Environment
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?

Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles may enable people to use textiles in an environmentally more sustainable way, even though a question mark remains on their potential risks 

April 2013
Revamping nanotubesRevamping nanotubes

Recycling carbon nanotube waste into nanocomposite plastic materials for industrial purposes may not be as easy as recycling plastic.

January 2013
Beauty is in the mothBeauty is in the moth's eyes

The eyes of nocturnal insects give researchers new ideas for anti-glare coatings.

April 2012
Nano Eco DyeNano Eco Dye

Nano particles from a fungus could lead to new eco friendly dyes claim scientists from the Catholic University of Louvain.

March 2012
Self-Cleaning BuildingsSelf-Cleaning Buildings

European scientists have developed innovative materials that can be easily applied on facades and reduce air pollution in cities.

February 2012
Colorful eco-textiles thanks to nano-sized enzymesColorful eco-textiles thanks to nano-sized enzymes

To address the problems encountered by the traditional European dyes industry, scientists have developed a new and environmentally friendly way to produce dyes

September 2011
Nano Non-Stick Paint For Efficient ShippingNano Non-Stick Paint For Efficient Shipping

Biofouling on ship hulls is responsible for an up to 40% higher fuel consumption of vessels. Now a new non-toxic paint has been developed. The secret is a nano structure, caused by amphiphilic molecules

June 2011
Innovative anti-biofouling technologies can make shipping more eco-friendlyInnovative anti-biofouling technologies can make shipping more eco-friendly

Organisms that stick to the lower structures of ships increase fuel consumption and costs of maintenance substantially. Currently, the organisms are killed with toxic biocides, but these chemicals need to be removed to protect our environment. Researchers are trying to develop environmentally friendly anti-biofouling technologies, such as nano-structured surfaces that make organisms fall off when the ships move

June 2011
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purificationNanotechnological innovations can improve water purification

Research teams are trying different approaches within the nanotechnological field to improve water membrane technologies. One of these is to improve water purification by using nature’s own water-transporting channels, aquaporins. However, constructing suitable membranes for industrial processes is a challenge

May 2011
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networksA new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks

If pathogens enter into our water supply network many people may fall ill quickly. To protect us against this biological threat, researchers have developed a detection system partly based on nanotechnology that can warn authorities in time

May 2011
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated WaterMobile Detection System for Contaminated Water

Engineers have developed a new a mobile detection system to fight the growing threat of contaminated drinking water. Within the European research project DINAMICS they have built a microchip system which is able to identify specific dangerous bacteria, viruses or unicellular organisms

May 2011
François Plais: “A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality” - part 1François Plais: “A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality” - part 1

A group of French researchers has developed a nanomaterial that works like a sponge for some water pollutants and allows to measure them easily and quickly.

March 2012
Bram van der Gaag: "A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality" - part 2Bram van der Gaag: "A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality" - part 2

Bram van der Gaag is a scientific researcher for "Monitoring and sensoring" at KWR and works on the project developing a nanomaterial aimed at monitoring water quality.

March 2012
Nano Filtered WaterNano Filtered Water

Scientists of the Technical University of Denmark have developed a new filter to obtain ultra pure water which consists only of H2O molecules. All minerals, carbon compounds or gas molecules are filtered out by this special membrane

September 2010
youris.com meets Peter Agreyouris.com meets Peter Agre

Peter Agre, American medical doctor, professor, and molecular biologist was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which he shared with Roderick MacKinnon) for his discovery of aquaporins

November 2010
How do nanoparticles impact our environment and us?How do nanoparticles impact our environment and us?

We are seeing an increased availability of nanoparticle-containing products on the market. During production, use and disposal they affect both our environment and us. Sometimes the interactions are remarkable

November 2010
Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize of Chemistry winner, “The generation of pure water is theoretical possible with the aquaporins”Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize of Chemistry winner, “The generation of pure water is theoretical possible with the aquaporins”

Prof Peter Agre is a molecular biologist, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. During his studies, he discovered that there is a special protein that is responsible for rapid permeation of water in cells

September 2010