The Next Industrial Revolution Nanotechnology And Manufacturing
SME Annual Meeting
June 1-2, 2005
All day Event
Scott Mize, President of Foresight Institute, is chairman of the Nanotechnology and Manufacturing day at SME's Annual Meeting. For more information
Nanotechnologies and Environment Policy Conference
Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Clean Production Action, and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
June 16, 2005
Santa Clara, California
Christine Peterson will speak at the Nanotechnologies and Environmental Policy Conference at Santa Clara University. For more Information, or call 408.287.6707.
Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges
Foresight has articulated six critical challenges that humanity faces which can be addressed by nanotechnology. In the Weekly News Digest we will identify news items, research breakthroughs and events citing current research and applications providing the stepping stones to solutions to these challenges.
1. Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions
Acta proprietary nanotechnology has enabled it to develop a new, unique family of catalysts called HYPERMEC catalysts which breakdown the barriers to the commercialisation of the fuel cells for mass market applications. HYPERMEC catalysts use low cost materials, work at low temperatures, enable use of cheap, safe and environmentally friendly fuels and solve other technical issues, thereby creating the possibility of producing fuel cells for consumer products. Source
2. Providing abundant clean water globally
Turning to tech for Clean Water
News Source: San Jose Mercury News – by Matt Marshall
"Ever heard of a Silicon Valley 'water' start-up? Didn't think so. After all, water isn't exactly high tech."
3. Increasing the health and longevity of human life
Revolutionary nanotechnology Illuminates brain cells at work
News Source: PhysOrg.com – the latest physics and technology news
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology and Stanford University are the first to overcome this obstacle by successfully applying genetic nanotechnology using molecular sensors to view changes in brain chemical levels. A newly published study from the scientists reveals how the nanosensors were introduced into nerve cells to measure the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate, the major brain chemical that increases nerve-cell activity in mammalian brains. http://www.carnegieinstitution.org http://www.physorg.com/news4321.html
4. Maximizing the productivity of agriculture
Nanotechnology sales increase to €687.5m in 2004
News Source: Food Production.com – study written by Helmut Kaiser
The major market trends in the food and beverage sector include improving the performance of packaging materials, prolonging shelf life, antimicrobial packaging and interactive packaging. Simple traditional packing is being replaced with multi-functional intelligent packaging methods to improve food quality thanks to the application of nanotechnology in this field, the consultancy said. Source
5. Making powerful information technology available everywhere
Nano World: New cell phones from nanotech
News Source: United Press International – by Charles C. Choi
New York – Nanotechnology soon could enhance cell phones with carbon-nanotube vacuum tubes, microscopic microphones, liquid lenses, compasses linked with global position systems satellites and even electronic noses. Source
6. Enabling the development of space
NASA Goes Nano for Air Purification
News Source: Newsfactor Technology News – by Stacey Klein
A new NASA project could help clear the air for astronauts in space as well as homes on Earth. Source
Spotlight On Foresight Members—Corporate Members
Foresight Nanotech Institute has updated its membership levels and added benefits. One of the new levels is the corporate membership. If you are interested and want to get further involved with Foresight and the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges, please consider becoming a member.
Foresight thanks our current corporate members listed below:
If you attend or use any of our media partners’ events or services, please tell them you heard about it from Foresight Nanotech Institute.
Nanotechnology for Defense
Sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA)
July 26-27, 2005
Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, D.C.
Learn about defense applications for nanotechnology such as combat ration packaging, solar panels, coatings, batteries, electronics, sensors, and artificial muscles. Interact with top scientists from military research laboratories, academia and the private sector. Learn how nanotechnology could drive Army transformation and will discover how public-private partnerships can accelerate nanotechnology development. Source
NanoVIP – is a leading web directory of nanotechnology companies. Their database is organized into a number of industry-specific categories, and each company is also listed by country of origin, for easy international localization. http://www.nanovip.com/
June 12, 2005 - NanoChallenge is an international business plan competition organized by the nanotechnology cluster, Veneto Nanotech. The goal of the competition is to provide the individuals that chance to start their own nanotechnology company. The deadline has been extended to June 12, 2005. http://www.nanochallenge.com/
June 7-8, 2005 - Nano2005 Conference at The Westin, Santa Clara. - Agenda includes: Strategic Industry Roadmaps covering Electronics/Computing, Biotechnology, Aerospace, and Defense/Security. Winning business models by Founders of Leading Companies. Investing in Nanotech - VC Perspective, Commercial Markets - What’s Hot, What’s Next, Bonus Workshop: Managing Innovation, IP & Licensing - Plus, exhibits spotlighting real nanotech products and services. http://www.techbriefs.com/nano/index.html