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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.

About us

NANOscientific is published quarterly to showcase advancements in the field of Nanoscience and technology across a wide range of multidisciplinary areas of research.

The publication is offered free to anyone who works in the field of Nanotechnology, Nanoscience, Microscopy and other related fields of study and manufacturing.

For inquiries about submitting story ideas, please contact Deborah West, Content Editor at debbie@nanoscientific.org. Art Director, Debbie Bishop. For inquiries about Advertising in NANOscientific, please contact Gerald Pascal at gerald@nanoscientific.org

A list of Global Nanotech Organizations

The International Association of Nanotechnology is a non-profit organization with the goals of fostering scientific research and business development in the area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for benefits of society. The Association fosters friendship, equality and cooperation amongst its members around the world.  The Association conducts workforce training programs to equip a new generation of scientists, engineers and technicians working in nanotech and cleantech industries. Website: www.nanotechnologyworld.org

The Nanotechnology World Association provides its members with access to a vast network of more than 70,000 individuals and organizations who are leading the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of nanotechnology worldwide. The association was created to help accelerate the integration of nanotechnologies in various industries — such as medical, energy, electronics, transportation and materials — by providing information, resources and tools, by connecting researchers and organizations, and by fostering knowledge sharing and cooperation. Promoting collaboration and networking is a part of the process towards sustainable success. Opening to new interdisciplinary approaches represents a new challenge for material scientists. This is particularly important in fields such as Nanoengineering, Nanoelectronics and Nanomedicine. Website: www.ianano.org

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is the leading voice of the nanotechnology industries. On behalf of membership across Europe and around the world, we support the development of nanotech innovations that improve the lives of consumers, preserve our environment and advance our world.

NIA and our Members are committed to the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of nanotechnology and nanomaterials across all industries. We believe in fostering a better understanding of nanotechnology’s important role in society and building a positive global environment for nanotech innovation. www.nanotechia.org

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