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New process allows fully additive roll-to-roll printing of flexible electrochromic devices

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Electrochromic materials exhibit reversible optical change in the visible region when they are subjected to an electric charge. These switchable materials can be used for 'smart' windows in buildings, cars and airplanes as well as in information displays and eye wear.
An electrochromic device is one of the most attractive candidates for paper-like displays, so called electronic paper, which will be the next generation display, owing to attributes such as thin and flexible materials, low-power consumption, and fast switching times. Electrochromic devices (ECDs) generally consist of a structure where certain material layers, among them an electrolyte, are sandwiched together.

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Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS) Offers Potentially Transformative Nanomanufacturing Breakthrough

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The Northeastern University’s NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) has developed a fully-automated system that uses offset-type printing technologies at the nanoscale to make products that fully take advantage of the superior properties of nanomaterials. In minutes, the system can print metals, organic and inorganic materials, polymers, and nanoscale structures and circuits (down to 25 nanometers) onto flexible or inflexible substrates.
 
The Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS) is a new system that has the potential to transform nanomanufacturing and spur innovation.

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NanoBCA Interview with Allen Gelwick, Executive VP, Lockton Companies

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The NanoBCA conducted an interview on August 27, 2014 with Allen Gelwick, Executive VP of Lockton Companies.  Mr. Gelwick is one of America’s leading insurance experts and has been an active participant in the nano community for over a decade. 
NanoBCA:
Historically, how has the insurance sector dealt with nanotechnology?
Mr. Gelwick: The insurance industry thus far has essentially dealt with nanotechnology by taking a “wait and see” approach.  This is not unusual as the nature of insurance is to look retrospectively at events to determine how to set policies and rates.  The challenge here is that nanotechnology is an emerging technology with little or no history.

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Advanced Nanomanufacturing at the Core of Potential New DARPA Program

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The benefits of nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing include significantly improved properties of many common materials when fabricated at nanoscale or molecular dimensions. Examples of these properties include quantized electrical characteristics, enhanced adhesion and surface properties, superior thermal, mechanical, and chemical properties, and tunable light absorption and scattering. Scaling these properties for nano-enabled products and systems, could offer potentially revolutionary performance and capabilities for defense, security, and commercial applications while providing significant societal and economic impact.

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What is Nanomanufacturing?

Nanomanufacturing is the essential bridge between the discoveries of the nano sciences and real-world nanotechnology-enabled products.
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