The EC-funded MINOS-EURONET project has combined a series of methods to showcase Micro Nano Technology R and D Capabilities from New Member States for a better integration of their research activities into the European Research Area (ERA).
A research team from the Department of Electricity and Electronics at the University of the Basque Country's Faculty of Science and Technology in Leioa, led by Victor Etxebarria, is investigating the characteristics of various types of materials for their use in the generation and measurement of precise movements.
Encapsulating magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles within a silica shell has yielded a new multifunctional nanoparticle that has the potential to image, target, and treat tumors with water-insoluble anticancer drugs.
A research team at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has found that pretreating tumors with gold nanoparticles and near-infrared radiation dramatically improves the response of tumors to radiation therapy.
Taking a cue from the semiconductor industry, a team of investigators at Stanford University has developed a method of producing unlimited quantities of highly magnetic nanoparticles suitable for use as magnetic resonance tumor imaging agents.
Dendrimers are spherical polymer nanoparticles that have shown promise as targeted anticancer drug delivery vehicles. Iron oxide nanoparticles have already demonstrated the ability to image tumors and metastatic lesions. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have combined the two, producing a layered nanoscale construct that targets and images tumors in animal models of human cancer.
On January 28th, 2008, EPA launched the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). To date EPA has received three submissions for nanoscale materials under the basic program. EPA has also received commitments from ten additional companies to submit data on nanoscale materials under the basic program. Thus far no one has signed up to participate in the in-depth portion of the NMSP.
In order to monitor how far an HIV infection has progressed, the number of immune cells - lymphocytes - must be counted. Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a method that neatly arranges the antibodies that bind to these immune cells on a 'molecular printboard'.
Biodetection Technologies is an internationally recognized event for experts in detection and identification of biological and chemical threats. Delivering this year's opening keynote address will be Robert Hooks, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for WMD and Biodefense from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.