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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 01:58:55 -0700

The Nanogirl News
September 9, 2002

Intel will unfurl its nanotechnology plans at its developer conference next
week, shedding light on what will power its chips for the coming decades.
Sunlin Chou, senior vice president of the technology and manufacturing group
at Intel, will discuss the company's plans for nanotechnology, or the
science of making chips with elements that measure less than 100 nanometers,
next Thursday morning at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, California.
Current chips have features measuring 130 nanometers on average. (CNet

Law firm finds niche in nanotechnology. Winstead Sechrest & Minick is
thinking small in a big way. The Dallas-based law firm has formed a
full-service nanotechnology practice that could be the first of its kind in
Texas. Winstead Sechrest has experience in filing and prosecuting patent
applications, licensing, trademark and commercialization issues involving
various areas of science and technology. By formalizing its efforts around
nanotechnology, the firm is targeting an area described as one of the
emerging technologies likely to revolutionize the 21st century. (Houston
Business Journal 8/30/02)

Nanotechnology: The God Of Small Things. Bala Manian's company, Quantum Dot
Corporation, hasn't kept its crown jewels in any bank vault. At their
facilities in Palo Alto, California, you will find their jewels under a
microscope, twinkling luminously like the Nizam's finest. The jewels are
called quantum dots, coloured crystals just a few hundred atoms across.
Manian's tiny sparklers are about the same size as a protein molecule or a
short sequence of DNA. The coloured quantum nanodots could be used to tag
different proteins or sequences of DNA-upto 40,000 genes or proteins in as
little as 10 minutes. (Hoovers 8/1/02)

Nanotechnology topic of UW forum. The University of Washington will present
a forum and workshop on business and nanotechnology later this month. In
"Technology Forum: NanoTech Meets Business," researchers at Pacific
Northwest Laboratories and UW will discuss nanotech-related advances in
materials, health care and the environment. The event takes place Wednesday,
Sept. 18. URL to UW workshop included. (DJC.com 9/3/02)

Scientists Develop Atomic-Scale Memory. In 1959, physics icon Richard
Feynman, in a characteristic back-of-the-envelope calculation, predicted
that all the words written in the history of the world could be contained in
a cube of material one two-hundredths of an inch wide - provided those words
were written with atoms. Now, a little more than 40 years after Feynman's
prescient estimate, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have
created an atomic-scale memory using atoms of silicon in place of the 1s and
0s that computers use to store data. (ScienceDaily Magazine 9/5/02)

(Company profile) Nantero's Next-Gen Memory Turns to Nanotubes. Their plan
is diabolically simple: build a memory chip that will one day obsolete all
other technologies placing Nantero at the pinnacle of memory chip design,
research and development. There are only a couple of problems, however.
There are dozens of companies - including every major semiconductor
manufacturer - competing for the same prize and Nantero has yet to produce a
working chip. Of course, neither have any of their future competitors. In
fact, most companies working in this area are just now moving out of the lab
and into the proof-of-concept stage with prototypes ready for evaluation
sometime in the next 12 to 18 months. (Nanotech Planet 9/3/02)

Investors bet on hi-tech breakthrough. There has certainly been little to
cheer investors lately, but that does not prevent them from looking for the
next big thing. Many are now pinning their hopes on nanotechnology - the
process of manufacturing tiny machines the size of atoms. But researchers
say the real promise of nanotechnology will take years of hard work in the
lab. They fear that if it is over-hyped, their work could fall victim to the
sort of boom and bust cycle that has hit telecoms and dot.com businesses. It
sounds like science fiction, but researchers are predicting:...(BBC 9/5/02)

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) today announced that it has
established a China Nanotechnology Center facility (CNC) in Beijing, China.
The facility will be staffed with local scientists and engineers and
equipped with Veeco's latest Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Scanning
Tunneling Microscope (STM) products and other advanced nanotechnology
application modules. The CNC will be jointly operated with the Institute of
Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Day to day operations
will be managed by Oliver Yeh, Veeco's newly appointed General Manager for
China. The CAS is a national institution for scientific research and
promotes original scientific innovation and integration of key technologies.
Institutes organized under the CAS auspices perform first-class research and
open up new directions of research, in particular in the area of nanometer
sciences. (StockHouse Australia news 9/3/02)

Silicon nanoparticles eyed for chemical detection. The latest silicon-based
technology developed to thwart terrorists is "smart dust" produced at the
University of Calif., San Diego. A research group has developed a method for
fabricating porous-silicon nanoparticles that have a selective response to
light. The process enables a given chemical to change the reflectivity of a
cloud of particles, creating a unique signature that can be detected from a
distance. (EETimes 9/9/02)

What Can Nanotech Do for You? While tiny technology, such as minuscule
robots that take inventory or scan the bloodstream for signs of disease,
never fails to amaze, it also tends to generate skepticism over the extent
of its practical applications. But experts say that nanotechnology and, more
immediately, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are already benefiting a
range of industries and are poised to deliver significant advances in
computing and business. "This has been promised and expected before, but has
never materialized," Frost & Sullivan's Technical Insights director of
research, Leo O'Connor, told NewsFactor.
(Yahoo 9/4/02)

Nanophotonic composites light up for the future. Scientists from Brown
University, US, have made nanocomposite arrays by filling nanopores in
anodized aluminium oxide with an organic dye. The composites exhibited a
much higher fluorescence yield than conventional films of the dye.
(Nanotechweb.org 9/3/02)

Just Two Words: Carbon Nanotubes. Mass production of these super-strong,
super-versatile structures is poised to begin. That means lower prices --
and new opportunities. Plastics were then. Carbon nanotubes are now. Built
by arranging carbon atoms in a hexagonal pattern to form stringlike,
cylindrical structures, nanotubes are 10,000 times thinner than human hair.
They're strong as diamonds, yet withstand bending and twisting better than
steel. They can conduct electricity or act as semiconductors. And they are
thought to carry heat better than any other material. To exploit these
properties, proposed applications include building 22,000-mile ropes to
tether satellites to Earth or transistors so tiny that a supercomputer could
fit in your pocket. "Nanotubes are astonishingly promising, and I'm a
realist, not an optimist," says Rod Ruoff, a mechanical engineering
professor at Northwestern University. "It's a question of making the
technology cheap enough." (Business 2.0 Sept. 02, issue)

Nanotechnology may aid environment. For scientists who study it,
nanotechnology is considered a clean technology - perhaps even the key to
solving some current environmental ills. And the field is advancing rapidly.
The National Science Foundation has been cutting its timetable for the
release of nanotech-fueled products from five or 10 years to two or three
years, said Mihail Roco, NSF's senior adviser on nanotechnology. First
products likely to emerge are in medicine, Roco said. Nanotechnology will so
thoroughly impact the way science addresses medicine, food, electronics and
the environment, that within a decade or so, Roco envisions a $1 trillion
yearly market in products that carry nano-components, including all computer
chips, half of pharmaceuticals and half of chemical catalysts.
(Siliconvalley.com via Ap Wire 9/8/02)

Hewlett-Packard researchers will unveil a major breakthrough in the field of
nanotechnology on Monday in Europe, a milestone in the company's goal to
build future generations of smaller, faster and cheaper chips based on
"molecular grids." Molecular grids are the central concept in HP's
nanotechnology plans. In HP's vision, layers of molecular strands, laid down
in a crisscross fashion like city streets, will form a mesh of tiny,
intelligent circuits. This molecular mesh could be sandwiched between layers
of ordinary chip wires to act as a communications network or, eventually,
used as the foundation for a complete microprocessor.
Corporate research is increasingly focusing on nanotechnology: the science
of building computer chips or other devices out of elements measuring 100
nanometers or less. (Cnet 9/6/02)

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
Nanotechnology Industries
Personal: http://www.nanogirl.com

"Nanotechnology: Solutions for the future."

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