Nano Bugle

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Thin Films, Nanocomposites and Surfactants Development

A spin-off founded in 1985 from Case Western Reserve University, Nanofilm, has specialized in the development of self-reactive thin films, nanocomposites and surfactants.

Nanofilm develops transparent polymer films, giving them properties such as resistance to abrasion and contaminants and hydrophobicity. Moreover, the molecules these nanofilms are self-assemble to form coatings for continuous and regular glass, plastic or other substrate.

Among the nanocomposites developed by Nanofilm you can find products which may have one or more of the following properties: hydrophobic, anti-static, anti-reflective, infrared or rejecting resistant, chemical resistant, Electrically conducting, hydrophilic, or rejecting UV resistant, Anti – microbial, abrasion resistant, self cleaning, Selectively function over a broad temperature range.

As a result of their experience in coatings, Nanofilm has developed surfactant products that can clean and treat surfaces or to provide various properties, such as fog.

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanoproduction | , | Leave a comment

Chitosan Nanocapsules for Treating Psoriasis

Image from Microscopy Electronic Transition of a chitosan nanocapsule. Image obtained from Advancel web site

Image from Microscopy Electronic Transition of a chitosan nanocapsule. Image obtained from Advancel web site

Advancell and the dermatological company Isdin have shown in clinical trials of phase I / II the efficacy of Dermosome Technology ® for topical treatment of psoriasis with a formulation of cyclosporine.

The Dermosome Technology ® is made up of chitosan nanocapsules for topical administration of active ingredients. These nanocapsules are formed by an oily core, which houses the active ingredient, which is coated with chitosan.

The technology adheres to the skin, allowing a longer time of contact, combined with its tiny size, increases the contact area between skin and structure, causing the active to accumulate significantly at the level of the epidermis.

Later this year, Advancell Nanosystems will have 2 or 3 new projects using Dermosome ® Technology to other skin diseases other than psoriasis.

Advancell was founded in 2001 as a result of the merger between CellTec (spin-off of the department of cell biology at the University of Barcelona) and Xenotest (spin-off from the experimental hepatology unit of the Hospital Universitario La Fe of Valencia)

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Nanomedicine | , , | 2 Comments

Ocean Thin Films

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The company Ocean Optics has announced that its Thin Films Division will become a separate company called Ocean Thin Films.

Ocean Thin Films designs and manufactures patented dichroic filters and precision optical filters and applications to scientific, biomedical and entertainment technology and metrology.

The high-volume dichroic optical filters designed and developed by Ocean Thin Films are used to selectively transmit light according to wavelength.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Nano News, Nanomaterials | | Leave a comment

Material to Prevent Magnetic Interference

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The Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA) are working together on the project Nanomag for the development of a thermoplastic matrix composite material and magnetic nanoparticles. The objective of this project is to design a polymer nanocomposite that can serve as a protector of the magnetic field with the magnetic properties to be used at industrial level.

Ferrites are now used as the protective magnetic field, but the advantages of using nanocomposites are a huge weight reduction, high impact resistance and improved malleability, which extends the range of possible ways to take in the end-use applications.

One possible application of such materials would be the induction cookers.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | Leave a comment

Coating Materials for Textile Applications

Images obtained from Nanozar web site

Images obtained from Nanozar web site

Nanozar S.L. has been hired by LEITAT Technology Center to participate in an international collaborative project. During the past 2008 to present 2009 Nanozar has been providing to his client coating materials for textile applications.

Nanozar emerges as a spin-off of the Grupo de Nanoestructuras de Carbono and Nanotecnología of Instituto de Carboquímica, focusing on developing technologies for the development of carbon nanotubes composites for a wide variety of applications.

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Nanotextile | , , , , | Leave a comment

Production of Carbon Nanotubes

Recently we post an entry entitled ‘Carbon Nanotube’, showing a video explaining the definition and basic concepts of carbon nanotubes. This time we present you the second video in this series, which explains in simple key techniques for the production of carbon nanotubes.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , , | Leave a comment

X-ray Optics and High Precision Deposition

Images obtained from AXO DRESDEN web site

Images obtained from AXO DRESDEN web site

A spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute Material and Beam Technology (IWS) Dresden named AXO DRESDEN GmbH develops products for manufacturers of industrial X-ray instrumentation and analytical equipment used in the fields of analytical X-ray lithography, astronomy, spectroscopy and medicine.

AXO DRESDEN develops and applies techniques of high-precision deposition of different and complementary as magnetron and ion beam sputtering and pulse laser deposition to produce thin films and multilayers.

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Nanoproduction | , | Leave a comment

Universal Nanomechanical Tester

Images obtained from ASMEC web site

Images obtained from ASMEC web site

ASMEC Advanced Surface Mechanics GmbH, a spin-off of the Institute of Physics of the Technical University of Chemnitz, provides hardware, software and services for the characterization and analysis of surface mechanical properties in micro and nano ranges.

This company sells the Universal Nanomechanical Tester (UNAT) to measure mechanical properties surface in micro and nano ranges with maximum force of 2N.

UNAT’s unique feature is the creation of two completely independent measuring heads for calculating normal and lateral load-displacement curves with nanometer resolution.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Nanotester | , | Leave a comment

Light Emitting Diode-Based Lamp

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QD Vision is launching its first commercial product, a light emitting diode-based lamp for household and office work. According to sources in the spin-off of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the development of this product they have applied knowledge gained in research conducted with government contracts.

At the beginning of June this year QD Vision was awarded with the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Army to develop its technology for use in micro-displays.

July 8, 2009 Posted by | Nanoelectronics, Nanoproduction | , | Leave a comment

Infrared Photodetector

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The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has submitted a patent application for a device for intermediate band infrared photodetector and quantum dots.

The invention relates to an infrared photodetector containing a region with semiconductor quantum dots. This region with n-type doping is between two semiconducting layers n and p type.

The absorption of infrared photons causes the appearance of a voltage between the contacts of the device or the production of an electric current, making possible the detection of infrared light.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Nanoelectronics, Nanooptics | , | Leave a comment