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New Initiatives to Accelerate the Commercialization of Nanotechnology

National Nanomanufacturing Network - May 28, 2015 - 3:21pm
Lloyd Whitman, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, OSTPOn May 20th, the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a forum at the White House to discuss opportunities to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology. Participants in the White House Forum on Small Business Challenges to Commercializing Nanotechnology. (Photo credit: Lloyd Whitman) Over the last fifteen years, the Federal government has invested over $20 billion in nanotechnology R&D as part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), working towards breakthroughs such as smart anticancer therapeutics that will destroy tumors while leaving healthy cells untouched, and lighter, thinner body armor that could save the lives of America’s soldiers. A recent review of the NNI by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) concluded that: “…the nanotechnology field is at a critical transition point and has entered its second era, which we call NNI 2.0.  This next technological generation will see the evolution from nanoscale components to interdisciplinary nano‐systems and the movement from a foundational research‐based initiative to one that also provides the necessary focus to ensure rapid commercialization of nanotechnology.” In recognition of the importance of nanotechnology R&D, representatives from companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profits are announcing a series of new and expanded public and private initiatives that complement the Administration’s efforts to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology and expand the nanotechnology workforce: The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are launching the Nano Health & Safety Consortium to advance research and guidance for occupational safety and health in the nanoelectronics and other nanomanufacturing industry settings. Raytheon has brought together a group of representatives from the defense industry and the Department of Defense to identify collaborative opportunities to advance nanotechnology product development, manufacturing, and supply-chain support with a goal of helping the U.S. optimize development, foster innovation, and take more rapid advantage of new commercial nanotechnologies. BASF Corporation is taking a new approach to finding solutions to nanomanufacturing challenges. In March, BASF launched a prize-based “NanoChallenge” designed to drive new levels of collaborative innovation in nanotechnology while connecting with potential partners to co-create solutions that address industry challenges. OCSiAl is expanding the eligibility of its “iNanoComm” matching grant program that provides low-cost, single-walled carbon nanotubes to include more exploratory research proposals, especially proposals for projects that could result in the creation of startups and technology transfers. The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is partnering with Venture for America and working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote entrepreneurship in nanotechnology.  Three companies (PEN, NanoMech, and SouthWest NanoTechnologies), are offering to support NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program with mentorship for entrepreneurs-in-training and, along with three other companies (NanoViricides, mPhase Technologies, and Eikos), will partner with Venture for America to hire recent graduates into nanotechnology jobs, thereby strengthening new nanotech businesses while providing needed experience for future entrepreneurs. TechConnect is establishing a Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference to bring together the leaders of nanotechnology student groups from across the country. The conference will highlight undergraduate research and connect students with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders.  Five universities have already committed to participating, led by the University of Virginia Nano and Emerging Technologies Club. Brewer Science, through its Global Intern Program, is providing more than 30 students from high schools, colleges, and graduate schools across the country with hands-on experience in a wide range of functions within the company.  Brewer Science plans to increase the number of its science and engineering interns by 50% next year and has committed to sharing best practices with other nanotechnology businesses interested in how internship programs can contribute to a small company’s success. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology is expanding its partnership with the National Science Foundation to provide hands-on experience for students in NSF’s Advanced Technology Education program. The partnership will now run year-round and will include opportunities for students at Hudson Valley Community College and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Federal agencies participating in the NNI, supported by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, are launching multiple new activities aimed at educating students and the public about nanotechnology, including image and video contests highlighting student research, a new webinar series focused on providing nanotechnology information for K-12 teachers, and a searchable web portal on nano.gov of nanoscale science and engineering resources for teachers and professors. As the President observed in his most recent State of the Union, “Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development.”  We call on all sectors of the nanotechnology community to identify additional ways to work together and make sure more of those businesses are built on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Learn More: Report to the President and Congress on The Fifth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (October 2014) National Nanotechnology Initiative White House Forum on Small Business Challenges to Commercializing Nanotechnology Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. JJ Raynor is Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council. Source: The White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing

National Nanomanufacturing Network - May 28, 2015 - 2:44pm
Museum of Science, BostonHow can we mass-produce sophisticated products from materials too small to see? "From Lab to Fab" follows the story of two nanotech entrepreneurs navigating the rocky road from discovery to commercialization, with products ranging from tiny implantable body sensors to bullet-proof vests and aircraft flooring. Produced by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, headquartered at Northeastern University, with funding from the National Science Foundation (EEC-0832785, CMMI-1344567). Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Alpert. For Lawrence Klein Productions LLC, Director: Lawrence Klein; Editor: Sam Green; Cinematography: Gary Henoch; Animation: James Sullivan. Inquiries: nano@mos.org. ©2015 Museum of Science. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Source: http://mos.org/labtofab/

Global Nano-Enabled Packaging Market For Food and Beverages Will Reach $15.0 billion in 2020

National Nanomanufacturing Network - May 28, 2015 - 10:37am
According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research “Global Market Study on Nano-Enabled Packaging For Food and Beverages: Intelligent Packaging to Witness Highest Growth by 2020”, the global nano enabled packaging market for food and beverages industry was worth USD 6.5 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.7% during 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of USD 15.0 billion in 2020.The global progress in technologies is making lives simpler and safer. Nanotechnology is one such field which is dynamically progressing and is contributing to the development of several industries, including food and beverages packaging. Nano-enabled packaging gives longer shelf life to food and beverages as compared to traditional plastic packaging. Food and beverages packaging is done through two different technologies under nano-enabled packaging-active and intelligent packaging. Active packaging has a comparativelylarger market than intelligent packaging.Intelligent packaging is growing at a faster rate as compared to the active packaging. Customers prefer traceable food and beverages packaging, since it offers information such as expiry date and best use period, present state of the consumables. The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags keep customers informed about the state of the food within the packaging. Intelligent packaging is mostly used for fruits and vegetables, meat products, and beverages. Stricter regulations associated with active packaging have been stimulating the use of intelligent packaging in Europe and North America.Intelligent packaging in the U.S. is growing mainly due to the increasing demand for fresh fruits and vegetables. Americans are shifting their breakfast preference from junk foods to fresh alternatives. The U.S. is one of the largest producers and exporters of cherries globally. With the ease in trade regulations, fruit exports of the U.S. have increased. In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that after ten years of negotiations, U.S. cherries can be exported to Western Australia, one of the most important markets for cherries. The increasing demand for intelligent packaging in international trade (especially in fruits) is laying out opportunities for this technology in food packaging.The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed by FDA in 2011 is another growth indicator for intelligent packaging wherein the fresh produce, including fruits and vegetables, are required to be scientifically grown, harvested, packaged, and stored. The farm products that come in the act’s domain are lettuce, spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sprouts, mushrooms, onions, peppers, cabbage, citrus produce, strawberries, and walnuts.Nano-enabled packaging finds its application in several industries, including bakery, meat, beverages, fruit and vegetables, prepared foods, and others. The increasing demand for meat products, beverages, vegetables, and prepared foods is expected to drive their respective nano-enabled packaging markets, while the market share of bakery products is expected to decline on account of the rapid growth of other application segments.Nanotechnology is at a nascent stage and, therefore, usage of nano-enabled packaging is low in the food and beverages industry. Limited numbers of buyers have more leverage to negotiate with nanotechnology companies. On the other hand, there is a plethora of companies providing nano-enabled packaging solutions to the food and beverages industry.Nano-enabled packaging market for food and beverage is very competitive with a large number of players offering an array of patented products. The major players in this industry include Amcor Limited, Bemis Company, Inc., Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, L.L.C., Klöckner Pentaplast, Sealed Air, and Tetra Pak International S.A.Browse the full Global Market Study on Nano-Enabled Packaging For Food and Beverages: Intelligent Packaging to Witness Highest Growth by 2020 report at www.persistencemarketresearch.com/market-research/nano-enabled-packaging-market.aspBelow is the segmentation done by Persistence Market Research for global market study on nano-enabled packaging for food and beverages:Market Size and Forecast by TechnologyMarket Size and Forecast (by value)Active PackagingIntelligent PackagingMarket Size and Forecast by ApplicationMarket Size and Forecast (by value)Bakery ProductsMeat ProductsBeveragesFruit and VegetablesPrepared FoodsOthersFor more information, please click here (http://www.persistencemarketresearch.com/market-research/nano-enabled-packaging-market.asp) Contacts:Glen HarePhone: +1-646-568-7751sales@persistencemarketresearch.comCopyright © Persistence Market Research

New Initiatives to Accelerate the Commercialization of Nanotechnology

National Nanomanufacturing Network - May 28, 2015 - 10:21am
On May 20th, the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a forum at the White House to discuss opportunities to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology. Over the last fifteen years, the Federal government has invested over $20 billion in nanotechnology R D as part of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) (http://www.nano.gov/), working towards breakthroughs such as smart anticancer therapeutics that will destroy tumors while leaving healthy cells untouched, and lighter, thinner body armor that could save the lives of America’s soldiers.A recent review (https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_fifth_nni_review_oct2014_final.pdf) of the NNI by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) concluded that: “…the nanotechnology field is at a critical transition point and has entered its second era, which we call NNI 2.0. This next technological generation will see the evolution from nanoscale components to interdisciplinary nano‐systems and the movement from a foundational research‐based initiative to one that also provides the necessary focus to ensure rapid commercialization of nanotechnology.” In recognition of the importance of nanotechnology R D, representatives from companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, and non-profits are announcing a series of new and expanded public and private initiatives that complement the Administration’s efforts to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology and expand the nanotechnology workforce: The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY and the Nano Health Safety Consortium (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-05-20-15.html) to advance research and guidance for occupational safety and health in the nanoelectronics and other nanomanufacturing industry settings. Raytheon has brought together a group of representatives from the defense industry and the Department of Defense to identify collaborative opportunities to advance nanotechnology product development, manufacturing, and supply-chain support with a goal of helping the U.S. optimize development, foster innovation, and take more rapid advantage of new commercial nanotechnologies. BASF Corporation is taking a new approach to finding solutions to nanomanufacturing challenges. In March, BASF launched a prize-based “NanoChallenge” designed to drive new levels of collaborative innovation in nanotechnology while connecting with potential partners to co-create solutions that address industry challenges. OCSiAl is expanding the eligibility of its “iNanoComm” matching grant program that provides low-cost, single-walled carbon nanotubes to include more exploratory research proposals, especially proposals for projects that could result in the creation of startups and technology transfers. The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) is partnering with Venture for America and working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote entrepreneurship in nanotechnology. Three companies (PEN, NanoMech, and SouthWest NanoTechnologies), are offering to support NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) (http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/) program with mentorship for entrepreneurs-in-training and, along with three other companies (NanoViricides, mPhase Technologies, and Eikos), will partner with Venture for America to hire recent graduates into nanotechnology jobs, thereby strengthening new nanotech businesses while providing needed experience for future entrepreneurs. TechConnect is establishing a Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference to bring together the leaders of nanotechnology student groups from across the country. The conference will highlight undergraduate research and connect students with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. Five universities have already committed to participating, led by the University of Virginia Nano and Emerging Technologies Club. Brewer Science, through its Global Intern Program, is providing more than 30 students from high schools, colleges, and graduate schools across the country with hands-on experience in a wide range of functions within the company. Brewer Science plans to increase the number of its science and engineering interns by 50% next year and has committed to sharing best practices with other nanotechnology businesses interested in how internship programs can contribute to a small company’s success. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (http://www.nist.gov/)’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (http://www.nist.gov/cnst) is expanding its partnership with the Advanced Technology Education (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5464) program. The partnership will now run year-round and will include opportunities for students at Hudson Valley Community College and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Federal agencies participating in the NNI, supported by the nano.gov (http://nano.gov/) of nanoscale science and engineering resources for teachers and professors. As the President observed in his most recent State of the Union (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/20/remarks-president-state-union-address-january-20-2015), “Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development.” We call on all sectors of the nanotechnology community to identify additional ways to work together and make sure more of those businesses are built on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Learn More: Report to the President and Congress on The Fifth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_fifth_nni_review_oct2014_final.pdf) (October 2014) National Nanotechnology Initiative (http://nano.gov/) White House Forum on Small Business Challenges to Commercializing Nanotechnology (http://www.nano.gov/may2015forum) Lloyd Whitman is Assistant Director for Nanotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Tom Kalil is Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. JJ Raynor is Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.Source: The White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy (https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/20/new-initiatives-accelerate-commercialization-nanotechnology)

From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nano-Manufacturing

National Nanomanufacturing Network - May 28, 2015 - 9:44am
How can we mass-produce sophisticated products from materials too small to see? "From Lab to Fab" follows the story of two nanotech entrepreneurs navigating the rocky road from discovery to commercialization, with products ranging from tiny implantable body sensors to bullet-proof vests and aircraft flooring. Produced by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, headquartered at Northeastern University, with funding from the National Science Foundation (EEC-0832785, CMMI-1344567). Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Alpert. For Lawrence Klein Productions LLC, Director: Lawrence Klein; Editor: Sam Green; Cinematography: Gary Henoch; Animation: James Sullivan. Inquiries: nano@mos.org. ©2015 Museum of Science. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.Source: http://mos.org/labtofab/ (http://mos.org/labtofab/)

Ferrocene makes good semi-liquid battery

Nanotechweb - May 28, 2015 - 4:43am
New energy storage device bridges the gap between batteries and capacitors.
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Global Nano-Enabled Packaging Market For Food and Beverages Will Reach $15.0 billion in 2020

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Global nano enabled packaging market is growing due to increasing demand for shelf stable packaging. Nano materials have been exploited world over to be utilized in a wide range of market sectors. Foo...
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Dr.Theivasanthi Slashes the Price of Graphene Heavily: World first & lowest price – Nano-price (30 USD / kg) of graphene by nanotechnologist

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
World record holder in nanotechnology Dr.T.Theivasanthi, a research Faculty from International Research Centre of Kalasalingam University is ready to supply graphene at “Nano-price” i.e. 30 USD per kg...
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Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient solar cells

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could beco...
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Researchers find the 'key' to quantum network solution

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Scientists at the University of York's Centre for Quantum Technology have made an important step in establishing scalable and secure high rate quantum networks.
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One step closer to a single-molecule device: Columbia Engineering researchers first to create a single-molecule diode -- the ultimate in miniaturization for electronic devices -- with potential for real-world applications

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so...
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DNA Double Helix Does Double Duty in Assembling Arrays of Nanoparticles: Synthetic pieces of biological molecule form framework and glue for making nanoparticle clusters and arrays

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
In a new twist on the use of DNA in nanoscale construction, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators put synthetic strands of the biological...
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Engineering Phase Changes in Nanoparticle Arrays: Scientists alter attractive and repulsive forces between DNA-linked particles to make dynamic, phase-shifting forms of nanomaterials

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have just taken a big step toward the goal of engineering dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties c...
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Nanostructures Increase Corrosion Resistance in Metallic Body Implants

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers studied the corrosion and immunity behavior of a new type of nanostructures and used them in the production of metallic body implants.
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Iranian Scientists Use Magnetic Field to Transfer Anticancer Drug to Tumor Tissue

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences produced a new type of anticancer drug nanocarriers by using magnetic nanoparticles to treat lung cancer.
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Basel physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents

Nanotech-Now - May 27, 2015 - 7:45am
Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is c...
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Better understanding phosphorene

Nanotechweb - May 25, 2015 - 11:25am
Low-frequency interlayer “breathing” modes shed more light on promising new 2D semiconductor.
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This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects: The photonics advancement could improve early cancer detection, nanoelectronics manufacturing and scientists' ability to observe single molecules

Nanotech-Now - May 25, 2015 - 7:45am
It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects.
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Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts Superconductivity: Atomic-level flyovers show how impact sites of high-energy ions pin potentially disruptive vortices to keep high-current superconductivity flowing

Nanotech-Now - May 25, 2015 - 7:45am
Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good-at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale da...
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Conversion of Greenhouse Gases to Syngas in Presence of Nanocatalysts in Iran

Nanotech-Now - May 25, 2015 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers designed and produced a nanocatalyst with long lifetime whose main application is reforming methane and conversion of greenhouse gases to synthesis gas.
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