnology are increasing rapidly and the government, through UK Trade & Investment and the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Network, supported 24 leading companies and research institutions from across the country to demonstrate UK Micro & Nanotechnology capability at Nanotech 2005 in Tokyo. The key focus of UK@nanotech was to discuss joint ventures and the application of nanotechnology to the marketplace.

Lord Sainsbury, Minister of Science and Innovation, said: “Nanotechnology and its applications are vitally important for the future competitiveness and productivity of the UK economy...read the wave


Nano News : DPRK

North Korea : First nano scientific and technological presentation

The first nano scientific and technological presentation will be held at Kim Chaek University of Technology in the DPRK between March 11 and 12. It will deal with scientific and technological achievements and experience gained in the theory and calculation experiment study in the field of nano science and technology, nano material, nano biology and nano medical...read the wave


Nano Products : France

Olmix : the purse to be established in the nanoparticules

Olmix, producer of additives for hygiene and the animal nutrition based in Bréhan, have just deposited a file of introduction on the first market of the Paris Bourse. The company, created in 1995 by Herve Balusson, wants to raise from 10 to 15 M€ of capital by developing a specific patent in its activity of nanoparticules.

Within the framework of a European research programme Eureka carried out in 2003 and 2004, Olmix developed a new material for which was deposited in September 2004 a patent on the realization of nanoparticules based on clay and natural extracts of algae. "the added value of Olmix lies on an industrial level in the reduction of the costs, principal current shelf for a use on a large scale (of nanoparticules)", explains the direction.

The company is already famous for its R & D which was worth many prices. While being maintained on the markets of the livestock production, its new patent will place it on the nanotechnologies. The lifting of funds aims at financing this development. Europe finances and industry was selected as head of file of the introduction out of purse...read the wave


Nano News : The Netherlands

The tsunami is gaining height...
Visitors numbers increased by 20% in February

February Statistics Wateringen, The Netherlands -- 02-03-2005

The number of ( different visitors counties DVC ) to Nano Tsunami :

DVC : 94 in January 2005 down to 66 February 2005

February 2005 was our best month February also gave us an increased number of visitors, up 20% on our then top January 2005 total ! ...read the wave


01-03- 2005
Nano Research : USA


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University have attached magnetic "nanoparticles" to DNA and then cut these "DNA wires" into pieces, offering the promise of creating low-cost, self-assembling devices for future computers.

Findings are detailed in a paper published online in February in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The paper was written by Purdue graduate student Joseph M. Kinsella and Albena Ivanisevic, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Purdue.

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, has an overall negative charge, so it might be used in a process called self-assembly to create electronic devices. When placed in a solution with magnetic particles that have a positive charge, the particles are automatically attracted to the DNA strands, which act as tiny scaffolds for creating wires.

Other researchers have "metalized" DNA by coating it with...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

High-fidelity patterns form spontaneously when solvent evaporates

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Resembling neatly stacked rows of driftwood abandoned by receding tides, particles left by a confined, evaporating droplet can create beautiful and complex patterns. The natural, pattern-forming process could find use in fields such as nanotechnology and optoelectronics.

“A lot of work in nanotechnology has been directed toward the bottom-up imposition of patterns onto materials,” said Steve Granick, a professor of materials science, chemistry and physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We found that beautiful patterns of high fidelity and regularity could form naturally and spontaneously, simply by allowing a drop to evaporate in a confined geometry.”.
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Nano Debate : UK

UK pledges to review nanotechnology regulations

CORDIS RTD-NEWS---The UK government has responded to a report on the 'opportunities and uncertainties' surrounding nanotechnology with promises of tighter regulation and further research to fill knowledge gaps.

The government response pledges an assessment of current regulatory mechanisms intended to control the release of nanoparticles and nanotubes in the environment, and to ensure that safeguards to public health are robust. The government will also work with its EU partners in order to gauge the need for specific European guidance on the assessment of risks associated with medicines and medical devices.

In a further move to address safety concerns...read the wave


Nano Reports : UK

European Science Foundation Publishes Forward Look Report on Nanomedicine

The European Science Foundation recently concluded a foresight study on the topic of nanotechnology applied to medicine (Scientific Forward Look on Nanomedicine). The goal of this Forward Look was to exchange views on the current status of Nanomedicine between scientific experts and policy makers, and to reflect upon future developments, opportunities and challenges facing this important field in Europe and world wide. Over 100 international experts from academia, industry, private foundations and governmental agencies supporting scientific research have contributed to this activity.

The ESF Forward Look on Nanomedicine has led to a...read the wave


Nano Event : Ireland

Global Leaders from Electronics, Pharmaceutical, and Chemical Industries Convene in Dublin to Examine 'Real-World' Applications for Nanotechnologies

"Despite the five years of hype surrounding nanotechnology, there are an increasing number of real companies generating real revenues," explained Cientifica CEO Tim Harper, "much of that revenue coming from unexpected quarters. At the WNEC in Dublin we will get to hear from leading companies on how this is being accomplished today."

Among the existing real world applications under examination will be...read the wave



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