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SMALL TIMES -- Micro and Nanotech Manufacturing Tools and Materials
Sunday, August 09, 2009

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Researchers print toxin-detecting paper
August 7, 2009 10:04 PM
August 7, 2009: Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, have developed a method for printing a toxin-detecting biosensor on paper using bioactive inks.

IDT going fabless, partnering with TSMC
August 7, 2009 9:30 PM
August 7, 2009: Integrated Device Technology (IDT) is giving up on the fab-lite model and going completely fabless, transferring its fabrication processes to TSMC over the next two years.

JC Eloy: What's in store for MEMS
August 6, 2009 12:25 PM
August 6, 2009: Jean Christophe (J.C.) Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement, talks with Small Times' Pete Singer at SEMICON West, about the MEMS market and notable trends.

Two PA nanomaterials startups get funding
August 5, 2009 9:26 AM
August 5, 2009: A pair of university spinoffs in Pennsylvania are receiving funding from the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center to help their work in nanopolymers and nanofibers.

SWeNT, Chasm open CNT coatings center
August 3, 2009 12:52 PM
August 3, 2009: Carbon nanotube maker SouthWest Nanotechnologies (SWeNT) and nanomaterials consultancy Chasm Technologies have established an application development center in the Boston area to help demonstrate for customers the feasibility of carbon nanotube coatings and printing applications.

NanoDynamics goes under
July 30, 2009 9:00 PM
July 30, 2009: NanoDynamics has ceased operations and filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- a liquidation move, not a restructuring -- unable to find financing after a pair of abandoned IPOs and the current stagnant funding environment.

MOSIS adding IBM's 180nm, 45nm SOI to foundry runs
July 30, 2009 8:14 PM
July 30, 2009: MOSIS, a prototyping and low-volume circuit production service, is expanding its shuttle runs to include two more of IBM's silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process technologies, for 0.18μm/200mm wafers and 45nm/300mm wafers.

Carl Zeiss adds nanopatterning engine for FIB/SEMs
July 28, 2009 4:07 PM
July 28, 2009: Carl Zeiss is adding a nanopatterning engine to its CrossBeam FIB/SEM workstations to offer more flexible and precise control of the focus ion beam. Application examples include atom probe tip preparation, microstrainer, nano-optical elements (e.g., Fresnel-lenses), and custom structures.

GaTech: Jeweled beetles teach about optics, liquid crystals
July 27, 2009 12:26 PM
July 27, 2009: Researchers from Georgia Tech have been examining small green beetles whose properties may help divine interesting facts about optics and liquid crystals.

Nanosys, Nanoco resolve QD patent spat
July 23, 2009 4:15 PM
July 23, 2009: Nanosys Inc. and UK-based Nanoco Technologies are settling a lawsuit alleging infringement of five patents involving quantum dot technology; as a result Nanoco will cease US sales of one of its products.

U-M: Music moves microfluidics
July 22, 2009 5:21 PM
July 22, 2009: Scientists at the U. of Michigan have devised a microfluidic device incorporating a pneumatic system that requires no electromechanical valves, instead powered by sound waves. And they show how it works using the school's fight song.

EU R&D program Nano2012 formally kicks off
July 21, 2009 9:40 PM
July 21, 2009: Representatives CEA-Leti, STMicroelectronics, IBM, and officials from across France have gathered to officially launch the Nano2012 R&D program, a public/private program led by ST to create advanced R&D clusters to develop new semiconductor technologies.

Company: No, our robots don't eat corpses
July 20, 2009 9:43 PM
July 20, 2009: Just to clear things up -- Cyclone Power Technologies says its robotic technology "is strictly vegetarian."

FEI uncrates new TEM
July 20, 2009 9:06 PM
July 20, 2009: FEI Corp. has unveiled a new scanning/transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) that it says "dramatically increases productivity" for analysis work in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and materials analysis.

Agilent Technologies tweaks nano-test software
July 17, 2009 3:49 PM
July 17, 2009: Agilent Technologies has launched a new version of its TestWorks software for its nanoindentation and tensile instruments to offer better imaging capabilities, survey scanning, and a new test method development environment.

Analyst: What downturn for consumer, wireless MEMS?
July 16, 2009 5:29 PM
July 16, 2009: In sharp contrast to the lousy near-term outlook for the broad electronics industry, particularly semiconductors and wireless, the market for MEMS used in consumer electronics is actually seen growing more than 6% this year, according to statistics from iSuppli.

SEMICON West: MEMS key to leading-edge semiconductors?
July 15, 2009 1:50 PM
July 15, 2009: A new technology being bundled into lithography equipment supporting leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing utilizes MEMS functionality to push current lithography technology as far as it can go.

EV Group uncrates NIL stepper for micro-optics, nano R&D
July 13, 2009 2:32 PM
July 13, 2009: EV Group has unveiled a next-generation UV-nanoimprint lithography (NIL) step and repeat system eyeing use for microelectronics applications including optics/image sensors, lens arrays, and certain R&D nanoelectronics processes.

FEI joins SEMATECH metrology R&D program
July 13, 2009 12:36 PM
July 13, 2009: FEI has joined SEMATECH's advanced metrology development program at the U. of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) to expand efforts to develop novel technologies to improve process control and yield for 45nm node and below manufacturing.

Applied Nanotech, Japanese partner push forward on Cu nanoparticle inks
July 10, 2009 3:35 PM
July 10, 2009: Applied Nanotech said it is licensing an unidentified "leading industrial chemical products company in Japan" to manufacture and commercialize its technology for copper-based nanoparticle inks and pastes.

Carbon nanotubes: A market snapshot
July 10, 2009 9:42 AM
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A quick scan across the landscape of suppliers that are betting the farm on nanotubes.

Analyst: Accelerometers in 1/3 of mobile phones in 2010
July 9, 2009 9:45 PM
July 9, 2009: Spurred by the two hottest devices -- Apple's iPhone and the Palm Pre -- accelerometers will be shipped in one out of every three phones in 2010, up from out of five phones this year and just one out of 10 phones in 2008, according to a new analysis from iSuppli Corp.

Emerging commercial applications of nano electronics
July 8, 2009 3:08 PM
SEMICON WEST PREVIEW: The much-hyped properties of materials at the nanoscale are finally starting to be applied to some real electronics applications -- e.g., thermoelectric materials based on based on spray-on semiconductor nanocrystals, ultrasensitive NEMS gas sensors, carbon nanotube-based transparent conductive films and more -- which will be on discussed and displayed at SEMICON West (July 14-16) in San Francisco.

Zeiss adds variable pressure to Sigma FE-SEMs
July 8, 2009 11:10 AM
July 8, 2009: Carl Zeiss has unveiled a new product in its Sigma line of field emission scanning electron microscopes (FE-SEM).

Southwest Nano scores $3M funding
July 7, 2009 3:25 PM
July 7, 2009: SouthWest Nanotechnologies, a developer of single-wall and specialty multiwall carbon nanotubes, is receiving $3M equity from Troy, MI-based Insight Technology Capital Partners LP to push product development, manufacturing, and marketing for both existing and new nanotube products.

SEMATECH takes Veeco AFM for EUV work
July 6, 2009 2:24 PM
July 6, 2009: SEMATECH has accepted a Veeco Insight 3D atomic force microscope (AFM) to be put to use for non-destructive reference metrology for critical dimension (CD), overlay and contour, and 3D characterization of resist features in extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

MEMS equipment diffuses into mainstream IC markets, finds ways to improve yields
July 6, 2009 1:10 PM
SEMICON WEST PREVIEW: Despite a lousy 2008 and very limited visibility for 2009, suppliers of MEMS equipment see potential in offering new approaches to improve tricky MEMS yields in manufacturing faster, and at lower cost, with solutions for quicker simulation, more practical dry etch, and smarter package inspection.

Minnesota firm: Nanocoating improves parts lifetime by ~40x
July 3, 2009 12:25 PM
July 3, 2009: Rushford Hypersonic LLC says it has applied its hypersonic plasma particle deposition (HPPD) coating process to its first "real-world" product: a drill bit that it says increased its lifetime by ~40×.

Georgia Tech: Better nanomeasurements with new stats analysis
July 2, 2009 9:57 AM
July 2, 2009: Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new statistical analysis technique that could lead to more precise and reliable measurements of nanomaterials and nanostructures.

Michigan lab-on-a-chip measures biofilms
July 1, 2009 5:07 PM
July 1, 2009: Researchers at the U. of Michigan have developed a microfluidic device that helps analyze the mechanical behavior of biofilms, colonies of bacteria behind most human infectious diseases.

Analyst: MEMS tool market on the rebound
June 30, 2009 10:11 AM
June 30, 2009: MEMS device demand has held steadier than the overall semiconductor market, but the market for equipment to make MEMS devices has struggled like the overall chip tools sector -- but now it's poised to surge ahead of the broader sector, according to an industry analyst.

Carl Zeiss prepping new high-res microscopes
June 29, 2009 11:50 AM
June 29, 2009: Carl Zeiss says it will debut before year's end a new line of high-resolution microscopes combining its HR-SIM (high-resolution structured illumination) and PAL-M (photoactivated localization) technologies, targeting biomedical research.

Scientists create first electronic quantum processor
June 29, 2009 6:09 AM
June 28, 2009 -- A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward the ultimate dream of building a quantum computer.

Brown U.: "Bacterial assassins" target staph invaders on implants
June 26, 2009 8:34 PM
June 26, 2009: Researchers at Brown U. say they have devised a way to eliminate bacteria that invade human tissue though medical devices: send magnetic nanoparticle "headhunters" after them.

Scientists: Nanoparticles zip through marine ecosystems
June 26, 2009 1:10 PM
June 26, 2009: Researchers in South Carolina are raising red flags about the potential impact of nanoparticles, by tracking how easily they can distribute through a marine ecosystem and up the food chain.

Firm touts scooter with nano-boosted motor
June 26, 2009 11:07 AM
June 26, 2009: KLD Energy Technologies is launching US sales of an electric scooter based on an transmissionless motor system that uses a nanocomposite material to boost energy efficiency.

U. of Arkansas to get $1.5M for nano center
June 25, 2009 2:21 PM
June 25, 2009: Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has released $1.5M from the state's General Improvement Fund to the U. of Arkansas for construction of a new Nanotechnology Center.

Raytheon to make nano thermal materials for defense systems
June 25, 2009 2:15 PM
June 25, 2009: Raytheon Co. says it has been awarded a four-year, $6M contract (including all options) by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop nano thermal interface materials (nTIM) to improve thermal performance of defense electronics systems.

Lux Research: Economy blunting growth of nanomaterials
June 24, 2009 9:44 AM
June 24, 2009: As the economic downturn seizes up several nanoenabled product markets, growth has eroded all along the value chain, according to a new report from Lux Research. The firm now projects sales from products incorporating nanotechnology should top $2.5T by 2015, but that's -21% lower than what the firm had earlier predicted.

Danish, Chinese scientists partner for nanotech R&D
June 24, 2009 9:18 AM
June 24, 2009: Researchers from Denmark and China are now collaborating in several nanotech fields, including chemically manufactured electronic components and molecules that convert heat to electricity, reports the European Union's Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS).

NC nanobio center wins $2.5M grant
June 23, 2009 8:50 PM
June 23, 2009 : The Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology (COIN) at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center has landed $2.5M in funding over the next four years to help statewide universities commercialize their nanobiotech research.

Report examines differing views on US nano policies
June 23, 2009 4:41 PM
June 23, 2009: A study by researchers from Arizona and Wisconsin indicates a gulf between the views of nanoscientists and the general public when it comes to regulating nanotechnology, mainly about risks -- with an interesting twist.

Making fuel cells with molecular polymer brushes
June 22, 2009 8:55 AM
June 22, 2009: Researchers from the U. of Georgia have developed a method to grow molecular polymer chains into miniature fuel cells that can conduct electrical charges, with potential use in devices including pacemakers, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs.

RUSNANO, Japan tighten nano ties
June 19, 2009 1:26 PM
June 19, 2009: Russia's state-owned nanotech business group RUSNANO and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have agreed to establish a "workgroup" to collaborate in nanotechnology, initially to select Japanese nanotech application projects that can be implemented in Russia.

IBM, German scholars measure atoms with noncontact AFM
June 18, 2009 10:12 PM
June 18, 2009: Researchers from IBM and the U. of Regensburg (Germany) say they have demonstrated the ability to measure the charge state of a single atom, distinguishing between neutral/positive/negative ones, using noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM) -- an achievement they say opens up explorations into nanoscale structures and devices "at the ultimate atomic and molecular limits" for applications in molecular electronics, catalysis, and photovoltaics.

Microbeads with magnetically-tunable colors show promise for signs, printing
June 18, 2009 9:19 PM
June 18, 2009: Researchers at the U. of California-Riverside and Seoul National University have fabricated microscopic polymer beads that change color according to changes in magnetic fields, touting their possible use in reusable signs, magnetically activated security features, and environmentally friendly pigments.

Report: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene for Electronics Apps
June 18, 2009 2:02 PM
June 18, 2009 -- Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene exhibit extraordinary electrical properties for organic materials, and have a huge potential in electrical and electronic applications such as sensors, semiconductor devices, displays, conductors and energy conversion devices (e.g., fuel cells, harvesters and batteries).

NYU touts DNA-enabled nanoparticle glue
June 15, 2009 5:04 PM
June 15, 2009: Researchers at New York University say they've created a method to precisely bind nanoparticles into larger structures that overcomes a "sticky" problem and enables creation of stable, sophisticated microscopic and macroscopic structures.

Penn scientist finds plumber's wonderland on graphene
June 11, 2009 11:24 AM
June 11, 2009: Engineers from the University of Pennsylvania, Sandia National Laboratories and Rice University have demonstrated the formation of interconnected carbon nanostructures on graphene substrate, in a simple assembly process that may eventually lead to a new paradigm for building integrated carbon-based devices.

Scientists counteract nanoparticle lung damage in mice
June 11, 2009 10:56 AM
June 11, 2009: Scientists say they have identified for the first time a mechanism by which nanoparticles cause lung damage and have demonstrated that it can be combated by blocking the process involved, taking a step toward addressing the growing concerns over the safety of nanotechnology.

Vanderbilt researchers make filler-less freestanding nanofilms
June 10, 2009 11:46 AM
June 10, 2009: Vanderbilt physicists have found a way to make freestanding nanoparticle films, without any additive, that are strong and resilient enough to pick up and move with tweezers -- making them easy to incorporate into microelectronic devices.

FDA official has questions about nanoscale food ingredients
June 10, 2009 11:27 AM
June 10, 2009: The US Food and Drug Administration can regulate nanotechnology using its existing authority, but questions remain over the size of food ingredients, according to an FDA official.

Xradia adds 3-D X-ray capabilities to Nanolab Technologies
June 9, 2009 4:28 PM
June 9, 2009: Xradia Inc. and NanoLab Technologies Inc. have formed a partnership to offer 3D X-ray imaging as part of a service model to help address semiconductor packaging development and failure analysis challenges.

Interactive data eyeglasses opens up new worlds
June 9, 2009 4:24 PM
June 9, 2009: A group of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is working on a device which incorporates eye tracking to create bidirectional "data eyeglasses," opening up hands-free applications generally associated with spy movies and fighter pilots.

NanoString closes $30M Series C financing
June 9, 2009 4:23 PM
June 9, 2009: NanoString Technologies, a privately held life sciences company advancing technologies for expression profiling, has closed a $30 million Series C equity financing. This financing, structured in two tranches, will allow NanoString Technologies to accelerate the commercialization of the nCounter Analysis System in the research tools and diagnostics arenas.

GA Tech: Graphene could replace Cu for IC interconnects
June 4, 2009 3:24 PM
June 4, 2009: Researchers at Georgia Tech say they have experimentally demonstrated the potential for graphene to replace copper for on-chip interconnects and help extend performance scaling for silicon-based ICs.

Quicker, cheaper SARS detector uses nanodesign
May 29, 2009 10:54 AM
May 29, 2009: Members of a USC-led research team say they've made a big improvement in a new breed of electronic detectors for viruses and other biological materials -- one that may be a valuable addition to the battle against epidemics.

Mexico to try Rice U's arsenic-cleansing 'nanorust'
May 27, 2009 8:13 PM
May 27, 2009: Rice University researchers say that the first field tests of "nanorust," the university's low-cost technology for removing arsenic from drinking water, will begin later this year in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Agilent, Anderson collaborate on protein assays
May 26, 2009 10:31 PM
May 26, 2009: Agilent Technologies Inc. and Anderson Forschung Group LLC (AFG) are collaborating to develop quantitative peptide assays to speed protein biomarker discovery and validation.

Australian center to develop early disease diagnosis
May 26, 2009 10:29 PM
May 26, 2009: A new center for disease research at the University of Queensland in Australia will focus on the early diagnosis and tailored treatment of diseases like cancer.

RainDance makes 1st European sale of Sequence Enrichment Solution
May 26, 2009 3:03 PM
May 26, 2009 -- RainDance Technologies Inc., which provides microdroplet-based solutions for human health and disease research, has received the first European order for its Sequence Enrichment Solution from ATLAS Biolabs GmbH of Berlin, a genomic services provider.

Chinese company Irico to manufacture OLEDs
May 22, 2009 3:10 PM
May 22, 2009: China-based panel maker Irico Group Electronics plans to invest $74.38 million in its first OLED production fab, which broke ground in Foshan, China earlier this month, according to a local report.

New MEMS-Based Systems Solutions Session at Sensors Expo
May 22, 2009 10:55 AM
A technical session titled "Think Outside the Chip: MEMS-Based Systems Solutions" will be held at the Sensors Expo Chicago 2009. In the all-day session on Monday June 8, industry analyst (and Small Times contributing editor) Roger Grace will be joined by more than 20 other world recognized leaders in the microelectromechanical (MEMS) area representing North America, Asia and Europe.

Powercast, CAP-XX team on battery-free power for sensors
May 21, 2009 4:00 PM
May 21, 2009: Engineeers from Powercast Corp. and CAP-XX Ltd. have introduced a wireless energy-harvester reference design that creates a battery-free power source for wireless sensors commonly used in security, environmental and condition-monitoring systems.

Funding for nanotech-enabled anti-corrosion technology
May 21, 2009 1:51 PM
May 21, 2009: Washington Technology Center has awarded a grant to the University of Washington to support an advanced material research collaboration with Seattle-based Modumetal Inc. to develop a material for corrosion protection of ConocoPhillips' commercial sulfuric acid production pipelines.

Scientists create custom 3D structures with DNA origami
May 21, 2009 11:21 AM
May 21, 2009: By combining the art of origami with nanotechnology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers have folded sheets of DNA into multilayered objects, structures that could be forerunners of custom-made biomedical nanodevices such as "smart" delivery vehicles.

Altairnano, Amperex, partner on lithium-titanate batteries
May 18, 2009 3:37 PM
May 18, 2009: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) and Amperex Technology have entered into a joint development agreement to accelerate the commercialization of high-performance lithium-titanate battery cells.

Zyvex, PolyOne get $4.9M to develop carbon nanotube composites
May 18, 2009 3:36 PM
May 18, 2009: PolyOne Corp. and Zyvex Performance Materials have received a $4.9 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission that will fund further development and production of carbon-nanotube composites.

Life Technologies licenses quantum dots to Zymera
May 15, 2009 8:41 AM
May 15, 2009: Zymera will use Life Technologies' Qdot nanocrystals to create new, self-illuminating quantum dot products to improve in-vivo imaging, biomarker discovery and a growing number of biosensing applications.

Zyvex nanotubes go into experimental boat
May 13, 2009 11:52 AM
May 13, 2009: Zyvex Performance Materials, has unveiled plans for a new boat to be made entirely with its next-generation carbon nanotube-enhanced Arovex material, to demonstrate what future boats are capable of when built with new nano-enhanced materials.

Bayer MaterialScience, Nano Terra collaborate on surface engineering
May 13, 2009 11:50 AM
May 13, 2009: Bayer MaterialScience, a global leader in high-value polymers, announced today an alliance with Nano Terra Inc., a surface engineering and nanotechnology co-development company, to create new surface functionalities for Bayer's materials.

CTT has new patent for nanoparticle bone biomaterial
May 12, 2009 9:38 PM
May 12, 2009: Competitive Technologies Inc. (CTT) says its bone nanoparticle biomaterial technology has been issued a third patent, providing additional claims regarding the preparation of the primary components of the bone cement.

Nanomedicine project to be tested in space
May 12, 2009 9:37 PM
May 12, 2009: When a spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in the future, its cargo will include a small box containing a nanofluidics experiment designed by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

ZettaCore raises $21 million in Series C round
May 11, 2009 4:24 PM
May 11, 2009 ZettaCore Inc., a developer of molecular materials and technology for current and next-generation semiconductor products, has completed raising $21 million in a Series C financing that will allow the company to bring its technology to market.

New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting
May 11, 2009 4:21 PM
Scientists at the University of Rochester have uncovered the basic physics behind the optical quirk called "blinking," and along with researchers at the Eastman Kodak Co. have created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light.

Birmingham, Ala., NanoInk to partner for job training
May 8, 2009 3:33 PM
May 8, 2009: The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., reportedly is partnering with Illinois-based NanoInk Inc. to create a nanotech training program for area colleges and universities.

Webinar scheduled on automotive MEMS
May 8, 2009 2:23 PM
May 8, 2009: The MEMS Industry Group and iSuppli Corp. are offering a free Webinar on MEMS and the automotive industry, presented by iSuppli's Jérémie Bouchaud.

NanoScale gets Australian distributor for FAST-ACT
May 8, 2009 12:55 PM
May 8, 2009: Kansas-based NanoScale Corp. has signed an agreement with Enware Australia to distribute NanoScale's FAST-ACT product in Australia and New Zealand as part of a "laboratory first response treatment" in case of toxic chemical spills.

Russian president: Rusnano model 'unlikely' to work
May 7, 2009 3:10 PM
May 7, 2009: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is being reported as criticizing the country's strategy of developing its technology sector through state-owned corporations, singling out Rusnano as an example.

Altair Nano hopes for stimulus money in 3rd quarter
May 7, 2009 11:44 AM
May 7, 2009: The president and CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. said that while first quarter revenues are down from a year ago, he expects the company to benefit from stimulus money around the third quarter.

Nano Pet Products to debut new uses for nanotech fabrics
May 6, 2009 3:26 PM
May 6, 2009: Nano Pet Products LLC is set to debut an expanded line of dog beds and apparel, new feline beds, and a new line of equine apparel manufactured with NanoSphere, a proprietary fabric finish technology.

Illumina alleges Affymetrix patent infringement
May 5, 2009 2:19 PM
May 5, 2009: Microarray developer Illumina said it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against another microarray developer, Affymetrix.

Konarka partners with building firm for nano-based photovoltaics
May 5, 2009 10:22 AM
May 5, 2009: Konarka Technologies and Florida-based Arch Aluminum & Glass plan to combine efforts to integrate thin-film materials into glass for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) applications.

Method integrates nanophotonic circuitry with ICs
May 4, 2009 3:12 PM
May 4, 2009: European independent nanoelectronics research consortium IMEC says it has developed a method to integrate high-speed CMOS electronics and nanophotonic circuitry based on plasmonic effects.

European photonics industry calls for action on research
May 4, 2009 11:28 AM
May 4, 2009: An umbrella group set up to give direction to Europe's emerging photonics community has proposed a program of strategic research and is calling for action to address a looming skills shortage.

SpectraFluidics links with army for microfluidic explosives detection
May 1, 2009 4:35 PM
May 1, 2009: SpectraFluidics Inc., a company that specializes in developing trace level chemical detection technology, recently expanded its relationship with the US Army to develop the next generation of handheld explosive detectors.

Xradia high-res scanner helps scientists see a clearer 'Lucy'
April 30, 2009 2:46 PM
April 30, 2009: Xradia Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultra-high-resolution 3D X-ray imaging systems, says its scanner was used by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin in the examination of Lucy, the world's most famous ancient human ancestor fossil, who lived 3.2 million years ago.

ApNano: NanoLub significantly reduces gear wear
April 30, 2009 2:44 PM
April 30, 2009: Tests conducted at the FZG Gear Research Centre of the Technical University of Munich, Germany shows that ApNano Material's nanotechnology-based lubricant NanoLub, significantly decreases damaging wear pits on gear teeth, the company claims.

Cientifica: US falls behind Russia, China in nanotech funding
April 30, 2009 2:30 PM
April 30, 2009: With more than $40B in government funds having been poured into nanotechnology research worldwide over the last five years, countries are now emphasizing the importance of application-driven research in this emerging field while a shakeup is occurring among the leading nations in nanotech spending, according to a new white paper from London-based Cientifica Ltd.

Nanoneedle is small in size, huge in applications
April 29, 2009 12:19 PM
April 29, 2009: Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a membrane-penetrating nanoneedle for the targeted delivery of one or more molecules into the cytoplasm or the nucleus of living cells, and be used as an electrochemical probe or optical biosensor.

Liquidia: Data support nanoparticle platform for vaccines
April 29, 2009 12:17 PM
April 29, 2009: Liquidia Technologies presented data at the National Foundation of Infectious Disease (NFID) Annual Meeting that supports new insight into a technology that could provide more safe and effective vaccines for a wide variety of diseases.

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NanoSight opens US office
August 6, 2008 10:24 AM
August 6, 2008 -- NanoSight Limited a, nanoparticle characterization company, has opened offices in the USA to provide local sales, applications and service support to its growing family of users.

Nanotechnology prize competition bill to drive U.S. innovation
August 6, 2008 8:42 AM
August 5, 2008 -- Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) , Vice Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, and Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), have introduced H.R. 6661, the Nanotechnology Innovation and Prize Competition Act, which establishes an X-Prize competition for nanotechnology.

Dolomite achieves fabrication of large scale multi-layer microfluidic devices
August 6, 2008 8:33 AM
August 5, 2008 -- Royston based microfluidic company, Dolomite has succeeded in the development and fabrication of large-scale multi-layer microfluidic devices also known as 'lab on a chip.'

University of Illinois develops novel nanofiber testing device
August 6, 2008 8:26 AM
August 5, 2008 -- The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign has developed a novel testing device for understanding the tensile properties of single nanofibers. In addition to the ability to test a single nanofiber, the technology allows for testing at virtually any loading rate and temperature.

Crossbow develops new OEM AHC for aviation
August 4, 2008 8:10 AM
August 4, 2008 -- Crossbow Technology, Inc., a developer of stand-alone Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified MEMS attitude heading reference systems (AHRS), announced a new OEM single-card AHC525 attitude heading reference.

EDF complains about poor showing in EPA's nanotech reporting program
August 4, 2008 8:04 AM
August 8, 2008 -- Six months after launching its voluntary reporting program for nanomaterial producers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made virtually no information public about the limited number of submissions it has received.

Nanotechnology tagging system could help solve gun crime
August 4, 2008 7:58 AM
August 4, 2008 -- Successful convictions in the fight against rising gun crime could be given a boost thanks to new DNA tagging technology developed by scientists at the University of Surrey. The breakthrough uses nanotechnology to coat gun cartridges which captures the user's DNA.