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Nanotech 2005.

Sponsored by the Nano Science and Technology Institute, the eighth annual Nanotech2005 was held May 8-12 at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, California. The conference and exhibit covered all facets of nanotechnology, from biotechnology to metrology to MEMS. Nanotech 2005 included the parallel BioNano and NanotechVentures "sub-conferences;" as a result, technical, business and company presentations shared space on a crowded schedule. Attendance totaled 2,557, a more than 50% increase from the year before. Thirty percent of attendees were from outside the US and 60% were from industrial sectors. The diversity of presentations insured that one could find their area of interest represented.

The exhibit hall was filled with instrument makers. Monday and Tuesday's exhibit was devoted to nanotech and featured just over 100 exhibitors. As to be expected, scanning probe microscopy and electron microscopy firms were well represented, as were makers of adjacent x-ray techniques, including Bruker AXS and EDAX. Molecular spectroscopy companies in attendance included ChemImage and HORIBA Jobin Yvon. In addition, particle sizing instrument companies were well represented as Malvern Instruments, Microtrac and Particle Sizing Solutions each had booths.

Making its debut at the show was Infinitesima's VideoAFM, an atomic force microscope that provides real-images at video frame rates of 15 and 25 frames per second for real-time viewing of molecular processes. Also exhibiting was Cantion A/S, which has just introduced the CantiLab4 nanomechanical biosensor. It utilizes molecules immobilized on a cantilever for detection in either the liquid or gas phase and integrated piezo resistors for an electrical readout. Wednesday's smaller exhibit was devoted to bionanotechnology.

Several conference sessions, both scientific and business oriented, addressed analytical technniques. Although the conference and exhibit provided a comprehensive overview of nanotech, it appeared that its lack of focus made it more appealing to investors and other companies rather than researchers. The next NSTI Nanotech will be held May 7-11, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Date:Jun 15, 2005
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