Nano Bugle

A window into applied science supported by INL

SAFENANO Hazard and risk

As researchers working in nanotechnology hazard and risk should always be important subjects for you. In our constant search for relevant and interesting information we discovered the site safenano.

The safenano initiative is a venture by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM).  It’s UK’s premier independent resource on nanotechnology hazard and risk. It was designed to help industrial and academic communities to quantify and control the risk to their workforce, as well as to consumers, the general population and the environment, through both information and consultancy services.

The IOM is one of Uk’s foremost promoters of responsible nanotechnology development with extensive experience concerning the potential risks from particles and fibres.

In safenano you can also participate in specific weblog related to hazard and risk in nanotechnology, as well as download recent studies on the subject.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Nano News | 2 Comments

Nano2Life choses company of the month

Lyncée Tec SA was selected as the company of the month by Nano2Life the first European Network of Excellence in nanobiotech.


Based in Lausane, Switzerland, Lyncée Tec combines for the first time in microscopy nanometre resolution, real time and non-invasive 3D observations. Its instruments, used for R&D, process engineering and quality control in manufacturing environments are based on a revolutionary patented technology called “Digital Holographic Microscopy” (DHM).  

The DHM family of instrument is composed by  

– The DHM R1000, a reflection configuration microscope, suitable for totally and partially reflecting objects (down to 1% reflectivity). Its very low sensitivity to environmental vibrations makes it the ideal tool for rapid inspection and accurate surface topography measurements on a very large variety of samples. It is especially well adapted for dynamical characterization of MEMS and MOEMS and for surface topography in optics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor industry.

– The DHM T1000, a transmission configuration microscope, suitable for transparent or semi-transparent samples.

In this configuration, it does not only provide information about the specimen surface, but it is also capable of detecting structures located inside the material. It is used not only in Material Sciences, for shape measurements of micro optic components, but also in Life Science for lab on chip characterization, for diagnostic, and for real time monitoring of cell morphology, without any contrast agent, for instance in cardiology, neuroscience, and immunology.




Long time cell morphology change observation of neurons on stimulation

The aim of Nano2Life is to merge existing European expertise in the field of nanobiotechnology. These endeavours are undertaken in order to keep Europe as a competitive partner to the US and Asia. Europe is meant to be made among the leaders in nanobiotechnology transfer in 4 years.



August 25, 2008 Posted by | Nano News | Leave a comment

Michael Phelps and Nanotechnology

 Many of you are certainly still impressed with Michael Phelps and his astonishing 8 gold medals. At the INL, we have surfed the web in order to discover Michael Phelps secrets and we have realized that part of his success depends on neither his 12.000 Kcal daily diet nor his insane 24-7 training. Michael Phelps performance is directly linked to NANOTECHNOLOGY!

Phelps’ famous Speedo® LZR Racer® swimming trunks are made from an ultralightweight, high-tech fabric produced by Italy-based start up Mectex S.p.A. Mectex researchers and engineers developed its newly Plasmaterial™ technology which is the key to manufacture a very fine water-repellent microfiber in a very high density weave.

Basically Mectex Plasmaterial technology is an eco-friendly nanotechnology technique that uses the energy of cold plasma and no chemicals or water to permanently modify the fabric surface. The result is a new suit specially engineered to reduce drag and boost efficiency of swimmers.

The 8 gold medals of Michael Phelps perfectly exemplify how ground-breaking nanotechnologies, coupled with space-age product engineering and design, can enhance future product performance.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Nano News | 1 Comment

When color changes color


Normal color, like we know from everyday life, doesn’t change its color impression when you look at it from different directions. With the help of nanotechnology researchers at BASF have now managed to develop colors that change its color impression when you look at it from different directions. And even more effects are possible: The so called “mechano optical colors” change their color when you stretch them. If you want to know more about this subject you can «hear» more right here


August 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nano glossary by nanogate

Everybody knows nano mean dwarf in Greek. But there is more. The German organisation Nanogate A.G. wrote a glossary explaining common concept as well as some created and registered by the organisation. Check it out and see if you agree with all the definitions.

August 18, 2008 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | Leave a comment

Invisibility shields one step closer with new metamaterials that bend light backwards

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have for the first time engineered 3-D materials that can reverse the natural direction of visible and near-infrared light, a development that could help form the basis for higher resolution optical imaging, nanocircuits for high-powered computers, and, to the delight of science-fiction and fantasy buffs, cloaking devices that could render objects invisible to the human eye.

Two breakthroughs in the development of metamaterials – composite materials with extraordinary capabilities to bend electromagnetic waves – are reported separately this week in the Aug. 13 advanced online issue of Nature, and in the Aug. 15 issue of Science.

You can read more about this amazing scientific advance here



Above is a schematic of the first 3-D “fishnet” metamaterial that can achieve a negative index of refraction at optical frequencies. Below is a scanning electron microscope image of the fabricated structure, developed by UC Berkeley researchers. The alternating layers form small circuits that can bend light backwards. (Jason Valentine/UC Berkeley)

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nano News | Leave a comment

International Centre for Science and High Technology invites organisations from developing countries to apply for the Nanotechnology Award 2008

The ICS HTNM Nano Project Award is a project proposal competition related to the most original project idea, showing the capacity to create innovative products developing, using and adapting nanotechnologies to address Developing Countries needs.

The main final objective of the Competition is to promote the creation of start-up / spin off in Developing Countries in any application field of nanotechnology. For this reason Participants should aim at developing their ideas into real businesses.
The Competition is for students, university graduates, scientific staff and professors as well as for entrepreneurs, business employees, inventors and developers from Developing Countries. Everybody with an innovative and high-growth nanotech-based project/business idea can participate.
A Commission of internationally recognized experts in various fields of nanotechnologies will proceed in the screening of the presented project proposals in order to evaluate and select the most worthy cases (between 5 and 10 projects) for which the documentation needed to be presented to financial and donor community to fund the projects (research and development, spin off, pilot equipment, industrialization, etc) will be prepared. For one selected project there will be an additional contribution up to € 50.000 for equipment, consumable, study tours, patenting, etc. depending of what indicated in the project proposal.
The deadline for the submission of the proposal is: 30 September 2008
For the year 2008 the Nanotechnology Project Award will be carried out within the 2008 International Nano-Challenge and Polymer-Challenge, organized by Veneto Nanotech and IMST ( Such scheme will allow to scientists, technician, and researchers from Developing Countries to participate to Nano-Challenge and Polymer-Challenge prize as well.

Please read more here


August 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Centre for Functional Nanomaterials

The Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the research institutions that is collaborating with INL. CFN provides state-of-the-art capabilities for the fabrication and study of nanoscale materials, with an emphasis on atomic-level tailoring to achieve desired properties and functions. The CFN is a science-based user facility, simultaneously developing strong scientific programs while offering broad access to its capabilities and collaboration through an active user program. The overarching scientific theme of the CFN is the development and understanding of nanoscale materials that address the Nations’ challenges in energy security, consistent with the Department of Energy mission.

The CFN is one of five nanoscale science research centers (DOE NSRCs) funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The CFN supports Brookhaven’s goal of leadership in the development of advanced materials and processes for selected energy applications. 

As a premier user facility for conducting interdisciplinary nanoscience research, the CFN serves as a focal point and enabler of advanced materials study in the northeastern United States. Together with the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and, in the future, the proposed NSLS-II, these facilities will complement each other to facilitate the nanoscale revolution. The synergy among these world-class machines, with Brookhaven’s own scientific staff working collaboratively with university, industrial and government laboratory researchers, offers unique opportunities for breakthroughs in energy research.


One of the projects that is being developed between INL and CFN involves clusters of inorganic nanoparticles with bimolecular linkers. Bimolecular linkers make it possible to create clusters of inorganic nanoparticles with well-controlled interparticle separation. This project will focus on the understanding of the dynamics of energy and electron transfer in model hybrid nanoscale clusters built from inorganic nanoparticles and bimolecular linkers. The dependence of the energy/electron transfer processes on interparticle distance and architecture design will be studied using a combination of ultrasensitive microscopies, e.g., single-molecule spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy.


Please learn more about CFN here

August 11, 2008 Posted by | INL Project | Leave a comment

Online Nanotech exibition at the Science Museum



It’s summer time any many of us are enjoying well deserved vacations. But we never forget Nanotechnology. So Nano Bugle has an interesting suggestion for you, even if you don’t get to London this summer. The Science Museum in London, UK, offers an on-line Nanotech exhibition that you can visit here. Check in out, and find out a little more about nanotechnology applications.

August 8, 2008 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | Leave a comment

Nanoparticles and its catalytic action in cells

Today we show you a video coordinated by Tessy Maria López Goerne, from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, in Mexico. The work on catalytic nanomedicine is being developed at the Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine Laboratory and the Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía.

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Nanomedicine | Leave a comment