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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

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

Nanotechnology to Increase the Application Range of a Drug

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Quest Pharmatech Inc. and IntelligentNano Inc. have reached an agreement on strategic cooperation.

The agreement between Quest Pharmatech and the spin-off of the Canadian National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology has led to the creation of a nano-water-soluble formulation from the Quest’s SL052 technology to maintain its biological activity and covering a wider range of clinical needs.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Carbonnanoepoxy Wind Energy Systems

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Spolek Amroy Europe Ltd. have announced a cooperation agreement to market wind energy systems based on high performance HYBTONITE dispersed carbon nanotubes. 

HYBTONITE ® nanoepoxy is one of the last families of the spin-off from the University of Jyväskylä (Amroy Europe Ltd.), with applications in the automotive, aeronautical and wind, among others.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Nano News | , , | Leave a comment

A123Systems supplies batteries for Chrysler

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A123Systems and Chrysler LLC have signed an agreement for the new batteries 
line of electric cars and hybrids Envi.
It seems that the original idea was to provide five car models of these batteries. The all-electric vehicles have a standard plug to be refilled during the night and will have a hybrid battery that will provide autonomy of 40 miles. The first of the five models will go on sale next year.

A123Systems, a spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded in 2001, currently develops advanced Nanophosphate ™ Prismatic Lithium ion battery cells.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Nano News | , , | Leave a comment

Collaboration agreement to develop siRNA Therapeutics

PRINT® Particles. Images obtained from Liquida Technologies web site

PRINT® Particles. Images obtained from Liquida Technologies web site

Liquidia Technologies Inc. and Abbott agreed to develop PRINT® nanoparticles for the delivery of siRNA-based therapeutics. With this accord, Liquidia provides certain rights to use the PRINT technology for the development and commercialization of siRNA therapeutics.

With the nanofabrication process called PRINT® (Particle Replication in Non-Wetting Templates) Liquidia Technologies manufactures precise nanoparticles with size, shape, surface chemistry and composition defined.

Liquid is a spin-off from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill founded in 2004 that designs and manufactures micro and nanoparticles, and high precision patterned films for applications in the fields of life sciences and materials.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Nano News, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment