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Nanotechnology
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology : 17 July, 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, reviews the state-of-the-art.
 
A dialogue on nanosafety
Nanotechnology : 17 April, 2015
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by improving the understanding of the biological basis of the potential risks of nanomaterials.
 
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
Multiferroics : 04 February, 2015
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These materials can save energy and space, and are opening doors to a wealth of new technological applications
 
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Carbon Nanotubes : 04 February, 2015
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
 
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Carbon Nanotubes : 10 August, 2014
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
 
Nanotechnology breakthrough - method unveiled for controlling growth of metal crystals
Microfabrication : 29 May, 2014
Researchers at the University of Warwick have announced the first ever method for controlling the growth of metal-crystals from single atoms. Called Nanocrystallometry, it allows for the creation of precise components for use in nanotechnology.
 
Bending helps to control nanomaterials
Nanotechnology : 29 May, 2014
A new remedy has been found to tackle the difficulty of controlling layered nanomaterials - control can be improved by simply bending the material!! The research was funded by the Academy of Finland and used the computational resources of the Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC).
 
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Nanotechnology : 27 May, 2014
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
 
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Microfabrication : 22 April, 2014
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming clear that the greatest added value for electrospun nanofibres can be realised where they are used as part of a composite or in a multi-component construction. This article by Dr Barry Park and Dr Gabriela Juarez Martînez, Theme Managers of NanoKTN, together with Professor Bob Stevens, Professor of Smart Materials and Devices, iSMART Project Director, School of Science and Technology, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, is based on the talks presented at the event Nanofibres to Nanocomposites held at MediCity in Nottingham on 27 February. This event was co-organised by NanoKTN and Nottingham Trent University.
 
Luminescent metal nanoclusters for sensors, bioimaging, energy harvesting
Nanotechnology : 10 March, 2014
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, researchers summarize recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.
 
UK Thermoelectric Network (TEMPEST) set up to exploit UK strengths in nanotechnology
Thermoelectric materials : 31 January, 2014
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces its support for the first UK Thermoelectric Network – TEMPEST, funded through the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
 
Annual Nanofibres to Nanocomposites Conference 2014 - 27 February 2014, MediCity, Nottingham, UK
Nanotechnology : 17 January, 2014
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces details of its annual one-day conference, to discuss the latest UK developments in nanofibres, nanocomposites and existing and emerging applications, organised in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.
 
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Stanene : 10 January, 2014
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make it even more conductive than graphene.
 
UK SMEs now realising more commercial success in nanotechnologies
Nanotechnology : 17 December, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network says that recent commercial activity is driving UK growth and demonstrating the UK’s leading position in the nanotechnology sector.
 
Nanorod composite can self-regenerate when damaged
Self-Regenerating Composites : 02 December, 2013
Using a newly developed computational approach, a nanocomposite is designed that enables self-regeneration of the gel matrix when a significant portion of the material is severed. The cut instigates a "dynamic cascade" of cooperative events, leading to regrowth: nanorods congregate at the new interface and initiate atom transfer radical polymerisation with monomers and cross-linkers in the outer solution. The reaction propagates to form a new cross-linked gel, which can be tuned to resemble the uncut material.
 
Self-healing stretchy polymer heals battery electrode cracks
Self-Healing Polymers : 02 December, 2013
A battery electrode that heals itself open a potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. A stretchy polymer coats the electrode, binds it together and spontaneously heals tiny cracks that develop during battery operation.
 
Workshop: Graphene and Nanofillers for Composites
Nanotechnology : 02 December, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has announced the programme for its Graphene and Nanofillers for Composites workshop, sponsored and hosted by the National Composites Centre in Bristol, on 5 December 2013. The event will feature expert presentations on the latest developments in the manufacturing and properties of nanocomposites for polymers and composite systems, focusing on nanofillers including graphene. The workshop will include a discussion on the opportunities, issues and market barriers and provide an excellent networking opportunity to form partnerships.
 
Annual Nanofibres to Nanocomposites Conference 2013: 19 November 2013, Nottingham Trent University
Nanotechnology : 10 November, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces details of its annual one-day conference, to discuss the latest UK developments in nanofibres, nanocomposites and existing and emerging applications, hosted by Nottingham Trent University.
 
Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology
Nanotechnology : 25 October, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery industry’s key players. The conference includes presentations on the impact that nanotechnology is delivering in the battery industry, as well as the challenges the industry currently faces in the drive to push innovation and reduce costs.
 
Graphene-polymer composite - light tanks to keep gases in check
Polymer Nanocomposites : 17 October, 2013
A composite material created at Rice University is nearly impervious to gas and may lead to efficient storage of compressed natural gas for vehicles. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. A 65 micron-wide polymer film contains a tiny amount of enhanced graphene nanoribbon that present gas molecules a tortuous path to escape.
 
UK Nanotechnology and Coatings Industry Conference to take place in October
Nanotechnology : 26 September, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), in partnership with the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and the Paint Research Association (PRA), is announcing details of the Fourth Annual Nanotechnology and the Coatings Industry Conference, to be held in Nottingham on 8 October.
 
UK SMEs encouraged to participate in Horizon 2020 EUR70 billion programme
Nanotechnology : 19 September, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is encouraging UK SMEs to take advantage of the Horizon 2020 €70 billion programme.
 
Shape memory scaffold for manipulating nanoparticles into shape - and back
Nanotechnology : 16 September, 2013
A shape-memory chitosan scaffold (CSS) fabricated by an ice-templated method can be used as a versatile host matrix for self-assembly of a wide range of functional nanoscale building blocks, and thus it can produce a family of functional three-dimensional (3D) macroscale assemblies, which show promising practical application potential in various fields.
 
Carbon nanotubes improve energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries
Carbon Nanotubes : 12 August, 2013
Batteries might gain a boost in power capacity as a result of a new finding from researchers at MIT. They found that using carbon nanotubes for one of the battery’s electrodes produced a significant increase - up to tenfold - in the amount of power it could deliver from a given weight of material, compared to a conventional lithium-ion battery. Such electrodes might find applications in small portable devices, and with further research might also lead to improved batteries for larger, more power-hungry applications.
 
UK start-up secures commercial contract to develop nanotechnology collaboration tool
Nanotechnology : 22 July, 2013
Following an introduction to Dublin City University, by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), Bridgelight has secured a contract to build the foundations for a web platform to accelerate the identification of profitable collaboration opportunities for UK technology companies.
 
UK strategic analysis: batteries seen as a key market for nanomaterials
Nanotechnology : 14 May, 2013
In 2010, Dr Martin Kemp, who leads the ′nano-enabled clean energy’ focus group called ′Nano4Energy’ at the NanoKTN, commenced a market analysis to identify where nanotechnology would have the most impact in clean energy. It concludes that electrical energy storage devices were a key growth market needing performance improvements, and these would largely be dependent on nanotechnology.
 
Three more research grades of carbon nanotubes now available
Carbon Nanotubes : 06 May, 2013
SouthWest NanoTechnologies is introducing three new research grade carbon nanotube products. These new grades represent the latest advancements in SWeNT's continued drive towards higher performance, lower cost carbon nanotubes.
 
Self-powered sensors and systems mission to Berlin
Nanotechnology : 19 April, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces the start of the Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group (EH SIG) Mission, which is taking a delegation of nine UK companies specialising in energy harvesting and self powered sensor systems to Germany.
 
Unsettled economic situation leaves mark on microtechnology industry
Nanotechnology : 03 April, 2013
A year ago, the microtechnology, nanotechnology, and advanced materials industry looked out on the year 2012 with quite positive expectations. As it turned out, the unstable economic situation has left its mark on these industries, too. For 2013, at least, the companies expect a slight upwards trend.
 
Fifth Annual HiPerNano Conference and Exhibition - solving engineering challenges with nanotechnology
Nanotechnology : 15 March, 2013
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces details of its fifth annual HiPerNano conference and exhibition, taking place on 17 April 2013 in Birmingham, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Early-bird rates are available until Friday 22 March 2013.
 
Renewable energy: Boron nitride nanotubes to channel osmotic power
Carbon Nanotubes : 03 March, 2013
The salinity difference between fresh water and salt water could be a source of renewable energy. However, power yields from existing techniques are not high enough to make them viable. A solution to this problem may now have been found.
 
Carbon nanotube inks featured at 2013 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference (FlexTech)
Carbon Nanotubes : 01 February, 2013
SouthWest NanoTechnologies, specialist in single-aall and multi-wall carbon nanotubes will display its family of conductive and semi-conducting CNT inks for flexible printed electronics at the FlexTech Alliance 2013 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference and Exhibition (Phoenix, AZ)
 
Nanotechnology projects to improve paint processes and future instrument panel design
Nanotechnology : 15 December, 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is helping the University of Birmingham to secure a number of projects with luxury sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin, following attendance at one of the NanoKTN’s HiPerNano conferences.
 
NanoKTN urges SMEs to take advantage of Technology Strategy Board funding call
Nanotechnology : 04 December, 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network is urging SMEs to apply for The Technology Strategy Board’s latest "technology-inspired" competition for fast-track and collaborative Research and Development funding, and welcomes the changes to Technology Strategy Board funding rules to further support UK SMEs’ business growth and development.
 
Transparent communication about nanomaterials
Nanotechnology : 26 November, 2012
BASF’s Dialog Forum Nano presented its final report for the dialogue phase 2011/2012 on 22 November in Berlin. The aim of the regular dialogue with representatives from research institutes, labour unions, commerce, industry and churches, as well as environmental and consumer organisations, was to generate joint recommendations for improving transparency in communication about nanomaterials from manufacturers to consumers.
 
Second generation water fleas suggest nanoparticles may pose a greater health hazard than previously thought
Nanotechnology : 21 November, 2012
Nanoparticles are more harmful to small animals than tests have indicated to date. This has been shown in a new study of the University of Koblenz-Landau. Higher sensitivity is found only in the offspring of water fleas (Daphnia magna), even though only the parents had been exposed to these materials.
 
Workshop for nano-enabled sustainable design
Nanotechnology : 15 November, 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces its third Nano4Design Workshop to be sponsored by and hosted at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London on 29 November 2012.
 
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as effective in fuel cell catalysis as platinum, ruthenium and other noble metals
Carbon Nanotubes : 05 November, 2012
Fuel cells based on hydrogen and oxygen can convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy in an environmentally friendly way, as the by-product is simply water. As a replacement for scarece and expensive noble metals, organic materials, are now under the spotlight. Physicists at Umeå University in Sweden have deliberately introduced defects into carbon nanotubes to create the necessary properties.
 
Specialty multi-wall nanotubes presented at the SAMPE Tech 2012 Conference
Carbon Nanotubes : 22 October, 2012
SouthWest NanoTechnologies is presenting its new SMW line of speciality multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Tech 2012 conference in Charleston, South Carolina
 
Nano staples proposed as means of mechanically joining low surface energy materials
Nanotechnology : 10 October, 2012
Researchers at Kiel University (Germany) have developed a technology which can joining two "unjoinable’ materials. The technology uses passive nano-scaled crystal linkers - "Tetrapods" - as internal staples.
 
Seminar discusses testing of nanomaterials for hazard and risk
Nanotechnology : 02 October, 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, announces a one-day seminar it is hosting in partnership with Safenano, Europe's Centre of Excellence on Nanotechnology Hazard and Risk.
 
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
Nanotechnology : 01 October, 2012
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft′s wings.
 
Electrochemical coating company using nanotechnology to deposit fine films
Nanotechnology : 27 September, 2012
Datum Developments, one of the members of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), has secured over £50,000 of sales from attending one of its events.
 
Raymor Industries and NanoIntegris combine into single walled carbon nanotube company
Carbon Nanotubes : 16 September, 2012
Raymor Industries and NanoIntegris Technologies have completed a business combination to integrate a leading single walled carbon nanotube growth company (Raymor) with one in carbon nanotube purification and separation (NanoIntegris).
 
UK consortium investigates nanotechnology potential in energy applications
Nanotechnology : 12 September, 2012
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces that one of its members, Alstom Grid, is leading a UK consortium to develop a collaborative research project worth £800,000 funded 47% by the Technology Strategy Board’s Materials for Energy call.
 
World’s lightest material made of hollow carbon structures
Carbon Nanotubes : 14 August, 2012
A team from the Technical University of Hamburg and Germany’s University of Kiel has developed a new material composed of 0.01% carbon structures by volume. The remaining structure is air. The material, dubbed aerographite, has a density of less than 0.2mg/cm3. The next lightest material, metallic microlattice, has a density of 0.9mg/cm3.
 
NanoKTN Announces EADS Innovation Works and the European Space Agency as Keynotes for HiPerNano 2011
Carbon Nanotubes : 13 April, 2011
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
 
University of Southampton nanotechnology Stratophase spin-out doubles production capability and secures business prospects
Microchip sensors : 01 April, 2011
Last year, Stratophase, the University of Southampton spin-out doubled its manufacturing capability by moving to a new building three times larger than its previous site. Stratophase
 
NanoKTN to explore potential of thermoelec​trics for energy harvesting and cooling
Thermoelectric materials : 21 March, 2011
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
 
Keynote Speaker from BAe Systems at Aerospace Sensor Technologies Event
Carbon Nanotubes : 28 February, 2011
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces details of a unique one-day event, hosted in partnership with CEMMNT, to look at the challenges facing the development of integrated, sensor technologies for the aerospace industry.
 
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