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Sensing Hormones with printed Nanocircuits

Just as glucose meters have revolutionized the treatment of diabetes, researchers at a startup called Aneeve Nanotechnologies believe they’re building hormone sensors that could revolutionize the understanding and treatment of infertility, menopause, and other conditions related to hormone fluctuation.

Aneeve is part of a new technology incubator program at the University of California at Los Angeles. The company is working to create low-cost sensors that can be made with off-the-shelf ink-jet printers and carbon-nanotube ink. The printers lay down nanotube circuits that, upon binding to the estrogen protein estradiol, undergo a change to their resistance and optical properties and transmit that change via radio waves to another device. The company’s chief operating officer, Kosmas Galatsis says he hopes the result will be a system as convenient as glucose meters.

The image shows that the carbon nanotubes were laid down using an ink-jet printer. Researchers hope to use the technology to print sensors that detect levels of estrogen and other hormones in a drop of blood (Credit: Aneeve Nanotechnologies).

 The UCLA on-campus Technology Incubation Program at CNSI is an innovative resource with a mission to help accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial start-up companies and early stage technology research projects that originate at UCLA. Proposals/ applications for incubation space are now being considered for the Incubation space opening in March 2009



January 27, 2010 Posted by | Nanobiology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The most Inventive Companies

There is a clear correlation between Innovation and Success. In other words, the most innovative companies in the world are usually among the most successful. Recently Businessweek published a list with the most inventive companies in 2009. Opportunely, the American magazine ranked companies not only according to the number of patents filled but it also considered the economic value of their exclusive rights.

Of course, some of these companies are very active in Nanotechnology. Everybody in the sector knows the major IBM breakthroughs in nanosciences but we cannot forget other active players such as the Korean Samsung or the Japanese Hitachi. Surprisingly the first European company was Nokia, ranked in position 24th.

In the incoming years, the number of patents related with Nanotechnology will increase significantly and we must keep an eye in this kind of rankings. It can give us an idea about the market orientation of Nanotechnology.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Rankings | Leave a comment

First stone of the building of the Madrid Institute for Avanced Studies in Nanoscience was laid last week.

Virtual image of the future imdea buildingFirst stone of the building of the Madrid Institute for Avanced Studies in Nanoscience (IMDEA Nanociencia) was laid last week. The new facility should be ready by Spring 2011. 200 researchers are expected to be working there at that point. You can read all about the ceremony here.

As the result of a joint initiative of the Community of Madrid and the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Institute IMDEA Nanociencia, one of the most important research centres in Nanotechnology in Spain, will be located in the Campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Cantoblanco.

The IMDEA Nanociencia Foundation, created by a joint initiative of the regional Government of Madrid and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Government of Spain, manages the IMDEA Nanociencia Institute. This new interdisciplinary research centre aims at becoming a flexible framework to create new internationally competitive research groups by hybridizing some of the best scientists in Madrid dedicated to the exploration of basic nanoscience with recognized researches recognized elsewhere recruited on an internationally competitive basis.

The IMDEA Nanociencia Institute will concentrate efforts in certain areas of Nanoscience, establishing a critical mass of excellence in human resources and equipments that allows achieving international excellence. It will also contribute to educate technical and scientific personnel in different areas of Nanotechnology, as well as promoting technology transfer and creation of spin-offs companies in this area that may contribute to the economic development of Madrid and Spain.

IMDEA is a network of international research centres promoted by the Madrid Regional Government. It is also the new institutional framework for combing public and private support for Science steering research towards excellence and technology towards market demand, encouraging the private sector to participate in scientific design.

Photo : Imdea Nanociencia

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Events, Nano News | Leave a comment

Impact of nanomaterials in debate at 2nd NanoImpactNet Conference

The 2nd NanoImpactNet Conference for a healty environment in a future with nanotechnology will take place in Lausane from 9-12 March 2010. The preliminary programme is available here. The first day inludes training on handling protocols and standardisation of nanomaterials in toxicological research.

NanoImpactNet is a multidisciplinary European network on the health and environmental impact of nanomaterials. NanoImpactNet will create a scientific basis to ensure the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and will support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe.

It focuses on a strong two-way communication to ensure efficient dissemination of information to stakeholders and the European Commission, while at the same time obtaining input from the stakeholders about their needs and concerns.

The 24 institutes behind NanoImpactNet members are leading European research groups active in the fields of nanosafety, nanorisk assessment and nanotoxicology. Through numerous workshops over a period of four years, NanoImpactNet will bring together some of the best researchers to discuss future strategies, to exchange their ideas with the different stakeholder groups and to further the responsible development of nanotechnology. You can read more about the overall aim of the network here.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Events, Nanomaterials | Leave a comment

U.S. invest in New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

President Obama announced the award of $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the United States. One hundred eighty-three projects in 43 states will create tens of thousands of high quality clean energy jobs and the domestic manufacturing of advanced clean energy technologies including solar, wind and efficiency and energy management technologies.

You can read more about the Recovery Act Tax Credits and the projects that have already been approved here.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Nano News | Leave a comment

Beauty never ceases to amaze us

Working in a Lab can be dull, but once in a while something beautiful and truly artistic erupts from once everyday activity. And there are picture to prove it.

Here you can find wonderful images selected from the Materials Research Society (MRS) “Science as Art” competition held at recent MRS Spring and Fall Meetings. You may download the wonderful images, courtesy of MRS, to use as computer desktop images, or for a slide-show screen saver

Adam Jakus, from Georgia Institute of Technology, obtained a first price with his “Pollenesian Serenity”. The image shows multiple species of bare and alumina coated pollen particle images obtained via SEM. Click on the image to get a better view!

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Awards | Leave a comment

Here goes a quick explanation

Here is a little help for everybody who has to explain Nanotechnology to a not so patient audience:

 Nanotechnology: Making small stuff do big things

 The author is Dr. Wade Adams is the Director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice.  The Institute is devoted to the development of new innovations on the nanometer scale. University

He faced the challenge to describe nanotechnology in 24 seconds, or even in 7 words.
If you want to know what and how much he managed to say in 24 seconds, read all about it here.

Photo: Rice University

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Nano News | Leave a comment