Monday, September 28, 2009

A huge leap for nanotechnology

The Australian research community will soon have access to one of the most powerful nanotechnology instruments in the world, able to write and etch data on particles ten thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair, according to

The electron beam lithography instrument is designed to write or mark nano-sized objects and has the capabilities of writing the novel War and Peace on a surface as small as a pin-head, according to the Web site.

The multi-million dollar electron-beam lithography tool will be unique in Australia and is capable of ultra-high resolution patterning at very high speeds and placement accuracy. It will be housed in the soon-to-be-completed Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) located near Monash University's Clayton Campus and will be officially launched in March next year, according to the article.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Small-scale art

Got an eye for nanoscale art? The 2009 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition welcomes the public to pick its favorite image, to be held alongside other finalists chosen from 2,000 entries along with judges' selections of the year's "most visually stunning and technically proficient" micrographic images. Voting at is open until Oct. 2. There's also an "Identify the Image" game to correctly ID the five finalist micrographs.
The annual Nikon Instruments-sponsored show, now in its 35th year, is the preeminent showcase for beauty and complexity of life as seen through light microscopes, as captured across a wide variety of scientific disciplines.
Top selections will be announced on Oct.15 at New York City's Astor Center, and exhibited in a full-color calendar and 24-city national museum tour.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nanoblog: Big exhibit on a small topic

So you've heard all about this SUNYIT nanotechnology thing but don't want to admit you're somewhat ... confused.

Not to worry. Drive to the train station in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River in Albany, and check out the UAlbany NanoCollege's Educational Nanotechnology Exhibit. The exhibit opened last month and runs through September. It is co-sponsored by the Capital District Transit Authority.

The exhibit showcases New York state's growing list of nanotechnology accomplishments as well as the significant societal impact of nanoscale innovations, according to a press release from the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

If you go, you'll see silicon wafers, computer chips and biochips, as well as solar and fuel cells with nanotechnology-enabled consumer products, including an Xbox, iPod Touch, clothing and cosmetics, the press release says.

In the next few years, SUNYIT will become home to a nanotechnology research facility that will be a partner with the UAlbany NanoCollege. It promises to bring new jobs and business opportunities to the Mohawk Valley.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nanotech breath test could detect lung cancer early

A sensor made with gold nanoparticles can detect lung cancer in a patient's breath and may offer a diagnosis before tumours show up on an x-ray, according to a Reuters India article.

The device, which the developers say would be cheap enough for everyday use by family doctors, detected lung cancer with 86 percent accuracy and may offer a way to screen for a disease not usually diagnosed until it has spread and is no longer curable, according to the article.

Hossam Haick, one of the scientists working on the sensor, said he hoped it could soon allow doctors to have a simple test at hand to screen people during routine appointments, according to the article.