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Nano Energy / Fuelcell : Italy

Acta's breakthrough fuel cell technology wins summit media-chem contract


Acta, the fuel cell technology enabler, have announced that it has signed its first commercial sales and distribution contract with Summit Medichem Ltd, Sumitomo Corporation's Chemicals Business Unit and subsidiary. The contract covers Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Acta's breakthrough in nanotechnology catalysts will enable the competitive launch of fuel cells to the mass consumer market.

Under the terms of the contract, Summit Medi-Chem will have exclusive distribution rights to Acta's technology, moreover it has committed to delivering commercial contracts in the first year.

This is an important first step into the critical Asian market for Acta and the company will be building on this strong foundation by seeking to develop commercial relationships with the leading Asian OEMs over the coming twelve months.

Acta proprietary nanotechnology has enabled it to develop a new, unique family of catalysts called HYPERMEC™ catalysts which breakdown the barriers to the commercialisation of the fuel cells for mass market applications. HYPERMEC™ catalysts use low cost materials, work at low temperatures, enable use of cheap, safe and environmentally friendly fuels and solve other technical issues, thereby creating the possibility of producing fuel cells for consumer products
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Nano Medicine : France

Novagali Pharma launches Phase I clinical trial in oncology for its oral formulation of paclitaxel


Evry, France, - Novagali Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative drug delivery systems principally in ophthalmology and oncology, have announced the launch of a Phase I clinical trial in patients with advanced cancer for its oral formulation of paclitaxel. The study is being conducted at the Netherlands Kancer Institute, Amsterdam, in order to assess patient tolerance and pharmacokinetic properties in patients with cancer.

Paclitaxel is active against a broad range of cancers but generally has to be used in intravenous form and administered once every three weeks. Novagali Pharma has designed a new oral formulation which improves the treatment, limits patient discomfort and eliminates the need for staying at the hospital. The company has developed a self-micro-emulsifying oily formulation which allows oral administration of the chemotherapy while maintaining efficacy and safety of use.

"Starting clinical trials for a product which enables oral administration of paclitaxel and other taxanes offers a major opportunity to explore new ways of treating cancer," says Jérôme Martinez, President and CEO of Novagali Pharma. "The preclinical results have been extremely promising and we are eager to get the first Phase I results, which we expect before the end of the summer."...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Paratek packs on additional $15M in funding


Nashua N.H.'s Paratek Microwave Inc. plans to continue its development of next-gerneration radio frequency (RF) and microwave wireless devices with the help of an additional $15 million in funding from investors Polaris Venture Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, Novak Biddle Venture Partners, Investor Growth, and ABS Ventures.

Paratek's family of tunable RF and microwave components are based on its core materials technology, Parascan, an electrically tunable dielectric material developed using thin film integrated circuit deposition methodology. These nano-crystalline thin films feature characteristics such as low leakage current, high reliability and high tunability (ability to change capacitance with an applied voltage).

In 2004, the company received $15 million in a Series B round of funding, and landed industry veteran Bob Metcalfe of Polaris Ventures as chairman of the board. Metcalfe remains as chairman and touts the company's tunable RF components as the key differentiator for Paratek.

In March, Paratek announced a $1.125 million contract with the University of California, Riverside, for nanoscale science and engineering.


Nano Electronics : Ireland + Taiwan

NTERA Technology Transforms Existing LCD Facility for Less than One Percent of Comparable OLED CapEx Costs


NTERA have announced that it has successfully transformed an existing LCD facility in Taipei, Taiwan, into a production-ready NanoChromics display factory. NanoChromics technology combines superb optical performance and ink-on-paper readability with low power consumption, and overcomes the production environment and cost challenges posed by existing LCD, OLED and other display technologies.

“We are very pleased with the ease, speed and cost of how the NTERA technology transformed our LCD facility to make NanoChromics products. NTERA's manufacturing process is uniquely convergent with our expertise in LCD production, making it familiar to implement and yet easier to deal with. By way of example, NanoChromics technology is an order of magnitude less sensitive to critical parameters in LCD manufacturing such as tight cell gap control, a traditionally yield impacting process step ,” said Frank Tzeng, General Manager of Mesostate Ltd. “Moreover, the production technology is solution-processable, unlike OLEDs and hence does not incur the high capital costs. As one of the first companies in Taiwan to bring LCD to market and subsequently transfer the production to China, we are delighted to have successfully completed the new technology set-up in Taiwan. We are well on the way to simultaneously increasing volume and reducing cost at our facility to meet the burgeoning demand.” ...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Revolutionary nanotechnology illuminates brain cells at work


Stanford, CA. Until now it has been impossible to accurately measure the levels of important chemicals in living brain cells in real time and at the level of a single cell. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology and Stanford University are the first to overcome this obstacle by successfully applying genetic nanotechnology using molecular sensors to view changes in brain chemical levels. The sensors alter their 3-dimensional form upon binding with the chemical, which is then visible via a process known as fluorescence resonance energy transfer, or FRET. In a new study, the nanosensors were introduced into nerve cells to measure the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate--the major brain chemical that increases nerve-cell activity in mammalian brains. It is involved in everything from learning and memory to mood and perception. Too much glutamate is believed to contribute to conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The research is published in the May 30-June 3 on-line early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"The fluorescent imaging technique allows us to see living cells do their jobs live and in color," explained Sakiko Okumoto, lead author of the study at Carnegie. "Understanding when and how glutamate is produced, secreted, reabsorbed, and metabolized in individual brain cells, in real time, will help researchers better understand disease processes and construct new drugs."...read the wave

Nano Electronics : USA

Rutgers scientists perform 'materials magic' to simplify crystal-making for electronics


NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Materials scientists at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have devised a novel and easy technique to make thin, crystal-like materials for electronic devices. The technique could supplement today's tedious and exacting method of growing crystals with an additional benefit of producing materials in sizes and shapes not now possible.

In a recent issue of the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir, Rutgers scientists and collaborators from Ceramare Corporation and the University of California, Berkeley, report on a method where they coax thousands of microscopic grains of individual crystals to assemble into tightly packed layers. The resulting orderly array of particles mimics the performance of traditionally fabricated crystalline wafers, without the time and expense of growing crystals in a molten mixture or solution, then slicing them into thin layers.

"The materials we've created in our lab bridge the gap between single-crystal materials, with their precisely ordered atomic structures, and ceramics, which have randomly oriented structures," said Richard Riman, professor of ceramic and materials engineering...read the wave

Future Technology : USA

Robot combined with swallowable camera could give docs a better look inside the small intestine


The words "intestinal bug" could gain a whole new meaning if a Carnegie Mellon University engineer is successful in his efforts to develop a medical robot for examining the intestinal tract.

Metin Sitti, director of the NanoRobotics Lab, is developing a set of legs that could be incorporated into the swallowable camera-in-a-pill that has become available in the past four years for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders in the small intestine.

The capsule camera snaps thousands of pictures as it makes its way slowly through the narrow tract, carried by the wave-like peristaltic motion that moves all contents through the intestines.

But Sitti is hoping that adding legs to the capsule will give physicians a measure of control. The work is supported by the Intelligent Microsystems Center in Seoul, Korea, and sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy...read the wave


Nano Research : UK + France

On the way to perfect glass


Researchers from the United Kingdom, France and the DUBBLE beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have made a step forward in research on glass. They have monitored the change in the structure of zeolites, crystalline solids, into an almost perfect glass when heated. They have done this by recording vibrations involving groups of atoms in zeolites that subsequently characterise the glass. Their results are published in the last issue of Science.

Zeolites are porous crystalline aluminosilicates, presenting a regular arrangement of cages. In their natural state, they are components of soils and can be barriers against the migration of radioactive elements. In their synthetic form, zeolites are industrially applied as components of washing powders and in the cracking of petroleum to make gasoline. Due to their cage structure, zeolites have a low-density structure. They melt at around...read the wave


Future Technology : Russia



Specialists of the Central Administrative Board of Research Institute of Experimental Medicine (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences) are developing express method for early detection of diabetic nephropathy. Their effort has been funded through the grant of the President of the Russian Federation.

Specialists of the Central Administrative Board of Research Institute of Experimental Medicine (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences) are developing biological microchip that will allow to detect a very early stage of diabetic nephropathy - one of heavy complications of insular diabetes. They have created a preliminary version of biochip, which possesses high sensitivity and allows to analyze simultaneously at least 30 to 50 tests.

At present, more than one hundred million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, including more than 2 million people in Russia...read the wave


Spintronics : USA

Physicists control the flip of electron spin in new study


ATHENS, Ohio – Today's computers and other technological gizmos operate on electronic charges, but researchers predict that a new generation of smaller, faster, more efficient devices could be developed based on another scientific concept – electronic "spin." The problem, however, is that researchers have found it challenging to control or predict spin – which keeps practical applications out of reach.

But physicists in Europe, California and at Ohio University now have found a way to manipulate the spin of an electron with a jolt of voltage from a battery, according to research findings published in the recent issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.

In the new study, scientists applied voltage to the electron in a quantum dot, which is a tiny, nanometer-sized semiconductor. The burst of power changed the direction of the electron's spin -- which can move either up or down. This also caused it to emit a small particle of light called a photon, explained Richard Warburton, a physicist with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lead author on the new paper...read the wave


Future Technology : Russia

Artificial Cobweb Proteins For Medicine


A unique material based on cobweb proteins is being created by Russian researchers of the State Research Center of Russian Federation GosNIIgentics, Scientific Research Center “Coal-Chemical Fiber”, State Research Center of Applied Microbiology in cooperation with their colleagues from Michigan University with support form the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) (project 1033.2).

The spider's hunting net is built from several different proteins. Researchers are mostly interested in the proteins of cobweb framework filaments, which make them extremely strong (the rupture strength of these filaments is several times higher than that of steel) and elastic at the same time. Cobweb framework filaments consist of two proteins: spidroin-1 and spidroin-2. They differ slightly in their properties: spidroin-1 is considered to be stronger, and spidroin-2 – more elastic. Together they account for unique properties of spider's web. Such material would prove useful for multiple purposes, but fist of all – for medicine: as suture material, artificial ligaments and tendons, films for healing wounds and burns, etc...read the wave


Nano Funding : EU

EU funding to help establish European nanoscience facility


In order to promote increased collaboration between nanoscience researchers in Europe, the EU is to part-finance the creation of a European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) along the lines of existing European synchrotron laboratories.

The ETSF is an initiative put forward by the Nanoquanta Network of Excellence, funded under the nanotechnologies strand of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), with additional resources provided by national research funding organisations. The countries represented in the network are: the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and Spain.

The project builds on fifteen years of successful collaboration between leading condensed matter theory groups in Europe, whose work focuses on the properties of electronic excited states in matter, particularly nanostructures.
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Tools of the Trade : USA

NanoLogix Unveils Advanced DNA Extraction System for Molecular Diagnostics Market


SHARON, Pa.,PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NanoLogix, Inc., (Pink Sheets: NNLX), a Nano-biotechnology company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies for the production of bacteria and disease testing kits, alternative sources of fuel, and remediation of toxic materials, have announced that its DNA extraction system and protocol is both easier -- due to less steps, and quicker -- taking significantly less time than standard spin column extraction methods according to Paul Hyman, Ph.D. at Ohio State University.

According to Jain PharmaBiotech, in the year 2005, the global market for molecular diagnostics will be worth $6.5 billion, representing approximately 3.3% of the total diagnostics market and approximately 14% of the in vitro diagnostic market. The molecular diagnostics market will expand to $12 billion by 2010 and $35 billion by 2015. A major portion of it can be attributed to advances in genomics and proteomics. Biochip and nanobiotechnology...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotech Silver Fights Microbes in Medical Devices


The number of infections linked to medical devices has fueled an explosion of research in surface science. The goal is to find a way to prevent the conditions that trigger life-threatening bloodstream infections.

Nosocomial, or hospital-related bacterial infections, are estimated to be the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease, cancer, stroke, and pneumonia or flu. 1 The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nosocomial infections cost hospitals more than $2300 per patient for diagnosis and treatment. Many instances, such as vascular catheter infection, can cost $25,000 per episode. Overall, the infections cost hospitals $4.8 billion annually in extended care and treatment.

Pathogens mutate quickly and render antibiotics useless in fighting them. A great majority of healthcare-acquired infections involve many of the pathogens displaying antimicrobial resistance. 2 Therefore, silver's medicinal importance in combating these infections cannot be underestimated...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Rice Unveils ŒGreen¹ Microcapsule Production Method

Mix-and-Shake Procedure Leads to Instant Glass Microbubbles


HOUSTON, Chemical engineers from Rice University have developed a fundamentally new approach the most environmentally sensitive yet devised for making tiny hollow spheres called microcapsules.

Microcapsule research is one of the most active fields in applied nanotechnology, with dozens of companies either developing or using the tiny containers ­ usually smaller than living cells ­ to deliver everything from drugs and imaging agents to perfumes and flavor enhancers.

In research appearing on the cover of this month¹s issue (Vol. 17, Issue. 9) of the journal Advanced Materials, Michael Wong and his research group describe an approach for making microcapsules that involves mixing a solution of polymer and salt with tiny particles of silica that contain just a few hundred atoms apiece.

Microcapsules are typically made by depositing layers of a coating onto a template or core, which has to be removed to form the hollow center of the structure. The core is usually burned out with high heat processes or dissolved with harsh chemicals. Both processes can damage both the microcapsules and their cargo...read the wave


Nano Coatings : USA

New opportunities from old chemistry in surface science,say Purdue chemists


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Some century-old chemistry could have a strong impact on important issues in biosensors and other nanotech devices, according to a Purdue University research group.

A team led by Alexander Wei has shown that amines, a large and important class of organic molecules, when mixed with carbon disulfide, can bond to gold more robustly than thiols, which are commonly used materials for giving new functions to metal surfaces. Gold surfaces are often used as baseplates of sensors and in nanomaterials, and scientists have been searching for stable organic coatings they can attach to gold to form an interface between the organic and inorganic worlds. The group's findings suggest that amines may be the best candidate group of such materials.

"Amines could allow us to expand the range of molecules which can be incorporated into sensors for the biotech field," said Wei, who is an associate professor of chemistry in Purdue's College of Science. "Amines react with carbon disulfide to form dithiocarbamates (DTCs) and appear to be better suited for coating surfaces than thiols, which have been the standard thus far. The DTC chemistry itself has been around for over 100 years, but we think it can offer many opportunities for current applications in biosensors and nanotechnology."...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

Pushing the Boundaries of High-Temperature Superconductors


Upton, NY -- A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has revealed a new mechanism that explains why adding calcium to a high-temperature superconductor increases its current-carrying capacity. The findings refute the current explanation and open the door for similar additives with potentially better current-boosting abilities. The study is published in the May 26, 2005, edition of Nature.

In theory, high-temperature superconductors conduct electricity with no resistance. But the most practical, inexpensive high-temperature superconducting materials -- those suitable for applications such as electronic devices and power lines -- are made of many tiny crystalline grains. The boundaries between grains act like barriers to electric charge carriers, impeding the flow of current.

This is the case for the superconducting material studied here, known as YBCO for its constituent elements: yttrium, barium, copper, and oxygen. Scientists had previously discovered that adding calcium to the boundary between two grains in YBCO improves the current flow, seemingly because the calcium changed the electric-charge structure at the boundaries. Surprisingly, this latest study shows that...read the wave



| Returning to physical instrumentation | Kuniaki NAGAYAMA |


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Determining the structure of proteins using multidimensional NMR, developing technology for protein molecular array and colloidal particle array based on self-assembly and decoding DNA using electron microscopes are the research areas in which Prof. Nagayama has been involved. "It may sound as if there were no similarities among these fields, but the basis for my research is physical instrumentation," says Prof. Nagayama, who developed a complex observation scheme that is one of the most powerful methodology in physical instrumentation..
| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
Nano Funding : USA

Argonne to receive $3 million for basic research on fuel cell catalysts


ARGONNE, Ill (May 26, 2005) — Argonne National Laboratory will receive $3 million over three years for basic science studies that may lead to improved catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells.

The funding, from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences , will be used to study the molecular basis of catalysis, with a particular interest in the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells.

“We are looking to understand the behavior of oxygen in the low-temperature fuel cell cathodes,” said Hoydoo You, leader of the group project. “The project builds on Argonne's scientific strengths, bringing collaboration between physicists and chemists, between theorists and experimentalists.” ...read the wave


Nano Funding : EU

Towards a new future for European Nanoscience


An exciting innovation to promote collaboration between Nanoscience researchers in Europe is being developed by the Nanoquanta Network of Excellence, in which the University of York is a partner.

Nanoquanta, an international collaboration part-funded by the European Union's Framework Programme Six, will create a permanent European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF) on the lines of the synchrotron facilities successfully shared by researchers across Europe.

Dr Lucia Reining, CNRS Research Director of the École Polytechnique in Paris, says that "over the last two decades, European research and training networks have increasingly contributed to the development of scientific communities. In order to share this benefit more widely between scientists and with society, we have to find new forms of working together. The ETSF will be a major help for us to answer this challenge."

The project builds on a 15-year collaboration between a number of prominent Condensed Matter Theory groups in Europe...read the wave


MEMS : France + USA

MEMS Software Provider SoftMEMS announces MEMS Pro V5.1 Release


Los Gatos, CA., and Grenoble, France -, SoftMEMS is pleased to announce the release of a new version of its flagship product MEMS Pro. This is a very special event for SoftMEMS, as it is the first new release since the company acquired a worldwide and exclusive license to develop and market MEMS Pro.

“Since micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based products usually include a combination of MEMS and interface circuits, we have from the very beginning created tools enabling MEMS, packaging and electronics co-design. The industry is saying we were right,” said Dr. Mary Ann Maher, SoftMEMS CEO. “Our early positioning of combining MEMS and IC design tools allowed us to benefit from the work invested into an efficient design for manufacturing approach by the IC industry and to concentrate on adding MEMS-design specific features. Our tools have always been about improving MEMS designer's productivity in creating manufacturable MEMS products.”

As a result, MEMS Pro is a flexible, powerful, easy-to-use CAD tool suite for the design and analysis of MEMS including their associated electronics and packaging. It offers an integrated solution for the...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

US Nanotechnology Health Care Product Demand to Reach $6.5 Billion in 2009


CLEVELAND, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Demand for nanotechnology health care products in the US is projected to increase nearly 50 percent per year to $6.5 billion in 2009. Gains will be led by the introduction of new, improved cancer and central nervous system therapies based on solubilization technologies. Diagnostic tests based on nanoarrays and quantum dots, and imaging agents based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles will also see strong growth. In spite of progress in ntroducing new products, the vast potential of nanotechnology in the health care field will not be fully realized for at least a decade as stringent regulatory barriers and technical complexities delay the commercialization of targeted drug delivery systems, tissue regenerators and other breakthrough products. However, by 2020, demand for nanotechnology health care products is projected to exceed $100 billion. These and other trends are presented in Nanotechnology in Health Care, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based market research firm

The need for new or improved medicines in several therapeutic areas will lead to the increasing use of nanotechnology in...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Oil Worth Its Weight in Gold in Directed Nanomachining


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The world of nano-machines has moved a step closer to reality, thanks to researchers who have found a way to sculpt material at the nanoscale in a predictable, controllable and inexpensive manner by using a conducting liquid medium.

This technique has potential applications in single DNA detection devices such as nanopores, nanoscale interconnects in biological and semiconducting devices, molecular sieves for protein sorting and nanojets for fuel or drug delivery.

Ajay Malshe, associate professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas; K. Virwani and Devesh Deshpaned, student researchers; and K.P. Rajurkar of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, are presenting their results at the meeting of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research. They also will publish their manuscript in the institution's journal.

"With this technique, you can remove on demand precisely what you want to, where you want to remove it," Malshe said. "It's very simple but very powerful."...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

SPACEHAB Signs Space Act Agreement with NASA; Strategic Partnership with Zyvex Provides Advances in Micro-Manufacturing Technology


HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)---SPACEHAB, Incorporated (NASDAQ/NMS:SPAB), a leading provider of commercial space services, have announced that it has entered into a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement with NASA to facilitate the commercial development and testing of a micro-miniature mass spectrometer for potential use on low earth orbit missions and in NASA's emerging Exploration Program.

"For human space flight missions, NASA must continually monitor air quality and toxicity levels to ensure the health and safety of the crew," said Michael E. Bain, SPACEHAB Chief Operating Officer. "NASA desires improved capabilities in this area, but developing, transporting, and installing large, complex detection and classification equipment on-orbit is extremely problematic. We are excited about this opportunity to provide a solution that is small, light-weight, and portable enough to be easily delivered to, and operated on, the space station and anywhere else humans live and work in space." ...read the wave


Nano Biz : Canada + USA

American Biotech Labs Announces New Joint Venture with General Resonance, LLC


ALPINE, UT, /CNW/ - Clifton Mining Company (Clifton) (OTC:CFTN) announces that American Biotech Labs (ABL), a private company in which Clifton holds a 25% interest, has recently signed an MOU with General Resonance(TM), LLC, to form a Joint Venture.

General Resonance, a cutting-edge science and technology company located in Maryland, scrutinized the science and technologies of ABL, along with Professor Rustum Roy, who concurrently holds appointments with The Pennsylvania State University, Arizona State University and The University of Arizona. Professor Roy helped found the number one ranked materials science laboratory in the world, the Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Professor Roy is regarded as one of the top material scientists in the world and sits on several countries' national academies of science.

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Nanobiotechnology : USA

NanoLogix Unveils Advanced DNA Extraction System for Molecular Diagnostics Market


SHARON, Pa., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NanoLogix, Inc., (Pink Sheets: NNLX - News ), a Nano-biotechnology company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies for the production of bacteria and disease testing kits, alternative sources of fuel, and remediation of toxic materials, have announced that its DNA extraction system and protocol is both easier -- due to less steps, and quicker -- taking significantly less time than standard spin column extraction methods according to Paul Hyman, Ph.D. at Ohio State University.

According to Jain PharmaBiotech, in the year 2005, the global market for molecular diagnostics will be worth $6.5 billion, representing approximately 3.3% of the total diagnostics market and approximately 14% of the in vitro diagnostic market. The molecular diagnostics market will expand to $12 billion by 2010 and $35 billion by 2015. A major portion of it can be attributed to advances in genomics and proteomics. Biochip and nanobiotechnology are expected to make a significant contribution to the growth of molecular diagnostics...read the wave


Nano Coatings : USA

US Navy Expresses Interest in Nansulate Coatings


NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Industrial Nanotech Inc., (OTC: INTK - News ), an emerging nanotechnology-based solutions provider, have announced that the Company is submitting its Nansulate(TM) product line for assignment of a Military Specification number at the request of a military contractor. Earlier this year, a Navy submarine base ordered a small quantity of Nansulate(TM) corrosion resistant insulation coating from the Company.

Recently, the US Navy has expressed interest in the Company's industrial coatings due to their high performance characteristics and, through a military contractor, has requested that Industrial Nanotech design a special "gray" version of its coating that can perform with the same characteristics of the Nansulate(TM) Translucent product line for use on specific Navy assets.

According to Laurie Scherock, President of Industrial Nanotech, "We feel strongly that our coatings can meet the extreme performance requirements demanded by the challenging environments that the Navy and other US military units operate in...read the wave

Nano Biz : Canada

Raymor Receives a Strategic Contract from Boeing for its Titanium Powder


MONTREAL, QUEBEC-- Raymor Industries Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RAR) is proud to announce that its wholly-owned industrial subsidiary, AP&C Advanced Powders & Coatings Inc. (AP&C) has concluded a contract for Titanium powder production with THE BOEING COMPANY (NYSE:BA).

BOEING will use this unique powder, given its sphericity and its purity, for aerospace applications. Thanks to AP&C's patented plasma atomization process, these powders are of a high purity, with an exceptional sphericity, ideal for aerospace applications. The plasma atomization process was developed at the beginning of the 90's at Hydro-Quebec's Shawinigan laboratory, in collaboration with Noranda. "This contract represents an important breakthrough in the aerospace sector for our metallic powders," said Mr. Stephane Robert, President of Raymor Industries and AP&C...read the wave


Nano Products : Japan

Mitsubishi Materials Begins Shipping Antimony-free Tin Oxide Conductive Nanosize Powder


Tokyo (JCNN) - Mitsubishi Materials (TSE: 5711) announced on May 25 that its Electronic Materials & Components Company has begun shipping S-2000, a conductive nanosize powder of antimony-free tin oxide developed and manufactured by JEMCO, one of Mitsubishi Materials' subsidiaries.

When applied to plastic film, S-2000 forms transparent conductive film on the plastic film, giving properties to remove electricity and prevent electrification and dust absorption.

The new product will be used in various applications including display peripherals, semiconductors and food packages.

In addition to powder, Mitsubishi Materials plans to market S-2000 as an exclusive dispersion solution and coating material. The company expects to achieve 50 million yen ($470,000) in sales in the first year.

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Nano Medicine : USA

ORNL nanoscience center 'Jump Starts' medical compound device


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. A device that could create custom-tailored medical compounds faster than ever before is one of the first projects launched under the new Center for Nanophase Materials Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Project director Joseph Matteo, founder and CEO of the local research firm NanoTek, is building a small, microfluidic machine to quickly and reliably synthesize drugs, medicines, diagnostic imaging agents and other compounds.

His work is part of the CNMS Jump Start Program, which gives selected nanoscience projects access to ORNL research facilities and staff before the center begins full operation in October.

The program includes more than 75 research proposals, all of which are evaluated by an external scientific review committee, selected for scientific merit and quality, and will be published in the scientific press.

"Being local and one of the first commercial clients of the CNMS, I feel added responsibility to make this a success," Matteo said. "There is a huge amount of support from the community. The road is by no means easy, but this region has a unique opportunity in having the first of five of these centers in the country, and we are trying to take advantage of it." ...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

UWM Chemists Work on Nanowires That Could Fuel Molecular Technology


MILWAUKEE — Before nanotechnology can deliver on its promise of molecular-sized machinery and super-charged computer chips, scientists must still produce the most basic of components: nano-sized wire.

But if chemistry professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) are successful, they could help turn the concept of nanotechnology into reality. Chemistry professors Dennis Bennett and Wilfred Tysoe have been working on building insulating, highly conductive "nanowires," the necessary first step in developing circuitry at the atomic scale.

"People have been talking for a long time about molecular wires," says Bennett. "In fact, scientists have already been able to construct such wires, but they are relatively short and must be isolated from their neighbors by immersing them in a sea of other, non-conducting molecules." A series of molecules that Bennett has developed are unique because they have the potential to yield insulated nano-scale wires.

Bennett and Tysoe are collaborating with researchers at Northwestern and Iowa State universities in a project submitted to the National Science Foundation to understand the forces that govern the atomic universe, including the nature of conductivity at nanoscale....read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Dermacia, Inc. Taps QuantumSphere, Inc.-- The World's Highest Quality Supplier of Nanosilver-- for Specialized Applications to Address $50 Billion Worldwide Acne Market


COSTA MESA, CA, U.S.A.- QuantumSphere, Inc. have announced Dermacia, Inc., a pioneering California maker of advanced therapeutic cosmetics and skincare products, has selected QuantumSphere to supply nanosilver for Dermacia's advanced line of therapeutic cosmetics and skin care products designed for acne sufferers. As manufacturer of the world’s highest quality nanosilver, QuantumSphere will provide Dermacia with its nanopowders of unequalled purity and particle uniformity, enabling Dermacia and its medical advisory team of dermatologists and plastic surgeons to further validate the performance and value of nanosilver and other nanometals for their antibacterial, sun protectant and other key properties.

Following extensive testing, Dermacia has chosen QuantumSphere nanosilver and other QuantumSphere products as key ingredients in Dermacia's latest line of exclusive makeup and skin care products. Dermacia is currently using the nano-ingredients in select makeup and skin care products and other applications. Additional products incorporating QuantumSphere nanotechnology are in development. Using QuantumSphere technology, Dermacia has conducted extensive research to develop ingredients and processes employing QuantumSphere's uniquely pure ingredients as a part of its Nano2infusionTM technology...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Stanford software brings precision and practicality to nanotechnology


Although mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Kyeongjae Cho works with theory and software simulations, it is in his Multiscale Simulation Laboratory where nanoscience and nanotechnology get real. That's because Cho's emphasis is not on speculation about fanciful applications in the distant future but on building a framework for productive research today. This summer he plans to make nanotechnology simulation software developed in his lab freely available for academic use through www.nanohub.org, a site funded by the National Science Foundation.

"There's so much hype about nanotechnology, but certainly we don't have enough control yet to make many practical applications," Cho says. Nanoscience and nanotechnology refer to manipulating matter on the nanometer, or billionth of a meter, scale of atoms and molecules. At that size, materials have different properties that researchers and entrepreneurs are still only beginning to understand, much less exploit.

Before nanotechnology can become truly practical, scientists must close a big gap between what they have accomplished—mostly demonstrations of moving around atoms or making proof-of-concept carbon nanotubes, silicon nanowires and nanoparticles—and what they want to do...read the wave


Nano Textiles : USA

Researchers Develop High-Tech, Chemical-Resistant Textile Layers


Researchers at North Carolina State University are using emerging breakthroughs in nanotechnology to develop layers of “smart textiles” that will not only keep first responders and the military safe without sacrificing comfort or ease of use, but also may have numerous other widespread uses.

Dr. Juan Hinestroza, an assistant professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at NC State, and researchers at the University of Puerto Rico have pioneered a method to develop chemical-resistant textiles by attaching nanolayers to natural fibers.

These layers are only 20 nanometers – or 20 billionths of a meter – thick and made of different polymers that can control what passes through the layer. The process is called selective transport.

“These layers are customized for different chemicals,” Hinestroza said. “We can specifically block warfare agents like mustard or nerve gas, or industrial chemicals, while still allowing air and moisture to pass through to make the fabric breathable.” ...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Tiny bundles seek and destroy breast cancer cells


HERSHEY, PA-A Penn State College of Medicine study shows for the first time in an animal model that ceramide, a naturally occurring substance that prevents the growth of cells, can be administered through the blood stream to target and kill cancer cells.

"Ceramide is the substance that accumulates in cancer tissues and helps to kill cancer cells when patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation," said Mark Kester, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. "By boosting the amount of ceramide through an injection in the bloodstream, our study in mice suggests that we can provide a stronger cancer-killing therapy without additional side effects."

This study titled "Systemic Delivery of Liposomal Short-Chain Ceramide Limits Solid Tumor Growth in Murine Models of Breast Adenocarcinoma" was published in the May issue of Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Administering extra ceramide is not as easy as it seems. Injected directly into the bloodstream, ceramide is toxic. But Kester applied knowledge gained from previous laboratory studies in nanotechnology and encapsulated the ceramide in tiny bundles called liposomes...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA

Nanomix Receives Patent for Sensation Detection Technology


EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nanomix Incorporated, a leading nanotechnology company commercializing nanoelectronic detection devices for industrial and biomedical applications, have announced today the issuance of a U.S. patent for its nanostructured detection platform known as Sensation(TM).

The patent includes broad claims related to nanostructured detection devices. These devices harness unique features enabled by nanoelectronics resulting in ultra-sensitive, accurate and selective measurement of chemicals and bio molecules. The devices have extremely low power requirements and are scalable for mass production in a variety of product applications.

"We are pleased with our emerging patent portfolio related to nanoelectronic detection, which supports our primary business focus," said David Macdonald, President and CEO of Nanomix. "These advancements open up a wide range of applications and commercial opportunities. As the first company to bring a nanoelectronic product to market, we are excited to be at the leading edge of this promising industry. In addition to our own products, we are currently pursuing a number of collaborations for the commercial deployment of Sensation(TM) technology."...read the wave

Nano Storage : USA

Iomega Corporation Announces Two New Patents in the Fields of Nano-Technology and Compatibility of Digital Devices


SAN DIEGO, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM - News ), a global leader in data storage celebrating 25 years in business, have announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued two highly notable patents to Iomega for its work with (1) nano-technology and optical data storage, and (2) external storage media.

On April 12, 2005, U.S. Patent No. 6,879,556 titled Method and Apparatus for Optical Data Storage was issued to Iomega. This patent is the first in a series of nano-technology-based subwavelength optical data storage patents sought by Iomega. The patent covers a novel technique of encoding data on the surface of a DVD by using reflective nano-structures to encode data in a highly multi-level format. This technology, termed AO-DVD (Articulated Optical - Digital Versatile Disc), allows more data to be stored on a DVD and could allow future optical discs to potentially hold 40-100 times more information with data transfer rates 5-30 times faster than today's DVDs, and at similarly low costs. This invention was recently recognized as a winner of the Nanotech Briefs' Nano 50 awards in its product category. The Nano 50 awards are given to the "best of the best" in the industry -- the innovative people and designs that will move nano-technology to key mainstream markets...read the wave


Nano News : Finland

Spinverse Consulting to manage FinNano technologyprogramme


Spinverse Consulting has been chosen by the National Technology Agency (Tekes) to manage the five-year FinNano technology programme.

M.Sc., MBA Pekka Koponen, Managing Director of Spinverse Consulting, will acts as the Programme Manager. He has extensive experience from strategy and management of large international companies as wells as commercialization and financing of enabling technologies. Pekka Koponen has worked 14 years with Nokia, of which over six years in expatriate assignments in Europe and Asia. .

D.Sc. (Tech.) Laura Juvonen from Spinverse Consulting will act as the Programme Secretary. She has strong knowledge of the Nanotechnology research field and methods owing to several years as a researcher in the field of computational physics in international projects connected to Nanotechnology at the Helsinki University of Technology.

The FinNano technology programme, launched in January 2005, of the studies exploits...read the wave


MEMS : Switzerland +UK



Neuchâtel – May 24, 2005. Colibrys SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland have announced signing a Preferred Supply Agreement with BAE Systems, Plymouth UK . Within this agreement, Colibrys will be a preferred supplier of High performance accelerometers for use within BAE Systems' Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) commonly supplied for use into various Defence and Aerospace applications.

“This agreement confirms a very close working relationship established between the two companies over many years”, said Sean Neylon, Chief Executive Officer of Colibrys. “We have established ourselves over the past few years as a best-in-class supplier of high stability Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometers. Having a lead customer-supply relationship like this allows both companies to minimise risks and investments and to accelerate development of new IMUs. BAE Systems has already placed significant production contracts with Colibrys for supply of accelerometers against its NLAW Anti-tank missile guidance contracts...read the wave


Nano Education : USA

Chippewa Valley Technical College helps pioneer nanotech program, incubator


Chippewa Valley Technical College has teamed up with UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and several other tech colleges to create the first Nanoscience Technology degree program in the state.

Nanotechnology deals with particles one nanometer, or one-billionth of a meter, wide, where normal physical properties of matter begin to give way to quantum mechanical behavior that physicists still do not fully understand. The potential of arranging nanoparticles, which scientists long have hoped would one day open the door to super-strength building materials and super-efficient electrical conductors, now is giving way to reality – for instance, the 2004 Chevrolet Impala's side body moldings incorporated what is termed a nano-enabled composite material.

The 28 students in the program just completed their first semester of work. Students completing the two-year associate's degree program do three semesters at CVTC and finish up with a final term at the University of Minnesota. The college partnered with Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, Minn., to develop the program's curriculum. Studying the basics of quantum theory and atomic properties, students go on in the first semester to study some of the basic tools of nanotechnology, including scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and scanning probe microscopes (SPMs)...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

New technique may speed DNA analysis


Just as the printing press revolutionized the creation of reading matter, a "nano-printing" technique developed at MIT could enable the mass production of nano-devices currently built one at a time.

The most immediate candidate for this innovation is the DNA microarray, a nano-device used to diagnose and understand genetic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, viral illnesses such as AIDS, and certain types of cancer. The ability to mass produce these complex devices would make DNA analysis as common and inexpensive as blood testing, and thus greatly accelerate efforts to discover the origins of disease.

The demand for ever-shrinking devices of ever-increasing complexity in areas from biomedicine to information technology has spurred several research efforts toward high-resolution, high-throughput nano-printing techniques. Professor Francesco Stellacci and graduate student Arum Amy Yu, both in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, have developed a printing method that is unmatched in both information content per printing cycle and resolution. They achieved the latter using what Yu calls "nature's most efficient printing technique: the DNA/RNA information transfer."...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

BC scientists coax gold particles to emit light strong enough to view single nanoparticles


CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- Researchers in the laboratory of Boston College Chemistry Professor John T. Fourkas have demonstrated that gold particles comparable in size to a molecule can be induced to emit light so strongly that it is readily possible to observe a single nanoparticle. Fourkas, in collaboration with postdoctoral researcher Richard Farrer and BC undergraduates Francis Butterfield and Vincent Chen, coaxed the particles into strong emission of visible light using a technique called multiphoton absorption induced luminescence (MAIL).

The most efficient gold nanoparticles could be observed at laser intensities lower than those commonly used for multiphoton imaging, in which specific tissues or cells -- cancer cells, for example -- are fluorescently-labeled using special stains that enable them to be studied.

"One of the most exciting aspects of this technique is that it paves the way for being able to observe behavior in living tissues at the single molecule level," said Fourkas. "The fluorescent molecules commonly used in multiphoton imaging give out only a limited amount of light, 'burn out' quickly under continuous observation, and are prone to blinking on and off...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Marine Sponge Yields Nanoscale Secrets That May Have Hi-Tech Applications, Report UCSB Scientists


Santa Barbara, CA, --- The simple marine sponge is inspiring cutting-edge research in the design of new materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A report about these exciting new results involving the use of gold nanoparticles is the cover story of the current issue of the scientific journal, Advanced Materials . The article is written by Daniel E. Morse , professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at UCSB, and director of the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies , and his research group. The authors include postdoctoral fellow, David Kisailus (first author), and graduate students Mark Najarian and James C. Weaver.

The simple sponge fits into the palm of your hand, and proliferates in the ocean next to the UCSB campus, said Morse. "When you remove the tissue you're left with a handful of fiberglass needles as fine as spun glass or cotton. This primitive skeleton supports the structure of the sponge, and we've discovered how this glass is made biologically." ...read the wave


Nano Energy : USA

Quantum Dot Materials Can Reduce Heat, Boost Electrical Output


Golden, Colo. — Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have shown that nanotechnology may greatly increase the amount of electricity produced by solar cells.

In a paper published in a May issue of the American Chemical Society's Nano Letters journal, an NREL team found that tiny "nanocrystals," also known as "quantum dots," produce as many as three electrons from one high energy photon of sunlight. When today's photovoltaic solar cells absorb a photon of sunlight, the energy gets converted to at most one electron, and the rest is lost as heat.

The research demonstrates the potential for solar, or photovoltaic, cells that reduce wasteful heat and maximize the amount of the sun's energy that is converted to electricity—a key step toward making solar energy more cost-competitive with conventional power sources.

The NREL research team, led by Arthur Nozik, included Randy Ellingson, Matt Beard, Justin Johnson, Pingrong Yu, and Olga Micic, and worked in collaboration with theorists Alexander Efros and Andrew Shabaev of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.

The findings are further confirmation of pioneering work by Nozik, who in 2000 predicted that quantum dots could increase the efficiency of solar cells, through a process now termed...read the wave


Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 83


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


Nano Products : USA

Indium Phosphide-based, Molecular Plated T2-MP EviTags in Deep Red Colors Offer Benefits for Life Science Research


Evident Technologies have introduced the first commercially available non heavy-metal quantum dot product for life science research, its Molecular Plate T2-MP EviTags.

"To our knowledge, these are the first commercially available bright, long-lasting, quantum dots that do not contain heavy metals, and they represent a real advance in our field," said Clinton Ballinger, Ph.D., CEO of Evident Technologies. "We expect continued use and testing of these EviTags fluorescent labels to open new avenues for life science research."

"The T2-MP EviTags offer a potential range of benefits over traditional quantum dots, especially the possibility of lower toxicity, and, when further developed, a wider range of colors into the near infrared," said Ballinger. "They can also open up potentially vast markets in the European Union and Japan, where researchers have been hesitant to experiment with traditional quantum dots since they typically contain heavy metals that require special handling."

Evident's T2-MP EviTags feature three significant developments: a new ternary (a three component) core material system, new molecular plating shells, and a natural coating on the outer layer...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Industrial Nanotech Launches Nansulate Translucent Product Line


NAPLES, Fla., (PRIMEZONE) -- Industrial Nanotech Inc., (Other OTC: INTK.PK - News ), an emerging nanotechnology-based solutions provider, announces the introduction of the Nansulate(tm) Translucent product line consisting of the Nansulate GP and Nansulate PT. Nansulate(tm) Translucent is an industrial grade coating which provides both insulation and anti-corrosion protection and is designed for higher performance applications commonly seen in industries such as the maritime, petroleum refinery and shipbuilding industries among others.

Industrial Nanotech participates in nanotechnology research and development with the world's leading scientists and laboratories in an effort to create patented technologies and products. The Company began product sales in April of 2004 and is now releasing a second generation of products possessing greatly enhanced performance characteristics.

Nansulate(tm) Translucent can be easily applied with an airless sprayer at low pressure, a roller, or a paint brush and can be painted over with a water-based paint. Additionally, the coatings do not lose their insulation value due to moisture, mold and dust. The translucent color of the coatings provides for visual inspection of the substrate which is critical for equipment inspections required in many industries, particularly the oil and gas pipeline industry...read the wave


Nano Education : USA

UAlbany NanoTech College Ranked Among Top Universities for Nano and Microtechnology by Small Times Magazine


Albany, NY- The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany - SUNY, the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the study of nanoscale scientific concepts, was ranked among the top universities in the nation for nanotechnology in a recent ranking compiled by Small Times Magazine.  Small Times is the leading trade publication covering nanotechnology, microtechnology and MEMS/NEMS research.

"With nanotechnology driving every aspect of our society with exciting new innovations, we are very proud that Small Times has recognized the UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - after just one year in existence - as one of the leaders in this field alongside institutions like MIT and Stanford," said Alain E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Administrative officer of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.  "Over the course of the next several years, the UAlbany NanoTech College will continue to expand and innovate in order to achieve our goal of being the world's top institution for nanoscale science education and research."...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

A Few Steps Closer to Nanoscale Photonic Technology


BERKELEY, CA – One day our electronic technology, which is based on the manipulation of electrons, could be supplanted by photonics, which is based on the manipulation of light waves (photons). If the promise of photonic technology is realized, the high-speed processing and movement of data today will seem so sludgelike, people of the future will wonder how we ever got anything done. Photonic technology is still a long way down the road but the goal is a few steps closer now.

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley, working with free-standing, chemically synthesized nanowires and nanoribbons, have been able to guide pulses of laser light through a variety of complex structures. They have even, for the first time ever, been able to send those pulses within a liquid...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK + India

India the next Nanotech Superpower ?


Mumbai, —YASHNANOTECH, a division of Yash Management & Satellite Ltd., and UK-based Cientifica Ltd. have announced details of a joint venture designed to unlock India's nanotechnology potential. The two companies will cooperate to provide services spanning the entire nanotechnology value chain, from supporting commercialization of research, giving companies access to contract R&D facilities, and financing and supporting new ventures.

Cientifica CEO Tim Harper explains "As a result of the billions of dollars invested in academic nanoscience research since 2000, these nanotechnologies are available, right now, which offer a significant opportunity for the Indian manufacturing community to make better, faster, greener and cheaper products while improving margins and gaining market share. Given the huge amount of world class nanoscience being performed in India , we aim to leverage the financial and technical expertise of the joint venture to enable India to become a nanotechnology superpower, from contract research to manufacturing." ...read the wave


Nano Medicine : France + UK+ USA

Researchers develop assay that could be applied to drug screening


New Haven, Conn. -- Using state of the art imaging technology a team from Yale School of Medicine has glimpsed one of the cell's most important 'nano-machines' in action. The work, performed in collaboration with English and French scientists, provides new insight into the machinery cells use to internalize cell surface receptors.

All cells traffic protein cargos across their outer membrane, and one of the most important routes for cargo internalization is clathrin mediated endocytosis (CME). CME is of fundamental importance for many cellular activities including receptor down-regulation, nutrient uptake and maintenance of signal transmission across nerve cell junctions. Mis-regulation of CME has been implicated in some types of cancer and neuro-degenerative disease and the protein machinery of CME has been co-opted by several viruses, including rabies, as a means of entry into healthy cells...read the wave

Nano Products : USA

CMU Smartzone Company's Breakthrough Process Makes Precise Dendrimers Available at Low Cost


Precise dendrimer nanostructures are available at low cost for commercial applications because of a breakthrough by a company at Central Michigan University.

Priostar™ dendrimers, created by Dendritic NanoTechnologies Inc. at CMU's Center for Applied Research and Technology, may be used as nanoscale building blocks in the medical, food and agriculture, energy, electronics, environmental and industrial safety, personal, household, chemical, and manufacturing markets.

Dendrimers are sphere-shaped nanostructures that can be precisely engineered to carry molecules — either encapsulated in the interior or attached to the surface. The size and shape of a dendrimer is determined by shells, called generations, which are grown around the core structure. The reactivity of the dendrimer is determined by its surface chemical functionality together with size and shape. Until dendrimers reach a certain generation, other functions cannot be added to them.

Priostar™ dendrimers radically change the economics of nanotechnology and have broad commercial applications. They share and improve the physical properties of the original PAMAM dendrimers that were invented about 25 years ago by DNT president and chief technology officer Donald Tomalia while he was at The Dow Chemical Co...read the wave

Tools of the Trade : USA

World's First UV 'Ruler' Sizes Up Atomic World


The world's most accurate "ruler" made with extreme ultraviolet light has been built and demonstrated with ultrafast laser pulses by scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The new device, which consistently generates pulses of light lasting just femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second, or millionths of a billionth of a second) in the ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum, is described in the May 20 issue of Physical Review Letters.*

The device is expected to become an important tool for ultraprecise measurements in many fields of science including chemistry, physics and astronomy. A ruler made with shorter wavelengths of light makes it possible to "see" more precise differences than ever before in the energy levels of light emissions that identify specific atoms, in the timing of chemical reactions, or, if additional applications are developed, in the dimensions of certain nanometer-scale objects...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

After quantum dots, now come glowing 'Cornell dots,' for biological tagging, imaging and optical computing


IITHACA, N.Y. -- Move over, quantum dots. Make way for the new kids on the block -- brightly glowing nanoparticles dubbed "Cornell dots."

By surrounding fluorescent dyes with a protective silica shell, Cornell University researchers have created fluorescent nanoparticles with possible applications in displays, biological imaging, optical computing, sensors and microarrays such as DNA chips. These are all applications for which quantum dots have been used or are being considered. But the new Cornell nanoparticles offer an appealing alternative because of their greater chemical inertness and reduced cost.

"People have done superb experiments with quantum dots that were not previously possible," says Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell associate professor of materials science and engineering. "Hopefully Cornell dots will serve the same purpose and offer new possibilities." There are also some interesting physics questions about how the new dots work, he adds.

Since optical microscopes can't resolve individual molecules, and electron microscopes can't be used on living organisms, biologists often tag organic molecules with fluorescent dyes in order to track their movements through biological processes, such as the action of enzymes inside a living cell. While it can't see the molecules, an optical microscope can track the bright light given off by the dye...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

From attograms to Daltons: Cornell NEMS device detects the mass of a single DNA molecule


Ithaca, NY, --- Some people are never satisfied. First, nanotechnology researchers at Cornell University built a device so sensitive it could detect the mass of a single bacterium--about 665 femtograms. Then they built one that could sense the presence of a single virus -- about 1.5 femtograms. Now, with a refined technique, they have detected a single DNA molecule, weighing in at 995,000 Daltons -- a shade more than 1 attogram -- and can even count the number of DNA molecules attached to a single receptor by noting the difference in mass.

The devices, which fall in the class of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), could be made even more sensitive through increased miniaturization, the researchers say...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

Making the big step from electronics to photonics by modulating a beam of light with electricity


ITHACA, N.Y. -- Much of our electronics could soon be replaced by photonics, in which beams of light flitting through microscopic channels on a silicon chip replace electrons in wires. Photonic chips would carry more data, use less power and work smoothly with fiber-optic communications systems. The trick is to get electronics and photonics to talk to each other...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Researchers use Nanotechnology to Find Tumors Before They are Visible in Conventional MRI


ARLINGTON, Va., -- Biomedical engineers have used nanotechnology to find human melanoma tumors in mice while the growths are still invisible to conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Earlier detection can potentially increase the effectiveness of treatment. This is especially true with melanoma, which begins as a highly curable disorder, then progresses into an aggressive and deadly disease.

A second benefit of the approach is that the same nanoparticles used to find the tumors could potentially deliver stronger doses of anti-cancer drugs directly to the tumor site with fewer side effects.

Samuel Wickline, M.D., professor of medicine, physics, biomedical engineering and cellular physiology at Washington University in St. Louis, and his colleague, Gregory Lanza, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, have detected tumors as small as a couple of millimeters in diameter.

"This technique may be employed to noninvasively detect very small regions of angiogenesis associated with nascent melanoma tumors," the researchers reported in a recent issue of the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine...read the wave


Nano Energy : China

H2OIL Corporation Announces "Second Generation" Nanotechnology


In a recent ceremony in Beijing, H2OIL and PetroChina's Huafu Oilfield Chemical Company announced that they had signed a joint venture agreement to build a nanotechnology fuel additive manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China.

This production facility can make up to 10,000 tons per year of H2OIL's cutting edge "F2-21" fuel additives. This will be enough to treat 25 billion gallons of fuel per year, or about 70% of China's entire domestic demand for gasoline and diesel fuel.

Richard Hicks, President of H2OIL Corporation said...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Arrowhead Research Corporation Acquires Early Nanosensor Patent Portfolio


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ARWR - News ; NASDAQ: ARWRW - News ) have announced that it has acquired a suite of patent and patent applications covering nanosensor technology developed by Dr. Hermann Gaub, a Professor of Biophysics at the Center for Nanoscience at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. Arrowhead and its subsidiaries now own or have licenses to over 250 U.S. and international patents and patent applications.

"Nanosensors are expected to radically change the way we diagnose disease. Now, we go to the doctor's office to have large samples of blood taken and then wait for days to get the results from a remote laboratory," said R. Bruce Stewart, President of Arrowhead. "With a nanosensor-enabled device, tests could be performed with a single drop of blood - and the results obtained within minutes."

The portfolio covers techniques for measuring biomolecular interactions by single-molecule force spectroscopy. As reported in "Science" in 2003, the devices are sensitive enough to detect single-base pair mismatches of DNA and have demonstrated significant improvement over state-of-the-art instrumentation...read the wave

Nano Funding : USA

DuPont Announces Additional $25 Million Funding for DuPont MIT Alliance. $60 Million Total is the Largest Corporate R&D Investment at MIT


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., —  DuPont Chief Technology Officer Thomas M. Connelly Jr. joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Susan Hockfield and Provost Robert A. Brown have to announced continued funding of the DuPont MIT Alliance (DMA), a research program focused on creating innovative, next-generation materials.

Originally funded in 2000 as a five-year, $35 million investment, Connelly announced today that DuPont will contribute another $25 million to continue funding through 2010. This 10-year, $60 million commitment makes the DMA the largest corporate R&D investment at MIT.

"The successes and experiences of the Alliance warrant our continued funding," Connelly said. "In 2000, we asked MIT scientists to give us their best ideas on science that could enhance our everyday lives. The response and resulting research has led to significant scientific achievements. These first five years focused on inventing new materials using nature and biology as the design roadmap. The second stage of the Alliance will expand the collaborative capabilities of DuPont and MIT beyond bio-based science to also include nanocomposites, nanoelectronic materials, alternative energy technologies, and next generation safety and protection materials." ...read the wave


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Nano Research : USA

A V6 Engine for the Nano-Age


The world of the very small is about to receive a very powerful engine. Berkeley Lab scientists have created the world's smallest electric motor that may someday power nanoscale devices that walk, crawl, swim, and fly.

Although it is too early too determine what the motor will propel — perhaps probes that deliver disease-fighting drugs inside the body or winging nanobots that sniff out explosives — it packs a big kick in its tiny frame. The motor measures only 200 nanometers long (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter), but its power density is 100 million times greater than that of a 225-horsepower V6 engine. It draws its enormous power from surface tension, the same cohesive force between liquid molecules that allows bubbles to form and insects to walk on water...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Solar to Fuel: Catalyzing the Science


In the past 150 years, burgeoning industrialization has increased carbon in the atmosphere by 40 percent and driven a continuing rise in global temperatures. The trend won't stop soon. Among the consequences: rising sea levels, increased air pollution, and more hurricanes, floods, and droughts. Meanwhile, the age of cheap oil and gas has come to an end.

In the short term humans urgently need to use energy more efficiently, and we need to stop putting carbon straight into the air. More important for the long term, we need to find or create ways to use energy that don't release any carbon at all.

Soon after taking over as director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in mid-2004, Steven Chu noted that one of the Lab's greatest strengths lay in its potential to mobilize multidisciplinary scientific programs to develop carbon-neutral sources of energy. In the spring of 2005 Chu convened a meeting of Lab researchers and expert guests whom he invited to tackle what he called the "hardest questions" confronting the effort to turn sunlight into abundant, dependable, cheap, and convenient chemical fuels and electricity for human use. Following are a sampling of just some of the ideas discussed at Solar to Fuel: Future Challenges and Solutions...read the wave


Nano Biz : Iran + Malaysia

Scapura Makes Inroad Into Iran


KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) -- Sapura Automotive Industries Sdn Bhd (SAISB), hoped to further tap into the growing Iranian and regional automotive markets with the recent signing of the Completion of the Joint Venture (JV) Agreement of Isfahan Fanarsazan Co between Sapura, I.S. Gostar (M) Sdn Bhd and Ikad Research & Production Co.

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sapura Industrial Bhd, also signed a Certificate of Final Acceptance for the completion of a production line complete with automation for Isfahan Fanarsazan Co to manufacture automotive Stabilizer Bars, Sapura said in a statement released, here Wednesday.

Both signings were held in conjunction with the Iran Malaysian Exchange 2005 (IMEX '05) which was held in Esfahan, Iran and officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the Governor of Esfahan, Mahmoud Husseini...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Scientists develop novel multi-color light-emitting diodes


LOS ALAMOS, N.M., -- A team of University of California scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed the first completely inorganic, multi-color light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based on colloidal quantum dots encapsulated in a gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor. The work represents a new "hybrid" approach to the development of solid-state lighting. Solid-state lighting offers the advantages of reduced operating expenses, lower energy consumption and more reliable performance.

In research published in the current issue of the scientific journal Nano Letters, the team reports on the first successful demonstration of electroluminescence from an all-inorganic, nanocrystal-based architecture where semiconductor nanocrystals are incorporated into a p-n junction formed from semiconducting GaN injection layers. The new LEDs utilize a novel type of color-selectable nanoemitters, colloidal quantum dots, and makes use of emerging GaN manufacturing technologies.

According to Klimov, who leads the nanocrystal-LED research effort, "numerous technologies could benefit from energy efficient, color-selectable solid-state lighting sources ranging from automotive and aircraft instrument displays to traffic signals and computer displays. Semiconductor nanocrystals, known also as quantum dots, are attractive nanoscale light emitters that...read the wave


Nano Report : USA

PCAST Releases First Report on Nanotechnology R&D

Report Finds U.S. to be Global Leader in Nanotechnology Research and Development


WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire/ -- The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) have released the report, The National Nanotechnology Initiative at Five Years: Assessment and Recommendations of the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel. The report is PCAST's first assessment of the Federal Government's nanotechnology research efforts in its role as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel (NNAP). President Bush designated PCAST as the NNAP by Executive Order in July 2004, thereby fulfilling the requirement in the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 (the Act) to name an outside advisory body. The Act calls upon the NNAP to report on the Federal nanotechnology program at least every two years.

"This report is a thoughtful and highly informative assessment on the current status of the United States' research programs for nanotechnology," said John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to President George W. Bush and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy. "The U.S. is currently the world leader in nanotechnology, but our international competitors are aggressively developing their own programs in this area. PCAST and its Technical Advisory Group are performing an important service in monitoring Federal programs in this exciting field."...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Solaris Nanosciences Receives Funding from World Gold Council for Enhanced Liquid Crystal Displays


PROVIDENCE, R.I., /PRNewswire/ -- Solaris Nanosciences, developer and manufacturer of nanomaterials to significantly enhance optical response in large market applications, have announces that the World Gold Council is providing funding to pursue Solaris' anisotropic gold nanorod technology for improved Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs). These nanoscale rod structures, or nanorods, when incorporated into liquid crystals are expected to improve display viewing angle performance of televisions, mobile phones and cameras. The same technology could help to restore the vision of people suffering from retinal diseases.

"We are excited to be working with the support of the World Gold Council in this application of our nanomaterials for improved LCDs," said Dr. Nabil M. Lawandy, CEO of Solaris Nanosciences. "The funding will accelerate the commercialization of our nanostructure additives for higher performance displays. This effort will also directly benefit the development of our gold- based materials for restoring visual acuity in patients suffering from retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)."...read the wave


Nano Research : Germany

German research is thriving, says Research Minister


German research is flourishing and the country's businesses are among the most innovative in Europe, says German Research Minister Edelgard Bulmahn.

Speaking in front of the German parliament on the state of German Research on 13 May, Ms Bulmahn outlined the government's plans for Germany's research system and explained that the country is a leader on the world stage in cutting edge technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.

'Production in research-intensive industries is experiencing faster growth than in other sectors,' Ms Bulmahn told the parliament. Germany exports 15.6 per cent of the world's research-intensive goods, second only to the US, and files more patents than the US, UK or France, added Ms Bulmahn.

In the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), Germany has increased its participation by some 21 per cent compared to the previous programme, and has been heavily involved in the design of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), said the Research Minister. 'The European Commission took on many of our suggestions,' she stated...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Dendritic NanoTechnologies Announces New Low-Cost Family of Precision Nanostructures


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., /PRNewswire/ -- Dendritic NanoTechnologies Inc. (DNT), a technology company that develops advanced dendritic polymers used to produce commercial products, have announced a patent-pending development: a new family of scalable, precision dendrimer nanostructures. The new technology, developed by DNT, is called Priostar(TM) and offers a significant advantage over other precision nanostructures by reducing the complexity and duration of the synthesis process. The new Priostar family of scalable, precision dendrimers breaks through previous cost barriers and addresses industry needs for nanostructures that can be manufactured in high volumes at costs attractive for a wide variety of uses.

"Our new Priostar dendrimers, as nanoscale building blocks, radically change the current economics of nanotechnology. They place DNT in the enviable position of controlling a dominant nanoscale platform with many applications in multiple billion-dollar markets," said Robert Berry, DNT's chief executive officer. "This new technology is a potentially disruptive technology since it will establish a new price point for an essential technology. Furthermore, Priostar extends DNT's patent estate while accelerating commercialization of our dendrimer technology."....read the wave


Nano Book : In Dutch

Nieuw boek over biomedische nanotechnologie voor leken


“Nanotechnologie” is een nieuw woord dat opduikt in de media. Maar weinig mensen begrijpen wat het is en wat je ermee kunt. Er schijnen ook toepassingen van te zijn in nieuwe medicijnen of medische hulpmiddelen. Maar welke precies en welke keuzes er gemaakt worden in de technologie ontwikkeling en de omgang met maatschappelijke aspecten en risico's blijft onzichtbaar voor niet-deskundigen. Nu is uw kans om daarachter te komen.

De CRC press in Boca Raton, VS, publiceerde onlangs een bundel over technologische ontwikkelingen in biomedische nanotechnologie in hun maatschappelijke context. De Utrechtse onafhankelijke onderzoekster drs. Ineke (Neelina Hermina) Malsch, directeur van Malsch TechnoValuation is redacteur en mede-auteur. Dr Mihail Roco, leider van het Amerikaanse National Nanotechnology Initiative schreef de inleiding. Een keur aan vooraanstaande onderzoekers uit Europa, de VS en Japan werkte eraan mee, waaronder professor John Jansen van de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen en zijn collega's. Het Engelstalige boek is geschreven voor een algemeen publiek op academisch niveau...read the wave


18-05- 2005
Nano Biz : Czech Republic + Ireland

Czech Nanofibre Technology Firm Inks Deal with Irish Alltracel


Czech nanofibre technology specialist Elmarco has signed an agreement to develop the next-generation delivery platform of Irish pharma company Alltracel 's m-doc blood coagulation technology. Alltracel already has agreements for the use of its m-doc technology in wound-care products in the French and US markets.

The deal with Alltracel could prove to be a lucky break into biomaterials development for the Czech technology firm. Elmarco has so far been predominantly involved in the textilesindustry, although its collaboration with the Technical University of Liberic resulted in the development of a patented process of spinning polymers into nano-size fibres. As these are thought to have applications in a range of biomedical products, the Czech firm could quickly become an attractive partner for biopharmaceutical and medical equipment players, especially if the Alltracel development agreement succeeds.
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Nano Research : USA

Like the Famous Doughboy, Nanotubes Give When Poked


Atlanta — Smaller, faster computers, bullet proof t-shirts and itty-bitty robots, such are the promises of nanotechnology and the cylinder-shaped collection of carbon molecules known as nanotubes. But in order for these exciting technologies to hit the marketplace (who wouldn't want an itty-bitty robot), scientists must understand how these miracle-molecules perform under all sorts of conditions. For, without nanoscience, there would be no nanotechnology.

In a recent study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with colleagues from the IBM Watson Research Center and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, found that while nanotubes are extremely stiff when pulled from the ends, they give when poked in the middle. The larger the radius, the softer they become...read the wave


Nano Electronics : South Korea

SAMSUNG Electronics Announces New Diagnostic Software to Reduce Design Time for Nano-class ICs


SEOUL , Korea : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has developed new diagnostic software for nano-class semiconductor products . The new diagnostic software ESCORT (Estimation of Chip Performance on Process Tolerance) / SRSIM (Samsung Reliability Simulator) assesses the semiconductor circuit design for potential errors in the early stage s of designing nanometer-scale circuitry.

The new software can perform simulation in the preliminary design stage, detecting any potential design errors before moving on to the prototype stage. This will result in greatly reinforcing production of high-quality memory products, a nd reducing valued development time and cost.

Samsung's ESCORT software can significantly increase wafer yield s through the careful simulation in the early stag es of the product development cycle. The Samsung SRSIM can estimate when the performance of transistors in the memory chip circuits might deteriorate after a series of designated time-lapses...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Introgen's Nanoparticle Cancer Therapy INGN 401 Demonstrates Promise in the Treatment of Lung Cancer


ORLANDO, Fla., RNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Introgen Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: INGN) have provided an update of its ongoing clinical development of INGN 401, a nanoparticle formulation of the tumor suppressor gene FUS1. New preclinical data highlighting the potential of INGN 401 alone and in combination with Iressa(R) (Gefitinib) in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer were reported. The data were presented today (Abstract #7081) at the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Orlando. Introgen researchers and their colleagues at The M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are conducting the studies of INGN 401.

"The preclinical data presented today are very encouraging because they suggest that INGN 401 may have utility as a monotherapy and may also help to improve chemotherapy response rates in patients with lung cancer," said Sunil Chada, Ph.D., associate vice president, Clinical Research at Introgen. "The five-year survival of patients with non-small cell lung cancer is only 15 percent, and these patients have significant unmet medical needs...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Engineers Improve Plastic's Potential for Use in Implants By Discovering Way to Link It to Biological Materials


Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have found a way to modify a plastic to anchor molecules that promote nerve regeneration, blood vessel growth or other biological processes.

In the study led by Dr. Christine Schmidt, the researchers identified a piece of protein from among a billion candidates that could perform the unusual feat of attaching to polypyrrole, a synthetic polymer (plastic) that conducts electricity and has shown promise in biomedical applications. When the protein piece, or peptide, was linked to a smaller protein piece that human cells like to attach to, polypyrrole gained the ability to attach to cells grown in flasks in the laboratory.

“It will be very useful from a biomedical standpoint to be able to link factors to polypyrrole in the future that stimulate nerve growth or serve other functions,” said Schmidt, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the university...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

Ecology Coatings Licenses Ultraviolet Curable Coating Technology to Red Spot


Akron, OH, M--- Ecology Coatings Inc., a leading provider of nano-engineered ultraviolet curable coatings, and Red Spot Paint & Varnish, have announced that Ecology Coating granted Red Spot a license to manufacture and sell a proprietary product for use in applications in North America. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

"From the beginning, we saw tremendous potential in collaborating with Ecology Coatings," said Tim Tanner, UV product manager, Red Spot. "With Ecology Coatings' breakthrough 100 percent liquid solids, UV curable technology and Red Spot's premier UV curable manufacturing and processing technology, this licensing agreement was a natural fit. As longtime leaders in the UV curable coating market, Red Spot already has the complete infrastructure in place to launch and supply the company's innovative coatings technology."

Ecology Coatings' proprietary coatings deliver superior performance and enable...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : UK



As part of a four-year collaborative project investigating ultra precision surfaces, Cranfield University has acquired a reactive atom plasma figuring system.

The system, developed by RAPT Industries in the USA, will play a key role in improving the speed of manufacture of the ultra-precise optics which interlock to produce the large telescopic mirrors used to look for Earth-like planets near to far-away stars.

Professor Paul Shore, Professor of Ultra Precision Technologies, said: "In precision production engineering terms, the manufacture of segments for the next generation of large telescope designs is probably the most significant precision engineering challenge we have seen. The aim is to produce ultra-precision surfaces at 10 times the accuracy and with ten times greater speed than we are currently able to do...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : UK

New downloadable protein characterization brochure for Malvern's Zetasizer Nano


A new freely downloadable brochure available on the Malvern Instruments website provides extensive information on the many applications of the company's Zetasizer Nano system for the study of proteins. Detailed information about protein applications is also available on the protein section of the company's website.

Optimized for the characterization of proteins in solution, the Zetasizer Nano features advanced light scattering technology and offers the highest sensitivity and accuracy of any system available. The brochure illustrates its use for protein size and molecular weight measurement, screening for protein crystallization conditions, determining aggregates, and measuring melting points. Also described is the way the system can be used to monitor changes over time, pH and sample concentration, for instance.

The brochure is available at http://www.malvern.co.uk/common/downloads/MRK653-01.pdf or via www.malvern.co.uk/proteins


17-05- 2005
Nano Research : USA

Nanotube water doesn't freeze — even at hundreds of degrees below zero


ARGONNE, Ill. — A new form of water has been discovered by physicists in Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) Division. Called nanotube water, these molecules contain two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom but do not turn into ice — even at temperatures near absolute zero.

Instead, inside a single wall tube of carbon atoms less than 2 nanometers, or 2 billionths of a meter wide, the water forms an icy, inner wall of water molecules with a chain of liquid-like water molecules flowing through the center. This occurs at 8 Kelvins, which is minus 509 Fahrenheit. As the temperature rises closer to room temperature, the nanotube water gradually becomes liquid.

Researchers ranging from biologists to geologists and materials scientists are interested in water's behavior in tightly confined spaces controlled by hydrophobic – water repulsing – materials because this situation is found in nature, for example when tiny roots carry water to plants. Some membrane proteins also face this challenge, including aquaporin, which controls water flow through cell walls...read the wave


Nano Products : USA

Wound Management

Smith & Nephew receives US FDA clearance for ACTICOAT° Moisture Control


Smith & Nephew's US Advanced Wound Management division today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has given clearance of its newest absorbent antimicrobial barrier dressing, ACTICOAT° Moisture Control.

The clearance and introduction of ACTICOAT° Moisture Control complements the company's existing ACTICOAT° range. These are the only wound care products to feature the patented Silcryst nanocrystalline silver technology that provides antimicrobial barrier protection.

ACTICOAT° Moisture Control was developed over the last two years, through collaboration between Smith & Nephew and NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals. Smith & Nephew launched the product at the SAWC Convention on April 22nd in San Diego, as an extension to the existing ACTICOAT° family...read the wave


Nano Textiles : Canada



Toronto, Ontario, Canada, -- Thomson Research Associates have announced the introduction of Ultra-Fresh Silpure , the new generation silver-based antimicrobial treatment for textiles. Ultra-Fresh Silpure enables textile manufacturers to add superior odor and fiber-degradation resistance to their products through the use of a powerful antimicrobial substance – metallic silver.

Ultra-Fresh Silpure , the newest development in the Ultra-Fresh® family of products, represents a breakthrough in the use of silver-based antimicrobials for the textile market. Ultra-Fresh Silpure is applied at the finishing stage for more complete protection of the fabric, and has been proven in tests to be consistently effective, with no tendency to cause discoloration.

The superior performance of this new generation silver-based antimicrobial has been achieved by combining application expertise developed over 50 years of Ultra-Fresh treatments with proprietary nanotechnology manufacturing processes for the metallic silver. The ultra-fine particles adhere more effectively to fibers for longer protection...read the wave


Nano Biz : Belgium

Nanocyl Moving from University Spin-Off to Semi-Industrial Company


SAMBREVILLE, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the inauguration of its new industrial reactor early March, Belgium-based company Nanocyl has become one of the global leaders in the carbon nanotube production.

In the presence of several representatives of the socio-economic, scientific and political scenes, Nanocyl inaugurated 2 months ago its new industrial reactor which enables the company to position itself as a leading player in the carbon nanotube production. Nanocyl specializes in the production and functionalization of nanotubes, enabling the company to integrate carbon nanotubes into metals, biomaterials and polymers.

Representing an investment of 2 million euros, the development of the new reactor is the first stage in a total investment program of over 5 million euros financed by a substantial capital increase, the receipt of a recoverable advance from the Walloon Region and an intervention of major banker Fortis Bank...read the wave

Nano Biotechnology : Greece

Acrongenomics Inc. Nano-JETA Real Time PCR Against 'Gold Standard' Real Time PCR


ATHENS, Greece--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Currently, molecular diagnostics market needs fast, personalized diagnosis, easy to handle methods, decreased cost and fast therapy decision without compromise in accuracy and reliability. Once these needs are covered a clear increase in growth rate of molecular diagnostics is expected. PCR applications in particular will reveal double-digit growth having the biggest share since PCR remains the workhorse for molecular genetic analysis.

Acrongenomics Inc. (OTCBB:AGNM) is currently conducting a clinical comparison study of its Nano-JETA(TM) Real Time PCR against the "gold standard", the common Real Time PCR technology, via the detection of Ep-CAM, HER1, HER2, vEGF and beta-actin genes in peripheral blood samples of 500 patients suffering from breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancer...read the wave

Nano Books : India

Book on Nanotechnology to be released

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Athi sookshma thalathile sadhyatayum prayogavum , the first book in an Indian regional language on Nanotechnology, will be released here on Monday.

The book, written by K Anvar Sadath, is the first title in the ‘New Knowledge Series' to be published by DC Books.

The book contains 16 chapters on Nanoscopes, Nanocomputer, Bucky balls, Carbon nanotubes, Nanotelevision, Millepede Chip, Nanoparticles, Electronic dresses, Solar cells, Teleportation, Smart bombs, Dendrimers, Cyborg, Super chips, More energy and India scenario.

The book also contains a detailed account of current nano products including...read the wave


Nano News : Israel

Self-assembling organic semiconductors reported


Israeli researchers have taken a page from nature's book to create self-assembling organic semiconductors. Unlike inorganic silicon semiconductors, organic materials are naturally self-assembling: All the complex development and growth experienced by living things evolved from the self-assembly of atomically precise organic materials. The researchers hope that, within two years, their semiconducting proteins, called "electronic peptides," could enable lighter, cheaper, lower-power, flexible electronics.

"Our aim is 100 percent control of electronic peptides," said Nir Tessler, a professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. "We want to prepare electronic peptides in the same precise way that electrical engineers at Intel or IBM prepare a silicon circuit."

By linking electronic peptides in protein chains like conventional polymers, Tessler's group plans to produce various organic semiconductors that can both emit and detect light. Emitting electronic peptides are predicted to enable foldable, color organic-LED displays with a higher resolution than possible with inorganic methods. Likewise, the self-assembling methods for detectors could enable...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Case School of Medicine and partners receive $4 million to make ‘smart nanoparticles'


The School of Medicine received $4 million in funding from the State of Ohio's Third Frontier Initiative for Targeted Nanoparticles for Imaging and Therapeutics (TNIP), which will support the development and commercialization of sub-atomic particles for the early detection of breast cancers and new therapies for hemophilia. Case Western Reserve University will work in collaboration with University Hospitals of Cleveland and local companies Cleveland NanoCrystals, Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc., Ferro Corp., and Ricera Biosciences, Inc. Principal investigator for TNIP is Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at Case and University Hospitals of Cleveland and senior associate dean for research at the School of Medicine.

Davis said the plan is to create smart nanoparticles that can accomplish several things...read the wave

Future Technology : Germany

AWACSS Hunts Hormones and Pesticides in Drinking Water


Siemens has developed a new portable analysis system for detecting harmful substances in bodies of water. As reported in the latest issue of the company's research magazine "Pictures of the Future", the suitcase-sized device can test samples on its own and send the results to a central server. Previously, the samples had to be collected by hand and subsequently analyzed in the laboratory. Part of an EU project, the system was developed by researchers from Corporate Technology in Erlangen, in collaboration with the University of Tübingen, the Water Technology Center in Karlsruhe and other partners. A model was recently displayed at the IFAT Environment and Waste Disposal trade fair in Munich.

The drinking water drawn from lakes, rivers and ground water wells is subject to regular quality checks in Germany. In addition, the testing of surface water is prescribed by the European Union. It often takes one to two days until the results of testing are available. With the AWACSS system (Automated Water Analyzer Computer Supported System), though, no more than 15 minutes is needed to check for 32 different substances, ranging from...read the wave


Apogee Technology Introduces Sensilica™ Miniature Pressure Sensors


Norwood, MA-- Apogee Technology, Inc. (AMEX: ATA), a global provider of integrated circuits and an emerging Micro-Electromechanical Systems (“MEMS”) sensor supplier, have announced the introduction of its Sensilica™ family of “all silicon” pressure sensors. The Company believes its first MEMS products have considerable size, cost, performance and reliability advantages compared to existing solutions. In addition to its first Sensilica product now being sampled to customers, Apogee plans to introduce six new Sensilica designs in 2005 to meet a wide range of pressure sensor applications including industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and HVAC.

The key advantages of Apogee's Sensilica sensors are derived from the novel manufacturing approach and design methodology that reduces sensor size by a factor of four compared to most existing solutions. Apogee believes that this simplified “all silicon” approach will significantly reduce cost and improve the reliability by eliminating the need to use multiple components to create a pressure sensor. In addition to the size and cost benefits, the Company expects Sensilica sensors to be very robust, significantly reducing the potential of failure when the sensor is subjected to excessive pressure levels...
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Nano News : China + EU

China, EU see over 400 sci-tech cooperation programs


China would step up cooperation with the EU in major programs and "big science" such as the Galileo satellite navigation positioning system; develop cooperation programs of global concern in high-tech areas such as energy sources (hydrogen power and nuclear fusion power), space, bio technologies, information technology, nano technology and aerospace as well as health medicine, environment and resources etc. Vice Minister of the Science and Technology Ministry Shang Yong made the above comments at the China-EU High-level Forum on Science and Technology Policy and Strategy held on Thursday.

The EU and its member states are important partners of China in international sci-tech cooperation. Since 1981 by the joint effort of China and the EU China-EU sci-tech cooperation system has been improving. Cooperation scale is expanding steadily and the content is constantly enriched. The result is remarkable...read the wave


Nano News : In Dutch

Nieuwsbrief Nanotechnologie 6


Nanotechnologie schept hoge economische verwachtingen en de Nederlandse regering investeert er flink in. De technologie brengt nieuwe en verbeterde producten binnen handbereik, variërend van zonnecrèmes tot ‘intelligente' medicijnen en sensoren om chemische wapens op te sporen. Toch zijn media, politiek en publiek er nauwelijks mee bekend, en dat terwijl de gevolgen voor de samenleving aanzienlijk kunnen zijn. Zo zet nanotechnologie onderwerpen op de agenda als de maakbaarheid van de mens of de vervaging van de grens tussen levende en dode materie. Het Rathenau Instituut wil daarom een open dialoog over nanotechnologie op gang brengen tussen wetenschap, overheid, bedrijfsleven en samenleving. Deze nieuwsbrief houdt u op de hoogte van de activiteiten...read the wave

Nano Biz : Australia

Nanotrade Inc, sign Master Distributor agreement for NanoSilver


NANOTRADE INC, Sydney Australia have sign Master Distributor agreement for Nano Silver.

Nanotrade Inc is a start up company started in Jan 2005 has materialized a deal with NANOGIST CO, LTD, SEOUL KOREA as a master distributor for their NANOSILVER products in Australia and Tasmania . NANOGIST CO LTD., a leading NANOSILVER manufacturing company has gained a reputation for being a No.1 Nanotechnology Company in Korea .

Nanosilver is Silver manufactured at an atomic scale between 5-25nm. It shows excellent anti-bacterial properties and kills 650 types of bacteria including eColi, SARS and bird-flu viruses. Nanosilver can be coated on surfaces, mixed with raw materials and consumed orally and safely to kills germs to provide a safe and healthy environment.

Nanosilver is non-toxic and comes in three types of colloids…read the wave


13-05- 2005
Nano Products : USA

UNC scientists develop promising new X-ray device using carbon nanotubes


CHAPEL HILL — Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a UNC start-up company, Xintek, Inc., have invented a new X-ray device based on carbon nanotubes that emits a scanning X-ray beam composed of multiple smaller beams while also remaining stationary.

As a result, the device can create images of objects from numerous angles and without mechanical motion, which is a distinct advantage for any machine since it increases imaging speed, can reduce the size of the device and requires less maintenance.

A report on the promising invention appears in this week’s issue (May 9) of Applied Physics Letters, a science and technology journal. The physicists already have received U.S. patents on elements of the work and expect more to be granted.

"This technology can lead to smaller and faster X-ray imaging systems for airport baggage screening and for tomographic medical imaging such as CT (computed tomography) scanners," said Dr. Otto Zhou, Lyle Jones distinguished professor of physics and materials sciences in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences...read the wave

Nano Products : Australia + USA

Nanotechnology Product for Car Windshields
Now Available in the USA


(PRWEB) -- Nanotec Pty Ltd based in Sydney, Australia have announced that the first innovative partner company is offering Nanoprotect ® Automotive Glass in the USA.

Windshield Welding Systems in Woodbridge, VA USA is offering the nanotechnology treatment for the automotive glass. The specialist in glass and clear plastic repair and restoration field is introducing the Nanotec treatments to the automotive industries, marine, emergency services and aviation in the U.S. They are also looking to include architectural glass protection for the building industry.

Nanoprotect ® Automotive Glass is a special nanotechnology product with a long-term effect on glass surfaces. The treatment, only about as thick as 20 nm (An atom of silver is about 1/4 nm diameter) repels water and dirt and provides a very easy to clean surface. Most conventional silicon based coatings have a film thickness between 10 and 500 micron. Nanoprotect ® Automotive Glass is between 500 and 25,000 times thinner than these coatings...read the wave

Quantum Computing : USA

NIST Demonstrates Key Step in Use of Quantum Computers for Code-Breaking


Boulder, Colo.—A crucial step in a procedure that could enable future quantum computers to break today's most commonly used encryption codes has been demonstrated by physicists at the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

As reported in the May 13 issue of the journal Science ,* the NIST team showed that it is possible to identify repeating patterns in quantum information stored in ions (charged atoms). The NIST work used three ions as quantum bits (qubits) to represent 1s or 0s—or, under the unusual rules of quantum physics, both 1 and 0 at the same time. Scientists believe that much larger arrays of such ions could process data in a powerful quantum computer. Previous demonstrations of similar processes were performed with qubits made of molecules in a liquid, a system that cannot be expanded to large numbers of qubits.

“Our demonstration is important, because it helps pave the way toward building a large-scale quantum computer,” says John Chiaverini, lead author of the paper. “Our approach also requires fewer steps and is more efficient than those demonstrated previously.”...read the wave

Nano Products : USA

Nanomix Delivers First Nanoelectronic Product to Market - Leveraging Sensation™ Detection Technology


EMERYVILLE, Calif., PRNewswire/ -- Nanomix Incorporated, a leading nanotechnology company that is commercializing a line of detection devices for industrial and biomedical applications, have announced that an ultra low-power, highly-specific hydrogen detection device based on Sensation(TM) detection technology is available for delivery. Concurrently, Nanomix has appointed KWJ Engineering as its first distributor, making this technology commercially available, with volume orders being accepted for the first time.

Nanomix has developed the world's first truly low-power, highly-specific industrial detection device -- one of the first products to market that harnesses features enabled by nanoelectronics. The Nanomix hydrogen detection device is designed to dramatically improve plant and first-responder safety in industrial settings through long-term monitoring of accidental accumulation of highly explosive hydrogen gas. The device, based on Sensation(TM) technology, has been through beta site testing over the past year. The device is very stable and highly-specific to hydrogen, which eliminates false alarms. This platform only requires nanowatts of power for detection, which enables wireless integration and easy deployment...read the wave

Nano Biz : EU + Russia

Russian and EU leaders adopt road map towards 'common space of research'


The political leaders of the European Union and the Russian Federation have taken a further step towards the creation of a 'Common space of research and education' between the two regions, with the adoption on 10 May of a road map for its implementation.

The road map was agreed during the 15th EU-Russia Summit in Moscow, hosted by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. Representing the EU were President of the European Council Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Javier Solana.

According to the document, the space for research and education (which also includes culture aspects) 'should reinforce people-to-people contacts, promote common values and contribute to increase the competitiveness of the EU and Russian economies.' It also notes the good cooperation that has already been fostered between the two partners, as evidenced by the renewal of the Science and Technology cooperation agreement in 2003...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : South Korea

Samsung Electronics Announces New Diagnostic Software to Reduce Design Time for Nano-class ICs


SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has developed new diagnostic software for nano-class semiconductor products. The new diagnostic software, ESCORT (Estimation of Chip Performance on Process Tolerance)/SRSIM (Samsung Reliability Simulator), assesses the semiconductor circuit design for potential errors in the early stages of designing nanometer-scale circuitry.

The new software can perform simulation in the preliminary design stage, detecting any potential design errors before moving on to the prototype stage. This will result in greatly reinforcing production of high-quality memory products, and reducing development time and costs...read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Saving virtual lives with nanobots goal of UH-led project

Computer science student to compete in world semifinals of microsoft competition


HOUSTON, – Building and controlling a team of nanobots to seek and destroy infected tissue within a simulated terminally ill patient, a University of Houston computer science student and his teammate have advanced to the 2005 Microsoft Imagine Cup world semifinals.

With two consecutive wins so far, Jonathan Dowdall, a UH graduate student, and Mike Hall, his collaborator, have advanced to round three of four in the visual gaming category with their Team ContAInment, the "AI" capitalized to represent artificial intelligence. An annual competition, the Microsoft Imagine Cup challenges participants to excel in one of nine IT-related categories and is designed to recognize students who demonstrate excellence in a diverse range of technical and artistic pursuits. According to Microsoft, entries are expected to address the competition theme to "imagine a world where technology dissolves the boundaries between us." ...read the wave

12-05- 2005
Nano Education : EU

Nanotechnology – a special case for training?


Europe needs an approach that fosters high-quality scientists and engineers while taking into account interdisciplinarity and innovation along with wider societal issues. This was the clear message from the first EC workshop dedicated to education and research training needs for nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

However, delegates emphasised that the educational issues are not necessarily unique to nanotechnology. Good practice can be found in other areas of research training and the new approaches established for ‘nano-training' should be applicable across other innovative research sectors.

Progress in nanotechnology has been rapid, but there is a major human resources issue looming. Education and training is essential to bring forward a new generation of researchers and other skilled workers with the flexible and interdisciplinary R&D approach that nanotechnology needs. Success in this new technology will underpin progress in a vast swathe of science and enterprise, so good interpersonal skills and an understanding of commerce are also required.

The first day of the workshop saw a number of plenary lectures setting the scene and giving viewpoints from industry, academia and the European Commission. New training ideas and initiatives at national and European level were described including contributions from the US and Japan....read the wave

Nano Research : USA

Vaults: From Biological Mystery to Nanotech Workhorse?


Naturally occurring nano-capsules, known as "vaults," could provide a whole new class of delivery vehicles for therapeutic drugs and DNA, according to recent research. Indeed, vaults could be used for a wide range of applications in nanotechnology--even though no one can figure out how nature itself uses them.

That's not for lack of trying. In the nearly two decades since vaults were discovered, researchers have found that these hollow, barrel-like structures circulate by the tens of thousands in just about every cell of the human body, as well as in the cells of monkeys, rats, frogs, electric rays and even slime molds. Vaults are presumably doing something worthwhile; otherwise, they never would have survived millions of years of evolution.

But when scientists breed mice that are genetically incapable of making the particles, the mice show no ill effects whatsoever. They just grow and thrive and eat their mouse pellets like lab mice the world over. Even their vault-free cells seem perfectly normal...read the wave


Nano Research : Germany

Undercover Tactics


Ever since the discovery of carbon nanotubes in the early 1990s, scientists and engineers have been fascinated by the possibilities for these little tubes made of organic materials in the fields of microelectronics, substance separation, and biomedicine. Freiburg researchers have now produced novel nanotube hybrids from peptides and polymers: nanotubes made of cyclic peptides are coated with a soft polymeric plastic shell.

Cyclic peptides are small molecules whose amino acid chains form a ring. The amino and acid groups, as well as the hydrogen atom can be arranged in two ways around the first carbon atom (known as the "alpha C-atom") of an amino acid. This allows the molecule to have
...read the wave

Nano News : EU

Nano2Life launches its first international expert survey on nanobiotech!


You are kindly invited to participate in an expert survey on future prospects in Nanobiotechnology. The survey is conducted as part of the Foresight task in the “Nano2Life” Network of Excellence, supported by the European Union. It's main objective is to identify priorities and realization prospects of the major developments in the field.

In the survey, you will be asked about your opinion regarding 20 statements describing anticipated application-oriented developments in Nanobiotechnology. 

The results of the survey will help to create a shared vision about the future of nano-bio research, taking into consideration technological barriers, public acceptance and market orientation. Your contribution is therefore very important and highly appreciated...read the wave

Nano Biz : Ireland + Czech Republic

Alltracel Signs Nanotechnology Development Partnership for m-doc™ Based Woundcare Applications


DUBLIN, Ireland and PRAGUE, Czech Republic PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alltracel Pharmaceuticals Plc., ("Alltracel", or "the Company"), (AIM: AP.L), the healthcare technology company focussed on the consumer woundcare, oral care and coronary health markets ,have announced the signing of a technology and product development agreement with nanofibre technology specialists ELMARCO s.r.o. ("Elmarco") of the Czech Republic for the development of a next generation delivery platform for Alltracel's m-doc(TM) technology.

Elmarco ( www.elmarco.cz/en_profil.php ) is a specialist R&D and manufacturing company specialising in advanced manufacturing for the semi-conductor components industry as well as equipment for industrial production of nanofibrous non-woven materials.

Together with the Textiles Faculty of the Technical University of Liberic, Elmarco have developed a novel, proprietary & patented process for spinning polymers into nano-scale fibres for a range of industrial, chemical, micro-electronic and bio-medical applications...read the wave

11-05- 2005
Nano Medicine : USA

US Nanotechnology Health Care Product Demand to Reach $6.5 Billion in 2009


Cleveland, OH --- Demand for nanotechnology health care products in the US is projected to increase nearly 50 percent per year to $6.5 billion in 2009. Gains will be led by the introduction of new, improved cancer and central nervous system therapies based on solubilization technologies. Diagnostic tests based on nanoarrays and quantum dots, and imaging agents based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles will also see strong growth. In spite of progress in introducing new products, the vast potential of nanotechnology in the health care field will not be fully realized for at least a decade as stringent regulatory barriers and technical complexities delay the commercialization of targeted drug delivery systems, tissue regenerators and other breakthrough products. However, by 2020, demand for nanotechnology health care products is projected to exceed $100 billion. These and other trends are presented in Nanotechnology in Health Care , a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based market research firm.

The need for new or improved medicines in several therapeutic areas will lead to the increasing use of nanotechnology in...read the wave


Nano Fuel Cells : USA

UC Riverside Researchers Aim to Make Fuel Cell Technology Commercially Viable


Researchers from UC Riverside Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering have published a paper on their research aimed at reducing the cost of producing fuel cells that have the potential to be a highly efficient zero emission energy source for powering cars, buses and homes.

The paper, titled Deposition Of Platinum Nanoparticles on Organic Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes Grown in Situ on Carbon Paper for Fuel Cells, is coauthored by Associate Professor Yushan Yan and graduate student Mahesh M. Waje, and postdoctoral students Xin Wang and Wenzhen Li, all of the UCR's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Center for Environmental Research and Technology.

The paper will appear in the July 2005 print version of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing journal Nanotechnology (Nano), .

Yan's work focuses on the use of carbon nanotubes – tiny tubes about 10,000 times thinner than a human hair - as catalyst support in fuel cells to reduce the need for platinum nanoparticles. The Pacific Fuel Cell Corporation and the UC Discovery Grant program support the research.

Fuel cell systems produce highly efficient, zero emission electrical energy. Ideally, chemicals continuously flow through the cells, making it a constant energy source...read the wave


Nano News : South Korea

Carbon Nanotube Techs Crop Up in Korea


South Korean scientists continue to make breakthroughs in potential-laden carbon nanotube, which is called a dream material of the future.

A team from Sungkyunkwan University, led by professor Lee Young-hee, said Tuesday they have invented a new way to harvest semiconducting nanotubes from metallic ones en masse.

``The yield rate amounts to 90 percent. We will open the untapped market of carbon nanotube semiconductors for terabit computers by increasing the rate to 100 percent,'' the 49-year-old Lee said.

Carbon nanotube refers to cylindrical carbon molecules, which are only a few nanometers wide. A nanometer is equal to 1 billionth of a meter.

It is billed as a futuristic substance thanks to its unique...read the wave


Nano Funding : Scotland

Glasgow helps secure the future of electronic design, with the help of £4.2 million funding


A major new tranche of funding has just been announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The awards are the first in the Science and Innovation Awards programme and will directly build the UK's research base in diverse areas such as energy research, physical organic chemistry, statistics, and electronics.

The University of Glasgow has achieved the greatest amount of funding. £4.2 million will go towards the creation of an Electronics Design Centre to advance the area of electronics and electrical engineering. Led by Professor David Cumming at the University's Electronics and Electrical Engineering department David Cumming explains:

'The Centre will establish a purpose built laboratory and recruit academics to deliver cutting-edge research that will enable new systems to emerge from nanoelectronic, optoelectronic and bio-electronic technologies...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Carnegie Mellon University chemists adapt casting technique to make ordered nanocarbons

Technique could revolutionize nanoelectronics manufacturing


PITTSBURGH--Carnegie Mellon University scientists have harnessed an experimental technology to produce polymer films with long-range-ordered nanostructure and easily convert them into highly ordered "nanocarbon arrays." Called zone casting, this technology could revolutionize the way industrial nanoelectronic components are made. The research findings are in press with the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

"We've found that zone casting produces highly organized polymer films that could serve as templates for creating ordered nanopatterns with other materials," said Tomasz Kowalewski, an assistant professor of chemistry who is leading the Carnegie Mellon team. "The technique could, for example, help produce data storage arrays with increased density and reliability." Kowalewski also expects that zone casting could produce materials for other nanoelectronic devices, like field emission arrays.

To create long-range-ordered films, Kowalewski's team used...read the wave

Nano Textiles : USA

Nano-Tex Adds Knits, Outerwear to Its Performance Apparel Roster


EMERYVILLE, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--May 10, 2005 -- Runways, showrooms, magazine spreads and fashion forecasters all point to polos and trench coats as two of the biggest trends in spring apparel. Nano-Tex is giving the classic polo and trench a modern makeover with its liquid repellency and moisture wicking enhancements.

Nano-Tex, a leading fabric innovation company providing textile enhancements to the apparel and interior furnishings markets, announced today that popular apparel brands are upgrading their knit polos and outerwear lines with the company's Resists Spills and Coolest Comfort enhancements.

Big Brand Knits & Outerwear

Land's End launched a cotton/Lycra women's trench coat and hat in six colors and patterns featuring the Nano-Tex Resists Spills repellency enhancement. For men, Eddie Bauer introduced a nylon and polyester Mac jacket that takes advantage of Nano-Tex's Coolest Comfort treatment, which wicks moisture away to keep the wearer dry and comfortable...read the wave

Nano Medicine : USA

Alveair™, Coremed, Inc.'s Nano-Tech Unmodified,'Needleless' Yet Inhalable Insulin, To Become Global Pharma Partnership Focus


CHICAGO, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Alveair(TM), Coremed, Inc.'s unmodified "needleless" yet inhalable insulin, is now the focus of a global pharma consortium's plans that soon could introduce the fast-onset, long-lasting nano-technology drug delivery system around the world, it was announced.

A privately held drug-delivery company, Coremed, Inc., exclusively focuses on the development of inhalable and oral insulin technology.

Over the past several years, the company has conducted an intensive pre- clinical trial of its insulin nano-technology, which is a major breakthrough in the delivery of macromolecules and protein drugs. The technology formulates unmodified protein molecules into sub-micron particles that resist enzymatic degradation and promote permeability and absorption...read the wave

Tools of the Trade : Germany

Jenoptik Mikrotechnik Introduces HEX Series of Hot Embossing Equipment


ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH, the industry pioneer in the design and fabrication of hot embossing tools, has announced here at Nanotech 2005 the introduction of its HEX Series of hot embossing equipment. These systems provide the user with maximum flexibility in the high precision molding of polymer parts which contain features in the micro and nano dimension domain including those with high aspect ratios. The HEX Series systems introduced provide solutions from R&D applications to highly automated/high throughput applications. Current popular applications of these tools include optical gratings and microfluidic chips for biomedical applications.

The diversity of the HEX Series product line allows the user to select the proper tool for their budget and application. The HEX Series has been designed and formulated to be expandable and easily updated due to its powerful and flexible operational software. Engineered to meet a wide variety of applications, the systems offer a wide range of ...read the wave


10-05- 2005
Nano Products : USA

Motorola Labs Debuts First Ever Nano Emissive Flat Screen Display Prototype


Schaumburg, IL, May 09, 2005 --- Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola, Inc., (NYSE: MOT), today unveiled a working 5-inch color video display prototype based on proprietary Carbon Nanotube (CNT) technology - a breakthrough technique that could create large, flat panel displays with superior quality, longer lifetimes and lower costs than current offerings. Optimized for a large screen High Definition Television (HDTV) that is less than 1-inch thick, this first-of-its kind NED 5-inch prototype harnesses the power of CNTs to fundamentally change the design and fabrication of flat panel displays.

The development of such a flat panel display is possible due to Motorola Labs Nano Emissive Display (NED) technology, a scalable method of growing CNTs directly on glass to enable an energy efficient design that excels at emitting electrons. Through this cost-effective process and design, Motorola showcases the potential to create longer-lasting NED flat panel displays with high brightness, excellent uniformity and color purity.

"With over 15 years experience and 160 patents in CNT and flat panel displays, we have developed a...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Gold Nanoparticles May Simplify Cancer Detection


Atlanta (May 9, 2005) — Binding gold nanoparticles to a specific antibody for cancer cells could make cancer detection much easier, suggests research at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). The report is published online as an ASAP article in the journal Nano Letters.

“Gold nanoparticles are very good at scattering and absorbing light,” said Mostafa El-Sayed, director of the Laser Dyanamics Laboratory and chemistry professor at Georgia Tech. “We wanted to see if we could harness that scattering property in a living cell to make cancer detection easier. So far, the results are extremely promising.”

Many cancer cells have a protein, known as Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EFGR), all over their surface, while healthy cells typically do not express the protein as strongly. By conjugating, or binding, the gold nanoparticles to an antibody for EFGR, suitably named anti-EFGR, researchers were able to get the nanoparticles to attach themselves to the cancer cells...read the wave



| War, Interdependence, and Nanotechnology |

Liberty, security, prosperity, and world peace—from the time of the American Revolution to the present, humankind has made remarkable strides toward these ideals.

Today, more people live in freedom than at any time in history. Although poverty is still a serious worldwide problem, more people are healthier and better fed than ever before. And despite regional wars and terrorist attacks (which have beset civilization for centuries), we have managed to avoid destroying ourselves with full-scale thermonuclear war.

But looming just over the horizon is a grave threat. It is nanotechnology...read the wave


| Mike Treder | Guest Writer
Nano Research : USA

PNNL seeks maxi space exploration via mini technology

Lab to develop more economical and reliable space travel


RICHLAND, Wash. – Images of deep space exploration in old sci-fi movies will take one giant leap toward reality as Battelle scientists manipulate microtechnology to produce rocket propellant in space and breathing oxygen for interplanetary travel, thanks to new funding from NASA.

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., which is operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy, will launch the development of a lightweight and extraordinarily compact system for NASA applications. These microchemical and thermal systems, also known as MicroCATS, configure such things as microchannel absorbers, reactors, separators and heat exchangers to produce the propellant from resources found on Mars and the moon. In addition, the system also will be designed to regenerate breathable air for life support. The NASA contract is valued at $13.7 million over four years...read the wave


Nano Environment : USA

New research raises questions about buckyballs and the environment


In a challenge to conventional wisdom, scientists have found that buckyballs dissolve in water and could have a negative impact on soil bacteria. The findings raise new questions about how the nanoparticles might behave in the environment and how they should be regulated, according to a report scheduled to appear in the June 1 print issue of the American Chemical Society's peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology . ACS is the world's largest scientific society.

A buckyball is a soccer ball-shaped molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms. Also known as fullerenes, buckyballs have recently been touted for their potential applications in everything from drug delivery to energy transmission. Yet even as industrial-scale production of buckyballs approaches reality, little is known about how these nano-scale particles will impact the natural environment. Recent studies have shown that buckyballs in low concentrations can affect biological systems such as human skin cells, but the new study is among the earliest to assess how buckyballs might behave when they come in contact with water in nature...read the wave

Nano Products : USA

Easton's Tiny Innovation is Huge; Industry's Top Manufacturer Revolutionizes the Sport with CNT -- Real Nanotechnology


VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Easton Sports, the leading manufacturer of sporting goods equipment, have unveiled a new material technology that will forever change the sport of baseball. After years of research and development Easton has teamed up with Zyvex to introduce CNT: carbon nanotube technology, an advancement that will revolutionize composite design and elevate the performance of players around the globe, according to Mike Zlaket, vice president of baseball/softball for Easton Sports.

"Already at the forefront of innovation, our engineers have pushed Easton's research and development to the next level with carbon nanotube technology," said Zlaket. "Easton CNT is the real deal as we've been able to harness the true benefits of nanotechnology to give hitters of all ages and abilities stronger, lighter and better-performing bats. The Easton Stealth CNT will be the first bat to feature this unmatched technology."

The addition of CNT, made possible by Zyvex NanoSolve(TM) materials and exclusive to Easton, strengthens composite structures to provide improved...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

NanoLogix Study Confirms Early Success Of Hydrogen Bioreactor


SHARON, Pa., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NanoLogix, Inc., (Pink Sheets: IFEC), a Nanobiotechnology company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies for the production of bacteria and disease testing kits, alternative sources of fuel, cancer therapy and remediation of toxic materials, announces that preliminary data and results of a study which confirms laboratory proof-of-concept measurements have shown it possible to generate hydrogen in high yields via the use and adaptation of its intellectual property. In this study, the bioreactor produced biogas consisting of 50% hydrogen by volume, without any trace of methane.

Recently, NanoLogix, Inc. (formerly Infectech, Inc.) signed a feasibility study with the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Gannon University in Erie, PA to develop a bioreactor which utilizes NanoLogix's patented bacterial culturing methods in order to produce hydrogen inexpensively. Hydrogen reacts with oxygen to yield significant amounts of...read the wave

Nano Textiles / Biz : Taiwan

Brand-building key to Haojey's success in textile industry


Brand-building, or the art of establishing a brand that creates a strong impression on people's minds and induces loyalty among customers, has become an indispensable element in textile-making in Taiwan as the industry faces more competition from local and foreign manufacturers. Haojey Co. is one company that has succeeded in pushing its fiber products, marketed under the "Texcare" brand, to markets all over the world, especially Japan.

In the words of Louis Chen, chairman and CEO of Haojey, brand-building is the key to the success of the company, which has been competing in a market that many said was a "sunset industry," one that is characterized by dim hopes for a better future as manufacturers wage cut-throat price war on one another, resulting in a loss situation for all.

To Chen, there is no such thing as a "sunset industry," but only "sunset strategy." In his view, the strategy of making low-value products sold at inexpensive prices is no longer a viable one. Creating value for customers as well as the company by making innovative products, backed by solid research and development efforts, is the only way manufacturers can emerge victorious in a world of fierce competition, he said...read the wave


Nano News : Australia

Australian Nanotech Leads With "Small" Innovations and Big Commercial Opportunities


PRWEB) - Anaheim, CA (PRWEB) Australia, which is fast becoming a world contender in smart nanotech materials such as "invisible" coatings and revolutionary nanobio technology, will send its largest ever nanotech delegation to the United States this year at the 2005 Nanotech Conference in Anaheim, May 9-12, 2005. The delegation is dominated by some of the country"s R&D powerhouses of commercial ready IP.

Robert Hunt, Invest Australia"s Senior Investment Commissioner for North America, said Australia invests more than AUD100 million ($US 75 million) per year in nanotech research. Government and private-sector funding supports world-class researchers and facilities, and creates a vibrant and fast-growing industrial base that is winning international partnerships...read the wave


09-05- 2005
Nano Debate : USA

Show of skin draws focus off protesters' environmental pitch

The medium may have muddled the message. A group of Michigan Avenue protesters stripped off way too much clothing to be comfortable on a 45-degree day in order to air their environmental concerns.

Some passersby averted their eyes. Others giggled nervously and kept walking past the demonstrators -- about nine men and women who appeared to be in their 20s.

"Where's their mother?'' asked Tonya Stewart of Bowling Green, Ky., in Chicago for an Auntie Anne's Pretzels franchise meeting.

"Y'all are rude,'' scolded Juanita Simpson, 25, of Beverly.

A bunch of guys in town for a bachelor party seemed to approve.

"This is the most action we've seen all weekend,'' said Brian Siebert, 25, of St. Louis.

'Say no to nano' ...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Dear Space Elevator Enthusiast....


In the wake of last month’s press release regarding the establishment of LiftPort Nanotech’s (LPNT) first nanotube production facility, there have been several misconceptions circulated in the media about LiftPort’s progress toward building a Space Elevator. While it is impossible to correct every nationally syndicated news article, this letter is intended to clarify the situation for our most enthusiastic and loyal supporters.

Firstly, LiftPort has not begun fabrication on actual Space Elevator components. The funds secured for the construction of a carbon nanotube production facility will be used to build machines that will produce multi-walled carbon nanotubes in bulk. They will not be building Space Elevator-ready ribbon or material that will immediately go into a ribbon. This facility is intended to provide LiftPort with a source of funding by furnishing high quality multi-walled carbon nanotubes for terrestrial applications. It will also give LiftPort a knowledge base that will be quite useful once the firm does begin experimenting with Space Elevator scale components. It is unlikely that...read the wave


Nano News : Iran + India

Iran-India gas project in political wing: FICCI


New Delhi, May 7, IRNA-Sources at the Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) said Iran-India gas pipeline project is now in the political plane. "Given the sensitive nature of the project, nothing concrete could be said now," said Ambika Sharma, an FICCI senior director.

FICCI, however, is optimistic about the increasing volume of trade between India and Iran.

Iran, they said, had expressed desire that New Delhi and Tehran should take mutual interests in participating in each other's trade fair.

Iran has also participated sometime back in a trade exhibition in Mumbai.

Iran-India trade right now covers areas of textiles, power, and pharmaceuticals.

Manjeet Kaur, deputy director of FICCI said Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd has taken interest in Iran as a destination of investment.

During the first meeting of Iran-India Business Promotion Core Group held on May 17, 2002, it was decided that India could take a lead in drugs and pharmaceuticals, textile sector, auto parts, auto industry.

During his speech during the last visit of India by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, Onkar Kanwar, FICCI president, had gone a step further and suggested India-Iran trade and commercial interaction should be extended to biotechnology, nano-technology, and software-driven entertainment...read the wave


Nano Products : Belgium

Nanogel® Aerogel from Cabot Corporation provides the right chemistry


Nanogel® translucent aerogel insulation material was selected by Chemist Dr. Wiesman for the roofing system of a recently completed extension to his pharmacy in Neuhausen, Switzerland.

The application, which measures 13 x 7 metres, consists of an aluminium profile dryglazing system, using 25 mm Scobatherm® panels filled with Nanogel translucent aerogel. The system provides a G-value of 32% and a U-value of .85, with a light transmission of 40%. Key benefits include diffused natural light with no shadows, energy savings and greater comfort regardless
of the season.

"I run quite a large practice and my pharmacy needs to provide a calming and unstressed atmosphere for my patients, said Dr. Wiesman. The Scobatherm/ Nanogel filled panels provide this diffused, shadow-free light transmission. As a passionate performer, I regularly use this room for TV broadcasting and the panels provide the right backdrop."

The lightweight Scobatherm panels are available in larger continuous glazing surfaces than glass. They are well-suited for
...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Breast Cancer Drug Offers Better Responses
New Delivery Method Gives Patients Fewer Side Effects


One of the latest, most promising treatments for some women with metastatic breast cancer is a new drug that increases the response rate of tumors and causes fewer side effects, researchers say.

The technology behind the drug, nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel or Abraxane TM ) marks a breakthrough, say Vicente Valero M.D., and Edgardo Rivera, M.D., both in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at M. D. Anderson.

Protein delivers drug with few side effects : Nab-paclitaxel uses nanotechnology (the creation of molecular-sized materials) to bind the long-standing chemotherapy drug paclitaxel to albumin, a protein manufactured by the liver. Because it is a non-toxic protein, albumin enables the paclitaxel to be delivered directly to the tumor with fewer side effects than paclitaxel and docetaxel, which are bound in a solution that causes side effects...read the wave


Nanobiotechnology : Greece

Acrongenomics Inc. Shows Results from Its
First Clinical Validation Study on Nano-JETA Platform


ATHENS, Greece-- Acrongenomics Inc. (OTCBB:AGNM) a Research and Development company focusing in the field of nanobiotechnology has managed to reshape key IVD molecular applications such as PCR, ELISA and Real Time PCR through its Nano-JETA(TM) technology platform, by integrating nanotechnology into molecular biology.

Acrongenomics Inc. recently conducted a clinical validation study at EuroGENET Laboratories SA to further establish its Nano-JETA(TM) technology platform in regards to Real Time PCR application, the Nano-JETA(TM) Real Time PCR.

The objectives of the study were...read the wave



Nanotechnology -- or nanotech, for short -- is a new approach to industrial production, based on the manipulation of things so small that they are invisible to the naked eye and even to most microscopes.

Nanotech is named for the nanometer, a unit of measure, a billionth of a meter, one one-thousandth of a micrometer. The Oxford English Dictionary defines nanotechnology as "the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules." Nanotech deals in the realm where a typical grain of sand is huge (a million nanometers in diameter). A human hair is 200,000 nanometers thick. A red blood cell spans 10,000 nanometers. A virus measures 100 nanometers across, and the smallest atom (hydrogen) spans 0.1 nanometers.

In the realm below 50 nanometers, the normal laws of physics no longer apply, quantum physics kicks in and materials take on surprising new properties. Something that was red may now be green; metals may become translucent and thus invisible; something that could not conduct electricity may now pass a current; nonmagnetic materials may become magnetized; insoluble substances may dissolve. Knowing the properties of a substance in bulk tells you nothing about its properties at the nano scale, so all nano materials' characteristics -- including hazardous traits -- must be learned anew by direct experiment...read the wave


04-05- 2005
Tools of the Trade : Taiwan

Nano Superlattice Technology Announces Completion of Nano-coating Mass Production Machinery


TAIPEI, Taiwan - May 4 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Nano Superlattice Technology Inc. (hereinafter as "Nano") (OTC BB: NSLT), a company engaged in the coating of tools and components with nano structured PVD coatings for the semiconductor, precision machinery and telecommunication industries, announced today the completion of the installation of Nano's newest set of production machinery. The completion of the design and construction of this nano-coating machine is unique and represents the culmination of years of proprietary technology and scientific breakthrough by Nano's research and development team led by Professor Dr. Wolf-Dieter Munz.

This machinery will utilize Nano's sophisticated and exclusive superlattice technology to manufacture highly advanced and superhard nano-scale coatings.

Nano's research and development team leader, Dr. Munz, is an expert in nano-coating technologies. With a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics and over 40 years of experience in the PVD (physical vapor deposition) and hard-coating industries, Dr. Munz brings to Nano the ABS (Arc Bond Sputtering) technology he created, as well as resource and market expertise...read the wave


Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 82


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


Future Technology : UK

Movement of atoms viewed at 100 times higher than previous resolution


A paper published in Nature, by scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, describes how experts have used X-rays to see structures in unprecedented detail at the atomic scale. The technique is 100 times more sensitive than any other method, and has the potential to allow scientists to improve things like data storage, healthcare sensors and security systems.

Prof Mike Gibbs, of the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield explains, “We have known for some time that when certain magnetic materials are exposed to a magnetic field they lengthen or contract slightly. However, we still don't have a detailed understanding”.

“This new technique uses X rays to look at the movement of atoms with unprecedented resolution; 100 times better than ever achieved before.”...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

ImaRx Therapeutics Expands Management Team


TUCSON , AZ , – ImaRx Therapeutics, Inc. have announced the appointments of Randall E. Miller, Ph.D. to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Greg A. Cobb to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Dr. Miller will advance the Company's clinical trials in stroke and peripheral arterial occlusions, as well as ImaRx's R&D and out-licensing programs. Mr. Cobb, who served previously as ImaRx's interim CFO, will assist ImaRx in pursuing future financing and business development opportunities. 

“Randy has an outstanding record in leadership and product development in high-growth companies, while Greg's financial acumen has already proven to be a great asset to the company. We are delighted to welcome them to the ImaRx team,” said Evan Unger , M.D., President and CEO of ImaRx.  “Randy and Greg will be instrumental as we move our lead nanobubble product, SonoLysis™, through a Phase II clinical trial in stroke.  They will also drive the Company's products through our R&D pipeline, build strategic relationships with pharma and biotech partners, and raise additional funds .”

Dr. Miller brings more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience from startups to Fortune 500 companies where he managed top-selling therapeutic and diagnostic products from concept to FDA approval...read the wave


Nano Products / Medicine : USA

American Scientific Resources Announces Launch of
Heart Smart System™ Product Line


NEW PALTZ, N.Y., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Scientific Resources (PNK: ASFX) have announced the launch of its flagship Heart Smart System(TM), a unique line of nutraceutical products that assist in the successful prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Heart Smart System(TM) is a nutritional line of supplements which support and maintain a healthy heart. American Scientific has formed an exclusive partnership with Tishcon Corp., a privately held contract manufacturer of nutritional supplements based in Westbury, NY, to produce the patented Heart Smart brand. Tishcon is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Heart Smart contains a proprietary blend that includes a 100% soluble supplement for Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is found in every cell of the body and is critical in the production of energy, and maintenance of healthy heart function. Through Heart Smart, the supply of CoQ10 is rejuvenated and yields numerous beneficial effects, including an overall healthier immune system. The goal is to help combat cardiovascular disease, which is attributed to approximately 1 million deaths or injuries per year in the U.S. and implicated in an additional 9 million deaths per year nationwide.

Walter Lambert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Scientific stated, "The launch of our revolutionary flagship product represents a major milestone for our company. We are excited to partner with Tishcon to create our patented, clinically proven nutritional supplement that provides a safe and effective alternative for promoting heart health...read the wave

Nano Battery : Global

U.S. Risks Missing the Boat in Micro-Power Fuel Cells; Low Awareness Ceding Crucial, New Market to Japan, Others, States PolyFuel CEO


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2005--The president of U.S.-based PolyFuel, Inc. warned last week that U.S. companies are in danger of completely missing the boat in micro-power fuel cells through a sheer lack of market awareness. Micro-power fuel cells are an emerging technology -- the subject of considerable interest in Europe, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere in Asia -- that are expected by technologists in those countries to supplant or replace batteries in increasingly power-hungry portable devices such as laptops and mobile phones. He made these remarks at a conference focused on Small Fuel Cells that took place last week in Washington, D.C.

"We continue to be astonished that most thought and market leaders in the U.S. are indifferent to, or completely unaware of, the substantive and growing investment being made in Asia -- and more recently in Europe -- in the development of small, portable fuel cells, and the widespread awareness in those markets -- even with the person on the street -- of the technology and its promise," said Jim Balcom, PolyFuel president and CEO. "It's like all of us who care anything about this market domestically are in this room."...read the wave


Nano News : In French

Plate-forme Polymères Nanostructurés, l'avenir des plastiques côté micro et nanotechnologies


50 chercheurs, 8 millions d'euros d'équipements, des compétences étendues en conception et développement de systèmes électroniques complexes et hétérogènes : la plateforme Polymères Nanostructurés créée par le CEA et le CSEM (Suisse) offre aux industriels un outil complet et performant pour développer des systèmes électroniques hétérogènes à forte valeur ajoutée incorporant des polymères. En ligne de mire : la microélectronique, la biotechnologie, mais aussi l'automobile, les télécoms ou le secteur médical. Un “guichet unique” pour les industriels intéressés par ces moyens et ces compétences.

Entre Grenoble et la région parisienne en France, Neuchatel, Zürich et Lucerne en Suisse, cinq laboratoires spécialisés en technologies “polymères” et “microélectronique” viennent de mettre sur pied un outil à la disposition des industriels. Objectif : développer, prototyper et industrialiser en petites séries des “systèmes complexes” employant des polymères techniques, grâce aux procédés issus des micro et nanotechnologies. Un travail coordonné, distribué selon les compétences nécessaires au projet, tout cela à partir d'un “guichet unique” pour simplifier la relation avec l'industriel...read the wave

Nano Biz : USA


nanoScience Engineering Corporation obtains exclusive license to commercialize Wayne State University technology


DETROIT, MICHIGAN. nanoScience Engineering Corporation (nSEC)announced today that it has exclusively licensed technology from Wayne State University related to manufacturing advanced nano-scale fillers for enhancing the performance of plastics and rubber. The technology utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide, an environmentally friendly, reusable solvent, for producing exfoliated and custom-coated fillers dispersible in a polymer matrix. This novel method will make superior and economical polymer nanocomposites with improved strength, thermal stability, and reduced permeability. The enhanced properties will lead to numerous applications in the automotive and food packaging industries.

Prof. Esin Gulari, Prof. Charles W. Manke, Dr. Gulay Serhatkulu, and Prof. Rangaramanujam Kannan, of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department in WSU's College of Engineering, collectively developed this technology employing supercritical fluids.
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Nano Products : USA

IGI licenses its nanotechnology for new cosmetics line


New Jersey-based IGI has signed a five year manufacturing agreement with Infusion Biotechnologies to produce a new line of high end cosmetics encapsulated with Novasome nano-particle delivery technology. The agreement marks the company's ambitions to increase its patented nanotechnology for cosmetics applications.

The companies say that at present eight formulations have been approved and two are pending. The complete product line will be marketed through large department and specialty stores, and should hit stores in early 2006, following the start of production in the third quarter of this year.

Nanotechnology involves the study and use of...read the wave


03-05- 2005
Nano Research : Germany

Motor Transport in Bio-Nano Systems


Molecular motors are nanoscale engines which move along very thin rod-like filaments and, in this way, drive the heavy traffic of molecular cargo within biological cells. Both motors and filaments can be isolated from the cells and used to construct biomimetic transport systems. In order to increase the flux of the cargo transport, it would be necessary to increase the number of motors that contribute to this transport but, at the same time, avoid the build-up of traffic jams. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and from the University of Amsterdam have now modelled and simulated the motor traffic for different compartment geometries and filament arrangements, and have determined the optimal conditions for the transport of nanocargo in these systems (Biophysical Journal, 88, 3118-3132, May 2005).

Each cell of our body contains a huge number of small vesicles which exhibit complex patterns of intracellular traffic: some vesicles travel from the cell center to the periphery and vice versa, some shuttle between different...read the wave


Nano Textiles : Germany

Nano or Not ? Hohenstein quality label provides guidance


BÖNNIGHEIM (ri) Probably no other catchword has had such an impact on professional textile circles or been included in the advertising messages of manufacturers as frequently over recent months as the term nanotechnology. As there is no uniform definition of the term as yet and there is no distinction between this and conventional textile finishing, insecurity amongst retailers and consumers has increased as the number of advertised active principles and products of this type has risen.

The Hohenstein Institutes, in conjunction with NanoMat, a network of various research institutes and leading suppliers of nanomaterials, have now found a definition which can be applied to the textile sector. The Hohenstein quality label, which is already established in the area of wear comfort, will also soon provide security for retailers and consumers relating to the question "Nano or not?"...read the wave


Nano Biz : Canada

HERA Partners with McGill University


Longueuil (Québec, Canada) – HERA, Hydrogen Storage Systems Inc. (“HERA” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has become exclusive licensee of a substantial intellectual property (“IP”) portfolio developed by McGill University in the field of advanced hydride materials for hydrogen storage. McGill University , located in Montreal , is one of the best-known and internationally recognized universities in Canada and the most research-intensive university in the country. HERA is a leading developer of hydrogen-related technologies and products based on hydrides and proprietary nano-catalysts, for automotive, transportation and hydrogen distribution applications, including hydrogen storage .

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Nano Debate : EU

New EU project assesses safety of nanoparticles

CORDIS --- The nanosciences are considered by many as a key technology for the 21st century, with an ever-increasing range of possible applications. In health for example, new drug delivery systems based on nanoparticles are said to be on the brink of delivering major developments in drug therapy. Nanoscience is also acting as a motor for new materials and innovative solutions in the areas of energy and environmental protection.

However, the recent discovery that the exposure of animals to nanoparticles can lead to neurological damage means that research into safety is crucial to the dynamic and sustainable development of these new technologies.

The European Commission is therefore providing seven million euro to a Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project aimed at developing methods for the safe use of nanoparticles...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Major advance made on DNA structure

CORVALLIS, Ore.– Oregon State University researchers have made significant new advances in determining the structure of all possible DNA sequences – a discovery that in one sense takes up where Watson and Crick left off, after outlining in 1953 the double-helical structure of this biological blueprint for life.

One of the fundamental problems in biochemistry is to predict the structure of a molecule from its sequence – this has been referred to as the "Holy Grail" of protein chemistry.

OSU scientists have announced in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have used X-ray crystallography to determine the three-dimensional structures of nearly all the possible sequences of a macromolecule, and thereby create a map of DNA structure...read the wave


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