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Researchers grow carbon nanofibers using ambient air (March 24, 2014). NC State researchers have demonstrated that vertically aligned carbon nanofibers (VACNFs) can be manufactured using ambient air, making the manufacturing process safer and less expensive. VACNFs hold promise for use in gene-delivery tools, sensors, batteries, and other technologies. Conventional techniques for creating VACNFs rely on the use of ammonia gas, which is toxic. “This discovery makes VACNF manufacture safer and cheaper, because you don’t need to account for the risks and costs associated with ammonia gas,” says Dr. Anatoli Melechko, an adjunct associate professor of materials science and engineering and senior author of a paper on the work. NC State News Service

Carbonell elected to National Academy of Engineering (February 7, 2014). Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Carbonell is one of 67 new members and 11 foreign associates announced today. He is the 12th current NC State faculty member to be elected to the NAE, a private, independent nonprofit organization that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. NC State News Service

Silver nanowire sensors hold promise for prosthetics, robotics (January 16, 2014). NC State researchers have used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that could be used in biomedical, military or athletic applications, including new prosthetics, robotic systems and flexible touch panels. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals such as electrocardiograms. NC State News Service

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Upcoming Events

04/25/14 - NC State NanoDays. NC State NanoDays 2014 will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on NC State's Centennial Campus in Engineering Building 2. This event is open to Science Olympiad participants, teachers, and parents.  Educators from UNC-Chapel Hill, Marbles Childrens Museum, the NC Museum of Life and Sciences, and the School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at UNC-Greensboro will engage you with new developments in science and technology. For more information, visit the NanoDays web page or contact Rebecca Hite.

05/06/14-05/07/14 - NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Roundtable, Washington DC . The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) announces the dates for our 2014 DC Roundtable May 6-7th.  This will be our 12th visit meeting with government officials from the Legislative and Executive Branches regarding the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The activities for our day-and-a-half event will be located in downtown Washington, DC and at Dirksen and/or Russell Senate Office Buildings.  The exact locations and agenda are forthcoming. If you are interested in attending, then please complete the registration form and email it to Vincent Caprio (vincent@nanobca.org) or fax it to 480-275-3662.

09/24/14 - "NANO Manufacturing 2014: From Innovation To Commercialization," Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, Greensboro NC. The NANO Manufacturing 2014 conference will be held Wednesday September 24, 2014 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park (Gateway) in Greensboro, NC. "This Conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the US", said Joe Magno, Executive Director at the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN).

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Nanotech Reports & Presentations

The NC State Nanotechnology Initiative releases its FY 09-10 Annual Report (pdf) (July 1, 2010). This report highlights the NC State Nano Initiative's efforts in FY 09-10 to foster nanotechnology research, education, and industry outreach activities at the university and in the community.

"Investing in the South’s Nanotech Future" by the NC Dept. of Commerce's Office of Science & Technology (pdf) (July 7, 2010). Drs. John Hardin and Sharlini Sankaran of the NC Dept. of Commerce's Office of Science & Technology published this nanotechnology policy piece through the Southern Growth Policies Board, a non-partisan public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park that is dedicated to strengthening the South’s economy and creating the highest possible quality of life.

"Recommendations on the Environmentally Responsible Development of Nanotechnology" from the Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative (July 1, 2010). The 2009 Summit on Environmentally Responsible Development of Nanotechnology identified critical issues in nano-enabled product development and manufacturing and explored the nanomanufacturing landscape so businesses can overcome barriers to success related to environmental/occupational health concerns. The summit's outcome is a guidance document that highlights these critical issues and provides business and policymakers with recommendations about how to successfully address them.

Emerging Technologies: Trust and Risk. Presentation by Dr. David Berube, NC State Research Professor of Science Communication and Director of the NCSU Public Communication of Science and Technology Project, to the Science, Expertise, and Ethics in Democracy CCI Interdisciplinary Panel at UNC-Greensboro on March 19, 2009. More of the NCSU Nanotoxicology Interdisciplinary Research Team's recent presentations can be accessed here, and the team's large collection of streamed videos can be accessed here.

Nanotechnology: Think Small and Look into the Future… Presentation by Dr. Gregory N. Parsons, NC State Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the NC State Nanotechnology Initiative, to the Sanford Rotary Club on March 17, 2009.

 

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