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Announcements

Bayer MaterialScience wins new partner for its attractive Baytubes® market sector: Cooperation with FutureCarbon - Carbon nanotubes for aqueous nano d
Bayer MaterialScience August 21, 2007 Carbon nanotubes, also known as CNT for short, offer great potential in the field of material sciences. Their market potential for the next few years is estimated at several thousand tons a year. Bayer MaterialScience AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of CNT in the form of Baytubes®. To drive forward the application development of Baytubes® on an industrial scale, the company is looking to set up strategic collaborations in the areas of business and research. Bayer MaterialScience recently won FutureCarbon GmbH as a cooperation partner for its Baytubes® activities. The Bayreuth-based high-tech company will use Baytubes® and graphite materials to manufacture aqueous nano dispersions usi ng a new dispersion process for which a patent has been filed. "FutureCarbon is an innovative and flexible partner that will open up a very large and attractive market for high-tech nano dispersons," explains Martin Schmid, head of global Baytubes® operations at Bayer MaterialScience. He also sees great opportunities for Baytubes® as additives for thermoplastics, rubber and polyols for polyurethanes and in the production of catalysts.

Pesticides, energy crops and green nanotechnology at the BA Festival of Science
farminguk.com August 21, 2007 The BA Festival of Science will be in York from 9-15 September, bringing over 350 of the UK's top scientists and engineers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. The extensive programme of events incorporates a number on ecology and the environment, including the following highlights: One oft-cited example of human progress in the twenty-first century is the rapid development of nanotechnology. 'Nano goes green: can nanotechnology benefit the environment?' looks at how this nascent field has the potential to produce efficient solar power and clean water, and offer environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.

SEMATECH Engineers Reveal Further Details of Trailblazing Work On Practical High-K Metal Gate Systems for 45nm And Beyond
SEMATECH® August 20, 2007 On Practical High-K Metal Gate Systems for 45nm And Beyond Austin, TX (20 August 2007) - Building on their successful CMOS solution for gate­first, thermally stable, high-k dual metal gates, SEMATECH researchers have released further data that portends a new era in which future transistor scaling is dominated by heterogeneous integration of new materials onto silicon.

Oxford Instruments buys VeriCold Technologies for up to 5.7 mln stg
hemscott.com August 20, 2007 Oxford Instruments PLC said it has bought VeriCold Technologies GmbH, a maker of pulse tube refrigerators, for up to 5.7 mln stg, saying this acquisition will strengthen the company's offering in cryogen free refrigerators. The company said the acquisition will add to earnings in its first full year and that it will also provide its Nanoscience business with an alternative source of key components for its existing and planned products.

German chemical firm BASF reportedly intends to lift research spending
marketwatch.com August 20, 2007 German chemical engineering company BASF AG plans to raise its research and development spending, executive director of the company's chemicals unit Stefan Marcinowski tells German magazine Euro in an interview to be published Wednesday. He also says that as of 2015, between EUR2 billion and EUR4 billion euros in annual sales are targeted from the newly defined research areas of raw material change, energy efficiency, nanotechnology, white biotechnology and plant biotechnology.

Dengue Virus Therapeutics Program Accelerated at NanoViricides
NanoViricides, Inc. August 20, 2007 NanoViricides, Inc. (OTC BB: NNVC) (the "Company"), announced today that its Dengue virus therapeutics program is advancing at an accelerated pace.

Foldamers Report Gives Introduction to the Topic While Providing In-Depth Accounts on Various Aspects Clearly Aimed at the Specialist
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66117 ) has announced the addition of "Foldamers: Structure, Properties, and Applications" to their offering.

Examine Environmental and Security Issues Relevant to the Nanotechnology Industry With This New Report
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=306562 ) has announced the addition of "Nanotech-Alert: Nanotechnology Weekly Newsletter" to their offering.

'Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology' is a Guide to These Fascinating New Fields of Business Charting All the Exciting Developments and Exploring Their
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 esearch and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66130 ) has announced the addition of "Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology" to their offering.

Yamaha Introduces World's First Boat Hulls Engineered Using Nanotechnology
Yamaha Motor Corporation August 20, 2007 Lighter, Stronger Nanotech Materials Create New Opportunities for Boat Builders

Solar Cell Power Performance Boosted 60-70% by Nanoparticles Used in Octillion’s ‘NanoPower Window’
Octillion Corp. August 20, 2007 New Study in American Institute of Physics' Publication Confirms That Silicon Nanoparticles Used in Octillion's NanoPower Window, When Placed on a Silicon Solar Cell, Can Boost Power, Reduce Energy-Wasting Heat, and Prolong Life of Conventional Solar Cells

Nanoparticle Could Help Detect Many Diseases Early
Georgia Tech August 20, 2007 Georgia Tech and Emory University researchers first to image hydrogen peroxide in animals

Nanotec and The Water Stain Doctor introduce Nanoprotect AG, Nanoprotect MG, and Nanoprotect GC to New Zealand
infolink.com.au August 20, 2007 Nanotec Pty. Ltd ., the Sydney based nanotechnology company with a wide range of surface protection products, have signed an exclusive deal with The Water Stain Doctor Ltd., the largest glass restoration company in NZ, to use and distribute Nanotec products under the Nanoprotect brand. The first products introduced under this agreement are Nanoprotect AG for automotive glass, Nanoprotect MG for marine glass, and Nanoprotect GC for general glass and ceramic surfaces. These glass products contain nanoparticles that bond directly to the glass and assemble into an invisible, ultra-thin mesh that provides a hydrophobic (water repelling), protective surface. The products are safe to use, do not change the clarity of the glass, and treated surfaces a re very easy to clean.

Pacific Fuel Cell Corp Retains Edelman as PR Agency of Record
Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. August 20, 2007 Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. (OTCBB:PFCE), a premier provider of nano-based components for the fuel cell industry, announced today that it has retained Edelman, the world's largest independent public relations firm, as its agency of record. Edelman's Los Angeles-based corporate team will manage the account.

Sensor stripped for speed
sciencealert.com.au August 20, 2007 New technology that could lead to a device capable of determining the severity of a heart attack and the most effective response - with the speed and simplicity of a home pregnancy test - has been developed. A multidisciplinary research team at CSIRO Industrial Physics (CIP) has developed a ‘quantitative lateral flow' technique that exploits the unusual properties of nanomaterials, creating a novel and simple-to-use sensing device.

Silicon nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 20, 2007 Placing a film of silicon nanoparticles onto a silicon solar cell can boost power, reduce heat and prolong the cell's life, researchers now report.

FEI Company to Host Investor Meeting
FEI Company August 20, 2007 FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) announced that its management will make presentations to investors at its headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 21 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, in conjunction with the Oregon Technology Tour.

Research and Markets: Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66058 ) has announced the addition of Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications to their offering.

UH creates biomedical chair
houston.bizjournals.com August 20, 2007 The University of Houston is creating the John S. Dunn Chair in Biomedical Imaging Sciences funded by a $1 million gift from the John S. Dunn Research Foundation. Biomedical imaging includes such procedures as MRI and CAT scans and other advanced technologies ranging from molecular imaging to nanotechnology and computer science.

Nanotubes allow scientists to study vision molecule
labnews.co.uk August 20, 2007 Using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), Kazu Suenaga and colleagues at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) imaged a single retinal molecule by attaching it to a carbon-60 molecule trapped inside a carbon nanotube. "The dynamic behaviour of retinal is responsible for vision," explained Suenanga. "Our experiment therefore allows us to observe how we see with our eyes at the molecular level. People say that human eyes are one of the most efficient detectors. If we can correctly modify the retinal molecules at the single-molecule level, we may be able to fabricate a device that mimics eyes."

Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
American Chemical Society August 20, 2007 A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Carbon nanotube elastic property enhances LCD TV quality
eetasia.com August 20, 2007 In the August issue of the Nano Letters journal, South Korean scientists presented a research on new electroactive elastic qualities in carbon nanotubes that can enhance the quality of display panels. This is according to a report from Korea.net, which stated that the discovery is expected to overcome motion blur effects in displays, a key weakness in LCDs compared to conventional CRT TV screens.

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
Clemson University August 20, 2007 Findings presented at American Chemical Society Meeting

Automotive/Transportation

State needs autos and innovation
freep.com August 21, 2007 "Michigan's strategy should focus on the new industrials, by capitalizing on the core competencies and innovation the state was built on," said Stromback, of Bloomfield Hills. His company, Ecology Coatings, aims to replace chrome and other coatings in automotive and medical industry products with a nanotechnology-based coating process. It is headquartered, for now, in Bloomfield Hills with a laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

Research and Markets: Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66058 ) has announced the addition of Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications to their offering.

Chip Technology

SEMATECH Engineers Reveal Further Details of Trailblazing Work On Practical High-K Metal Gate Systems for 45nm And Beyond
SEMATECH® August 20, 2007 On Practical High-K Metal Gate Systems for 45nm And Beyond Austin, TX (20 August 2007) - Building on their successful CMOS solution for gate­first, thermally stable, high-k dual metal gates, SEMATECH researchers have released further data that portends a new era in which future transistor scaling is dominated by heterogeneous integration of new materials onto silicon.

Wet nanotechnology - living transistors with nanofluidic diodes
nanowerk.com August 20, 2007 Ion channels are proteins with a hole down their middle that are the gatekeepers for cells. Ion channels control an enormous range of biological function in health and disease. In channels with a diameter greater than 100 nm, the interaction between the channel wall and electrolyte solution hardly affects the flow of ions. When the channel diameter enters the the <10 nm range, things change dramatically, however. Then, the interaction between the solution and channel wall starts to dominate ionic flow and ion transport through such narrow, nano-scaled channels is dominated by electrostatics. The same is true for biological ion channels where charged amino residues in the selectivity filter determine the ionic flow through the channel, along with the dielectric charge on the channel wall, a nd the concentrations and potential in the bulk solution. The role electrostatics play in biological pores has been confirmed by numerous mutation studies where amino acids residues in the selectivity filter were replaced by others. Ion channels have simple enough structure that they can be analyzed with the usual tools of physical science. With that analysis in hand, researchers are trying to design practical machines that use ion channels. By exploiting the electrostatics in nanochannels a group of US and Dutch scientists managed to make a diode. Like a solid-state diode allows current flow in one direction, the ionic equivalent they designed can be used to direct the flow of ions across a membrane that separates two electrolyte solutions. Now that they know how to manipulate the ion selectivity in these devices, they hope to be able one day to selectively amplify currents carried by individual chemical species - a stunning prospect for molecular nanoelectronics.

Discoveries

Working toward new energy with electrochemistry
nanowerk.com August 20, 2007 Using organic molecules as electronic components in nanoscale devices could lead to various technological advances including small-scale circuits for improving solar cells. One of the most important issues in this field is the role of molecule-metal contact and the electron transfer that occurs between the two. With this idea in mind, Brookhaven chemist Marshall Newton and former Brookhaven research associate Vasili Perebeinos studied the electronic activity involved in the self-assembly of sulfur-capped organic molecules supported on a gold surface. Their results were surprising: "The bottom line is that the electrical action in the formation of this interface has already happened within the organic layer, without direct involvement of the metal," said Newton, who develops models to understand these interac tions in molecular systems. "That's somewhat unexpected because people typically say that the big electrical action involves charge moving from or between the organic part and the metal surface. But in this case, the electronic rearrangement occurs internally during the process of bringing all of these organic chains together before they are in contact with the metal."

Nanotubes allow scientists to study vision molecule
labnews.co.uk August 20, 2007 Using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), Kazu Suenaga and colleagues at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) imaged a single retinal molecule by attaching it to a carbon-60 molecule trapped inside a carbon nanotube. "The dynamic behaviour of retinal is responsible for vision," explained Suenanga. "Our experiment therefore allows us to observe how we see with our eyes at the molecular level. People say that human eyes are one of the most efficient detectors. If we can correctly modify the retinal molecules at the single-molecule level, we may be able to fabricate a device that mimics eyes."

Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
American Chemical Society August 20, 2007 A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
Clemson University August 20, 2007 Findings presented at American Chemical Society Meeting

Education

UH creates biomedical chair
houston.bizjournals.com August 20, 2007 The University of Houston is creating the John S. Dunn Chair in Biomedical Imaging Sciences funded by a $1 million gift from the John S. Dunn Research Foundation. Biomedical imaging includes such procedures as MRI and CAT scans and other advanced technologies ranging from molecular imaging to nanotechnology and computer science.

Energy

Solar Cell Power Performance Boosted 60-70% by Nanoparticles Used in Octillion’s ‘NanoPower Window’
Octillion Corp. August 20, 2007 New Study in American Institute of Physics' Publication Confirms That Silicon Nanoparticles Used in Octillion's NanoPower Window, When Placed on a Silicon Solar Cell, Can Boost Power, Reduce Energy-Wasting Heat, and Prolong Life of Conventional Solar Cells

Silicon nanoparticles enhance performance of solar cells
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 20, 2007 Placing a film of silicon nanoparticles onto a silicon solar cell can boost power, reduce heat and prolong the cell's life, researchers now report.

Working toward new energy with electrochemistry
nanowerk.com August 20, 2007 Using organic molecules as electronic components in nanoscale devices could lead to various technological advances including small-scale circuits for improving solar cells. One of the most important issues in this field is the role of molecule-metal contact and the electron transfer that occurs between the two. With this idea in mind, Brookhaven chemist Marshall Newton and former Brookhaven research associate Vasili Perebeinos studied the electronic activity involved in the self-assembly of sulfur-capped organic molecules supported on a gold surface. Their results were surprising: "The bottom line is that the electrical action in the formation of this interface has already happened within the organic layer, without direct involvement of the metal," said Newton, who develops models to understand these interac tions in molecular systems. "That's somewhat unexpected because people typically say that the big electrical action involves charge moving from or between the organic part and the metal surface. But in this case, the electronic rearrangement occurs internally during the process of bringing all of these organic chains together before they are in contact with the metal."

Environment

Pesticides, energy crops and green nanotechnology at the BA Festival of Science
farminguk.com August 21, 2007 The BA Festival of Science will be in York from 9-15 September, bringing over 350 of the UK's top scientists and engineers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. The extensive programme of events incorporates a number on ecology and the environment, including the following highlights: One oft-cited example of human progress in the twenty-first century is the rapid development of nanotechnology. 'Nano goes green: can nanotechnology benefit the environment?' looks at how this nascent field has the potential to produce efficient solar power and clean water, and offer environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.

Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
American Chemical Society August 20, 2007 A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Examine Environmental and Security Issues Relevant to the Nanotechnology Industry With This New Report
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=306562 ) has announced the addition of "Nanotech-Alert: Nanotechnology Weekly Newsletter" to their offering.

Interviews / Book Reviews / Essays / Reports

State needs autos and innovation
freep.com August 21, 2007 "Michigan's strategy should focus on the new industrials, by capitalizing on the core competencies and innovation the state was built on," said Stromback, of Bloomfield Hills. His company, Ecology Coatings, aims to replace chrome and other coatings in automotive and medical industry products with a nanotechnology-based coating process. It is headquartered, for now, in Bloomfield Hills with a laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

Foldamers Report Gives Introduction to the Topic While Providing In-Depth Accounts on Various Aspects Clearly Aimed at the Specialist
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66117 ) has announced the addition of "Foldamers: Structure, Properties, and Applications" to their offering.

Examine Environmental and Security Issues Relevant to the Nanotechnology Industry With This New Report
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=306562 ) has announced the addition of "Nanotech-Alert: Nanotechnology Weekly Newsletter" to their offering.

'Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology' is a Guide to These Fascinating New Fields of Business Charting All the Exciting Developments and Exploring Their
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 esearch and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66130 ) has announced the addition of "Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology" to their offering.

Research and Markets: Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66058 ) has announced the addition of Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications to their offering.

Computing with nanotechnology may get a boost from neural networks
arstechnica.com August 20, 2007 In this paper, a researcher from Hewlett-Packard is suggesting an alternative approach to the problem. Instead of characterizing the device post-characterization, it is treated rather like a neural network. However, the nanoscale building blocks are all linear (they multiply and add), which would normally preclude a neural network. Snider proposes that these are integrated around nonlinear components fabricated using standard lithographic techniques. This works because not many nonlinear elements are needed and they can be spaced such that the density of the nanoscale building blocks is not greatly affected. The linear elements then act to weight the input into the nonlinear elements.

The perfect vehicle?
deccanherald.com/ August 20, 2007 Poor solubility of cancer drugs as well as the toxicity induced by solvents have dogged cancer therapy. But now, a new study suggests that nanomaterials may be the solution. Today there are many anticancer drugs in the market, which have been recommended at different stages. Camptothecin is the one of the important anticancer drug available in the market.

Wet nanotechnology - living transistors with nanofluidic diodes
nanowerk.com August 20, 2007 Ion channels are proteins with a hole down their middle that are the gatekeepers for cells. Ion channels control an enormous range of biological function in health and disease. In channels with a diameter greater than 100 nm, the interaction between the channel wall and electrolyte solution hardly affects the flow of ions. When the channel diameter enters the the <10 nm range, things change dramatically, however. Then, the interaction between the solution and channel wall starts to dominate ionic flow and ion transport through such narrow, nano-scaled channels is dominated by electrostatics. The same is true for biological ion channels where charged amino residues in the selectivity filter determine the ionic flow through the channel, along with the dielectric charge on the channel wall, a nd the concentrations and potential in the bulk solution. The role electrostatics play in biological pores has been confirmed by numerous mutation studies where amino acids residues in the selectivity filter were replaced by others. Ion channels have simple enough structure that they can be analyzed with the usual tools of physical science. With that analysis in hand, researchers are trying to design practical machines that use ion channels. By exploiting the electrostatics in nanochannels a group of US and Dutch scientists managed to make a diode. Like a solid-state diode allows current flow in one direction, the ionic equivalent they designed can be used to direct the flow of ions across a membrane that separates two electrolyte solutions. Now that they know how to manipulate the ion selectivity in these devices, they hope to be able one day to selectively amplify currents carried by individual chemical species - a stunning prospect for molecular nanoelectronics.

Thoughts For the Day
mprize.org August 20, 2007 I, and many of you folk no doubt, rest my optimism for the potential of longevity medicine atop our hard-won knowledge of physics. The physics of molecules and atoms, the building blocks of our biology is very sound, very proven - and it tells us that there is no reason why we can't build cells from scratch and nanomedical robots to repair the molecular damage of aging in those cells. The path is clear, we can read the nearest waysigns, but we have some walking to do.

Investments

German chemical firm BASF reportedly intends to lift research spending
marketwatch.com August 20, 2007 German chemical engineering company BASF AG plans to raise its research and development spending, executive director of the company's chemicals unit Stefan Marcinowski tells German magazine Euro in an interview to be published Wednesday. He also says that as of 2015, between EUR2 billion and EUR4 billion euros in annual sales are targeted from the newly defined research areas of raw material change, energy efficiency, nanotechnology, white biotechnology and plant biotechnology.

Examine Environmental and Security Issues Relevant to the Nanotechnology Industry With This New Report
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=306562 ) has announced the addition of "Nanotech-Alert: Nanotechnology Weekly Newsletter" to their offering.

FEI Company to Host Investor Meeting
FEI Company August 20, 2007 FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) announced that its management will make presentations to investors at its headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 21 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, in conjunction with the Oregon Technology Tour.

Materials

Bayer MaterialScience wins new partner for its attractive Baytubes® market sector: Cooperation with FutureCarbon - Carbon nanotubes for aqueous nano d
Bayer MaterialScience August 21, 2007 Carbon nanotubes, also known as CNT for short, offer great potential in the field of material sciences. Their market potential for the next few years is estimated at several thousand tons a year. Bayer MaterialScience AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of CNT in the form of Baytubes®. To drive forward the application development of Baytubes® on an industrial scale, the company is looking to set up strategic collaborations in the areas of business and research. Bayer MaterialScience recently won FutureCarbon GmbH as a cooperation partner for its Baytubes® activities. The Bayreuth-based high-tech company will use Baytubes® and graphite materials to manufacture aqueous nano dispersions usi ng a new dispersion process for which a patent has been filed. "FutureCarbon is an innovative and flexible partner that will open up a very large and attractive market for high-tech nano dispersons," explains Martin Schmid, head of global Baytubes® operations at Bayer MaterialScience. He also sees great opportunities for Baytubes® as additives for thermoplastics, rubber and polyols for polyurethanes and in the production of catalysts.

State needs autos and innovation
freep.com August 21, 2007 "Michigan's strategy should focus on the new industrials, by capitalizing on the core competencies and innovation the state was built on," said Stromback, of Bloomfield Hills. His company, Ecology Coatings, aims to replace chrome and other coatings in automotive and medical industry products with a nanotechnology-based coating process. It is headquartered, for now, in Bloomfield Hills with a laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

Yamaha Introduces World's First Boat Hulls Engineered Using Nanotechnology
Yamaha Motor Corporation August 20, 2007 Lighter, Stronger Nanotech Materials Create New Opportunities for Boat Builders

Nanotec and The Water Stain Doctor introduce Nanoprotect AG, Nanoprotect MG, and Nanoprotect GC to New Zealand
infolink.com.au August 20, 2007 Nanotec Pty. Ltd ., the Sydney based nanotechnology company with a wide range of surface protection products, have signed an exclusive deal with The Water Stain Doctor Ltd., the largest glass restoration company in NZ, to use and distribute Nanotec products under the Nanoprotect brand. The first products introduced under this agreement are Nanoprotect AG for automotive glass, Nanoprotect MG for marine glass, and Nanoprotect GC for general glass and ceramic surfaces. These glass products contain nanoparticles that bond directly to the glass and assemble into an invisible, ultra-thin mesh that provides a hydrophobic (water repelling), protective surface. The products are safe to use, do not change the clarity of the glass, and treated surfaces a re very easy to clean.

Research and Markets: Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66058 ) has announced the addition of Nanotechnologies for Automotive and Transportation Applications to their offering.

MEMS

Examine Environmental and Security Issues Relevant to the Nanotechnology Industry With This New Report
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=306562 ) has announced the addition of "Nanotech-Alert: Nanotechnology Weekly Newsletter" to their offering.

Nanoelectronics

Wet nanotechnology - living transistors with nanofluidic diodes
nanowerk.com August 20, 2007 Ion channels are proteins with a hole down their middle that are the gatekeepers for cells. Ion channels control an enormous range of biological function in health and disease. In channels with a diameter greater than 100 nm, the interaction between the channel wall and electrolyte solution hardly affects the flow of ions. When the channel diameter enters the the <10 nm range, things change dramatically, however. Then, the interaction between the solution and channel wall starts to dominate ionic flow and ion transport through such narrow, nano-scaled channels is dominated by electrostatics. The same is true for biological ion channels where charged amino residues in the selectivity filter determine the ionic flow through the channel, along with the dielectric charge on the channel wall, a nd the concentrations and potential in the bulk solution. The role electrostatics play in biological pores has been confirmed by numerous mutation studies where amino acids residues in the selectivity filter were replaced by others. Ion channels have simple enough structure that they can be analyzed with the usual tools of physical science. With that analysis in hand, researchers are trying to design practical machines that use ion channels. By exploiting the electrostatics in nanochannels a group of US and Dutch scientists managed to make a diode. Like a solid-state diode allows current flow in one direction, the ionic equivalent they designed can be used to direct the flow of ions across a membrane that separates two electrolyte solutions. Now that they know how to manipulate the ion selectivity in these devices, they hope to be able one day to selectively amplify currents carried by individual chemical species - a stunning prospect for molecular nanoelectronics.

Nanomedicine

Dengue Virus Therapeutics Program Accelerated at NanoViricides
NanoViricides, Inc. August 20, 2007 NanoViricides, Inc. (OTC BB: NNVC) (the "Company"), announced today that its Dengue virus therapeutics program is advancing at an accelerated pace.

Nanoparticle Could Help Detect Many Diseases Early
Georgia Tech August 20, 2007 Georgia Tech and Emory University researchers first to image hydrogen peroxide in animals

Sensor stripped for speed
sciencealert.com.au August 20, 2007 New technology that could lead to a device capable of determining the severity of a heart attack and the most effective response - with the speed and simplicity of a home pregnancy test - has been developed. A multidisciplinary research team at CSIRO Industrial Physics (CIP) has developed a ‘quantitative lateral flow' technique that exploits the unusual properties of nanomaterials, creating a novel and simple-to-use sensing device.

Nanotubes allow scientists to study vision molecule
labnews.co.uk August 20, 2007 Using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), Kazu Suenaga and colleagues at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) imaged a single retinal molecule by attaching it to a carbon-60 molecule trapped inside a carbon nanotube. "The dynamic behaviour of retinal is responsible for vision," explained Suenanga. "Our experiment therefore allows us to observe how we see with our eyes at the molecular level. People say that human eyes are one of the most efficient detectors. If we can correctly modify the retinal molecules at the single-molecule level, we may be able to fabricate a device that mimics eyes."

The perfect vehicle?
deccanherald.com/ August 20, 2007 Poor solubility of cancer drugs as well as the toxicity induced by solvents have dogged cancer therapy. But now, a new study suggests that nanomaterials may be the solution. Today there are many anticancer drugs in the market, which have been recommended at different stages. Camptothecin is the one of the important anticancer drug available in the market.

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
Clemson University August 20, 2007 Findings presented at American Chemical Society Meeting

Nanotube Advances

Bayer MaterialScience wins new partner for its attractive Baytubes® market sector: Cooperation with FutureCarbon - Carbon nanotubes for aqueous nano d
Bayer MaterialScience August 21, 2007 Carbon nanotubes, also known as CNT for short, offer great potential in the field of material sciences. Their market potential for the next few years is estimated at several thousand tons a year. Bayer MaterialScience AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of CNT in the form of Baytubes®. To drive forward the application development of Baytubes® on an industrial scale, the company is looking to set up strategic collaborations in the areas of business and research. Bayer MaterialScience recently won FutureCarbon GmbH as a cooperation partner for its Baytubes® activities. The Bayreuth-based high-tech company will use Baytubes® and graphite materials to manufacture aqueous nano dispersions usi ng a new dispersion process for which a patent has been filed. "FutureCarbon is an innovative and flexible partner that will open up a very large and attractive market for high-tech nano dispersons," explains Martin Schmid, head of global Baytubes® operations at Bayer MaterialScience. He also sees great opportunities for Baytubes® as additives for thermoplastics, rubber and polyols for polyurethanes and in the production of catalysts.

Carbon nanotube elastic property enhances LCD TV quality
eetasia.com August 20, 2007 In the August issue of the Nano Letters journal, South Korean scientists presented a research on new electroactive elastic qualities in carbon nanotubes that can enhance the quality of display panels. This is according to a report from Korea.net, which stated that the discovery is expected to overcome motion blur effects in displays, a key weakness in LCDs compared to conventional CRT TV screens.

Patents/IP/Tech Transfer/Licensing

Solar Cell Power Performance Boosted 60-70% by Nanoparticles Used in Octillion’s ‘NanoPower Window’
Octillion Corp. August 20, 2007 New Study in American Institute of Physics' Publication Confirms That Silicon Nanoparticles Used in Octillion's NanoPower Window, When Placed on a Silicon Solar Cell, Can Boost Power, Reduce Energy-Wasting Heat, and Prolong Life of Conventional Solar Cells

Possible Futures

Thoughts For the Day
mprize.org August 20, 2007 I, and many of you folk no doubt, rest my optimism for the potential of longevity medicine atop our hard-won knowledge of physics. The physics of molecules and atoms, the building blocks of our biology is very sound, very proven - and it tells us that there is no reason why we can't build cells from scratch and nanomedical robots to repair the molecular damage of aging in those cells. The path is clear, we can read the nearest waysigns, but we have some walking to do.

Safety-Nanoparticles

Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
American Chemical Society August 20, 2007 A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Textiles/Clothing

'Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology' is a Guide to These Fascinating New Fields of Business Charting All the Exciting Developments and Exploring Their
Research and Markets August 20, 2007 esearch and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c66130 ) has announced the addition of "Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology" to their offering.

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FEI Company to Host Investor Meeting
FEI Company August 20, 2007 FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC) announced that its management will make presentations to investors at its headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 21 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, in conjunction with the Oregon Technology Tour.

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Pesticides, energy crops and green nanotechnology at the BA Festival of Science
farminguk.com August 21, 2007 The BA Festival of Science will be in York from 9-15 September, bringing over 350 of the UK's top scientists and engineers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. The extensive programme of events incorporates a number on ecology and the environment, including the following highlights: One oft-cited example of human progress in the twenty-first century is the rapid development of nanotechnology. 'Nano goes green: can nanotechnology benefit the environment?' looks at how this nascent field has the potential to produce efficient solar power and clean water, and offer environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.