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  • The Nano-Knight

    As part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday, Buckingham Palace released the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Among those honored with a knighthood was Professor Mark Edward Welland of the University of Cambridge, where he heads the Nanoscience Centre and also currently serves as Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. Professor Welland is also...

  • Three US-UK Consortia Receive EPA Grants for Nanotech Research

    On February 17 2011, the EPA, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), announced the awarding of $12 million ($5.5 million from the EPA, $500,000 from CPSC, and $6 million from NERC) to three consortia to fund research aimed at providing a greater understanding of potential...

  • The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics

    TheSwedish Royal Academy of Sciences, in accordance with the will of Afred Nobel, announced the winners of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday October 5, 2010. As most people have heard by now, the winners were Russian expatriates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov , both Professors at the UK’s University of Manchester.  Professors Geim...

  • UK budget cuts may lead to closing of nanotech centres

    The UK’s nanotech centres, receipients of GBP 50 million (roughly about 79.5 million dollars) under the previous Labour Party government, may become victims of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government’s plans to reduce the UK budget deficit. Appearing before the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on July 23, 2010, Minister of State for Universities...

  • UK Nanotechnology Health, Safety & Environment Directory

    The UK’s Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network recently published the above entitled directory (due to copyright restrictions, we cannot provide a link to the directory itself. Here is a link to the page on the NanoKTN site where the directory can be accessed; registration is required). The directory lists 32 organizations, ranging from businesses to universities to...

  • The UK, Nanotechnology & Public Participation

    One of the frequent demands of NGOs, such as Friends of the Earth, is that the public should have a role in the development of regulations and government policies toward nanotechnology. The UK has taken this issue seriously and has devised a way for the public to participate in developing regulations and policy. Last week, ...

  • US/UK Partnership Announced

    In recent days, the US EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research and the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council, Physical Sciences Research Council, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Environment Agency announced a “joint research effort to develop and validate predictive tools and similar conceptual models that predict exposure, bioavailability and...

  • PDF of “A Nano-Mesothelioma False Alarm”

    Nanotechnology Law and Business was kind enough to let us post a PDF of “A Nano-Mesothelioma False Alarm” here after several readers requested a copy.  Please be sure to visit the journal to see the rest of this issue’s articles: Grading of Fullerene Nanotubes for Composite Applications Next Generation Carbon Fiber Patenting Graphene: Opportunities and Challenges...

  • EPA Consent Order for Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    Last month we reported on a press release by Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. of the United Kingdom indicating the company had recently entered into a PMN consent order with the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) concerning one of its multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) products. Barring an unusual coincidence, it appears that EPA has...

  • NMSP Receiving Criticism–Give it Time

    Recently, the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program received the latest round of criticism by organizations believing that the low initial enrollment is a sign of the program’s early failure.  You’ll recall that one of the concerns about the NMSP is that it will follow in the footsteps of a similar program launched by the United Kingdom. ...

  • Samsung UK Vacuum Cleaner Incorporates Antimicrobial Nano-Coating.

    Samsung’s new Silencio SC9540 bagless vacuum cleaner sold in the UK apparently uses a nanosilver costing on its dust bin, pre-motor filter, and post-motor filter to kill bacteria accumulated during the cleaning process. Samsung claims the air emitted from the Silencio is bacteria and odor free. No word on whether Samsung intends to import the...

  • That’s a Big Number

    Here’s a little math for your Monday morning.  Late last week it was reported that total nanotechnology investment is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2015.  Yes, that’s “trillion.”  With a “T.” At Bangalore Nano 2007, Keith O’Nions, director for general science and innovation for the Department of Innovation, University & Skills in the United Kingdom...

  • Welcome to SAFENANO.org

    In the ever growing world of nanotechnology information and research, and new system was launched earlier this week.  SAFENANO is attempting to become “the UK’s premier resource on nanotechnology hazard and risk.”  It is managed by the United Kingdom’s Institute for Occupational Medicine located in Edinburgh, Scotland. SAFENANO will serve as a clearinghouse for “collecting,...

  • Colliding Worlds: Nanotech and GHGs

    We here at the Nanotechnology Law Report like to think that nanotech is the “next big thing.”  Many think that another “next big thing” is the concern and discussion over global warming and greenhouse gases (GHGs).  Last week these two big things came together in two very interesting ways. First, the United Kingdom’s Department of...

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