Welcome to the August edition of MyAZoNano, your customised
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to your inbox, the latest news, events and technical
information on the nanotechnology subjects that interest
Sponsor of the Month - Farfield
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
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.
Featured Event - The
Lux Executive Summit
Focusing on the business impact of nanotechnology, the Lux Executive
Summit will present exclusive ideas and data from Lux
Research's renowned analysts. Taking place on 24 and 25 October 2005
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, the conference is a meeting of
business leaders who want to understand how nanotechnology will
change products, commerce and, ultimately, society.
Attendees will include:
- Global 1,000 executives,
- Public and private equity investors,
- Emerging companies,
- Scientific pioneers,
- Policy makers.
The conference programme will comprise a mix of guest lectures,
presentations, formal and informal workshops, nano-business case
studies and social events to encourage networking. A conference programme (PDF document, 341
KB) and comprehensive list of expert
speakers can be viewed at the website.
As Cambridge - or "Boston's Left Bank" - is home to the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University,
attendees should benefit greatly from experiencing the lively
atmosphere that results when nano-academia meets nano-industry.
To find out more about or to register online, visit the
Lux Executive Summit website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book of the Month
- 'One-Dimensional Metals: Conjugated Polymers, Organic Crystals,
Now in its 2nd edition
and recently revised and extended, this book
supplied by Sigma-Aldrich provides an ideal introduction to the
science and technology of low-dimensional solids. Due to their anisotropic
properties, low-dimensional solids are of fundamental interest to
people who work and study in this exciting area of materials science.
Written for newcomers to this field as well as the experts, the
book explains the important concepts behind the physics of
low-dimensional solids, and also surveys the most interesting
one-dimensional systems. As the last two chapters discuss industry
applications - especially in molecular electronics - the book will
interest people who are looking to convert knowledge from the
research lab into the launch of commercial nanotech products.
The book is structured into the following
main subject areas:
2. One-Dimensional Substances,
One-Dimensional Solid-State Physics,
Coupling, Peierls Transition,
5. Conducting Polymers:
Solitons and Polarons,
6. Conducting Polymers:
8. Charge Density Waves,
10. Molecular Materials for
To find out more about this book or to order a copy, click here.
Courses - International Master in Nanotechnologies (IMN) with Civen
and Veneto Nanotech
and Veneto Nanotech,
leading partners in a high-tech cluster that specialises in nanotechnology,
are offering graduate students the chance to do an International
Master in Nanotechnologies (IMN) at its locations in Venice in NE
Italy. The course aims to provide students with scientific knowledge,
practical expertise, project management skills, and will focus on
the business applications of nanotechnologies. As the students will
do their learning in a creative nano-cluster made up of leading
departments from the Venetian Universities (Padua, Venice and Verona),
innovative companies (SMEs) and start-ups run by nano-preneurs,
the mixed discipline atmosphere should make for a rich learning
To highlight the importance of knowledge transfer in
developing nanotechnology products, the course is divided into a
7-month academic session (Jan-July) and a 3-month industrial
internship (July-Sept) with a nanotech company. Taught entirely in
English, the course will be a mix of lectures, tutorials, group
workshops and hands-on lab activities, with classes being held in
the beautifully equipped VEGA Park - just two kilometres from
To learn more about this unique course visit the Civen website or
of Nano Products and Services - Strem Chemicals
Based in Newburyport - north of
Boston - and with offices in Europe, Strem Chemicals,
manufactures and markets specialty chemicals of high purity. The
company’s clients include academic, industrial and government R&D
labs, as well as commercial scale businesses in the pharmaceutical,
microelectronic and chemical/petrochemical industries. Strem Chemicals
also provides custom synthesis and cGMP manufacturing services.
Since its formation in 1964, Strem
Chemicals has focused on offering unique organometallic
compounds for both academic and industrial research purposes.
Building close relationships with leading researchers in the field
has enabled Strem to stay abreast of the latest scientific advances,
and to add novel chemicals to their product portfolio on a regular
More recently, Strem
has embraced the emerging area of nanotechnology and formed a
knowledge-transfer partnership with the Max Planck Institute. As a
result of moving into the growing world of nanotech, a product range
of nanomaterials - including metal nanoclusters, metal nanocolloids
(organosols and hydrosols), metal nanopowders, metal nanoparticles
and magnetic fluids - is now available from Strem.
To find out more about the specialist nanomaterials that
Chemicals is producing for industry and academia, visit
website or e-mail email@example.com.
Featured Website -
provides a wide range of information on computer-aided nanodesign
(CAN), the field of using modeling, simulation, and informatics
software to accelerate R&D in nano-manufacturing. Whilst the
website requires registration for full access, to do so is quick,
easy and free.
site is attractive and well-designed, having been split into eight
distinct areas for ease of navigation. The areas are:
- Background - computational tools and nanotechnology: a perfect
- Glossary - technical terms translated into clear English,
- Technology - modelling and informatics explained,
- Examples - computer-aided nanodesign applied in industry,
- News - computer-aided nanodesign news,
- Features - white papers, feature articles, journals and
- Community - the best of the rest, including events, website
spotlight and people,
- Gallery - great computer-aided nanodesign images and movies.
An appealing aspect of ComputeNano.com
is that it caters to all knowledge and skill levels. For example,
contains everything from a simple explanation of nanotechnology,
through to a description of molecular mechanics.
Find out more about computer-aided nanodesign by visiting ComputeNano.com.
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