- Published: June 2010
NANO Magazine - Issue 4
- ID: 1296014
- December 2007
- 47 pages
- NANO Magazine
Issue 4 of NANO Magazine focuses on how Nanotechnology can make a major impact on the automotive industry that will enable cars to be more efficient and safer to drive. We also tackle Nano in space, a new “Green Team” set to reduce our carbon footprint, governance of Nanomedicine and Nano in the Netherlands.
Nano in NASA
In today's world, where the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have reported that the continuing robust global growth in transportation will see an increase in energy use and carbon emissions in the sector by a massive 80 per cent over 2002 levels by 2030. One can clearly see that the planet is feeling the effects of air and space travel. We spoke to NASA to gain an overview of how nanotechnology will lead to more fuel efficient shuttles and enhance the safety of space flights.
Back on ground level, new technologies are leading to safer, more reliable and more comfortable cars. New sensing devices and communication systems are being developed with seemingly endless possibilities. We provide some insight into progress in the field.
Paints and coatings currently account for about 43 per cent of the entire nanotechnology market in the automotive industry. This was one of the first areas where nanotechnology was used in cars and other vehicles and its potential for scratch-free, self-cleaning surfaces that can save on both monetary and environmental costs is now being realised. We feature one such technology, Ecology Coatings, which was developed with the environment in mind.
One of the primary concerns of car manufacturers is reducing the weight of their vehicles, which in turn results in better fuel economy, reduced emissions and improved vehicle performance. Researchers from Ford and Daimler Chrysler provide an insight into the techniques they are developing to create lighter vehicles.
Talking About a Nanogeneration
Also on the subject of green Nanotech, the President of Welsh-based G24 Innovations offers a view into new routes to reduce our carbon footprint. A nanogeneration that will introduce evolutionary forms of “green energy” to reduce carbon emissions without compromising on modern life.
Researchers at Rice University are now taking the conventional top-down approach to manufacturing and literally turning science on its head. Advances in nanotechnology have enabled scientists to manipulate atoms and molecules on a nanoscale, and build machines from the bottom up. There is perhaps no better example of this than the NanoCar designed at Rice. This single molecule car is being developed in the hope that one day it will enable transport of materials and goods on the nano-scale for bottom-up construction.
As with all new technologies and unknown entities, it is wise to be cautious and we welcome the views of two leading voices in the field. Paul Borm who heads the Centre of Expertise in Life Sciences in the Netherlands highlights the risks of ploughing full speed ahead without stopping to assess the risks, while Richard Moore of the Institute of Nanotechnology explains what governance means in terms of medical nanotechnology.
Could Nanopathology unravel Gulf war Syndrome?
On the topic of homeland defence, we look to Dr. Antonietta Gatti to investigate the idea that Nano-sized pollutants from depleted Uranium weaponry might provide the cause for so many of the devastating symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome affecting many war veterans.
Nano in the Netherlands
Finally, but by no means last, we look to the Netherlands for inspiration. The Dutch have made a major contribution to global nanotechnology over the past number of years and are well regarded as a leader in turning world class nano-research into innovation today. We explore the international success behind the NanoNed network.
Our Netherlands focus includes an interview with Professor David Reinhoudt, one of the driving forces behind nano in the Netherlands. He provides a unique insight into what inspires him, and his visions for the future of nanotechnology.
Every issue we take a look at the exciting new developments in the Nano-world such as: an illuminating investigation into new drug delivery techniques set to battle cancer, the future of armed service's uniforms, Nanoforrests that could help solve chip over-heating issues, as well as revolutionary methods for data storage..
We also focus in on the world of Nanomedicne, where Richard Moore examines the notion of “governance”, what it may mean to different stakeholders and how it may affect medical nanotechnology, especially on a European level.
Countries covered: Europe, The Netherlands, USA, Japan, UK
Products mentioned: Sensors, Micro-electro Mechanical Sensors (MEM), Nano-Based Coatings, Polymer Clay Nanocomposites
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What's New in Nano
Nano in NASA
Cruise Control- Sensors in intellegent vehicles
Nanocar- Tiny motor vehicles in nanoscale construction
Thin Skins- Green Coating Technology for tougher automotives
Weight-Saving Nanotech- New Plastics for the Vehicles of Tomorrow
PCN Performance- Novel Techniques for enhancing polymer clay composites
Gulf War Syndrome- Could Nanopathology Unravel Some of the Causes?
Talking About a Nanogeneration- A New and Exciting Form of 'Green energy' Generation Explained
Country Focus- Nano in the Netherlands
Interview- Professor David Reinhoudt
Comment- A Classical Dilemma for Nanotechnologies
Medical nanotechnology: Nanomedicine and Governance
- G24 Innovations
- FEI Company
- Mad City Labs
- Semefab (Scotland) ltd
- Rice University
- University of Sussex
- Richard. E. Smalley Institute
- Ecology Coatings
- Daimler Chrysler
- German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Mercedes Technology
- Ford Research
- MESA+ University of Twente
- Kavli Institute of Nanoscience
- BioMade University of Groningen
- IMM Institute University of Nijmegan
- BIO NT University of Wageningen
- Phiips Research
- University of Eindhoven
- Insitute of Nanotechnology
- European Technology Trade Alliance
- University of Modena