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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Skills shortage particularly concerns German companies, as nanotechnology companies to raise staff numbers again
Nanotechnology : 28 February, 2011
The latest economic data survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network confirms how well the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry in Europe has recovered from the economic and financial crisis.
 
UKTI and NanoKTN award helps UK SME develop new business relationships
Nanotechnology : 03 September, 2010
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK
 
Nanotechnology alliance combines best properties of metals and polymers
Nanotechnology : 23 October, 2008
A year on from signing an alliance with Morph Technologies to bring nanottechnology to the automotive market, DuPont Engineering Polymers has announced a long-term alliance with California-based PowerMetal Technologies to develop and commercialise MetaFuse nanocrystalline metal/polymer hybrid technology. Initial development programs are targeting electronic hand-held devices, sporting goods, furniture, power tools and appliances.
 
New knowledge about thermoelectric materials could give better energy efficiency
Nanotechnology : 07 October, 2008
Assembling thermoelectric materials into units can transform the thermal difference to electrical energy or vice versa
 
Conducting-insulating materials reveal their secrets
Nanotechnology : 27 May, 2007
Research by physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
Findings may lead to more effective regulations for protecting public health
Nanotechnology : 27 May, 2007
Using data from one of the most comprehensive U.S. air pollution studies ever conducted, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
Mere sight/smell of food spikes levels of brain pleasure chemical
Nanotechnology : 27 May, 2007
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
Material could be used to make better filters, more efficient sensors, and faster catalysts
Nanotechnology : 26 May, 2007
For the first time, scientists have created a material with a gradient of gold nanoparticles on a silica covered silicon surface using a molecular template. The material, which was developed at North Carolina State University and tested at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
More clues about obesity revealed by brain-imaging study
Nanotechnology : 26 May, 2007
The idea that obese people eat too much because they find food more palatable than lean people do has gained support from a new brain-imaging study at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
New insight into origin of superconductivity in magnesium diboride
Nanotechnology : 26 May, 2007
A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy
 
New insight into origin of superconductivity in magnesium diboride
Nanotechnology : 26 May, 2007
A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy
 
Biological serendipity: Molecular details of cell membrane fusion revealed
Nanotechnology : 25 May, 2007
For the first time, scientists have observed the molecular details of biological cells fusing together, a fleeting event never before observed at this scale. Cellular membrane fusion is well known to scientists, and is one of the most common ways for molecules to enter or exit cells, in processes such as fertilization and viral infection, for example.
 
Structures in molybdenum blue solutions reveal possible new solute state
Nanotechnology : 25 May, 2007
For nearly 200 years, scientists have known that the elements molybdenum and oxygen can form various large molecules, which usually impart a unique blue color to aqueous solutions. Only recently have scientists been able to isolate these molecules, but no one was able to explain their supramolecular structure in solution, until now.
 
Nanoscale crystallography reveals hidden structural details
Nanotechnology : 25 May, 2007
Understanding the properties of nanoscale materials may allow scientists to manipulate these properties to produce new nanomagnets, nanocatalysts, and composites with better optical properties. But such applications require detailed knowledge of the materials' atomic level structure.
 
New technique reveals structure of films with high resolution
Nanotechnology : 24 May, 2007
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution. For the first time, the technique has shown very precisely how the atoms of the first layers of a film rearrange under the action of the substrate on which the film is grown.
 
Scientists identify role of important cancer protein
Nanotechnology : 24 May, 2007
Scientists working at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
UI study reveals how a virus escapes from host cells and returns to the environment
Nanotechnology : 24 May, 2007
Your co-worker has a cold. You know it is only a matter of time before the virus spreads to you and other colleagues, causing a spate of missed workdays. The ability to spread from person to person makes viral infections, even those as benign as the common cold, a large public health problem.
 
Scientists reveal a new way viruses cause cells to self-destruct
Nanotechnology : 23 May, 2007
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators have discovered that some viruses can use the most abundant protein in the cells they are infecting to destroy the cells and allow new viruses to escape to infect others.
 
Molecular film on liquid mercury reveals new properties
Nanotechnology : 23 May, 2007
A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Harvard University, and Bar-Ilan University in Israel have grown ultrathin films made of organic molecules on the surface of liquid mercury.
 
Will allow non-invasive study of neurochemistry, behavior, and disease progression
Nanotechnology : 23 May, 2007
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy
 
New insights into superconducting copper-oxide compounds
Nanotechnology : 22 May, 2007
Working in the field of high-temperature superconductors, researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Princeton University, and several institutions in Japan have determined the upper range of magnetic field at which copper-oxide compounds can be superconducting.
 
Scientists devise tiny liquid crystal devices for telecommunications
Nanotechnology : 22 May, 2007
Scientists have built tiny liquid crystal devices on the tips of optical fibers, the plastic or glass cables used to carry high-speed signals from television, computer, telephone and radar, to correct signal distortions in high-speed optical communications. Optical communications form the backbone of the Internet and telephone networks and are envisioned to carry multimedia data in the future.
 
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