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Request for public comment on National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 5th, 2010

US National Nanotechnology Initiative wants your comments on its strategic plan.

New book addresses nanotechnology education and workforce training

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 3rd, 2010

A book on nanotechnology education and workforce training written by Judith Light Feather and Miguel Aznar

Manufacturing with every (silicon) atom in its proper place

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 26th, 2010

Zyvex Labs researchers demonstrate atomically precise removal of 50 hydrogen atoms per second from a silicon surface.

Japan, Germany, S. Korea commercialize nanotech better than U.S.

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 24th, 2010

Nanodot normally focuses on longer-term nanotechnologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we do like to keep an eye on how different countries compare to each other in nanotech and technology in general. Below is an excerpt from a recent Lux Research announcement; you can read the full PDF here: U.S. Risks Losing Global Leadership in [...]

Solar cells with nanocrystal ink reach 18 percent efficiency

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2009

Josh Hall, on his way to catch a plane, sends us this news from Technology Review’s Katherine Bourzac: A California company is using silicon ink patterned on top of silicon wafers to boost the efficiency of solar cells. The Sunnyvale, CA, firm Innovalight says that the inkjet process is a cheaper route to more-efficient solar power. [...]

Buckytube-filled aluminum

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 10th, 2009

Brian Wang over at Next Big Future has an article about improving the properties of aluminum as a structural material by filling with buckytubes, the way plastics are made stronger by filling by fiberglass. This isn’t particularly new: what’s new is that Bayer appears to be able to make nanotubes in enough quantity to make [...]

Nanorobots from the NNI?

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 9th, 2009

The Nanomanufacturing Summit, held in Boston recently, was largely what you would have expected — near-term bulk-tech approaches to nanostructured materials, some interesting research aimed at new electronics, and so forth. Notable, however, was a plenary talk by M. C. Roco, who appears to have changed his tune to the extent of predicting nanorobotics and [...]

Insurance industry looking for more data on nanotechnology risks

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 26th, 2009

Last September we wrote that one insurer would “no longer insure against bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury related to the actual, alleged, or threatened presence of or exposure to nanotubes or nanotechnology in any form.” Now Christine Peterson passes along this item from Rhitu Chatterjee writing in the American Chemical Society [...]

Uncertainty over safety of nanotechnology in consumer products

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 10th, 2008

It is not clear that there is any real danger from the nanotech products currently in use, but neither is there convincing proof that all are safe.

A better raincoat through nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 9th, 2008

A nanotech technique that can coat any number of common fabrics with a layer of silicone nanofilaments appears ready to produce durable, completely waterproof clothing.

Nanotechnology to soon provide paper stronger than steel for commercial uses

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 24th, 2008

A nanotech material that consists of about 50% carbon nanotubes may soon find wide commercial applications in aerospace and other industries.

One Insurer Excludes Nanotechnology from Policies

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 30th, 2008

Christine Peterson passes along this item from a recent (September 25, 2008) NanoBusiness Alliance Newsletter: Insurer Excludes Nanotechnology from Policies Beginning November 15, the Continental Western Insurance Group will no longer insure against bodily injury, property damage, or personal and advertising injury related to the actual, alleged, or threatened presence of or exposure to nanotubes [...]

Free webinar on "Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies"

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 23rd, 2008

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is offering a free webinar on “Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies: The Race for a Trillion Dollar Market“, presented by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer “Tee” Toth-Fejel. Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies: The Race for a Trillion Dollar Market A popular feature of SME’s annual NanoManufacturing Conference, now brought to you as a [...]

Korea sets ambitious nanotechnology goals for 2020

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 23rd, 2008

Korea.net informs us of challenging nanotechnology goals for that country: An ambitious government plan seeks to make Korea one of the top three countries for nanotechnology by 2020… “By securing more than 50 of the finest international nanotechnologies by 2020, Korea will create a new industry to emerge as a top three nanotechnology power and [...]

Nanotechnology to help with hay fever

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 21st, 2008

Here at Nanodot and Foresight we tend to focus on more advanced nanotechnology such as devices and systems, but living in the pollen-filled San Francisco Bay Area — where a high percentage of residents have trouble with allergies — we would also appreciate some near-term help with that problem. From Nanowerk on an advance in [...]

Jurvetson on nanotechnology startup ecosystem

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 3rd, 2008

Our favorite nanotechnology VC is Steve Jurvetson, who is interviewed over at LiveMint.com from India, which is affiliated with The Wall Street Journal. An excerpt: How are the elements of the nanotech start-up ecosystem different from other sectors? First, it is hard to find human talent because a lot of the really interesting breakthroughs happen [...]

Wall Street considers nanotechnology: audio available

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 28th, 2007

A recent article in the Small Business (sic) section of The New York Times reports that nanomaterials-based firms are starting to head toward public offerings: Nanotechnology companies, nurtured on billions of dollars in government grants and venture investments through most of this decade, are getting ready to go public…At the beginning of this decade, nanotechnology [...]

Mapping Israeli nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 19th, 2007

Nanotechnology is booming in Israel, as we learn from Azonano: Israeli Nanotechnology developed greatly since 2005. In addition to receiving an immense sum of funding (the donation matching model has effectively raised $230 million), and being the number one leader of innovations, Israel was recognized by ISI (the Institute for Science Information) as one of [...]

BlogTalkRadio: Pearl Chin on nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 18th, 2007

Foresight president Dr. Pearl Chin was interviewed on nanotechnology by Stephen Gordon and PJ Manney on Dec. 16, and the show can now be downloaded for your listening edification. A brief summary appears on Phil Bowermaster’s blog The Speculist: Dr. Chin is excited about [the] medical advance that nanoparticles are making possible – particularly with [...]

Lloyds of London takes on nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 12th, 2007

The reinsurance firm Swiss Re is rather farther along on nanotechnology, but Lloyd’s of London is starting to step up to the question of how to insure nanotech. They had a recent conference to launch their new report Nanotechnology: Recent Developments, Risks and Opportunities (PDF). As one would expect, it mainly focuses on nanoparticles, but [...]