Sent: 09 June 2005 06:46
To: Grant Millar
Subject: MyAZoNano - June 2005
AZoNano - The A to Z of Nanotechnology

June, 2005
  Issue 5

Dear Mr Grant Miller,

MyAZoNano News - June 2005

AZoNano, a knowledgebase and supplier/expert directory for all those involved in nanotechnology.
In this edition.
» EuroNanoForum2005

Featured Nanotechnology Tools - the NanoLog™


Book of the Month - 'Nanophysics and Nanotechnology: An Introduction to Modern Concepts in Nanoscience'

» Nanotechnology Competition - The International NanoChallenge

The Top 20 Articles on AZoNano

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

Welcome to the June 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.

Sponsor of the Month - Nanotech Briefs

Sponsor of the Month - Nanotech Briefs

Nanotech BriefsNanotech Briefs is the digital magazine from the publishers of 'NASA Tech Briefs', and provides subscribers with the latest innovations shaping the state-of-the-art in nanotechnology. Delivered six times a year in an easy-to-navigate PDF format, Nanotech Briefs cuts through the hype and gives you information on the real products and technologies that are bringing nanotech to mainstream industry and our everyday lives.

Nanotech Briefs keeps you at the cutting edge of this rapidly changing field by providing the best of government, industry and university nanotech innovations, with real-world applications in electronics, materials, sensors, biomed, photonics and MEMS - all key markets for nanotech commercialization. Nanotech Briefs also takes you inside the most advanced nano facilities in the world, profiles today's most influential nanotech leaders, and provides business perspectives from CEOs and professionals in nano-related industries.

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EuroNanoForum2005 - Europe's Premier Nanomedicine Conference of 2005

Europe's Premier Nanomedicine Conference of 2005

Taking place in Edinburgh from 6-9 September, EuroNanoForum2005 will showcase European developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology for medical applications. The conference brings together many disparate disciplines with a focus on healthcare, which is a critical element in the social and economic well-being of Europe. With more than 100 international speakers spread over five days, EuroNanoForum2005 expects to be the biggest nanotechnology conference in Europe, attracting an audience of 1,000 delegates.

Poster Competition

To encourage young researchers - PhD students/first post doctoral position - we are sponsoring the promising scientists of the future. 40 sponsored places are on offer, which includes free entry to the conference, free accommodation and free travel.

Workshops on Demand

The workshops are intended to bring delegates together in informal or formal groups to discuss topics relevant to the conference. If you wish to propose a topic or find out more about the workshops, please contact .

For more information about the conference visit and follow the registration link.

Featured Nanotechnology Tools - the NanoLog™

Featured Nanotechnology Tools - the NanoLogTThe NanoLog™ series of spectrofluorometers are specifically designed for research in nanotechnology and the frontiers of nanomaterials. Based on the worldwide-proven technology of the Fluorolog®, the NanoLog™ detects fluorescence in the near-IR from 800 to 1700 nm (optional multi-channel detection to 2 µm, single-channel detection to 3 µm), with visible and UV options possible.

With the NanoLog™ comes specially-designed software which is ideal for classifying single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), performing energy transfer calculations, and saving custom routines and instrument layouts. A complete spectrum can be scanned in just a few milliseconds, and a full excitation-emission matrix scan can be performed in several seconds.

The NanoLog analysis tools offer the following benefits:

  • Rapid excitation-emission matrices in seconds,
  • Compatible with variety of detectors from UV to near-IR,
  • High sensitivity in near-IR with InGaAs array,
  • Resolve mixtures of quantum dots simultaneously,
  • High resolution,
  • Perform energy-transfer experiments,
  • Eases qualification and quantification of species and families of SWNTs,
  • Modular design for your ideal experimental set-up.

To find out more about the NanoLog product range, visit the HORIBA Jobin Yvon company website or e-mail

Book of the Month - 'Nanophysics and Nanotechnology: An Introduction to Modern Concepts in Nanoscience'

Book of the Month - 'Nanophysics and Nanotechnology: An Introduction to Modern Concepts in Nanoscience'One in a series of books on nanotechnology published by Sigma-Aldrich, this book offers an introduction to the physical concepts, techniques and applications of nanotechnology and nanoscience. As such, the book is ideal for anyone working in (or studying) engineering, science and materials science - not to mention the researchers from varied backgrounds who work in the new interdisciplinary areas that make up nanotechnology.

The book is structured into the following subject areas:

  1. Introduction
  2. Systematics of Making Things Smaller, Pre-quantum
  3. What are Limits to Smallness?
  4. Quantum Nature of the Nanoworld
  5. Quantum Consequences for the Macroworld
  6. Self-assembled Nanostructures in Nature and Industry
  7. Physics-based Experimental Approaches to Nanofabrication and Nanotechnology
  8. Looking into the Future

Within these chapter headings, the author covers the nanotechnology spectrum from the latest examples of nanoscale systems, quantum concepts and effects, self-assembled nanosystems, manufacturing, scanning probe methods of observation and fabrication, to single-electron and molecular electronics. On top of all this, the book concludes by considering what the long-term outcomes of nanotechnology might be.

To find out more about this book or to order a copy, click here.

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 June 2005.

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

The Top 20 Articles on AZoNano

We thought readers of the newsletter might be interested to know which articles are currently the most popular ones on the AZoNano website. The 'Top 20' articles listed below include 'knowledge base' articles (from our Online Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology), news items, stories about new nano products, and new technology reports. So the 'Top 20' is an eclectic mix of all the different types of nanotech content that we regularly publish on AZoNano - the diversity of which continues to attract vast amounts of visitors to the site.

If you'd like to see the popularity of our top 500 articles, drop an e-mail to Rolf Easto and we'll send you a PDF report containing all the statistics.

  1. Zetasizer Nano ZS - Particle Size Analysis, Zeta Potential and Molecular Weight Measurement
  2. Carbon Nanotubes - Applications of Carbon Nanotubes (Buckytubes)
  3. Current Consumer Products Using Nanotechnology Including Sunglasses, Textiles, Sensors, Sports Equipment and Sunscreens
  4. Application of Nanotechnology in Medical Diagnosis
  5. Electrospinning Nanofibres Can Turn Waste into New Products
  6. Grätzel Solar Cells Development and Properties
  7. Nanostructured Materials - Properties and Applications
  8. Anti-Graffiti Paint – The Use of Nanotechnology to Produce Deletum 3000 TM High-Performance Anti-Graffiti Coatings
  9. Emerging Products and Applications Using Nanotechnology in the Transport and Automotive Industry
  10. Buckytubes - Electrical, Thermal, Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Buckytubes
  11. Alumina Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes Leads to Improved Properties
  12. Nanocapsules and Dendrimers - Properties and Future Applications
  13. Polycarbonate Skylight Panels with Nanogel Translucent Aerogel
  14. Nanotechnology and the Automotive and Transport Industries - Current and Future Applications
  15. Classification of Nanomaterials for Commercial Purposes Including Nanoparticles, Fullerenes, Dendrimers, Nanowires, Nanotubes, Nanolayers and Nanopores
  16. Nanocoatings Technology - Properties, Processing, Applications and Future Developments
  17. Nanotechnology and Biomaterials - Tissue Engineering, Cell Engineering, Biomedical Implants and Bones
  18. Medical Implications of Nanotechnology - An Online Chat with Nanotechnology Experts
  19. SAXSess – Small Angle X-Ray Scattering System from PANalytical
  20. Organic Solar Cells and the use of Nanotechnology

AZoNano News Service

As one of the leading and most popular nanotechnology destinations on the web, AZoNano is the ideal place to read the latest nano news, distribute press releases, learn all about nanotechnologies, and advertise products and services. News stories are published on a daily basis, which means that our global audience is kept fully informed of all the latest nanotech developments that are taking place in the world.

AZoNano provides a free of charge RSS (Rich Site Summary) news feed service to several websites, and we can help you to install this nanotech news grapevine feature on your own site.

With a vast and ever-growing knowledge base - our online encyclopedia of nanotechnology - to complement our news service, it's clear that AZoNano offers a range of quality services for anyone interested in nanotechnology. Why not send your news stories and press releases to the editor, so we can show you just how successful AZoNano is at passing on all the latest nano news?


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Liposomes - Classification, Processing Technologies, Industry Applications and Risk Assessment
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Optical Tweezers: An Introduction
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2D Photonic Optical Cavity - Current Research into Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirrors (SESAM)
Short and long wavelength Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirrors (SESAM) can be made using quantum dots and quantum wells. This article offers an overview of the aims of a research project at then National University of Singapore (NUS), which is studying the fabrication processes for SESAM.

Nanocharacterization Using Scanning Capacitance Microscopes (SCM)
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DNA Nanoparticles - A New Means for Molecular Medicine in the Nervous System
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Biosensors - Applications and How Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes (MWNTs) are Used in Sensor Production
Biosensors can be used for military purposes or in the field of medical diagnostics. How multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) are used to make to make different types of nanosensors such as electrochemical, gas, biochemical and contaminant sensors is considered here.

Actin Polymerisation: Real Time Measurement by Dual Polarisation Interferometry (DPI) - Supplier Dat
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Biotin/Streptavidin Interaction: Measuring Change and Identifying Specific and Non-Specific Binding
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Luminescent Nanocomposites Used in Biological Labeling and Medical Diagnostics - an Overview
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Quantum Dots Used in Biomedical Applications - an Overview
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Lipid Bilayer Formation: Real Time, High Resolution Studies - Supplier Data by Farfield Sensors
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Palladium Nanocrystals on Aluminium Oxide (Al2O3): Structure and Adhesion Energy
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Nanotechnology is Disruptive - What this Means for Manufacturing Sectors with Reference to the UK
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