November 13, 2006

Biomicrofluidics — AIP's First Open Access journal

Biomicrofluidics is the first Open Access journal published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The online-only journal provides an interdisciplinary, rapid-publication environment for the dissemination of research from diverse fields, including engineering, physics, materials science, chemistry, and biology. From the press release:

Organized into four issues per year, Biomicrofluidics will publish each article online in final citable form as soon as it is available. The journal will cover topics such as DNA and molecular manipulation, microfluidics and nanofluidics, wetting and nano-rheology, drop and digitated platform, electrokinetics and magneto-hydrodynamics, pathogen and molecular concentration, and separation and sorting devices.

Biomicrofluidics -- Fulltext v1+ (2007+); ISSN: 1932-1058.

August 8, 2006

The Four Evolutionary Stages of Nanotechnology

.: Very interesting column from the August 2006 issue of Scientific American, called "Nanotechnology's Future: Over the next two decades, this new field for controlling the properties of matter will rise to prominence through four evolutionary stages", By Mihail C. Roco, "...senior adviser for nanotechnology to the National Science Foundation and a key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative." Dr Roco expands on the following "four overlapping stages of industrial prototyping and early commercialization", concluding that by 2020, nanotechnology will benefit all industrial sectors and health care fields.

  1. The first one, which began after 2000, involves the development of passive nanostructures: materials with steady structures and functions, often used as parts of a product.
  2. The second stage, which began in 2005, focuses on active nanostructures that change their size, shape, conductivity or other properties during use.
  3. Starting around 2010, workers will cultivate expertise with systems of nanostructures, directing large numbers of intricate components to specified ends
  4. After 2015-2020, the field will expand to include molecular nanosystems--heterogeneous networks in which molecules and supramolecular structures serve as distinct devices
Worth the quick read.

May 30, 2006

New Nanotech Blog Emphasizes Electrical Testing Issues

.: From today's Knowledgespeak:

Keithley introduces nanotechnology test blog - 30 May 2006

Nanotechnology products maker Keithley Instruments, Inc., US, has announced that it has sponsored a nanotechnology test blog targeted at engineers and researchers dealing with electrical testing issues in the field of nanotechnology and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). The blog, coordinated by Nanotech Briefs magazine, a digital magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, can be accessed at

The blog provides visitors with the latest news in the nanotechnology and MEMS industry through frequent posts of technical and business developments. Visitors to the blog can send responses to particular items or post questions to other visitors.

In addition, there is a link to a library of white papers and articles and announcements of upcoming events and conferences, which may be of interest to the nanotechnology and MEMS test and measurement community.

January 19, 2006

The First Nano-Librarian?

.: Well, maybe not. But it was made official today. Effective immediately, I am now the librarian for the National Institute for Nanotechnology, aka the NINT Librarian. The position is a one-year, half-time secondment from my current position. The new NINT building won't open until May 2006, but NINT itself has been on campus since 2001, operating out of the sixth floor of ECERF, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility. Much has yet to be worked out, not the least of which is what kind of services I will be providing, as well as office space, security clearance (this is a federal facility, jointly sponsored by the province and the university), and a breakdown of time between the SciTech Library and NINT. When NINT moves into the new building in May, I will be along for the ride.

This will be exciting. It is a very new development for me, literally - only yesterday the mechanics were put in motion, documents signed, introductions made, etc. What is NINT? An excerpt from its research overview:

The focus of the National Institute for Nanotechnology’s (NINT) research program is integration – the combination of separate nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected the outside world. NINT explores the integration, at the molecular level, of nature’s most powerful nano-devices such as proteins, lipids, and other biological structures made from ‘soft’ organic material, with crystalline semiconductors, metals, and catalysts made from inorganic ‘hard’ materials. The connection of natural biological or synthetic bio-inspired structures with electronics and information systems will lead to new and extremely powerful tools and technology platforms with broad application in the life sciences, medicine, materials science, and electronics and computation.

Stay tuned. When I know more, I'll let you know.

August 23, 2005

International Council on Nanotechnology and Rice University Launche Environmental Health and Safety Nano Database

.: ICON, the International Council on Nanotechnology, and Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have released the first online database of findings related to the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. The database doesn't appear to have a name other than Research Summaries, with the following focus on content:

Citation information and summaries of peer-reviewed papers on environmental health and safety research on incidental and engineered nanoparticles are collected here. Site registration or payment may be required to access the full content of these articles.
. Users may browse by author or year, and an Advanced Search page allows for limiting a search by three categories: paper type, production method, and particle type.

From the news release:

This environmental health and safety (EHS) database marks the first effort to integrate the vast and diverse scientific literature on the impacts of nanoparticles, which are tiny pieces of matter with dimensions measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers and containing between tens and thousands of atoms. (One nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or approximately 60,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.) The database is the result of the collected efforts of Rice researchers, the chemical industry and the U.S. Department of Energy. This database will be updated and enhanced over the next year.

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December 9, 2004

AZoNano Launch Online Open Access Journal of Nanotechnology

:: A new, open access journal on nanotechnology is forthcoming: Pty. Ltd. Sydney Australia and the UK-based Institute of Nanotechnology are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Online Journal of Nanotechnology.

The Online Journal of Nanotechnology is based on a free access publishing model, coupled with what is believed to be a unique development in the field of scientific publishing the distribution of journal revenue between the authors, peer reviewers and site operators.

The Online Journal of Nanotechnology at will publish high quality articles and papers on all aspects of nanotechnology and related scientific, social and ethical issues. All the contributions will be reviewed by a world class panel of founding editors who are experts in a wide spectrum of nanotechnology science.

Via On Christina's Radar.

November 18, 2004

Nanotechnology Meets Knitting Yarn?

:: Scientists from U. T. Dallas and Australia Achieve Breakthrough by Downsizing Ancient Technology - Scientists from U. T. Dallas and Australia Achieve Breakthrough by Downsizing Ancient Technology:

RICHARDSON, Texas (Nov. 19, 2004) Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) NanoTech Institute, along with an Australian collaborator, today announced they have achieved a major technological breakthrough by spinning multi-walled carbon nanotube yarns that are strong, tough and extremely flexible, and are both electrically and thermally conducting. Among other things, the futuristic yarns could result in smart clothing that stores electricity, provides ballistic protection and adjusts temperature and porosity to provide greater comfort.

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October 1, 2004

IN-VSEE - Interactive Nano-Visualization in Science & Engineering Education

:: Interesting post from the latest issue of the The NSDL Scout Report for the Physical Sciences about a consortium called IN-VSEE:

"IN-VSEE is a consortium of university and industry scientists and engineers, community college and high school science faculty and museum educators with a common vision of creating an interactive World Wide Web (WWW) site to develop a new educational thrust based on remote operation of advanced microscopes and nano-fabrication tools coupled to powerful surface characterization methods." After reviewing a summary of the organization, users can view animations, lecture videos, and other images that demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of modern science. The website offers an abundance of educational modules covering many fundamental scientific principles. Teachers can find out about upcoming workshops. Anyone interested in the incorporation of new innovations into science education should visit this site.

August 19, 2004

NanoFocus at Chemical & Engineering News

:: Chemical & Engineering News NanoFocus -

"We created Chemical & Engineering News NanoFocus as a single source for all of our nanotechnology news. Chemists and non chemists alike are encouraged to explore the site as we present breaking news from the forefront of the nano-world."

"The site is broken up into two main areas: Top Stories and The Archive . All top stories and news available from the 'Index Page' are free to all users, but you must be a member of the Society to access our 'Archive'."

- via Dana Roth

August 17, 2004

Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Uncertainties

:: Nano is everywhere. The UK government is one of the interested parties:

In June 2003 the UK Government commissioned the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK national academy of engineering, to carry out an independent study of likely developments and whether nanotechnology raises or is likely to raise new ethical, health and safety or social issues which are not covered by current regulation.
The aims of the study were:
  1. define what is meant by nanoscience and nanotechnology;
  2. summarise the current state of scientific knowledge about nanotechnology;
  3. identify the specific applications of the new technologies, in particular where nanotechnology is already in use;
  4. carry out a forward look to see how the technology might be used in future, where possible estimating the likely time scales in which the most far-reaching applications of the technology might become reality;
  5. identify what environmental, health and safety, ethical or societal implications or uncertainties may arise from the use of the technology, both current and future;
  6. identify areas where regulation needs to be considered
The final report, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties - was published on 29 July 2004.

Thanks to Robyn Mills, CSIRO Cunningham Library, St Lucia, Queensland in Oz, for bringing this to my attention.

August 16, 2004


:: Thanks to Pamela Bailey for letting me know about her website, tinytechjobs:

tinytechjobs is a unique career website devoted to jobs at the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology. On the site you will find both academic and industrial positions in such disciplines as chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, micro- and nano-electromechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and devices, microfluidics, microarrays, information technology, optics, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, and other relevant fields.

tinytechjobs is heavily marketed to a qualified, highly targeted audience through email and banner advertising, search engine positioning, and through partnerships with sites who have a similar target audience.

I've added the site to my nano-resource guide.

August 12, 2004

Nanotechnology Resources

:: At the U of Alberta, nanoscience and nanotechnology is flourishing. Currently, faculty from at least 19 departments have projects in nano-related areas. NINT, The National Institute for Nanotechnology, is currently being constructed on campus, and will house ~440 people working in All Things Nano when it is constructed, including graduate students and researchers. NanoMEMS Edmonton has been formed, an organization bringing together the Edmonton microsystems and nanotech cluster.

I have created a library resource guide for nanoscience and nanotechnology. The most recent addition is the web site, is a knowledge tool that is intended to provide the science, engineering and design community worldwide with a continuously updating source of all the information they need to make an informed decision on the implementation or acquisition of nanotechnology.
Either through static mediums i.e. the knowledge base of articles and news items or through dynamic forms i.e. the community of experts.

Due to the collaborative publishing approach that has been adopted, is totally free to access and is focused on the requirements of industrial end-users of Nanotechnology.

Other sites of interest include:If you know of any good nano-web resources, please let us know.

February 17, 2004

Nanotechnology Sites

:: There are a number of good nanotechnology web sites that have emerged in the past few years. One I discovered this morning is, and calls itself "the leading nanotechnology business directory. The goal of this directory is to help businesses to easily find nanotechnology companies, partners, clients or competitors either locally or internationally." Other nano-business portals include,and NanoInverstorNews. Sites of a more general nature include, NanoApex, and Nanotechnology Now. Nanosites in blog format include Nanodot, News.NanoApex, and Howard Lovy's NanoBot.

January 6, 2004

Top Ten Nanotech Products Of 2003

:: Forbes Magazine has ranked the top ten products developed in 2003 which incorporated nanotechnology. (From: Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends)

Also available for those following developments in nano-everything, is the Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, produced by Josh Wolfe and his staff. There is also a Forbes/Wolfe blog.

November 19, 2003

SME SourceTM and NanoGuitars

:: ebrary and SME Launch Worlds Largest Full-Text Database of Publications in Manufacturing Engineering. The new database is called SME Source, and includes:

    4,000 books, journals and technical papers in manufacturing engineering, including the nine-volume Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook series, current and all back volumes of Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Journal of Manufacturing Processes.

:: As a guitar player of some 37+ years, I was interested to see this news release about the new, Flying V NanoGuitar. It falls under the category of NEMS (Nanoelectromechanical Systems), which is two orders of magnitude smaller than MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems).

The original "nanoguitar", about the size of a blood cell, was developed in 1997.

I'm looking forward to the first CD release of nanoguitar music!

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October 21, 2003

U Alberta Mech Engineers Make Important Energy Breakthrough, More on PLoS Biology

:: University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Dr Daniel Kwok and Dr Larry Kostiuk (additional information here), working with two graduate students, Fuzhi Lu (L) and Jun Wang (R), have discovered a new way to produce electricity, the first such discovery in 160 years.

Their research was the front page story in today's Edmonton Journal, and received coverage elsewhere on the Internet.

More information is available on the University of Alberta Express News site. The news of this discovery was also of personal interest to me, as I am the librarian responsible for mechanical engineering here at the U of Alberta.

Their research appears in the November 2003 issue of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering:

    Research published today by the Institute of Physics journal, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering reveals a new method of generating electric power by harnessing the natural electrokinetic properties of a liquid such as ordinary tap water when it is pumped through tiny microchannels. The research team from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, have created a new source of clean non-polluting electric power with a variety of possible uses, ranging from powering small electronic devices to contributing to a national power grid.

    The research was led by Professor Daniel Kwok and Professor Larry Kostiuk from the University of Alberta. Professor Kostiuk said: This discovery has a huge number of possible applications. Its possible that it could be a new alternative energy source to rival wind and solar power, but this would need huge bodies of water to work on a commercial scale. Hydrocarbon fuels are still the best source of energy but theyre fast running out and so new options like this one could be vital in the future.

Reference: Yang J, Lu F, Kostiuk LW, Kwok DY J Micromech Microeng 13 (November 2003) 963-970.

:: Expanding coverage of PLoS Biology: articles have appeared in EContent and CNET

September 29, 2003

e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology, SciELO

:: The Surface Science Society of Japan has created the e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology. The papers are referreed, but the English on the journal homepage needs some serious editing.

:: SciELO Brazil:

    The Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.

    The library is an integral part of a project being developed by FAPESP - Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa do Estado de So Paulo, in partnership with BIREME - the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information. Since 2002, the Project is also supported by CNPq - Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientfico e Tecnolgico.

    The Project envisages the development of a common methodology for the preparation, storage, dissemination and evaluation of scientific literature in electronic format.

    As the project develops, new journal titles are being added in the library collection.

July 28, 2003

Arson at U Georgia's Main Library, ISI Highly, World Nano-Economic Congress

:: The second floor of the University of Georgia's Main Library annex was deliberately set on fire last night, causing much damage to the collection.

:: From the 28 July 2003 Search Engine Watch: calls itself "an expert gateway to the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide," using similar techniques to Google's PageRank to identify these intellectual leaders.

This free search tool makes it easy to identify individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology over the past several decades.

:: The World Nano-Economic Congress will be held from 8-10 September 2003 in Washington DC. (Note: pdf file, requires Adobe Acrobat).

July 7, 2003


:: Scientific American has a web site devoted to the latest news in nanotechnology.

:: There's life down there, but not as we know it, Jim.

:: "This page provides a listing of the top 100 sites which are accessed most frequently in the EEVL Catalogue" Coming in at Number 1 this week: Adept Scientific.