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Carbon Nanotubes Utilities

We had previously approached to you other three videos in the range of carbon nanotubes in posts entitled “Carbon Nanotubes”, “Production of Carbon Nanotubes” and “How can we see Carbon Nanotubes

This time we return to that series with a video about the carbon nanotubes utilities entitled “Where are nanotubes used?


November 25, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | 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

Research Projects in the Field of Biosciences

Images obtained from LABONFOIL web site

Images obtained from LABONFOIL web site

The alliance IK4 participates in research projects of the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union called NANOTHER, LABONFOIL and POCO.

The project NANOTHER seeks synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles and magnetic drug carriers for the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. Also collaborating on this project, besides other international partners, are CIC bioGUNE and pharmaceutical Pharmamar and Pharmakine and a spin-off from the University of the Basque Country specialized in products and services for preclinical and clinical research in cancer and metastasis.

LABONFOIL is a project that aims to develop ultra-low-cost lab-on-chip without compromising the response time, sensitivity and ease of use. The intention is to incorporate mobile laboratory on a chip that can perform diagnostics in areas such as health, environment, food and safety. Participants of the project are Gema Medical, the Fundación Vasca de Innovación e Investigación Sanitarias and Biotools B&M Labs, a spin-off of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid..

The POCO project aims at developing polymer nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes to obtain materials with special properties with applications in the aerospace, automotive, construction and biomedical research. Besides two IK4 alliance members, the participation of the Iberian Peninsula in the project is completed by the University of the Basque Country and Acciona Infraestructuras.

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine | , , , , | 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

Nanotubes for X-Ray Machine

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The company Xintek, a spin-off from the University of North California at Chapel Hill, has partnered with Siemens Medical Solutions to form a company, XinRay Systems, which has developed a prototype for producing X-rays from carbon nanotubes.

The conventional X-ray machines use a single emitter of tungsten as electron emitter, while the prototype developed by XinRay Systems uses a series of vertical carbon nanotubes, providing hundreds of small issuers.

Meanwhile, in conventional machines, it takes a while to heat the tungsten; the nanotubes emit electrons instantly when subjected to voltage. Furthermore, conventional technology requires the source of electrons moving around the object to obtain 3-D (as in CT) and need to take hundreds of images because the motion of the heart and lungs can lead to blurred images. The machine developed by XinRay Systems can turn on and off multiple nanotubes issuers, and this facilitates additional sequential images from different angles.

It has been shown that this new technology accelerates the body imaging; the images obtained are sharp and could increase the precision of radiation therapy so as not to damage healthy tissues.

The company Xintek sells its nanotube emitter display technology to manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola, which use them for the development of screens that consume less power than LCD and plasma while maintaining the same resolution as the cathode ray.

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine | , , , | Leave a comment

Carbon Nanotube Membranes for Water Purification

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A spin-off from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), called Porifera, uses carbon nanotubes to develop membranes for water purification.

The nanotubes are arranged so that they are closely packed together in order that water flows through them as if traversing a pile of straws. The opening of the nanotubes is only a few nanometers, so that water molecules can pass through them, while bacteria, biological material and other impurities can not. Thus, the water obtained after passing through the nanotube is clean of impurities.

While traditional membranes in dirt are stored within the membrane, in these membranes such impurities are kept out of the nanotubes, facilitating cleaning.

Another possible application of such filters would be water desalination.

September 9, 2009 Posted by | Nanofood | , , | 1 Comment

Optical and Electrochemical Nanosensors

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A group of researchers from the Basque technological centre CIDETEC-IK4, the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and University of Berkeley have developed highly sensitive electrochemical sensors to detect possible mutations in the DNA faster than it was to moment.

These nanosensors use a single nanotransistor which cable is a simply carbon nanotube and allow the development of optical and electrochemical nanosensors, enabling the detection of DNA probes without the need for modification to increase the sensitivity of the system.

In the future, these nanosensors could be used to detect other molecules, and for studies of genetic diseases.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine | , , | Leave a comment

Techniques to Visualize Carbon Nanotubes

Continuing the series of videos presenting the posts “Carbon Nanotubes” and “Production of Carbon Nanotubes“, on this occasion we approached to you the third video in the series entitled “How can see Carbon Nanotubes”, which explains the techniques that are used to visualize carbon nanotubes.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , | 1 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

Production of Carbon Nanotubes

Recently we post an entry entitled ‘Carbon Nanotube’, showing a video explaining the definition and basic concepts of carbon nanotubes. This time we present you the second video in this series, which explains in simple key techniques for the production of carbon nanotubes.

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources | , , | Leave a comment