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30-08- 2005

Nano Research : USA

Chemistry Method Uses 'Test Tubes' Far Smaller than the Width of a Hair


Newswise — Using a water droplet 1 trillion times smaller than a liter of club soda as a sort of nanoscale test tube, a University of Washington scientist is conducting chemical analysis and experimentation at unprecedented tiny scales.

The method captures a single cell, or even a small subcellular structure called an organelle, within a droplet. It then employs a powerful laser microscope to study the contents and examine chemical processes, and a laser beam is used to manipulate the cell or even just a few molecules, combining them with other molecules to form new substances.

This nanoscale "laboratory" is so minuscule that it covers just 1 percent of the width of a human hair, said Daniel Chiu, a UW associate chemistry professor who is developing the unique method.
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Nano Research : USA

Gold bowties may shed light on molecules and other nano-sized objects


One of the great challenges in the field of nanotechnology is optical imaging-specifically, how to design a microscope that produces high-resolution images of the nano-sized objects that researchers are trying to study. For example, a typical DNA molecule is only about three nanometers wide-so tiny that the contours of its surface are obscured by light waves, which are hundreds of nanometers long.

Now, researchers from Stanford University have greatly improved the optical mismatch between nanoscale objects and light by creating the ``bowtie nanoantenna,`` a device 400 times smaller than the width of a human hair that can compress ordinary light waves into an intense optical spot only 20 nanometers wide. These miniature spotlights may one day allow researchers to produce the first detailed images of proteins, DNA molecules and synthetic nano-objects, such carbon nanotube bundles.

``One of our goals is to build a microscope with bowtie antennas that we can scan over a single molecule,`` says W.E. Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry at Stanford...read the wave



Nano Medicine : UK

Nanotechnology Presents Possibility of Implantable Artificial Kidney


Researchers have developed a human nephron filter (HNF) that would eventually make possible a continuously functioning, wearable or implantable artificial kidney. This study is published in the latest issue of Hemodialysis International.

The HNF is the first application in developing a renal replacement therapy (RRT) to potentially eliminate the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation in end-stage renal disease patients. The HNF utilizes a unique membrane system created through applied nanotechnology. In the ideal RRT device, this technology would be used to mimic the function of natural kidneys, continuously operating, and based on individual patient needs.

No dialysis solution would be used in the device. Operating 12 hours a day, seven days a week, the filtration rate of the HNF is double that of conventional hemodialysis administered three times a week.

“The HNF system, by eliminating dialysate and utilizing a novel membrane system, represents a breakthrough in renal replacement therapy based on the functioning of native kidneys,” say researchers. “The enhanced solute removal and wearable design should substantially improve patient outcomes and quality of life.” ..read the wave



Nano Battery : USA

Solaris Nanosciences Demonstrates the World's First Rechargeable Long-Life Solar Cell


PROVIDENCE, R.I., /PRNewswire/ -- Solaris Nanosciences has demonstrated a completely rechargeable dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC or Graetzel Cell) creating the lowest manufacturing cost, long-life photovoltaic system in the world. DSSCs which are based on low cost materials and simple construction, have to date suffered from limited operating lifetimes due to the degradation of the sensitizer dyes.

Solaris' nontoxic chemical process allows the degraded dye in already installed DSSCs to be removed and replaced with new dye, restoring the performance of the original solar cell. "This low cost process, which can be performed by the existing base of heating and air conditioning businesses, requires less than thirty minutes and takes the operating life of these photovoltaics (PV) beyond that of silicon to over 30 years," said Nabil M. Lawandy, CEO of Solaris Nanosciences. Lawandy also stated, "Not only can we replace the original dye, but we have shown that newer, more efficient dyes, resulting from ongoing efforts worldwide, can be used in recharging. This effectively allows for efficiency upgrades over the life of the installed system." ...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Nanosphere Patent Portfolio Ranked Second Strongest in Micro- and Nanotech


NORTHBROOK, Ill., /PRNewswire/ -- Nanosphere, Inc., a nanotechnology-based molecular diagnostics company, has announced that a study of micro- and nanotechnology patent portfolios has ranked the company second overall in terms of pipeline power. The report, prepared by intellectual property consulting firm 1790 Analytics LLC and published in the July/August 2005 issue of Small Times, evaluates companies' portfolio strength based not only on number of patents issued, but also such factors as pipeline growth and originality.

Only Hewlett-Packard was ranked higher than Nanosphere, indicating the exceptional quality of Nanosphere's intellectual property. Combined with the company's experienced management team and pressing market demand for more sensitive, easy-to-use molecular diagnostics technology, Nanosphere's patent portfolio clearly differentiates it from other venture-backed life sciences companies...read the wave



Nano Biz : UK

Scientists Provide Technical Due Diligence To Investor Funds


A new venture, Bio Life Technical, including leading researchers within Nanotechnology and Personalized Healthcare, such as Professor Chris Toumazou and Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub of Imperial College, London, is being launched in London, UK, providing independent due diligence services to investors, globally. Bio Life Technical is structured to aid venture capital groups, investment banks, business angels and institutional investors by providing a single contact point and managing the technical due diligence reporting process on behalf of prospective investor clients. This will save time, resources and, therefore, money for the investment community. Professor Chris Toumazou said, “Medical Device technology is truly interdisciplinary. Bio Life Technical's strategy of providing technical due diligence by expert professors from core disciplines and world class experts working with interdisciplinary institutes, such as Imperial College's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will enable a more thorough scientific evaluation of the technology.” ...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

VCU Scientist to Present Research of Magnetic Nanoparticles Based on Metallic Iron for Potential New Cancer Treatment


RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have created highly magnetized nanoparticles based on metallic iron that could one day be used in a non-invasive therapy for cancer in which treatment would begin at the time of detection.

“We envision a potential for these materials to combine both detection and treatment into a single process,” said Everett E. Carpenter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry at VCU.

Carpenter is discussing his ongoing work of the synthesis and characterization of these functional magnetic nanoparticles for use in biomedical applications at the 2005 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C., which began Aug. 28 and continues through Sept. 1.

More than 12,000 researchers from across the country are presenting new multidisciplinary research and highlighting important advances in biotechnology, nanoscience, nanotechnology, and defense and homeland security...read the wave



Nano Medicine : Belgium

Development of Artificial Muscles on the Basis of Carbon Nanotube


Nanocyl , one of the world's main producers of nanotubes, participates in the Nanomed project. Nanocyl participates with other key industry and university partners in this European research project. The project proposal entitled “NANOMED: Development of a carbon nanotube actuator for use in medical technology" was submitted within the framework of SME measures.

Medical technology, with annual growth rates of more than 10 percent, is one of the strongest growing sectors. On the European market, the annual turnover has already reached 80 billion euro. Considering the increasing life expectancy in Europe, it can be assumed that the need of medical technological devices and aids such as prostheses of all kinds will become even larger.

Already now some gaps in the market are evident as can be shown with the example of leg amputations: In Europe, annually approximately 47 000 leg amputations are carried out. However, only approximately 50% of the patients can be supplied with a prosthetic leg, as most of the patients are too weak to attach the prostheses and use them appropriately...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Virginia Tech researcher reports nano-particle dispersion technique improves polymers


Blacksburg, VA --- There is a lot of excitement about incorporating nano particles into polymers because of the ability to improve various properties with only a small percent of the particles. "You can improve the barrier to gases, such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen. You can increase material strength with little increase in weight," said Don Baird, professor of chemical engineering at Virginia Tech.

But there are problems. "While 1 percent by weight of nano particles will change a material's properties dramatically, 2 or 3 percent provides hardly any additional enhancement," he said. "The particles just clump together, and thereby reduce the advantages associated with the surface area of single particles."

Another problem is that the incorporation of nano particles changes a polymer's flow properties leading to potential processing problems
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Nano Electronics : USA

Purdue creates new method to drive fuel cells for portable electronics


The findings will be presented Sunday (Aug. 28) during the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., and also will be detailed in a peer-reviewed paper to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Combustion and Flame. The paper was written by research scientist Evgeny Shafirovich, postdoctoral research associate Victor Diakov and Arvind Varma , the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of Purdue's School of Chemical Engineering.

The researchers developed the new method earlier this year and envision a future system in which pellets of hydrogen-releasing material would be contained in disposable credit-card-size cartridges. Once the pellets were used up, a new cartridge would be inserted into devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants, notebook computers, digital cameras, handheld medical diagnostic devices and defibrillators...read the wave



Nano Research : USA



A team of chemistry researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has put a new twist on an old philosophical riddle: How many Bucky Badger mascots can you fit on the head of a pin?

The answer: 9,000, with a little help from nanotechnology.

NanoBucky, created in the research lab of UW-Madison chemistry professor Robert J. Hamers, is composed of tiny carbon nanofiber "hairs," each just 75 nanometers in diameter. (A nanometer is equivalent to 1 billionth of a meter.) NanoBucky provides an entertaining illustration of the astounding scale under which nanotechnology pioneers ply their trade...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : EU

Nanofabrication: next generation chip manufacture?


A new nanotechnology tool that will dramatically cut the cost of leading-edge nano research at the sub-50nm scale has been developed by EU researchers. It could lead to Next Generation Lithography (NGL) technology.

The commercially available first generation tool is low cost compared to sub-50nm alternatives. For example, electron beam lithography costs €2m per machine, whereas the Soft Ultraviolet (UV) Imprint machine developed by SOUVENIR project costs in its basic version well below €200,000. It will be used to produce novel and experimental nanotech devices.

"In principle, this new technique has the potential to be used for mass manufacture by the semiconductor industry. One approach we use can already form patterns down to the 10nm scale," says Dr Markus Bender, researcher at German company, Applied Micro- and Optoelectronics (AMO), and SOUVENIR coordinator
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Nano Products : USA

QuantumSphere, Inc. Achieves Performance and Validation Milestone With Proprietary High-Quality Nano Nickel /Cobalt Alloy For Replacement Solution in Multi-Billion Dollar Platinum Electrode Market


COSTA MESA, CA, U.S.A. - QuantumSphere, Inc., the leading manufacturer of metallic nanopowders for applications in aerospace, defense, energy and other markets demanding advanced material applications, announced (“QSI- nano™ Ni/Co alloy”) as a clear replacement solution for the platinum electrode market. QuantumSphere is the only supplier of the world’s highest quality metallic nanomaterials including QSI- nano™ Ni/Co and other proprietary alloys. Independent validation, provided by DoppStein Enterprises, Inc. (DSE) regarding this development, poses a serious issue for platinum suppliers in the platinum group metal catalyst market, as QSI- nano™ Ni/Co alloy will alleviate dependency on platinum as the main catalytic material in a variety of battery and fuel cell applications-- while presenting tremendous business and cost savings advantages for companies.

A shift from finely divided platinum to QSI- nano™ Ni/Co alloy results in a reduction in the cost of fuel cell and battery catalysts by approximately 50%, while achieving up to 90% of pure platinum performance, based on current prices. Conversely, a 90% cost savings will result in a remarkable 73% performance relative to pure platinum. To view independent scientific data from DSE that supports and validates QuantumSphere’s achievement in the catalyst marketplace, visit ...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Nano Machines Take Giant Leap


A key technological breakthrough led by the University of Edinburgh suggests that a futuristic world where people can move objects about “remotely” with laser pointers could be closer than we think. Chemists working on the nanoscale (80,000 times smaller than a hair's breadth) have managed to move a tiny droplet of liquid across a surface - and even up a slope - by transporting it along a layer of light-sensitive molecules.

Scientists at Edinburgh, Groningen and Bologna are the first to manipulate tiny nanoscale machines (two millionths of a millimetre high) so that they can move an object that is visible to the naked eye. The team has shifted microlitre drops of diiodomethane not just across a flat surface, but also up a one millimetre, 12 degree slope against the force of gravity. It may be the tiniest of movements, but, in the emerging discipline of nanotechnology, it represents a giant technological leap forward...read the wave



Nano Plastics : USA

Tiny rubber balls give plastic bounce


Automobile bumpers that deform and recover rather than crack and splinter, computer cases that withstand the occasional rough encounter, and resilient coatings that can withstand the ravages of the sun, may all be possible if tiny functionalized rubbery particles are imbedded in their plastic matrices, according to Penn State materials scientists.

"Plastics such as polypropylene, nylon, polycarbonate, epoxy resins and other compounds are brittle and fracture easily," says Dr. T.C. Chung, professor of materials science and engineering. "Usually, manufacturers take rubbery compounds and just mix them with the plastic, but there are many issues with this approach."

The problems include difficulty in controlling the mixing of the two components and adhesion between the plastic and rubber. Chung, and Dr. Usama F. Kandil, postdoctoral researcher in materials science and engineering, looked at another way to embed rubbery particles into a plastic matrix. They described their work today (Aug. 29) at the 230th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Washington, D.C...read the wave


Nano Coatings : USA

Nanocoating Could Eliminate Foggy Windows and Lenses


Newswise — Foggy windows and lenses are a nuisance, and in the case of automobile windows, can pose a driving hazard. Now, a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may have found a permanent solution to the problem. The team has developed a unique polymer coating — made of silica nanoparticles — that they say can create surfaces that never fog.

The transparent coating can be applied to eyeglasses, camera lenses, ski goggles … even bathroom mirrors, they say. The new coating was described today at the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Researchers have been developing anti-fog technology for years, but each approach has its drawbacks. Some stores carry special anti-fog sprays that help reduce fogging on the inside of car windows, but the sprays must be constantly reapplied to remain effective. Glass containing titanium dioxide also shows promise for reduced fogging, but the method only works in the presence of ultraviolet (UV) light, researchers say...read the wave



Nanoimprint Litography : USA

Brookhaven's "Electro Pen" may impact a host of developing nanotechnologies


Upton, NY, At the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists have developed a new chemical "writing" technique that can create lines of "ink" only a few tens of nanometers, or billionths of a meter, in width.

"Our new 'writing' method opens up many new possibilities for creating nanoscale patterns and features on surfaces. This may have a significant impact on developing nanotechnologies that involve nanopatterning, such as molecular electronics -- tiny circuits built using single organic molecules," said Brookhaven Lab physicist Yuguang Cai. Cai will discuss the method at the 230th American Chemical Society national meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, August 28, at 12 p.m. in room 8-9 of the Renaissance Hotel.

Cai and his colleagues call the technique "Electro Pen Nanolithography" (EPN). They sweep a very thin metal tip across a film of organic molecules. The tip carries an electric voltage, which causes the region under it to "oxidize," or undergo a reaction that changes the chemical makeup of the film. In a single sweep of the pen, organic "ink" molecules are transferred from the tip to the oxidized regions, creating an extremely thin line.
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Nano Reports : USA

Arbelos Capital Partners Publishes Research Report on Nanoscience Technologies, Inc.


(PRWEB) August 27, 2005 -- Arbelos Capital Partners, a New York based research and consulting firm, today announced that it had published a new independent research report on Nanoscience Technologies Inc. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the report by contacting Arbelos at e-mail protected from spam bots, or by accessing the report directly from the interactive online community and informational website, DonPenny.com.

Arbelos Analyst Don Capo writes that, "Nanoscience Technologies is positioned to be a leader in this space [DNA Nanotechnology, and currently has an attractive valuation for an early stage investment.”
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29-08- 2005

Nano Medicine : USA

Self-Assembled DNA Buckyballs for Drug Delivery


Newswise — DNA isn't just for storing genetic codes any more. Since DNA can polymerize -- linking many molecules together into larger structures -- scientists have been using it as a nanoscale building material, constructing geometric shapes and even working mechanical devices.

Now Cornell University researchers have made DNA buckyballs -- tiny geodesic spheres that could be used for drug delivery and as containers for chemical reactions.

The term "buckyballs" has been used up to now for tiny spherical assemblies of carbon atoms known as Buckminsterfullerenes or just fullerenes. Under the right conditions, carbon atoms can link up into hexagons and pentagons, which in turn assemble into spherical shapes (technically truncated icosahedrons) resembling the geodesic domes designed by the architect-engineer Buckminster Fuller. Instead of carbon, the Cornell researchers are making buckyballs out of a specially prepared, branched DNA-polystyrene hybrid. The hybrid molecules spontaneously self-assemble into hollow balls about 400 nanometers (nm) in diameter. The DNA/polystyrene "rods" forming the structure are each about 15 nm long. (While still on the nanoscale, the DNA spheres are much larger than carbon buckyballs, which are typically around 7 nm in diameter.)...read the wave



Nano Debate : USA

Expert Addresses Nanotechnology Challenges Facing Safety And Health Professionals


Des Plaines, IL — Safety, health and environmental professionals should develop safeguards to protect workers from nanoparticles that could enter their bloodstream or lungs, recommended American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) member Robert Adams, CIH, CSP, during a recent Audio Conference. Nanoparticles are particles of materials the size of one-billionth of a meter, and at this level the physical, chemical and biological properties of matter can be engineered to create new products and applications such as water-repellant coatings and more-durable titanium cutting tools.

According to Adams, occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals in the nanotechnology industry should proactively develop safety practices to protect workers from nanoparticle exposure. He recommended that SH&E professionals continue to utilize and improve upon safety and risk management programs in addition to providing necessary personal protective equipment and localized exhaust ventilation systems to reduce the build up of nanoparticles in the workplace...read the wave


Nano News : UK

Team makes nanotech breakthrough


A breakthrough in nanotechnology has been hailed by experts at Edinburgh University.It means that an age where laser beams are used to lift objects up and move them around could be closer than previously thought.

Scientists in the capital used machines 80,000 times thinner than a hair's breadth in the experiment.They moved a tiny droplet of water along a surface, and even up a slope, using only light sensitive molecules.

It is the first time nanotechnology has been used to move an object large enough to be seen by the naked eye.Team members stressed that the research was in its early stages, but - by linking the technology to the real world - a significant step forward had been made...read the wave

Future Technology : USA

Location of Crucial Atoms in Superconductors


Newswise — With an advanced imaging technique and a savvy strategy, researchers at Cornell University's Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LAASP) have shown how adding charge-carrying atoms like oxygen to a superconductor can increase the material's ability to conduct electricity overall and -- paradoxically -- to decrease it in localized spots.

The discovery, published in the Aug. 12 issue of Science , could lead to the eventual development of more effective superconductors.

The scientists, led by Cornell professor of physics J.C. Séamus Davis, used a specialized scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in the basement of Cornell's Clark Hall for the research. They identified for the first time the locations of individual oxygen atoms within a particular superconductor's molecular structure and used that information to examine how the atoms affect current flow in their immediate vicinity. It's a small but vital step, they say, toward understanding how superconductors work.
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Nano Research : USA



AMES, Iowa – A genius well ahead of his time, Leonardo Da Vinci continues to inspire even 500 years after his remarkable life. His works are central to the best selling mystery novel The Da Vinci Code and its upcoming film adaptation, and his theories on friction are helping a group of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory unlock the mystery of friction at the molecular level.

In a nutshell, Da Vinci proposed that if two contacting surfaces are geometrically similar, – commensurable – they will have a much higher coefficient of friction than two geometrically dissimilar surfaces, due to the fact that the similar surfaces have a tendency to interlock. To test this theory at the molecular level, the research team looked at a quasicrystalline material that exhibits both periodic and aperiodic configurations in its crystal structure. What they found, in results to be published in the August 26 issue of the journal Science, was that friction along the periodic surface was about eight times greater than the friction along the aperiodic axis...read the wave



Nano Debate : USA

Tiny particles of faith


Several Rochester area biotechnology companies are banking on the promise of nanotechnology, a hot scientific field that could improve a wide range of consumer products from makeup to microchips.

But federal lawmakers and agencies are now grappling with how to regulate nanotech-based products without discouraging investor interest in research and development.

"The first step is to support research efforts at the federal level to study nanotechnology and see any areas where regulation might be required," said Joe Pouliot, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, a Republican representing a district that includes Geneva, Ontario County. Boehlert also chairs the House Committee on Science. "Being a new industry, you don't want to regulate it too much."

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Tools of the Trade : UK

New applications for DLS and zeta potential in nano materials characterization


A new, freely downloadable audiovisual presentation given by Malvern Instruments' Dr. Ana Morfesis, applications manager for dispersion systems, and guest presenter Professor James Schneider of the Chemical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, explores new applications for dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements in nano materials characterization...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : Germany + UK

Heidelberg Instruments, GmbH, Receives Order for DWL66 Maskless Lithography System from Durham University


Heidelberg, Germany (PRWEB) -- Heidelberg Instruments, GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany, announced the purchase of a DWL66 maskless lithography system by Durham University Center for Electronics. The DWL66 is a unique, maskless lithography system for mask making and direct writing. This system is capable of producing patterns down to 0.6 microns, and is equipped with the capability of thick resist and grey scale exposure, in addition to metrology, front to backside and layer to layer alignment.

"DWL66 systems continue to be a leading platform in direct write laser lithography applications among the research institutions. We welcome Durham University to the community of over 80 research institutions who currently use this system and look forward to a long standing cooperation," Alexander Forozan, Vice President of World Wide Sales and Marketing, Heidelberg Instruments, GmbH.

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Nano Funding : Canada

Canadian Genomics Researchers Receive $346 Million for New Projects In Health, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries


The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Genome Canada, and Dr. Cal Stiller, Chairman of the Board of Genome Canada, today announced 33 new genomics and proteomics research projects totalling $346 million. Of this, $167.2 million is provided by Genome Canada and $179.3 million by Canadian and international partners.

"These large-scale projects have tremendous potential to improve the health of Canadians and build the competitiveness and prosperity of the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors of our economy," said Minister Emerson. "Today's funding announcement reinforces the important scientific advances that can be achieved for all Canadians and indeed the world through Genome Canada's funding model. Stretching government dollars through collaborations with other governments and partners maximizes our research capacity."
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Nano News : USA

Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative (ONI) Launches Website


OKLAHOMA CITY (PRWEB via PR Web Direct ) -- The State Chamber has announced the launch of the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative (ONI) website, www.oknano.com . The website is part of a statewide initiative to create awareness of the emerging nanotechnology industry and its potential impact on Oklahoma. The ONI is a project coordinated by The State Chamber of Oklahoma and funded by the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

“The role Oklahoma will eventually play in this promising new industry depends largely on actions taken today,” said Jim Mason, executive director of the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative and vice president for technology initiatives with The State Chamber. “Planting the seeds of nanotechnology in Oklahoma is an important investment in our state's future.”

According to Mason, timing is critical in this endeavor because nanotechnology is still a relatively new industry with many states beginning to make their mark with varying initiatives. Through the ONI, Oklahoma has a unique opportunity to position the state as a leader in the emerging industry.

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Future Technology : USA

Chemical Could Revolutionize Polymer Fuel Cells


Atlanta — Heat has always been a problem for fuel cells. There's usually either too much (ceramic fuel cells) for certain portable uses, such as automobiles or electronics, or too little (polymer fuel cells) to be efficient.

While polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are widely considered the most promising fuel cells for portable use, their low operating temperature and consequent low efficiency have blocked their jump from promising technology to practical technology.

But researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have pinpointed a chemical that could allow PEM fuel cells to operate at a much higher temperature without moisture, potentially meaning that polymer fuel cells could be made much more cheaply than ever before and finally run at temperatures high enough to make them practical for use in cars and small electronics..
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Nano Medicine : UK

Novel Magnetic Nanoclusters


A University of Leicester research project has received funding of £102,944 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to produce new types of magnetic nanoparticles for use in cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment. The project aims to solve some of the technological problems involved with using magnetic nanoparticles (particles containing just a few hundred atoms) in medical applications, including targeted drug delivery, ultra-high sensitivity detection of tumours and cancer treatments. The research project spans several departments and is being run by Dr Andrew Ellis, Department of Chemistry, Prof. Chris Binns, Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Prof. Kilian Mellon, Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine.

Prof Binns commented: “At Leicester we are building a unique source of magnetic nanoparticles in which each one has a layered structure of different materials (like a nano-onion). This means that you can design suitable magnetic properties into each nanoparticle to perform a specific task. If the particles are then coated with a final shell of gold they can be attached to biological molecules (such as drugs or antibodies) to perform the diagnosis and therapies described above.” ...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

UA Physicists Find Key to Long-Lived Metal Nanowires


University of Arizona physicists have discovered what it takes to make metal 'nanowires' that last a long time. This is particularly important to the electronics industry, which hopes to use tiny wires -- that have diameters counted in tens of atoms -- in Lilputian electronic devices in the next 10 to 15 years.

Researchers predict that such nanotechnology will be the next Big Thing to revolutionize the computing, medical, power and other industries in coming decades.

Although researchers in Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and the United States have had some success at making nanowires -- extremely small filaments that transport electrons -- the wires don't last long except at low temperatures.

What researchers need are robust nanowires that will take repeated use without failing at room temperature and higher..
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Nano Research : USA

Of Friction and "The Da Vinci Code"


BERKELEY, CA – The Da Vinci Code , the best selling novel and soon-to-be-blockbuster film, may also be linked some day to the solving of a scientific mystery as old as Leonardo Da Vinci himself — friction. A collaboration of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University have used Da Vinci's principles of friction and the geometric oddities known as quasicrystals to open a new pathway towards a better understanding of friction at the atomic level.

In a paper published in the August 26 issue of the journal Science , a research collaboration led by Miquel Salmeron, a physicist with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division, reports on the first study to measure the frictional effects of ...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Well Done Howard !
Lovy to Join Arrowhead Team as Communications Director


PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Arrowhead Research Corporation (Nasdaq: ARWR - News ) announced today that Howard Lovy, a journalist who specializes in reporting nanotech business developments and promoting public understanding of nanotechnology, has joined its team as Director of Communications. Lovy was among the founding editors of Small Times Media, the first trade magazine and website covering nanotechnology. During the past year, he has contributed analyses to the Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report; written white papers and reports for NanoMarkets; and covered nanotech issues for the Wall Street Journal, Wired News, Salon.com, and other publications.
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Nano Biz : USA

TTCM China Broadens Market, Makes Its Superior Water Pipe Available for Oil & Gas and Targets The Energy Industry in China and the World!


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TTCM China, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TTCH - News ) developed a superior pipe for water systems, and swiftly captured 30% of the Chinese market. Now the company has perfected its patented pipes for use in oil and gas applications as well, broadening its market for pipes to at least double, according to Jiqun Wang, Chairman and President.

"The fast-rising demand for energy in China has created an energy industry need for technologically advanced pipes that is virtually unlimited. Add to that need, the requirements of the mushrooming international energy industry, and what TTCM China will serve, is a vast untapped market of huge profitability," Wang said.

The news comes on the heels of Tuesday's newsbreak that TTCM China is seeking a government license and making arrangements to mine and process the rare and valuable metal, vanadium.
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Nano Medicine : USA

Novel lipoplex nanoparticle to be used in 1st human trial treating advanced solid cancer


Washington D.C. -- The first clinical trial of a biologic nanoparticle designed to give back to cancer patients the tumor-busting gene they have lost is expected to start in September at Georgetown University Medical Center.

The phase I clinical study will enroll 20 patients with advanced solid cancers (including most common tumor types), and is the culmination of more than a decade of work by a team of researchers led by Professor Esther H. Chang, Ph.D. at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Their research has led to development of a tiny structure -- measuring a millionth of an inch across -- that resembles a virus particle that can penetrate deeply into the tumor and move efficiently into cells. The device is a "liposome" -- a microscopic globule made of lipids -- that is spiked on the outside with antibody molecules that will seek out, bind to, and then enter cancer cells including metastases wherever they hide in the body. These molecules bind to the receptor for transferrin that is present in high numbers on cancer cells.

Once inside, the nanoparticle, which the researchers call a "immunolipoplex," will deliver its payload -- the p53 gene whose protein helps to signal cells to self-destruct when they have the kind of genetic damage characterized by cancer and by cancer therapies...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Climate and Energy Project awards more than $11 million in research grants


Franklin M. Orr Jr., director of the Stanford University Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), announced that five new research grants totaling more than $11 million have been awarded to Stanford faculty and collaborating researchers at other institutions in the United States and overseas. The new programs will focus on solar energy, advanced combustion, and carbon capture and separation. Investigators will use the funding to conduct fundamental research in energy technologies aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale....read the wave



Nano Biz : Austria

NANOIDENT AG joined the Organic Electronics Association (OEA)


Linz, Austria, --- The nanotechnology company NANOIDENT AG has joined the VDMA - Organic Electronics Association (OEA). NANOIDENT is the world's first company specialized in the development and production of organic semiconductor-based photonic sensors. As NANOIDENT CEO Klaus Schroeter comments, “The OEA is Europe's largest association of manufacturers, potential customers and partners in the organic semiconductor industry – a network that offers us plenty of excellent opportunities to rapidly expand our current market position.” OEA Managing Director Dr. Klaus Hecker adds, “NANOIDENT's accession to OEA is a great boost to our efforts to establish the association as a leading platform for the fast-growing European organic semiconductor industry.” ...read the wave



Nano Event : Germany

International trade fair for biotechnology


The international trade fair for biotechnology, BioTechnica 2005, will take place in Hanover, Germany, from 18 to 20 October.

BIOTECHNICA mirrors the successful development of one of the most important sectors of the future, offering a meeting-place for international experts from the fields of industry, science and politics, with a high proportion of decision-makers.

The key themes of the event are nano-biotechnology and microsystems technology, tissue engineering, enabling technologies, biophonics, and smaller-scale pharmaceutical and biotech enterprises.

The fair will also feature the BioTechnica Partnering Forum - an international B2B partnering forum for matchmaking global leaders and decision-makers in life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

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Nano Biz : USA

Industrial Nanotech to Target Automotive Industry to Keep Car Interiors Cooler and Reduce Fuel Consumption


NAPLES, Fla., (PRIMEZONE) -- Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (Other OTC: INTK.PK - News ), a leader in the development and commercialization of nanotechnology related products, has announced that the Company has signed a development agreement with a leading scientific group to produce a prototype of, and the high volume manufacturing equipment specifications for, a re-engineered version of the current nanocomposite used by Industrial Nanotech, to target the automotive industry.

The re-engineered version of Nansulate(tm) is being designed for use in the interior of automobiles to provide additional thermal insulation, thus reducing fuel consumption by reducing an air conditioning system's workload. The Companies will work together to develop the manufacturing equipment and processes required to produce the material in volumes sufficient to supply the anticipated demand for this new product. The new particle is the subject of patent applications filed by the inventor, Stuart Burchill, CEO of Industrial Nanotech, Inc., in February of 2004...read the wave



Nano Funding : USA

$200M Emerging Technology Fund subject of study


Technologists and business leaders from around the country have been requesting detailed information on how the Texas governor’s office launched the Emerging Technology Fund. Now the office of Governor Rick Perry, in cooperation with the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, has agreed to have two people key to the funds creation and implementation release a detailed study of the fund at nanoTX’06. www.nanotx.biz

The Texas Emerging Technology Fund is $200,000,000 designed to assist the development and commercialization of several technologies important in the future of Texas, with nanotechnology being among the foremost.

To be released are valuable insights in the creation of the fund, its passage through the Texas legislature, and how it is being implemented, told by three key people. "It was difficult and complicated in organizing technologists and businesses to get behind such an effort in a state as large as Texas," says Kelly Kordzik, president of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative in Austin. Kordzik is joining with the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Phil Wilson, and Mark Ellison, Director of the Texas Emerging.
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Nano Storage : The Netherlands

High NA Lenses (SIL) for Optical Data Storage Made of Synthetic Single Crystal Diamond


CUIJK, The Netherlands, /PRNewswire/ -- At the heart of the increase in the density of data storage is the ability to produce small lenses that operate at short wavelengths. These Solid-Immersion Lenses (SILs) conform to tight tolerances on diameter, thickness, surface form and roughness at a diameter of 1.0mm or smaller. Element Six announces the development of a process that can obtain the required form accuracy in 1mm Synthetic Single Crystal Diamond spheres. This new process has improved the accuracy of the lenses by a factor 10 compared to earlier techniques.

Since the introduction of the compact disk in 1985, it has become the standard storage medium for music, digital photography, computer data and games. As the demand for disk capacity increases, future generations of optical media will need significantly higher storage capacities. This trend is seen in DVD and its successor the Blu-Ray disk. Diamond lenses are a crucial component of the next generation of storage technology. Diamond lenses will enable a storage capacity of up to 1TB (1000 Giga Bytes) per disc...read the wave



Future Technology : USA

Cornell-developed micro-switch uses water droplets for bonding, mimicking palm-beetle's leaf-clinging technique


ITHACA, N.Y. -- Imagine this: A tiny, fast switch that uses water droplets to create adhesive bonds almost as strong as aluminum by borrowing a mechanism found in palm beetles.

The new beetle-inspired switch, designed by Cornell University engineers, can work by itself on the scale of a micron -- a millionth of a meter. The switches can be combined in arrays for larger applications like powerful adhesive bonding. Like the transistor, whose varied uses became apparent only following its invention, the uses of the new switch are not yet understood. But the switch's simplicity, smallness and speed have enormous potential, according to the researchers.

"Almost all the greatest technological advances have depended on switches, and this is a switch that is fast and can be scaled down," said Paul Steen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell and...read the wave



Nano Products : Iran

1st commercial nanotech product made by Iran


LONDON, (IranMania) - Iranian scientists have made the country?s first-ever commercial product using nanotechnology, reported ISNA.Rahil Hosseini, a nanotechnology researcher, told the news agency that Nanocid, a powerful antibacterial product, has been produced by Iranian experts.

She said that Nanocid can be used in the production of various kinds of detergents, paints, ceramics, air conditioning systems, vacuum cleaners, home appliances, shoes and garments.She said the product could also be used in highly hygienic places like clinics and hospitals given its outstanding anti-bacterial characteristics. She said the product has successfully passed all quality control tests and has been verified by the Pasteur Institute of Tehran.

A special committee has been set up at the Presidential Office to help develop nanotechnology research in Iran.Nanotechnology jumpstarts a new industrial revolution with molecular-sized structures as complex as the human cell and 100 times stronger than steel.

The new technology transforms everyday products and the way they are made by manipulating atoms so that materials can be shrunk, strengthened and lightened all at once.Scientists believe nanotechnology can be used to produce environment-friendly fuels, which could turn into next generation alternatives to fossil energy-carriers.Scientists have used nanotechnology to produce a modified version of hydrogen fuel, which does not cause environmental hazards.
Nanotechnology has attracted scientists? attention across the globe in the past 10 years.
Source : IranMania.com



Nano Products : USA

Sporting Goods First to Benefit from MEMS and Nanotechnology


ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The sporting goods market is a fantastic win-win for suppliers of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) devices and nanomaterials reports EmTech Research, a division of Small Times Media ( http://www.emtechresearch.com ). The ability of MEMS sensors and nanomaterials to provide improved product performance and functionality that meet the needs of a competitive industry, at a price sports equipment manufacturers are willing to pay, is key.

"The impact of MEMS and nanotechnology on sporting goods as a whole is far greater than sports' impact to the bottom line of the companies supplying these sensors and materials," says Marlene Bourne, Vice President of Research and Principal Analyst with EmTech Research. "But it's an ideal way for a startup and its technology to gain visibility in the broader marketplace."

A report from EmTech Research also finds that...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Nanomaterials to Mimic Cells


Mimicking a real living cell by combining artificial membranes and nanomaterials in one construction is the aim of a new research grant at UC Davis. The Nanoscale Integrated Research Team grant, funded by the National Science Foundation with $1.6 million over four years, will study membranes mounted on aerogels, solid materials riddled with so many tiny pores that they are mostly empty.

All living cells are wrapped in a double-layered membrane of oily lipid molecules. Cell membranes are studded with proteins and other molecules, governing how food and wastes get in and out of a cell, how cells signal to and react to their environment, and how they divide and grow.

Currently, researchers studying artificial membranes mount them on solid substrates such as gold, glass or polymers, but that means that only one side of the membrane is accessible, said Subhash Risbud, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at UC Davis and principal investigator on the project..
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Nano Storage : UK

Nanotechnology Wins Innovation Fellowship


A University of Leicester project which will have implications for the quality of magnetic recording has won a prestigious Innovation Fellowship, allowing researchers to develop its commercial potential.

Chris Binns, Professor of Nanoscience at the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, heads the project, which is a collaboration with Dr Robert Lamberton of Seagate and Dr Roer Bayston of the Queen's Medical Centre at Nottingham. The project aims to develop a new facility that is capable of coating a surface with metal nanoparticles at a very high rate.

This is a new way of making metal films. Instead of coating a surface in vacuum with atoms as with a conventional evaporator, the element is first formed into tiny nanocrystals, typically containing a few hundred atoms. These pre-formed nanoparticles are then deposited onto surfaces
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Nano Research : USA

Columbia Researchers Bring Nanotech's Promise a Step Closer to Reality


Scientists at Columbia University's Nanoscience Center have solved a fundamental, and to date, highly elusive challenge in the fast-developing world of nanotech-molecular electronic devices.

In the July 22nd issue of Science , Colin Nuckolls, an associate professor of chemistry, and his colleagues George Tulevski, Matt Myers, Michael Steigerwald, along with Mark S. Hybertsen, from the department of applied physics and applied mathematics, describe how they created a so-called electricity-bridge to allow current to flow efficiently between molecules and nano-sized metals, a process necessary for molecular electronic device construction.

The discovery -- involving the ability to construct materials or machines on nano-scales (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter) -- brings scientists one step closer to achieving previously unimagined possibilities, including information processing with molecules, medicines from nanoparticles that vastly improve delivery and dosage, and molecule-sized robots that flow through a person's bloodstream to treat clogged arteries in heart attack or (potential heart attack) patients.
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Nano Defence : UK

Nanotechnology breakthrough by Imperial College will help the war against terrorism


Ingenia Technology Limited has launched an exciting breakthrough proprietary technology, developed by Imperial College London and Durham University - the Laser Surface Authentication system (LSA). The LSA system recognises the inherent 'fingerprint' within all materials such as paper, plastic, metal and ceramics.

The LSA system is a whole new approach to security and could prove valuable in the war against terrorism through its ability to make secure the authenticity of passports, ID cards and other documents such as birth certificates.

This technological breakthrough has been masterminded by Professor Russell Cowburn, Professor of Nanotechnology in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London.

Every paper, plastic, metal and ceramic surface is microscopically different and has its own 'fingerprint'. Professor Cowburn's LSA system uses a laser to read this naturally occurring 'fingerprint'. The accuracy of measurement is often greater than that of DNA with a reliability of at least one million trillion...read the wave


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Nano Products : UK

How super-cows and nanotechnology will make ice cream healthy


In a field somewhere in County Down, Northern Ireland, is a herd of 40 super-cows that could take all the poisonous guilt out of bingeing on ice cream. Unilever, the manufacturer of Persil and PG Tips, is sponsoring a secret research project by a leading British agricultural science institution into how to reduce the levels of saturated fat in cow's milk.

The theory goes that by feeding the Friesians a specially fortified diet and allowing them to roam in lush surroundings they will produce more polyunsaturated fat - that's healthy fat - in their milk. In essence, it is an experiment in influencing what comes out of a cow by controlling what goes in.

Unilever believes that by procuring healthier milk it can produce healthier ice cream...read the wave



Nano News : USA

Startup Sees Promise in Virus


When describing the business plan of his biotech startup, Cambrios Technologies, Mike Knapp is accustomed to seeing raised eyebrows.

The firm's current research projects involve using microscopic viruses to create artificial proteins to manufacture electronic devices. Knapp concedes that might sound more like science fiction than modern lab technique

It doesn't help impressions that Cambrios has raised close to $14 million in funding from a group of backers including the venture capital fund run by the CIA, In-Q-Tel. Or that popular fiction has dramatized genetically engineered viruses in frightening ways. In the novel Prey , by Michael Crichton, a company creates self-replicating microscopic machines bent on killing scientists trapped inside a lab...read the wave


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Nano Litography : USA

New Microprinting Technique Improves Nanoscale Fabrication


Scientists will announce next month a new technique called microdisplacement printing, which makes possible the highly precise placement of molecules during the fabrication of nanoscale components for electronic and sensing devices. The new technique, which also extends the library of molecules that can be used for patterning, will be described in the 14 September issue of the journal Nano Letters by a team led by Paul S. Weiss, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State.

The new microdisplacement technique is based on a widely used patterning method known as microcontact printing -- a simple way of fabricating chemical patterns that does not require clean rooms and other kinds of special and expensive environments. Both methods involve "inking" a patterned rubber-like stamp with a solution of molecules, then applying the inked stamp to a surface
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Nano BIZ : India

IIT Bombay seeks industry partners to commercialize new molecules


IIT Bombay, which recently developed two plant-based surfactants molecules (that can reduce the surface tension of water when used in very low concentrations), is in the process of identifying potential pharmaceutical companies to conduct its further studies and commercialisation.

The molecules, developed in the nano-particular form of drug delivery, were built under a broad-spectrum technology, applicable to a wide platform of diseases. The molecules can target diseases like asthma, bronchitis, TB, diabetes and muscular degeneration. IIT recently filed the patent application for both the molecules...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Bitty Beasts of Burden: Algae can carry cargo


For thousands of years, people have been coaxing other creatures into doing chores. Now, a team of scientists has microsized the strategy. They've devised a way to make single-cell algae bear loads over distances of several centimeters a tactic that the researchers say could prove useful in tiny machines.

Algae and other single-celled organisms power their movements with molecular motors. Scientists have long coveted these motors for use in micromachinery, notes chemist Douglas B. Weibel of Harvard University...read the wave


Nano News : Brazil

Lula inaugurates national Nanotechnology Program


Brasília - President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said today (19) that Brazil can no longer remain an exporter of fresh products. "The big guys are those that possess technological and scientific power. They are the countries with more capacity to decide their destiny, to exercise their sovereign power in defense of their interests in international negotiations, and to do a better job on behalf of social justice," the President said, at the inauguration of the National Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Program at the National Synchroton Light Particle Laboratory in Campinas, São Paulo (SP).

According to the President, the federal government has invested in projects of technological innovation, unlike what went on during the decade of the '90's, "when government research funds were cut and there was an intense denationalization of the country's industry." As examples of what the current Administration is doing, he cited the university reform and the creation of 32 university extension units in the country's poorest regions.

"We are doing this to give Brazil the necessary instruments for us to compete in the knowledge sphere on a truly equal basis with other countries that are of the same size and importance as Brazil," he emphasized.

The National Nanotechnology Program is intended to manufacture products to strengthen the country's scientific research capacity. US$ 29.81 million (R$ 71 million) will be invested this year. According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, these funds will be used to finance the projects of young scientists and the implantation of major laboratories.

Translation: David Silberstein Source : © Agencia Brasil


Nano Enviroment : USA

Nano Coalition Unveils Environmental, Health and Safety Database


HOUSTON,­ The International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) and Rice University¹s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) has launched the world¹s first online database of scientific findings related to the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. The database can be accessed at http://icon.rice.edu/research.cfm.

This environmental health and safety (EHS) database marks the first effort to integrate the vast and diverse scientific literature on the impacts of nanoparticles, which are tiny pieces of matter with dimensions measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers and containing between tens and thousands of atoms. (One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or approximately 60,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.) The database is the result of the collected efforts of Rice researchers, the chemical industry and the U.S. Department of Energy. This database will be updated and enhanced over the next year.

Many nanoparticles exhibit unique chemical, electrical, optical and physical properties by virtue of their size, shape or surface characteristics. The great diversity of nanoparticle types that have already been created has made it difficult for scientists to make general statements about the potential safety hazards that nanoparticles might pose to living organisms...read the wave


Future Technology : UK

Nottingham research sheds new light on how chemical reactions work


Research from The University of Nottingham's School of Chemistry has contributed to a breakthrough in the complex world of understanding how the quantum mechanics of chemical reactions work.

By understanding chemical processes better chemists will be able to conduct experiments more quickly and accurately, and make new chemicals more cheaply and efficiently.

A study led by Dr Stuart Althorpe, Reader in Physical Chemistry, is published in the August 19 issue of the prestigious international journal Science.

The research was carried out as part of a long-standing collaboration with a colleague at the University of Durham, Dr Eckart Wrede, and provides a leap forward for scientists all over the world.

Dr Althorpe said: “This work provides another vital piece of the jigsaw for understanding how chemical reactions work
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Nano Research : USA

GE Global Research Develops ''Ideal'' Carbon Nanotube Diode


NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), announced the development of an ideal carbon nanotube diode that operates at the "theoretical limit," or best possible performance. This is a significant improvement upon the original nanotube diode device that GE developed and announced last year. This latest breakthrough will enable even smaller and faster electronic devices with increased functionality.

In the course of its research, the GE team led by Dr. Ji Ung Lee made a related discovery when it observed a photovoltaic effect in the nanotube diode device. This is a very significant development that could lead to new approaches and breakthroughs in photovoltaic research. Photovoltaics research is a key component of GE's Ecomagination initiative, which was launched in May. Ecomagination represents the company's commitment to aggressively drive and bring to market new technologies that help its customers address their most pressing energy and environmental challenges.
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Nano Education : USA

Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility Opens at UC Riverside


The ceremony to mark the opening of UC Riverside's 2,000-square-foot Nanofabrication Cleanroom was held on Aug. 18. Congressmen Ken Calvert and Jerry Lewis will spoke during the ceremony.

The $3 million nanofabrication facility will give a big boost to UCR's nanotechnology research by providing the tools and dust-free workspace in which to build a myriad of small-scale circuits and machines.

“It is nearly impossible to conduct nanoscale research without a cleanroom environment,” said Robert Haddon, director of UCR's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. “In some respects having a cleanroom to process samples in is the price of admission into nanoscale research.”

With $7 million worth of equipment, the facility will allow researchers to conduct their work with a full compliment of technology
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Nano Biz : USA

NanoDynamics™ & Ames Goldsmith Establish Strategic Alliance in NanoSilver Powder


Buffalo, NY, --- NanoDynamics™, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, has announced that a long-term strategic agreement has been reached with Ames Goldsmith (Glens Falls, NY) relating to the manufacturer and sales of NDSilver™ nanosilver powders. In particular, the companies will collaborate on products targeted for key market opportunities in the electronics area. This strategic partnership builds upon NanoDynamics' proprietary expertise in nanomaterials technology and the proven customer support abilities of Ames Goldsmith, and is expected to accelerate the commercialization of new products with real benefits to customers
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| Great potential of electronic phase transition | Yoshinori TOKURA |

Semiconductor electronics strives to control a single electron. On the other hand, strongly correlated electronics attempts to control many electrons at the same time, and Prof. Tokura has been pursuing this area of research. In a band insulator, which is based on the electronic structure of an intrinsic semiconductor, there are no vacant sites into which electrons can hop because...read the wave


| article courtesy of JAPAN NANONET BULLETIN |

Nano Coatings : USA

Biocide-free antifouling coatings thanks to nanostructured surfaces


The EU research project “AMBIO” is investigating how to prevent the buildup of organisms on surfaces under marine conditions, for example on ships' hulls. Scientists from BASF are collaborating on this project with 30 partners from business and science from 14 countries. The five-year project was launched in March 2005, and involves a total budget of €17.9 million, of which €11.9 million will be provided by the European Union. The goal of the AMBIO project (Advanced Nanostructured Surfaces for the Control of Biofouling) is to use nanostructuring to significantly reduce the adhesion of organisms to surfaces in aquatic environments, and thus control the fouling process without the use of biocides.

Biofouling is an issue with both environmental and economic relevance. For example, ships with fouled hulls require 40 percent more fossil fuel to travel at the same speed as unfouled vessels. This significantly increases emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The current state of the art is to use controversial biocides such as copper and organotin compounds that prevent fouling by killing the organisms. Further examples of situations where biofouling may be a problem are.
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Nano Research : USA

U. T. Dallas-Led Research Team Produces Strong, Transparent Carbon Nanotube Sheets


RICHARDSON, Texas – University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) nanotechnologists and an Australian colleague have produced transparent carbon nanotube sheets that are stronger than the same-weight steel sheets and have demonstrated applicability for organic light-emitting displays, low-noise electronic sensors, artificial muscles, conducting appliqués and broad-band polarized light sources that can be switched in one ten-thousandths of a second.

Carbon nanotubes are like minute bits of string, and untold trillions of these invisible strings must be assembled to make useful macroscopic articles that can exploit the phenomenal mechanical and electronic properties of the individual nanotubes. In the Aug. 19 issue of the prestigious journal Science , scientists from the NanoTech Institute at UTD and a collaborator, Dr. Ken Atkinson from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a national laboratory in Australia, report such assembly of nanotubes into sheets at commercially useable rates...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

UCR chemists prepare molecules that accelerate chemical reactions for manufacturing drugs


Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have synthesized a new class of carbenes – molecules that have unusual carbon atoms – that is expected to have wide applications in the pharmaceutical industry, ultimately resulting in a reduction in the price of drugs.

Called cyclic alkyl amino carbenes or CAACs, the molecules attach themselves to metals, such as palladium, to form highly efficient catalysts that allow chemical transformations otherwise considered impossible. The carbenes modulate the properties of the metals to which they are bound and can facilitate and speed up reactions involving their use.

Study results appear in the Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and were published online Aug. 1.

A carbene is a molecule that has a carbon atom with six electrons instead of the usual eight. Because of the electron deficiency, carbenes are highly reactive and usually unstable in nature.
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Nano Biz : USA

Atlas Mining Company Reports on NaturalNano Site Visit


OSBURN, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlas Mining Company (OTCBB:ALMI) announced that on August 11 and 12, Dr. Aaron Wagner and Sarah Cooper from NaturalNano Inc. visited the Dragon Mine to review the progress made at the site. Also present was Dr. Ron Price, inventor of halloysite micro and nanotubular technologies and an Atlas board member. The group was informed of the underground development and geology of the property. They also collected numerous samples of surface and underground materials to analyze. As stated by Dr. Wagner, "The more we know about the total deposit and the different variations that occur in the deposit, the better we will be able to develop a plant facility to separate and classify the nanotubes using our proprietary processes."

Sarah Cooper acknowledged, "I enjoy working with the Atlas group. The Atlas personnel are very helpful and are instrumental in helping us achieve our goals for providing large volumes of this unique, naturally occurring nanotube material for use in the wide range of applications we have identified at NaturalNano."
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Nano Products : USA

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. Announces Carbon Nanotube Backlight For LCDs


AUSTIN, Texas, (PRIMEZONE) -- Nano-Proprietary, Inc. ( NNPP - news ) , through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), today announced that it has successfully developed carbon nanotube (CNT) electron emission for the next generation of mercury-free flat lamps to be utilized as backlights for large area LCD TVs.

The lamp construction is suitable for mass production utilizing Applied Nanotech's proprietary CNT inks and printing techniques and differs radically from the usual triode structure used for CNT TVs. The backlight is comprised of two components: a front glass covered with the phosphor coating and a back glass functioning as a cathode that includes ANI's proprietary metallic and CNT inks. All processes involve printing only and can be produced at low cost to accommodate the needs of the large LCD TV consumer market.

ANI has developed a proof of concept that is 65mm x 65mm (3.6 inch diagonal) utilizing its proprietary functionalized CNTs that requires an electric field of less than 1 volt/micrometer and achieved 40,000 candela/square meter. Considering the high value of luminous efficiency of cathodo-luminescent materials and potential future improvements in the design structure of the lamp, a 32-inch LCD TV backlight consuming power as low as 50-60 watts is possible..
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Nano Lithography : USA

Researchers Carve with Electricity at the Nanometer Scale


By applying electric current through a thin film of oil molecules, engineers have developed a new method to precisely carve arrays of tiny holes only 10 nanometers wide into sheets of gold. The new system, called Electric Pen Lithography (EPL), uses a scanning-tunneling microscope, fitted with a tip sharpened to the size of a single atom, to deliver the charge through the dielectric oil to the target surface.

With EPL, the researchers can both see and manipulate their target at the same time, all without the constraints of the vacuum chamber required by similar processes. With such tight control, the researchers hope the relatively inexpensive procedure will have applications for crafting 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...read the wave



Nano Electronics : EU

Microwavable chips for wireless communication


A recent EU project designed and developed a new demonstrator microchip that will dramatically cut the cost of producing new wireless products and could mean that a whole range of existing products will be enabled for wireless communication.

The IST-funded IMPACT project included industry heavyweights Ericsson and Philips who worked together to develop a new CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) chip that can transmit and receive microwave signals in the 5–24 GHz frequency range. The team developed a range of demonstrators, including amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, and frequency multipliers.

The IMPACT team sought to discover whether analogue and radio frequency (RF) circuits could be developed for the emerging 90nm CMOS chips. These chips use a much smaller (90nm) circuit etching process than current models...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : USA

New MFP-3D™ Extended Atomic Force Microscopy Scan Head for High Feature Samples


Santa Barbara, CA, --- Asylum Research, a leading manufacturer of atomic force microscopes (AFMs), announces the availability of the new MFP-3D Extended Head for use in its MFP-3D Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Systems. The new head design allows a 28µm scan range in Z for samples with higher features, and in particular, for bioscience applications including living cells, plant imaging, and for pulling on long chained molecules...read the wave


Nano Debate : UK

Nanotechnology under the microscope


It has been hailed by some as a revolutionary science — and by others as a threat to mankind.

The technology which spawned fears of unstoppable 'grey goo' taking over the planet and inspired the bestselling Michael Crichton novel Prey continues to be one of the most controversial fields in modern science.

But what is the truth behind nanotechnology and what is its real potential to affect the way we live in the coming decades? This question, and others, will be the subject of a ground-breaking public debate at The University of Nottingham later this month.

Eric Drexler, formerly of the Foresight Institute and now Chief Technical Adviser with Nanorex, was responsible for the concept that nanotechnology could lead to self-replicating 'nanobots' and 'grey goo' with the potential to threaten life as we know it...read the wave



Nano Biz : China

Nanotechnology in China


Hkc22.com, Beijing just released a new study about nanotechnology developments in china from 2005 to 2010 and 2015. The markets in china for nanotechnology products and systems is 5.4 billion us dollar in 2005 and will increase to 31.4 bn us $ by 2010 and 144.9 bn us $ by 2015. The main segments are nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, nanobio  and nano-life-sciences which count already for 70 percent of the turnover. The market share  ( worldmarket )will be more then 6 percent by 2010 and 16 percent by 2015. Like no other country china understood that  to win the race depends on finished products through Nano-Bio-Cogno-Info convergence and not on nano science mainly. Second but maybe even more important, there are no ethical restrictions or social controversy  on developing and using nanotechnologies for new products and systems...read the wave

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Nano Electronics : USA

Purdue simulation to help merge molecules with silicon electronics


Engineers at Purdue University have created a nanotech simulation tool that shows how current flows between silicon atoms and individual molecules to help researchers design "molecular electronic" devices for future computers and advanced sensors.

Molecular electronics could make it possible to manufacture hardware by "growing" circuits and devices in layers that may "self-assemble," similar to the growth of structures in living organisms. Devices for a variety of applications might be fabricated using techniques based on chemical attractions rather than the complex, expensive processes now used to etch electronic circuits
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Nano Enviroment : USA

Green Plus Approved for On-Road, Off-Road and Marine Low Emission Diesel in Texas; State Also Awards Biofriendly Additional Grants


MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biofriendly Corporation has announced that its Green Plus(R) diesel fuel enhancer has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as an emission reduction solution for both on-road and off-road use. This means that on-road trucks, off-road construction equipment, school buses, locomotives and marine vessels that use diesel fuel in the 110 counties in Texas designated by the U.S. EPA as non-attainment areas (areas which have consistently surpassed the ozone and other air pollution levels) may use fuel treated with Green Plus to meet the new Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) law that goes into effect October 1...read the wave


Nano Electronics : USA

AMRC Developing Nano-Metrology to Probe Chip Structures at Atomic Level


Austin, TX - Engineers at the Advanced Materials Research Center (AMRC) here are investigating a nanoscale approach to metrology that will allow them to examine new semiconductor structures at the atomic level, and so prepare the way for next-generation electronics.

The new methodology uses computer modeling designed for use with aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM), an imaging method that can resolve as small as 0.7 Angstrom (Å). Many inter-atomic spacings in crystals, including silicon, have dimensions less than 0.1 nm (1 Å).

This capability of viewing atom-sized structures will push forward the feasibility of advanced semiconductor structures such as fin-shaped field-effect transistors (FinFETs,) which are hoped-for replacements for conventional CMOS transistors that are running up against fundamental physical limitations...read the wave


Nano Biz : USA

K. Eric Drexler Joins Nanorex as Chief Nanotechnology Technical Advisor; Software Company Hires World Renowned Scientist


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nanorex, a molecular engineering software company, named Dr. K. Eric Drexler as the company's Chief Technical Advisor. Dr. Drexler will play a leading role in shaping Nanorex's product strategy and advancing the company's academic outreach programs.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Drexler join our team," said Mark Sims, President and founder of Nanorex. "With his unparalleled knowledge of molecular design, Drexler will help nanoENGINEER-1 become the premiere design software in this field." Sims aims to create top-of-the line molecular engineering tools for researchers and students pushing the frontier in molecular design and nanoscale engineering.

"Computational modeling tools will play a crucial role in guiding nanomechanical engineering research and help identify novel pathways for fabricating productive nanosystems," said Dr. Drexler. "Nanorex has assembled a world-class team of engineers and scientists developing nanoENGINEER-1, which I anticipate will become a compelling educational and research tool for future nanoengineers.".
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Nano Medicine : USA



AMES, Iowa -- Scientists have long used ultra-fine glass tubes known as capillaries to analyze the chemical makeup of substances. Called capillary electrophoresis, or CE, the method applies high voltage to the capillaries, and by measuring the rate that the various materials move through the capillaries, researchers are able to identify individual compounds.

A group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed a method called dynamic multiple equilibrium gradients, DMEG for short, that dramatically fine-tunes the process, allowing for a significant increase in resolution over previous methods. Potential applications include chemical, biological and biomedical sciences, as well as in environmental monitoring, biological warfare detection, drug discovery, and more.

“This method is hyperselective and we can design it to target specific analytes for separation,” said Ryszard Jankowiak, an Ames Lab senior scientist. “Running multiple electric field gradients can focus and move the analytes to the detection window at precisely defined times, creating signature ‘fingerprints', which minimizes the probability of false positives.”...read the wave



Nano Energy : USA

MU Researchers Develop New Source of Energy Using Nanotechnology


COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Countries across the world continue to search for new ways to create energy. As our current means for energy continue to deplete, thus making them more expensive to generate, governments are searching for new energy resources. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a more efficient source of energy involving nano-scale particles that take only microseconds to create and can be developed on a surface as small as a microchip.

"This technology is considerably less expensive than existing chemical and physical processes," said Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of electrical engineering at MU. "It creates high amounts of mechanical and thermal energy and can convert that energy into electrical energy. So, the possibilities are endless in terms of what this energy can do."

The energy is developed using solid state energetic material consisting of fuel and oxidizer. The nano-engineered energetic material generates a tremendous amount of thermal and mechanical energy when ignited. Electric power is generated using the thermoelectric effect. The microfabricated devices coated with the energetic material are capable of producing tens of joules, which are units of energy, in the fraction of a second, which can be used for pulsed power applications or can be stored in charge storage devices for later use in portable electronics...read the wave



Nano News : In Dutch

UT stimuleert jong talent nanotechnologie


Benoeming drie nieuwe hoogleraren

De Universiteit Twente heeft drie jonge hoogleraren benoemd op deelgebieden van de nanotechnologie. Met de benoeming van prof.dr.ir. Harold Zandvliet, prof.dr.ir. Hans Hilgenkamp en prof.dr.ir. Jurriaan Huskens stimuleert het MESA+ Instituut voor Nanotechnologie excellente jonge wetenschappers en maakt het een keuze voor onderzoeksrichtingen – nanofabricage, -devices en -elektronica - die van strategisch belang zijn voor de positie in het nationale nanotechnologie-programma en voor internationale profilering van het onderzoek.

Jurriaan Huskens (37) is benoemd tot hoogleraar Nanofabrication . Hij studeerde Scheikundige Technologie aan de TU Eindhoven en promoveerde aan de TU Delft. In 2002 verwierf hij een VIDI-subsidie van NWO voor onderzoek naar het positioneren en ordenen van moleculen, nodig om ze als bouwblokken voor nano-elektronica te kunnen gebruiken...read the wave



Nano News : Czech Republic

Czech Republic to support research in nanotechnology


The new scientific programme "Nanotechnology for Society" to be discussed by the Cabinet today will secure financing for the research on microscopic structures and technologies, Czech Academy of Sciences President Vaclav Paces told CTK today.

The Academy will earmark almost two billion crowns for the programme in the next seven years."The infrastructure for such an important programme is still lacking in our country," Paces said.

Nanotechnology focuses on the use of microscopic material, combining a number of disciplines, including physics, biology and electronics. For instance, nanotechnology has been used for the development of fireproof fabrics.

The Nanotechnology for Society programme is intended to enhance links between private research centres and government-funded laboratories. The grants will be allocated mainly for the commercial use of scientific findings...read the wave


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Nano Energy : USA

UC Berkeley-led research finds way to use dirty silicon, could pave way for cheaper solar energy


Berkeley, CA, --- A research team led by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a new technique to handle metal defects in low-grade silicon, an advance that could dramatically reduce the cost of solar cells.

Nearly 90 percent of solar, or photovoltaic, cells in the world are made from a refined, highly purified form of silicon, the same material used to make integrated circuits. The growth of the semiconductor and solar cell industries has put increasing pressure on relatively limited supplies of this high-quality silicon, consequently driving up the price of the material.

Attempts to use the far more abundant and cheaper form of silicon - one that is laden with metal impurities and defects - have failed because solar cells made from this material do not perform as well. In addition, manufacturing techniques used to remove impurities are expensive, negating the cost benefits of using the cheaper material....read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

Customized Y-shaped Carbon Nanotubes Can Compute


Researchers at UCSD and Clemson University have discovered that specially synthesized carbon nanotube structures exhibit electronic properties that are improved over conventional transistors used in computers. In a paper published* in the September issue of Nature Materials and released online on August 14, UCSD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professors Prabhakar Bandaru and Sungho Jin, graduate student Chiara Daraio, and Clemson physicist Apparao M. Rao reported that Y-shaped nanotubes behave as electronic switches similar to conventional MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) transistors, the workhorses of modern microprocessors, digital memory, and application-specific integrated circuits.

“This is the first time that a transistor-like structure has been fabricated using a branched carbon nanotube,” said Bandaru. “This discovery represents a new way of thinking about nano-electronic devices, and I think people interested in creating functionality at the nanoscale will be inspired to explore the ramifications of these Y-junction elements in greater detail.” ...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Carbon nanotubes made to stick like a gecko's foot


Renowned for their ability to walk up walls like miniature Spider-Men--or even to hang from the ceiling by one toe--the colorful lizards of the gecko family owe their wall-crawling prowess to their remarkable footpads. Each five-toed foot is covered with microscopic elastic hairs called setae, which are themselves split at the ends to form a forest of nanoscale fibers known as spatulas. So when a gecko steps on almost anything, these nano-hairs make such extremely close contact with the surface that they form intermolecular bonds, thus holding the foot in place...read the wave



Spintronics : Canada



Electron spins controlled by beams of light could pave the way for the next generation of electronic circuitry powered by magnetic properties of charges, says University of Toronto research.

A paper published in the July issue of Physical Review Letters shows how U of T researchers propose a new technique using lasers to harness the quantum mechanical attribute – spin – of particles in solids. The research solves a key obstacle to the new field of spin-based electronics or “spintronics:” how to control the spin of electrons in an energy-efficient way. “Spins of particles interact with magnetic fields like tiny bar magnets,” says Ali Najmaie, the study’s lead author and a graduate student in physics. “The challenge is to produce spin currents by aligning and sorting the motion of electrons according to their spins.”...read the wave



Future : Technology : Singapore

Scientists harness the power of pee


Physicists in Singapore have succeeded in creating the first paper battery that generates electricity from urine. This new battery will be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for diseases such as diabetes. This research is published today in the Institute of Physics' Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Scientists in research groups around the world are trying to design ever smaller “biochips” that can test for a variety of diseases at once, give instant results, and, crucially, can be mass produced cheaply. But until now, no one has been able to solve the problem of finding a power source as small and as cheap to fabricate as the detection technology itself.

Led by Dr Ki Bang Lee, a research team at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have developed a paper battery that is small, cheap to fabricate, and which ingeniously uses the fluid being tested (urine) as the power source for the device doing the testing.
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Nano News : Malta

No nanotechnology infrastructure found in Malta


Nanoforum, the thematic network financed by the EU as part of the FP5 funding of the cutting edge of science, has just drawn up a report on the infrastructures and networks of nanotechnology in Europe.

The authors of the report have found no less than 240 infrastructures in 28 countries, of which 16 have been classified as important for the development of EU research infrastructures. The study also found 143 networks offering support, collaboration and information exchange among members.

But no nanotechnology infrastructures or networks have been found in Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Slovakia and Liechtenstein, the report said.

France has been found to be particularly active in the fields of electronics and nano-biotechnology, while Germany has a wide spectrum of networks covering almost all areas. Greece is present in many areas while the Netherlands, Poland and the UK also have important research centres
Source : Malta Independent Online



Nano Medicine : Spain

Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection (breast cancer)


(I-Newswire) - "There are a broad variety of applications for this system, although the main market is in biomedicine," explains OPTONANOGEN coordinator Laura Lechuga at the National Microelectronics Centre ( CNM ) in Spain. "Though commercial biosensing systems exist they are larger and designed to be used in laboratories. We are the first to develop a fully integrated system on a small scale in this field."

The final device will be roughly the size of a human hand, allowing it to be used in doctors' surgeries to determine the genetic predisposition of a patient to certain diseases in a matter of minutes. That compares to the hours or even days it can take to carry out the same analysis in a laboratory, which is generally only used to test high risk groups such as women with a family history of breast cancer...read the wave


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Nano Textiles : USA

Nanotech Firm Introduces Anti-Odor Fabric

“Eco-fiber” made from all-natural bamboo


BOSTON, Mass, - Greenyarn, an American firm developing advanced fabrics for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional materials, has developed a deodorizing fabric made from bamboo. The company has scaled up production of this material which it has named “Eco-fabric,” and is now supplies it to the Asian and American fabric and garment markets.

The active ingredient of Eco-fabric are nano-particles of bamboo charcoal, made from the Moso Bamboo ( Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens ), the world's most porous bamboo grown in the Jhushan “Bamboo Mountain” region of Taiwan. The bamboo contains many pores in its structure, making it excellent for absorbing odor-causing chemicals, controlling temperature, and voiding moisture -- and a good fabric for footwear or undergarments. The bamboo is also naturally biocidal, and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungii...read the wave



Future Technology : USA

Technology holds promise for infrared camera


New technology developed at Northwestern University has the potential for broad application in the detection of terrorist activities such as missile attacks on U.S. troops. Scientists at the Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) have demonstrated, for the first time, uncooled infrared imaging using type-II superlattice technology. This significant development could lead to smaller, faster and less expensive hand-held infrared imaging devices.

High-speed infrared (IR) imagers are capable of sensing thermal profiles of missiles and other objects that emit heat above that of the background. These devices also have potential in medical applications where excessive heating or cooling in the body can indicate trouble, such as inflammation, circulation issues or even cancerous tissue.

“For most practical applications, high-speed operation with handheld portability is especially important,” said CQD director Manijeh Razeghi, who led the research team. “Uncooled imagers are capable of handheld operation, which is critical in situations with soldiers on the battlefield or with firefighters in a smoke-filled environment. Cooled sensors, on the other hand, typically utilize liquid nitrogen for cooling to minus 200 degrees Celsius, making the sensors expensive and bulky.” ...read the wave



Nano Energy : USA

DOE outlines research needed to improve solar energy technologies


WASHINGTON, D.C. – To help achieve the Bush Administration's goal of increased use of solar and other renewable forms of energy, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science has released a report describing the basic research needed to produce "revolutionary progress in bringing solar energy to its full potential in the energy marketplace." The report resulted from a workshop of 200 scientists held earlier this year.

"The tax credits contained in the historic energy bill signed by President Bush will greatly help expand the use of renewable energy," said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Director of DOE's Office of Science. "This research will help improve a critical component of renewable energy, solar technology, in the future. Increasing the use of renewable energy is a clear way to help meet our growing energy needs using environmentally-friendly power sources."

"This report demonstrates the important contribution the entire scientific community can make to the development of new sustainable energy resources," Orbach said. "Science and basic research can and must play a key role in addressing the energy security needs of our nation." ...read the wave


Nano Funding : USA

Global Climate and Energy Project awards five research grants totaling more than $11 million


(I-Newswire) - Franklin M. Orr Jr., director of the Stanford University Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP), announced that five new research grants totaling more than $11 million have been awarded to Stanford faculty and collaborating researchers at other institutions in the United States and overseas. The new programs will focus on solar energy, advanced combustion, and carbon capture and separation. Investigators will use the funding to conduct fundamental research in energy technologies aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale.

"The granting of these awards broadens the scope of GCEP research and provides us with additional research in renewable energy technologies," said Orr, the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford. "It also expands the global nature of GCEP to include institutions in Australia and Japan in addition to the institutions working with us from the U.S. and Europe."

Funded over a three-year period beginning in fall 2005, the grants will bring the total number of research efforts supported by GCEP to 28, with total funding of approximately $37.5 million..

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Nano Textiles : Australia

Smart Cloth for Cutting-Edge Tailors


Clothing that can report the location of an injured miner or automatically contract around a soldier's wound to prevent blood loss may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it is not far from reality following the development of a new yarn made from sub-microscopic fibres.

In a breakthrough in the development of ‘smart' clothing, scientists at CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology in Geelong and at the University of Texas NanoTech Institute have used Australian wool and cotton spinning know-how to produce a new yarn made solely from carbon nanotubes. These tiny high-tech fibres can be woven into strong, lightweight yarn with some extraordinary properties.

The hollow fibres measure about a millionth of a centimetre in diameter, and are ‘grown' at high temperatures in laboratories....read the wave



Nano Debate : UK

Nano : the BIG Picture


Dealing with things smaller than 100 nanometres (for comparison, a human hair is 80 000 nm wide), nanotechnologies are fast becoming the 'next big thing' (only not so big at all). Yet while nano-enthusiasts say they are the future, nano-sceptics are concerned about potential dangers.

From nano-hype to nano-nonsense, this issue in the Big Picture series sifts sense from speculation.

  • What are nanotechnologies and what might they do for us?
  • What (if anything) do we need to worry about?
  • How are potential benefits weighed against possible downsides?
  • What role should the public play in the process of nano development? ...read the wave



Quantum Computing : USA

Plugging the leaks in a quantum computer


New work by two researchers at HP Laboratories Bristol sets out to solve one of the major difficulties in quantum computer architectures that use directly interacting qubits.

The problem is that the million-or-so qubits necessary to do useful calculations in a quantum computer would all feel the presence of each other, meaning that the information would leak in an uncontrollable way. The more qubits that are put together this way, the harder it is to control them.

The solution put forward by Dr Sean Barrett and Dr Pieter Kok, working at HP Laboratories Bristol, is to put every qubits in its own box, so that they cannot directly talk to each other. However, for quantum computing to work, there does need to be some interaction between qubits so that they can become entangled. In the HP Labs system this is achieved by using the fact that every qubit can emit light particles (photons).

Quantum computing is expected to be much more powerful than conventional information processing. It should be able to search faster and simulate better, factor large numbers efficiently and virtually guarantee secure communications. The technology might still be several decades away from practical implementation
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Nano Medicine : Switzerland + USA

'Gadonanotubes' greatly outperform existing MRI contrast agents


HOUSTON, -- Researchers at Rice University, the Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created a new class of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are at least 40 times more effective than the best in clinical use.

The new agents -- dubbed gadonanotubes -- use the same highly toxic metal, gadolinium, that is given to more than a quarter of MRI patients today, but the metal atoms are encased inside a hollow tube of pure carbon called a nanotube. Shrouding the toxic metals inside the benign carbon is expected to significantly reduce or eliminate the metal's toxicity.

The research was published this month in the journal Chemical Communications.

"In prior work, we have boosted the effectiveness of gadolinium MRI contrast agents by encasing them in spheres of carbon called buckyballs," said lead author Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry at Rice. "Each nanotube will hold more gadolinium atoms than a buckyball, so we expected them to be more effective agents. But they are actually much, much better than we anticipated, so much so that no existing theory can explain how they work." ...read the wave


Nano Event : USA

BioDefense & BioNanoMedicine-2005-Boston'


Meeting on “Infection, Inflammation ,Immunity and Bionanotechnology ” ...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

MU Researchers Develop New Source of Energy Using Nanotechnology


COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Countries across the world continue to search for new ways to create energy. As our current means for energy continue to deplete, thus making them more expensive to generate, governments are searching for new energy resources. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have developed a more efficient source of energy involving nano-scale particles that take only microseconds to create and can be developed on a surface as small as a microchip.

"This technology is considerably less expensive than existing chemical and physical processes," said Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of electrical engineering at MU. "It creates high amounts of mechanical and thermal energy and can convert that energy into electrical energy. So, the possibilities are endless in terms of what this energy can do."

The energy is developed using solid state energetic material consisting of fuel and oxidizer. The nano-engineered energetic material generates a tremendous amount of thermal and mechanical energy when ignited. Electric power is generated using the thermoelectric effect..
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Nano Enviroment : USA

Texas Approves Green Plus as Alternative Formulation Solution for Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED)


MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Biofriendly Corporation has announced that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a notification approving Biofriendly's Green Plus(R) diesel fuel enhancer as an Alternative Formulation solution when added to standard #2 low sulfur (500 parts per million) diesel to meet the State's new stringent Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) regulation.

The TxLED law, which goes into effect October 1, 2005, requires Texas diesel producers and importers to supply a diesel fuel formulation that meets the Texas Low Emission Diesel requirements in the 110 counties in Texas designated as U.S. EPA non-attainment areas (areas which have consistently surpassed the ozone and other air pollution levels). Biofriendly's Green Plus won approval after meeting the Texas Low Emission Diesel requirements as an Alternative Formulation by passing a series of complex Federal tests. Producers and importers may now use Green Plus as their solution to meet the requirements of Texas Low Emission Diesel in the 110 affected counties.

Texas Requires Diesel Emissions on Par with California...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Mission Pharmacal Obtains Observation Rights to Nanobac Life Sciences, UCSF and NASA's Johnson Space Center Study of Kidney Stones


TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Nanobac Life Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB:NNBP) ("Nanobac" or "the Company") has announced that Mission Pharmacal Company, a global pharmaceutical company and leading kidney stone disease reference laboratory, executed an observation rights agreement with Nanobac Life Sciences to observe a multi-center collaboration involving researchers from Nanobac, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and NASA's Johnson Space Center, to study kidney stone formation. As announced previously, the multi-disciplinary team will apply the same type of instrumentation used to analyze moon rocks and particles collected from space to analyze mineralized particles and stones collected from kidney stone patients. The team will attempt to find early events in stone formation and to verify whether Calcifying Nano-Particles, also known as Nanobacteria, are the initiators of kidney stone formation. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased that the global leader in kidney stone diagnostics and treatment has taken note of our science and wishes to observe this exciting study," stated Grant Carlson, Nanobac's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Mission Pharmacal with its world-class reference laboratory and wide-ranging product portfolio is uniquely positioned to bring new diagnostics, dietary supplements, and new therapeutics to the urology community. We are hopeful that our studies will change the way kidney stones are detected and ultimately treated." ...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : USA

New Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Center Purchases Veeco Automated Atomic Force Microscope


WOODBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a world leader in atomic force microscopy (AFM) technology, has announced that The Fraunhofer Center for Nanoelectronic Technology (CNT) in Dresden, Germany has purchased a Dimension X3D automated atomic force microscope (AFM). CNT plans to use the tool for critical dimension metrology for 70nm and below R&D applications.

The CNT is a private-public partnership between Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the industrial partners Infineon Technologies AG and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and has clean-room facilities adjacent to Infineon. The CNT's objective is to become a key semiconductor and nanoelectronics research center, thereby accelerating the introduction of new semiconductor technologies from R&D to production. Information on the CNT is available at www.fraunhofer.de/fhg/EN/press/pi/2004/11/Mediendienst112004Thema7.jsp Funding for the CNT is provided by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the free state of Saxony.
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Nano Biz : USA

Nanophase Holds Unique Position in Industry by Being Able to Both Create and Manufacture Customized Nanomaterials


Nanophase Technologies delivers and manufactures nanomaterials solutions to the marketplace. Headquarted in Illinois, Nanophase is one of a handful of publicly traded nanotechnology companies in the U.S. According to Joe Cross, President & CEO, “The real power in Nanophase is being able to deliver an optimal solution to an application. We make and deliver nanomaterials in whatever format the customer needs.” In essence, Nanophase is “selling a solution” by making an intermediate product that can be easily integrated into an existing product or process. Nanophase uses plasma nanoparticles, which have a unique set of bulk and surface properties, allowing the company to create single, discrete crystals that are distinct, pure, and of commercial quality and quantity. The company also manufactures its nanomaterials in two plants, with an annual nanoparticle capacity of over 2 million pounds.
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11-08- 2005

Nano Medicine : USA

QBI Life Sciences uses Nanotechnology to advance Drug Discovery


Madison, WI,--- Long interested in advancing the process of discovering new treatments for human diseases, the principals of QBI Life Sciences today announced the release of a second polymeric micelle product, PreserveX™-QML-B Polymeric Micelles. PreserveX™ Polymeric Micelles, useful in working with difficult to handle proteins average 21 nanometers in diameter. In the presence of native cell membrane fractions, PreserveX™ Polymeric Micelles self-assemble embedding pieces of cellular membranes in the complex creating multiple particles each providing an environment similar to that of the native membrane...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Tough new probe developed for nanotechnologists


Evanston, IL, Since the invention of the atomic force microscope (AFM) in 1986 by Nobel laureate Gerd Binnig, the tool has been employed to advance the science of materials in many ways, from nanopatterning (dip-pen nanolithography) to the imaging of surfaces and nano-objects such as carbon nanotubes, DNA, proteins and cells. In all these applications, the quality and integrity of the tip used to obtain the images or interrogate materials is paramount.

A common problem in atomic force microscopy is the deterioration of the tip apex as surfaces are scanned. To overcome this problem, a team of scientists from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory report the microfabrication of monolithic ultra-nano-crystalline diamond (UNCD) cantilevers with tips exhibiting properties similar to single-crystal diamond. Their results are published in the Aug. 9 issue of Small , a journal dedicated to breakthroughs in nanoscience and engineering ( link ).

Diamond, the hardest known material, is probably the optimal tip material for many applications. In addition to hardness, diamond is stiff, biocompatible and wear resistant..
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NQuantum Computing : USA

NIST Demonstrates Better Memory with Quantum Computer Bits


Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used charged atoms (ions) to demonstrate a quantum physics version of computer memory lasting longer than 10 seconds—more than 100,000 times longer than in previous experiments on the same ions. The advance improves prospects for making practical, reliable quantum computers (which make use of the properties of quantum systems rather than transistors for performing calculations or storing information). Quantum computers, if they can be built, could break today's best encryption systems, accelerate database searching, develop novel products such as fraud-proof digital signatures or simulate complex biological systems to help design new drugs.

As described in the Aug. 5, 2005, issue of Physical Review Letters ,* NIST scientists stored information in single beryllium ions for longer periods of time by using a different pair of the ions' internal energy levels to represent 1 and 0 than was used in the group's previous quantum computing experiments. This new set of quantum states is unaffected by slight variations in magnetic fields, which previously caused memory losses in ions stored in electromagnetic traps...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : Germany

Going fast and strong at Forty

Carl Zeiss SMT celebrates 40 years of Scannning Electron Microscopy


Oberkochen, Carl Zeiss SMT proudly celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). In 1965 the first commercial SEM was built by Cambridge Instrument Company, a UK based predecessor company of Carl Zeiss SMT´s nanotechnology division. Four decades later, the 'industrial gene pool' of this worldwide successful commercialization is apparent in a broad line of industry leading SEMs, partly still manufactured in Cambridge, UK by Carl Zeiss SMT Ltd.

Indispensible Tool
With 40 years of continuous growth and development, the SEM has become an indispensable and enabling tool for various generations of nano technologists from multiple disciplines. From its early home in materials science, the SEM has cut a swathe through the disciplines of electronics, forensics, paper and archaeology. More recently, it has evolved to stake a claim to a place on the lab benches of the pharmaceutical researchers, food technologists and biologists, adapting subtly to fulfil the discrete requirements of these individual disciplines. Last but not least, the Semiconductor Industry makes extensive use of SEM technology for process control and failure analysis. It is, in fact, the ultimate nanotechnology tool
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Nano Biz : Sweden + South Korea

Obducat enters into agreement with Samsung Electronics


Within this agreement, Obducat will deliver stampers, which are to be used by Samsung for the development of next generation Blu-ray (3) format. The storage capacity of this new format will be 100GB per layer, in comparison with today's capacity of 25GB. Pending a successful outcome of Samsungs development activities, Samsung has the intention to invest early 2006 in own EBR (4) capacity for production of stampers. In this respect, Obducat is a highly potential supplier. This represents a further establishment of the world leading position Obducat can claim as a supplier of production technology for future formats of optical storage media.

In order to facilitate the execution of these joint development activities with Samsung and in order to ensure an optimal usage of available project resources, a re-allocation of resources towards AOD and the Samsung project will be carried out.
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Nano Products : USA

SEMATECH Identifies Pore-Sealing Solution for Advanced Low-k Materials


Austin, TX - SEMATECH engineers have developed an innovative pore-sealing technique that appears to prevent metal and precursor penetration into low-k dielectric materials, easing the introduction of low-k at the 45 nm technology node.

The potential solution calls for sealing the sponge-like pores in low-k materials through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) sequence that achieves with a very high degree of conformality with minimal impact on k-effective. SEMATECH interconnect engineers Sri Satyanarayana and Eric Busch describe the method in a technical article appearing in the August issue of Solid State Technology.
"SEMATECH has long been committed to identifying manufacturable low-k materials and processes for our members to use in advanced manufacturing," said Sitaram Arkalgud, the consortium's Interconnect director. "Here we have the basis of a true solution that will solve the industry's pressing problem of getting these materials ready for the 45 nm node."...read the wave



Nano Debate : USA

US authorities aim for voluntary nanotechnology regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spearheading moves to voluntarily regulate the introduction of nanoscale materials in a variety of applications, including the cosmetics and toiletries market, in a move that is expected to throw some much needed light on the area.

With growing concerns regarding the still largely unknown effects of nanoparticles on both the environment and humans, The EPA says that a framework is being built with the help of a number of health, environmental, government and advocacy group to ensure that the responsible use of the technology.

Stemming from a meeting that happened in June, the group has now established a pilot program aimed at collecting information on known nanoscale materials in an effort to establish their safety and potential toxic...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

US Global Nanospace Announces Radome Sales to Bell Helicopter and New Orders From Agusta Aerospace


CARSON CITY, NV--(MARKET WIRE)-- US Global Nanospace, Inc. (OTC BB: USGA.OB - News ) has announced the sale and delivery of 10 radomes to Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., completed last month, and the receipt of new orders from Agusta Aerospace Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of AgustaWestland, for 12 radomes with deliveries scheduled to take place in 2005. The combined total revenues that US Global Nanospace expects to recognize in its current fiscal year from these transactions are approximately $220,000.

"As leading producers of commercial and military aircraft, Bell Helicopter and Augusta Aerospace's use of our radomes is an indication of the value they place on these products," said US Global Nanospace's Chief Executive Officer, Carl Gruenler.

Radomes are a protective fairing typically found on aircraft to protect radar antenna. US Global Nanospace has developed radomes that are designed to allow efficient radar signal transmission. The radomes supplied to Bell Helicopter and Agusta Aerospace are for the Bell 212/412 and the Agusta AB212/412 Series helicopters, respectively...read the wave


Nano Biz : UK + USA

Joint Development on Nanotechnology with Molecular Imprints


Xaar plc is pleased to announce a Joint Development Agreement with Molecular Imprints Inc. ("MII") of Austin, TX, USA. MII, a spinout from the University of Texas, has developed a unique combination of lithography and 3-dimensional printing to pattern nano-scale devices and structures incorporating Xaar's inkjet technology.

The MII technique is based on a Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FIL™) process, and MII holds over 100 patents covering all aspects of the technology and its implementation. MII has developed a range of equipment using the S-FIL process in conjunction with Xaar's inkjet printheads and electronics from Xaar subsidiary, Vivid Print Innovations Inc. This equipment is now being sold to integrated circuit makers, chip makers and device makers in a wide range of markets including semi-conductor component devices, photonic and optical structures, nano fabrication, data storage and advanced packaging.
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Nano Defense -Products : Canada

Nanotechnology for Defense 2005 'Washington' Generates Many Requests for Raymor's Carbon Nanotubes


MONTREAL, QUEBEC--- Raymor Industries Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RAR) is proud to announce that the 2005 Nanotechnology for Defense conference, held from July 25th to July 27th, 2005, in Washington DC, was a great success for the company, confirming the very strong, immediate need for Raymor's single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWNT) .

During this conference, the majority of decision makers from the US Military, as well as from other leading-edge companies were in attendance in order to discuss business. Raymor has received many requests for quotations for its single-walled carbon nanotubes, as well as many requests for samples from its current production. By the end of September, Raymor will supply these samples as well as a price list based on large production volumes. These requests come primarily from future clients in the military and aerospace fields...read the wave



Nano Coating : USA

Ecology Coatings Develops Cost-Effective Process for Producing Mildew-Resistant Waterproof Paper


Akron, Ohio (PRWEB) -- Ecology Coatings, Inc., a leading provider of nano-engineered ultraviolet curable coatings, has announced that it has used its proprietary coating technology to develop a cost-effective process for producing waterproof, mildew resistant paper. The process impregnates ordinary paper with Ecology Coatings' nanoparticle technology, maintaining the original performance properties of the paper even after being fully immersed in water. Unlike conventional waterproofing techniques involving vinyl coatings, polypropylene or other synthetic papers, Ecology Coatings' method produces waterproof, wood pulp-based paper that can be used with pencil as well as a variety of inks.

Replacing the existing method of using compressed polypropylene fibers to coat paper, Ecology Coating's nanoparticle imbuing process cuts waterproof paper production costs by 500 percent. The paper also inhibits the growth of mildew, adding further protective value to the Ecology Coatings paper. Ideal for outdoor use, packaging labels, and other paper applications at risk of damage, the coating technique maintains the paper's original writable performance without the highly slick surface typical of the waterproof paper currently available to the market
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09-08- 2005

Nano Medicine : Spain

Nanotechnology to provide portable genetic risk detection


A state-of-the-art portable biosensing device based on micro- and nanotechnologies will empower doctors to rapidly and accurately forewarn patients of their genetic risk of developing diseases such as cancer.

Currently being developed by the IST project OPTONANOGEN, a prototype of the system will initially be used to detect mutations of the BRCA1 gene that are responsible for between 2.5 and 5 per cent of the incidence of breast cancer in women. The final system, however, could be used to detect virtually any genetic anomaly as well as proteins linked to viruses, chemical contamination in food or water pollution.

“There are a broad variety of applications for this system, although the main market is in biomedicine,” explains OPTONANOGEN coordinator Laura Lechuga at the National Microelectronics Centre (CNM) in Spain. “Though commercial biosensing systems exist they are larger and designed to be used in laboratories. We are the first to develop a fully integrated system on a small scale in this field.”
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Nano News : In Dutch

FOM en Carl Zeiss samen in onderzoek voor chipindustrie


De Stichting FOM en optiekspecialist Carl Zeiss SMT AG gaan een gezamenlijk onderzoekprogramma uitvoeren naar een nieuw type optiek voor het schrijven van structuren voor computerchips. Deze optiek moet rond 2009 klaar zijn voor gebruik. Carl Zeiss draagt een bedrag van 5 miljoen euro aan het onderzoekprogramma bij; FOM betaalt er 2,5 miljoen euro aan. Het onderzoek moet leiden tot spiegels waarmee licht met een golflengte van 13,5 nanometer (extreem ultraviolet) gebruikt kan worden om kleinere structuren op chips te schrijven dan met de huidige optische technieken mogelijk is.

Bij de productie van computerchips wordt het patroon van de chip op een plak silicium afgebeeld; dat gebeurt in zogeheten wafersteppers. De grootte van de details die afgebeeld kunnen worden, wordt beperkt door de golflengte van het gebruikte licht. Zichtbaar licht is tot een golflengte van ongeveer 300 nanometer bruikbaar; bij kleinere golflengte werkt gewone optiek niet meer. Zowel de lichtbronnen als de spiegels en lenzen voor zichtbaar licht zijn tot in de perfectie ontwikkeld. Om de stap naar kleinere structuren, nodig voor snellere chips, te kunnen zetten zoeken fabrikanten hun heil in licht van steeds kortere golflengten. De eerstvolgende grote stap voorwaarts zal het gebruik van extreem ultraviolet licht (EUV) zijn...read the wave



Nano Food - Report : In German

Strategic Nano-food report released


Nanotechnology will play a very important role, when it comes to food. Be it packaging, ingredients or food-safety, nanotechnology will provide a significant contribution to new food products. Three swiss consultancy agencies (Die Innovationsgesellschaft, StomachCompetence a Geo Marketing AG) have published a strategic report about Nano-Food. The german report was released recently and a preview version is attached below. The report covers issues, trends and opportunities of nanotechnology in terms of food applications. We are also focussing a completely new retail-business-modell "The last-minute-discounter" which provides new benefits for industry, retail and consumers...read the wave



Nano Event : Switzerland

Nano-Regulation Conference (14th Sept.) takes places during the third international NanoEurope conference in St.Gallen


The sustainable and succesful development of nanotechnology will substantially depend on the regulatory framework. The discussion about potentially hazardous particels and the unknown effects of nano-sized ingredients in products (e.g. cosmetics) and the workplace-safety is going to fuel an emotional debate about regulative frameworks and precautionary principle. There are many question to be answered:

  • Do we need Nano-Laws or Nano-Regulations for a safe and sustainable development of nanotechnology?
  • Is "Nano" the next GMO-debate in terms of regulation?
  • Do liability risks exist for the industry applying nanotechnology today?
  • What do insurance companies think about the potential risks of nanotechnology?
  • Which are the possible implications for the stakeholders?
  • Is there a need for applying a precautionary principle?
  • What are the regulatory trends in Europe and globally?

These (and of course other) questions will be highlighted from various perspectives during the Nano-Regulation Conference on 14th September in St.Gallen
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Nano Biz : USA


Revolutionary Magnetic Tagging Technology Holds Promise for Improved Fraud and Counterfeit Prevention


New York City Advance Nanotech, Inc., (OTC BB:AVNA.OB - News), the premier provider of financing and support services to drive the commercialization of nanotechnology discoveries, has announced the acquisition of an approximately 10 percent equity stake in Singular ID, a nanotechnology spin-off company from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore.  As Singular ID commences the commercialization of its technology, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Stephanie Interbartolo will assume a seat on Singular ID's Board of Directors. 

“The equity stake in Singular ID represents Advance Nanotech's first significant investment in the Asian nanotechnology market.  We are excited about our partnership with Singular ID and the promise that the company's unique technology holds for the prevention of fraud,” said Magnus Gittins , Advance Nanotech CEO.  “We look forward to working with Singular ID's management team to build out the company and help bring its integrated tagging solutions to market around the globe.”...read the wave



Nano Biz : Switzerland + Canada

NanoWorld™ Appoints Canadian Distributor


Neuchâtel (PRWEB) NanoWorld™ has appointed Soquelec Ltd. ( www.soquelec.com ) as the official distributor of its line of probes for Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) and Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM) in Canada.

This is a further step to expand NanoWorld AG's global presence with a distributor network that understands and satisfies customers' needs and concerns.

Soquelec Ltd. is the Canadian representative of various Scientific Equipment Manufacturers and has been supplying the research and industrial community with equipment for materials and life sciences for the past 30 years.

NanoWorld is very pleased to welcome Soquelec among its worldwide net of distributors. Their experience places them in the perfect position to ensure that NanoWorld's Canadian customers will get the best from NanoWorld through fast delivery and service...read the wave



Nano Education : New Zealand

UC students compete for big prize with small technology


Christchurch, New Zealand, August 07, 2005 ---Two University of Canterbury PhD students carrying out research with the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology have been short-listed in an international nanotechnology business plan competition.

James Muys and David Melville will head to Padua, Italy, in November to present their business idea to the judging panel of the 2005 Nanochallenge, aiming to win the €300,000 (NZ $535,000) start-up prize.

The two students lead a team which includes their supervisors Associate Professor Richard Blaikie and Dr Maan Alkaisi, who act in an advisory capacity. They are one of 20 teams whose business idea earned them selection for the final, out of 70 entries from around the world. They will also be the only team from Australasia vying for the inaugural prize.

Their idea involves developing a nanotechnology technique, called bio Imprint, which may revolutionise the way in which biomedical and pharmaceutical industries detect diseases, diagnose cancer or test drugs...read the wave



Nano cluster devices announces new nano-patterning technologies


Christchurch, New Zealand, Two new technologies for fabricating tiny electronic devices have been unveiled by Christchurch, New Zealand, based Nano Cluster Devices Ltd .

The first technology is a new variation on the techniques used by the semiconductor industry to produce computer chips. René Reichel, a PhD student who played a key role in developing the techniques, said, “Our new technique eliminates one of the processing steps that is currently needed to do lithography.”

The new technology can be used to produce patterns in almost any shape, and has been demonstrated by fabricating a tiny map of New Zealand, as well as electronic devices more than 1000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. All of NCD's technologies are based on the assembly of clusters, which are particles with dimensions of a few billionths of a metre...read the wave


06-08- 2005

Nano Energy : USA

Paving the Way for the Hydrogen Future

Berkeley Lab Group Receives $4.5 Million to Develop Hydrogen Storage Materials


Someday, hydrogen-fueled cars could zip along America's highways. Hydrogen fueling stations could be as ubiquitous as today's gas stations. And petroleum-sputtering cars could be as quaint as the horse and buggy.

Sounds ideal, but a future with zero-emission vehicles powered by a renewable source of energy won't happen unless scientists overcome several daunting technological hurdles. Can large amounts of hydrogen be produced without also creating carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas? And can enough hydrogen be stored aboard a car to power fuel cells for hundreds of miles without refueling?

For now, the answer is no on both counts. But a team of Berkeley Lab scientists is working to turn the corner on the latter problem...read the wave



Nano Defence : USA

Tiny infrared laser holds promise as weapon against terror


The difficulty of detecting the presence of explosives and chemical warfare agents (CWAs) is once again all too apparent in the news about the London bombings.

In a significant breakthrough, researchers at Northwestern University's Center for Quantum Devices have demonstrated a specialized diode laser that holds promise as a weapon of defense in both civilian and military applications. Once optimized, the tiny laser could quickly detect explosives and CWAs early and warn against possible threats.

The Northwestern team, led by center director Manijeh Razeghi, became the first to create a quantum cascade laser (QCL) that can operate continuously at high power and at room temperature with an emission wavelength of 9.5 microns and a light output of greater than 100 milliwatts.
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Dear Nanotech Researchers and Entrepreneurs...


$150,000 is up for grabs in the second annual International and North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea Competitions being held in conjunction with NANO Week 2005.

Organized by Case Western Reserve University , the competition attracts business ideas from leading nanotechnology researchers and companies from across the globe...read the wave


05-08- 2005

Nano Research : USA

Quantum Cascade Lasers Key to Handheld Gas and Liquid Sensors


Atlanta, GA - Terrorists have just laced the water supply of a major metropolis with a chemical so lethal that only small amounts are needed to kill thousands of people. But the chemical never reaches its targets. Tiny liquid phase sensors at strategic points in the city's water mains detect the chemical as it passes and tell a computer to close down the affected pipes.

Current technology is too cumbersome for this kind of rapid detection and response. But new advances in liquid and gas phase chemical sensing being made at the Georgia Institute of Technology may lead to the development of palm-sized sensing tools that can provide the instant detection needed to stop such an attack.

Using small quantum cascade lasers, researchers at Tech, along with...read the wave


| Nanotechnology breathes new life into glass | Kazuyuki HIRAO |

A combination of nano- and optical technologies is breathing new life into glass. Prof. Hirao is the originator of nanoglass, which is created through nano-scale manipulations of glass structures. He now focuses on commercializing nanoglass products with novel functions which ordinary glass does not have.

In 1970, Prof. Hirao majored in ceramics at a university and was most fascinated by glass. He says, "Glass is transparent and very beautiful....read the wave


| article courtesy of JAPAN NANONET BULLETIN |

Nano Electronics : USA

Diamond nanotube technology promises new electronics products


Argonne, IL --- The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is giving new insight into the nature of nanodiamond.

Argonne researcher Amanda Barnard, theorist in the Center for Nanoscale Materials , is working with colleagues at two Italian universities who produced innovative diamond-coated nanotubes.

The diamond-coated tubes resemble a stick of rock candy, holding a layer of diamond 20 to 100 nm thick. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter. The period at the end of this sentence is about one million nanometers long. The technology in its fledgling state has already caught the eye of the electronics industry for the promise of ultra-thin televisions with cathode-ray-tube-like quality picture at a fraction of today's current flat-panel television costs.

Diamond offers an amazing array of medical and technological possibilities...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Study may expand applied benefits of super-hard ceramics


Atlanta, GA , -- A discovery reported in the August 5 issue of Science could speed the design of materials that approach the hardness of diamond yet remain supple enough to be worked like metal.

In a massive computer simulation involving 128 computer processors and nearly 19 million atoms, materials scientist Izabela Szlufarska of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues at University of Southern California demonstrated the precise atomic mechanisms that explain why "nanostructured" ceramic materials-some of the hardest substances known-also exhibit unusual pliability.

Unlike other exceptionally hard materials, these advanced ceramics tend to bend rather than break, meaning they could be shaped into extremely long-lasting yet lightweight parts for everything from automobile engines and high-speed machining tools to medical implants in the body
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Quantum Computing : UK

Quantum information can be negative


Even the most ignorant cannot know less than nothing. After all, negative knowledge makes no sense. But, although this may be true in the everyday world we are accustomed to, it has been discovered that negative knowledge does exist in the quantum world. Small objects such as atoms, molecules and electrons behave radically different than larger objects -- they obey the laws of quantum mechanics.

The discovery, that quantum knowledge can be negative was made by three researchers, Drs Michal Horodecki, Jonathan Oppenheim and Andreas Winter, of the Universities of Gdansk, Cambridge and Bristol. Their work was published in the leading scientific journal Nature on August 4.

What could negative knowledge possibly mean? "If I tell it to you, you will know less," explained Dr Andreas Winter...read the wave



Nano Biz : Sweden

Obducat has received a US patent regarding anti-stick treatment of stampers, being used in the NIL process.


The patent covers an important process whereby a stamper is covered with a nano meter thin layer, ensuring a high quality imprint result. The process also contributes to an increased cost efficiency in NIL, already forming one of the major driving forces behind many of the industrial projects presently engaging Obducat.

Patrik Lundstöm, CEO Obducat, says in a first comment:

“This is an important milestone. Being able to anti-stick stampers is an essential prerequisite for the coming NIL industrialization and it is very positive receiving this patent on a key market.” ...read the wave



Nano Report : USA

New Survey of Drug Industry Professionals Finds Strong Support for Cloning of Human Cells

Life Scientists & Industry Executives Express Skepticism of Nanotechnology's Benefits


WESTBOROUGH, Mass., /PRNewswire/ -- Three quarters of bench scientists, industry leaders and pharmaceutical executives believe the United States should allow the cloning of human cells, according to a new survey released today by IBC Life Sciences. The survey measured industry views on current trends and issues in drug discovery and technology.

Of the 468 drug discovery professionals surveyed, 72 percent said that the United States should pass legislation allowing the cloning of human cells to make embryonic stem cells for use in research. Only 13 percent disagreed, and 15 percent said they were undecided on the topic of cloning.

The stem cell results were just one of several intriguing findings of the IBC Life Sciences Survey, which was conducted last month in advance of 10th Annual IBC Life Sciences' Drug Discovery Technology(R) & Development World Congress, August 8-11, 2005 in Boston, Massachusett.
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Nano Biz : Canada

Nasa Recognizes Micromem CTO Dr. Cynthia Kuper With A Space Act Award


TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--- NASA has recognized Dr. Cynthia Kuper, chief technical officer of Micromem Technologies Inc. (OTCBB:MMTIF) a Toronto-based developer of magnetic random access memory (MRAM), with a Space Act Award for her contribution to the characterization and application of carbon nanotubes.

Carbon nanotubes are long cylindrical carbon molecules with properties that make them potentially useful in extremely small scale electronic and mechanical applications. They exhibit unusual strength and unique electrical properties, and are efficient conductors of heat. Nanotube composites may yield incredible properties, potentially sufficient to allow the building of such things as intelligent materials with self-healing properties, artificial muscles, ultrahigh-speed flywheels, and more.

"We are extremely proud to have Dr. Kuper's technical skills recognized by NASA" said Joe Fuda, CEO, Micromem Technologies Inc., "Her work with nanotechnology helps spotlight Micromem's MRAM development and helps actively position the company to explore partnerships to accelerate the development and availability of commercial MRAM products."...read the wave



Nano Report : EU

"European Nanotechnology Infrastructure and Networks"


This report details the numbers of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (N&N) infrastructure centres and networks within the EU and associated states. Names of centres and networks with website details and brief descriptions are included along with an introduction to N&N research and development (R&D) in each country. For summary charts, the following broad categories have been used: all technologies; nanomaterials; electronics and systems; fundamental research; nanobiotechnology; analytical and diagnostics; engineering and fabrication; energy. Centres and/or networks were found in all EU and associated states apart from Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, and Slovakia...read the wave



Nano Education : EU

An introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology


A conference on nanoscience and nanotechnology will take place in Rome, Italy, from 14 to 16 November.

The event will bring together leading experts in research and innovative technologies in the biomedical, aerospace, optoelectronics, instrumentation and services fields. Participants will have both academic and industrial backgrounds.

The conference will comprise tutorial lectures, addressing general and basic questions on nanotechnology. Instruments of current use and possible applications will also be introduced.
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Just Odd Bits of News : USA

Zygote Media Group Launches 3DScience.com With Biomedical Animation and Female 3D Human Anatomy


LOS ANGELES, /PRNewswire/ -- Zygote Media Group, provider of world- class 3D content for the biomedical, entertainment, scientific and animation markets, has announced the launch of its new online store featuring Zygote's celebrated 3D Human Anatomy Collection, Biology and Nanotechnology products and much more. Zygote also announced today the world's most complete 3D Female Anatomy Collection will be released September 1, 2005 and available at http://www.3dscience.com . Introductory pricing and financing are available.

"There is an increasingly strong need to visualize the invisible," said Bryan Brandenburg, CEO of Zygote Media Group. "3D Science is the first dedicated website for scientific visualization and biomedical animation. We have a wide variety of science products on the store and in development from Quarks to Black Holes. Our aim is to enable people to visualize and, therefore better understand themselves and the universe with state of the art imagery for everything under the skin and everything out of this world." ...read the wave

04-08- 2005

Nano Medicine : USA

'Smart' Bio-nanotubes Developed; May Help in Drug Delivery


The nanotubes are "smart" because in the future they could be designed to encapsulate and then open up to deliver a drug or gene in a particular location in the body. The scientists found that by manipulating the electrical charges of lipid bilayer membranes and microtubules from cells, they could create open or closed bio-nanotubes, or nanoscale capsules.The news is reported in an article to be published August 9 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is currently available on-line in the PNAS Early Edition.

The findings resulted from a collaboration between the laboratories of Cyrus R. Safinya, professor of materials and physics and faculty member of the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department, and Leslie Wilson, professor of biochemistry in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and the Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program....read the wave



Future Technology : USA

'Clean' Vehicle Research Initiative on Track, But Many Challenges Ahead


WASHINGTON -- A public-private effort to develop more fuel-efficient automobiles and eventually introduce hydrogen as a transportation fuel is well-planned and identifies all major hurdles the program will face, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. Many technical barriers must be overcome and new inventions will be needed, but the program, which was launched three years ago, has already made an excellent start, said the committee that wrote the report.

"The goals of this program are extremely challenging and success is uncertain, but it could have an enormous beneficial impact on energy security and the U.S. economy," said Craig Marks, committee chair and retired vice president for technology and productivity, AlliedSignal Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "Although it is still too early to speculate whether the program will achieve its long-term vision, it is making significant headway."

The FreedomCAR (Cooperative Automotive Research) and Fuel Partnership, a research collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, the Big Three automakers, and five major energy companies, seeks to develop...read the wave



Nano Medicine : Russia

Nanotechnology could revolutionize cancer therapy


Moscow, (RIA Novosti) - Nanotechnology could revolutionize branches of medicine that deal with life-threatening diseases like cancer, Russian Federal Science & Innovations Agency head Sergei Mazurenko said Wednesday.

Speaking live on the Mayak radio station, Mazurenko said nanotechnology could create a whole range of innovative treatment options, from nanorobots removing cholesterol plaques from blood vessels to nanoparticle-targeted cancer therapies that attach anti-cancer drugs to nanoparticles for targeted delivery to tumor cells.

Mazurenko said nanotechnology did not emerge until the 1980s, when the tunneling effect was discovered. This discovery gave rise to scanning probe microscopes, which enabled scientists to use individual atoms and molecules to create new materials with preset physical and chemical properties.

He said one of the achievements of nanoscience that the public in Russia could benefit from already is a 100% digestible beta-carotene solution. Source : RIA NOVOSTI



Nano Products : USA

Leading Heating and Cooling Manufacturer Tests Nansulate Translucent to Increase Energy Efficiency


NAPLES, Fla, (PRIMEZONE) -- Industrial Nanotech Inc., (Pink Sheets:INTK), has announced that the Company's Nansulate Translucent(tm) PT and High Heat coatings are currently being tested by Rheem Australia and Rheem New Zealand for the reduction of heat loss in heater cylinders, increasing energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Rheem Manufacturing is one of the world's leading manufacturers of central heating and cooling products.

The tests, which are being overseen by one of Industrial Nanotech's distributors, Enviro Consultants in Wollongong, Australia, are to determine the ability of Nansulate Translucent(tm) coatings to reduce heat loss and slow or stop the corrosion process on equipment components by reducing condensation. According to Rheem, this would increase the life span and energy efficiency of their heaters, providing their customers with a higher quality product.

Laurie Scherock, President of Industrial Nanotech, commented on the testing, "We are very encouraged by the testing of the Nansulate Translucent coatings to provide greater value to existing products, delivering measurable results to our potential customers. The ability of our coatings to...read the wave



Nano Electronics : EU

Nanoelectronics technologies 2020: a European strategic research agenda


The European Nanoelectronics Initiative advisory council (ENIAC) is organising a workshop to take place on 16 September in Grenoble, France, entitled 'Nanoelectronics technologies 2020: a European strategic research agenda'.

A key deliverable of the European Nanoelectronics Technology Platform is a strategic research agenda (SRA) detailing the research priorities for Europe in this field. A group of researchers from industry and academia has already defined this document, and the results will be presented to the European scientific community during the workshop.

An open discussion will follow to collect the input of participants and refine criteria to be used for future revisions. The programme includes:
- introduction to the European Nanoelectronics Technology Platform;
- the structure of the SRA: executive summary;
- design, equipment and materials;
- roundtable: methodology for revision and implementation...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. Announces New SBIR Grant


AUSTIN, Texas, (PRIMEZONE) -- Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. ( NNPP - news ) , through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), has announced that it has received a new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Air Force. The purpose of the grant is to design and build a high current density electron source for continuous beam operation using carbon nanotube cold cathodes for Traveling Wave Tubes (TWT) applications that can be used for radar and other microwave device applications. If successful, the use of carbon nanotube based cold cathodes will allow a higher current density that can be used for high power microwave applications.

Successful completion of the grant will also benefit the company's current research in the areas of field emission displays and X-ray source technology. ANI will receive approximately $75,000 for this project. This project is expected to be completed within nine months
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03-08- 2005

Nano Research : Belgium

FP6 project TUNAMOS uses magnetic nano-oscillator to solve limitations of integrated oscillators in wireless devices


Leuven, Belgium, --- The project "TUnable NAno-Magnetic OScillators for integrated transceiver applications" aims at demonstrating the breakthrough concept spin torque in a nano-scale microwave integrated oscillator for application in wireless integrated devices. The project is part of the FP6 program of the EU and is being coordinated by IMEC. Other partners in the TUNAMOS-project are STMicroelectronics, UPS Université Paris Sud and UFSD University of Sheffield. The project was launched on 1st of June 2005 for a duration of 3 years.

The recent discovery of the spin torque oscillator, a nano-patterned ferromagnetic device in which high-quality tunable microwave oscillations can be generated by a small DC current, opens perspectives to solve the paradigms in microwave engineering design. None of the RF oscillators existing today combines a high-quality resonance with a high integration level, necessary for low-power and low-cost applications, and wideband tunability.

The frequency of the oscillation generated by the spin torque oscillator can be tuned by a magnetic field as well as by the current in a range of 5- 40GHz. Quality factors as high as 18000 have been observed, making the magnetic flute a natural current-controlled RF source. This electronic device is extremely suitable for integration because of the nano-scale dimensions (diameter of the contact < 100 nm) and the simple structure of the metallic magnetic multi-layer. The fabrication is compatible with the back-end flow of standard Si technology and can fully profit from the cost/scalability economics reflected by Moore's law...read the wave



Spintronics : USA

A new spin on silicon: ``Orbitronics`` could keep
silicon-based computing going after today`s technology reaches its limits


For about 40 years, the semiconductor industry has been able to continually shrink the electronic components on silicon chips, packing ever more performance into computers. Now, fundamental physical limits to current technology have the industry scouring the research world for an alternative. In a paper published in the Aug. 1 online edition of Physical Review Letters (PRL), Stanford University physicists present ``orbitronics,`` an alternative to conventional electronics that could someday allow engineers to skirt a daunting limit while still using cheap, familiar silicon.

``The miniaturization of the present-day chips is limited by power dissipation,`` says Shoucheng Zhang, a professor of physics, applied physics and, by courtesy, electrical engineering, who co-authored the PRL study. ``Up to 40 percent of the power in circuits is being lost in heat leakage,`` which he says will eventually make miniaturization a forbidding task...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

ImaRx Advances Targeted Nanobubble Therapeutics Program with $1.1 Million Grant


TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---ImaRx Therapeutics Inc.has announced that is has received a $1.1 million Phase II SBIR grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for the development of targeted nanobubbles that can be used in conjunction with ultrasound for NanoInvasive(TM) treatment of vascular clots.

Clinical studies of ImaRx's lead product candidate, SonoLysis(TM), have demonstrated the power of nanobubbles in conjunction with ultrasound to break up blood clots. Under the NHLBI grant award, the company will develop new, highly selective nanobubbles for targeted thrombus treatment in patients suffering from heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI).

"Selectivity through targeted delivery is the key to the development of more effective and safer alternatives to current treatment paradigms," said Terry Matsunaga, Pharm.D., Ph.D., vice president research, ImaRx. "Because they are designed to...read the wave



Nano Research : Australia

Mini-beacon design a major development for smart drug delivery

A nanoscopic beacon used by Melbourne researchers will help to enhance the design of smart gene and drug delivery systems.


A team from the University of Melbourne's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has used a molecular beacon made from single DNA strands to measure how easily DNA (e.g. genes) can pass through the wall of drug delivery particles.

Federation Fellow Professor Frank Caruso, who heads the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, says, “The past number of years has seen major advances in the design of ‘molecular vehicles' – particles that can be filled with a medicine or new genes. The vehicles then ferry their contents to the site in the body where they are needed.”

“One of the major roadblocks that we have encountered in designing these molecular transport systems is how to get the vehicle contents out of their container once they reach the site where they are needed.”

In order to achieve this effectively, the researchers need to know how big the pores in the vehicle's membranes are and how easily the contents can pass through them. This has proved quite difficult...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Scientists develop nanotech-laser treatment that kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue


Scientists at Stanford University have developed a new laser therapy that destroys cancer cells but leaves healthy ones unharmed. The new, non-invasive treatment is described in a study published in the Aug. 1 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"One of the longstanding problems in medicine is how to cure cancer without harming normal body tissue," says Hongjie Dai, an associate professor of chemistry at Stanford and co-author of the study. "Standard chemotherapy destroys cancer cells and normal cells alike. That's why patients often lose their hair and suffer numerous other side effects. For us, the Holy Grail would be finding a way to selectively kill cancer cells and not damage healthy ones."


For the PNAS experiment, Dai and his colleagues used a basic tool of nanotechnology--carbon nanotubes, synthetic rods that are only half the width of a DNA molecule. Thousands of nanotubes could easily fit inside a typical cell...read the wave

02-08- 2005

Nano Electronics : USA

Engineers chart semiconductors on the scale of atoms


In a study published in the August 1 issue of Applied Physics Letters , John Booske , a UW-Madison professor of electrical and computer engineering , and Keith Thompson, David Larson and Tom Kelly of the Madison-based company Imago Scientific Instruments , used Imago's local electrode atom probe (LEAP) microscope to pinpoint individual atoms of boron — a common additive, or dopant, in semiconductors — within a sea of silicon atoms.

The precise placement of dopants has long concerned engineers because these elements control the electrical properties of silicon transistors — the tiny, voltage-controlled switches found by the millions on semiconductor chips. But as manufacturers have relentlessly reduced the size of transistors in order to squeeze more of them on chips, locating dopants has become progressively difficult
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Nano News : The Netherlands

Record Breaker !


Wateringen, The Netherlands 01-08-2005

I will keep the information about July 2005 to a minimum.

Record breaking number of visitors our best month ever !
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So a BIG thank you to all of our visitors who surfed in from 61 different counties around the globe for your continuing support and for making Nano Tsunami Europe's Largest NanoTech News Site.

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David W.G. Voyle


Nano Biz : Bulgaria

BudgetSensors launches Spanish version of its corporate Website


BudgetSensors, a Bulgarian manufacturer of silicon and silicon nitride probes for Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM) has launched a Spanish version of his corporate website on August 1 st 2005 .

The Spanish version of BudgetSensors' website will give Spanish speaking customers from all over the world better access to the information presented on BudgetSensors' website.

The Spanish version of the website can be seen at...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

'Smart' nanoprobes light up disease


Researchers from Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have developed a "smart" beacon hundreds of times smaller than a human cell that is programmed to light up only when activated by specific proteases. Altered expression of particular proteases is a common hallmark of cancer, atherosclerosis, and many other diseases.

In the September issue of the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications , lead authors Jennifer West, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and director of CBEN's biological research program, and Rebekah Drezek, the Stanley C. Moore Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, describe development of a new nanoprobe for visualization of proteolytic activity in vivo.

"The idea is to develop a 'smart' nanostructure that is dark in its original state but lights up very brightly in the presence of enzymatic activity associated with a particular disease process," said West. "Other groups have used targeted nanostructures including quantum dots for molecular imaging, but they have never been able to adequately solve the problem of clearly distinguishing between the 'cancer is here' signal and the background light which arises from nanostructures not specifically bound to their molecular targets."...read the wave



Nano Biz : The Netherlands

QIAGEN to Acquire Bioanalytical Assets From SuNyx GmbH

"On-Chip," Nanotechnology-Based Sample Preparation for LC-MALDI Mass Spectrometry


VENLO, The Netherlands, /CNW/ - QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN;Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA), the world's leading provider of pre-analytical sample preparation products enabling genetic and protein analysis, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets related to the bioanalytical business of SuNyx GmbH.

SuNyx has developed and recently initiated marketing of its proprietary MPep and MProtChip(R) platforms for sample preparation of peptide and protein samples for analysis on Liquid Chromatography (LC)-MALDI (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization) Mass Spectrometry (MS). These products allow examining new dimensions in sample preparation by leveraging unique, nanotechnology-based surface structures...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

QuantumSphere, Inc. Ramps Company Growth, Adds Seasoned Research and Development Veteran to Management Team


COSTA MESA, CA, U.S.A. - QuantumSphere, Inc., the leading manufacturer of metallic nanopowders for applications in aerospace, defense, energy, biomedical and other markets demanding advanced material applications,has announced it has appointed Mark Fullerton to the position of Senior Research and Development Scientist. QuantumSphere is the only supplier of the world's highest quality metallic nanomaterials including QSI-nano™ nickel (n-Ni), QSI-nano™ silver, QSI-nano™ copper, QSI- nano™ Ni/Co and other proprietary alloys.

"Fullerton brings tremendous experience and credibility with customers to QuantumSphere. His extensive experience and knowledge of the multiple disciplines of chemistry, physics, optics, microscopy and spectroscopy makes him perfectly suited to assume the role as QuantumSphere's Senior Research and Development Scientist," said Kevin Maloney, CEO, QuantumSphere, Inc. "As we proceed to experience significant customer demand for our products, Fullerton will help us further capitalize on these opportunities by leveraging his expertise to scale our manufacturing processes to meet customer demand," Maloney added...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : USA

FEI Begins Customer Shipments of Titan™ S/TEM, World's Most Advanced Electron Microscope


HILLSBORO, Ore. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI has announced that it has begun shipping its new scanning/ transmission electron microscope (S/TEM), the Titan(TM) 80-300 as it publicly unveiled the new system at the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2005 Conference in Honolulu. With an all-new platform dedicated to correction and monochromator technology, the Titan S/TEM system is the world's highest resolution commercially-available microscope, yielding powerful sub-Angstrom (atomic scale) imaging and analysis. It enables microscopy to be taken to the next level where new discoveries on the structure-property relationships of functional materials become possible. Customers who previewed and ordered the Titan under non-disclosure agreements will be the first to receive the new system.

"The Titan is a significant breakthrough for the nanotechnology era that provides our diverse customer base with a solid foundation for continued innovation and commercialization. This new system is the most...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

New Facilities Expand Intematix' Capacity for Patent-Backed Phosphor Production and Nano-Materials R&D


FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to rising demand for phosphors driven by solid state lighting and other industries, global merchant phosphor provider and materials discovery experts, Intematix Corporation, has announced the relocation of their corporate facilities to Fremont, California.

"We have experienced tremendous acceptance of our White Lightning family of phosphors including our yellow, green and high-color rendering phosphors to name a few. This demand has required us to relocate our facility in order to dramatically increase our production capacity as well as increase our R&D adding new phosphors to our existing portfolio of offerings," says Intematix CEO, Ruediger Stroh.

Intematix reports that the move to new facilities has enabled a substantial increase in phosphor production. The current capacity increase represents the ability to support the solid state lighting industry as LED production ramps into millions of devices per day. Key segments of the solid state lighting market that have been driving this tremendous demand at Intematix include backlighting, camera flash and keypad products...read the wave

01-08- 2005

Nano Electronics : USA

Penn Researchers Take a Big Step Forward in Making Smaller Circuits


PHILADELPHIA --  Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have overcome a major hurdle in the race to create nanotube-based electronics.  In an article in the August issue of the journal Nature Materials, available online now, the researchers describe their method of using nanotubes tiny tubes entirely composed of carbon atoms -- to create a functional electronic circuit.  Their method creates circuits by dipping semiconductor chips into liquid suspensions of carbon nanotubes, rather than growing the nanotubes directly on the circuit.

"Given their amazing electric properties, nanotubes have been a subject of keen interest for creating such things as chemical sensors, flexible electronics and high-speed, high-device-density microprocessors for computing," said Alan T. Johnson, associate professor in Penn's Department of Physics and Astronomy.   "The problem is that the properties we like best about nanotubes their size and physical properties also make them very difficult to manipulate."...read the wave



Nano Debate : Global

Special Report - NanoGeoPolitics:
ETC Group Surveys the Political Landscape


Fearful that nanotech may face the same fate as biotech crops, the G8 used their Gleneagles summit to promote "new technologies" (including nanotech and biotech) as the magic bullet to "make poverty history" and to neutralize global warming. By hinting at the availability of billions for science capacity-building in the South, the North hopes to make allies of South governments, scientists, development NGOs, and environmentalists. Meanwhile, the real action is behind the scenes where various government/industry and scientific institutions are rushing to negotiate what the EU hopes will become a nanotech "code of conduct"(but, in light of US opposition may turn into a "framework of shared principles") and lay down the global standards, regulations, and market modus operandi for the greatest industrial revolution society has ever (not) seen coming. Social policy is being replaced by science policy. In this special report, ETC Group reviews the emerging nanogeopolitics landscape...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Tandem ions may lead the way to better atomic clocks

NIST detects 'ticks' in aluminum, with help from intermediary atom


Boulder, Colorado - Physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used the natural oscillations of two different types of charged atoms, or ions, confined together in a single trap, to produce the "ticks" that may power a future atomic clock....read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Single molecule is in driver's seat of molecular machine


EVANSTON, Ill. --- While the human body has plenty of specialized molecular motors and machines powering the mechanical work necessary for cells to function properly, scientists themselves face many hurdles as they try to create their own molecular machines in the laboratory.

The downsides of conventional molecular machines are that they are driven as an ensemble, by external light or chemistry, for example, and they are big -- made up of many molecules. These factors make these machines difficult to control.

In a theoretical paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, two Northwestern University chemists have shown how molecular machines can be driven individually (relying on only one molecule) by applying an electric current that creates an internal energy source.

"People envision using molecular machines for computing techniques, sensors, bioengineering and solar cells, for example," said Tamar Seideman, professor of chemistry, who led the research team. "Molecular machines have unique...read the wave


Tools of the Trade : France

Atomic force microscopy : How cell membranes respond to their environment


Some 25% of genes code for membrane proteins. Yet membrane organization remains a mystery. Membranes envelop all the cells in our bodies, forming a natural barrier, the membrane proteins within these can also recognize certain cells and direct a drug to them.

Using atomic force microscopy, Simon Scheuring (Inserm), in a CNRS unit at the Institut Curie, and James N. Sturgis, professor at the Université de la Méditerranée (CNRS unit), have studied the organization of a bacterial membrane and how it adapts in response to external factors. This is the first time that the inner workings of a membrane have been unveiled. Scheuring and Sturgis show that the organization of membrane proteins is not fixed but can vary with membrane location and time. This work was published in the July 15, 2005 issue of Science...read the wave



Future Technology : Italy

Italian research opens door to new hydrogen production method


Researchers in Italy have developed a new technique for producing hydrogen, and for purifying polluted gases.

The technique involves the release of oxygen from cerium oxide, a pale yellow-white powder used in ceramics and to polish glass.

'Ceria-based materials are oxygen buffers, materials that allow [one] to efficiently store or release oxygen, thus favouring a high catalytic activity and inducing a set of chemical reactions which would otherwise require higher pressures and temperatures,' says Friedrich Esch from the TASC INFM-CNR laboratory. The findings could therefore make an important contribution towards energy conservation, increasing the safety of industrial processes, and reducing environmental impact
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Nano Debate : EU

Exploratory meeting for “responsible” research and development in Nanotechnology


The Exploratory meeting for “responsible” research and development in nanotechnology was organised under the Chairmanship of the European Commission.

The meeting marked a step forward with respect to the international dialogue opened in Alexandria (Virginia, USA, 17 and 18 June 2004) on the responsible research and development of nanotechnology.

The informal character of the discussions was re-affirmed as well as the fact that the participants attended in a strictly personal capacity. All participants acknowledged that nanotechnology will play an increasing role in technological and societal developments over the next decades, giving rise to a high level of expectation among the scientific community, industry and the general public at large...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Nanotech Buyers and Sellers Stuck in a Pricing Stalemate


NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ -- Are high prices a barrier to nanotechnology commercialization? The answer is yes, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "Nanotech's Pricing Stalemate Ends." In a remarkable disconnect, 75% of large corporations that buy components based on nanotechnology believe that they hold the pricing power in deals, while 70% of sellers think that in fact they have the upper hand. The result: Deals languish while corporate buyers use delay tactics on overeager sellers.

"Pricing is cited by 45% of corporate buyers as a major challenge that often impedes nanotech deals. Buyers lament that sellers frequently pay attention only to the cost of their own components, missing the big-picture view," said Lux Research Senior Analyst David Lackner. "Only 15% of sellers, however, see pricing as a major problem. They have such faith in their products' performance gains that they view pricing as a minor issue that will work itself out." ...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Build Big by Thinking Small


When it comes to taking the next "giant leap" in space exploration, NASA is thinking small -- really small.

In laboratories around the country, NASA is supporting the burgeoning science of nanotechnology. The basic idea is to learn to deal with matter at the atomic scale -- to be able to control individual atoms and molecules well enough to design molecule-size machines, advanced electronics and "smart" materials.

If visionaries are right, nanotechnology could lead to robots you can hold on your fingertip, self-healing spacesuits, space elevators and other fantastic devices. Some of these things may take 20+ years to fully develop; others are taking shape in the laboratory today...read the wave



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