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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

Would the Nanoparticles help to Prevent the Healthcare-associated Infections?


Image obtained from “HAI Watch: Not on My Watch” web site

Recently it began to be some concern about the Healthcare-associated infections (HAI), as evidenced by initiatives such as the prevention campaign Kimberly-Clark Health Care, called HAI Wactch: Not on My Watch.

Perhaps similar technologies to the one used in the anti-swine flue costumes design by Haruyama Trading Company which is based on titanium dioxide nanoparticles may facilitate prevention.

If these new nanomaterials demonstrate its effectiveness we could find ourselves in a new era in the field of disease prevention. But until then it is more prudent to follow the recommendations of the HAI Campaign Watch: Not on My Watch.

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Nanomedicine, Nanotextile | | 4 Comments

Nanoparticles in Football Jerseys

Image obtained from

Image obtained from

The Numancia, football team of the Spaniard second division, will be the first football team wearing shirts produced in Spain with nanotechnology. The manufacture of the new shirts, called Ti-energy, is composed of silver and titanium nanoparticles.

The main properties of these shirts are stainless, antistatic and antibacterial, hundred percent breathable, waterproof and impermeable to any liquid.

With this technology, the water enters and leaves but the shirt did not get wet, so that the numantino players neither will be drenched in sweat, nor will be soaked and of course when it rains at the end of the match the shirt will be as clean as at the beginning.

The teams of the Italian soccer league, Atalanta and Parma, have used already these shirts with satisfactory results.

August 7, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanotextile | | 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