Asia NanoTech News

CheapTubes Inc. Enables Low Cost High Quality Nano Carbon Materials
Zero Energy Building
CheapTubes Inc. is paving the way for wider use and commercialization of nano carbon materials by providing them affordably to those in need. Being a leading distributor in carbon nanotube (CNT) worldwide, CheapTubes ventures further to applications development activities, such as development of conductive nanotubes composite, graphitization and functionalization of CNTs, conductive ink, and single layer graphene film for transparent conductive film for ITO replacement. In this article, we share our insights on the activities of CheapTubes based on our interview with its Founder and Director, Mike Foley. > >Read the whole article
Singapore Promoting Clean Energy & Sustainable City
Zero Energy Building
Zero Energy Building (ZEB) of Singapore BCA Academy was officially opened on 26 October 2009. It is intended as demonstration of application of clean and green technologies as well as intelligent building design, requiring no traditional energy (fossil fuel based) at all. ZEB is a retrofit of an existing building in BCA Academy featuring innovative green technologies such as sunrays collector and mirror ducts, green shading, solar chimneys and solar panels, coated glass for heat reduction, cool paint and cool pavement coating. Since its operation in October 2009, ZEB has been producing more energy than what it has been consuming. It is estimated that the building will save SGD 84,000/year energy cost compared to a typical office in Singapore (based on 21.69 cents/kWh). In this article, we share our knowledge of the green technologies that are adopted in the building.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanoimprint Lithography Enabling NanoManufacturing
Nanoimprint Lithography
Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) being simple thus low cost has attracted increasing attention from industrial players. This has motivated NIL group in IMRE, led by Dr Low Hong Yee, to form Industrial Consortium on Nanoimprint (I.C.O.N.) to further promote and accelerate the adoption of NIL in industry manufacturing. I.C.O.N. was successfully launched together with the 4th Industrial Symposium on Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) on 3rd August 2010. In this article, we share a brief overview about I.C.O.N. and highlight the NIL capability of IMRE presented during the industrial symposium.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanoparticles Enabling More Effective Chemotherapy Interview with One of the World’s Nanomedicine Leaders – Prof. FENG Si‐Shen at NUS, Singapore
Stent. Chemotherapy
Traditional chemotherapy presently has been associated with severe side effects such as hypersensitivity reaction and toxicities thus degrading the patient’s quality of life. As a visionary leader in nanomedicine, Professor FENG Si‐Shen has developed new concept of chemotherapy that involves nanoparticles of novel biodegradable co‐polymers resulting in more effective and efficient drug delivery, significantly improving the treatment of cancers and improving quality of life of cancer patients. There are three products related to improved chemotherapy developed by Prof. Feng’s group: NanoTaxanes, TargetingTaxanes and OralTaxanes. His group has also developed the 3rd generation of cardiovascular stents, as well as novel nanoparticle formulations of iron oxides and quantum dots for safer cellular and molecular imaging application. These activities have been taking place in his Chemotherapeutic Engineering Laboratory in National University of Singapore (NUS). >>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanostructured Photocatalytic Materials Enable Capturing Solar Energy and Simultaneously Powering Water Purification - An interview of Associate Prof Darren Delai SUN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A Singapore research group led by Associate Prof Darren Delai SUN in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has developed world leading research capability in TiO2-based nanostructures for clean water and energy (hydrogen and solar energy) production. They have the expertise in synthesizing special shapes, composition and pre-designed nanostructures using electronspinning, hydrothermal, anodization or doping method. Their flexible TiO2 nanofiber/tube/wire membrane has not only successfully been applied in the water treatment system for the concurrent filtration and photocatalytic oxidation functions, but also used as electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) to achieve low-cost, flexible and printable thin film solar cells. Dr. Sun and his colleagues designed a dye sensitized TiO2 nanostructures based system for producing clean water and electric energy simultaneously by taking advantage of both the photocatalytic and photovoltaic properties of their proprietary TiO2-based nanostructures. This smart design has great commercial potential in realizing the water purification at almost zero cost. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Rational Design of Nanostructures and Tuning of Photophysical Properties for Robust Cancer Therapy and Drug Delivery
Prof. Zhang is one of world leading experts in photoelectrochemistry and optical nanomaterials. His lab is equipped with state of the art Femtosecond laser system allowing his team to probe fundamental charge carrier or exciton dynamics on the ultrafast time scale, directing more effective and efficient nanomaterials design with improved properties. We are particularly impressed by his group’s recent achievement in the effectiveness of their hollow gold nanospheres (HGHs) in cancer detection and treatment both in vivo and in vitro. Their proprietary HGNs are ideally suited for Photothermal Ablation (PTA) therapy applications, at least 8 times more effective compared with solid Au nanoparticles, due to their strong photothermal conversion profile as a result of their unique combination of small size (average outer diameter of 30 - 50 nm), spherical shape, as well as strong, tunable, and narrow surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption in the NIR. The group is also developing novel solar energy conversion system utilizing synergistic effects of three-component (CdSe-TiO2:N) nanocomposite thin film. >>Read the whole article >> Download
SuZhou City in China Promotes Nanotechnology Industrialization -- Highlight of Symposium on the Transition of Suzhou and Suzhou Industrial Park @ Jul. 8, 2010
A high level government and industry delegation from SuZhou visited Singapore in July 2010 and held a grand ceremony on July 8th inviting Singapore high level government officials and industry leaders as well as research institution executives and distinguished scientists to express Suzhou government’s appreciation to Singapore for a twenty-year long mentorship, partnerships and friendships in advancing Suzhou High-tech industry and economic development. The Suzhou delegation is led by Mr Jiang Hongkun, Secretary of Suzhou municipal committee of Communist Party of China. The ceremony is themed as Mutual Benefits through Harmonious Cooperation. Suzhou and Singapore authorities signed 34 contracts with a total value of 1.6 billion US dollars on the cooperation of finance, technology, tourism, logistics, and outsourcing. Having identified nanotechnology as the impetus of innovation, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) plans to invest 10 billion RMB (1.5 billion USD) and will further attract 50 billion RMB (7.5 billion USD) investments in five industry areas: nanomaterials, optoelectronics, bio-pharmaceuticals, nano manufacturing, and nano energy. NanoGlobe (on behalf of SingNano) and Biobay (on behalf of CHINANO) signed a MoU for promoting bilateral collaboration in nanotechnology R&D and industrialization between Singapore and China. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Singapore’s Capability in Atomic Layer Deposition
Precise control of film thickness in atomic scale and uniform coverage over intricate substrate are a few of advantages possessed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology, making it recently more favourable as compared to other deposition techniques. Scientists in institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore have successfully acquired the know-how in developing affordable ALD equipment for more effective commercialization. Led by Dr GAO Han, ALD technology development in IMRE has progressed further to applying ALD in fabricating well aligned and controlled TiO2 nanotube arrays for photocatalytic applications, gas sensing device for example. We share in this article our interview with Dr Gao about his research exciting activities. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Clean and Affordable Water for Everyone – Singapore the Regional Water Hub: Membrane Technology in Singapore International Water Week 2010 & Inauguration of Toray Singapore Water Research Center
SIWW 2010
Singapore once again organized Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), taking place on 28 June – 2 July 2010. Themed Sustainable Cities: Clean and Affordable Water, SIWW 2010 as usual included the water trade show focusing on innovations, products and services, and applications of water technologies. At the same event, Toray Singapore Water Research Center (TSWRC) which was established in August 2009 was officially launched on the first day of the trade show, 29 June 2010. In this article we share our site visits and interviews of Singapore membrane technology company booths such as Hyflux and Ultra-Flo, and the opening of TSWRC. >>Read the whole article >> Download
The Launch of Bayer Functional Films Research Centre in Singapore -- Targeting at Printed Electronics and Energy Market in the Asia Pacific @ Jun. 22, 2010
Bayer's first research centre in Asia Pacific and outside Germany, Function Films Research Centre was officially launched on June 22nd 2010 at Golden Agri Plaza. This research centre represents an initial investment of approximately S$ 12 million (Euro 7 million) with further expansion of capability development in subsequent years. The newly launched research centre occupies 2200 square meters and has employed about 30 research scientist and engineers in phase one focusing on research in nanotechnology-enabled coating films and functional materials. Bayerwill double the current manpower capacity in phase two by 1st quarter of 2011. Mr Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience acknowledged in his opening speech the support of Singapore government especially EDB in facilitating partnerships and funding for R&D during the course of setting up the research centre. Dr Beh Swan Gin, Managing Director of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) expressed his warm welcome of the Bayer's Functional Films Research Centre located in Singapore. By collaborating with a network of research organizations and business partners in Singapore and the rest of Asia Pacific region, this centre will undertake application R&D of innovative advanced materials including the multifunctional films, quantum dots, printable CNT / Ag nano inks and others. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Singapore Pursues Atom Technology -- IMRE Workshop on Atom Technology and Its Applications @ Jun. 10, 2010
Half-day IMRE Workshop on Atom Technology (AT) and its applications was held on 10 June 2010 and attracted over 100 participants from academia and industries who are interested in learning the emerging trends of future applications in electronics and future manufacturing. This workshop showcased IMRE's effort in scientific and technological frontier of the ultimate electronic device and manufacturing R&D. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Promoting the Adoption of Nanotechnology in Singapore Manufacturing Industries - Seminar on Nanotechnology in Manufacturing @ Jun. 9, 2010
Nanotech in Manufacturing
Half‐day seminar on Nanotechnology in Manufacturing has attracted over 150 participants who are interested in learning about the vision, technology development and application of nanotechnology in manufacturing processes enable better, cheaper, greener and smarter processes, products, and services. This timely seminar provided not only an overview about the nanotech related research activities at SIMTech, and overview about nanotechnology applications and commercialization worldwide, but also featured some specific technologies that enable greener and more precise manufacturing techniques, namely Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), Atomic Precise Manufacturing (APM) and Nanostructured Surface Functionalities via Biomimetic Nanoimprinting. Although this seminar was meant for only Singapore community, we were privileged to have Beneq’s Asia Sales Director from Finland and Zyvex’s Founder and Chairman from the United States, in addition to Singapore’s nanotechnology players: Institute of Materials Research Engineering (IMRE) and NanoGlobe. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Developing Clean-Tech with Membrane Science and Engineering - An Interview and Site Visit at Professor Neal Chung's Laboratory in National University of Singapore
Professor Neal Chung, the guru of membrane technology, has been actively developing world-class R&D capability in membrane technology in Singapore with focused application in clean-tech. His co-invention in ultrafiltration hollow fibre membrane has been widely adopted by industries for water treatment. His passion and expertise in membrane science and engineering has enabled strong industry partnerships worldwide with various value add benefits. Together with his hard working and world class research team in Singapore, Prof. Chung's research in membrane technology for water reuse and desalination, and gas separation has been adopted by industries. Prof. Chung"s group is building capabilities in membrane for life science application. He is currently teaching and conducting his research in National University of Singapore, with total of 40 people under his group. This article shares more insights about his research activities in membrane science and engineering in all three sectors of application: energy, water and life science. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Eco-friendly and Smart Nano Coating Materials from SUNCOAT
Nanotechnology enables energy saving and high performance coating materials. NanoGlobe interviewed another interesting company SUNCOAT, a European high-tech company specializing in developing functional films using nanoparticle coating technology. SUNCOAT's functional films dispersed with nanoparticles are superior in IR absorption, UV protection and electrical conductivity. Their heatstop foils can be used as exterior coating of greenhouse, automotive and roofs of industry plants for heat protection. SUNCOAT works closely with companies such as EVONIK industries AG and government organizations in Abu Dhabi to bring their product in the market place. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Fast Growth of a BioNanotech Start-up in China
NanoGlobe team conducted a site visit at NanoMed, a global bionano start-up company based in Suzhou BioBay incubator, founded by a team of overseas Chinese and Americans. NanoMed's innovative Functional Micro Array (FMA-TM) technology is a non-invasive drug delivery technology, which has four distinct advantages compared to the conventional needle injection: painless, less toxicity for potent drugs, improved drug efficacy, and reduced treatment time. Currently NanoMed's FMA-TM Patch has potential clinical applications in the areas including skin diseases, diabetes, tumors and pain relief. Its first product for acne treatment was launched in the market in March 2010 and NanoMed expects to break even in 2011. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Promoting Nanotechnology in Singapore Manufacturing Industry - The 1st Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Roundtable Discussion @ Apr. 15, 2010
We were invited to participate in the 1st nanotechnology in manufacturing roundtable discussion on April 15th organised by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech, an A*STAR research institute). About 10 industry representatives were invited to participate in the discussion to address the advantages and challenges of nanotechnology adoption in the Singapore manufacturing industry. Key recommendations resulting from the discussion include increased government funding support for nanotechnology industry development, enhance public acceptance of nanotechnology, develop innovation to reduce cost, form industry alliance/consortium to facilitate the adoption of nanotechnology. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotech Enabled Transparent Functional Coatings are in the Market Place - Interview of GXC Coatings, a German leading supplier of transparent nano coatings for lighting components and automotive applications
GXC Coatings GmbH is a German nano coating company providing permanent, transparent anti‐fog, anti‐scratch and easy‐to‐clean nano coating technology and products for optics and safety applications in the automobile, motor cycle, safety, metrology and medical device applications. Founded in 2000, the business strategy of GXC is to develop and manufacture new materials for industrial customers and to create lasting B‐to‐B business relationships. In addition, GXC offers highly automised toll coating services on various plastics, glass and metal to customers around the globe using its fully automatic coating line for 2D and 3D parts. >>Read the whole article >> Download
RusNano Seeking Strategic Partner in the Far East RusNano Executives Visit in Singapore on Mar. 11-12th, 2010
RusNano Visit
Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) executive member delegation led by CEO Dr Anatoly Chubais visited Singapore during Mar. 11-12th meeting high level government officials, infrastructure developer and corporate executives, and nanotech R&D and industry leaders. NanoGlobe organized a seminar for Dr Chubais to speak to the Singapore nanotechnology network (SingNano) hosted by the Singapore A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and arranged 1-1 meetings with Singapore nanotech R&D and industry leaders. RUSNANO currently is seeking for investor partner as well as investment projects in Asia. Singapore is considered as an important economic partner for Russia due to the increasing bilateral trade growth, Singapore innovative economic ecosystem and established expertise in building industry parks. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Iran Advancing Nanotechnology in Solar Energy and Biomedical Applications: Highlight of 3rd International Conference on Nanostructures, Mar.10-12, 2010, Kish Island, Iran
Iran Conference
This article highlights a recent nanostructures conference held in Iran where most of the Iran nanotech scientists gathered plus 15% international participants. The conference was organized by the top university Sharif University of Technology and sponsored by the Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative. Hot research topics presented in the conference include energy/environment, nanocomposites, and nanomedicine. Female scientists are about half of the nanotech workforce, in graduate degree level, it is even over 50%. >>Read the whole article >> Download
OECD Addresses Business Environment for Nanotechnology & Its Impact on Energy & Medicine Commercialization - Part 2: Insight on OECD WPN Workshop on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy Option & Challenges in the Innovation Environment of Nanomedicine @ Feb. 22-23, 2010
This article highlights the discussions on the OECD workshops on nanoenergy and nanomedicine regarding to their business environment on aspects of R&D, financing, IP management, value chains and production, human resources, public perception, and EHS issues. >>Read the whole article >> Download
OECD Addressing Business Environment for Nanotechnology - Part 1: Insight on OECD WPN Workshop on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy Option & Challenges in the Innovation Environment of Nanomedicine, Seoul , South Korea @ Feb. 22-23, 2010
This article introduces the current policy efforts on nanotech commercialization related policy of ISO, IEC, OECD and United Nation. We highlight key issues related to nanotechnology commercialization challenges discussed in a recent workshop organized by OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy Options and Challenges in the Innovation Environment of Nanomedicine. THE OECD WPN launched a unique initiative on Nanotechnology business environment in 2007 and has identified challenges in R&D, human resources, financing, IP management, value chains and production, public perception, and EHS issues which need to be further explored in its more in depth case studies in order to prepare a comprehensive policy recommendation report. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Global Nanotechnology Commercialization Giants Meet in Japan - Insight at the Japan nanotech 2010 @ Feb.17-19, 20100
Japan Nanotech 2010
The world's largest international nanotechnology exhibition and conference, nano tech 2010, attracted over 42,000 visitors and more than 650 exhibitors from 19 countries. Exhibitors continued to demonstrate their state of the art R&D activities, instrumentation, ready to be commercialized platform technologies and products. We observed that production capacity of carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles continues to grow to hundreds of ton scale, and their application on composites, flexible transparent conductive coating and nanoink have become increasingly competitive. We didn't see much highlight on lithium ion battery and electric vehicle this year. We share in this article our insights through observations and interviews we have conducted over the three days of exhibition. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Bayer leads CNT and NanoSilver Commercialization in Composites and Printed Electronics
Developing Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nano silver (Ag) continue to be among the most popular and well developed nanomaterials displayed at the nano tech 2010 exhibition held during Feb. 17-19 in Tokyo. As one of the world's leading company to produce high-quality multi-wall CNTs (MWCNTs) in large volume (capacity 260 tons), Bayer MaterialScience continues to promote their CNT-Al composite with their partner Zoz group. In addition, Bayer showcased their development products on printable conductive nano inks, which enable the printing processes from inkjet and gravure printing to screen printing. BayInk TP CNT not only enables the mass production of low-cost, flexible printed electronics, it is also suitable for use in the temperature-sensitive substrate. BayInk TP Silver provides even higher conductivity than BayInk TP CNT and higher resolution below 50 µm. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Insightful Seminar of How to Do Business in Japan by Finland's Tekes FinNano Programme @ Feb. 16, 2010
Seminar by Finland Tekes FinNano Programme
It is well known that Japanese culture is very strong in affecting the way of life in Japan, including the way of doing business. With its unique culture, Japanese market may present some challenges to foreign companies, if they do not pay attention in understanding how the Japanese behaves and conducts business. An insightful seminar was organized by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency) FinNano Programme for the Finnish companies to learn more about Japan, Japanese culture, and how to do business in Japan. Two Japanese non-profit organizations were introduced, which can help the foreign companies in setting up their presence in Japan, particularly in Tokyo and Osaka regions. .>>Read the whole article >> Download
Combinatorial Nanostructure Fabrication with High Precision Control and High Throughput Developed by COMET: An Interview with A Japanese Start-up
NanoGlobe conducted site visit and interviewed the founder and CEO of COMET, a Japanese nanotech start-up spun off from a national lab that developed a proprietary high-throughput deposition technology for combinatorial thin films using moving mask system. COMET�s unique deposition technology allows high throughput, precision (up to 1 atomic layer) controlled and automatic ternary and binary composition in one system. This capability allows COMET to produce unique materials for high performance battery, high efficient CIGS solar cells, high k dielectric for non-volatile memory devices and other exciting applications in energy and IT fields. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotechnology has been identified as the key drive for technology innovation in Japan
TIANano Workshop
Tsukuba innovation arena for nanotechnology (TIA nano) was launched on Feb 15th, 2010. AIST, NIMS and the University of Tsukuba are the 3 main operational partners of this national collaborative center that serves as a platform for industry-university-government cooperation and global partnership to promote nanotechnology innovation. During Feb 15-16th 2010, TIA Nanotech International Workshop was held at AIST. Invited speakers from world-leading nanotech centers/corporation such as MINATEC, NanoNed, SUNY at Albany, IBM, Intel, IMEC etc. shared their experience and provided recommendation to TIA nano on the cost-effective nanotech research center management, network and IP protection as well as the technical subjects in areas such as Nano-Electronics & Nanophotonics, N-MEMS, and Nanocharacterization. >>Read the whole article >> Download
CheapTubes Inc. Enables Low Cost High Quality Nano Carbon Materials
CheapTubes Inc
CheapTubes Inc. is paving the way for wider use and commercialization of nano carbon materials by providing them affordably to those in need. Being a leading distributor in carbon nanotube (CNT) worldwide, CheapTubes ventures further to applications development activities, such as development of conductive nanotubes composite, graphitization and functionalization of CNTs, conductive ink, and single layer graphene film for transparent conductive film for ITO replacement. In this article, we share our insights on the activities of CheapTubes based on our interview with its Founder and Director, Mike Foley.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Indonesian Researchers Developing Bio-Nanocomposite from Cellulose Fibers
Indonesian Bio-Nanocomposite
Indonesia, blessed with abundant natural resources, is on its way creating new materials that are natural and more environmentally friendly for eco-friendly applications including bio-automobile, organic electronics, and structural building materials. Utilizing cellulose nanofibers, researchers in Indonesia are developing bio-nanocomposite materials that are flexible, transparent, mechanically strong and thermally stable. This research is in collaboration with a Japanese university and automobile industry and targets at automobile body weight and construction materials application. Attempting to preserve nature, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) has been developed from old rubber tree whose strength is equivalent to second class lumber such as teakwood. Prof Dr Bambang Subiyanto, Director of Center for Innovation of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), gave us more insights about his on-going projects and center's activities.>>Read the whole article >> Download
China Suzhou Biobay - Young and Progressive Nano-bio Incubator
China Suzhou Biobay - Nano-bio Incubator
Suzhou Biobay is the most progressive bio-nano incubator in China. It provides complimentary business development services, start-up funding, rental and manpower subsidy and infrastructure support to its incubatees. It has incubated over 150 high-tech enterprises since it is luanched in June 2007, including 25 nano-tech start-ups. Biobay also assists bio & nano enterprises to raise funds through the Suzhou Industry Park (SIP) awards, government funds and venture capitals. In addition, Biobay facilitates collaboration between the high-tech enterprises and Suzhou Institute of Nanotechnology and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) located in Biobay and regional manufacturing industries. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Singapore Promotes Sustainable Society Technology Innovation @ Jan. 28-29, 2010
Promoting Sustainable Society Technology Innovation
The Singapore Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Rice University (Rice U) joint symposium on Transformational Information Engineering and Science (TIES) was held on 28-29 January 2010 to inaugurate the launch of bi-national Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAI). This symposium covered areas ranging from the emerging field of infodynamics, application of computational science in multi-disciplinary fields, sustainability driven by low energy consumption and highly integrated functional systems enabled by nanotechnology, ICT and biomedical technology, as well as history and policy for science and technology innovation. This article highlights presentations given by distinguished speakers especially on technology innovation policy, nanotechnology and virtual hospitals.>>Read the whole article >> Download
NanoGlobe and TiE Partner to Promote Nanotechnology Business and Investment in Singapore and the Region @ Jan. 27, 2010
NanoGlobe and TiE Partner promoting NanoTechnology Business
Another effort to promote nanotechnology business in Singapore was carried out by The Indus Enterpreneurs (TiE) Singapore in partnership with NanoGlobe through a breakfast seminar which brought together investors, entrepreneurs, government and academic representatives to discuss the latest nanotechnology commercialization trends and challenges, investment strategy and emerging opportunities. In this article, we share with you the seminar discussion and some insights on Singapore nanotechnology commercialization advantages and challenges>>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotechnology and A*STAR Printable Electronics Research Workshop @ Jan. 8, 2010
Printable Electronics Research Workshop
Printable electronics, which is a relatively new field for producing thin, flexible and cheap electronic devices, is on the rise with many research activities devoted to develop further new materials, new processes, and device fabrication and integration. Singapore research funding agency A*STAR launched in 2006 the Polymer and Molecular Electronics and Devices (PMED) aiming to build competencies in plastic electronics and stimulate printed electronics industry development in Singapore. Printable electronics workshop organized by the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR discussed some of the latest research progress in organic electronics that is part of PMED's projects, including promising dielectric materials for organic thin film transistors and new low bandgap polymers for organic photovoltaics. In addition, some preparations required for commercialization of printable electronics especially in large scale were presented and elaborated . >>Read the whole article >> Download
Singapore Going For Green Products Using Photocatalytic Technologies - Highlights of the SIMTech/SPRING Joint Seminar @ Jan.8, 2010
SIMTech SPRING Joint Seminar
A half day SIMTech/SPRING joint seminar is held on 08 January 2010 to discuss about the latest development of nano TiO2 based photo catalytic technology. 6 invited speakers as well as panel members came to this seminar to share their insights on the new discoveries, commercialization activities, and international standardization developments. Dr Loh Wah Sing, Convenor of this joint seminar gave an introduction to the photo catalytic technology and educated the participants with the existing international & national standards for photo catalysis as well as Singapore’s involvement in the ISO activities for TiO2 based photo catalytic products.>>Read the whole article >> Download
IMRE Industry Day - Nanotechnology Showcase for Industry Commercialization @ Dec. 10, 2009
IMRE Industry Day
Research institutions need industry partners to accelerate their application R&D and bring their technologies to the market. IMRE has been actively engaging both local and overseas industry to bring forwards the technologies they have successfully develop to the market. Industry Day was organized as a platform for showcasing and matching the technologies and capabilities developed by IMRE with the industry needs. A few technologies showcased include printed electronics, barrier films for solar and display market, polymer nanocomposites, and smart materials for sensors and actuators. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotechnology Initiatives/Programs in Iran , Pakistan , Philippines , Sri Lanka and Other Developing Countries in the Asia Pacific Region @ Dec. 2-3, 2009
Nanotechnology Initiatives
Highlights of the United Nation APCTT-ESCAP Consultative Workshop on Promoting Innovation in Nanotechnology and Fostering Its Industrial Application: An Asia - Pacific Perspective

1. United Nation APCTT-ESCAP demonstrated an effort to facilitate regional collaborations in nanotechnology innovation and industrial application
2. Sri Lanka, though with limited infrastructure built for R&D and limited funding from the government so far shows its commitment in developing nanotechnology with a unique private public partnership and passionate scientists. The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) was set up in 2008 with 50% funding from Sri Lanka National Science Foundation (NSF) and 5 other industry partners.
3. Iran developed the most comprehensive national nanotechnology initiative since 2005 and made significant leap in nanoscience and technology advancement.
4. Pakistan launched its national and has set up a nanotech center with facilities opened to industry to use and with focused R&D on nanocoating, nanomaterials and nanopowder and industry support.
5. Philippines S&T policy includes Nanotechnology as one of the priority areas. It has completed its nanotechnology road-mapping and has set 8 priority areas including nanomaterials and solar energy devices, drug delivery systems, environmental remediation systems and others. Philippines government established strong education programs to HR training and provides incentives for attracting overseas Philippine scientists and engineers to return home.
6. Neither Bangladesh nor Nepal have established nanotechnology programs or initiatives due to limited infrastructure for R&D, lack of trained human resources and limited international collaboration. However there are research groups conducting research on nanoparticle synthesis and application in polymers and composite materials.
7. The conference provided a very nice platform for all the participating countries to learn from each other the nanotechnology industrial application policy and practices. The UN APCTT-ESCAP is committed to promote nanotechnology among its member countries and will facilitate regional collaborations especially in nanotechnology innovative and industrial application R&D. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Promoting Nanotechnology Awareness in Singapore's Business Community and Funding Agencies @ Nov. 24, 2009
Promoting Nanotechnology Awareness in Singapore
The Singapore government and business community have started taking active interest in nanotechnology. We were invited to speak at the regular breakfast seminar by American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and at the inaugural Singapore Nanotech Round Table 2009 by the International Enterprise (IE) Singapore to provide overview of nanotechnology commercialization state of development and regional activities. We found that the American business community are interested in nanotech business opportunities in Singapore and Asia, while the Singapore government has provided attractive incentives to fund Singapore based companies for international business development and expansion. >>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotechnology Update in Vietnam - From a visit in Vietnam in Nov. 2009 @ Nov. 9-14, 2009
Visit to Vietnam. Nanotechnology Update
I wrote about Nanotechnology in Vietnam back in Feb. 2004 at my column Asia Pacific Nanotech Weekly when Vietnam just started the initiative in nanoscience and launched infrastructure building and basic science programs. Today, with a population of about 86 million and very young population (one third of the population is between 10-24 years old) and a vibrant economy, Vietnam has advanced fast in building R&D capabilities and growing high-tech industries with the help of both domestic and foreign investments. With limited government and private funding for developing nanotechnology compared with the developed world, Vietnam has progressed quite impressively in building its world class facilities and high quality research. In this article we share with you my experience of my recent visit in Vietnam and participation in one domestic nanotech conference Solid State Physics and Materials Science Annual conference (SPMS2009) held in Da Nang city during Sept 9-10 and an international conference International Workshop of Nanotechnology Application (IWNA2009) held in Vung Tau city during Sept 12-14. The main findings are
a) Vietnam has built world class nanotechnology R&D facilities at selected center of excellence at major universities and national research laboratories as well as industry parks
b) Vietnam has a clear focus on nanotech application for clean-tech, in particular, applications in efficient lighting such as LED, solar cell, water treatment and others
c) R&D focus is in nanomaterials including Oxide Materials (ZnO, TiO2, Fe2O3 for lighting, solar applications, photocatalytic, cancer treatment applications); Composite Materials using CNT, Al2O3 and others; Metal Nanoparticles (Cu/Ag for agriculture application as pesticides); and Quantum Dot (CdSe).
d) Vietnam also started to pursue Nanotech For Oil and Gas application
e) MEMS R&D capability building - Ho Chih Minh University Nanotechnology Laboratory .>>Read the whole article >> Download
BioNano International: Nano-bubbles - Green Solution for Reviving Water Ecosystems
Nano-bubbles- Green Solution for reviving water ecosystems
BioNano International, an international nano‐technology company with its head office in Singapore, has developed a revolutionary waste or polluted water treatment system based on their proprietary nano‐bubble technology to revive water ecosystems. This innovative water treatment system provides an environmental friendly, energy saving and high efficiency solution for waste or polluted water treatment. BioNano’s proprietary water treatment system is ideal for cleaning up or rehabilitating water ecosystems of lakes, ponds, rivers and other open water bodies.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Low - Cost and Creative Tools for Learning Nanoscience and Creating Nanostructures at Schools
Learning Nanoscience
Grab, pattern and trim. With motivation, patience and innovation, topped with focused laser beam system and optical tweezers, one can create beautiful 3D microstructures. With the hybrid of Quantum dot and Carbon Nanotubes, multicolour microstructures can also be created beautifully. Want to grow nanoscale metal oxide with minimum cost? Just prepare a hotplate, control the environment, polish the metal substrate and heat it up. Fascinating morphologies of wide variety of metal oxides will appear. In this article, we shared our experience touring around Nanomaterials Laboratory in NUS and conversing with Prof Sow Chorng‐Haur about his passion for outreach and education to young students in nanoscience via low‐cost, fun and interesting methods.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotech Malaysia 2009 Conference and Exhibition @ Oct. 27-29, 2009
Nanotech Malaysia 2009
A three‐day event of Nanotech Malaysia 2009, organized for the third time in Malaysia, was the highlight of Malaysia’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) launched in 2006. It consisted of nanotechnology conference, business luncheon, forum (Nanotechnology: Evolution of Knowledge to Market) and exhibition. At the official opening of Nanotech Malaysia 2009, the Malaysia Nanotechnology Association (MNA) was officially launched. In addition to the summary on the event, this article highlights the national nanotechnology capabilities and government’s commitment in nanotechnology.>>Read the whole article >> Download
SRC/NSF/A*STAR Forum on 2020 Semiconductor Memory Strategies: Processes, Devices, and Architectures - Prospectus @ Oct. 20-21, 2009
What would happen about the semiconductor memory in 2020 and beyond? SRC/NSF/A*STAR Forum on 2020 Semiconductor Memory Strategies held on 20‐21 October 2009 at Data Storage Institute (DSI), Singapore is a good platform for all the participating members to learn the latest R&D trend on memory. 37 leading experts in the semiconductor memory field from US, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore gave invited talks in this forum. Through the panel discussions during the forum, it is expected to find out the promising research directions for emerging research memory devices, processes, and architectures as well as the most effective model for international cooperation in pre‐competitive memory research that would foster rapid advances in memory technologies.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Nanotechnology in Innovative and Enterprise Week (IEW) Conference 2009 Singapore @ Oct. 20-22, 2009
Innovative and Enterprise Week Conference 2009
Gathering leaders from the industry, investment community, and government agencies, Innovative and Enterprise Week (IEW) Conference 2009 showcased Singapore’s effort to take technologies from laboratory to market. Nanotechnology was also presented as part of the innovation ready for commercialization. In this article, we share some exciting nano and clean technologies exhibited in IEW 2009 as well as the effort of Singapore government to nurture innovative local industry.>>Read the whole article >> Download
The Magic of The Strongest Material – Carbon Nanotube: Overview of Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) Business @ Sept. 24, 2009
Carbon Nanotubes. Zyvex Performance Materials
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), known to be the strongest material, possess many excellent properties including high thermal and electrical conductivity, high tensile strength and modulus, and rapid absorption of infrared and microwave energy. When incorporated to a polymer matrix together with carbon fibers, the composite strength and stiffness can be increased by 40% and 50%, respectively. This new composite can be very useful for sporting goods, military, marine, aviation, automotive and other structural applications. Zyvex Performance Materials (ZPM) is a world leader in commercializing CNTs via its branded products Arovex™, Epovex™, and Epovex Adhesive™. ZPM has been working with a number of sporting goods companies to develop stronger and lighter bicycle parts, more durable baseball bats, and numerous other products. ZPM is also working closely with other partners to provide application development solutions and is currently engaged in new development involving thermosets, thermoplastics, and elastomers.>>Read the whole article >> Download
First Asia workshop on Helium Ion Microscope @ Sept. 10, 2009
Helium Microscope
National University of Singapore (NUS) hosted the 1st Asia workshop on the Helium Ion Microscope (HIM) on 10 September 2009. Seven speakers from NUS, US and Dutch joined this workshop for sharing their experience and insights on using HIM for improving their imaging & fabrication technique. HIM is an emerging powerful instrument for applications in the materials (including bio materials) characterization and fabrication, with the imaging resolution to be as high as 0.24 nm.>>Read the whole article >> Download
Household Applications of Nanotechnology in Taiwan - Highlights on Taiwan Nano 2009 @ Oct. 7-9, 2009
Taiwan Nano 2009
PV Taiwan 2009 is a photovoltaic carnival for the domestic and international PV players. The exhibitors joined this event and the booth used for the exhibition increase by 52% and 67% respectively over the previous year. Combining a forum and exhibition, PV Taiwan 2009 provides a one-stop sourcing platform for global PV industry players to catch the latest trends and markets, order high-quality PV products and link business partners and agents. Also, it provides good opportunity for over 8000 visitors to learn the progress of global and domestic PV industry and get educated on the latest technologies and products in the PV industry. >>Read the whole article >> Download
PV Carnival in Taiwan @ Oct. 7-9, 2009
PV Carnival in Taiwan 2009
PV Taiwan 2009 is a photovoltaic carnival for the domestic and international PV players. The exhibitors joined this event and the booth used for the exhibition increase by 52% and 67% respectively over the previous year. Combining a forum and exhibition, PV Taiwan 2009 provides a one-stop sourcing platform for global PV industry players to catch the latest trends and markets, order high-quality PV products and link business partners and agents. Also, it provides good opportunity for over 8000 visitors to learn the progress of global and domestic PV industry and get educated on the latest technologies and products in the PV industry. <<Read the whole article <<Download
Nanotech Europe 2009: Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition @ Sept. 28-30, 2009
NanoTech Europe 2009
Nanotech Europe 2009 attracted many participants including researchers, policymakers, industrialists, and investors to get together discussing a common topic: Nanotechnology in the areas ranging from technical, safety to investment issues. Big players (Bayer, FIAT, Nokia, etc) as well as startups (IZON Science, MagForce, Tethis, Imina Technologies, etc) participated in presenting their research activities, achievements, and products. Transportation is one important application where nanotechnology can play a significant role. Material is one important part of nanotechnology to enable product improvement and enhancement. In this article, we share our insights and learning obtained from the event. . Download
ChinaNANO Is BIG - Highlights on ChinaNANO 2009 held in Beijing, China @ Sept. 1-3, 2009
ChinaNano 2009
ChinaNANO 2009 is the largest conference we have ever attended in Asia. Over 1500 researchers, scientists and students from 40 countries attended this 3-day event. 7 distinguished scientists from Europe, USA and Japan are invited to give the plenary talks covering the updated state-of-the-art development in the fields of Nano Carbon, Nano Medicine, Nano Materials, Molecular Devices, Nanoelectronics Devices, Nanomaterials Engineering and Imaging. ChinaNANO 2009 consists of 8 sub-conferences and among them Nano-energy & environmental materials and nanomedicine, nanopharmacy & biomedical sub-conferences are the most popular sessions. . Download
Some insights of NanoKorea 2009 @ Aug. 26-28, 2009
Nano Korea 2009
This article shares with the readers the exciting development in Korea nanotechnology observed during the recent NanoKorea 2009 held in Seoul during Aug. 26-28th, 2009. Key findings are 1. Korea has joint the world top 4 countries in Nanotechnology commercialization 2. The new feature of this year event is Green and Education. The popular topics attracted most attendants especially young scientists are nanoelectronics (SPRAM and III-V nanostructured devices), nanobiotechnology and nanomaterials 3. A number of Korea multinationals, SME and Start ups have become leaders in commercializing Nanocarbon (CNT and grapheme) and nanomaterials (metal and oxide nanoparticles) and devices for applications in transparent, flexible conductive thin film, strong composite materials, smart coating (antibacterial, self cleaning, reflective film), inkjet and screen printing ink, memory devices and others. . Details : Click left button to save
Visit Update to NanoBright Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore @ Sep. 15, 2009
Being one of the nanotechnology based companies in Singapore, NanoBright Technologies Pte Ltd has successfully developed their propriety platform technologies in fluorescent materials that include up and down conversion fluorescent nanoparticles and long after-glow phosphorescent materials. A few applications are being developed and almost ready for the market that include solar cells efficiency enhancement and agricultural application, fluorescent ink for security application, and long after-glow products for lighting and decorative application. Details : Click left button to save
Kyoto Eco-Friendly Electric Car
Kyoto Eco-Friendly Electric Car
Responding to Kyoto Protocol on global warming concerns, Kyoto University's Venture Business Laboratory (VBL) is now leading the Kyoto-Car Project to provide eco-friendly transportation solution to society. Kyoto-Car integrates not only the most recent high-technology advances but also a sense of traditional arts and culture. It is expected to lead to a revitalization of human lifestyle, environmental improvement, and creation of more novel technological and business opportunities. Details : Click left button to save
Visit Update to NanoMaterials Technology, Singapore @ Aug. 26, 2009
NMT Clear Dispersion
One of a handful successful nanotechnology based company in Singapore, NanoMaterials Technology (NMT) has been successfully developed its two latest technology breakthroughs: high particle loading clear solution based on its well dispersion technology and transparent coating on glass for permanent UV and IR protection. NMT is currently also collaborating with overseas partners in developing the right nanoparticles for drug delivery and hyperthermia applications. NMT has been focusing on designing and synthesizing nanomaterials for pharmaceutical, electronics and specialty chemicals applications, and is now looking into automotive and wood products. In addition, it is interested in solar technology applications whenever the right partners are identified. Details : Click left button to save
Official Opening of Tera-Barrier Films Pte Ltd in Singapore @ Aug. 25, 2009
Tera Barrier Films
Breakthrough of ultra high barrier substrate/film has finally been commercialized by the opening of a spin-off company, Tera-Barrier Films Pte Ltd in Singapore with the first investor from Applied Ventures, LLC, a venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc. The barrier film is able to provide the critical requirement of WVTR for OLED display, which is 10-6 g/ to significantly prolong the lifespan of the devices. Moreover, it has time lag of 2300 hours before moisture is able to pass through the film, remarkably outperformed any existing barrier film technologies. Tera-Barrier is focusing to market the barrier films for solar and display markets, and currently at roll-to-roll film fabrication scale-up effort. Tera-Barrier projected that in 2011, their pilot plant in Singapore will be up and running and able to have mass production line by 2013. Details : Click left button to save
Book Launch Seminar of “Emerging Nanotechnology Power – Overview on Nanotechnology Applications in Energy, Healthcare & ICT Development in the Asia Pacific Region” by Dr. Lerwen Liu @ Jul. 29, 2009
Seminar Emerging Nanotevhnology Power
Nanotechnology is going to revolutionize the way we make things and transform the way we live. It is able to transform multiple industries including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemical, energy and environment, food, information and communication, medicine and health care, security and transportation. Nanotechnology offers so many possibilities such as providing cheap and clean energy; clean water; lighter and stronger materials; faster, more powerful and energy efficient computers; an exponential increase in information storage capacity; lotus‐like self cleaning surfaces; the reduction or elimination of pollution; and early detection and treatment for cancer and other diseases. Dr Lerwen Liu provided an overview on Nanotechnology impact in Energy & Environment, Health Care and Information Communication Technology (ICT). Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. She also shared her insight on Nanotechnology development in terms of policy & funding, infrastructure, R & D & commercialization, education and risk management in the Asia Pacific in the last 10 years since the announcement of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Details : Click left button to save
International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS) 2009 @ Jul. 5-12, 2009
ISTS 2009
International Space Technology and Science Symposium in Japan has started way back since 1959 and historically been held once every two years to present, discuss, and tackle the problems of respective periods from academic and engineering aspects. This year, the 27th ISTS celebrated the 50th anniversary and was dedicated to review the space activities in the last 50 years and to view those in the next 50 years. It was attended by various space engineers, scientists, policy maker, business leaders, as well as university and high school students to learn from each other the development and achievements in space technology. Many topics were presented; a few eye‐catching such as small satellites, formation flight control, space elevator and space tourism. Nanotechnology’s important role is recognized especially in the development of space elevator, for example carbon nanotubes are considered to be the most applicable material for the elevator ribbon. Nanotechnology also contributes significantly in the fabrication of components assembled for the small satellites.Details : Click left button to save
Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate: Biofuels - can they help to reduce global warming or to solve the energy crisis? @ Jul. 1, 2009
The global warming has been undoubtedly accepted to be the result of an increased concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. There is no time to wait for us to switch from energy mainly based on fossil energy to renewable energy.The Nobel Laureate Hartmut Michel presented an inspiring public lecture to discuss how to take advantage of biofuels together with solar energy to help solve the global warming problem.Details : Click left button to save
Business Opportunity in Traditional and Alternative Energy Conference 2009 @ Jun. 26, 2009
RBI-SBF Conference
The Business Opportunity in Traditional and Alternative Energy Conference was the second public event between the Russian Business Incubator (RBI “FUTURUS”) and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) to promote innovations and business traffic between the two countries in traditional and alternative energy sector. Two big energy players of Russia, INTER RAO UES and EMAlliance, presented their R&D and manufacturing activities in traditional energy generation however expressed their interests in new technologies and innovations involving zero emission power, green and sustainable energy. On the other hand, one alternative energy player of Singapore, Alpha Biofuels, presented their R&D and manufacturing activities in converting liquid waste to biodiesel, making them the first local enterprise in Singapore to commercialize biodiesel.Details : Click left button to save
Singapore International Water Week 2009 @ Jun. 23-25, 2009
SIWW 2009
Singapore once again organized Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) in June 2009 following the success of the first SIWW last year. Over 10,000 visitors from over 85 countries visited the event with S$2.2 billion worth of deals were signed and sealed during the water week. Nanotechnology takes part significantly, especially in the water treatment (e.g. nano-filtration and reverse osmosis membrane) to improve the performance of the membrane such as not to clog and foul easily as well as to neutralize bacteria and other microbes. Over 160 exhibitors participated in showcasing their products and activities in water world. Interesting products include portable water filter from Katadyn and water-free urinal that does not require any water flush. Details : Click left button to save
Almost No Cost Generation of Catalyst Patterns for Growth of Large-Scale Densely Aligned SWCNTs
SWCNT Scratching Method
Single‐walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are very important especially in electronics miniaturization due to their excellent electric properties different from the multi‐walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) variants. CNT can be synthesized via many techniques including arc discharge, laser ablation, and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Among the various methods, CVD shows to be the most promising method for industrial‐scale deposition, because of its price‐per‐unit ratio and it is capable of growing nanotubes directly on a desired substrate. However, the growth sites must be controlled by a careful deposition of the catalyst involved. In this article, we report a simple novel method to generate the catalyst pattern for growing high quality SWCNTs with very low cost, opening up another possibility to commercial scale applications of SWCNTs. Details : Click left button to save
NSTI Nanotech 2009 May 3-7th Houston – Some insights @ May 3-7, 2009
NSTI Nanotech 2009
NSTI (Nano Science and Technology Institute) Nanotech Conference & Expo 2009 was the 12th annual NSTI nanotech conference and trade show participated by 250 exhibitors and 5,000 technology and business leaders and experts from industry, academia, and government. Held on 3‐7 May 2009 in Houston, Texas, USA, it was one of the world’s largest annual nanotechnology conference and expo covering many activities from hundreds of presentations, exhibition, networking, and workshops on the industrial impacts of nanotechnology, including medical and life sciences, electronics, energy and clean‐tech, advanced materials, innovation and commercialization, and many others. In this article, we share with the readers our insights about the event.Details : Click left button to save
Russian- Singapore Nanotechnology Conference 2009 @ Mar. 4, 2009
RusNano-SG Conference
RusNano has been actively building its global presence and partnerships the past 2 years. Singapore appears to be a strategic hub for RusNano to enter the Asia Pacific nanotech space as Singapore provides state of the art infrastructure for nanotechnology R & D and commercialization and easy access to the regional market. The first Russia Singapore nanotechnology conference held on Mar. 4th 2009 is indicative of the beginning of RusNano entering the nanospace in Asia. Details : Click left button to save
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