Featured in this issue:      Nanotech Industrial Solution, Inc.  |  Acoustiblok, Inc.  |  Aerotech, Inc.  |  Anton Paar  |  Harper International Corporation  |  TPL, Inc.
 
18 July 2014
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Health and Safety Regs Put Nanotech in the News
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Health and Safety Regs Put Nanotech in the News
 
After years of discussion over the health and safety of nanotechnology, regulatory efforts are finally coming to fruition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just released several guidance documents for manufacturers, including the definition of whether a product includes nanotechnology and the implications of nano ingredients for food safety and regulation. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative has been busy developing evaluation tools to track the life cycle of nanomaterials in various media, and quantify workplace exposure, among other things. All of this comes none too soon, judging by some of the consumer dialogue underway.
 
 
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Next Generation Nano Enhanced Industrial Lubricants
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Next Generation Nano Enhanced Industrial Lubricants
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Nanotech Industrial Solutions proprietary nano sized particles of Inorganic Fullerene-like Tungston Disulfide products are engineered to provide peak performance in engines, industrial gearboxes, bearings, and all industrial machines working under extreme stress conditions. Oil additives, gear oils, and greases are formulated with specific application conditions in mind.
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Research & Development . . .
 
 
Melt Fat the Nanoparticle Way
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Melt Fat the Nanoparticle Way
 
Nanoparticle-enabled liposuction might just be the next big thing in cosmetic surgery circles. Traditional liposuction is a physical and fairly invasive procedure with side effects ranging from pain and bruising to nerve damage. By injecting gold nanoparticles into the tissue and illuminating it with an IR laser, researchers were able to liquefy the fat, making it easy to remove with minimal disruption.
 
 
 
 
DNA Boosts Fire Retardant
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DNA Boosts Fire Retardant
 
A bio-inspired fire retardant coating combines DNA with clay and a crustacean-shell derivative called chitosan to slash primary metrics of flammability by as much as 77%. Developed by NIST researchers, the treatment consists of a multi-layer stack of clay and chitosan, bound together by DNA. The materials are both renewable and non-toxic, although the application is more time-consuming than current methods.
 
Materials & Structured Products . . .
 
Graphene Fibers Give Kevlar a Run for Its Money
 
Pliable yarns of graphene oxide (GO) can rival Kevlar for strength while providing a customizable scaffold for a range of applications. Oxidized, for example, the fibers could be useful for microelectronics. Impregnated with silver nanorods, they could form lighter weight high-tension lines. The key advance is the team's fabrication method, which lends itself to high-volume manufacturing, showing promise for industrial applications.
 
 
 
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Nanostructured Surface Boosts Bone Formation
 
Adding nanoscale texturing to the surface of dental implants mimics bone to promote faster healing, say New York University researchers. Typically, a certain amount of bone loss takes place after implantation and before healing begins. The NYU study, which involved a commercially available implant, showed DNA-level changes that counter the loss to enhance bone formation and increase bone density.
 
 
 
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A Quantum Leap in Piezo Nanopositioning
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A Quantum Leap in Piezo Nanopositioning
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Aerotech's QNP Series piezo nanopositioning stages offer nanometer-level performance in a compact, high-stiffness package for X, XY, and Z axis applications. A variety of travel and feedback options make them ideal for applications from microscopy to optics alignment.
 
 
 
 
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Nano Generator Powers Pacemaker
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Nano Generator Powers Pacemaker
 
Self-powered pacemakers might allow heart patients to avoid repeat surgeries for battery replacement, courtesy of a nano generator developed by Korean researchers. The piezoelectric device harvests energy from body movements. The goal was to develop an in-body battery charger but the device produces enough power to directly stimulate the heart of an animal subject. Up next, self-powered heart monitors and implantable devices.
 
 
 
 
Nanomotor Hits 18,000 RPM, Lasts for Hours
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Nanomotor Hits 18,000 RPM, Lasts for Hours
 
Tiny spinning motors may someday cruise through the body, mixing, and delivering insulin or anticancer drugs with minimum side effects, say University of Texas at Austin engineers. Small enough to fit inside a human cell, the motors can turn continuously at 18,000 RPM for up to 15 hours. The faster the motors rotate, the greater the amount of drug released; even better, they can twirl in sync.
 
Manufacturing & Commercialization . . .
 
Easy TiO2 Synthesis Technique Available for Licensing
 
A scalable, low-cost technique for manufacturing titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles produces a higher quality product from readily available precursors. TiO2 nanoparticles can improve the performance of LEDs and solar cells, but the high cost and inconsistent quality of current commercial product has hindered their acceptance. Developed by Sandia National Laboratories, the new method could help the industry take off — and Sandia is seeking commercial partners.
 
 
 
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Nano Material Forms Puncture-proof Gloves
 
A novel nano material promises to protect healthcare workers from the risks associated with needle sticks. Based on a shear thickening fluid (STF), the material hardens temporarily under abrupt pressure to prevent punctures and cuts. First developed at the University of Delaware, the technology is under commercialization by STF Technologies. Initial efforts are focused on gloves, but in future will broaden to include body armor.
 
 
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Top Ways to Design for Energy Efficiency
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Top Ways to Design for Energy Efficiency
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Are you maximizing the investment in your thermal processing equipment? Learn more at this Webinar series on Designing for Energy Efficiency, including comparisons of different furnace types, practical retrofits to existing systems, and abatement versus clean and recycle. Discover more.
 
 
 
 
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Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Nanoscale Electrical Contacts/Interconnects
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Targeted to product designers and researchers, this specification aids in their efforts to bring nano-enabled products to market. IEC/TR 62632 describes configurations, fabrication technologies, and characterization techniques for nanoscale contacts and nano-interconnects.

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