Sent: 12 May 2005 05:25
To: Grant Millar
Subject: MyAZoNano Newsletter - May, 2005
AZoNano - The A to Z of Nanotechnology

May, 2005
 Issue 4

Dear Mr Grant Miller,

MyAZoNano News - May 2005

AZoNano, a knowledgebase and supplier/expert directory for all those involved in nanotechnology.
In this edition.
» n-ABLE 2005 - Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Conference

Book of the month - Chemistry of Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Two Volumes

» Nanotechnology Competition - The International NanoChallenge

Website Statistics for AZoNano

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

Welcome to the May 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 May Sponsor - Veneto Nanotech

My AZoNano May Sponsor - Veneto Nanotech

My AZoNano May Sponsor - Veneto Nanotech

Veneto Nanotech is a cluster of research institutions, innovative companies, and private and public investors, who are working to foster entrepreneurship in nanotechnology. Based in Veneto, NE Italy, the organisation is centred around the local universities - Padua, Venice and Verona - and their research departments, which specialise in applying nanotechnology techniques to materials.

The first research projects performed by Veneto Nanotech will take place at its Nanofabrication Facility (NFF). To begin with, the NFF is hosting research projects in:

  • Nanostructures for chemical and biochemical sensors,
  • Deposition of layers with high tribological properties,
  • Nanostructured materials for protective and decorative coatings,
  • Deposition of nanometric thin films and thick coatings of inorganic, organic or hybrid nanocomposites,
  • Construction of microarrays for genomics and proteomics research.

As the centre also offers International Master in Nanotechnology (IMN) courses to students, it’s clear that Veneto Nanotech has the right people, creative mix of industry/academia and resources required to make it a leading player in the nanotechnology field.

For more details e-mail

n-ABLE 2005 - Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Conference

n-ABLE 2005 - Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Conference

n-ABLE 2005 is a 3-day conference that will focus on industrial production using nanotechnology knowledge and methods. Taking place in Saarbruecken (Germany) from 26 – 28 September 2005, the event is jointly organised by n-ABLE, the community organisation that specialises in nano-manufacturing, and the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), a worldwide leader in nanomaterials.

n-ABLE 2005 - Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Conference

With nanotechnology experts from industry and academia giving special guest lectures and leading discussion, the conference programme will consider:

  • Breakthrough nanotechnology developments,
  • How to embed nanotechnology in existing production methods,
  • How nanotechnology can help the manufacturing industry,
  • New products and processes,
  • Nanotechnology development along the vertical chain of commercialisation,
  • Mass production and processing,
  • On demand development,
  • Successful vertical nanotechnology development.

So the conference agenda is very much geared to how industry can successfully bring nanotechnology products to the market-place. On top of all this, there will also be the chance to tour the nanotech labs, see all the latest n-ABLE nanotechnology development projects, and learn about current and future Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) nanotech projects.

For further details visit the n-ABLE 2005 website.

Book of the month - Chemistry of Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Two Volumes

Written by an expert team of leading nanomaterials scientists, this book offers readers a thorough and up-to-date study of the new and exciting field of nanomaterials. The book covers the whole range of this emerging field, moving from the theory, synthesis, properties and characterisation of nanomaterials, to their use in industrial applications.

The book is structured into the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to nanomaterials,
  • Quantum dots and related materials,
  • Manipulating nanoparticles and nanomaterials synthesis,
  • Metal and semiconductor nanocrystals,
  • Sonochemistry and other synthesis methods for nanoparticles,
  • Nanotubes, nanowires and metallic nanorods,
  • Oxide-assisted growth of silicon and related nanowires,
  • Spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals,
  • Semiconductor nanocrystals for biological labelling,
  • Large semiconductor molecules,
  • Oxomolybdates,
  • Nanostructural polymers,
  • Recent developments for porous silicon,
  • Nanocatalysis,
  • Nanoporous materials,
  • Photochemistry and electrochemistry of nanoassemblies,
  • Electrochemistry with nanoparticles,
  • Nanolithography and nanomanipulation.

Chemistry of Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications provides beginners with a solid introduction to the subject, while specialists will find answers to their questions plus helpful suggestions for further research.

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

In the first quarter of 2005, AZoNano witnessed a record number of visitors to the website, with over 330,000 visitor sessions taking place. Judging by the web stats just recorded for April, it looks as if this successful trend of ever-increasing visitors to the site is set to continue, with similarly high numbers of visitor sessions, new visitors and page impressions being recorded.

Just as pleasing are the high rankings that we consistently achieve with the top web search engines and directories. For instance, AZoNano is the number 1 ranked nanomaterials website in the Google directory.

In short, AZoNano attracts a massive nanotechnology focused audience, making it the ideal place to advertise your nanotech product or service. To capitalise on the exposure that AZoNano can provide, contact Rolf Easto.

AZoNano News Service

One of the main aims of AZoNano is to keep our audience informed of the latest developments in nanotechnology. To achieve this objective we publish the latest news stories on nanotechnology matters on a daily basis. This is important as the field is so dynamic and rapidly growing. The latest news headlines are displayed on the AZoNano homepage, with more of the latest news items listed next to the main text for these 10 stories on subsequent pages.

As one of only 4,500 accredited Google news sources, and one of only a few that specialize in the area of nanotechnolgy, AZoNano distributes your news further via the Google news service. We also provide a Rich Site Summary (RSS) news feed service to several sites, and provide facilities so that you can add this to your site, all free of charge.

Given the importance that AZoNano places on publishing nanotech news stories, the website is the perfect place for companies to quickly distribute their press releases to a worldwide audience. To let us show you how fast, effective and far-reaching AZoNano is at spreading the word about nanotechnology, send your news stories and press releases to


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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.

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.

Cryo-Fixation Prior To TEM Observation, Automation Using The VitrobotT - Supplier Data By FEI Compan
The unravelling of the Human Genome has stimulated research into the numerous mutual macromolecular interactions between genetic material, proteins, membranes and organelles. Cryo fixation and high-resolution imaging is a critical element of this research process.

Microelectrode and Nanoelectrode Arrays Used in Cell Monitoring - Current Research Activity
Microelectrode (MEAs) and nanoelectrode arrays can be used to study the activities of whole cells and tissues. This article looks at lab-on-a-chip projects using 3C-SiC technology, solid-state MEAs, silicon carbide MEAs, and how arrays composed of SiC-electrodes can be used as chemical detectors.

Antibodies - Studying Antigen/Virus Interactions Using Dynamic Light Scattering Techniques - Supplie
Photon correlation spectroscopy can be used to measure the size of small particles. It is a non-invasive technique that can be used to assess the affinity of various antibodies for a particular virus. This was demonstrated using a Malvern Zetasizer HS.

Characterisation of Model Drug Carriers Using PCS and Zeta Potential - Supplier Data by Malvern
Zeta potential and PCs were successfully used to characterise polymer-based drug delievry systems. These systems can control the sites where drugs are delivered effectively targeting organs.

Biotechnology: The Characterisation And Use Of Liposomes - Supplier Data by Malvern
Liposomes are important new materials in the area of biotechnology, specifically drug development and cosmetics. The size of liposomes laregely determined their properties. Applications, size effects and techniques to measure size such as zeta potential are outlined.

Proteins - Characterising the Melting Point of Proteins - Supplier Data by Malvern
Proteins were evolved to serve a specific function. Their structure affects their ability to do their job. Various factors can lead to denaturation and degradation of this structure. Using dynamic light scattering and thge Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS the impact of these factors can be measured.

Liposomes - Size and Zeta Potential Characterisation of Anionic and Cationic Liposomes Uisng the Zet
The physical characterization of liposomes is of great importance in understanding their suitability for a range of applications. Knowledge of the zeta potential of a liposome preparation can help to predict the fate of the liposomes in vivo.

Gene Therapy - The Use of Zeta Potential and Photon Corellatioon Spectroscopy (PCS) Measurements in
Much work is being done in the development of vectors containing specific molecules. Liposomal systems containing certain cell surface receptor-specific peptides are being developed. Zeta potential is being used to develop formulations of liposomes:peptides:DNA complexes for transfection studies.

Pharmaceutical Formulations - The Importance of Zeta Potential to Pharmaceutical Formulations - Supp
Zeta potential is explained and its effects on flocculation and its importance in the development of pharmaceuticals. Examples of how zeta potential is used or has been used for fat emulsions and non-aqueous systems.

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.

Helping the Poor: the Real Challenge of Nanotechnology
How nanotechnologies might be used to help the world's poor is a major feature of the current global debate regarding advances in nanotechnology. Discussion has focused on how best to foster nanotechnology growth in developing nations, and what can be done to avoid the emergence of a 'nano-divide'.

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.

3D Defect Characterization With The Expida 1285 DualBeam (FIB / SEM) - Supplier Data By FEI Company
The Expida 1285 DualBeam (FIB / SEM) is a fast 3D defect characterization system that provides an accurate picture of your process, leading to increased control and improved yield.

China's Nanotechnology Revolution
China is investing heavily in advancing nanotechnology and aims to establish a national information network to co-ordinate R&D activities between academia and industry. This article looks at the nanotechnology scene in Shanghai and Beijing, and also considers business partnerships and state funding.

Researchers Find that the 'Crossbar Latch' Can Replace Transistors and Improve Processing Power - Ne
The nanotechnology team at Hewlett-Packard has found a way of improving computer power by replacing transistors with the 'crossbar latch', which is a bistable-switch latch in the field of molecular computing. This research might offer an alternative to silicon technology. Posted 1 February 2005.

Physics at the Nanoscale, and Nanotechnology Production Methods with Special Focus on Biology
This article considers the different ways that physics operates at nanoscale level, and also looks at the self-assembly process. The article concludes by looking at the tools and devices used in cell biology, with special focus on combining synthetic and natural components to make new structures.

Microelectrode and Nanoelectrode Arrays Used in Cell Monitoring - Current Research Activity
Microelectrode (MEAs) and nanoelectrode arrays can be used to study the activities of whole cells and tissues. This article looks at lab-on-a-chip projects using 3C-SiC technology, solid-state MEAs, silicon carbide MEAs, and how arrays composed of SiC-electrodes can be used as chemical detectors.