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USA Nano Initiatives
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Nanotechnology in Asia
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|November 25th, 2013|
Graphene - Enabling Next Generation Multi-functional Electronics
NanoGlobe Pte Ltd
Nanotechnology Business Development Consultants, NanoGlobe Pte Ltd
To keep up with the demands of next generation electronics that are multi-functional as well as highly responsive, lighter, thinner, flexible, foldable and even wearable and printable on different substrates, we need materials that are as highly conductive as copper, robust as steel, light-weight as plastics, and flexible enough to be applied for curved, 3-D, foldable or wearable products. Read the Whole Article
Asian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Association (ANNA)
The Future of Nanotechnology
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology in the UK
Nanomedicine: The Future of Medicine
Dr. Arun Kumar
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|November 24th, 2010|
Initial Observations of Cell Mediated Drug Delivery to the Deep Lung
Director Nanomedicine Division,, Center for Diagnostics Nanosystems
Using current methodologies, drug delivery to small airways, terminal bronchioles and alveoli (deep lung) is inefficient especially to the lower lungs. Urgent lung pathologies such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and post-lung transplantation complications are difficult to treat, in part, due to the methodological limitations in targeting the deep lung with high efficiency drug distribution to the site of pathology. To overcome drug delivery limitations inhibiting the optimization of deep lung therapy, isolated rat Sertoli cells pre-loaded with chitosan nanoparticles were use to obtain a high density distribution and concentration (92%) of the nanoparticles in the lungs of mice by way of the peripheral venous vasculature rather than the more commonly used pulmonary route. Additionally, Sertoli cells were pre-loaded with chitosan nanoparticles coupled with the anti-inflammatory compound curcumin and then injected intravenously into control or experimental mice with deep lung inflammation. By 24 hours post-injection, most of the curcumin load (~90%) delivered in the injected Sertoli cells was present and distributed throughout the lungs including the peri-alveloar sac area in the lower lungs. This was based on the high density, positive quantification of both nanoparticles and curcumin in the lungs. There was a marked positive therapeutic effect achieved 24 hours following curcumin treatment delivered by this Sertoli cell Nanoparticle Protocol (SNAP). Results identify a novel and efficient protocol for targeted delivery of drugs to the deep lung mediated by extra-testicular Sertoli cells. Utilization of SNAP delivery may optimize drug therapy for conditions such as ARDS, status asthmaticus, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and complications following lung transplantation where the use of high concentrations of anti-inflammatory drugs is desirable, but often limited by risks of systemic drug toxicity.
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Should Investors Roll the Dice with Nanotechnology?
International Nanotechnology Opportunities
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|July 26th, 2013|
Nanotechnology for Blue and Green Revolution
Co-Founder , NanoLandGlobal
The use of nanoscale structures in technology and medicine has already infiltrated daily life in countless ways. A range of applications in areas of sensors, coatings, hybrid materials, catalysis and biocatalysis and drug delivery are presently exploited. Although there is significant work done on use of nanoparticles in agriculture and aquaculture their use as nutrients in this field is poorly understood. In this article we explore the enormous potential of a patented nanosilica based nano nutrient mixture this PRODUCT on wide range of applications like Bioremediation, Aquaculture and Crop protection.
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Read additional articles in the Park Systems column
|July 3rd, 2013|
Park Systems Introduces Park NX-HDM: Fully Automated Automatic Defect Review and Sub-Angstrom Surface Roughness for Hard Disk Media and Semiconductor Substrates
Sue. J. Kim
Global Marketing Manager, Park Systems Corp.
(Santa Clara, California, April 9, 2013) - Park Systems, world leader in atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the semiconductor and hard disk markets introduces Park NX-HDM, a fully automated automatic defect review and sub-angstrom surface roughness atomic force microscopy (AFM) system for device substrates and disk media, the first metrology tool capable of providing this level of accuracy and automation. The NX-HDM system sets a new standard for the industry in automatic defect review AFM technology by increasing throughput up to 1000 percent and an offering of 30% higher success rate than prior system, analyzing, identifying and scanning media for all wafer sizes up to 150mm.
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|December 18th, 2007|
Overcoming Challenges in Advanced Semiconductor Imaging & Analysis
FEI Global Marketing Manager, NanoElectroincs, FEI Company
Time is Money in Nano-scale Semiconductor Manufacturing
Today's advanced semiconductors are truly nano-scale devices. For example, the latest generally-available PC processors feature transistor line-widths as small as 45 nm, and process development is underway at leading manufacturers for 32 nm, 22 nm, and even smaller geometries.
The adage, "Time is money" has an overwhelming relevance in the world of volume semiconductor production. Getting to market, enhancing yields and ramping to volume-- faster-- is business-critical, and overcoming the associated nano-scale manufacturing challenges requires sophisticated "forensics." In other words, advanced manufacturing process development and control applications require advanced imaging and analysis tools to characterize defects, analyze failures, and measure critical dimensions.
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National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center
Nanotechnology and Patents
Francisco Castro, Ph.D., J.D.
Magda Carvalho PhD, JD
Nanotechnology in Russia
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|April 20th, 2012|
Skolkovo - Russia's ‘scientific capital' to be
Principal Analyst, NanoNewsNet.ru
The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. In the course of implementation of the project, companies that are engaged in innovative development are discovered. After a selection process, some of these become project participants of the centre. They are provided with all assistance necessary for development. The Skolkovo Foundation and its partners transform the infrastructure, resources and other possibilities of the centre, into effective services for companies that are project participants Read the Whole Article
Piedmont Triad Partnership
US-EU-Africa-Asia-Pacific and Caribbean Nanotechnology Initiative (USEACANI)
UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Northeastern University School of Law
University of Idaho
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|April 30th, 2009|
CAMBR VS MRSA
Science/Research Writer, University of Idaho
Scientists at the University of Idaho's Center for Advanced Microelectronics and Biomolecular Research (CAMBR) are using nanobiosensors capable of detecting MRSA - or any disease - in mere hours. In collaboration with the nanofacility at Cornell University, the team is zeroing in on nano-sized biosensors that use a signal detection molecule to detect molecules and proteins possessing any electrical charge, or no charge at all. Read the Whole Article
Read additional articles in the Xanofi column
|August 24th, 2011|
Funding Your Nano Startup
our country has well-defined areas where there's just more money and opportunities for new technology companies. States like Texas, Ohio, and even Oklahoma seem to be outpacing my home state of North Carolina when it comes to political leaders realizing the critical importance of seed stage companies in the lifecycle of job creation.
So what are your options if you don't live in Silicon Valley? What are the pros and cons of different strategies that help to minimize under-capitalization?
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Nanotech and Education
Nanoscience Education & Workforce Training
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|June 10th, 2011|
Teaching Nanoscale Science to K-12 Students
Judith Light Feather
President, The NanoTechnology Group Inc
Why do all students have to learn about nanoscale science?
Over the past 15 years I have attempted to answer this question in many ways, sometimes successfully and more often than not, have faced objections from all levels of educators. There are many stumbling blocks placed against inclusion of new areas of science in all grades. Many educators have become complacent teaching only the required standard-based curriculum for students in K-12. Many educators state that students are struggling to learn the basics in these primary subjects and are not competent in passing standardized testing in math, reading and grammar. Therefore, science topics are considered too difficult for them to comprehend at an early age. Getting past this first objection, along with the fact that teachers are overloaded with paperwork, mandatory state and federal testing and do not have time to introduce a new subject, has been an ongoing challenge. The second issue stated by teachers, "They do not know where to insert the resources developed as nanoscale science curriculum into their current teaching matrix. The universities that developed the curriculum did not match it to their current textbooks." Read the Whole Article
Scenarios and Solutions for a Nano-World
Read additional articles in the Lifeboat Foundation column
|June 4th, 2011|
Our History Shapes the Future
Research Engineer, Novii Systems
American history teachers praise the educational value of Billy Joel's 1980s song ‘We Didn't Start the Fire'. His song is a homage to the 40 years of historical headlines since his birth in 1949.
Which of Joel's headlines will be considered the most important a millennium from now?
This column discusses five of the most important, and tries to make the case that three of them will become irrelevant, while one will be remembered for as long as the human race exists (one is uncertain). The five contenders are:
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Read additional articles in the NanoReg column
|March 15th, 2011|
Green Chemistry Makes Many See Red
Green chemistry. What is this savior that will rescue our doomed planet from the evils of toxic chemicals? One basic premise is that they can be eliminated from many products by simply replacing them with non-toxic chemicals. In theory, this would make a nice situation where we would never have to be exposed to toxic substances and the new substances will be safe because we have designed substitutes which will not pose any threat to man nor beast. I remain skeptical but others are convinced this goal is achievable. While I don't claim to be a mystic with the ability to predict the future, I can say with a great deal of confidence that this is going to end badly. Read the Whole Article
Read additional articles in the Natasha Vita-More column
|November 21st, 2010|
WE ARE STRONG: Only Insofar As We Take Advantage of Our Innate Abilities and Build Smarter Tools
MSc, MPhil, PhD Researcher, University of Plymouth, Transhumanism
Humans are animals that build tools to enhance physiology. It is the use of tools that helped to increase the human brain into a larger, more complex system than that of early hominids. "Tools and bigger brains mark the beginning of a distinctly human line of evolution." (Kelly 2010, 22) According to Jared Diamond, early hominids lacked innovation: "In short, Neanderthal tools had no variation in either time or space to suggest that most human characteristics, innovation". (Diamond 2006, 44) What will we do with nanotechnology and AGI? Read the Whole Article
Nanotechnology for a better world
Read additional articles in the Neil Gordon column
|May 2nd, 2010|
America Needs a New Strategy for Safe Drinking Water
CEO, Early Warning Inc
An estimated 19.5 million Americans, representing about 7% of the entire US population, got sick last year from drinking water containing pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. Countless more consumed water with cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive substances, and nuclear materials. Pathogens and toxins are ending up in tap water from ineffective treatment of contaminated source water, infiltration of contaminants through broken water mains, an absence of government regulations that require drinking water to be adequately tested for multiple pathogens and hundreds of toxic materials, and a lax enforcement of regulations by government officials that allowed over 94% of Clean Water Act violators to avoid fines or significant punishments. Current trends suggest that the problems will intensify. An increase in America's population and related water-intensive industries such as food processing will require even more contaminant-free water, while at the same time pristine water sources are depleting.
Maintaining the status quo will likely lead to a greater number of illnesses from an aging population with an increasing number of sick, immuno-compromised, and malnourished who are less able to fight off pathogens and toxins. This will place a greater burden on the health care system. Rebuilding under-capacity water treatment plants and deteriorating water distribution infrastructure will take decades and approach a trillion dollars nationally in the next 20 years. A more cost-effective solution is to implement a new generation of nanotechnology-based inline sensors that rapidly detect a diverse suite of pathogens and toxins, along with updated regulations and meaningful enforcement. This will allow water operators to more quickly identify dangerous contaminants and take actions to prevent contaminated water from reaching consumers. With a network of sensors providing precise information about the sources of infiltration, water administrators would be able to prioritize major infrastructure projects by measuring the potential health benefit versus the cost of prospective investments.
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NanoTech for Defense & Intelligence
Nanotechnology in Space
Maximizing progress and benefits of Nanotechnology
Read additional articles in the Nanoethics column
|September 13th, 2009|
Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers
Director, Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group
In our recent NSF-funded report, excerpted here, we examine many ethical and social issues surrounding human en-hancement technologies. No matter where one is aligned on this issue, it is clear that the human enhancement debate is a deeply passionate and personal one, striking at the heart of what it means to be human. Some see it as a way to fulfill or even transcend our potential; others see it as a darker path towards becoming Frankenstein's monster. To help untangle this debate, we have organized this report as the following list of questions and answers, starting with background issues and moving to specific concerns, including: freedom & autonomy, health & safety, fairness & equity, societal disruption, and human dignity.
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Atomic Layer Deposition
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|June 4th, 2009|
Harnessing the energy of the sun: Developing 3-D nano-scale solutions
Dr Ville Miikkulainen
Project Manager, Picosun Oy
Theoretical potential of solar power covers current global energy needs 2,850 times over. The real promise of renewable energy lies with the sun. According to industry estimates, thin film solar cells will dominate the photovoltaic market in the future and replace bulk silicon from its current leading position. Photovoltaics is entering the wholesale electricity market and the following decade will see it explode. Only the best thin-film technologies will be able to spearhead such an explosion. Finnish-based leading global manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) reactors Picosun Oy (www.picosun.com) is one of only four industry partners of a European Union funded solar energy project called ROD-SOL. The aim of the project is to revolutionize solar energy markets with a new concept of nano-scale thin-film light traps. Read the Whole Article
Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Real Nano/MEMS Products Today
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|March 17th, 2009|
Lithium-Ion Battery Research
Principal Technologist, QuantumSphere Inc
Commercially introduced in the early 1990s, lithium-ion batteries exhibited an annual market penetration rate of 25%, replacing less energy dense nickel metal hydride batteries. A typical commercial Li-ion battery has a specific energy of about 200Wh/kg, while some more advanced systems reached a specific energy exceeding 275 Wh/kg. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the power source of choice in present-day electronic devices, such as laptop computers, cell phones, smart phones, cameras, and many more. Additionally, they are becoming a viable option for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).
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Alberta & the Future of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Industries Association
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|August 7th, 2007|
Deciphering Nanotechnology Codes
Director, Nanotechnology Industries Association
The Nanotechnology Industries Association( http://www.nanotechia.co.uk ) has started the development of a Code of Conduct for organisations working with nanotechnologies ( http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/news.asp?id=6841 ), as part of a large multi-stakeholder Code working group, which includes the chemical company BASF, Unilever, Smith & Nephew, the consumer group Which?, development NGO Practical Action and Amicus. The Founding Partners of this so-called ‘Responsible NanoCode' represent major players in the area of nanotechnologies and -technologies, including The Royal Society ( http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk ), a authority in science and technology, Insight Investment ( http://www.insightinvestment.com/ ), one of the UK's largest asset managers, and the Nanotechnology Industries Association ( http://www.nanotechia.co.uk ), globally the largest nanotechnology trade association, and the only one with an exclusive focus on the nanotechnology industries. Read the Whole Article
Nanotechnology for Every-Day-Life in India