Tag Archives: Nanomaterials

Quantum Dots Enter Mainstream Mobile Device Market

Last month, Amazon released Kindle Fire HDX 7 — the first ever mobile device to feature a quantum-dot-enhanced display. The 7” display includes a Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) produced by 3M in collaboration with Nanosys, Inc.  Compared to conventional LED-LCD display, the QDEF essentially replaces the YAG phosphor of the white LED backlight and functions as … Continue reading this entry

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part III

In this final post of our trilogy, we present a third scenario where the first-to-file regime under AIA offers previously unavailable opportunities for disqualifying certain prior art references. The fact pattern is as follows: Inventor X made a novel base nanomaterial and filed a US patent application on January 1, 2009 (Application A), which was assigned to Company … Continue reading this entry

Updates With Materials Genome Initiative, $25M Grants Announced; Complex IP Issues?

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently announced updates with the Materials Genonme Initiative (MGI). $25M in grants are noted, and the awardees include universities, national laboratories, and private sector companies (e.g., GM). Collaboration continues to be a strong theme. Collaboration usually sounds good and makes sense in many contexts, particularly for purely basic research … Continue reading this entry

Nanotechnology Meets Spiderman and Robots (ok, Bio-inspired Adhesives) !

I saw this recent BBC article re spiderman and nanotechnology – enjoy.  The article notes the technology of one company, nanoGriptech, which is a spin-off company from Carnegie Mellon University (see Professor Metin Sitti).  More generally, the article relates to bio-inspired adhesives (see geckos, for example) and applications with robotics.  NanoGriptech was funded early on by … Continue reading this entry

Commercialization of Self-Healing Coatings: AMI Funded in Round B

Miracles of nature and science are all around us, and one of them is the abilty of an organism to heal itself.  If skin is cut, the skin can repair itself.  Can that concept also be applied to synthetic materials and coatings?  One company trying to commercialize the concept is Autonomic Materials, Inc. (AMI).  In … Continue reading this entry

"Onslaught of Nanotech Drugs Coming Down the Pike" (For FDA Review)

The September 3, 2012 issue of C&EN discusses what it calls an “onslaught of nanotech drugs coming down the pike” for FDA review.  See article entitled “Mapping Nanotech Drugs’ Landscape,” pp. 46, 48. The FDA is generating a database for nanotech drugs and currently has 158 entries according to the article.  The leading application area … Continue reading this entry

Nanotechnology for Defense Conference: Celebrating Ten Years, Call for Abstracts, and Some History

This year is the ten year anniversary for a leading nanotechnology conference, the Nanotechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D). The call for abstracts indicates a February 18, 2012 initial deadline. The conference will be held August 6-10 in Summerlin, Nevada. Defense is one of the fundamental and perhaps the most stable pillar for nanotechnology commercialization, along with other … Continue reading this entry

Nanomanufacturing in 2012, Including Carbon Nanotubes in New Hampshire

The magazine, Technology Review, provided a colorful, short feature on a leading nanomanufacturing company, Nanocomp Technologies in its last issue (pages 80-83 for the print version). In the U.S. presidential election year of 2012, manufacturing will be a leading theme for economic policy debate, and high tech and intellectual property aspects of manufacturing will be a particular focal point … Continue reading this entry

Nanomaterials Update -- Federal Agencies Issue New Policy Guidance Documents on the Regulation of Nanomaterials

By Sarah Slack, Michael Flanagan, and J. Steven Rutt In June 2011, several federal agencies issued policy guidance documents regarding the regulation of nanomaterials. Although the guidance documents were issued by several different agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they all … Continue reading this entry

Pennsylvania's Funding of Nanotech and Cleantech Commercialization: January 28 Due Date

January 28, 2011 is the due date for proposals to the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center’s latest funding efforts. The Center has $980,000 in funding to distribute to successful applicants. Cleantech/energy is an important application space for the nanomaterials. Two types of grants are envisioned: $30,000 pre-commercialization grants and $200,000 full commercialization grants. An important aspect of the funding is a … Continue reading this entry

Breakthrough Material from Nanotechnology: Here's One

For those interested in hunting for nanotech breakthroughs, here is one. Media reports are circulating about a recent paper where nanospheres are used to make the stiffest organic material yet made. The materials are based on aromatic dipeptides which self-assemble. The spheres have diameter of 30 nm to 2 microns. The material is said to be stiffer than stainless … Continue reading this entry

New Nano Reporting Rules Under Section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act

EPA is poised next year to propose a new rule requiring manufacturers of nanomaterials to submit data on production, exposure and available safety information, as the agency moves towards stricter rules in the wake of lackluster results from a voluntary Bush-era initiative. The agency is developing a rule under Section 8 of the Toxic Substances … Continue reading this entry