Interviews
Jànos Nagy: On nanopportunitiesJànos Nagy: On nanopportunities

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are often touted as a key material of the future. 

January 2013
Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1Sander Dorenbos: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 1

A new device based on superconducting nano-materials helps to detect single photons with higher efficiency

April 2012
Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2Floor van de Pavert: seeing the (almost) invisible with nano-wires quality - part 2

How three young entrepreneurs have transformed a brilliant invention into a commercial product.

April 2012
Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies"Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies"

An ingenious trick improves the efficiency of direct methanol fuel cells. Will they become an alternative to traditional batteries and power units?

April 2012
Tilmann Leisegang: "Towards a miniature X-ray laboratory"Tilmann Leisegang: "Towards a miniature X-ray laboratory"

An autofocusing X-ray optic improves materials research and brings a generation of pocket-size systems.

March 2012
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
New nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the marketNew nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the market

“Biomedical carbons, could be used, among others, for wound treatment and for blood filtration” Prof. Steve Tennison says.

February 2012
Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors”Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors”

Thanks to the EU support to technology transfer, a label-free immunoassay system utilizing advanced optical and micro-nano technology is reaching the market.

February 2012
Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses”Dr. Philippe Bergonzo “Deteriorated photoreceptors can be activated through nanodiamond retinal prostheses”

In France, nanotechnology is used in the medical field to create artificial biocompatible retinas. Synthetic diamond nanomaterials coat the electrodes that transmit electrical information to the retina, replacing the action of photoreceptors that have deteriorated

July 2011
Physicist Dr. Sylvain Nicolay: “Further research needs to be done to bring nano-tuned solar cells to the market”Physicist Dr. Sylvain Nicolay: “Further research needs to be done to bring nano-tuned solar cells to the market”

Solar cell production is still an expensive process. Thin solar cells consume less raw materials, energy and time, but their efficiency is still low and has to be improved through additional research efforts

July 2011
Christian Mittermayr: “Rapid detection of pathogens in water supply networks increases public security”Christian Mittermayr: “Rapid detection of pathogens in water supply networks increases public security”

An integrated, automated and highly sensitive measurement device based on a nanobiological sensors to simultaneously monitor the presence of several viruses or dangerous bacteria in water can guarantee the safety and quality of drinking water  

June 2011
Dr. Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen: “Nanotechnology researchers need to approach investors to reach the market”Dr. Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen: “Nanotechnology researchers need to approach investors to reach the market”

Dr. Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen serves as a link between scientists and investors. He calls himself a rare animal who has been on both sides of the fence. With this experience he knows how both entrepreneurs and investors think and can tell how their meeting can become smoother

May 2011
Dr. Francisco de Aristegui: “We support researchers to reach the market with their innovations”Dr. Francisco de Aristegui: “We support researchers to reach the market with their innovations”

The field of nanotechnology is relatively new and many customers do not have any ideas of the applications of nanotechnology. The project ProNano offers help to researchers with nanotechnological innovations, on the route to commercialization. Francisco de Aristegui gives his view on the initiative

May 2011
Prof. Ivo Rangelow: “Scanning nanocomponents’ surfaces at the atomic level will enable more efficient electronic devices”Prof. Ivo Rangelow: “Scanning nanocomponents’ surfaces at the atomic level will enable more efficient electronic devices”

The miniaturization of many objects is one of the great technological advances of recent decades, smaller mobile phones, thinner laptops and vehicles filled with invisible high-performance electronics. But building minute components poses extremely high challenges for quality control of the materials

May 2011
Dr. Simon Elliott: “A new nanotechnology application to manufacture a one terabyte USB stick in the near future”Dr. Simon Elliott: “A new nanotechnology application to manufacture a one terabyte USB stick in the near future”

Dr. Simon Elliott from the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland is coordinating the EU research project REALISE and working on the next generation of USB flash memories. Rare earth oxides have been introduced to improve their storage capacity

April 2011
Dr. Ndeke Musee: “To protect our environment we need to understand nanotechnology risks because today’s nanoproducts will be tomorrow’s waste streams”Dr. Ndeke Musee: “To protect our environment we need to understand nanotechnology risks because today’s nanoproducts will be tomorrow’s waste streams”

Dr. Ndeke Musee is a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. He formed the first research group working on nanotechnology risk assessment in that country. Last month he published the article Nanotechnology risk assessment from a waste management perspective: Are the current tools adequate? about the potential new forms of challenges nanowastes may bring. Nanowastes can be defined as waste streams containing nanomaterials

November 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
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
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