Sent: 12 April 2005 10:43
To: Grant Millar
Subject: MyAZoNano - April 2005
AZoNano - The A to Z of Nanotechnology

April, 2005
 Issue 3

Dear Mr Grant Miller,

MyAZoNano News - April 2005

AZoNano, a knowledgebase and supplier/expert directory for all those involved in nanotechnology.
In this edition.
» EuroNanoForum2005: The Premier Nanomedicine Conference of 2005

Book of the Month - Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application

» Nanotechnology Competition - The International NanoChallenge

Website Statistics for AZoNano

» AZoNano News Service
» The Latest Articles Customised to Your Interests

Welcome to the April edition of MyAZoNano, your customised free monthly newsletter from that brings to your inbox, the latest news, events and technical information on the nanotechnology subjects that interest you.

My AZoNano April Sponsor - Farfield Sponsors

Farfield Sensors specialise in producing novel sensor technologies for life science applications. As technology experts in the fields of proteomics, bioanalytics and interferometry, the company focuses on the measurement of molecular behaviour at surfaces, which determines the thickness and density of molecular layers to sub-atomic resolution. This technique is used in model systems to establish the formation of surfactant hemi-micelles, etc, at the solid-liquid interface.

As part of transferring their leading-edge technology and knowledge into applications, Farfield Sensors is developing a wide range of products and services for the life science sector - especially in the area of protein structure, function and characterisation. The company’s product portfolio includes:

  • Optical analysis instruments - the Analight® range of products,
  • Sensor chip surfaces,
  • Product accessories,
  • Instrument service and support,
  • Training and technical support.

With a cutting-edge laboratory at the University of Durham and a business office in Manchester, it’s clear that the company leads the way in combining academic research with commercial expertise to bring new products to the market-place. To find out more about the company’s products and services, e-mail Jo Maltby or visit the Farfield Sensors website.

EuroNanoForum2005: The Premier Nanomedicine Conference of 2005


EuroNanoForum2005 is the flagship EU nanotechnology event of the year, and takes place in Edinburgh on September 6 - 9. Building on the success of the EuroNanoForum2003 event, the conference will bring together international speakers and delegates to discuss the nanotechnologies developed for healthcare that are relevant to a broad range of industries, such as:


  • Regenerative medicine, nanoscaffolds and substrates
  • Intelligent drug delivery systems
  • Smart biocompatible coatings
  • Whole cells as biosensors
  • Nanorobots in surgery
  • Nanoparticles in clinical diagnostics
  • New generation implants
  • Nanomedical imaging and contrast agents
  • Cantilever sensors
  • Nanotechnology and stem cell research
  • ‘Point of care’ devices
  • Nanoparticle toxicology
  • Medical textiles

The conference will also offer international perspectives on nanotechnology innovations, risk assessment, tackling diseases in the developing world and addressing the needs of the ageing population. As nanomedicine is considered one of the most beneficial areas of the growing nanotechnology market, attending EuroNanoForum2005 will ensure that you stay at the forefront of the nanotechnology revolution.

To register for the conference, visit

Book of the Month - Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application

This book provides an ideal introduction to the science and technology of nanoparticles. The book starts by discussing the fundamental principles of nanoparticles, before moving on to look at their use in novel applications. As the book considers the principles of quantum size behavior, nanoparticle architectures, and the formation of semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, it thereby offers the perfect platform for understanding the behaviour of nanoparticles.Nanoparticles: From Theory to Applications

The book is structured into the following main subject areas:

  • Introduction,
  • Quantum dots,
  • Syntheses and characterisations,
  • Organisation of nanoparticles,
  • Properties,
  • Biomaterial-nanoparticle hybrid systems,
  • Conclusion.

‘Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application’ is one in a series of new books that Sigma-Aldrich has published on nanotechnology subjects, so as to meet the growing demand for information about this exciting, new science and technology. To find out more about this book or to order a copy, follow this link.

Nanotechnology Competition - The International NanoChallenge

Nanotechnology Competition - the International NanoChallenge

NanoChallenge is an international business plan competition organised by the nanotechnology cluster, Veneto Nanotech. The competition aims to offer people the chance to start their own nanotechnology company.

But it’s not just about testing people’s ability to draw up a business plan, since the €300,000 grand prize gives the winning team the money, resources and opportunity to launch their own nanotechnology business. On top of having your first year expenses paid for, your company will benefit from being located in the leading-edge nanotechnology atmosphere of Veneto Nanotech, in NE Italy.

The winning team receives:

  • €200,000 (cash) investment from Veneto Nanotech,
  • 1 year free incubator services,
  • 1 year free access to the Nano Fabrication Facility laboratory,
  • 1 year free accommodation for two people,
  • 1 year in-kind consulting services (IP policy, law, etc).

The competition is open to anyone who has a nanotechnology business idea, and you must register your entry for the competition by 31 May 2005.

To register for and find out more about this competition visit NanoChallenge.

Website Statistics for AZoNano

The pattern of increasing visitor numbers to the AZoNano website was continued in March, with just over 142,000 visitor sessions recorded for last month. As there were 95,000 visitors to the website in February, the extra 47,000 visitor sessions in March represents another great leap forward for AZoNano with regards to reaching a wider global audience.

Judging by the web stats for the most popular pages on AZoNano, it seems that visitors are especially attracted to the news section on the site - although the nano business start-up competition is also interesting many people. To meet this strong demand for news, there is a special focus on making sure that the site features as many news stories as possible - while still continuing to publish numerous knowledge base articles each month.

These large, monthly increases in visitor numbers are also very appealing to companies who are looking to advertise on AZoNano, in order to take advantage of the wide-reaching, global publicity that the website provides. To find out more about how AZoNano can help to promote your business, please contact Rolf Easto.

AZoNano News Service

AZoNano publishes the latest nanotechnology news on a daily basis. These news stories, along with the rest of the site are free to view. The latest headlines are posted on the AZoNano news page.

For those with company press releases, AZoNano is the ideal way to distribute your news. As an approved Google news source, Google continually harvests news items from AZoNano and further distributes news items across the internet in a rapid fashion.

Send your press releases to and let us demonstrate how quickly we can circulate them.


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The following articles were found based on your selections

Scientists Put Nanosized Probes into Cell Nuceli to Study Inner Workings of a Living Cell - News Ite
Specially prepared crystalline semiconductors that emit different colours of light when illuminated by lasers allow scientists to watch the inner workings of a living cell. The process consists of inserting fluorescent, nanosized probes called quantum dots into the cell nuclei. Posted 18 March 2005.

Optical Tweezers Advance Research into Diseases Affecting Red Blood Cells Like Malaria
Knowledge regarding the elasticity of red blood cells infected by malaria has been improved through the use of a nanotechnology tool called 'optical tweezers'. Adding miniscule beads of silica to a cell then focusing a laser beam on to the beads, lets researchers better understand cell properties.

Research and Development into Nanotechnology with Public Funding Statistics - the Global Picture
Worldwide public funding of nanotechnology research projects has seen significant increases over the last few years. Japan and the USA lead the way in public funding, the setting up of research projects and supporting networks - though Western Europe and South-East Asia are also investing heavily.

Biomedical Applications in Space that Use Nanotechnology Processes and Nanomaterials
Advances in medical nanotechnology are likely to be used in biomedical applications for space projects. This article looks at medical diagnostics, biochips, lab on a chip systems, medical sensors, analytical devices and drug delivery techniques, and considers how all these might be used in space.

Scientists Find New Way of Releasing Hydrogen from Fuel Cells by Using Ammonia Borane Compound - New
A US research team has found a new, quick way of releasing hydrogen from the solid compound of a fuel cell, by using the ammonia borane compound. The process involved transforming the compound into a nanomaterial via dissolution in a solvent, then adding the solution to mesoporous silica material.

Solid Lubricant Product Made with Nanotechnologies is Proclaimed Non-Toxic by Testers - News Item
Testing of the world's first commercial solid lubricant made using nanomaterials has found the oil to be non-toxic. The lubricant is based on nanospheres and nanotubes of inorganic compounds, whose unique structure of nested spheres allows a unique form of lubrication. Posted 7 April 2005.

Platinum/Carbon Nanotubes in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs)
Scientists have investigated increasing platinum utilisation in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) by using multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). Chemical Vapour Deposition CVD and electrodeposition techniques were used during this process, which is likely to result in improved fuel cells

Carbon Nanotubes - Processing Methods and Potential Applications in Space
Due to their unique properties, carbon nanotubes can be used for many space industry applications, such as sensors, thermal control, spacecraft, electronics and biomedicine. Also looked at here are various processing technologies for carbon nanotubes, production problems and cost considerations.

Batteries, Capacitors and Supercapacitors - Methods Used for Improvement and Space Applications
Nanomaterials and nanotechnology techniques are being used to improve the power density of batteries. Such improvements using thin films, deposition and thermal spray processes, carbon aerogels, carbon nanotubes and spinel structures are considered here, with special focus on space applications.

Carbon Nanotube Particulates in Electron Emitters
Researchers have made carbon nanotubes (single and multi-walled) using a gaseous carbon-containing feedstock, combined with a catalyst on a magnesia particulate support. With high conductivity at low loadings, these nanotubes will be used in a variety of electron emission devices.

Ruthenium Oxide-Based Nanocrystals for Improved Supercapacitor Performance
Research has shown that the capacitance of Ruthenium oxide-containing electrochemical capacitors can be improved by producing nanocrystalline TixFeyRuzOn powders by ball milling. The structure of the resulting powder is discussed as are reasons for the improved performance.

Nanomaterials - an Overview of Potential Space Applications
Space applications can benefit from using nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in their production processes. This article considers the use of nanopowders in power systems, aerogels, magnetic nanomaterials, 'intelligent' nanomaterials, biomimetic materials and biologically inspired materials.

Research and Development into Nanotechnology with Public Funding Statistics - the Global Picture
Worldwide public funding of nanotechnology research projects has seen significant increases over the last few years. Japan and the USA lead the way in public funding, the setting up of research projects and supporting networks - though Western Europe and South-East Asia are also investing heavily.

Nanotechnology Activities in Space - What NASA is Working On
NASA plans to use nanotechnology and nanomaterials in its projects, and is focusing its research on nanomaterials, nanoelectronics and biomolecular nanotechnology. NASA is also exploring the potential uses of carbon nanotubes, as well as working with small businesses on possible industry spin-offs.

Life Support Systems in Space - Potential Applications for Nanotechnologies
Space life support systems can benefit from using nanotechnology processes and nanomaterials. Sensors, electronic noses, gas sensors, sensor arrays and chemometric pattern recognition are all considered here, as well as how nanomembranes can be used to improve water purification methods.