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05 November 2010 Institute of Nanotechnology

IoN at Iran Nano Festival 2010

The five-day event brought nano to the public and attracted more than 178 entities including institutes, universities, as well as public and private sector companies. Video Credit: Iran Nano Festival 2010.

The Institute of Nanotechnology as lead partner in the EU funded FP7 ICPC Nanonet project was kindly invited by the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council to have a stand at the highly successful Iran Nano Festival 2010, held in Tehran from 25-29th October. The five-day event brought nano to the public and attracted more than 178 entities including institutes, universities, as well as public and private sector companies. In addition, a number of firms and representatives from Austria, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea and the UK also took part in the Festival.

In one hall, twelve different industrial sectors demonstrated the latest in nano innovation, including water and environment, petroleum, textiles, agriculture and packaging, building, automobile manufacturing, international countries zone, technology services, laboratory equipment, commerce, health and hygiene, and raw materials. Among the exhibits here were a minibus modified by nanotechnology to include features such as the reduction of solar heat by up to 70%, reduction of heating and cooling costs by up to 40%, non-toxicity and environment friendly; the absorption of ultraviolet rays by up to 60%, bodywork insulation, air filter cover. Passengers would have the luxury of anti-bacterial stain-resistant, odour-resistant and UV-absorbent seat covers, as well as purified air in the interior (See here).

At another stand, Gama Inks demonstrated the implementation of nano modifications to printers' ink. Composed of plant and mineral materials, their modified inks are said to be applicable to any printer types and offer a 40% decrease in ink vaporization inside cartridges, increased contrast on paper (up to 60%), extended natural color span, complete eco-compatibility, and a low cost. According to the supplier, Gama inks would not dry in the printhead nozzles for about a month compared to conventional printer inks which dry out within a few days of sitting stagnant ()

Meanwhile, a nearby exhibition hall accommodated various stands for laboratories, universities and research centres, technology parks, and nanotechnology promotion institutes. The Nano Club – an exhibition dedicated solely to the education of young students – provided the opportunity for youngsters to observe nano experiments as well as test games such as Nanopoly, construct buckyballs and admire the artwork in the Nano Art competition.

The Fars News Agency reported that towards the end of the week, “the 5th Nano Awards Festival ceremony held on Tehran Permanent International Fairground awarded the best Iranian and foreign researchers, firms, research centers, laboratories and technologies active in the field of nanotechnology.

In addition to the prominent figures in the field of nanotechnology, Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah and Iranian President's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashae'i took part in the ceremony too.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Head of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) Saeed Sarkar who was also the secretary of the Festival and is on the Steering Committee for the ICPC Nanonet Project pointed to the spirited atmosphere of this year's festival, and said, "We observed the feeling of hope for the future in this event."

Pointing to the extended presence of the investors in this festival, Dr Sarkar added, "The participation of industries and the investors who look for ideas for investment draws a bright future for our country in this field of technology."

Dr Rezayat, the Manager of Nanotechnology Human Resources Workgroup, was the next lecturer. He pointed out that the festival was welcomed warmly by the visitors, and added, "About 14,000 people visited this year's exhibition on the first four days. More than half of the visitors are nanotechnology experts."

He emphasized that there are 6,000 nanotechnology experts in the country, and continued, "Evaluation and selection of the bests are among the important issues of Nanotechnology Prospect Strategy."

During the ceremony, the best researchers, firms, research centers, laboratories, and technologies were also awarded. In addition, Dr. Marco Polini from Scuola Normale Superior was awarded as the best foreign researcher.”

Throughout the exhibition, the Institute of Nanotechnology / ICPC Nanonet stand attracted enormous interest from businesses interested in corporate membership of the IoN, which offers organizations a competitive edge as well as routes to new investment and funding streams, and access to new markets, suppliers and alliances. Visitors to the stand also included students and post graduates keen to pursue further research, and professionals wishing to update their knowledge through IoN courses and online workshops. The ICPC Nanonet project received a high degree of attention from researchers eager to access articles in the Nano Archive and participate in online workshops..

Source: Institute of Nanotechnology /...

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