nanotimes April/May 2011

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"People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it ­walk."

Many institutional investors seem to currently take this quote by Ayn Rand to heart. They still have lots of investment money, optimism, and the appetite for risk in IPOs as they are on the rise in the market. In times of rising inflation rates and the expected second crisis it is a good strategy. It is positive for all of us, for job creation and our economic, technology driven future. 

We don't need public moaning but we just have to go out there and work hard according to the motto: Be positive and look ahead. More and more companies with capital requirements have the guts to go public incl. Germany. One company might be among them in the second half of the year, namely H.C. Starck. 

The company was part of the German Bayer Group until 2006. It is an international group of companies which produces refractory metals, advanced ceramics as powder or fabricated products. By using nanoscale tungsten carbide particles as hard material components, researchers at H.C. Starck improve the properties of hard metals substantially. The company has already succeeded in producing WC powders in grain sizes of 100nm using stably running and reproducible processes. 

Everyone with little money or "no money" should just use that bit to have a good time. If you have nothing to invest you needn't worry about crisis. 

If you have a little more as a private investor and you can think long-term - only a few people are willing to do that - there are still a number of investments to consider, e.g. agriculture (you can't eat your gold!), rented real-estate or residential property used by the owner, a blue-chip stock, commodities like e.g. lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper and rare earth elements. 

Maybe you want to invest in a business with long-term potential such as military & space technologies, satellites and spacecraft systems, sensors, security, cryptology, artificial intelligence, robots and robotics, intelligent software agents, translation systems, green energy like salt water treatment systems, ocean wave energy, media companies (content), waste disposal & recycling.

There are a lot of small, young and non-public companies in these areas worldwide, and many of them need equity for growth. So, all you have to do is "look straight ... and ­walk."

If we can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Intel [08-09]

Intel Reinvents Transistors Using New 3-D Structure 


Intel Corporation announced a significant break- through in the evolution of the transistor. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a three-dimensional structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Intel will introduce a revolutionary 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate, first disclosed by Intel in 2002, into high-volume manufacturing at the 22-nanometer (nm) node in an Intel chip codenamed "Ivy Bridge." 


Companies - Altairnano [10-11]

Altairnano Increased Revenues by 114% to $2.6 Million 


Financial Highlights for the first quarter of 2011 compared to 2010:  

· Revenues increased 114% to $2.6 million;


· Gross margin of $(0.2) million compared to $0.3 million;


· Operating expenses of $5.7 million compared to $6.4 million;


· Net loss of $5.9 million compared to $6.1 million;


· Net cash burn excluding the sale of new common shares 

  of $4.7 million compared to $5.8 million.

Interview - Alexium International Group [12]
Nanotimes spoke with John Almond, Director of Business Development Europe of Alexium International Group, about his company, products and future developments. 
Alexium International Group is an international company listed on the Australian and Frankfurt Securities Exchanges (ASX: AJX / FSE: E7T.F).


Companies -  [16]



ADA Technologies

Advanced Diamond Technologies


AES Corporation



Arrowhead Research Corporation

Avantium Pharma BV


BioMers Pte Ltd. / Nanostart



Cabot Corporation

Carl Zeiss

Chilin Technology

CVD Equipment Corporation

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.


Dow Corning Corp.

Dow Electronic Materials



E Ink / Chilin Technology



Flamel Technologies


FRX Polymers






HREM Research




Industrial Nanotech

Infineon Technologies

Intrexon / Novici Biotech 

ItN Nanovation

Kadmon Pharmaceuticals / Nano Terra

Kopin Kromax  / Alchimer


Life Technologies / ProBioGen

Luna Innovations 




Molecular Targeting Technologies


Nanofilm / SDG


Nano Mask

Nanometrics Incorporated

Nanonics Imaging, Ltd.

NeoPhotonics Corporation



Nanostart / Nanosys

Nano Terra, Inc. / Surface Logix, Inc.   

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. 


Panoramic Power 

pSivida Corp.
PVA TePla 

Pythagoras Solar

Philips Lumileds / LUXEON A   

QED Technologies (QED)

Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc. / Nanopoint 
SmartKem Limited

Spire Corporation

Universal Display Corporation   

Veeco Instruments Inc.

Vive Nano

Companies - Philips Lumileds [44]


LUXEON A introduced this week is the latest illumination grade LED from Philips Lumileds that reduces the engineering effort required for new solutions and delivers Freedom From Binning. 


LUXEON A shares the LUXEON Rebel ES platform and footprint and incorporates a 2 square millimeter thin film flip chip and Lumiramic phosphor technology to deliver the highest quality of light at 2700K and 3000K with very high efficacy and light output. 


All LUXEON A LEDs are hot-tested and specified at a junction temperature of 85° C (185° F) that represents real-world operating conditions.

More Efficient Use of Solar Energy [50]

Titanium oxide-based photocatalysis is the  presently most efficient, yet little understood conversion process. In cooperation with colleagues from Germany and abroad, scientists of the KIT Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG) have studied the basic mechanisms of photochemistry by the example of titania and have presented new detailed findings.

By using instead mm-sized single-crystal substrates, the researchers were for the first time able to precisely study photochemical processes on the surface of titanium dioxide by means of a novel infrared spectrometer.

Technology Based on Iron-Carbon - For Accumulators of Much Higher Energy Density [53]


The KIT Institute of Nanotechnology, Germany, has developed a new approach to the synthesis of iron-carbon storage materials. 


By means of the process, the patent of which has been applied for, metal organic materials are mixed with a lithium salt and heated up. As a result, an entirely new nanostructure with simultaneously de-veloping carbon wires forms. Nanoscaled storage units and conduction paths are generated quasi in one step.


Industry's Smallest, Most Advanced
20-Nanometer Process [54]

Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc.  introduced a new, finer 20nm process technology for manufacturing NAND flash memory. The new 20nm process produces an 8-gigabyte (GB) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash device, providing a high-capacity, small form factor storage option.


Controlled near-field Enhanced Electron Acceleration from Dielectric Nanospheres [62]

An international team of researchers succeeded  at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany, to control and monitor strongly accelerated electrons from nanospheres with extremely short and intense laser pulses.

For the first time, the researchers could observe and record the direct elastic recollision phenomenon from a nanosystem in detail. The scientists used polarized light for their experiments. With polarized light, the light waves are oscillating only along one axis and not, as with normal light, in all directions.

"Intense radiation pulses can deform or destroy nanoparticles. We have thus prepared the nanoparticles in a beam, such that fresh nanoparticles were used for every laser pulse. This was of paramount importance for the observation of the highly energetic electrons," explains Eckart Rühl.


Top-down Unmanufacturability [66]

In a paper published in Nanotechnology, Professor Mike Kelly, Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics, University of Cambridge, U.K., stated that you cannot mass produce structures with a diameter of three nanometres or less using a top-down approach

This statement raises a major question concerning the billions of dollars that are poured into nanotechnology each year in the hope that the latest technology developed in the lab can make the transition to a manufactured product on the market.


DNA Nanostructures [67]

Researchers at Arizona State University, USA, present in Science a strategy to design and construct self-assembling DNA nanostructures that define intricate curved surfaces in three-dimensional (3D) space using the DNA origami folding technique. 

A series of DNA nanostructures with high curvature-such as 2D arrangements of concentric rings and 3D spherical shells, ellipsoidal shells, and a nanoflask - were assembled. 


Electrical Conductivity of Polymeric Composites Improved [68] 
Percolating network of rods and sphere
Percolating network of rods and sphere

Physicists at the University of Luxembourg have developed a new method to improve the electrical conductivity of polymeric composites

Polymeric composites consist of two or more materials and are used for example to shield off electrostatics in airplanes. 

By introducing additives into polymeric composites, favourable properties can be achieved. For instance, they develop favourable electrical properties when reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Such composites are used to make flat-panel displays and solar cells more efficient.


Quantum Dots - Plasmonic Resonances in Semiconductor Nanocrystals [74]

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy  (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that plasmonic properties can also be achieved in the semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots. This discovery should make the field of plasmonics even hotter.

"We have demonstrated well-defined localized surface plasmon resonances arising from p-type carriers in vacancy-doped semiconductor quantum dots that should allow for plasmonic sensing and manipulation of solid-state processes in single nanocrystals," says Berkeley Lab director Paul Alivisatos, a nanochemistry authority who led this research.

 "Our doped semiconductor quantum dots also open up the possibility of strongly coupling photonic and electronic properties, with implications for light harvesting, nonlinear optics, and quantum information processing."


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