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R&D100 Editor Awards for Carbon Nanotubes Goes to Hyung Gyu Park and Colleagues at LLNL

Nov. 2010- For the second consecutive year, LLNL has won a coveted Editors Award at the annual R&D100 Awards presentation, sponsored by R&D Magazine. This year, the honor went to Hyung Gyu Park—an InterNano contributor—and Francesco Fornasiero, for their work developing nanostructured membranes for water purification. The technology has been licensed to Porifera, Inc. of Hayward. ...

Multi-scale Directed Assembly of Polymer Blends Using Chemically Functionalized Nanotemplates

May. 2010- NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Lowell Nanoscale patterned polymeric structures with multiple surface functionalities can be used for the fabrication of microphotonic arrays, biosensors, and semiconductor integrated circuits. The directed assembly of polymer blends into nanoscale structures offers an advantage in that a wide array ...

Nanotechnology and the Future of Advanced Materials

May. 2010- A European project has completed an extensive five-year study of the needs and opportunities for coordinating future research and development in nanomaterials science and nanotechnology for the advancement of technologies ranging from communication and information, health and medicine, future energy, environment and climate change to transport and cultural heritage. Based on the collaborative ...

Metal-Catalyst-Free CVD Synthesis of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Jan. 2010- There are several advantages to metal-catalyst-free Carbon nanotubes, from use in a broader range of applications to easier purification, mitigated toxicity concerns, and lower prices of pure CNT materials. Synthesis of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) on non-metallic catalysts, as recently carried out by Liu B. et al. and Huang S. et al., demonstrates that one could generalize standard ...

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing Industry Showcase Event

Jan. 2010- The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) has announced their annual Industry Day Showcase to take place on February 2, 2010. The event will showcase the research of the Center, including Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Researchers to Study Silica Nanoparticles for Advanced Biofuels

Jan. 2010- Two teams of Iowa State University researchers will receive a total of $8 million over three years from a $78 million U.S. Department of Energy program to research and develop advanced biofuels. Victor Lin - professor of chemistry, director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology's Center for Catalysis at Iowa State, program director for Chemical and Biological ...

SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering Symposium Abstracts Deadline Approaching

Jan. 2010- January 18th is the deadline for abstracts for the SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering Symposium, part of SPIE Optics + Photonics 2010.

Proposal Deadline for Second Round of ARPA-E Funding Approaching Fast

Jan. 2010- On December 7th, while many of us were in NYC at the Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy announced that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding will be used to support a second, $100M round of awards to be made early next year. Preliminary proposals are being accepted through 5 p.m. EST on January 15th, 2010.

Switchable Nanostructures Made with DNA

Dec. 2009- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a new way to use a synthetic form of DNA to control the assembly of nanoparticles — this time resulting in switchable, three-dimensional and small-cluster structures that might be useful, for example, as biosensors, in solar cells, and as new materials for data storage. The work is described in ...

Tufts/MIT Awarded NSF CDI Grant to study Geometric Algorithms for Staged Nanomanufacturing

Dec. 2009- Principal investigators Hyunmin Yi of Tufts and Erik Demaine of MIT have recently been awarded an NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) Grant entitled "Geometric Algorithms for Staged Nanomanufacturing" out of the NSF's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems.

Pitt Team Conquers Hurdle to Nano Devices With First Metallic Nanoparticles Resistant to Extreme Heat

Dec. 2009- A University of Pittsburgh team overcame a major hurdle plaguing the development of nanomaterials such as those that could lead to more efficient catalysts used to produce hydrogen and render car exhaust less toxic. The researchers reported Nov. 29 in “Nature Materials” the first demonstration of high-temperature stability in metallic nanoparticles, the vaunted next-generation ...

NNN Welcomes Hyung Gyu Park, J. Alexander Liddle to Editorial Team

Nov. 2009- The National Nanomanufacturing Network is pleased to add two new Contributing Editors to the  InterNano editorial team. Hyung Gyu Park and J. Alexander Liddle will bring their expertise to bear on our Fundamental Science and Advanced Processes + Tools categories, respectively.

Post-Doctoral Research Associates for the Molecular Foundry

Nov. 2009- The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Labs) has a number of openings for post-doctoral research associates in all areas of nanoscience.

A Photooxidatively Resistant Heptacene: Research from the University of New Hampshire

Nov. 2009- Acenes are organic semiconductor compounds that show great promise in organic field effect transistor (OFET) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) applications.

Rutgers Physicists Discover Novel Electronic Properties in Two-dimensional Carbon Structure

Oct. 2009- Rutgers researchers have discovered novel electronic properties in graphene that could one day be the heart of speedy and powerful electronic devices. The new findings, previously considered possible by physicists but only now being seen in the laboratory, show that electrons in graphene can interact strongly with each other.

Self-assembled Artificial DNA Nanostructures on Templated Surfaces

Oct. 2009- Kershner, et. al., report a synergistic top down and bottom up process for creating self-assembled nanostructures of DNA origami.

Small, Smaller, Smallest? ASU Researchers Create Molecular Diode

Oct. 2009- Recently, at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, N.J. Tao and collaborators have found a way to make a key electrical component on a phenomenally tiny scale. Their single-molecule diode is described in the October issue of Nature Chemistry.

Better Control of Carbon Nanotube Growth Promising for Future Electronics

Oct. 2009- Researchers have overcome a major obstacle in efforts to use tiny structures called carbon nanotubes to create a new class of electronics that would be faster and smaller than conventional silicon-based transistors. Carbon nanotubes, which were discovered in the early 1990s, could make possible more powerful, compact and energy-efficient computers, as well as ultra-thin "nanowires" for ...

Senate Committee Backs $4M for UMass Lowell Nano R&D

Sep. 2009- U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry and University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan announced Senate defense appropriations committee approval of $4 million for the campus's nanomanufacturing research and development. Earlier this year, the House passed $2 million for the project.

NCSU Engineers Produce "How-To" Guide for Controlling the Structure of Nanoparticles

Sep. 2009- Researchers from North Carolina State University have learned how to consistently create hollow, solid and amorphous nanoparticles of nickel phosphide, which has potential uses in the development of solar cells and as catalysts for removing sulfur from fuel. Their work can now serve as a “how-to” guide for other researchers to controllably create hollow, solid and amorphous ...

Putting a Strain on Nanowires Could Yield Colossal Results

Sep. 2009- In finally answering an elusive scientific question, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that the selective placement of strain can alter the electronic phase and its spatial arrangement in correlated electron materials. This unique class of materials is commanding much attention now because they can display ...

Thin Films Exhibit Carrier Multiplication

Sep. 2009- A promising development for solar cell applications recently published in Nature Physics is the demonstration of carrier multiplication in single crystal films of lead sulfide and lead selenide.

Call for User Proposals on High-Impact Nanoscience Research

Aug. 2009- The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) is seeking proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research. Deadline for submission is October 2, 2009.

National Science Foundation Funds Nanoscale Research

Aug. 2009- Northeastern University’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Research Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) has received a $12.25 million renewal grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its industry-leading research: translating nanoscale scientific processes into commercially viable technologies.

Researchers Make Carbon Nanotubes without Metal Catalyst

Aug. 2009- MIT: Carbon nanotubes - tiny, rolled-up tubes of graphite - promise to add speed to electronic circuits and strength to materials like carbon composites, used in airplanes and racecars. A major problem, however, is that the metals used to grow nanotubes react unfavorably with materials found in circuits and composites. But now, researchers at MIT have for the first time shown that nanotubes can ...

Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jul. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Carter Research Group of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking two postdoctoral fellows to join their research efforts. The group works to gain a detailed understanding of how to control functionality and performance of materials over multiple length scales.

Integrating Nanotube-Based NEMS into Large Scale MEMS

Jul. 2009- Nanowerk: The fundamental issue of large-scale carbon nanotube (CNT) device fabrication remains the biggest challenge for effective commercialization of CNT-based nanoelectronic devices. For CNT electronics to become a reality requires manufacturing techniques to simultaneously and reproducibly fabricate a very large number of such devices on a single chip, each accessible individually for ...

Controlled Self-Assembly of Quantum Dots

Jul. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: Researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute report the controlled self-assembly of quantum dots (QDs) in a nematic liquid crystal (LC) platform.

Novel One-Pot Synthesis of Thiol-group Modified Silicate Nanoparticles

Jul. 2009- Neville, et. al., investigate a silicate nanoparticle fabrication process based on natural biosilication, in which specialized proteins catalyze silication at neutral pH and ambient temperature conditions to produce silicate nanostructures down to 50 nm in size.

Aerosol Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Networks for Thin Film Transistors

Jul. 2009- Zavodchikova, et. al., report an alternative technique for the fabrication of CNT networks which provides several benefits, including the use of lower heat tolerant substrates, the elimination of potential contaminants from the CNT suspension medium, and the use of standard photolithography and liftoff processes enabling high precision patterning of CNTs for TFT channels. Initial results of their ...

Funding Innovations for Critical National Needs: Implications for Nanomanufacturing

Jun. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The previously announced Technology Innovation Program (TIP) by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presently provides competition for multiyear research funding in two major areas of national interest--civil  infrastructure and manufacturing. With this technology focus TIP anticipates providing cost-shared funding for approximately ...

From Tubes to Ribbons: A Novel, Bulk Process

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: Take a carbon nanotube, split it down the middle and flatten it: what do you get? A graphene nanoribbon. While graphene itself is a material known for its strength and conductivity--as flat sheets of linked carbon--narrow ribbons of graphene can channel electrons length-wise, turning the the graphene into a semiconductor.

Powering Nanomanufacturing Processes

Apr. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: A recent study by Timothy Gutowski of MIT looks at the energy required for advanced manufacturing processes.

CNMS Call for Proposals

Mar. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) is seeking proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2009.

CINT Call for Proposals

Mar. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Sandia/Los Alamos National Laboratories has issued its Spring Call for Proposals, due March 16.

A New Approach to Hierarchical Self-Assembly

Feb. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: Chemists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with Material Scientists from Duke, report a new approach to forming complex nanoparticle superstructures. The research was published in the February 19 issue of Nature.

Report from the National Science Foundation Workshop: Research Challenges for Integrated Nanomanufacturing Systems, February 10 - 11, 2008

Feb. 2009- The report from the NSF Workshop on Integrated Nanomanufacturing Systems is now available. The two-day workshop brought together approximately 25 leading experts to identify key issues for manufacturing of nanotechnology-enabled products and to begin the process of categorizing specific concerns for individual product technologies and segments.

Call for White Papers

Jan. 2009- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Technology Innovation Program (TIP) has issued a call for White Papers to identify and select areas of critical national need for future TIP competitions.  

NNN Researchers Collaborate on Thermal Characterization Technique for Nanoscale Devices

Dec. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Nano Engineering Lab at the University of California-Berkeley is the faculty research laboratory of Prof. Arunava Majumdar of the Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM). The lab is comprised of a range of multi-disciplinary researchers studying a variety of nanotructured materials for applications in thermoelectricity, solar ...

Don't Forget: NanoScience + NanoEngineering 2009 Call for Papers

Nov. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: SPIE NanoScience + NanoEngineering 2009 will be held August 2 - 6 in San Diego, CA. Deadline for Abstracts is January 19th. 

CHM Researchers Featured on Small

Nov. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The organic nanowires featured on this month's cover of Small are the work of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.

Block Copolymer Lithography for Enhanced Microprocessors

Sep. 2008- University of California at Santa Barbara: Researchers have developed a novel process to create nanoscale structures that could enable smaller, faster and more efficient microprocessors.

High Speed Proteomics

Sep. 2008- University of Arizona: Researchers recently presented promising results on a method for high speed separation of proteins.

Novel Nanostructured Microbattery Fabrication Technique

Sep. 2008- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Researchers have developed a novel technique to create nanostructured microbattery anodes.

Nanoparticle Characteristics Affecting Uptake by Cells

Sep. 2008- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University: Researchers at UNC-CH and NCSU have shown the importance of nanoparticle size, shape and surface chemistry on uptake by living cells.

Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles Using Electrostatic Suspension Stabilization: Next Generation Biodegrading and Imaging Agents

Sep. 2008- Reporting in Journal of Nanomaterials, Bergman and colleagues described a method to make fluorescent dye functionalized silica nanoparticles with a series of surface functionalization steps, and established the relationship between particle suspension stability with surface functional group of the particles that were prepared.  

Green Synthesis of Ag and Pd Nanospheres, Nanowires, and Nanorods Using Vitamin B2: Catalytic Polymerization of Aniline and Pyrrole

Sep. 2008- Nadagouda et al. reported a simple, green synthetic approach of Ag and Pd nanospheres, nanowires, and nanorods using Vitamin B2 and investigated the catalytic activities of these nanomaterials. 

Tutorial Review on Self-Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles by CHM Researchers

Sep. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: A special Chemical Society Reviews theme issue on gold chemistry features the work of researchers at the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.

Moving Forward: An Interview with Vince Rotello

Sep. 2008- While research into the properties of various nanostructured materials has received a good deal of press for many years now, recent research focuses on the controlled manipulation of these nanostructures. Vincent Rotello, Charles A. Gossemann Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is making a significant contribution to this body of knowledge. 

Scalable process to form magnetic nanoparticles with immobilized enzymes

Aug. 2008- University of Idaho: Researchers from the University of Idaho have developed a novel scalable technique to produce magnetic nanoparticles containing immobilized enzymes for eventual use in applications such as pharmaceutical production and environmental remediation. 

Mass production of fluorescent nanodiamond probes for cellular imaging

Aug. 2008- Taipei, Taiwan: Researchers from Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University have developed a novel procedure to mass produce fluorescent nanodiamonds, and have shown the utility of these nanoparticles as biological probes.

UIUC Researchers Advance Flexible Electronics

Aug. 2008-  University of Illinois Urbana Champaign: Reseachers affiliated with Nano-CEMMS at UIUC and Purdue University have created high-performance Nanonet circuits with many potential areas of application in electronics.

Nanomaterials Enabling the Characterization of Nanomaterials

Jul. 2008- Tsinghua University: Researchers describe a manufacturable process to produce carbon nanotube-containing TEM grids that enable improved microscopic resolution when used to image nanoparticles.

CHM Researchers Featured on Advanced Materials

Jul. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The July 2 issue of Advanced Materials highlights the work of researchers at the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing on its cover.  

Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Call for Papers

Jul. 2008-  National Nanomanufacturing Network: Registration is open and a call for papers has been issued for the 6th New England InterNational Nanomanufacturing Workshop to be held September 11-12, 2008, in Boston.

OECD Publishes List of Representative Manufactured Nanomaterials for Testing

Jun. 2008- National Nanomanufacturing Network: The OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has released a representiative set of manufactured nanomaterials that will be tested for human health and environmental safety effects.

Rutgers Reports Process for Large-Area Ultrathin Films

Jun. 2008- Rutgers University: Researchers in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University report a method for creating uniform films of reduced graphene oxide over large areas. 

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing in the News

May. 2008-  National Nanomanufacturing Network: The Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, one of four NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers in the country that focuses on manufacturing, has recently been highlighted in Small Times for the innovative nanoscale assembly techniques it is developing.

Self-Perfection by Liquefaction

May. 2008- Nanostructures Laboratory, Princeton University: Researchers at Princeton University have announced a new method for removing imperfections in nanostructures in the May 4 issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

Graphene Transistor 10nm wide

Apr. 2008- Manchester Center for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology: UK Researchers Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov have created a graphene transistor  10 nm in size.  

NIST Publishes Recommended Practice Guide for SWNTs

Apr. 2008-  National Nanomanufacturing Network: NIST has published a new Recommended Practice Guide for the measurement of single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Toward Quantum Computing

Apr. 2008- Center for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol: UK Researchers Jeremy O'Brien and Albert Politi have successfully demonstrated a silica-on-silicon quantum photonic circuit. Their findings were published in Science Express on March 27, 2008.

CHM Researchers Generate Inexpensive Polymers for Templates

Jan. 2008-  Researchers from the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and NIST have discovered a new, inexpensive method to generate polymers for high-volume nanomanufacturing templates that can accomodate feature sizes of under 5 nm.Read their statement.  

Nanodisc-Reinforced Matrices for Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Oct. 2007- Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing: Diseases and disorders of cartilage tissue are one of the leading causes of disability in the US. However, many biocompatible materials do not have sufficient mechanical strength and elasticity to serve as scaffolds for cartilage repair. University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers Surita Bhatia and Gregory Tew have developed ...

Cloning of Devices by Imprint Lithography

Oct. 2007- Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing: UMass faculty members Kenneth Carter and Vincent Rotello have developed a nanoimprint molding technique to enable the rapid prototyping of electronic devices. The parent device structure is fabricated using a conventional, expensive and time consuming multi-step top-down process sequence. The desired structure is then non-destructively replicated in an ...