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March 12th, 2014
NanoKTN Graphene Workshop Reports and Recommendations
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

At the end of 2013, the NanoKTN held two graphene workshops: Building the Supply Chain for Graphene for Electrical and Electronic Applications, hosted by the IOP in London, and a Graphene and Nanofillers for Composites Workshop hosted by the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol.

The aim of both workshops was to consult with industry on the development of graphene, the potential opportunities for UK SMEs, and to offer recommendations for government in terms of funding.
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December 23rd, 2013
Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Earlier this year, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) and Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) held a workshop on the ‘Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies' at the National Physical Laboratory. Read the Whole Article


October 10th, 2013
The Horizon 2020 €70 Billion Programme
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The UK launch of the European Union's new programme for research and innovation, the Horizon 2020 programme, is imminent. The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is helping to promote this €70 billion programme to tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and commercial organisations. Read the Whole Article


July 8th, 2013
Nano4Life 2013 Conference: Post event report
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

In May 2013, the NanoKTN hosted its annual Nano4Life conference at Regents College London, co-organised in partnership with the British Society for Nanomedicine. Now in its fifth year, the Nano4Life conference examines the convergence of nanotechnology and healthcare, providing perspectives from clinicians, industrialists and leading researchers, who work with, develop and endorse nanotechnologies.

The one day event brought together the four Focus Groups of the NanoKTN's Healthcare and Life Science Theme: NanoPharm, NanoMed, NanoRegen and NiMeD.
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May 29th, 2013
NanoKTN: UK Graphene Industrial Consultation Workshops: General Findings
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

During March this year, the NanoKTN hosted and led two industrial consultation workshops to discuss the commercialisation potential of graphene, a new material which has been the subject of intense academic study. One workshop addressed electrical and electronic (e.g. ‘2-D materials') applications, and the other, structural and bulk applications, a demarcation which highlighted that markets are essentially very different, and the quantities of material and supply chains involved, also very different. Read the Whole Article


April 11th, 2013
The Strategic Role of KTP in the UK Nanotechnology Sector
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The NanoKTN's key objective is to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer between key players in industry and academia to support the UK supply chain and to create the continued economic wealth for UK industry. One way to achieve this is through the use of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a programme led by the Technology Strategy Board, support UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities and Colleges.
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February 26th, 2013
Monitoring Changes in Vibrational Energy to Provide Competitive Advantage with Self-Powered Sensors and Systems
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

In today's competitive business environment with the need to reduce and sustain low operating costs, engineers and manufacturers are faced with the problem of how to increase production and the lifetimes of their constructions, whilst also cutting the cost of manufacturing and ongoing maintenance. The key major barriers to achieving increasing productivity continue to be equipment degradation and unexpected manufacturing process downtime.
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December 20th, 2012
NanoKTN NanoRegen Mission Report
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

In September this year, NanoKTN hosted its NanoRegen Mission to Germany and Austria, organised in partnership with the Science and Innovation Network, Berlin and Chemistry Innovation KTN. Read the Whole Article


November 29th, 2012
Battery Energy Storage - towards a new UK industry
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

This month saw the launch of an industry consultation report by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN). The report, entitled ‘Mobile and Small-Scale Energy Storage - Towards a New UK Industry', reports the outcomes of a stakeholder consultation workshop sponsored by the IET and produced in partnership with the Transport and ESP KTNs, which asked the question of leading UK companies and academics on what was needed to take the UK forward in battery mobile energy storage.
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October 22nd, 2012
The NanoKTN's UK Nanotechnology Directory 2012
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Last month saw the launch of the NanoKTN's UK Nanotechnology Directory 2012. Now in its third edition, the annual directory is the definite guide to the UK's world-class micro and nanotechnology (MNT) sector, featuring over 500 organisations active in nanotechnology and the associated supply chains in the UK. Read the Whole Article


September 4th, 2012
NanoRegen Mission 2012 - Nanotechnology Mission to Austria and Germany
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Today marks the start of the NanoKTN's NanoRegen Mission to Germany and Austria, organised in partnership with the Science and Innovation Network, Berlin and Chemistry Innovation KTN. The mission, which runs from 4th - 7th September 2012, will see six leading UK companies and academics, specialised in developing materials for use in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, visit centres of excellence in Leipzig, Berlin, and Vienna, and will conclude with attendance at the 3rd TERMIS World Congress. The mission is being led by Professor Chris Mason, Head of the Regenerative Medicine Bioprocess Group in the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering at UCL. Read the Whole Article


July 23rd, 2012
NanoKTN Helps Secure Over £20M for the UK Nanotechnology Industry
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN - www.nanoktn.com), facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. Read the Whole Article


June 25th, 2012
‘Nano4Life 2012: Converging Nanotechnology with the Life Science Industry' post-event report
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Earlier this year, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), hosted its fourth Nano4Life conference. This popular event brought together leading industry professionals with academia, end-users and investors to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and healthcare. The one-day annual conference, a flagship event for the NanoKTN's Healthcare & Life Sciences theme, brings together the four focus groups: NanoPharm, NanoMed, NanoRegen and NiMeD. Read the Whole Article


April 5th, 2012
NanoKTN Explores Advances in Textiles at Nano4Design Workshop
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Textiles are an important part of our everyday lives with uses ranging from high-end designer apparel, through to specialist textiles for protection, sports and leisure, medical applications, assisted living, furnishing and construction.

On 28th February 2012, the NanoKTN hosted a workshop highlighting key developments within this field to encourage commercialisation and uptake by end-users. The workshop brought together both product and fashion designers and nanotechnologists, to facilitate information exchange and to raise awareness of consumer and market needs by flagging up new technological developments.
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March 14th, 2012
NanoKTN Event Preview
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) was set up by the Technology Strategy Board to promote and facilitate knowledge exchange, support the growth of UK capabilities, raise nanotechnology awareness and provide thought-leadership and input to UK policy strategy.

The year ahead already looks busy for the NanoKTN, with three of its key flagship and longest standing events Nano4Life, HiPerNano and NanoEntrepreneurs coming up in the next couple of months. Read the Whole Article


February 6th, 2012
UK MEMS Space Workshop: Knowledge Transfer from Ground to Space
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Micro ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) are becoming increasingly common in engineered products. These products cover a vast array of markets, from automotive safety to consumer gaming electronics. Their use in space based products, however, has been limited. Following a number of meetings between STFC, industry and the European Space Agency (ESA), a workshop was proposed to explore the reasons why their use is inhibited, to suggest mechanisms to address these reasons and to bring together a network of industrial, academic and space professionals. Read the Whole Article


December 16th, 2011
NanoKTN 2011 Round-up
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

2011 has been an active time for the NanoKTN with 27 events, international activity, the continued support of the EPSRC CASE Awards, publication of the second edition of the UK Nanotechnology Directory, as well as the continued development of its 14 focus groups and the _connect platform. The extensive events have been invaluable in continuing to raise the awareness of nanotechnology across a variety of industries, keeping those working in this sector up-to-date on new developments and facilitating key partnerships that have led to commercial successes in the UK.

The NanoKTN's online membership has grown at a rapid pace with over 800 new members joining in the last year alone. Membership at the end of 2011 stands at over 2,650 and this continues to grow with around 60 new members joining each month.
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November 21st, 2011
Responsible Nanotechnology
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Nanotechnology offers huge potential and opportunities for the UK and international economies. However there are still reservations from some parties over the possibility of potential environmental, health or safety risks. Read the Whole Article


October 13th, 2011
International Activities at the NanoKTN
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

"Creating partnerships to expand businesses is essential to SMEs. It can take months, or in some cases years, to see contacts turn into contracts but we continue to see the real impact of our activities with companies launching new products, expanding, securing contracts and finding international markets, all through the support of the NanoKTN," explains Dr Alec Reader, Director at the NanoKTN.

The International NanoMicroClub (INMC) project, a joint initiative between the NanoKTN and Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) has been a huge success since its launch in 2010. Launched to raise the profile of UK companies abroad, and to foster greater links with overseas suppliers, the missions have helped over 20 UK based companies to expand their profile overseas. The project offered support to SMEs who are short on time and money to organise overseas business development opportunities in nanotechnology which is now a truly global business.

The three INMC missions in America, Russia and Japan have seen several companies secure sales contracts and services abroad amounting to over £150k and many other contracts and license agreements are in the pipeline. Read the Whole Article


September 8th, 2011
Nano4Energy 2011: Nano-enabled Clean Energy
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

On 28th June 2011, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) hosted its third Nano4Energy conference, this year sponsored by Nanofactory. This unique event brought together developers of the latest clean energy solutions with academia, end-users, investors and the energy industry supply chain. The event focused on ways in which nanotechnology is enabling the development of innovative and improved clean energy solutions and raised awareness of the advances in nanotechnology which are opening new opportunities in clean energy generation, conversion, conservation and storage. Read the Whole Article


August 2nd, 2011
Nanotechnology in Healthcare
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

In recent years nanotechnology has delivered major advances in healthcare and our growing knowledge of events at the molecular level is helping shape the medical advances of the future. The market for these products is international and the UK needs to develop global partnerships to ensure the healthcare technologies being produced reach their full commercial potential.

Following a successful mission to BioPharm America in Boston Massachusetts in September 2010, the next obvious international partner in nanomedicine was Switzerland. Both the UK and Switzerland have significant expertise in the application of nanotechnology to the challenges healthcare providers face and Switzerland is a major pharmaceutical hub with significant activity in nanotech and nanomedicine research. Read the Whole Article


May 20th, 2011
NanoKTN Hosts Its First EcoNano event ‘Nanotechnology for Water'
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Environmental issues are rarely out of the news headlines and the challenges posed by provision of potable water, treatment of industrial and domestic waste water and materials sustainability are predicted to escalate. Water treatment encompasses a range of engineering and technological processes and is of high importance worldwide with population growth, sources drying up and contaminants becoming an increasing problem. Water is also a vital part of many industrial processes for producing chemicals and consumer products such as food and drink. Nanotechnology provides a new approach to solving challenges within these markets.

Earlier this year the NanoKTN launched its ‘EcoNano' focus group to address environmental challenges such as remediation of water, air, and materials sustainability. Technology transfer has a key role in taking new technologies such as nanotechnology into the marketplace and developing commercial traction, and the EcoNano group will focus on nanotechnology awareness - not just for the ‘technology providers' but crucially the whole supply chain.
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March 14th, 2011
Thin-film coatings - CEMMNT and NanoKTN event review
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Thin films and coatings technologies are helping to bring new performance advantages to existing products. The nanoscale manufacture, finishing and patterning of surfaces is also of interest to many sectors including the biotechnology industry so in late 2010 the NanoKTN, in conjunction with CEMMNT, organised a seminar in London to highlight the very best technologies that are currently available in the UK.
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January 10th, 2011
NanoKTN Supports UK SMEs in International Business Development
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

If UK nanotechnology expertise is going to be securely embedded in the global market, we need to ensure that UK SMEs are including international business development and collaboration in their sales and marketing plans.

Earlier this year, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) and the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN), with funding from the Technology Strategy Board, announced a partnership to encourage and support UK nanotechnology SMEs in international business development. This new collaboration saw the launch of the International NanoMicroClub (INMC) which provides UK SMEs with the opportunity to join missions to major international events.
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November 9th, 2010
High Performance Thin-Film Coatings Conference
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The volume manufacture of today's innovative products is extremely challenging and requires manufacturing processes that are ever more robust and reliable. Many products now require the use of performance and functional films to improve cost reduction and increase service lifetimes, whilst reducing the environmental burden. The integrity of such thin films and coatings is absolutely crucial to ensure the best possible performance characteristics and business sustainability.

On 30th November 2010, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) and CEMMNT will be hosting its High Performance Thin-Film Coatings conference, established to highlight and discuss the key issues in surface engineering of high performance thin-film coatings. Read the Whole Article


October 20th, 2010
NanoKTN Report Evaluates Issues in the Electronics and NEMS Supply Chain
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

On 1st June 2010 the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, hosted its third event of the Electronic Devices and Nano Systems focus group at S2K, one of Europe's leading conferences for the Semiconductor, Nanotechnology and NEMS industry.
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September 20th, 2010
Nano4Energy - clean, next generation energy solutions
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

On 30th June , the NanoKTN hosted its second Nano4Energy conference in association with the Carbon Trust. The conference, which took placed at the University of Birmingham, looked at new developments in nanotechnology within energy generation and energy storage. The event featured presentations from leading industry professionals and case study discussions on technologies nearing commercialisation, from the companies leading the way in the movement of clean, next generation energy solutions. Read the Whole Article


July 21st, 2010
How networking and collaboration bring nanotechnology ROI
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The NanoKTN's primary aim is to encourage and support organisations to collaborate and share knowledge with key partners in attractive end user markets, to achieve growth of the UK nanotechnology sector. One of the key methods to ensure networking between key market players is to facilitate interactions through events. Dr Alec Reader, Director of the NanoKTN, explains. Read the Whole Article


May 25th, 2010
Nanotechnoligy in High Performance Nano-Enhanced Materials (HiPerNano)
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

In April 2010, in conjunction with Cranfield University, the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), held its annual High Performance Nano-Enhanced Materials (HiPerNano) Conference, dedicated to raising awareness and promoting developments in nano-enhanced materials for the high performance engineering industry. The conference presentations looked at current scientific and commercial developments, alongside the challenges that need to be addressed within the industry. Read the Whole Article


April 1st, 2010
Nanotechnology in Packaging
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Today's micro and nano-enabled sensors are a key part of many high value product markets, but their development presents unique and specific challenges, especially to those in the medical, military and communication sectors. The development of these sensors is essential to enable greater functionality, efficiency and security in high value product design. A key challenge in the adoption of these technologies is the ability to connect the active sensor device or sub assembly to a general-purpose circuit board or suitable probe device for onward product integration. Read the Whole Article


February 1st, 2010
Nanotechnology: A UK Industry View
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

On the 14th January 2010, the Nanotechnology Mini-Innovation and Growth Team (Mini-IGT) presented a report to the UK Government and industry entitled, Nanotechnology: A UK Industry View, giving its recommendations for the future success of nanotechnology in the UK. The report considered the status of nanotechnology in the UK today and provided recommendations in response to the concerns and issues raised. Read the Whole Article


January 5th, 2010
Nanotechnology in Life Sciences
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Nanotechnology is used in the development and manufacture of products in a number of different areas, including medicine, materials, electronics, coatings and energy saving technology, all with positive effects such as decreasing drug side-effects and improving sports equipment performance. Read the Whole Article


November 11th, 2009
The UK Nano & Emerging Technologies Forum 2009
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The UK Nano & Emerging Technologies Forum 2009, held on 3rd & 4th November at London's Park Lane Hilton and hosted by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), was attended by over 420 delegates, making it the most successful event to date. Read the Whole Article


September 17th, 2009
Biosensing & Diagnostics
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has joined forces with the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN's Biosensing Special Interest Group (BioSIG) to organise a conference at Cranfield University on 17th September aimed at highlighting advances in biosensing and diagnostics that are being made possible by the application of micro and nanotechnology. Read the Whole Article


August 6th, 2009
Nano-enabled Coatings
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), in conjunction with NanoCentral, is holding a seminal event dedicated to raising current awareness of the potential impacts of nano-enabled coatings. It will also act as a forum for the creation of consortia wishing to build or develop supply chains to expedite the commercialisation of nano-enabled coatings and reap the forecast rewards. The ‘Nano-enabled Coatings' event, takes place on Wednesday 23rd September at BMA House, London. Read the Whole Article


June 23rd, 2009
Exploring the Convergence of Nanotechnologies and Life Sciences
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Exploring the Convergence of Nanotechnologies and Life Sciences
Dr Mike Fisher, Theme Manager Bionano & Nanomedicine, Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN)

Earlier this year the NanoKTN held its first conference in the bionano market, Nano4Life 2009, which explored the opportunities that nanotechnology holds for the life science industry. The conference brought together leading medtech and pharmaceutical companies, with academic researchers and research funders, to encourage networking, offering an opportunity for those in the market to look at current research trends and match these with the needs of industry, healthcare providers and patients.
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May 13th, 2009
Using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) in nano-electronic devices, sensors and systems
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

All electronics companies face the constant challenge to develop and commercialise new products that are competitive in the marketplace. To achieve this they are increasingly looking to the nanotechnology industry for new processes to manufacture electronic devices with features below 100 nanometre. One such process is Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), that is capable of easily building structures measuring 100 nanometre and smaller on the most advanced applications in electronics, catalysis and sensor technology. However, in order to fully capitalise on these new processes the challenge is to establish a fluid supply chain that makes it viable for nanotechnology to be effectively introduced. Read the Whole Article


April 9th, 2009
Exploring electronic developments in Green Technology
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

Exploring electronic developments in Green Technology
Dr Martin Kemp, Materials Theme Manager, Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN)
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February 11th, 2009
The NanoKTN and the 'Green Energy' Revolution
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The ‘green energy' revolution is gradually gathering pace, seeking to produce energy from renewable and low carbon footprint resources. In many of the future clean energy scenarios, nanomaterials are starting to deliver the critical solution to technical challenges. Read the Whole Article


January 23rd, 2009
The Nanotechnology KTN
Fiona Brewer
NanoKTN

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, was set up by the Technology Strategy Board to promote and facilitate knowledge exchange, support the growth of UK capabilities, raise awareness of nanotechnology and provide thought leadership and input to the UK policy and strategy. Read the Whole Article

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