Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Scientists well positioned for success with new manipulation device

Abstract:
Technology for macro, micro and nano-positioning and manipulation

Scientists well positioned for success with new manipulation device

Newcastle, UK | Posted on July 17th, 2007

Researchers at Northumbria University have developed the prototype for a new
generation of positioning device that operates with nanometre precision. This
ground-breaking technology could help increase the ease and accuracy of
laboratory work in crucial fields such as stem cell research.

Called Nanomobile, the patent-pending design harnesses the piezoelectric effect to
produce a uniquely smooth movement. Nanomobile's ability to position objects
precisely over a 10 centimetre range with six degrees of freedom means it opens
up new possibilities for scientists and engineers - especially in the life sciences,
micro-electro-mechanical systems and semiconductor industries.

Nanomobile patented technology opens the previously unused ability of a piezotube
to ‘walk'. It is traditionally used only to produce micrometer actuation. The piezotube
generates microwaves on its edge. With the waves at the bottom edge it walks
across a flat surface. With the waves at the top edge it rotates a ball joint carrying a
"toolbox". The toolbox can have six probes interchangeable on demand. The
method uses hidden capabilities eliminating need for extra motors. This means
higher reliability at a lower cost. It also implies scalability of technique to suit many
applications. Centimetre travel in X, Y, Z and nanometre accuracy are now
combined in a solid device.

The Nanomobile prototype was developed with financial backing from NorthStar
Equity Investors' North East Proof of Concept (POC) Fund. This £10 million Fund,
set up with money from One NorthEast and the European Regional Development
Fund (ERDF), invests in new technology ventures at their earliest stages.

Dr. Volkov, Nanomobile's inventor, said: "We received £90,000 in POC funding to
help us build this prototype and the result is a device that is ready to be marketed
for commercial use. This is an incredibly exciting time for us and we are confident
that Nanomobile will be well-received because it operates so smoothly on the tiniest
of scales. This makes it an elegant alternative to current positioning devices that
use stepped movements. It will allow scientists new levels of control, and can be
used in a broad range of research fields because we are able to customise it to suit
different applications.

The Northumbria team worked alongside Nanograph Systems Ltd, a spin-out of
Nottingham University, to produce the Nanomobile prototype. Dr. Volkov said: "It
was a great opportunity for partnership working within this highly specialised field
and the input from our colleagues in Nottingham was invaluable."

POC Fund deal manager Dr Michelle Cooper said: "It is incredibly satisfying to see
the end result of one of our POC investments hitting the market. At NSEI, we
support technology entrepreneurs from the inception of their ideas right through to
research, development and ultimately trading. What's more, there is a continuum of
support with our £23 million North East Co-Investment Fund offering backing of up
to £1 million."

The Nanomobile team is seeking commercial partners to take this novel
technology to market and would now like to hear from:

- Manufacturers of positioning devices
- Manufacturers of microscopes (optical, SEM, AFM)
- Manufacturers of related nano- micro- equipment.

A demonstration DVD of Nanomobile in action is available on request.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Graham Hopson
Commercialisation Manager
Northumbria Commercial Enterprises
21/22 Ellison Place
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

T: ++44 (0) 191 2437590
F: ++ 44 (0) 191 2433057
M: ++44 (0) 7974 215 325

Copyright © Northumbria University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Investments/IPO's/Splits

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, AgBiome, Announces Partnership to Accelerate the Discovery of Next Generation Insect-Resistant Crops July 1st, 2015

Nanometrics to Participate in 7th Annual CEO Investor Summit 2015: Investor Event Held Concurrently With SEMICON West in San Francisco June 25th, 2015

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company D-Wave Systems Announces 1,000 Qubit Processor and is Discussed in the Economist June 23rd, 2015

Nanowire LED Innovator Aledia Completes $31 Million Series B Financing June 18th, 2015

Chip Technology

Influential Interfaces Lead to Advances in Organic Spintronics July 1st, 2015

Emergence of a 'devil's staircase' in a spin-valve system July 1st, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business: Transaction adds differentiating technologies, world-class technologists, and intellectual property July 1st, 2015

BASF and Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT jointly develop electronic materials June 30th, 2015

Announcements

Leti Announces Launch of First European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory: Project Combines Expertise of 9 Partners in 8 Countries to Foster Nanomedicine Innovation and Facilitate Regulatory Approval July 1st, 2015

Bruker Introduces Second-Generation Inspire Nanochemical Imaging Solution: Featuring Unique PeakForce IR and IR EasyAlign Technology July 1st, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business: Transaction adds differentiating technologies, world-class technologists, and intellectual property July 1st, 2015

Samsung's New Graphene Technology Will Double Life Of Your Lithium-Ion Battery July 1st, 2015

Tools

NIST ‘How-To’ Website Documents Procedures for Nano-EHS Research and Testing July 1st, 2015

Ultra-stable JILA microscopy technique tracks tiny objects for hours July 1st, 2015

Bruker Introduces Second-Generation Inspire Nanochemical Imaging Solution: Featuring Unique PeakForce IR and IR EasyAlign Technology July 1st, 2015

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels: Methods will allow researchers to develop new 'smart' materials June 30th, 2015

Patents/IP/Tech Transfer/Licensing

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Completes Acquisition of IBM Microelectronics Business: Transaction adds differentiating technologies, world-class technologists, and intellectual property July 1st, 2015

NEI Announces the Issuance of Multiple Patents on Self-Healing & Superhydrophobic Coatings June 30th, 2015

Solegear Further Strengthens its Product Development Team: New Hire Seeks to Create New, Disruptive, Sustainable Materials June 17th, 2015

High-tech nanofibres could help nutrients in food hit the spot June 17th, 2015

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

World’s 1st Full-Color, Flexible, Skin-Like Display Developed at UCF June 24th, 2015

Physicists fine-tune control of agile exotic materials: Tunable hybrid polaritons realized with graphene layer on hexagonal boron nitride June 24th, 2015

Robust new process forms 3-D shapes from flat sheets of graphene June 23rd, 2015

Lancaster University revolutionary quantum technology research receives funding boost June 22nd, 2015

Research partnerships

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, AgBiome, Announces Partnership to Accelerate the Discovery of Next Generation Insect-Resistant Crops July 1st, 2015

Leti Announces Launch of First European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory: Project Combines Expertise of 9 Partners in 8 Countries to Foster Nanomedicine Innovation and Facilitate Regulatory Approval July 1st, 2015

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels: Methods will allow researchers to develop new 'smart' materials June 30th, 2015

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles: Rice-led researchers calculate electrical properties of carbon cones, other shapes June 30th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project