Nano Bugle

A window into applied science supported by INL

Nanostructures Against Cancer

Images obtained from BIND Biosciences web site

Images obtained from BIND Biosciences web site

The startup BIND Biosciences develops novel nanoparticles which include a drug and that they hope, at the same time, reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and increase its effectiveness against cancer. In addition to carrying the drug, these nanoparticles are inserted into proteins used to attack the cancer.

The nanoparticles developed by BIND Biosciences can remain in the bloodstream longer than a day, which increases the effectiveness of the drug due to increased chances of the medication to reach its objectives.

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November 30, 2009 Posted by | Nanomaterials, Nanomedicine | , | Leave a comment

New Anode for Lithium-ion Batteries

Image obtained from Amprius web site

Image obtained from Amprius web site

A California startup called Amprius sells a new type of anode for lithium-ion batteries. These anodes are made from silicon nanowires.

According to the company, this anode will provide more autonomy to both electric vehicles as mobile devices, allowing storing a charge 10 times higher than that of graphite, which is currently used.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Nanoelectronics | , , | Leave a comment

New Technique for Manufacturing Organic Electronic Components

Image obtained from Orthogonal web site

Image obtained from Orthogonal web site

The startup of Ithaca, Orthogonal, is developing materials that will enable organic electronic components using the same type of equipment used to manufacture silicon electronic components, allowing the construction of more complex organic compounds also.

The company has made four prototype devices using new photolithography chemical compounds compatible with organic materials.

In the company’s website we can also find a flash resource that explains the OLEDs operation that may be useful as an educational resource.

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Educational & Teaching Resources, Nanoelectronics | , , , | Leave a comment

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

Biological Parts Assembly

Mushroom Coral, origin of the fluorescent protein dsRED. Image obtained from Ginkgo BioWorks web site.

Mushroom Coral, origin of the fluorescent protein dsRED. Image obtained from Ginkgo BioWorks web site.

A new synthetic biology startup, called Ginkgo BioWorks offers assembly of biological parts such as chains of specific genes.

The company relies on technology developed at MIT by one of its founders called standard BioBricks, a standard way of placing pieces of DNA.

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Nanobiology | , | Leave a comment

Conductive Inks

The american startup Vorbeck Materials hopes to market, later this year, grafene-based conductive inks that could be used to print RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) antennas and contacts for flexible displays.

According to the company, these graphene-based inks can be used in applications where traditional inks based on carbon do not reach sufficient conductivity and with a price significantly lower than silver inks.

September 28, 2009 Posted by | Nanoelectronics, Nanomaterials | | Leave a comment