The Safety Bandwagon?

It’s an early stage, but are we detecting signs of a nano safety bandwagon? A variety of people were in Washington last week, some calling for “10% of federal nano spending to go toward safety studies.” This seems like an unworkable idea to us, and is a classic case of putting the cart in front of the horse. Carbon nanotubes …

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 …

Fullerenes Hit the Market

It is common knowledge that L’Oreal is one of the biggest nano related patent holders, and various nanomaterials have been used in the cosmetics industry for a long time, whether intentionally or not. The UK’s Sunday Times Beauty and Style section recommends a fullerene based antioxidant, perhaps providing an outlet for a small fraction of the 40 tons a year …

Nanochallenge: The Winners

I just spent a fascinating (and busy) 48 hours as a judge for Veneto Nanotech’s Nanochallenge competition. For those not familiar with the event, it offers a prize of 200,000 euros plus 100,000 of ‘in kind’ benefits such as facilities, administrative and legal support for the winner. While this may not be much to a Nanosys, it is prizes of …

Identity Theft?

Terminology is always an issue when looking at nanotechnologies, after all most of what is described as nanotechnology should actually be nanoscience. Members of the molecular nanotechnology community, who of course lay claim to inventing the tem nanotechnology, are now out in the MNT margins despite a proposal to rename it all zettatechnology a while back. The latest term to …

Second Time Lucky?

News from Japan informs us of a new use for an old technology by Suzutora. The company developed the technology to create nanometre sized stainless steel particles and coat textiles with them 25 years ago, but it had not been able to find a marketable use for it. Memories of the kind of voodoo required to crank up pre digital …

Nanofibres and Blue Suede Shoes

We are aware if a number of Halls of Fame in the US, rock & roll, country music, baseball and even ones dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls.. News from NASA tells us that there is a Space Tech Hall Of Fame complete witha rather odd web site, which has been recently joined by a couple of nanotech related companies. Can …

“Innovation is no Longer an Option, it’s Mandatory”

Australia’s ABC has a long piece on textile technologies with the focus being very much on underwear. Being from down under, the article can’t avoid the subject of wool. Dr Tony Pierlot, a researcher with CSIRO Textile & Fibre Technology, summed up what an increasing number of people are discovering about nanotechnologies: “Funnily enough, it turns out nature’s already thought …

For Piston Slap Get CLAP!

Another nano miracle product pops up in the automotive world, with the Economist discussing a new fuel additive called Clap (which appears to work in a similar way to the nanoparticles in hair conditioners) while Autoblog has a bit of fun with both the name and its usefulness.

Nanopants Going Out of Style?

After a few weeks running around Asia, from Mumbai to Beijing and Singapore to Tokyo, one of the areas that is attracting the most attention is the merger between nanotechnologies and textiles. We are not just talking about stain resistant shirts here, and the embedding of sensors and electronics is really catching the imagination, with almost every government we talk …