Star Trek-like Electronic Gadgets in Wales, Quantum Computers in Cambridge

The UK took a step into the future , or at least boosted its nanotech capabilities yesterday by the opening of a new MNC (in this case a Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre rather than the a multinational corporation) in Swansea. Meanwhile the University of Cambridge bagged a £4.4 million (about $7.8 million) research grant to investigate nanostructures focussed on developing semiconductor …

We Buy Nano – $1 million to US$100 million – Call Now!

A “Silicon Valley Nano Newsletter, January 2006″ just plunked into our inbox announcing a billion dollar nanotech buyout (perhaps)… Marketplace – RFP for acquisition of your nano bio, chemical, energy, or material start-up or early stage company. European Company seeks to acquire US nanotechnology companies from start-up to established and is prepared to pay from US$1 million to US$100 million. …

Karl Marx on Nanotechnologies

Mark Baxendale takes a rational and open minded look at nanotechnologies for “revolutionary Anti-Capitalist newspaper Socialist Worker. The article highlights the age old fear, resulting from the perceived attempts to monopolise GMO’s by Monsanto, of who controls nanotechnologies, concluding that ‘if we are to maximise the benefits of nanotechnology, we should not leave control of this field to the “band …

A Happy New Year Baht’at

While we were relaxing on the farm over Xmas (Ilkley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales seen above on Boxing day is where the ancestral home stands) Qinetiqs lawyers were busily getting clearance for a $2 billion IPO. Before anyone gets too excited about a new nanotech stock with a market cap of over a pocket full of change …

Opportunities in South East Europe?

Greece has played a major role in science and technology in the past, if not recently, giving us the earliest scientists, much of the language of science, and as many people giving presentations about nanotechnologies never hesitate to remind us, the words ‘nano’ and ‘technology.’ I was in Athens this week on a non nano related mission and managed to …

Nano Management

Switching between the academic and business worlds it is fascinating to see the similarities. Jumping from judging business plans in Padua to chairing the Austrian NANO Initiative’s Science and Technology Advisory Council would, at first sight seem to be completely different. Although the source of the funding may differ, much of the potential success, or otherwise of any project often …

Bedtime Reading

If you fancy getting up to speed with heath and environmental risks of nanotechnologies, or more specifically nanoparticles, then you can take your pick from a veritable onslaught of information this week. DEFRA (The Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs) weighs in with “Characterising The Potential Risks Posed By Engineered Nanoparticles”, the Royal Society has a report on a …

UK Employment in Nanotechnologies

In an article about the BSI standards conference we noticed an intriguing factoid. “Speaking at the event, science and innovation minister Lord Sainsbury said that the UK’s current annual turnover for all micro and nanotechnologies is £11bn, and that it supports some 20,000 jobs.” It makes us wonder what the turnover for UK nanotechnologies alone is, and whether the government …

Frankfurter Nano

I spent an interesting day at the second Hessen Nanoforum in Hanau, Germany (just outside Frankfurt if you are not familiar) followed by a rather less interesting day at Frankfurt airport due to fog and wind in Madrid causing an eight hour delay to my Iberia flight. All of the participants except two were from Germany, so I had to …