Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of PSI-TEC Holdings, Inc., a nanotechnology firm, announced recently the completion of the penultimate step in the fabrication process of a revolutionary new nanomaterial. PSI-TEC laboratory's recent breakthrough consists of the fabrication of an electro-optic material constructed atom-by-atom at the molecular level. These patented materials are expected by PSI-TEC scientists to have broad application in civilian and military telecommunication and advanced computational systems
Another major potential application for the nanomaterials are 'optical interconnect technology,' an area of intense interest by many major players in the high-tech arena.
They will quite literally provide computers with the ability to operate at light-speed.
Optical interconnects are the core component in the construction of "optical computers," i.e. computers which integrate the conduction of light (as opposed to electricity) at various stages for extremely high-speed computation. The development of breakthrough electro-optic nanomaterials such as those being developed by PSI-TEC has long been a major obstacle in the creation of optical interconnects.
Optical interconnects, not long ago considered futuristic, are currently the object of aggressive investigation by Intel, IBM, Agilent Technologies and the U.S. Government.
And how might Nanotechnology help in the worlds water shortage in the future. Well it is believed that nano-materials will be able to filter even the most contaminated water supply
A new system of deliever with microscopic precision for cancer drugs which also minimises pain has been developed by scientists in Singapore.
Drug delivery may be controlled by superficially heating or cooling the environment of the nanoparticles.FUTURE COMPUTING
HP is now looking at nanotechnology to solve its future computing needs.
After 40-years of relying on silicon and Moore's Law to define its computers and printers, the company has now embarked on a sub-micron path it says will carry it through the next 40 or so years.
According to Stan Williams, HP Senior Fellow and director, the company believe they have a practical and comprehensive strategy for moving into the world fo molecular-scale electronics.NANONICKLE
University of Wisconsin-Madison materials chemist Anne Bentley who has been researching nanowires (suspended nickel wires - each 200 times thinner than a human hair) - believes they could one day serve as magneto-optical switches. The switches could aid in fields such as photonics, where light, rather than electricity, relays information. Researchers believe they will one day become critical components in ever-shrinking electronic circuits.SIDE EFFECTS
Although there is much talk about the wonders of nanoparticles, there is little about what side effects if any can be expereinced by the human undergoing any treatment based on nanotechnology. Scientists at the University of Michigan are addressing those concerns by investigating how certain kinds of nanoparticles damage cell membranes enough to cause cell death in some cases and how the damage can be prevented.