Welcome to the July edition of MyAZoNano, your customised
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information on the nanotechnology subjects that interest
Sponsor of the Month - Accelrys
Accelrys is a software
company that helps its clients achieve scientific innovation
through collaboration with its software engineers and
network of science experts. Already a leading provider
of nanotechnology software, Accelrys is looking to continue
its pioneering work in the nanotechnology R&D/knowledge
transfer sector, by organising a series of nanotechnology
The recently launched Nanotechnology
Consortium, for instance, is a group of
commercial and academic organisations and thinkers who
collaborate with Accelrys to develop computing tools for
nanotechnology research and modelling. In more detail,
this project will address the challenges of rational
nanodesign, by extending and creating software tools to
enable the rational design of nanomaterials and
The nanotechnology software areas that Accelrys
currently specialises in are simulation, modelling,
catalysis and combinatorial chemistry. However, the
company is looking to develop its work in the following
- High-precision chemistry calculations,
- Simulation of device function,
- Engineering design,
- Overcoming the current boundaries in
modelling for inorganic, organic and biological
Find out more about how Accelrys can help
people working in nanotechnology by visiting the Accelrys or by
Scientifique Forum - ‘Nanotechnology: A Brave New World'
is a forum for scientists and the general public to discuss topical
and thorny issues in science and technology over good food &
wine. Monash University (Clayton, Australia) established the sessions
in March 2005 and they are held every couple of months on the campus.
The next speaker is Dr Bob Irving, the Scientific &
Commercial Director of Nanotechnology Victoria. Dr Irving will be looking at the
implications of developing and using nanotechnologies, and will also
discuss the complex ethical and regulatory issues of this subject.
In short, Dr Irving will clarify nanotechnology matters, outline the
opportunities and present perspectives on its challenges.
Registration is not required and there is no entry charge to the
Date and time: Wednesday 13 July 2005 at 6pm.
Venue: Cinque Lire (STRIP Building 75, on the West Ring Road,
Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melway Ref 70 E 10).
Nanotechnology International Business
The second annual competition
for nanotechnology business ideas has just been launched,
and is looking to attract quality entries from international ‘nano-preneurs'
who are keen to win the top prize of $75,000.
Jointly organised by the Institute for Management and Engineering
(TiME), the Science Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), the Institute
for Technology Innovation (InTICE) and the Nano-Network, the
competition is open to anyone in the world who has a great idea for
starting up a nanotech business. While any area of nantechnology
will be considered, ideas in the areas of energy, healthcare &
medicine, aerospace & automotive applications, and consumer
products, are particularly encouraged.
In addition to the first prize of $75,000, the
winners will receive guidance in developing a full business plan as
well as other business development assistance. There will be an
awards ceremony for the winning teams at the Nano-Week conference in
Cleveland, Ohio, on 21 October 2005.
The closing date for submitting entries is 15 September 2005, and
the entry fee is $100. The deadline for submitting the letter of
intent is 15 July 2005.
To find out more about this competition, visit the Nanotechnology
International Business Competition website or e-mail 2005Competitions-TiME@case.edu.
Featured Equipment -
VideoAFM™ from Infinitesima
VideoAFM™ is the first scanning probe microscope
that is capable of delivering real-time images at video frame
rates. With imaging rates of up to 1000 times faster than
conventional AFMs, the The
VideoAFM™ allows users to view and interact with
numerous types of molecular processes in real time.
VideoAFM™ works in conjunction with existing AFMs
to perform functionally much like an optical microscope. It
also allows large surface areas (i.e. 1000um X 1000um) to be
scanned and explored before selecting features of interest for
a more detailed investigation.
Installation is simple and quick, and its operation is
powerful, allowing the user to switch between video and
conventional modes at the click of a button. The combination
of instruments and ease of switching thus allows the
exploration of a sample surface, with the easy ability to
switch between the conventional and the The
VideoAFM™ for detailed analysis. Such analysis
might include locating dynamic processes by scanning the
surface, then selecting the video record mode to store the
video frames to hard disk for later review and further
To find out more about the The
VideoAFM™ visit the Infinitesima website or
Book of the Month - Carbon Nanotubes:
Basic Concepts and Physical Properties
This book, one in a series
of books on nanotechnology topics published by Sigma-Aldrich, gives
the perfect introduction to readers who want to learn more about
carbon nanotubes. By looking at processing technologies and applications
for carbon nanotubes (both single-walled and multi-walled), the
book is ideal for academics and industry people who are looking
to work together in the field of knowledge transfer.
With their exceptional and unique properties, carbon nanotubes
form a vital part of the nanotechnology sector. The main
characteristics that make carbon nanotubes so appealing to industry
include their chemical stability, mechanical strength and ability to
conduct electricity - all features that are covered in this book.
Nanotubes open up new perspectives for various applications, such as
nano-transistors in circuits, hydrogen storage in fuel cells, as
artificial muscles, or as an added reinforcement in alloys.
book is organised into the following subject areas:
5. Electronic Transport
2. Structure and Symmetry
6. Elastic Properties
3. Electronic Properties
7. Raman Scattering
4. Optical Properties
8. Vibrational Properties
To find out more about this book or to order a copy, click here.
Nanotechnology 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 downtown Venice.
To learn more about this unique course visit the Civen website or e-mail
Europe's Premier Nanomedicine
Conference of 2005
This flagship EU-sponsored conference is focusing on healthcare
applications of nanotechnology - an acknowledged area of European
strength. It brings together international speakers and delegates to
discuss how nanotechnology and biotechnology, material science,
pharmaceutical science, electronics, and information technology can
address the healthcare issues of the future. The launch of the
European Technology Platform on NanoMedicine will also take place
during this event.
EuroNanoForum2005 has received support
from the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme and can offer
supported fees to academics, delegates from developing countries and
students. This funding has allowed us to extend the 'Early Bird
Rate' until 31st July 2005. Register online
now to take advantage of these savings.
As there are already 87 nanotechnology experts from 25 countries
lined up to speak over the five days, it's clear that this
conference will be one of the biggest nanotech events taking place
in Europe this year.
To find out more about this conference visit the EuroNanoForum2005 website or
contact Carrie at Carrie@nano.org.uk,
Tel: + 44 (0)1786 447520.
New Feature on AZoNano - Titles of Latest
To keep visitors to AZoNano fully up-to-date with all
the new knowledge base articles on nanotech matters that are
regularly published on the site, we've added a ‘Latest Articles'
section on the homepage. This new ‘hot off the press'
section will work much in the same way as the nanotech RSS newsfeed, in that
the title of each new article will be immediately listed on the
homepage, as soon as the article has been uploaded. Seeing at a
glance the different types of nanotech knowledge base articles that
are frequently published on the site, will also show visitors the
great diversity of AZoNano.
If you have some high quality nanotechnology content that you
think would further enhance our popular online encyclopaedia of
nanotechnology, or a press release that would make a good news
story, then contact the editor of AZoNano, Dr
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