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NANOTECHNOLOGY – BIG THINGS FROM SMALL PARTICLES

Monday, 11 April 2016 | By Gerry Mulvaney

 

By Gerry Mulvaney, European Sales Manager, Landa Digital Printing

Nanotechnology is an astounding discovery, and its impact and uses are now being seen in practical ways around the world. Take Malaria for instance which is still a killer disease. Around 600,000 people a year around the world are still succumbing to it, and governments and philanthropists alike are pledging money to find ways to eradicate it. Now, a young scientist in Britain, George Frodsham has invented a new way of using nanoparticles to create a form of blood dialysis and to tackle the disease.

He has produced a device which he has named the MediSieve that uses magnetic nanoparticles to attract malaria-affected blood cells and remove them from the blood stream.

George Frodsham, inventor of the MediSieve

George Frodsham, developer of the nanotechnology-based magnetic blood filter – MediSieve

Since this process does not introduce pharmaceuticals into the body, it will require much less certification and could be in full clinical trials as early as 2017. According to Frodsham, his MediSieve could be used to filter other infections from the blood stream at a fraction of the cost of other chemical treatments.

Life-Changing Nanotechnology Apps

My recent visit to Israel to view progress at Landa Digital Printing, also brought me into contact with the team at Landa Labs, who are researching a wide variety of applications for nanotechnology, including pharmaceutical use. By reducing conventional drugs to nanoparticles, their efficacy is increased many times and as a result a much lower dose can be delivered directly to the affected region. This significantly reduces side effects for the patient at a cheaper cost.

As well as pharmaceuticals, the team at Landa Labs is researching other ways of using nanoparticles, including Benny Landa’s Holy Grail of creating energy from ambient heat in the atmosphere which will have life changing applications.

Nanomaterial structures

Types of nanomaterials – learn more at our Nanotechnology and Nanography® page

The Wonders of Nanotechnology-Based Printing – See Them on the Landa Stand at Drupa 2016

The reason I was in Israel was to look at the progress of our Nanography® process – the application of nanoparticles in the printing industry, and one that will become a lot more familiar to the hordes of visitors to the Landa stand at drupa.

So what will they see?

Well for a start, the ultra-fast B1-size (41 in.) sheetfed single-sided Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press Press for folding carton, and the Landa S10P perfector version for commercial and POP applications will be printing live on the stand. Alongside them too, the webfed Landa W10 reel to reel one metre press, featuring a speed of 200 metres a minute.

If that’s not enough, Benny will use his theatre presentation to reveal more applications for nanotechnology in the printing industry including Nano-Metallography™ – a revolutionary metallic digital replacement for traditional foiling applications. Nano-Metallography completely removes the high waste costs involved in the process and can also be used in microwaves..

Drupa 2016 will be the show where nanotechnology becomes mainstream and you will need to register your interest in attending the Landa Theatre Presentation for your chance to learn more first-hand.

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Daily show times: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30


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Main page image: http://www.medisieve.com/

Landa S10 - Printing Press