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Iranian researchers from Kashan University synthesized a nanocomposite which can be used in tissue engineering.
Researchers in Sweden have fabricated a single polytype dot in a semiconducting nanowire.
Establishment of a sustainable nanomanufacturing ecosystem faces numerous challenges due to the inherent nature of nanotechnology, which intersects multiple industries, involves multidisciplinary scientific researchers, while encompassing an extensive range of highly unique technologies including materials, processes, and equipment. As such, building a community of practice entails a broad range of activities from standards, education and workforce development, technology roadmaps, best practices, informatics, environmental health and safety, to commercialization. To ensure progress on all of these fronts, community involvement is essential for providing broad perspectives from a range of stakeholders in industry, government, and academia in order to better understand where fundamental and applied research intersects emerging and established regulatory and commercialization activities and roadmaps. While these issues may be relatively clear cut for specific segments of nanotechnology commercialization, it is not always clear where best practices translate to adjacent application and industry roadmaps. An important activity for building the nanomanufacturing community of practice is thematic workshops involving a group of experts and practitioners in the field. To this end, the NNN has sponsored several thematic workshops since inception including collaborative workshops with NSF (2008 Research Challenges for Integrated SystemsNanomanufacturing (http://eprints.internano.org/49/)), NNIN (2010 Synergies in Nanoscale Manufacturingand Research (http://eprints.internano.org/2230/)), NIST (2012 Nanofabrication Technologies forRoll-to-Roll Processes (http://eprints.internano.org/1842/)), and a series of workshops on Nanoinformatics (2007-present). The essence of these workshops is to incorporate different viewpoints on topics relevant to the workshop theme in order to better understand methods, challenges, emerging R D, and gaps in research activities towards addressing the associated challenges. The NNN has strived to enhance these workshops by convening a balance of industry, academic, and government participants which, when combined with topical questionnaires distributed prior to the workshop assist in focusing the content of the presentations, discussions, and breakout sessions thereby enabling a productive event with measurable outcomes. Typical work products for these workshops include reports, roadmaps, publications, collaborations amongst participants, proposals, and broader initiatives or funding opportunities. With the goal of contributing towards the establishment of a nanomanufacturing roadmap, as well as formulating a NNN 2.0 initiative, the NNN solicits comments, suggestions and ideas for future topical workshops in nanomanufacturing from our members and stakeholders. Along with suggestions for topics and subtopics, further details including suggested experts and participants, relevant gaps and questions to be addressed in the workshop with respect to the nanomanufacturing enterprise. These activities are an essential component of the NNN and it is critical to our mission that we consider these activities with input from the community as a whole, as well as reach out to the relevant stakeholders, industry and government agencies having significant stake in the topic of interest to obtain their contributions or involvement. We look forward to receiving ideas and suggestions for potential workshops, and will provide feedback in the future in order to prioritize the topics.
For the first time the agency will use TSCA authority to collect health and safety information on nanoscale chemicals already in use The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace. Nanotechnology holds great promise for improving products, from TVs and vehicles to batteries and solar panels, said Jim Jones, EPAs Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. We want to continue to facilitate the trend toward this important technology. Todays action will ensure that EPA also has information on nano-sized versions of chemicals that are already in the marketplace. EPA currently reviews new chemical substances manufactured or processed as nanomaterials prior to introduction into the marketplace to ensure that they are safe. For the first time, the agency is proposing to use TSCA to collect existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in the marketplace when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials. The proposal will require one-time reporting from companies that manufacture or process chemical substances as nanoscale materials. The companies will notify EPA of: certain information, including specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release information; and, available health and safety data. Nanoscale materials have special properties related to their small size such as greater strength and lighter weight, however, they may take on different properties than their conventionally-sized counterpart. The proposal is not intended to conclude that nanoscale materials will cause harm to human health or the environment; Rather, EPA would use the information gathered to determine if any further action under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including additional information collection, is needed. The proposed reporting requirements are being issued under the authority of section 8(a) under TSCA. The agency is requesting public comment on the proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements 90 days from publication in the Federal Register. EPA also anticipates holding a public meeting during the comment period. The time and place of the meeting will be announced on EPAs web page at: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/ (http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/) Additional information and a fact sheet on the specifics of the proposed rule and what constitutes a nanoscale chemical material can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/ (http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/) Source: EPA (http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/36465ec76a3b4efd85257e13004e8c95!opendocument)
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) today published the report from the workshop, Stakeholder Perspectives on Perception, Assessment,and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology (R3 Workshop), which was held September 10-11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The goal of the workshop was to assess the status of nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risk science three years after the development of the 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy and to identify the tools and best practices used by risk assessors to address the implications of nanotechnology. A wide range of stakeholders including Federal and State regulators, small and large businesses, insurance companies, academic researchers, occupational safety specialists, and public and environmental advocacy groups shared their perspectives on the risk management process; discussed strategies and approaches for improving risk science methods; and examined ways that NNI agencies can assist stakeholders in the image002.jpgresponsible development of nanotechnology. Stakeholders participating in the workshop presented their perspectives and methods used to assess and manage the potential risks of nanotechnology. Research presented at the workshop shows that technical risk data alone will not enable decisions; risk evaluations by different stakeholders with varying biases, values, and stances can affect the perceptions and behaviors (e.g., investment or personal safety decisions) of consumers, regulators, developers, manufacturers, and insurers. Following a robust dialogue among participants, including a variety of stakeholder perspectives, participants identified needs in four areas. (The following list is not prioritized): Communication Resources, including improved transparency in reporting the presence of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and continued collaboration among diverse stakeholder groups.Decision Tools, such as improved detection and characterization tools; improved methods for assessing both actual exposure to and potential risk from ENMs; tools to address nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) issues sooner in the product life cycle.Data Resources, such as repositories or databases to facilitate access to or organization of existing information on nanoEHS; methods for accessing and investigating potentially protected information; and continued toxicology studies on the effects of ENMs.Standards and Guidance Resources, in order to facilitate navigation of nanotechnology-enabled applications through the regulatory process and improved data quality and methods for reporting data used in nanomaterial risk assessment. You can download full document from the InterNano Library (http://eprints.internano.org/2229/) Source: National Nanotechnology Initiative (http://www.nano.gov/node/1350)
Researchers discover a new phase of water.
DNA–gadolinium nanoconjugates make highly efficient contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.
With rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and indicators for global climate change increasingly apparent, the search has intensified for more sustainable and renewable alternative energy sources. Photovoltaic (PV) energy has been of interest for the last 40 years; however, the cost of Si-based solar panels is still not cost-effective for widespread usage. In addition to the overall cost, consumer adoption of this technology has been slow due to the unattractive aesthetics of traditional solar panels. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) such as Dow PowerhouseTM Solar Shingles have reached the market, but have not yet been widely adopted. In order for PV technology to be widely accepted, it will need to be seamlessly incorporated into existing infrastructures such as building and automotive materials, and be available in a variety of colors. Among the various types of emerging PV technologies such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), organic cells, and quantum dots (QDs), perovskite solar cells represent one of the most promising sectors. In a span of only 5 years, the efficiency of perovskite PVs has increased from ca. 3% to a current level in excess of 20%. This efficiency is now comparable to that of crystalline Si and semiconductor thin films (e.g., copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), CdTe) that have been in development since the 1970s. Perovskite solar technology utilizes a hybrid inorganic-organic halide perovskite (e.g., CH3NH3MI3 where M = Sn, Pb) in combination with n- and p-type charge collection layers. In a promising step toward aesthetically attractive solar panels, Zhang and coworkers describe the fabrication of perovskite photovoltaic devices that are color-tunable. In order to maximize the refractive index contrast among the layers in the device, nanoparticulate films of porous SiO2 (50% porosity) and dense TiO2 (4% porosity) were deposited by simple spin-coating. The combination of the photonic properties of the oxide nanoparticle films and absorptive properties of the overlying perovskite material was used to fine-tune the observed color range from orange to blue. Interestingly, the strategy employed by these researchers may be considered as a biomimetic approach, since beetles and butterflies also employ reflective and absorptive layers that yield a characteristic and often tunable color. Many gemstones such as opals also utilize the photonic crystal effect to give rise to iridescent colors. The use of a photonic phenomenon for color generation in this multilayered PV device is preferred rather than using dyes or pigments, since the latter would likely fade over time. The best power conversion efficiency observed in this work was 8.8% for blue-colored cells. While this is low relative to traditional perovskite-based PV devices, this may be compared to 9.5% for a reference cell employing mesoporous SiO2. Hence, the operating efficiency of the device is not significantly deteriorated by the reflective processes occurring in the photonic component of the device, which is responsible for the observable colors. Further fine-tuning of the perovskite layers, interfaces, and nanoparticle sizes and porosities will likely improve the overall efficiency, while expanding its color palette. It would be interesting to extend this approach to other emerging technologies and thin film semiconductors to introduce other options for colorful solar panels. As decorative options become more plentiful and efficiencies continue to rise, consumers will more likely adopt this technology to power their homes and begin to wean themselves from nonrenewable fossil fuels. Electric and hybrid vehicles employing solar panels that match the color of the exterior paint would also be much more attactive to consumers relative to traditional solar panels already used by some vehicles (e.g., Fisker Karma). Reference: Zhang W, Anaya M, Lozano G, Calvo ME, Johnston MB, Míguez H, Snaith HJ. Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Tunable Structural Color. Nano Letters. 2015; 15 (3): 1698-1702 doi: 10.1021/nl504349z (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl504349z) Image reprinted with permission from American Chemical Society.
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Researchers from an Iranian university modeled and analyzed non-linear dynamic behavior and instability of nanostructures in the presence of external driving factors.
NNI Publishes Workshop Report Assessing the Status of EHS Risk Science: Report examines progress three years after the release of the 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy
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Halas, Nordlander awarded Optical Society's R.W. Wood Prize: Rice University researchers recognized for pioneering nanophotonics
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