Top ten journals in nanoscience and nanotechnology

According to this blog post, the top 10 journals in nanoscience and nanotechnology – based on 2008 impact factors – are :

1. Nature Nanotechnology, Impact Factor = 20.571
2. Nano Letters, Impact Factor = 10.371
3. Nano Today, Impact Factor = 8.795
4. Small, Impact Factor = 6.525
5. Lab on a Chip, Impact Factor = 6.478
6. Nanomedicine, Impact Factor = 6.093
7. ACS Nano, Impact Factor = 5.472
8. Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Impact Factor = 5.143
9. Nanotoxicology, Impact Factor = 3.720
10. Plasmonics, Impact Factor = 3.488

USA risk losing global leadership in nanotech

According to a new report from Lux Research, “In terms of sheer volume, The U.S. dominated the rest of the world in nanotech funding and new patents last year (…). But (…) countries such as China and Russia launched new challenges to U.S. dominance in 2009, while smaller players such as Japan, Germany and South Korea surpassed the United States in terms of commercializing nanotechnology and products.” (press release)

 [[[ Additional links suggested by Nanocolors :

Has China already passed America in nanotechnology?

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Ranking the nations on nanotech ]]]

New clinical trial – capsaicin nanoparticles in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy

Mahidol University and the Thailand Research Fund recently started a phase II/III clinical trial involving a capsaicin nanoparticle preparation, now registered in the database under reference NCT01125215. According to this page, the aim is to “determine efficacy and safety of 0.75% topical capsaicin nanoparticle preparation versus placebo in patient with painful diabetic neuropathy“. The study is currently recruiting participants.

Nanoparticles risks vs benefits : the blogosphere trend

These charts were built by searching Google advanced blog search for posts respectively quoting nanoparticles (1st chart) ;  nanoparticles and risks / nanoparticles and benefits (2nd chart). The online mediatization of nanoparticles in the blogosphere appears to explode in 2005 and strongly increase from year to year ever since, with more visibility for the associated risks than benefits.

It is not very clear why 2005 would be the turning point, nevertheless it is interesting to confront these charts to a timeline of nanotechnology policy and regulation in Canada, Australia, the EU, the UK and the USA.

Quantum dots : volumetry in biomedical publications since 2000

This chart was built by searching PubMed for publications mentionning quantum dots.

Gates Foundation funds innovative global health projects including sweat-triggered vaccine delivery using nanoparticles

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a few days ago 78 grants of US$100,000 each for new innovative global health projects. Among those aiming at more effective vaccines, one involves nanoparticles : “Sweat-triggered vaccine delivery: Carlos Alberto Guzman of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany with Claus-Michael Lehr and Steffi Hansen of the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research will develop nanoparticles that penetrate the skin through hair follicles and burst upon contact with human sweat to release vaccines.” (press release)

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# Nano & vaccines in patents since 2000 ]]]

Near field scanning optical microscopy : volumetry in biomedical publications since 2000

This chart was built by searching PubMed for publications mentionning near field scanning optical microscopy.