X Close
Untitled Document
 
Nano Digest is an excellent magazine and very informative. I am sure that this updates the current trends and significan.

Dr. S R N Kiran Mangalampalli
Research Associate , Indian Institute of Science
Read more...  
Nanomaterials 2011
International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterials and Emerging Engineering Technologies (ICANMEET-2
nano tech 2013 - The12th International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference
North African Workshop on dielectric Materials for Photovoltaic Systems
nano tech 2013 - The12th International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference
More events...
Untitled Document
 
   News
DST fights disease with nanotechnology
Sun, 24 Apr 2011

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has acquired a High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy that will advance nanotechnology research.

Speaking at the international workshop on Nanomedicine for Infectious Diseases of Poverty this week, science and technology minister Naledi Pandor said the microscope will be located at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

“This facility will push the frontiers for nanotechnology research and will be commissioned during the second half of the current year.”

She added that this is in addition to programmes for knowledge generation and human-capital development in the field of nanotechnology.

Disease busters

Pandor said there is a need to pool resources and take deliberate steps to combat diseases like malaria, TB, and HIV and AIDS.

“We have stepped up investment in emerging research areas in general and in our national nanotechnology strategy in particular.”

She said one of the main goals of the strategy is to focus on nanotechnology in the area of health.

The minister added that the department has established two nanotechnology innovation centres at its two main science councils, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Mintek.

“The two nano innovation centres have a budget of R134 million over the current MTEF [medium-term expenditure framework].”

 
Pandor also congratulated the CSIR for the significant progress made in encapsulating all four first-line TB drugs in nano-polymer, using a technology it has now patented.

Multiple benefits

Professor Viness Pillay, professor of pharmaceutics and NRF research chair in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, at Wits University, says working at the nano scale allows researchers to harness new properties of particles, as they behave differently at an atomic level.

Nano particles have dimensions in nanometres (nm), or one billionth of a metre. To get an idea of the size, picture a human hair – that’s a hefty 80 000nm.

Working at the nano level allows completely new materials with unique properties to be created, adds professor Neerish Revaprasadu, from the University of Zululand.

Among the list of possibilities presented by nanotechnology, it is credited with the potential to dramatically improve the condition of the world’s poorest people, according to the Government Communications and Information System.

“Nanotechnology inventions can help fight disease, improve food production, provide for cleaner water, make the transport of goods easier and cheaper to people in remote areas, and provide clean and cheap energy sources.”


   
Other News
"Modern-Day Alchemy'
Upgrading Infrastructure could Reduce Flood Damage
Microrockets
Nanosafety Research
Tiny CNT Pores make Big Impact
Tracking Heat-Driven Decay in Leading Electric Vehicle Batteries
Physicists' Simple Solution for Quantum Technology Challenge
'Reverse engineering'
Gold Nanoparticle Chains Confine Light to the Nanoscale
New Solar Power Material can 90 percent of Captured Light into Heat
New Generation of DNA-based Computer Circuits
New Nanodevice to Improve Cancer Treatment Monitoring
Quantum Effects Bridge the Gap
Polymer Hhybrid Thin-film for Food Packaging
Sprint and Ride towards Safety
First Protein Microfiber Engineered
Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes
New devices based on metamaterials
Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level
Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells
Nanoparticle triples the production of biogas
New drugs closer to clinical testing
How Radiotherapy Kills Cancer Cells
Extremely High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Could I Squeeze by You?
Special Microscope Captures Defects in Nanotubes
New Feather Findings
Facetless Crystals
Crystallizing the DNA Nanotechnology Dream
A New Imaging Technique
Optimal Particle Size for Anticancer Nanomedicines Discovered
Unique Catalysts
Beyond LEDs
New Records Set for Silicon Quantum Computing
'Nano-Cocoons'
Ultra-fast Charging Battery
First Observation of Atomic Diffusion
Nanoparticles Double Action
Fast, Cheap Nanomanufacturing
Mimicking Brain Cells
Ultra-Fast Semiconductor Nano-Lasers
New Transparent Nanoscintillators
Magnetic field opens and closes nanovesicle
Solar Cell Compound Probed
World's Smallest Reference Material
Stronger, 'Greener' Cement
On the Road to Artificial Photosynthesis
Flexible Electronics
2-D Materials
Better, Cheaper LEDs for Phones and Lighting
  Untitled Document
 
     
  Untitled Document
 
 
Untitled Document
  Follow us On  Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter  
© 2010 Nano Digest. All Rights Reserved.   - Rify Hosting -