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Nanocrystalline Silicate and Aluminosilicate Materials

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NanoZeolites development has resulted in the creation of a spin-off of the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians University called NanoScape AG.

The NanoZeolites include a range of nanocrystalline silicate and aluminosilicate highly porous materials that the company offers both in suspension and powder. In addition, the technology platform of the company ZeoCol combines large-pore, nanocrystalline materials with a variety of techniques of encapsulation and loading.


November 30, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | 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

Identification of DNA Bases Without Fluorescent Tags

Illumina and Oxford Nanopore Technologies have made a strategic alliance in which Illumina will market exclusively BASETM technology products developed by Oxford Nanopore for the DNA sequencing. These sequencing systems use protein nanopores coupled with a processive enzyme.

The system developed by the spin-out of the University of Oxford, Oxford Nanopore, is designed for the electric identification of DNA bases at the molecular level, without the need for fluorescent labels.

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology | , , | Leave a comment

Antimicrobial and Flame Retardant Agent

Images obtained from Nanoparticle BioChem web site

Images obtained from Nanoparticle BioChem web site

Nanoparticle BioChem Inc., a University of Missouri spin-off  has developed antimicrobial and flame retardant agent, called NUL/FL-Mikrobe-I. This agent can provide antimicrobial and flame retardant properties for textiles. According to the company, the staff developed an antimicrobial action has proved 100% against several important microbes both gram-positive and gram-negative.

Antimicrobial Research conducted by the company focuses on a number of microbial agents with applications for the production of antimicrobial textiles earmarked to military and health and hygiene industries.

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Marketing of Antimicrobial Paints


Image obtained from Nanotek web site

A spin-off from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral called Nanotek has announced the release of an antimicrobial paint. This product will be sold under the brand Klima and in alliance with the paint manufacturer Vilba.

The company Nanotek specializes in the cleanup of pollution through the use of nanoparticles of iron and bactericides-fungicides with silver based product.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | 1 Comment

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Fight Against Cancer

One field of application of the technology that more effort is being invested is nanomedicine, and perhaps, within this, therapies to treat cancer.

In the posts entitled “Nanomedicine” and “Magnetic Nanomedicine“, Nano Bugle’s team has placed at your disposal documents that develop basic concepts related to those terms. On this occasion we show you a video entitled “Fighting Cancer with Magnetic Nanoparticles” developed by the spin-off of the Charité Hospital of the Charité–Universitätsmedizin called MagForce Nanotechnologies AG. Video can serve as a practical example and educational supplement to the two presentations above.

This film describes the system developed by MagFroce Nanotechnologies and that it is based on injecting minosilane-coated iron oxide nanoparticles into a tumour that has been located previously. These nanoparticles are given a high-frequency alternating magnetic field, causing them to vibrate and damage or destroy the tumor.

This method can be used as thermoablation method for destroying tumour cells or hyperthermia therapy to facilitate conventional treatments (chemotherapy or radiotherapy).

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

Antimicrobial Surfaces

Nanogate and Sarastro have established a cooperation agreement for development of biologically active functional surfaces. According to the Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien spin-off, Nanogate, the first compendium of devices should be on the market in 2010.

The agreement focuses on products for the fields Automotive / Mechanical Engineering, Buildings / Interiors and Sport / Leisure, and the application of functional textiles, such as filters or air conditioning systems.

October 6, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials | , | Leave a 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

Lab-on-a-chip Device for Detection of Proteins in the Blood

Images obtained from NEMOSLAB site

Images obtained from NEMOSLAB site

A spin-off from the Nanoworld Institute called Technobiochip participates in a European consortium that is developing a lab-on-a-chip device to execute quickly and cheaply diagnostics with. The device integrates in single chip sensitive optical detectors with microfluidics for the samples processing.

The optical methods are more sensitive than those based on electrical resistance changes, but need complex and expensive instruments. This problem has been solved in the development of this device.

The sensors are placed in a microfluidic channel carved into a silicon chip. The channel has nine corners, and each is aligned with a waveguide of silicon nitride which carries light through the chip. This light comes from nine different diodes and goes to a single light detector. Each waveguide has different binding molecules, either an antibody or a DNA strain selected for its ability to bind to a particular blood biomolecule, such as a hormone. When a sample of blood is placed in the canal passes through the waveguides, and binding molecules cling to their goal. When biomolecules are attached to the surface of the waveguide, the speed of light moving through the waveguide switches creates a detectable change in the signal that is picked up by the light sensor, which is converted into an electrical signal that can be read. The prototype of this device is capable of detecting new biomolecules at the same time in blood serum.

Currently the device developed in this project, called NEMOSLAB, is being tested for the detection of fertility hormones and the BRCA1 gene, whose variations are implicated in some cancers types, including breast cancer.

NEMOSLAB project developers, which are also involved in the NCSRD, FhG/IBMT, STMicroelectronics, Nano-Science Center of the University of Copenhagen, UKM, Biomedica L.S., IMTEK and Dortmund IVF, hope that the chips can be produced in a silicon foundry and its price, less than a dollar.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology, Nanomedicine | , , | Leave a comment