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Apple iPhone apps put Nanotechnology in your pocket

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN), established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington) has developed findNano, an application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users discover and determine whether consumer products are nanotechnology-enabled ranging more than 1,000 different products from consumer electronics, toys or food to improved drug delivery systems.

This application takes as base, the PEN’s “Consumer Products Inventory”, which is one of the leading sources of information on manufacturer-identified nanotechnology consumer products around the world and through this new application becomes more accessible for today’s consumers.

Patrick Polischuk, Research Associate at PEN says: “This innovative tool satisfies the needs of citizen, scientists, tech-savvy consumers, and those who are merely curious about whether products contain nanomaterials.”

To help develop better estimates of the number of nano-based products in commerce, the iPhone app allows users to submit information on new products, including product name and where the product can be purchased. Using the built-in camera, iPhone users can even submit new nanotech product to be included in future inventory updates. This feature will help consumers, researchers, etc to determine how and where nanotechnologies are entering the marketplace.

findNano is available as a free download for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and can be found in the iTunes App Store.


April 20, 2011 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanoelectronics, Nanofood, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine, Nanooptics, Nanopackaging, Nanophotonic, Nanoproduction, Nanotester, Nanotextile | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biomaterials used to repair liver

Biocompatible materials that emulate living tissues can be used for tissue repair and regeneration. Polymer scaffolds, for example, mimic the network that connects cells and stimulates cell adhesion. They can also transport various cell types. Now, stem cells differentiated into liver-like cells from bone marrow stem cells can be delivered to the liver using a fibrous polymer scaffold containing the peptide RGD, thanks to a technique developed by a team led by Dr Andrew Wan at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. You can read the full article here.

The photo by Benjamin Tai shows a fluorescence microscopy image of the scaffold-embedded cells showing the integration of the fibers (yellow-green) with differentiated cells after implantation. Cell nuclei are stained blue.

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine, Uncategorized | 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

Nanostructures Against Cancer

Images obtained from BIND Biosciences web site

Images obtained from BIND Biosciences web site

The startup BIND Biosciences develops novel nanoparticles which include a drug and that they hope, at the same time, reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and increase its effectiveness against cancer. In addition to carrying the drug, these nanoparticles are inserted into proteins used to attack the cancer.

The nanoparticles developed by BIND Biosciences can remain in the bloodstream longer than a day, which increases the effectiveness of the drug due to increased chances of the medication to reach its objectives.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Nanocrystalline Silicate and Aluminosilicate Materials

Image obtained from

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NanoZeolites development has resulted in the creation of a spin-off of the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians University called NanoScape AG.

The NanoZeolites include a range of nanocrystalline silicate and aluminosilicate highly porous materials that the company offers both in suspension and powder. In addition, the technology platform of the company ZeoCol combines large-pore, nanocrystalline materials with a variety of techniques of encapsulation and loading.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | Leave a comment

Hybrid Cars with Carbon Nanotubes

Velozzi cars. Images obtained from Velozzi web site

Images obtained from Velozzi web site

Velozzi US Company has unveiled its new hybrid car model SOLO. This vehicle can reverse the polarity and be used as a power generator; in its development carbon nanotubes are used to increase the mechanical properties of components, about a 40%, and reduce vehicle weight.

Nanoledge, a spin-off of the French CNRS institute, will use its Nano InTM technology to integrate the Bayer MaterialScience’s Baytubes® multi-walled carbon nanotubes used in the SOLO.

Velozzi expects to begin mass production in late 2011 or early 2012.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , , | 1 Comment

Antimicrobial and Flame Retardant Agent

Images obtained from Nanoparticle BioChem web site

Images obtained from Nanoparticle BioChem web site

Nanoparticle BioChem Inc., a University of Missouri spin-off  has developed antimicrobial and flame retardant agent, called NUL/FL-Mikrobe-I. This agent can provide antimicrobial and flame retardant properties for textiles. According to the company, the staff developed an antimicrobial action has proved 100% against several important microbes both gram-positive and gram-negative.

Antimicrobial Research conducted by the company focuses on a number of microbial agents with applications for the production of antimicrobial textiles earmarked to military and health and hygiene industries.

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Marketing of Antimicrobial Paints


Image obtained from Nanotek web site

A spin-off from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral called Nanotek has announced the release of an antimicrobial paint. This product will be sold under the brand Klima and in alliance with the paint manufacturer Vilba.

The company Nanotek specializes in the cleanup of pollution through the use of nanoparticles of iron and bactericides-fungicides with silver based product.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | 1 Comment

Silicon Nano Ink for Solar Cells

Images obtained from Innovalight web site

Images obtained from Innovalight web site

Californian startup Innovalight uses silicon ink printed on silicon wafers to increase the efficiency of solar cells. According to the company, the injection technique is cheaper and gets a higher degree of efficiency.

Silicon inks developed by Innovalight can be printed with the technology of QTB Solar inkjet printing.

The agreement reached between Innovalight and JA Solar could mean that the new solar cells are on the market next year

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , , | 1 Comment

Nanoscale Butterfly Wings

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Scientists from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Pennsylvania State University have developed a technique that allows butterfly wings replicas at the nanoscale.

From materials such as germanium, selenium, antimony and a solution of chitin in an aqueous solution of phosphoric acid and using a technique called CEFR (conformal-evaporated-film-byrotation), the research team has developed a new biomaterial.

According to the authors, the resultant nanostructures could be used to produce optically active structures such as optical nozzles or coatings to maximize light absorption of solar cells.

The technique could allow copying of other biological structures enabling the development of miniature cameras and optical sensors.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomaterials | , | Leave a comment