In this issue of NANO we turn to carbon nanotubes. From their discovery to the opportunity and potential they offer to the demand for new technologies, we explore a range of areas impacted by this miracle material.
Carbon-nanotubes - Applications and Markets.
This wonder material of the 21st century has been earmarked for various applications from drug delivery systems, to space-bound elevators. Kshitij Aditeya Singh explores the range of applications carbon nanotubes will offer and provides a perspective on the emerging nanomaterials markeplace.
Advances in carbon nanotube technologies are driving the generation of a new class of materials that cross the biomedical, textiles and electronics industries. From clothing to artificial muscles, it appears there is no end to the applications for this new generation of smart materials.
Carbon nanotubes have the potential to radically change electronics and are among the most likely candidates for miniaturising electronic components beyond the micro-scale. But before nanotube circuits can be built, scientists first need to perfect the technology for attaching and welding nanotubes together. Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology describe a novel “plumbing” technique for doing so.
Ellipsometry and Polarimetry
Understanding and predicting the properties of nanoparticles and nanocomposites. NanoCharm provides an insightful look at metal nanostructures and the impact of ellipsometry on this exciting new field.
Nano in Japan
We take a look at what is being done to extend one of technology's big hitters top of the pile in the nanotechnology arena.
Ottilia Saxl speaks with Sir Harry Kroto, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for his part in the creation of Carbon C60, about the changes that will take place in civil engineering when carbonnanotubes can be used to create defect-free structures.
Examination of the effects the economic crisis will have on the development of nanotechnoloy.
What's New in Nano includes: power paint that can produce electricity equal to that produced by 50 wind farms, details of an award for NASA's Nano- pioneer, Chinese Scientists re-write the script with their nanotube paper, Fujitsu's creation of the first carbon nanotube composite, how insect wings have sparked innovation in anti-reflective films, Stanford's new carbon nanotube hydrogen storage technology, Japan's answer a speedy recovery from broken bones, bendy circuits and the secret behind Ivy's gripping technique.
In Nanomedicine, we look to put things in perspective, unearthing why the “nano” prefix, that is quickly becoming the buzz word of choice, excites some yet cause scepticism in others.
Countries covered: Japan, USA, UK, Italy
Products mentioned: Carbon nanotubes, smart yarns, catylatic convertors, bullet-proof vests, thin films, e-paper, flat screens, micro-chip cooling systems. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
What's new in Nano
Carbon Nanotubes-applications and Markets
A trick of the light? Explanation of metamaterials and negative refraction
Smart Yarns- Scaffolds for Growing skin and Nerves. Just some of the potentials of this technology
Nanotechnology in Japan
Interview with Sir Harry Kroto
Ellipsometry and Polarimetry
- Institute of Nanotechnology
- Imperial College London
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Texas, Dallas
- British Embassy in Tokyo
- National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
- University of Bari
- Institute for analytical Sciences
- University of London