Nano Bugle

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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

New Product Lines of Carbon Nanotubes

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This year the spin-off from the universities of Namur and Liège, Nanocyl, has introduced two new nanotube technologies known as carbon SiziCyl and PregCyl.

SiziCyl ia a new generation of sizing agents containing carbon nanotubes. According to the company, this solution is an alternative to conventional solutions that improves the mechanical properties of composite materials and user-friendly end.

PregCyl is a new range of pre-peg materials containing carbon nanotubes and that it meets the need of intermediate products ready to use.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanoproduction | , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

Films with Antibacterial Surfaces

Video frame obtained from Perlen Covering AG web site

Video frame obtained from Perlen Covering AG web site

The Swiss company Perlen Coverting AG, which is dedicated to packaging, has introduced antibacterial film containing silver nanoparticles discovered by the Functional Materials Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and sells through its spin-off Nanograde.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Nanoproduction | | Leave a comment

Gold Nanoparticles to Obtain Dyes and Pharmaceuticals


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The Institute of Chemical Technology have patented a new catalyst based on gold nanoparticles that are capable of forming azocompounds. The azocompounds are molecules that are used as not toxic food additives, dyes and pharmaceuticals and they respect the environment.

Researchers from the CSIC and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia have an alternative technique for obtaining these molecules that so far were obtained by non-catalytic way. The new catalyst achieves almost total conversion to the desired product and reduces the three-stage process to just one.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Nanoproduction | , | 1 Comment

Nanotechnologic Products and Services


Image obtained from Supranano web site

Image obtained from Supranano web site

In March 2007 the Laboratory for Nanotechnology and Chemistry of the Universidade de São Paulo created the spin-off Supranano a company specialized in the development of materials and products that employ the benefits of nanotechnology. 

Within the range of Supranano products we can highlight gold or silver nanoparticles (AgNP and AUNP), UV light dosimeters and colourings for high temperatures. 

In addition to the products mentioned, Supranano also offers consultancy services and analysis of materials, such as X-Ray diffractometry for polymorph characterization of pharmaceutical compounds, Termogravimetry, Differential Thermal Analysis, Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Dynamic Light Scattering.

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Nanoproduction | , , | Leave a comment