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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: June 25, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

A molecule printer for nanotechnology based on spinning carbon nanotubes

Detailed calculations show that electrons passing through a 'turbine' in which one type of carbon nanotube (CNT) is suspended inside another type of CNT would cause the inner CNT to rotate, forming an electron 'windmill' or turbine. The researchers also suggest that atoms or molecules could be pumped through the spinning inner CNT to form patterns of atoms or molecules—a nanotech inkjet printer…

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Conference – Free conference tickets available for Senior Associates
Foresight Lectures
Nanotech Events
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Nanotechnology offers nanowire 'towels' and designer 'nanobatons' to clean up oil spills

Two different types of nanostructures have been reported as nanotech methods to clean up oil spills and other organic pollutants. Researchers at MIT have developed a nanowire mesh that can reversibly absorb 20 times it weigh in oil. Researchers at Rice have shown how specially designed "nanobatons" can trap oil droplets by spontaneously assembling into sacs…

Nanotechnology engineers single molecules as nanorobots

Chemists have designed molecules that act like nanotech sensing robots by signaling information about their chemical environment…

Using nanotechnology to attract cells to regenerate cartilage

The combination of electrical stimulation and a nanotech surface composed of carbon nanotubes dispersed in polycarbonate urethane was found to attract cartilage-forming cells, which might lead to a treatment to regenerate lost or damaged cartilage…

Solar cell nanotechnology uses the right imperfections

One of the most promising applications of near-term nanotech is the production of nanostructured materials for use in energy applications, like less expensive solar cells. Nanostructured materials can prove superior in surprising ways. Here carbon nanotubes with the proper imperfections were found to replace more problematic and expensive materials in dye-sensitized solar cells…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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Nanotech Northern Europe 2008
Europe's largest annual nanotechnology conference
September 23-25, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanotech Northern Europe brings together the field's top scientists and leading international companies in order to advance the beneficial use of nanotechnology. The 2008 event concentrates around three application areas:

  • Sustainable solutions for energy and environment
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  • Global nanotechnology and business development
  • Safety and risk management
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Nanotech Events

National Nano Engineering Conference 2008
America's premier nano engineering conference
November 12-13, 2008
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, MA

The National Nano Engineering Conference 2008 (NNEC) is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology.

Presentations on new technologies and their commercial applications in the following disciplines:

  • Advanced Materials
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