nanoengineering

Researchers Seek Alternatives for Reducing Foodborne Bacteria in Fresh Produce with the Help of Nanoengineering Techniques

by Wayne State University

Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. The current strategy remains industrial washing of the product in water containing chlorine. However, due to sanitizer ineffectiveness there is an urgent need to identify alternative antimicrobials, particularly those of natural origin, for the produce industry.

Pens Filled with High-Tech Inks for Do It Yourself Sensors

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field. The team from the University of California, San Diego, developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose. They filled off-the-shelf ballpoint pens with the inks and were able to draw sensors to measure glucose directly on the skin and sensors to measure pollution on leaves.

Wayne State Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Training Future Nanoengineers

by Wayne State University
According to the National Nano Initiative - a U.S. Government research and development initiative involving nanotechnology-related activities of 27 department and agency units - the demand for technicians and research scientists in nanotechnology-related industries is anticipated to grow significantly as nanotechnology-enabled products and processes mature.