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...  
Optics '11
Sixth International Congress of Nano Technology 2011
SETCOR International Conference on Nanotechnology Nanotech Dubai UAE 2013
Nanotech China
Quantum Science Symposium-2012
More events...
Untitled Document
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
Unveiling the electron`s motion in a carbon nanocoil
Platinum, puddles, and water`s true nature
Extracting miniature diamonds from crude
Advanced Energy Devices
Molybdenum disulfide for light absorption
New tool to Visualize `nanoscale` processes
Making Invisible Physics Visible
Tiniest Engine to Enter Living Cells
New Drug-Delivery to Treat Obesity
Nanometric Positioning Goes the Distance
Hybrid Nanoantennas
Minute Nano Amounts in Environmental Samples
Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
Cactus-Inspired Skin Gives Electric Cars a Spike
Personal Cooling Units on the Horizon
A Promising New Material
World`s Tiniest Thermometer
Double-Edged Sword against Genital Herpes
Electron `Eye`
Enigmatic Spin Momentum of Light
Artificial Protein
Nanotube Semiconductors Well-Suited for PV Systems
Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan
ManipulatingLlight inside Opaque Layers
Advanced DNA Sequencing
Making Electronics out of Coal
New Twists and Bends in LCD
Future Information Technology
Avoid Foot Amputation in Diabetic Patients?
Novel Uniform Coating Process of p-ALD
`Electronic Synapses`
Fastest Flexible Silicon Transistor
Flexible Electronics
Nanowire-Based Battery
Miniaturized Frequency Converter
Nano-Magnets Produce 3D Images
Improved Biological Implants
Flake-like Nanoparticles for Rust Protection
Smart Synthetic Skins
Graphene-Based Nanoscrolls
Breakthrough in Solar Cell Technology
Ultra-Long, One-Dimensional Carbon Chains
Nanotechnology for Gas Sensing
Flexible Electronics without Sintering
Nanotubes for Quantum Communication
`Honeycomb` of nanotubes
Dressed to Kill
Effective Nano-Therapy Fights Cancer Etc.,
Intracellular Recordings using Nanotower Electrodes
Quantum Dots enhance Light-to-Current Conversion
New Technique Produces more-Affordable Hydrogen
  Untitled Document
  Untitled Document
Untitled Document
  Follow us On  Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter  
© 2010 Nano Digest. All Rights Reserved.   - Rify Hosting -