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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

Halcyonics Adquiere Nanofilm Technologies

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Nanofilm Technologies GmbH, who was born in 1991 as a spin-off of the Max Planck Institute for Bio-Physical Chemistry, is now part of Halcyonics GmbH.

Halcyonics has acquired the Imaging Ellipsometry unit of Nanofilm Technologie GmbH, including its EP3 product line and highly skilled staff. Following this acquisition, all Halcyonics units and services will be placed in a new building.

Nanofilm developed, manufactured and distributed imaging ellipsometer and other analysis surface instrumentation, as well as accessories for surface analysis in materials research, biochips, flat panel displays, Langmuir-Blodgett films, and other fields.

Halcyonics provides solutions for active vibration isolation systems and are used in many fields of micro and nanotechnology.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Nano News, Nanotester | | 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