Sunday, April 20, 2008

NanoNewsCustom April 15, 2008

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Announcements

Applied Materials Sets the Standard for 32nm Mask Cleaning with New Tetra Reticle Clean System
Applied Materials, Inc. April 15, 2008 Applied Materials, Inc. today released its Applied Tetra™ Reticle Clean, the industry's only wet clean system that delivers damage-free, >99% particle removal efficiency for 32nm-and-beyond photomasks. Enabling customers to exceed 32nm specifications for critical mask cleaning applications, the compact Tetra Reticle Clean system also sets a new standard for productivity, offering up to four times the throughput of any competing system.
Multi-million euro boost for sensor research
enn.ie April 15, 2008 A typical CSET is not based in one central location, but instead consists of a team or researchers around the country managed by the likes of Professor Smyth. In total, over 90 personnel will work as part of the Clarity centre, with 45 PhD students graduating as a result. "You are getting a new type of graduate, someone who understands not just the software but also the hardware and also the application side of this technology. It is really about preparing a new generation of researchers for life outside of academia and into knowledge industry," said Professor Smyth. One of the more prominent CSETs in recent times is CRANN -- the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. It focuses on advancing the frontiers of nanoscience.
New Website Listing and Honoring Game-Changing Technology and Big Idea Thinking Unveiled
jumpintotomorrow.com April 15, 2008 www.jumpintotomorrow.com, a new website that centralizes breakthrough thinking spanning innovations from Art to Aerospace, from Information Technology to Nanotechnology and beyond -- publicly opens its URL at 12 a.m. Pacific April 15, 2008. Everyday the site will give out an award for what it determines to be the breakthrough "Technology of the Day™."
James Baker: forever young
earthsky.org April 14, 2008 James Baker is Director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, and was one of a panel of experts who probed nanotech issues in a Fred Friendly Seminars series being broadcast on public television stations in 2008. The series title is Nanotechnology: The Power of Small. EarthSky spoke with James Baker about nanomedicines and the future of vaccines.
Science to your shirt’s rescue
financialexpress.com April 14, 2008 Summer's here and you've just bought yourself one of those regular crease-free shirts that crowd any shop shelf today. It's got a great fit, but five hours into office work and you lift your hand to reach for a book from the top shelf, you aren't so sure of yourself anymore… That odour from your armpits might be so foul that your expensive deo also gives up. But there is solution at hand. Next time you shop, look for an anti-odour garment. That might take care of your problem. And you'll discover that science has solutions to solve at least some of your other wardrobe ‘malfunctions' too. Let's start with Corneliani, the Italian clothing brand best known for its suits and sportcoats. The brand's unique selling proposition, as says export sales director Cristiano Corneliani, is the ‘nanotechnology' its fabrics have (this technology helps fabric take on water and stain-repellent properties among others). Well, so what, says Paolo Canali, marketing director at another well-known Italian menswear label. Canali has the Esperidi to boast of. Esperidi is that special fabric that is made with exceptionally fine yarn — just 12.8 micron. It is of Australian origin and has been analysed and certified in four European laboratories to maintain its extraordinary constant even after being woven, thus ensuring higher degree of comfort and texture, explains Canali. And then there is Ermenegildo Zegna. Its fabrics — 15 Milmil 15, High Performance Micronsphere, Traveler Micronsphere, Trofeo, Trofeo silk, Summer Trofeo, Cashco — are all patented, informs Shantanu Mukerji, general manager, Zegna South Asia. And you thought only Coca Cola has been able to guard its ‘7X' secret for years and keep customer curiosity and taste alive?
Wall Street Nanotechnology Leader Scott Livingston to Keynote at Various Conferences Throughout First Half of 2008
Axiom Capital Management April 14, 2008 Axiom Capital Management announced today that Scott Livingston, Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management Inc., an investment banking/advisory firm and head of the Livingston Group, which focuses on nanotechnology, will present keynote addresses at a variety of conferences beginning this week to discuss business and investment trends in nanotechnology. Mr. Livingston will discuss nanotechnology as it impacts a variety of industries, including solar, cleantech, alternative energy, infrastructure, advanced medical technologies, printed electronics and aerospace.
UNC Charlotte names Five Ventures winners
bizjournals.com April 14, 2008 UNC Charlotte has selected the winners of the annual Five Ventures entrepreneurial business competition. IRealtyManager.com from Charlotte was named the winner in service and retail. Charlotte-based Virtual Officer won in the student and nonprofit category. The winner in the biotechnology field was GOPS Group International, a Saluda-based company that conducts business under the name AlgaMax. Filigree Nanotechnology Inc. from Winston-Salem won in the field of advanced manufacturing. And Cary-based Wisteme was the winner in the information-technology category. The competition, in its seventh year, tests the business acumen of startup companies for a chance to win more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind services.
BioAlliance Pharma Reports the Availability of Its 2007 Reference Document
BioAlliance Pharma April 14, 2008 BioAlliance Pharma (Paris:BIO) filed its 2007 reference document (the "2007 Reference Document") with the French financial market authority ("AMF") on April 11th 2008 under the number R.08-021.
FEI and Imago Scientific Instruments Announce Collaboration
FEI Company April 14, 2008 FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) and Imago Scientific Instruments today announced a comprehensive collaboration on the distribution and marketing of Imago's LEAP™ product line. The arrangements allow for FEI to establish an equity position in Imago and the option to purchase Imago in the future.
Design and the Elastic Mind
worldchanging.com April 14, 2008 "Design and the Elastic Mind," a current exhibition at the New York MoMA running through May 12, brings together a wide range of design, art, architectural, computational and scientific experiments that challenge us to stretch our minds and see how design participates in science and science can be engaged in design. The intermingling of design and science is part of a larger trend where design is being explored as a process of knowledge creation across many scales. Design work included spans nano-art, sensory design, 3D printing, open-source computational design, visualization of networks and the internet, experiments in the design of future culture and the making of new worlds. This is a must-see show! Design as a tool for learning can increase our understanding and appreciation of the world around us, as well as enable designers to participate in a wider technological, cultural and environmental discourse creating the world of the future. Considering design in such a way is not new, though it stands in contrast to design embedded in commercial culture where instead of representing hidden relationships and enabling sustainability, design is used to represent a commodity's necessity for an image of modern living.
OECD to Host Forum for Addressing Nanotechnology Innovation, Applications, Environment, Health and Safety at NanoBusiness 2008 Conference in New York
The NanoBusiness Alliance April 14, 2008 The NanoBusiness Alliance, the world's leading nanotechnology trade association, today announced that the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) will host a special panel at the NanoBusiness 2008 conference and exhibition, being held May 4 - 6 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Complete event information can be found at www.nanobusiness2008.com.
NSTI Announces Largest Scientific Program for Annual Nanotech 2008 Conference Including Expanded Vertical Industry Sessions
The Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) April 14, 2008 The Nano Science and Technology Institute (NSTI) today announced the scientific final program and schedule for its Nanotech 2008 Conference and Trade Show has been finalized and posted at /www.nsti.org/Nanotech2008. The program includes over 1,000 technology and business presentations. Additional sessions include government program reviews, an early stage company showcase and expanded vertical industry coverage.
Scientist gives VC an edge
online.wsj.com April 14, 2008 When the idea for a new drug-delivery company called BIND Biosciences Inc. started percolating in a lab here four years ago, venture capitalists quickly offered to invest. One moneyman, though, had an inside track: Terry McGuire, a partner with nearby Polaris Venture Partners. Mr. McGuire was familiar with BIND's nanoparticle technology to treat tumors and heart disease. He's also a friend, and frequent business partner, of Robert Langer, the decorated scientist who runs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab. That relationship often gives Polaris first dibs on cutting-edge medical technology developed there.
New NanoMarkets Report States That Market for Conductive Silver Inks to Expand Rapidly in the Next Eight Years
NanoMarkets April 14, 2008 The market for silver conductive inks will almost triple over the next eight years to reach $2.4 billion by 2015 says a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm. The report is a follow up to a widely regarded and first of its kind analysis of the conductive silver inks business released by NanoMarkets in 2007. Additional details about the 2008 report can be found at www.nanomarkets.net. Members of the press may request an executive summary.
Ener1 Takes Final Steps for new Exchange Listing
Ener1, Inc. April 14, 2008 Ener1, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI), a leading alternative energy company, announced today that it had completed the application process for listing its common stock on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). AMEX has advised Ener1 that it meets all of the listing requirements at this time, except for share price. Final approval by AMEX of the pending listing application is contingent upon the company being in compliance with all applicable listing standards on the date trading would begin on the Exchange.
Merck’s Innovation Symposium Spotlights a Dedication to Partnership
NSTI April 14, 2008 In an exclusive podcast interview, Merck's Dr. Reid Leonard discusses the company's commitment to collaboration.
Ford Scientists Look to Nanotechnology for Performance, Fuel Economy Improvements
Ford Motor Company April 14, 2008 Ford (NYSE: F) is leaving no particle unturned in the quest for fuel efficiency.
Iran Among 10 Bionanotechnolgy Pioneers
iranian.ws April 14, 2008 Iran has turned to become one of the few countries mastering the biotechnology and nanotechnology in the world, a health official said on Sunday. The head of Health Commission at Iran's Majlis (the parliament), Omidvar Rezaei made the remarks Sunday in an interview with Alalam satellite TV network. Speaking on the occasion of Health Week, the official said hailed Iranian scientists for their thriving in the fields of new technologies. "Fortunately Iran is among the forerunners in the world as far as modern technologies are concerned, he said adding that presumably there are less than ten countries in the world including Iran which enjoy biotechnology and nanotechnology. The Iranian lawmaker noted that "one of the goals of the country's Fourth Five-Year Development Plan document, started from the year 2005, was achieving developments in the fields of science and new technologies including bio and nanotechnology".
Automotive/Transportation

Ford Scientists Look to Nanotechnology for Performance, Fuel Economy Improvements
Ford Motor Company April 14, 2008 Ford (NYSE: F) is leaving no particle unturned in the quest for fuel efficiency.
Chip Technology

Applied Materials Sets the Standard for 32nm Mask Cleaning with New Tetra Reticle Clean System
Applied Materials, Inc. April 15, 2008 Applied Materials, Inc. today released its Applied Tetra™ Reticle Clean, the industry's only wet clean system that delivers damage-free, >99% particle removal efficiency for 32nm-and-beyond photomasks. Enabling customers to exceed 32nm specifications for critical mask cleaning applications, the compact Tetra Reticle Clean system also sets a new standard for productivity, offering up to four times the throughput of any competing system.
Energy

Ener1 Takes Final Steps for new Exchange Listing
Ener1, Inc. April 14, 2008 Ener1, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI), a leading alternative energy company, announced today that it had completed the application process for listing its common stock on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). AMEX has advised Ener1 that it meets all of the listing requirements at this time, except for share price. Final approval by AMEX of the pending listing application is contingent upon the company being in compliance with all applicable listing standards on the date trading would begin on the Exchange.
Ford Scientists Look to Nanotechnology for Performance, Fuel Economy Improvements
Ford Motor Company April 14, 2008 Ford (NYSE: F) is leaving no particle unturned in the quest for fuel efficiency.
Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Multi-million euro boost for sensor research
enn.ie April 15, 2008 A typical CSET is not based in one central location, but instead consists of a team or researchers around the country managed by the likes of Professor Smyth. In total, over 90 personnel will work as part of the Clarity centre, with 45 PhD students graduating as a result. "You are getting a new type of graduate, someone who understands not just the software but also the hardware and also the application side of this technology. It is really about preparing a new generation of researchers for life outside of academia and into knowledge industry," said Professor Smyth. One of the more prominent CSETs in recent times is CRANN -- the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. It focuses on advancing the frontiers of nanoscience.
Iran Among 10 Bionanotechnolgy Pioneers
iranian.ws April 14, 2008 Iran has turned to become one of the few countries mastering the biotechnology and nanotechnology in the world, a health official said on Sunday. The head of Health Commission at Iran's Majlis (the parliament), Omidvar Rezaei made the remarks Sunday in an interview with Alalam satellite TV network. Speaking on the occasion of Health Week, the official said hailed Iranian scientists for their thriving in the fields of new technologies. "Fortunately Iran is among the forerunners in the world as far as modern technologies are concerned, he said adding that presumably there are less than ten countries in the world including Iran which enjoy biotechnology and nanotechnology. The Iranian lawmaker noted that "one of the goals of the country's Fourth Five-Year Development Plan document, started from the year 2005, was achieving developments in the fields of science and new technologies including bio and nanotechnology".
Human Interest/Art

Design and the Elastic Mind
worldchanging.com April 14, 2008 "Design and the Elastic Mind," a current exhibition at the New York MoMA running through May 12, brings together a wide range of design, art, architectural, computational and scientific experiments that challenge us to stretch our minds and see how design participates in science and science can be engaged in design. The intermingling of design and science is part of a larger trend where design is being explored as a process of knowledge creation across many scales. Design work included spans nano-art, sensory design, 3D printing, open-source computational design, visualization of networks and the internet, experiments in the design of future culture and the making of new worlds. This is a must-see show! Design as a tool for learning can increase our understanding and appreciation of the world around us, as well as enable designers to participate in a wider technological, cultural and environmental discourse creating the world of the future. Considering design in such a way is not new, though it stands in contrast to design embedded in commercial culture where instead of representing hidden relationships and enabling sustainability, design is used to represent a commodity's necessity for an image of modern living.
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts

James Baker: forever young
earthsky.org April 14, 2008 James Baker is Director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, and was one of a panel of experts who probed nanotech issues in a Fred Friendly Seminars series being broadcast on public television stations in 2008. The series title is Nanotechnology: The Power of Small. EarthSky spoke with James Baker about nanomedicines and the future of vaccines.
ESF conference probes water's interactions at molecular level
European Science Foundation April 14, 2008 Some of the most challenging problems in science concern the behaviour of the most commonplace compound on the planet's surface - water. But some of the mysteries are now being unravelled by the latest analysis and imaging techniques in an unfolding story that was presented at a recent conference organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) focusing on interaction between water and other compounds at the molecular level.
New NanoMarkets Report States That Market for Conductive Silver Inks to Expand Rapidly in the Next Eight Years
NanoMarkets April 14, 2008 The market for silver conductive inks will almost triple over the next eight years to reach $2.4 billion by 2015 says a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm. The report is a follow up to a widely regarded and first of its kind analysis of the conductive silver inks business released by NanoMarkets in 2007. Additional details about the 2008 report can be found at www.nanomarkets.net. Members of the press may request an executive summary.
Merck’s Innovation Symposium Spotlights a Dedication to Partnership
NSTI April 14, 2008 In an exclusive podcast interview, Merck's Dr. Reid Leonard discusses the company's commitment to collaboration.
Iran Among 10 Bionanotechnolgy Pioneers
iranian.ws April 14, 2008 Iran has turned to become one of the few countries mastering the biotechnology and nanotechnology in the world, a health official said on Sunday. The head of Health Commission at Iran's Majlis (the parliament), Omidvar Rezaei made the remarks Sunday in an interview with Alalam satellite TV network. Speaking on the occasion of Health Week, the official said hailed Iranian scientists for their thriving in the fields of new technologies. "Fortunately Iran is among the forerunners in the world as far as modern technologies are concerned, he said adding that presumably there are less than ten countries in the world including Iran which enjoy biotechnology and nanotechnology. The Iranian lawmaker noted that "one of the goals of the country's Fourth Five-Year Development Plan document, started from the year 2005, was achieving developments in the fields of science and new technologies including bio and nanotechnology".
Investments/IPO's/Splits

Wall Street Nanotechnology Leader Scott Livingston to Keynote at Various Conferences Throughout First Half of 2008
Axiom Capital Management April 14, 2008 Axiom Capital Management announced today that Scott Livingston, Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management Inc., an investment banking/advisory firm and head of the Livingston Group, which focuses on nanotechnology, will present keynote addresses at a variety of conferences beginning this week to discuss business and investment trends in nanotechnology. Mr. Livingston will discuss nanotechnology as it impacts a variety of industries, including solar, cleantech, alternative energy, infrastructure, advanced medical technologies, printed electronics and aerospace.
Ener1 Takes Final Steps for new Exchange Listing
Ener1, Inc. April 14, 2008 Ener1, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI), a leading alternative energy company, announced today that it had completed the application process for listing its common stock on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). AMEX has advised Ener1 that it meets all of the listing requirements at this time, except for share price. Final approval by AMEX of the pending listing application is contingent upon the company being in compliance with all applicable listing standards on the date trading would begin on the Exchange.
Materials

Ford Scientists Look to Nanotechnology for Performance, Fuel Economy Improvements
Ford Motor Company April 14, 2008 Ford (NYSE: F) is leaving no particle unturned in the quest for fuel efficiency.
Nanomedicine

James Baker: forever young
earthsky.org April 14, 2008 James Baker is Director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, and was one of a panel of experts who probed nanotech issues in a Fred Friendly Seminars series being broadcast on public television stations in 2008. The series title is Nanotechnology: The Power of Small. EarthSky spoke with James Baker about nanomedicines and the future of vaccines.
BioAlliance Pharma Reports the Availability of Its 2007 Reference Document
BioAlliance Pharma April 14, 2008 BioAlliance Pharma (Paris:BIO) filed its 2007 reference document (the "2007 Reference Document") with the French financial market authority ("AMF") on April 11th 2008 under the number R.08-021.
Scientist gives VC an edge
online.wsj.com April 14, 2008 When the idea for a new drug-delivery company called BIND Biosciences Inc. started percolating in a lab here four years ago, venture capitalists quickly offered to invest. One moneyman, though, had an inside track: Terry McGuire, a partner with nearby Polaris Venture Partners. Mr. McGuire was familiar with BIND's nanoparticle technology to treat tumors and heart disease. He's also a friend, and frequent business partner, of Robert Langer, the decorated scientist who runs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab. That relationship often gives Polaris first dibs on cutting-edge medical technology developed there.
Sensors

Multi-million euro boost for sensor research
enn.ie April 15, 2008 A typical CSET is not based in one central location, but instead consists of a team or researchers around the country managed by the likes of Professor Smyth. In total, over 90 personnel will work as part of the Clarity centre, with 45 PhD students graduating as a result. "You are getting a new type of graduate, someone who understands not just the software but also the hardware and also the application side of this technology. It is really about preparing a new generation of researchers for life outside of academia and into knowledge industry," said Professor Smyth. One of the more prominent CSETs in recent times is CRANN -- the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. It focuses on advancing the frontiers of nanoscience.
Textiles/Clothing

Science to your shirt’s rescue
financialexpress.com April 14, 2008 Summer's here and you've just bought yourself one of those regular crease-free shirts that crowd any shop shelf today. It's got a great fit, but five hours into office work and you lift your hand to reach for a book from the top shelf, you aren't so sure of yourself anymore… That odour from your armpits might be so foul that your expensive deo also gives up. But there is solution at hand. Next time you shop, look for an anti-odour garment. That might take care of your problem. And you'll discover that science has solutions to solve at least some of your other wardrobe ‘malfunctions' too. Let's start with Corneliani, the Italian clothing brand best known for its suits and sportcoats. The brand's unique selling proposition, as says export sales director Cristiano Corneliani, is the ‘nanotechnology' its fabrics have (this technology helps fabric take on water and stain-repellent properties among others). Well, so what, says Paolo Canali, marketing director at another well-known Italian menswear label. Canali has the Esperidi to boast of. Esperidi is that special fabric that is made with exceptionally fine yarn — just 12.8 micron. It is of Australian origin and has been analysed and certified in four European laboratories to maintain its extraordinary constant even after being woven, thus ensuring higher degree of comfort and texture, explains Canali. And then there is Ermenegildo Zegna. Its fabrics — 15 Milmil 15, High Performance Micronsphere, Traveler Micronsphere, Trofeo, Trofeo silk, Summer Trofeo, Cashco — are all patented, informs Shantanu Mukerji, general manager, Zegna South Asia. And you thought only Coca Cola has been able to guard its ‘7X' secret for years and keep customer curiosity and taste alive?
Tools

Applied Materials Sets the Standard for 32nm Mask Cleaning with New Tetra Reticle Clean System
Applied Materials, Inc. April 15, 2008 Applied Materials, Inc. today released its Applied Tetra™ Reticle Clean, the industry's only wet clean system that delivers damage-free, >99% particle removal efficiency for 32nm-and-beyond photomasks. Enabling customers to exceed 32nm specifications for critical mask cleaning applications, the compact Tetra Reticle Clean system also sets a new standard for productivity, offering up to four times the throughput of any competing system.
FEI and Imago Scientific Instruments Announce Collaboration
FEI Company April 14, 2008 FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) and Imago Scientific Instruments today announced a comprehensive collaboration on the distribution and marketing of Imago's LEAP™ product line. The arrangements allow for FEI to establish an equity position in Imago and the option to purchase Imago in the future.
Water

ESF conference probes water's interactions at molecular level
European Science Foundation April 14, 2008 Some of the most challenging problems in science concern the behaviour of the most commonplace compound on the planet's surface - water. But some of the mysteries are now being unravelled by the latest analysis and imaging techniques in an unfolding story that was presented at a recent conference organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) focusing on interaction between water and other compounds at the molecular level.

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