Hello and Happy New Year!
2017 was an amazing year for nanotechnology, where industries are beginning to see the results of astonishing research made possible through the explosion of nanoscience research world-wide. As new findings culminate into collective mass market products, (shown in graph below) nanotechnology is indeed living up the prediction of the National Science Foundation of becoming a trillion dollar industry and forever changing our world.
With significant improvements in virtually every industry, made possible through research and industry collaborations, nanoscience continues to expand our ability to heal ourselves and create sustainable solutions for a better world. In this issue, we highlight new discoveries and the application tools making them possible. In our first article we showcase the research being done at University of Cambridge by Francesco Ruggeri at the Center for Misfolding Diseases where identifying single molecule characterizations by using AFM is helping to find cures for neurological diseases like Alzheimers.
We also bring you exciting news about the grand opening of the new Park Nanoscience Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, one of the world’s most advanced high-tech education and research and development sites. Park received a tremendous welcome from SUNY Poly as demonstrated in this statement by Dr. Bahgat G. Sammakia, Interim President of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, “SUNY Poly is thrilled that a worldwide leader in atomic force microscopy is selecting the campus for its newest location, and we warmly welcome Park Systems as we look forward to working closely to advance research capabilities in this important area.”
And we showcase a technique developed with Zurich Instruments for combining Zurich Instruments HF2PLL with Lock-in Amplifier [HF2LI]) with a Park Systems AFM [Park NX-Hivac]. This combination enables capabilities such as frequency modulation AFM, which allows researchers to observe the dynamic properties of an oscillating cantilever which can be used to quantify surface potential measurements.
We also have a feature interview in this issue with Dr. Olga Koper highlighting a new very promising green chemistry method under development at Battelle using a soy-based surfactant. She also discusses other exciting research at Battelle using nanoparticles and nanofluids (solutions containing nanoparticles 1-100 nm in dimension).
We have a technical article presenting details on lateral force microscopy, a mode derived from atomic force microscopy developed for nanoscale frictional measurement, or nanotribology. This technique, as demonstrated in the article, is particularly powerful in identification and mapping of the relative difference in frictional characteristics with superior spatial resolution.
Lastly, we feature two additional recipients of the Park AFM Scholarship. So far, Park has given this recognition to ten outstanding researchers at some of our most distinguished institutions and this year, Park AFM Scholarships will expand globally to continue helping researchers advance nanoscale discoveries.
In each issue of NanoScientific, we provide informative articles about nanotechnology trends balanced with leading edge scientific research applications and concepts. As always, I encourage readers to submit your comments, story ideas, and user experiences. I hope you enjoy this issue and best wishes in the New Year.