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Greeks Pioneer Nanotechnology Advances

NANOTEXNOLOGIA_473_355Two model and innovative –in international level- units of organic photovoltaic devices and of materials development with vacuum technologies are about to operate in 2014 in Thessaloniki, the physicist specializing in Organic Electronics, LTFN Laboratory of Nanotechnology, Argiris Laskarakis, said.
That came during a news conference ahead of the July 6 opening of the academic multi event NANOTECHNOLOGY 2013 that runs for a week.
Laskarakis explained that these units are created through the European program SMARTRONICS and that the works for their creation are currently in the stage of design and construction.
“The scientific and research interest focuses on nanoparticles manufacturing studies that surpass the barriers of the brain in order to detect early stages of the Alzheimer’s disease, for example,” stressed Barbara Karagiozaki, a cardiologist specializing in nano-medicine, in the LTFN Laboratory of Nanotechnology.
Karagiozaki in cooperation with the Nanotechnology Laboratory of Milan, creates nanoparticles by polymeric materials carrying drugs, which are completely degraded in the body and do not create toxicity problems. The research of the Karagiozaki team focuses on the improvement of drug release techniques and of the treatment as well, while, as she explained, “the final goal of this whole effort is to replace the interventional techniques with such practices.”
Among others, Karagiozaki referred to the three-year research program NANOCardio, which started in 2012 and aims to optimize stents, using nanotechnology in order to prevent the coronary heart disease.
“Regenerating Medicine creates ways of tissue regeneration. In this framework we participate in the regenerative medicine program nanoarthroxondros in which we create scaffolds and then we put peptides, i.e. biological agents for the regeneration of cartilages in the knee and for the treatment of osteoarthritis,” stressed the bioengineer Evi Kavatzikidou, from the LTFN Laboratory of Nanotechnology and a member of the Organizing Committee of the event. The results of this effort, which started in 2009, will be presented during the congress.
The physicist in the Research Center for the Materials and Energy, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Institute for Heterogeneous Materials Systems in Germany, Konstantinos Fostiropoulos, referred to the close cooperation between the Laboratory he represents and the Nanotechnology Lab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
He said that the third generation photovoltaics generated by organic electronics will be placed on the market within the next year. These are “energy chargers” with infinite uses from flexible materials.

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