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Dear Readers,

again, we can present a very exciting edition including a huge number of nanotech related news and company updates. So, we are happy to publish news on a novel class of high-performance thermoelectric materials [page 75], to give new insights from researchers at MIT who could enable a new generation of significantly more efficient power plants and desalination plants [page 62]. These are all real breaking nanotech news. In addition, there are a lot of new success stories on the fight against cancer [page 50, 61, and 72].

 

We are also proud to present Graphene Laboratories [http://www.graphenelab.com] and Plasma-Therm [http://www.plasma-therm.com] - two new business partners and very successful US companies with amazing and innovative products. We also have an interesting IPO with the Danish based technology company LiqTech International (OTCBB: LIQT) in the beginning of March.

 

LiqTech sold shares of its common stock in a registered direct placement of its shares at a per share price of $3.25 (last price $3.38). One core competence is the manipulation of Silicon Carbide (SiC), one the most durable of manmade materials, which has allowed it to make a high value, high performance product for liquid and gaseous filtration products. Up to now, we have 208 companies on our Watchlist. Over the last few months, I have identified new players and prepared another list. I will add these companies including an update in our next edition. Kurion, a technology development company providing proprietary solutions that isolate waste from the environment, is one of these new companies.

 

Another one is Siluria, a company with the ability to produce chemicals and fuels from a cheaper, more abundant resource than oil. A third example is Exergy Technologies Corporation, a provider of advanced membrane and electrochemical separation technologies for the reuse of water, which is very important. If you are an owner of an innovative company in nano- or cleantech or if you an innovator (a new Edison so to speak) please don't hesitate to send me your company portfolio, ideas and suggestions or connect with me via LinkedIn.

 

 

Thomas Ilfrich

 

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Scientists Revolutionise Electron Microscope [10]


Researchers at the University of Sheffield have revolutionised the electron microscope by developing a new method which could create the highest resolution images ever seen. The new method, called electron ptychography, dispenses with the lens and instead forms the image by reconstructing the scattered electron-waves after they have passed through the sample using computers.

Scientists involved in the scheme consider their findings to be a "first step" in a "completely new epoch of electron imaging". The process has no fundamental experimental boundaries and it is thought it will transform sub-atomic scale transmission imaging.


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Removing Radioactivity [12]

Nuclear waste cleanup startup Kurion says it's responsible for removing 70% of the radioactivity from the waste water at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Kurion is a technology development company providing proprietary solutions that isolate waste from the environment to help enable new clean safe nuclear power for a secure energy future. 

The Company is backed by Lux Capital.


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Companies -  [12-43, abstract]

e.g. 3M Scotch-Weld Instant Adhesive was recently responsible for a Guinness World Records-setting feat, lifting an 8.1 metric ton (17,857 pound, 2990 PSI) forklift in the air for one hour.

 

Bridgelux Inc., a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions, announced that Kaistar Lighting (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. has agreed to invest $25 million in the company. Bridgelux will use the equity investmentto further accelerate research, development, and production of LED chip and packaging technology for general illumination applications.

 

GE Global Research presented at the APS' 2012 March Meeting new research findings on its nanotextured anti-icing surfaces.

 

Graphene Laboratories Inc. presented their new expanded product line at the American Physical Society March Meeting in Boston, USA. Graphene Laboratories has significantly expanded their product line since their last appearance at a 2011 APS MeetingThe latest products include: CVD Graphene Coatings on various dielectric substrates, Graphene Paper, Reduced Graphene Oxide, Ultrafine High Surface Area Graphene Nanoplatelets, and Continuous Graphene on Foil, and 3D Graphene Foam. The 3D graphene is grown on nickel or copper foam, and the metal may then be etched away leaving a free-standing, porous graphene structure. The graphene foams have been found to be valuable for chemical sensing and energy storage.

 

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. has recently developed a new large-scale synthesis process for CNTs.

 

Konica Minolta has successfully developed a high-accuracy inkjet head capable of 1-picoliter drop size.

 

In January, Luxtera opened Silicon CMOS Photonics process and CMOS Photonics device library to Optoelectronic Systems Integration in Silicon (OpSIS), a foundry service that provides access to optoelectronic integrated circuits to the community at large, at a modest cost.

 

Merck sells its electrolytes business for high-performance batteries to German BASF.

 

METACLAY, Russia, has launched the first production in Russia of nanosilicates and polymer nanocomposites incorporating those nanosilicates.

 

MiaSolé, a leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, has secured $55 million in funding to drive its next wave of growth.

 

NanoGuardian(TM), a division of NanoInk(R), Inc. that delivers on-dose brand protection solutions to fight illegal diversion and counterfeiting, signed a multi-year agreement with a Top 10 global pharmaceutical company to supply its On-Dose NanoEncryption(TM) technology and Closed-Loop Protection(TM) market monitoring program to help ensure the safety and integrity of the company's products.

 

Nextreme Thermal Solutions announced that its thin-film thermoelectric technology has achieved a 60.1°degC (140.18deg F) temperature difference between its cold and hot sides at an ambient temperature of 24.7deg C (76.46deg F), bringing it on par with the performance of bulk thermoelectric technology.

 

Oxford Nanopore Technologies presented for the first time DNA sequence data using its novel nanopore "strand sequencing" technique and proprietary high performance electronic devices GridION and MinION.

 

Surrey NanoSystems has raised third round funding of GBP4.5 million (US$7.1m) - one of the largest amounts secured by any UK semiconductor-focused company in the last year - from a consortium led by New Wave Ventures.

 

Verticle, Inc. announced the mass production of hexagonal-shaped LED chip Honeycomb(TM).
 

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Technique Allows User-defined Shapes, Location and Pattern Variation [44]
 
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (US) have developed a "soft template infiltration" technique for fabricating free-standing piezoelectrically active ferroelectric nanotubes and other nanostructures from PZT, a material that is attractive because of its large piezoelectric response. The technique allows fabrication of ferroelectric nanostructures with user-defined shapes, location and pattern variation across the same substrate. 

The resulting structures, which are 100 to 200nm in outer diameter with thickness ranging from 5 to 25nm, show a piezoelectric response comparable to that of PZT thin films of much larger dimensions. The technique could ultimately lead to production of actively-tunable photonic and phononic crystals, terahertz emitters, energy harvesters, micromotors, micropumps and nanoelectromechanical sensors, actuators and transducers, all made from the PZT material.


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3D Microfluidic Mixer by Femtosecond Laser Direct Writing [45]
 
Researchers at State Key Laboratory of High Field Laser Physics, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIOM) developed a new technique to fabricate micro-channels in glass with nearly unlimited lengths and with arbitrary geometries.

The main fabrication process includes two steps: (1) direct formation of hollow microchannels in a mesoporous glass substrate immersed in water by femtosecond laser ablation; and (2) postannealing of the glass substrate at 1,150deg C (2,102deg F). This consolidates the nanoscale pores by causing them to collapse. However, the fabricated microchannels survive due to their larger size.

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Wireless, Self-Propelled Medical Device [46]
 
At International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Ada Poon, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, demonstrated a tiny, wirelessly powered, self-propelled medical devicecapable of controlled motion through a fluid - blood. Powered without wires or batteries, it can propel itself though the bloodstream and is small enough to fit through blood vessels.

"Such devices could revolutionize medical technology," said Poon. "Applications include everything from diagnostics to minimally invasive surgeries."
 

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The Synergistic Effect of Capture Agents and Nanostructures [50]

 

Research has produced a polymer film that can capture specific circulating tumor cells (CTCs). With further development, the system could help doctors to diagnose an advancing cancer and assess the effectiveness of treatments.

 

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NASA Develops Super-Black Material That Absorbs Light Across Multiple Wavelength Bands [54]

 

NASA engineers have produced a material that absorbs on average more than 99% of the ultra-violet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it - a development that promises to open new frontiers in space technology.

 

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Rapid Fabrication of Electromechanical Devices [56]

 

In a new mass-production technique, robotic insects spring to life new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.

Devised by engineers at Harvard University (US), the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.

 

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Researchers First to Attempt 3D CNT Architectures [60]

 

A team of University of Delaware mechanical engineering professors, plus researchers from three other academic institutions, are collaborating to develop three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanotube structures. This is the first attempt to create and use 3D carbon nanotube solid networks.

 

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News in Brief [62-75]
 
Desalination Plants [62]
New research by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers important new insights into how droplets form, and ways to pattern the collecting surfaces at the nanoscale to encourage droplets to form more rapidly. These insights could enable a new generation of significantly more efficient power plants and desalination plants, the researchers say.

New Tip [64]
Scientists at IBM Research have fabricated an ultrasharp silicon carbide tip possessing such high strength that it is thousands of times more wear-resistant at the nanoscale than previous designs. The new tip, which is 100,000 times smaller than the tip of a pencil, represents an important step towards nanomanufacturing for applications, including bio sensors for healthcare and the environment.

Glass-Ceramic [66]
German scientists of the Otto-Schott-Institute for Glass Chemistry succeeded in producing a new kind of glass-ceramic with a nanocrystalline structure, which seems to be well suited to be used in dentistry due to their high strength and its optical characteristics.

Sperglue [68]
A bio-inspired superglue has been developed by Oxford University (UK) researchers that can't be matched for sticking molecules together and not letting go. It could prove to be a very useful addition to any toolbox for biotechnology or nanotechnology. You could use the glue to grab hold of proteins or stick them immovably to surfaces. You could even use it to assemble proteins and enzymes to build new structures on the nanometre scale.

Radiation Sensors [68]
At the Micro and Nano Laboratory in Gaustadbekkdalen in Oslo, scientists have created one of the most advanced radiation sensors in the world: an X-ray detector that can reveal the composition of materials in a fraction of a second. The sensor has been developed by SINTEF nanotechnologists, and is already an exclusive component in great demand by industries that supply advanced analytical instruments for materials science.

New Light Source [72]
MIT researchers report the development of a new light source, a fiber only 400µm across. The newly developed fiber has a hollow core; surrounding this core are alternating layers of materials with different optical properties, which together act as a mirror. In the core is a droplet of fluid that can be moved up and down the fiber. When the droplet receives energy, or is "pumped", it emits light. The light bounces back and forth between the mirrors, emerging from the core as a 360-degree laser beam.

The fiber thus opens the possibility of 3-D displays woven from flexible fibers that project different information to viewers' left and right eyes.

Gas Sensor [73]
Fazel Yavari at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new sensor to detect extremely small quantities of hazardous gases.
 

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EU-Projects / Reports [76-79]
 
Carbon Nanotubes
 
Supercapacitors for Hybrid Fuel Cell Applications
 
Better Fuel Cells
 
High Frequency Welding Becomes Highly Efficient
 
Reports: Nanotechnology Market Forecast to 2014
 
Reports: Lithium Battery Power
 
Reports: UK Filter Manufacturers & Suppliers market in 2012
 

 

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