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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Materials to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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Mass-producing nanomaterials

Nanoparticles are critical to industry and scientific research — but t hey’re also expensive and tricky to make.  However, researchers at the  University of Southern California ( USC) have created a new way to manufacture nanoparticles that will transform the process from a painstaking, batch-by-batch process into a large-scale, automated assembly line.   The...
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Nanomedicine project applications sought for Technology Advisory Board review

If you are leading an innovative project based in nanomedicine, ETP-Nanomedicine is encouraging project applications for review by its Technology Advisory Board (TAB) .   Projects will be reviewed by the TAB and those that are succesful will be given access to invaluable industry advice.   The cut-off date to participate to the next TAB-in sessions is 8 May. ...
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Nanolaser for information technology

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire   Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way...
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New Type of Nanowires, Built with Natural Gas Heating

UNIST research team, developed a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique   A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible,...
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A nanophotonic comeback for incandescent bulbs?

Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough.   Incandescent lighting and its warm, familiar glow is well over a century old yet survives virtually unchanged in homes around the world. That is changing fast, however, as regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency are phasing out the old...
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Self-adaptive material heals itself, stays tough

Rice University scientists mix up a new type of flexible composite An adaptive material invented at Rice University combines self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties. The Rice material called SAC (for self-adaptive composite) consists of what amounts to sticky, micron-scale rubber balls that form a solid matrix. The researchers made SAC by mixing two...
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Submit an article for Micro Matters special anniversary edition

Connecting Industry Micro Matters is soon to release a special Spring 2016 issue, marking the publication's one-year anniversary. KTN members are invited to submit relevant, original articles for consideration.   With an integral focus on micro tooling and equipment for ultra precision engineering, editorial in the Spring anniversary issue will include: Micro metal...
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Primary Dispersions Limited working to develop graphene based epoxy resins for the aerospace industry

CPI spin out company Primary Dispersions Limited has announced extremely promising results from a UK collaboration that aims to commercialise specialist graphene based epoxy resins for the aerospace industry. The InnovateUK project titled ‘NanoSynth’ which began in April 2013 has been able to show significant improvements in epoxy resin mechanical, thermal and electrical...
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Nano World Cancer Day 2016

Nanomedicine is applied nanotechnology to achieve innovation in healthcare. It virtually impacts all therapeutic areas, including oncology, cardiovascular diseases and neurologic disorders. With approximately 50 nanomedicine products already on the market and 200 more undergoing clinical trials, nanomedicine is already showing its benefits to patients.   The most active and...
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Measuring Nanoscale Features with Fractions of Light

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers are seeing the light, but in an altogether different way.   And how they are doing it just might be the semiconductor industry's ticket for extending its use of optical microscopes to measure computer chip features that are approaching 10 nanometers, tiny fractions of the wavelength of light.   ...
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Nanobombs Might Deliver Agents That Alter Gene Activity in Cancer Stem Cells

Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) have developed nanoparticles that swell and burst when exposed to near-infrared laser light.   Such “nanobombs” might overcome a biological barrier that has blocked development of agents that work by altering the...
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Drexel materials scientists aid Australian Institution in developing super-absorbent material

In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, Materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents—a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly...
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New microscope creates near-real-time videos of nanoscale processes

Engineers at MIT have designed an atomic force microscope that scans images 2,000 times faster than existing commercial models. With this new high-speed instrument, the team produced images of chemical processes taking place at the nanoscale, at a rate that is close to real-time video.   In one demonstration of the instrument’s capabilities, the researchers scanned a 70-...
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Nanostructured metal coatings let the light through for electrical devices

Light and electricity dance a complicated tango in devices like LEDs, solar cells and sensors. A new anti-reflection coating developed by engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity, a step that could increase efficiency in such...
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An extreme close-up on heat transfer

New formula identifies limits to nanoscale heat transfer, may help optimize devices that convert heat to electricity.   How much heat can two bodies exchange without touching? For over a century, scientists have been able to answer this question for virtually any pair of objects in the macroscopic world, from the rate at which a campfire can warm you up, to how much heat the...
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Novel 'crumpling' of hybrid nanostructures increases SERS sensitivity

By "crumpling" to increase the surface area of graphene-gold nanostructures, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the sensitivity of these materials, opening the door to novel opportunities in electronics and optical sensing applications.   "I believe that this work will benefit researchers in the area of surface plasmonics by providing...
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Graphene could take night-vision technology beyond ‘Predator’

Movies such as 1987’s “Predator,” in which an alien who sees in the infrared hunts down Arnold Schwarzenegger and his team, introduced a generation of sci-fi fans to thermal imaging.   Since then, heat-sensing devices have found many real-word applications but have remained relatively expensive and rigid. But a new development featuring graphene, reported in ACS’ journal Nano...
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Nanotweezer is new tool to create advanced plasmonic technologies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new type of "nanotweezer" capable of positioning tiny objects quickly and accurately and freezing them in place could enable improved nanoscale sensing methods and aid research to manufacture advanced technologies such as quantum computers and ultra-high-resolution displays.   The device, fabricated at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center ,...
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Development of nanostructuring technology to simultaneously control heat and electricity

The improvement of thermoelectric materials that can directly convert wasted heat to electric energy may lead to one of the solutions for energy issues.   For high performance in thermoelectric materials, it is required to easily conduct electricity while making it difficult for heat to pass through. Namely, high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity are...
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Researchers Build Nanoscale Autonomous Walking Machine from DNA

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a nanoscale machine made of DNA that can randomly walk in any direction across bumpy surfaces.   Future applications of such a DNA walker might include a cancer detector that could roam the human body searching for cancerous cells and tagging them for medical imaging or drug targeting. ...
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One direction: Researchers grow nanocircuitry with semiconducting graphene nanoribbons

In a development that could revolutionize electronic ciruitry, a research team from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has confirmed a new way to control the growth paths of graphene nanoribbons on the surface of a germainum crystal.   Germanium is a semiconductor and this method provides a...
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New research could revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells

BINGHAMTON, NY - Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated an eco-friendly process that enables unprecedented spatial control over the electrical properties of graphene oxide.   This two-dimensional nanomaterial has the potential to revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells and biomedical instruments.   By using the probe of an atomic force...
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Speakers announced for HiPerNano2015 conference

What does Nanotechnology hold for your industry? KTN is bringing together nanotechnology producers and developers with end-users to address the needs of UK industry. HiPerNano2015 (High Performance Nano-engineering) will showcase new developments in nano-enhanced technology solutions for applications in Energy, Transport, Consumer Goods ad Built-Environment. Keynote and invited...
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Materials Modelling Roadmap Consultation

The Materials Modelling science area is part of the Materials and Modelling programme at the National Physical Laboratory, which is currently reviewing the programme roadmaps that provide a strategic overview of the NMS and describe a number of scientific and capability developments which need to be achieved by it. The roadmaps for the whole of the National Measurement System are...
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Industrial Nanocomposites poster competition

  During the Industrial Nanocomposites Conference 2015, there will be an opportunity to display posters for entry into a poster competition. The competition will allow students to showcase their work to an industrial audience and prizes will be awarded for: Best Industrial Collaboration Best Application of Nanocomposites Overall Winner Posters will be...
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