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Multitasking Nanotechnology

Confocal microscope image of a self-assembled monolayer of a polychlorotriphenyl methyl radical patterned on a quartz surface. This multifunctional molecule behaves as an electroactive switch with optical and magnetic response.

Tiny electronically active chemicals can be made to form ordered layers on a surface, thanks to research supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the EUROCORES programme SONS 2 (Self-Organised NanoStructures).

These nanostructured layers may one day be used to build the components of electronics devices, such as transistors and switches, for a future generation of powerful computers based on molecules rather than silicon chips.

Speaking at the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) meeting in Strasbourg, SONS II scientist Marta Mas-Torrent explained the potential of nanotechnology: “Currently, there is a great interest in employing functional molecules as building blocks for preparing devices since this will facilitate the move towards device miniaturization.”

On this scale, manipulating nanoscopic components requires skill and determination but by exploiting molecular self assembly, the researchers hope to build ordered layers just a single molecule thick using microcontact printing techniques borrowed from the electronics industry.

They are now creating different arrangements of monolayers on gold, silica, and other materials.

Source: European Science Foundation


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EMSI Conference brings forth the new trends

EMSI Conference brings forth the new trends
Paves way for greater research in Nano science

Inauguration of National Conference on Electron Microscopy and Allied Fields at Bundelkhan University, Jhansi

Inauguration of National Conference on Electron Microscopy and Allied Fields at Bundelkhan University, Jhansi

Scientific Exhibition at the Conference

Scientific Exhibition at the Conference

The National Conference of Electron Microscope Society of India (EMSI – 2009) was held at Bundelkhand University in Jhansi from January 17-19, 2009. This annual conference promoted interdisciplinary research, bridging various scientific and technical disciplines. The conference brought various scientists from across the country to work in different disciplines to discuss the various aspects of microscopy.

Dr Peter Koshy, outgoing president of EMSI, mentioned that, “Electron Miscroscopy has paved way to the birth nanotechnology, but this has not really got its due importance in the country for various reasons. Thanks to major push in nanotechnology by the government and private organizations, this field is now looked forward.”

The electron microscope needs no introduction. It has been hailed as one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Since it was first unveiled, the electron microscope has undergone many technical improvements and seen the incorporation of new designs, among them the scanning tunneling electron microscope. But nonetheless, the pioneering attempt of Ernst Ruska was rewarded with one half of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for his fundamental work in electron optics and for the design of the first electron microscope. The other half went jointly to Dr Gerd Binnig and Dr Heinrich Rohrer for their design of the scanning tunneling microscope. Today almost no branch of science can do without electron microscope, which has been the tool to reveal many of nature’s mysteries.

The conference discussed advances in the electron microscopy techniques as also the understanding of new and exotic materials and their consequent applications of relevance to the society. More importantly, the new nanoscale analytical techniques have made it possible to understand and also help create matter on a nanoscale and thus have ushered in an era of what is now popularly called nano science and nanotechnology.

Explaining about the importance newly appointed president of EMSI R P Tandon says, “Today our country is being recognized for its large pool of excellent human resources in science and technology and it is high time they are brought to the lime light. In view of encouraging our scientists, academicians, and young researchers for the future, this is the purpose of the conference.”

EMSI found one of its missions to identify the scientific brilliance in the country, recognize their scientific contributions and honour them with different prestigious awards during the annual meeting. Dr Srikumar Banerjee, director of Baba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai was presented with Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-09 while Dr PD Gupta of CCMB was given the same award in Biological Sciences category. For the first time the Society has instituted Fellow of EMSI and has given this honour to 10 prominent people: Prof K Chattopadhyay, Dr MS Rao, Dr Fazil Marickar, Prof RP Tandon, Dr G K Dey, Dr Sudip Dey, Dr Sabu Thomas, Dr Indradev Samajdar, Dr P Prabhakar Rao and Dr Prakash Kumar.

Apart from the conference, there was a scientific exhibition with various corporate players displaying their newest products and technologies. Major players participated in this much awaited exhibition: Icon Analytical, Gatan, Jeol, Blue Star, Carl Zeiss, Forevision Instruments, Oxford Instruments, Camscan, Mars Scientific & Bruker Miscroanalysis, Tinsley-Wayne Kerr, Sree Analytical, Labindia Instruments, Ants Ceramics, Metrex and Advance Scientific & Tescan.

Nano India magazine took this opportunity to meet and inform about the impending launch of the magazine. Flyers were distributed to all the participants of the conference generating curiosity to know about the magazine.

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Engines of Creation

Some more info on what Maju had to tell. This is path breaking book which paved way for research in nanotechnology. I thought I should share the below info about the book and also about the author:

Originally published in 1986, K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation laid the theoretical foundation for the modern field of nanotechnology and articulated the amazing possibilities and dangers associated with engineering at the molecular scale. Unique for both its style and substance, the book is today recognized as the seminal work in nanotechnology and has earned Drexler the title of “Father of Nanotechnology.”

Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology – Updated and Expanded, is an ebook-only version available for free to readers exclusively through WOWIO. In addition to an updated “look and feel” for the ebook, Engines of Creation 2.0 has been expanded to include the first known lecture on nanotechnology by physicist Richard Feynman, the landmark open letter debate between Dr. Drexler and the late nanotech pioneer and Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Smalley, analysis of the debate by Ray Kurzweil, and a number of new additions by Dr. Drexler, including his advice to aspiring nanotechnologists.

K. Eric Drexler is often described as the ‘father of nanotechnology’. In 1981, he outlined an approach to implementing productive nanosystems in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This paper established fundamental principles of molecular design, protein engineering, and many areas of nanotechnology. Drexler’s theoretical research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and books including Engines of Creation and Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. Drexler founded the Foresight Institute, a non-profit organization focused on nanotechnology and served as Chairman until his departure in 2003. He is presently Chief Technical Advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology (the first degree of its kind).



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Nano in India

Hello welcome back

Thanks for the huge response (surprisingly I got more direct mails than the posts on the blog). The basic question that many close friends asked was “Why magazine on Nano Science & Tech?”, while others warmly welcomed the idea.

My answer would be not just “Why not?” but as I had mentioned after long deliberations and meetings with people we thought it would apt to have a magazine on this subject since it is the future technology and will transform the lives of people.

There are two important people who actually directly and indirectly have made me look at this subject, understand and even plan a magazine. They are: First is my ex-editor (editor of Computers Today) late J S Raju. In fact it was in MapIndia conference in 2005 Jan at Delhi that we both talked about this and he said why not have magazine for Nano in India. Though Nano Science and Technology was Greek and Latin to me then, I gave a serious and patient hearing to Sir’s words and by evening on that eventful day I had basic idea of what this technology has got in store for people. Though we both wanted to start a magazine, it didn’t happen and sadly when I am now ready to start the magazine, he is not there to witness it. But I would never ever forget to give the credit to that great human and mentor.

Next is obvious, but he is the person who has made me take the idea to reality. It is none other than Dr CNR Rao. I need not mention about this great visionary. Though I haven’t ever met him, after Mr Raju’s intro about Nano Science and Technology, I started doing my basic research to understand better about this new subject. And I have read, re-read articles, interviews and extracts of papers that Dr Rao has written and published. He is the man who has been in-directly very influential for me to take forward the idea of starting an exclusive niche publication on Nano.

I take this opportunity to thank these two great personalities on this platform. Hopefully I will be able to meet Dr Rao at EMSI conference at Bhundekhand University, Jhansi on Jan 17. Before I get on to my magazine I would like to remind you all about the famous quote of Dr CNR Rao:

“We missed the semiconductor revolution in the early 1950s. We had just gained independence. But with nanoscience and technology, we can certainly be on an equal footing with the rest of the world. …”

Let’s not miss out on Nano Science & Technology revolution that the country is at the moment taking up. The initiative of the government to set up Nano Mission (again under able leadership of Dr Rao) is a clear indication that we are not going to miss the bus this time! And hopefully as we travel through the developments of this technology Nano India will document and present them to you all with all the sincerity and passion for the technology.

Once again thanks for your kind and encouraging mails… I would also like you all to post comments so that we can churn out a better magazine.


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Biggest stories of 2008

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While I give you some food for thought about the latest happenings… I will make another post some time later which will spell out our idea and plan for the magazine. From then I hope you all to come out with recommendations and suggestions that should help us to deliver the best.

Back in few nano hours…

Nano India Mag

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Welcome Note


Welcome to the world of technology….

The technology that promises to change the world and make it a better place for everyone of us to live happily! It is the technology of the future and it is Nanotechnology.

We are a group of individuals with vast experience in journalism and lovers of technology, and we have formed a group in Hyderabad, India to come out with a magazine for the rapidly growing nano science and technology. Tentatively named as Nano India (we are yet to get clearance for the title from Registrar of Newspapers of India RNI), this will be a magazine that will try to decipher nanotechnology to all the enthusiasts across the country, while giving insights into the latest developments in the field.

Having done our basic research and surveys, we thought there is a need to come out with a specialized magazine for this niche area, wherein we can provide a platform for scientists, researchers, students, industry and others to talk about themselves, to others and exchange ideas that will propel the development of this technology.

We purposefully are calling this (Nano India) a magazine and not a journal, since we are looking at the publication as a medium to educate and inform about the latest in the field, rather than make it a serious technical publication. Since we are also learners of this technology, and not experts, it would make all the more sense for people like us to create a platform for the experts to interact amongst themselves and educate people about this much talked about and lesser known science to the people of this country.

We intend to come out with this magazine very soon and at the moment we are in conceptualizing stage. We are right now working on forming an editorial advisory board for the magazine – which should ideally be comprised of scientists, academicians and industry people. Right now we are approaching all the people whom we think matter for the magazine and for the development of this technology in India and informing about our plans.

“What best way to reach out and have brainstorming sessions about the magazine than a blog?” suggested my friend Diwakar from Chennai. So we thought to initially reach to wider people about our venture through this mode and hopefully people will help us to make this “not-for-profit” effort a useful, successful and meaningful product.

Keep posting your thoughts, views and suggestions for Nano India… Let us all exchange the thoughts before we start having them in black and white…

Will make my next post… and it would be the content plan for the magazine!

From then on we will have more things to talk, debate and argument about…

With best wishes for the New Year….

K Jayadev


Nano India Magazine



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