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Cover Story : Food in the Nano Platter
Food security has always been the biggest concern of the mankind. Nations, communities and Governments have been struggling with the issue since long. Particularly, it's a prime agenda for the developing world including India, will nanotechnology be an answer to this problem?

Technology has always been harnessing agriculture and they have one of prime and significant users of technology to yield better results. Being in the agrarian society, it is all the more important that we develop and make use of better, latest techniques for developing agriculture. Nanotechnology has not been left behind… there has been considerable push to make use of nanotechnology in agriculture. Though few are against the idea, the Indian government seems to be interested and is asking our implementers to look at the usage of nano in agri.
Special Story : A Boon to Alternative Energy
Nanotechnology allows manipulation and adjustment of properties of materials used in the renewable energy generation. When we go to the nano scale we get to use an enormous increase in surface area in low volume for reactions and movement of charged particles made feasible by the nano scale. The carbon-di-oxide emissions by the fossil fuel usage and the resultant global warming is a big menace indeed to the survival aspirations of us – the poor mortals of Earth. Efforts are on to reduce the severity of the emissions if not fully eliminate them. The solution lies in alternative energy to fossil fuels which is also a clean and renewable source of energy. Solar power and wind power have emerged as the front runners in the field of renewable energy. Seen in this backdrop, nanotechnology has come as a boon to furthering and sustaining the development of renewable energy.
Events :
Development in biomedical apparatus highlighted

The last decade has seen rapid progress and development in the biomedical apparatus; specifically the diseases of the cardiovascular systems contribute to about 20 per cent of the mortality in older people. Arteriosclerosis a problem appearing in the large and medium sized diameter arties, specifically the aorta, coronary arteries and cerebral arteries is a major cause of death.
JNTUH to hold Nano Conference
The Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University of Hyderabad will host two day national conference on Introduction to Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Applications (INTA – 2010) from September 2, 2010.
Success Story : Nanomaterials can be Prepared with Water
The requirements of simple and reliable protocols for the preparation of nanomaterials with controlled morphology continue to be a major challenge in nanoscience.
Industry Watch : Indigenous Nanomaterials Manufacturer
Quantum Materials Corp, Bangalore based nanomaterials and other smart materials manufacturer is one of leading nanotech companies in country and intends to “take nanotechnology from the lab to market-place”. With the intention of commecialising he nanotech products and nanomaterials, the company has recently start the manufacturing unit at Bangalore and is already manufacturing carbon Nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, smart polymers, Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles and Nanowires.
Theme : Food packaging materials with Biodegradable plastics
Presently whole world seems to be wrapped in plastic. Almost all product we buy including food, come encased in plastic. Packaging is the largest market for plastics. In the past 20 years, the production and the use of plastics in the world have enormously increased, worsening the problem of the waste disposal. The growing interest in environmental impact of discarded plastics has directed research on the development of plastics that degrade more rapidly in the environment, leading to a complete mineralisation or bioassimilation of the plastics.

New Dimension to Food Industry

A derivative of chemistry, engineering, and physics, and micro falsity techniques, nanotechnology involves manipulating matter at the nano scale level. It is responsible for determining not only that biological and non-biological structures measuring less than 100 nm exist but also that they have one-of-a-kind and novel functional applications. In fact, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI, 2006) defines nanotechnology as “the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers, where one-of-a-kind phenomena enable novel applications.” Because applications with structural features on the nano scale level have physical, chemical, and biological properties that are substantially different from their gross counterparts, nanotechnology can be beneficial on various levels. Research in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics drives the development and exploration of the nanotechnology field. Consequently, certain industries such as microelectronics, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals have already begun manufacturing commercial products of nano scale size. Even though the food industry is just beginning to explore its applications, nanotechnology exhibits great potential. Food undergoes a variety of post-harvest and processing-induced modifications that affect its biological and biochemical makeup, so nanotechnology developments in the fields of biology and biochemistry could eventually also influence the food industry. Ideally, systems with structural features in the micro-millimetre length range could affect aspects from food country to molecular synthesis.
Feature : Nanovaccines against Hepatatis B
Vaccines are medications designed to stimulate the body's immune system to generate a response that will protect the individual from disease by the pathogen in question. Vaccines generally consist of pathogens in weakened or killed form. Vaccines are used as a measure of prevention of a particular disease as well as a measure to cure ailments.
Nano Primer :
Nano for Energy : Demand of the Days

The energy shortage in the world is among the biggest concerns in the present time. We can not cater the demands of the people with enough energy in the coming decades using only electric power. The production and use of oil and other fossil fuels continues to rise on a yearly basis to record new levels. At the same time, fewer new oil fields are being identified which means that sometime over the few decades oil production will also not be able to satisfy the demand.
Nanotechnology in Agriculture

Research in nanotechnology has extremely high potential to benefit society through applications in agriculture and food systems. Over 400 companies around the world today are active in nanotechnology research and development (R&D) and this number is expected to increase to above 1000 within the next 10 years. In developed countries, the food industry is driven by consumer demand which is currently for fresher and healthier foodstuffs. This is big business! For example the food industry in the UK is booming with an annual growth rate of 5.2 per cent and the demand for fresh food has increased by 10 per cent in the last few years.
Institute Profile

Mumbai’s N Shankaran Nair Research Center (nsnRc) for Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology is a new abode for nanotech research in India. This centre which has come up recently promises to deliver some exciting and path-breaking results in the near future is spearheaded by Prof Maheshwar Sharon, retired professor from IIT Bombay and Professor Emeritus CSIR and UGC. The centre has come up under the South Indian Children Education Society (SICES) and was inaugurated in March this year by Dr Michael Neumann-Spallart of CNRS, Meudon France “with whom Professor Sharon has been collaborating since 1985 in the area of Photoelectrochemistry.”
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