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Issue: 6 May 2010
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Warm greetings from SingNano - Singapore Nanotechnology Network!

  Thanks to all your support to SingNano Newsletter, we are pleased to announce the publication of SingNano Newsletter Issue 6. SingNano Newsletter is a bimonthly publication since June 2009. We cover the latest nanotech events happening in Singapore and all over the world, research breakthrough,commercialization achievements and upcoming event announcement. 

  The contributors for this issue of SingNano Newsletter include Prof Ong Choon Nam's group in National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Zhong Ziyi's group in Singapore Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), Dr Low Hong Yee's group in the Institute of Materials and Research Engineering (IMRE), Mr Kan Shyi-Herng from Helios Applied Systems, Dr Marek Michalewicz from Quantum Pi Asia, Mr Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal from TiE Singapore and our NanoGlobe team.

  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors and continous support to our SingNano network!
NanoGlobe has launched the trial version of the first Singapore Nanotechnology Capabilities Report. This report provides comprehensive information on Singapore nanotech R&D infrastructure and network platform; research capabilities in a) Nanomaterials and Applications, b) Nano-Device and Nano-Patterning, c) Clean Technology, and d) Medical Technology; nanotech SMEs (technology, sales and marketing companies); investment, incubation and consulting firms; and government funding agencies. In addition to showcasing Singapore nanotechnology capabilities and ecosystem, the report intends to offer a clear glance of information for companies or research organizations to identify collaboration partners, help seeking incubation and investment support as well as business development services.
  This report will be officially launched in June 2010. If you have any comments on this trial version, or if you are interested in being featured or in getting in touch with any of the groups featured in this report, please write us at

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is the U.S. Government's crosscutting program that coordinates Federal research and development (R&D) activities in nanoscale science, engineering, technology, and related efforts among various participating agencies. The Federal Government launched the NNI in FY 2001 with an initial $500 million budget to accelerate the development of nanotechnology. Over the ensuing 10 years, with cumulative Federal spending $12 billion, the NNI has played a key role in positioning the United States as the world leader in both nanotechnology R&D and commercialization.The NNI has also catalyzed State activities that leverage Federal investments with a focus on economic growth and job creation. Indeed, nanotechnology appears slated to become an important contributor to the economic growth of he United States over the coming decade and beyond.
  The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is designated by Executive Order to serve as the National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel (NNAP) to periodically review the NNI. PCAST's first review of the NNI was issued in 2005, the second in 2008 and the third in March 2010.

Download: Report to the president and congress on the third assessment of the national nanotechnology initiative
RusNano Seeking For Strategic Partner in the Far East - RusNano Executives Visit in Singapore on 11-12 March 2010
(Ms. Jing JIANG, NanoGlobe)
RUSNANOAnatoly Chubais visited Singapore during Mar. 11-12th meeting high level government officials, infrastructure developer and corporate executives, and nanotech R&D and industry leaders. NanoGlobe organized a seminar for Dr Chubais to speak to the Singapore nanotechnology network (SingNano) hosted by the Singapore A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and arranged 1-1 meetings with Singapore nanotech R&D and industry leaders. RUSNANO currently is seeking for investor partner as well as investment projects in Asia. Singapore is considered as an important economic partner for Russia due to the increasing bilateral trade growth, Singapore innovative economic ecosystem and established expertise in building industry parks. (Read the Whole Article)

Iran Advancing Nanotechnology in Solar Energy and Biomedical Applications - Highlight of the 3rd International Conference on Nanostructures, Mar.10-12, 2010, Kish Island, Iran
(Dr Lerwen LIU, NanoGlobe)
IranThis article highlights a recent nanostructures conference held in Iran where most of the Iran nanotech scientists gathered plus 15% international participants. The conference was organized by the top university Sharif University of Technology and sponsored by the Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative. Hot research topics presented in the conference include energy/environment, nanocomposites, and nanomedicine. Female scientists are about half of the nanotech workforce, in graduate degree level, it is even over 50%. (Read the Whole Article)

OECD Addressing Business Environment for Nanotechnology - Part 1: Insight on OECD WPN Workshop on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy Option & Challenges in the Innovation Environment of Nanomedicine, Feb. 22-23, 2010, Seoul, South Korea

(Dr Lerwen LIU, NanoGlobe)
OECDThis article introduces the current policy efforts on nanotech commercialization related policy of ISO, IEC, OECD and United Nation. We highlight key issues related to nanotechnology commercialization challenges discussed in a recent workshop organized by OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) on Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy Options and Challenges in the Innovation Environment of Nanomedicine. THE OECD WPN launched a unique initiative on Nanotechnology business environment in 2007 and has identified challenges in R&D, human resources, financing, IP management, value chains and production, public perception, and EHS issues which need to be further explored in its more in depth case studies in order to prepare a comprehensive policy recommendation report. (Read the Whole Article)

(Dr Lerwen LIU, NanoGlobe)

This article highlights the discussions on the OECD workshops on nanoenergy and nanomedicine regarding to their business environment on aspects of R&D, financing, IP management, value chains and production, human resources, public perception, and EHS issues. (Read the Whole Article)

Global Nanotechnology Commercialization Giants Meet in Japan - Insight at the Japan nanotech 2010, Feb. 17-19, Tokyo
(Ms Yesie Brama, NanoGlobe)

japan overviewThe world's largest international nanotechnology exhibition and conference, nano tech 2010, attracted over 42,000 visitors and more than 650 exhibitors from 19 countries. Exhibitors continued to demonstrate their state of the art R&D activities, instrumentation, ready to be commercialized platform technologies and products. We observed that production capacity of carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles continues to grow to hundreds of ton scale, and their application on composites, flexible transparent conductive coating and nanoink have become increasingly competitive. We didn't see much highlight on lithium ion battery and electric vehicle this year. We share in this article our insights through observations and interviews we have conducted over the three days of exhibition. (Read the Whole Article)

Nanotechnology has been identified as the key drive for technology innovation in Japan
TIATsukuba innovation arena for nanotechnology (TIA nano) was launched on Feb 15th, 2010. AIST, NIMS and the University of Tsukuba are the 3 main operational partners of this national collaborative center that serves as a platform for industry-university-government cooperation and global partnership to promote nanotechnology innovation. During Feb 15-16th 2010, TIA Nanotech International Workshop was held at AIST. Invited speakers from world-leading nanotech centers/corporation such as MINATEC, NanoNed, SUNY at Albany, IBM, Intel, IMEC etc. shared their experience and provided recommendation to TIA nano on the cost-effective nanotech research center management, network and IP protection as well as the technical subjects in areas such as Nano-Electronics & Nanophotonics, N-MEMS, and Nano characterization. (Read the Whole Article)
Exclusive Interview
Bayer leads CNT and NanoSilver Commercialization in Composites and Printed Electronics
(Ms. Jing JIANG, NanoGlobe)
bayer nanotechCarbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nano silver (Ag) continue to be among the most popular and well developed nanomaterials displayed at the nano tech 2010 exhibition held during Feb. 17-19 in Tokyo. As one of the world's leading company to produce high-quality multi-wall CNTs (MWCNTs) in large volume (capacity 260 tons), Bayer MaterialScience continues to promote their CNT-Al composite with their partner Zoz group. In addition, Bayer showcased their development products on printable conductive nano inks, which enable the printing processes from inkjet and gravure printing to screen printing. BayInk TP CNT not only enables the mass production of low-cost, flexible printed electronics, it is also suitable for use in the temperature-sensitive substrate. BayInk TP Silver provides even higher conductivity than BayInk TP CNT and higher resolution below 50 Ám. (Read the Whole Article)

Combinatorial Nanostructure Fabrication with High Precision Control and High Throughput Developed by COMET - An Interview of a Japanese Start-up
(Ms. Jing JIANG, NanoGlobe)

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NanoGlobe conducted site visit and interviewed the founder and CEO of COMET, a Japanese nanotech start-up spun off from a national lab that developed a proprietary high-throughput deposition technology for combinatorial thin films using moving mask system. COMET's unique deposition technology allows high throughput, precision (up to 1 atomic layer) controlled and automatic ternary and binary composition in one system. This capability allows COMET to produce unique materials for high performance battery, high efficient CIGS solar cells, high k dielectric for non-volatile memory devices and other exciting applications in energy and IT fields. (Read the Whole Article)
NUS Initiative on Environment, Health and Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology
(Source: Prof. ONG Choon Nam's team, contributed by NUS)
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has undertaken a number of steps in understanding the environment, health, and safety (EHS) of nanotechnology. As early as in 2006, the university's Office of Life Sciences (now Life Sciences Institute) committed an annual budget of S$450,000 to address how size, number, chemical composition and surface characteristics of nanomaterials affect their fate in the environment and biological body. Later in 2007, the university recognized the importance of collecting more scientific data in this field and funded another S$600,000 through its NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI). During this period, the researchers involved in the work also successfully obtained additional support from other funding agencies. For example, a team led by Profs. Bay Boon-Huat, Chen Shing-Bor, and Lanry Yung received a S$ 900,000 grant from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to investigate the cellular and subcellular interaction with nanoparticles of various sizes and surface chemistry.
Research Focus
The NUS research team has grown substantially in the past few years and currently we have the following research focus:
  • Biodistribution of engineered nanomaterials in animal models through inhalation and intravenous injection (Prof. Ong Wei Yi, Dept of Anatomy; Prof. Liya Yu, Division of Environmental Science and Engineering)
  • In vitro cellular response to nanomaterials and underlying mechanistic understanding (Prof. Bay Boon-Huat, Dept. of Anatomy; Profs. Chen Shing-Bor & Lanry Yung, Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Rapid toxicity screening of engineered nanomaterials (Prof. Ong Wei-Yi, Dept of Anatomy)
  • Advanced imaging techniques to explore behavior of engineered nanomaterials in biological systems (Prof. Daniel Pickard, Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Risk assessment as well as occupational and public health issues of nanomaterials (Profs. David Koh & Judy Sng Gek Khim, Dept of Epidemiology & Public Health)
Activity Highlights
1. Led by Profs. Ong Wei Yi, Liya Yu, and Pickard, our team discovered that after exposing gold nanoparticles to rats through inhalation, traces of gold were found in various tissues and organs including brain, heart, and kidneys (Figure 1A). Particle-like species were also found in kidney tissue samples.[1]

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Figure 1: (A) Tissues/organs found with gold nanoparticles after 15 days inhalation exposure; (B) He Ion Microscopy (HIM) image of particles on a filter-like kidney tissue.
2. Led by Profs. Bay Boon-Huat and. Lanry Yung, our team observed the cellular uptake of gold nanoparticles in mammalian cell culture. Figure 2a shows gold nanoparticles (blue color) aggregated in vesicles surrounding the cell nucleus, and Figure 2b confirms the presence of nanoparticle aggregates. Oxidative stress induced DNA damage and autophagy were also observed in the cells following uptake of the gold nanoparticles.[2]

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Figure 2: (A) Optical microscopy images of human lung fibroblasts after exposing to gold nanoparticles for 72 hours. Blue color dots are nanoparticle aggregates found at the peripheral of the cell nucleus. (B) Transmission electron microscopy image of the fibroblast after exposing to gold nanoparticles. Aggregates of gold nanoparticles found in vesicles (arrows) outside the nucleus (N).
3. Supported by the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI), a joint workshop on nanotoxicity and nanomedicine was held in NUS on Feb. 19th, 2010 to address the application and negative impact the nanotechnology in medicine. This one day workshop provided an excellent opportunity for idea exchange among a highly interdisciplinary group of local researchers and students. This workshop served as a platform to integrate the principal investigators (PIs) of same research interests and for the fruitful collaboration. Totally 10 talks were given and approximately 100 participants were registered.
[1] Translocation and effects of gold nanoparticles after inhalation exposure in rats, Nanotoxicology, 1:235-242 (2007).
[2] Gold nanoparticles induce oxidative damage in lung fibroblasts in vitro, Adv. Mater., 20:138-142 (2008); Autophagy and oxidative stress associated with gold nanoparticles, Biomaterials, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.04.014 (2010).
Heterogeneous Gold Catalysis Study in ICES: Breakthroughs in Catalyst Preparation and Application Development
(Source: Dr ZHONG Ziyi's team, contributed by SIMTech)
In heterogeneous catalysis supported gold (Au) catalysts have two unique features: (1) size-dependent catalytic performances and (2) high selectivity towards a number of products in some catalytic reactions under mild reaction conditions. Typically, the Au particle size should be below ≤ 5 nm for the catalyst to be efficient, and this imposes a big challenge for the preparation of Au catalysts. In general, traditional deposition methods such as the impregnation method have their own limitations for the preparation of supported Au catalysts with very high Au dispersion and small particle size. Though deposition-precipitation (DP) and co-precipitation (CP) methods have achieved partial success, drawbacks, such as long-term processing and low efficiency in loading Au onto catalyst supports, still exist.  

A team of ICES researchers have invented a simple and efficient method for the preparation of highly dispersed supported noble metal catalysts. These include Au catalysts supported on a number of transition metal oxides (Figure 1).  The principle behind this method is to first prepare metal colloids in solution, and then efficiently deposit them onto the catalyst supports with the assistance of sonication. In addition, several methods for the preparation of catalyst supports with high surface areas have been developed. These supports include α-Fe2O3, TiO2 and g-Al2O3.   

Catalytic reactions, including low temperature oxidation of CO in air, selective or preferential oxidation (PROX) of CO in H2, water gas shift (WGS) reaction, etc, have been tested, and very good catalytic performances have been obtained.  These reactions can be applied in the removal of indoor-pollutants, purification of H2 flue gas fed to PEM fuel cells, and production of high value-added chemicals. Some other industrial applications are also being explored.     

Here we present more details of H2 purification for fuel cell application via PROX reaction. PROX of CO in H2 is usually carried out downstream of a WGS reaction so as to purify the H2 flue gas fed to PEM fuel cells. The high sensitivity of Pt electrodes to CO in PEM fuel cells necessitates a very high purity of H2: the CO concentration should be below 100 ppm or even below 10 ppm in the fed gas of H2.  The supported Au nanoparticles, with its high catalytic activity at low temperatures (at ca. 50oC), are a potential source of catalyst for PROX of CO in H2. The CO concentration in H2-enriched flue gas can be lowered to 120 ppm from an initial concentration of 2000 ppm at a high space velocity of the fed gas on a supported Au catalyst. Further combination of the catalyst with a CO2 sorbent, which serves to remove CO2 product thus shifting the CO oxidation reaction rather than the H2 oxidation, can lower the CO concentration to ca. 25 ppm in the H2-enriched flue gas. This should be useful for developing efficient and practical PROX process to produce fuel-cell grade H2 gas.

Figure 1. . Supported Au/TiO2 (left) and Au/a-Fe2O3 catalysts. The black dots are Au particles.
[1] M. Haruta, T. Kobayashi, H. Sano, N. Yamada, Chem. Lett. 1987, 405.
[2] Ziyi Zhong, Jianyi Lin, Siew-Pheng Teh, Jaclyn Teo, Frits. M. Dautzenberg,  Adv. Funct. Mater, 2007, 17, 1402.
[3] Ziyi Zhong, Jianyi Lin, WO  2007055663A1. 

Near-Perfect Ordered AAO on Substrates
(Source: Dr LOW Hong Yee's team, contributed by IMRE)
Over the past two decades anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been widely used as a template to prepare nanostructures for potential utilization in magnetic, electronic, and photonic devices. Fabricating such structures in a well-controlled way and uniformly over large area, however, still represents one of the most difficult challenges in nanotechnology research, especially for industrial adoption. The typical anodization process of AAO produces a self-ordered close-packed array of oxide nanopores forms with domain size on a scale of a few micrometers. To achieve a long-range-ordered pore arrangement over large area, a team from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR, has combined the step and flash imprint lithography (SFIL) and wet etching techniques to form shallow pits on the aluminum surface that could serve as initiation sites for pore nucleation, thereby guiding the growth of the porous structures. In contrast to the traditional mechanical indentation method to produce ordered AAO, the SFIL-based method is readily scalable to wafer sizes.
   As shown on the figure below, IMRE researchers have successfully demonstrated the fabrication of an AAO template with controllable pore size, interpore distance, and pore lattice configuration. Samples as large as 4 in. diameter can be fabricated, and single-domain ordered AAO with pore size as small as 100 nm and interpore distances of 200 nm, 250 nm, and 300 nm, arranged in square and hexagonal lattice configuration, was produced. The key feature of SFIL technology lies on its ability to perform the step and repeat patterning process to replicate a small patterned area from the template onto a full-wafer area. This is in contrast to some competing top-down nanopatterning techniques, such as electron-beam lithography and scanning probe technology, which are sequential in nature and are characterized by their low throughput.

Figure 1. SEM images of near-perfect ordered AAO nanopores with different pore size, interpore distance, and lattice configuration.

T.S. Kustandi, W.W. Loh, H. Gao, and H.Y. Low, Wafer-Scale Near-Perfect Ordered Porous Alumina on Substrates by Step and Flash Imprint Lithography, ACS Nano, 2010, DOI: 10.1021/nn1001744

Speed Defect Detection System from Helios Applied Systems
(KAN Shyi-Herng, Helios Applied Systems Pte Ltd)
Helios Applied Systems Pte. Ltd. is a Tech start-up company incorporated in 2008, its core business focuses on the manufacturing of commercial films for a wide range of industries, using its patented 3D fabrication technology. As a by-product of its research and development, Helios Applied Systems has developed state-of-the-art metrology tools for defect detection and measurement.  This product will be sold under its new spin-off (yet to be named), that focuses on the development and sale of metrology tools to the hard disk drive and semiconductor industry. The first metrology tool that is to be offered is an AOI (automatic optical inspection) tool that has detection limit of at least 100nm and throughput of more 18,000 pieces of substrate per day. (Compared to competitor throughput of 10,800/day)
  With each new generation of hard disks, the device density on the disk media has seen tremendous increase, as a result the glide distance between the disk media and the read/write head have been reduced to the scale of sub-microns. Particles on the surface of the disk media could cause the read/write head to crash and the hard disk to fail pre-maturely. To ensure that the hard drive operates reliably over its lifetime, all disk media are scanned for particles greater than 200nm before it is sent for assembling.
  To demonstrate Helios defect inspection capabilities, polystyrene bead of different sizes (1000nm, 500nm, 200nm and 100nm) suspended in IPA was suspended in IPA and dispersed in 4 different areas of a hard disk media. After the IPA has evaporated the disk was scanned and a map of the particles on the disk was generated. A SEM examination of the particles was performed, to determine that the beads did not form cluster together during the drying process, forming clusters. SEM micrograph results, Figure 1, shown that the 100nm particles were evenly distributed matching the intensity data generated by the Helios's AOI tool.
  With the successful proof of concept to the customer, Helios Applied Systems is preparing to build and deliver a Beta system to a major hard disk drive substrate manufacturer for testing and evaluation before the end of 2010, and be ready for large scale production of the tool in the first quarter of 2011.
  Apart from the hard disk drive, the defect detection technology developed by Helios has immediate applications in the semiconductor industry, as a defect detection tool on wafer. The advantage of the Helios system compared to current defect inspection system is the high throughput the tool is able to achieve, thus lower cost for the customers. Other potential application of the technology is in the area of in-line high speed quality control in pattern films for roll-to-roll nanoimprint applications.
  For collaborations/quotes/demos/information please contact, Dr Kan. (
Figure 1. Scan map generated to detect beads dispersed on the hard disk drive media. 
Figure 2. The prototype performed a scan on a CD, the pits and tracks of the CD that were about 100nm in depth were picked up by the system. As the features were encapsulated in plastic the chance of any false reading were minimized.
Quantum-Pi New Business Advisory Board
(Michalewicz Marek, Quantum-Pi Asia)
Strong IP portfolio
  Quantum Precision Instruments Asia (Quantum-Pi) has further strengthened its already solid IP portfolio position. The excellent news is that Quantum-Pi's third family patent "Particle Optics and Waveguide Apparatus", for Atom Optics, nanotechnology processing and instruments has been granted in the USA (US 11/662,523). It has already been granted in Singapore and is currently at national phase examination in Europe and Japan.
  The fourth family patent, "Sensor Device and Method" (No. PCT/SG2007/000278) has gone through the International Preliminary Examination and the Examiner has indicated that all claims 1 to 14 are novel and inventive. This patent was very recently been placed on the National entry in the US Patent and Trade Mark Office.
  Quantum-Pi's second family patent "Quantum tunneling transducer device" has also strong protection in the US, Europe, Japan, Singapore and China.
  Excellent Business Advisors
  Quantum-Pi's has the most outstanding group of Scientific Advisors. Each is the world expert in area of technology or knowledge critical to the product development road-map of the company.
The full list can be found at:
  Now Quantum-Pi is delighted to announce that several exemplary business leaders have joined the ranks of its Business Advisory Board. The new advisors are:
John H. Allen:
B.A. (Economics) cum laude (Princeton); International Economics and Foreign Affairs (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies); Certificate in Financial Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; MA (Business Administration) Harvard Business School.
His wide work experience over thirty years in banking, investment and financing include:
2003-present   International Advisor Services LLC, Old Greenwich, CT: President
1989-2003       Dent & Company Incorporated: Old Greenwich, CT: Executive Vice President
1983-1989       Bankers Trust Company, New York, NY: Vice President, Investment Banking
1978-1983       Bank of America NT&SA, New York, NY: Regional Director, Investment Banking
1973-1976       Shell Brasil, S.A., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Special Assistant to Treasurer/Controller
1971-1973       Center for Naval Analyses Washington, D.C. Professional staff member in charge of analysis of Latin American relations
 John's other work experience include: Assistant to Treasurer of Shell Oil Company, Houston, TX (1977) and a Member of planning department of Citibank in Santiago, Chile (1969)
Maciek E. Orczyk, PhD
Dr. Maciek E. Orczyk is the Founder and Managing Director of Venture Gene LLC, an entrepreneurial management and venture capital advisory firm, and former Director of Strategic Investments at Intel Capital, one of the world's largest strategic venture capital investors in the area of advanced technology.
  Prior to Intel Capital, Maciek served in a variety of leadership roles within Intel Corp., including co-managing the Lithography Capital Equipment Development organization responsible for strategic technology roadmaps and business aspects of bringing new generations of patterning equipment to Intel, heading the Strategic Enabling Group in charge of identifying worldwide and bringing inside Intel novel manufacturing technologies required to maintain Intel's product release cycle (a.k.a. the Moore's Law), and chairing the Investment and Collaboration Management Review Committee responsible for external technology enabling programs and business deals across Intel's manufacturing technology area.
  Before joining Intel, Maciek was active in various areas of technology, including R&D management positions at Applied Materials Corp., technology development at an upstate New York startup developing nonlinear optical materials and systems for optical communications, data processing and storage, and academic research and teaching positions in the U.S. and Europe.
David E. Wynne
Mr. Wynne is President and CEO of Ozonator International Pte Ltd (OIPL). David has over thirty years experience in international business development, venture capital, finance and operations, in particular with start ups and small cap technology firms. He was previously Executive Director and COO for Zecotek Photonics Ltd, a leading Canadian photonics company. He recently resigned from the Board and active management to devote his attention to OIPL, but remains advisor to the Company.
  In 2001 he was a co-founder of MerLion Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd, now a leading Singapore-based drug discovery company, where he held positions of COO and CBO during its formation. He has been an active partner and remains advisor to Upstream Ventures, a Singapore-based early stage venture capital firm, and previously as Senior Vice President and a Board representative of Transpac Capital, one of Asia's oldest and largest venture capital companies. He was also co-founder and investor in the Canadian software company Greenbook, which produced one of the first hypertext authoring tools for the Internet.
  Before entering the private sector he served as a senior diplomat for Canada in Korea, Japan and Singapore, and in APEC, as Canada's representative to the APEC Budget and Administration Committee and as the Canadian Deputy Chair of the APEC Economic Committee. During his APEC tenure, he was responsible for the organization of the Canadian Prime Minister's participation in three Leader's Meetings (Seattle, Bogor and Osaka) reporting directly to the Canadian Prime Minister's Office.
  Mr. Wynne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and a Master of Arts in Public Administration & Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Venture Capital Association, the Executive Council of the Singapore Biotech Association and the Executive Council of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Steve Schuster
Steve Schuster is a Founder and CEO of Rainier Communications, Inc. of Boston, USA. He has more than 25 years of industry experience marketing and designing high-technology products especially in electronics, semiconductors and software markets. He has been the strategic and creative force behind thousands of PR and advertising campaigns for a wide variety of advanced technologies. Steve began his career designing speech recognition systems, and developing professional audio equipment for Lexicon. He received a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from Northeastern University in Boston.
  Quantum-Pi is gaining enormous wealth of business prowess through the immediate access and supportive role of those business luminaries.
Business & Investment Opportunities in Nanotechnology in Asia
(Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal, TiE Singapore)
TiE Singapore community kick started 2010 by conducting its very first & successful seminar on nanotechnology with supporting organization Nanoglobe to promote nanotechnology business in Singapore. The seminar had 35 attendees from various fields and also had the distinguished panelists - Dr Lerwen Liu, Managing Director of NanoGlobe; an Indian origin, Singapore based entrepreneur Mr. Mahesh Patel, the Managing Director of ShayoNano, and Mr. Andreas Kroell, Managing Director of Nanostart Asia.
   In todays fast phase world, the companies need to cross the bigger hurdle of funding before the effect of nanotechnology can be felt. This is why events like these are necessary to fan the flames of the nanotech business, and provide a platform for inventors and investors to build relationships and see to the commercialization of these innovations. Platforms like this, where major players can talk shop and get connected, provide a shot in the arm for the nanotech community here. Also, it can be a business forum for nanotechnology players to come together to exchange views, directions and make contacts.
  By leveraging Singapore's sound business foundations, talented manpower and extensive R&D infrastructure; the sky's the limit for the nanotech sector here, as it looks to enter into a new, exciting phase of its growth.
   TiE Singapore is continuing its research & activities in this field and will be conducting another event in July 2010, more details on the same will be given in June 2010.


IME Technical Seminar: Solar Cells - Physics, Technology and Application by Prof Joachim Luther
2:45 - 4:00 PM, 18 May 2010, Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Singapore
Website for registration:

Semicon Singapore

19-21 May 2010, Suntec Singapore, Singapore
Nanotechnology Commercialization Updates - Non Technical View Asia Pacific Perspective
7:45 - 9:15 AM, 03 June 2010, Venue is TBC, Singapore
Registration: Tiffeny Kua (, British Chamber of Commerce

2010 International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2010)
7-9 June 2010, Biopolis, Singapore
IMRE Workshop on "Atom Technology and Its Applications"
9AM - 2PM, 10 June 2010, Institute of Materials and Research Engineering (IMRE), SR1

Symposium on Challenges for Nano-scale Measurement in Materials Science and Manufacturing Technology
08 June 2010, TBA, Singapore

International Conference on Precision Engineering (ICoPE2010) and 13th ICPE
28 - 30 July 2010, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Road, Singapore

The 5th SBE International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN 2010)

01 - 04 August 2010, Biopolis, Singapore

The 5th Asian Conference on Electrochemical Power Sources (ACEPS-5)
17 - 20 September 2010, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Annual Finland Nanotechnology conference (FinNano 2010)
04 - 05 May 2010, Helsinki, Finland

International GENNESYS Congress on Nanotechnology and Research Infrastructures
26-28 May 2010, Barcelona, Spain

2010 China International Micromachine/MEMS Exhibition & New Technology and Industrialization Forum
27 - 29 May 2010, Shanghai, China
Novel Materials and Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion Symposium, 37th North East Regional Meeting (NERM 2010) of the American Chemical Society
2 - 5 June 2010, Potsdam, New York, US
Nanomaterials 2010
8 - 10 June 2010, Hotel Russel, London, UK
2nd ICPC NanoNet Annual Worshop

14 - 15 June 2010, Beijing, China
5th Annual Greener Nanoscience Conference & Program Review
16 - 18 June 2010, 

Historic White Stag Building, Portland, Oregon, US

Nano conference & Expo 2010 (NSTI 2010)
21 - 25 June 2010, Anaheim, CA, US

Kyoto EnviNano Forum 2010 (KEN Forum2010)
21 - 23 July 2010, Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University, Japan

Nano Korea 2010

18 - 20 August, Kintex, Korea

Taiwan Nano 2010
07 - 09 October, Taipei, Taiwan

Malaysia Nanotechnology 2010
01 - 03 December 2010, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center KLCC, Malaysia

Nano 2010 (International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

13 - 16 December 2010, K. S. Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, Namakkal-637215, India

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