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Thomas Swan Announces Agreement With Trinity College Dublin to Manufacture Graphene Using an Exciting New Process

Thomas Swan announces an exclusive agreement to manufacture high quality graphene products by an exciting new process developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin. The new process uses high shear mixing techniques to produce high quality graphene nanoplatelets. Thomas Swan has launched two new graphene products based upon this process – Elicarb® Graphene Powder and Elicarb® Graphene Dispersion (AQ). The new approach was discovered in a two year collaboration with Professor Jonathan Coleman at the AMBER materials science centre in Trinity College Dublin and published recently in the journal, Nature Materials. The publication has received much media attention as it highlights the simplicity of a high shear mixing route to graphene and gives examples of application of these materials in polymer reinforcement, conductive films, solar cells and strain sensors. "This method gives lots of graphene with no defects. In the lab, we produced grams. However, when scaled up, tonnes will be produced." commented Prof. Coleman and he added "This project shows how industry and academic collaboration can lead to research of the highest calibre, with real commercial applications". "This exfoliation process can deliver high quality graphene at industrial scales for the first time. Our focus is now on bui ...

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. April 24, 2014 34
A Solution For Graphene Production

Graphene is easy to acquire, at least in small amounts. The first scientists to isolate the strong, two-dimensional carbon material simply pressed a piece of Scotch tape to a chunk of graphite and peeled it off. But mass production of graphene for commercial uses remains a challenge. Now, scientists have shown they can rapidly produce large quantities of graphene using a bath of inorganic salts and an electric current (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ja5017156). Several other methods have been developed for producing graphene, but each has its drawbacks. Growing the carbon sheets takes too long, and chemical vapor deposition requires a metal catalyst, with a second step to remove the metal. Other methods using solvents or surfactants can harm the electronic properties of graphene or produce lower yields. Xinliang Feng and Klaus Müllen of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, in Mainz, Germany, and their colleagues decided to improve upon an electrochemical technique for producing graphene. Instead of using acids, which oxidize the graphene and reduce its conductivity, the researchers prepared solutions of various salts, including ammonium sulfate, potassium sulfate, and sodium sulfate. Into their mixtures they placed two electrodes, one made of platinum and the other of graphite, which i ...

Neil Savage, Staff C&EN April 18, 2014 34
UGA researchers develop scalable methods for manufacturing metamaterials

Metamaterials, or materials that have had their matter rearranged so they interact with light in specific ways, could be key to making everything from super lenses for satellite surveillance to biosensors that can detect Alzheimer's disease—if they weren't so expensive to fabricate. A one-millimeter-square sample can take up to two weeks to produce. University of Georgia researchers led by Yiping Zhao recently published three papers documenting a simple method to fabricate metamaterials that could lead to industrial-scale production. The first two studies appeared in the journal Nano Letters and the third in the March issue of Advanced Optical Materials. Zhao is a professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of physics and astronomy and director of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. His co-authors on the studies were research assistants George Larsen, Yizhuo He and Whitney Ingram. "What we do in the lab is try to think about simple, scalable methods," said Larsen, who along with He is supported by the National Science Foundation. Ingram is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Scholar and a Southern Regional Educational Board State Doctoral Scholar. "Metamaterials depend on good optical properties and precise arrangements, so our work interfaces ...

Alan Flurry, Producer and Editor, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences April 18, 2014 27
Imerys FiberLean™ and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Keynote Presenters at the TAPPI International Nanotechnology Conference

Per Svending, Commercial Director, Imerys FiberLean and Allan Ward, President and Chief Operating Officer, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., will deliver keynote presentations at the 2014 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. The 9th annual conference, June 23 - 26, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, explores how nanotechnology can transform biomaterials into high-value products.“The science of nanotechnology in renewable materials continues to advance rapidly and our keynote speakers will provide an exciting update on the most recent developments in commercialization and research for improving cellulose based products,” notes Conference Co-Chair Orlando Rojas of North Carolina State University. “It provides a thought provoking kick off to the conference and provides attendees insight into cutting edge nanotechnologies that can be used to develop a whole new generation of value added products that are environmentally sound and sustainable.”Svending/Ward   Svending has 35 years of paper industry experience in a range of management and technical roles. He worked for Eka Chemicals and Stora Papyrus before joining English China Clays, now Imerys. He is one of the inventors of the FiberLean process and is currently heading up the commercializati ...

Deborah Chafin, TAPPI Marketing April 16, 2014 8
Perfect nanospheres using ultrashort laser pulses

The Nanophotonics Group of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed a method to print nanoparticles made of different materials with controlled, reproducible sizes and to precisely deposit these particles on a receiver substrate. As a result, for the first time, the scientists succeeded in generating and positioning perfectly round silicon nanoparticles with a diameter of 165 nm. This method was presented in the March 4th issue of Nature Communications. For the first time, scientists at the LZH were able to fabricate perfectly round silicon nanoparticles with a diameter of 165 nm and to arrange them in ordered structures. This was achieved with their newly developed method that was published in the March 4th issue of Nature Communications. This novel method uses ultrashort laser pulses to print nanoparticles with sizes in the two to three digit nanometer range made of different materials, such as metals, semiconductors and dielectrics. Afterwards, these nanoparticles can be precisely deposited on a receiver substrate.Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to the surface tension, fly onto a receiver substrate. (Image: LZH)  Nanoparticles exhibit the unique optical property to scatter only light of a particular wavelength. Irradiated with white light and depending on their size, shape and on ...

Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. April 16, 2014 3
Researchers use common spray gun to create self-assembling nanoparticle films

The promise of nanoparticles stems from their potential to modify the physical and mechanical properties of polymers for diverse applications, such as photovoltaic cells, sensors, and separation membranes. Methods currently used to create desired nanostructure, however, rely on complex and energy-intensive techniques, such as layer-by-layer or patterning approaches, which are limited in scale and often have poor stability.Publishing in Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4589), Dr. Minhao Wong, a former graduate research assistant in the Polymer Technology Center of Dr. H-J Sue, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Ryohei Ishige of I2CNER (International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research), Kyushu University in Japan, have developed a simple approach of applying a surface coating of thin, flat nanoplatelets using a common spray gun, such as can be purchased off-the-shelf from an art supply store, to create a surface coating in which nanoplatelets spontaneously self-assemble into “nano-walls.” The nano-walls act as rigid barriers that prevent oxygen gas from reaching the surface, and are effective at low and high humidity levels.Using this scalable and simple processing method, researchers have achieved extremely fine and highly ordered nano-scale features that are conventionally ach ...

Ann Stephen - Texas A&M University April 16, 2014 6
U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office Seeks Next Director

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President is seeking candidates interested in serving as the Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for coordinating research and development as well as enhancing communication and collaborative activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCO acts as the primary point of contact for information on the NNI; provides technical and administrative support to the Initiative, including the preparation of multiagency planning, budget, and assessment documents; develops, updates, and maintains the NNI website www.nano.gov; and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI. The NNCO is currently hosted by the National Science Foundation with offices in Arlington, Virginia.

National Nanotechnology Coordination Office April 09, 2014 104
Industry Veteran Fergus Clarke Joins Picodeon as CEO

APPOINTMENT COMES AS PICODEON PREPARES FOR GROWTH Picodeon, a Finnish coating technology specialist today announced that Fergus Clarke has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Clarke brings over 25 years of global high technology management experience. His appointment comes at a point where Picodeon is experiencing strong interest from OEMs in Battery, LED, Optical, and Life Science applications. “We are delighted to have Fergus Clarke join our team. Fergus’ depth of leadership experience at Applied Materials and smaller high growth companies will be important as Picodeon grows its business to meet the demand from our customer base,” said Nikolay Danilov, Chairman of the Board, at Picodeon.

Camille Closs, Watch PR April 08, 2014 1
Cheap, Better-Performing Lithium-ion Batteries with Nanowires

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials for use in anodes and cathodes (negative and positive electrodes, respectively). Lithium-ion batteries are a popular type of rechargeable battery commonly found in portable electronics and electric or hybrid cars. Traditionally, lithium-ion batteries contain a graphite anode, but silicon has recently emerged as a promising anode substitute because it is the second most abundant element on earth and has a theoretical capacity of 3600 milliamp hours per gram (mAh/g), almost 10 times the capacity of graphite. The capacity of a lithium-ion battery is determined by how many lithium ions can be stored in the cathode and anode. Using silicon in the anode increases the battery’s capacity dramatically because one silicon atom can bond up to 3.75 lithium ions, whereas with a graphite anode six carbon atoms are needed for every lithium atom. The USC Viterbi team developed a cost-effective (and therefore commercially viable) silicon anode with a stable capacity above 1100 mAh/g for extended 600 cycles, making their anode nearly three times more powerful and longer lasting than a typical commercial anode.

Megan Hazle, University of Southern California April 03, 2014 160
Arevo Labs Announces Carbon Fiber and Nanotube-Reinforced High Performance Materials for 3D Printing Process

Arevo Labs, a Silicon Valley startup, announced today the availability of technology and materials to create Ultra Strong High Performance Polymer parts using a 3D printing process. Supported materials include High Performance Polymers such as KetaSpire® PEEK, AvaSpire® PAEK, Radel® PPSU and PrimoSpire® SRP. Arevo’s offering consists of Proprietary Carbon Fiber and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Reinforced High Performance Materials, printing technology compatible with commercially available filament fusion 3D Printers and specialized software algorithms to create 3D objects with deterministic mechanical properties.

Michael Newsom, LouVan Communications Inc. March 28, 2014 69
Picodeon’s PLD Technology Enables Microstructural Control

Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon Ltd Oy has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applications.

Camille Closs, Watch PR March 20, 2014 76
Stanford Engineers Make Flexible Carbon Nanotube Circuits More Reliable and Efficient

Engineers would love to create flexible electronic devices, such as e-readers that could be folded to fit into a pocket. One approach involves designing circuits based on electronic fibers, known as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), instead of rigid silicon chips. But reliability is essential. Most silicon chips are based on a type of circuit design that allows them to function flawlessly even when the device experiences power fluctuations. However, it is much more challenging to do so with CNT circuits.

Tom Abate, Associate Director of Communications, Stanford Engineering March 19, 2014 220
Elmarco Enabled Industrial Electrospinning Technology for Laboratories

Elmarco introduces the updated Nanospider™ ("NS") LAB – the first product update to the world’s best selling nanofiber research tool which was originally launched in 2005 at the Nanotech exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. Designed for experimental work on nanofiber material and applications, this new product incorporates years of customer feedback and product support. With a smaller footprint and lower cost, the NS LAB now makes use of the stationary wire electrode first introduced into Elmarco’s industrial lines in 2010.

Martin Kopic, Marketing Manager, ELMARCO s.r.o. March 05, 2014 100
Carbodeon NanoDiamonds PTFE Coating doubles surface durability and reduces friction by up to 66 percent

Surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66 percent less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, in fields such as the automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery industries.

Camille Closs March 05, 2014 64
SRC and MIT Extend High Resolution Lithography Capabilities

MIT researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world’s leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, have introduced new directed self-assembly (DSA) techniques that promise to help semiconductor manufacturers develop more advanced and less expensive components. The MIT research focuses on the issue of next-generation lithography in the semiconductor manufacturing process. Photolithography at a 193 nanometer (nm) wavelength is currently used for semiconductor device manufacturing, but that is reaching its limit with feature sizes around 25 nm. Electron-beam lithography can produce smaller features and is used for mask making, one of the critical steps in semiconductor manufacturing. However, the throughput of electron-beam lithography is currently insufficient for sub-20 nm resolution patterning over large areas.

Dan Francisco, Semiconductor Research Corporation February 27, 2014 129
Molecular Imprints' Semiconductor Business To Be Acquired By Canon

Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII), the market and technology leader for nanopatterning systems and solutions, today announced it has signed an agreement to sell its semiconductor imprint lithography equipment business to Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. Canon currently manufactures and markets KrF excimer and i-line illumination optical lithography platforms. Canon began conducting research into nanoimprint technology in 2004 to enter the market for lithography equipment for leading-edge high-resolution patterning. Since 2009, the Company has been carrying out joint development with MII and a major semiconductor manufacturer for mass production using MII’s Jet and Flash™ Imprint Lithography (J-FIL™) technology.

Molecular Imprints, Inc. February 20, 2014 131
Self-cleaning Solar Panel Coating Optimizes Energy Collection, Reduces Costs

Soiling -- the accumulation of dust and sand -- on solar power reflectors and photovoltaic cells is one of the main efficiency drags for solar power plants, capable of reducing reflectivity up to 50 percent in 14 days. Though plants can perform manual cleaning and brushing with deionized water and detergent, this labor-intensive routine significantly raises operating and maintenance costs (O&M), which is reflected in the cost of solar energy for consumers. Under the sponsorship of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a low-cost, transparent, anti-soiling (or self-cleaning) coating for solar reflectors to optimize energy efficiency while lowering O&M costs and avoiding negative environmental impacts.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory January 30, 2014 214
Pixelligent Awarded DOE SBIR Phase I Grant to Develop Nanocrystal Dispersions for OLED Lighting

Pixelligent Technologies, manufacturer of PixClear™ and leading producer of advanced high index materials for demanding applications in the solid-state lighting, flat panel display, and optical components and films markets, announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the Department of Energy (DOE). The nine-month, $150,000 program will enable Pixelligent to accelerate the development of its proprietary nanocrystal dispersions for use in OLED lighting. As part of this program, Pixelligent will partner with OLEDWorks LLC, a leading OLED lighting company.

Pixelligent Technologies, LLC January 29, 2014 68
United States Department of Defense Provides $18.5 Million in New Funding to Expand Nanocomp Technologies' Nanomanufacturing Production Capacity

Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., a developer of performance materials and products composed of its unique carbon nanotubes (CNTs), today announced it has been awarded $18.5 million in additional funding under the Defense Production Act Title III program ("DPA Title III") to supply CNT yarn, sheet, tape, and slurry materials for the program needs of the Department of Defense, as well as for commercial industrial markets. The mission of the DPA Title III Program is to create assured and affordable production of products that have been identified as essential for national defense, but where U.S. industry has not demonstrated an ability to deliver due to market conditions or other fiscal barriers. By means of a Presidential Determination, Nanocomp's CNT materials were identified to satisfy this critical gap. Initial funding of $2.2 M was provided by DPA Title III in 2011, along with substantial Company investments, enabling Nanocomp to construct a 30,000 square foot Pilot Plant, the nation's largest, and relocate its headquarters to Merrimack, NH.

Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. January 15, 2014 376
New Packaging Plastic that Protects as Good as Aluminum Foil

Tera-Barrier Films (TBF) Pte Ltd, a spin-off company from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering’s (IMRE), has invented a new plastic film using a revolutionary nano-inspired process that makes the material thinner but as effective as aluminium foil in keeping air and moisture at bay. The stretchable plastic could be an alternative for prolonging shelf-life of pharmaceuticals, food and electronics, bridging the gap of aluminium foil and transparent oxide films.

A*STAR January 07, 2014 290
NanoTechMap: The First Online Exhibition of Nanotechnology

The French company NanoThinking announces the release of the NanoTechMap: it gives a comprehensive view of the industrial offer in the field of nanotechnology and provides more visibility to actors in this field for a very modest cost compare to standard exhibitions.

Thomas Dubouchet, NanoThinking December 20, 2013 227
Soligie Receives Two R&D Awards from FlexTech Alliance

FlexTech Alliance today announced two R&D awards to Soligie of Savage, Minn. The intent of the awards is to advance flexible, printed electronics manufacturing and obtain delivery of innovative project demonstrators in 2014. The initial award is to a Soligie–led team comprising Boeing, American Semiconductor and Imprint Energy. The team will develop and demonstrate a sensor platform leveraging printed components and silicon-on-polymer technology to achieve a thin, conformable and lightweight form factor. The goal is commercializing a sensing system consisting of a power source, microcontroller, display, and wireless communication channel, as well as an interchangeable or disposable portion that can be chosen by the user based on the application. Commercial and military applications include vital sign monitoring, environmental monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics, structural health monitoring, and many others.

FlexTech Alliance December 19, 2013 134
3M and Cambrios Collaborate to Produce Flexible Silver Nanowire Film for Touch Screens

3M announces the launch of a new touch sensor film, 3M™ Patterned Silver Nanowire Film, that combines the expertise of two leading technology and manufacturing companies to provide the quality, unique attributes, and volume that touch screen manufacturers demand. 3M plans to ramp up its total global touch sensor film manufacturing capacity to more than 600,000 square meters per month in 2014, which includes 3M™ Patterned Silver Nanowire Touch Sensor Film, 3M™ Patterned Metal Mesh Touch Sensor Film and 3M™ Advanced ITO Touch Sensor Film. This capacity will help support the growing demand for consumer touch enabled devices such as tablets, laptops, all-in-ones (AIO) and monitors.

3M Company December 19, 2013 300
ASTM International Nanotechnology Committee Approves Airborne Nanoparticle Measurement Standard

Nanomaterials are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products, encompassing medicine, textiles, automobile parts, personal care products, food packaging and sporting goods. During the manufacture and use of these products, there is a potential for nanomaterials to become airborne, resulting in inhalation exposure to workers and consumers. A new ASTM International standard provides clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyze them to determine their surface area.

ASTM December 12, 2013 176
Rolith, Inc. Wins the 2013 Best Manufacturing Technology Award from the Printed Electronics Industry

Rolith, Inc., a leader in advanced nanostructured devices, is pleased to announce that Printed Electronics Industry selected Rolith for the Best Manufacturing Technology award based on its production of transparent metal mesh conductors for large touch screen displays, OLED lighting and photovoltaics.

Rolith, Inc. November 26, 2013 127
Testing Smart Plastics in Real Time

Nano additives can make plastics scratch and flame proof, or give them antibacterial properties. For this to work, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely correct. A new device is now able to test the distribution in real time.

Irma Mikonsaari, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology November 25, 2013 86
Now Accepting Public Comment on the draft NNI 2014 Strategic Plan

The U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative requests public comment on the draft 2014 NNI Strategic Plan. Comments may be submitted through http://nano.gov/2014strategy or to 2014NNIStrategy@nnco.nano.gov.

National Nanotechnology Initiative November 20, 2013 147
Public Comment Requested for Manufacturing Network's Suggested Metrics, IP Guidelines

The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines for President Obama's proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

Mark Bello, NIST November 18, 2013 133
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.

Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) November 13, 2013 161
Request for Information: NNI Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology Signature Initiative

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to enhance the value of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) entitled Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology in particular, by reaching out to the nanotechnology stakeholder community for input regarding specific needs for the accelerated development and commercialization of nanosensors. This RFI is intended to inform planning for a public workshop organized under the auspices of the sensors NSI.

Science and Technology Policy Office / NNCO November 06, 2013 168
Grant Funds Development of Improved Nanoscale Additive Manufacturing

A new Department of Energy grant will fund research to advance an additive manufacturing technique for fabricating three-dimensional (3D) nanoscale structures from a variety of materials. Using high-speed, thermally-energized jets to deliver both precursor materials and inert gas, the research will focus on dramatically accelerating growth, improving the purity and increasing the aspect ratio of the 3D structures.

John Toon - Georgia Institute of Technology October 31, 2013 74
Using Data Science Tools to Discover New Nanostructured Materials

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Chemical Engineering Professors Venkat Venkatasubramanian and Sanat Kumar, have developed a new approach to designing novel nanostructured materials through an inverse design framework using genetic algorithms. The study, published in the October 28 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first to demonstrate the application of this methodology to the design of self-assembled nanostructures, and shows the potential of machine learning and “big data” approaches embodied in the new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia. “Our framework can help speed up the materials discovery process,” says Venkatasubramanian, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, and co-author of the paper. “In a sense, we are leveraging how nature discovers new materials—the Darwinian model of evolution—by suitably marrying it with computational methods. It’s Darwin on steroids!”

Holly Evarts - Columbia University October 30, 2013 79
Penn Celebrates Opening of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania will officially open the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology on October 4. The 78,000 square-foot Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology will serve as the University’s focal point for groundbreaking work in the emerging field of nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The potential benefits of nanotechnology range from regenerative medicine and targeted drug delivery systems, to innovative new approaches in creating and storing electricity that could virtually eliminate the use of fossil fuels, to highly efficient ways of harvesting fresh water from seawater, to everyday commercial products that make clothes last longer, golf balls fly straighter and personal computers operate more efficiently.

Evan Lerner, PennNews October 08, 2013 279
Nanotech Security Corp. Completes Upsized $3.9 Million Financing

Vancouver, British Columbia - Nanotech Security Corp., developer of next-generation security and authentication features using patented nano-optics, confirms that it has now closed its recently announced $3.9 million private placement of 4,900,500 subscription receipts. Each subscription receipt is convertible into a unit consisting of one common share and one half of one common share purchase warrant with each whole warrant exercisable for a period of 18 months at a price of $0.90. All securities issued in connection with the placement are subject to a hold period expiring on December 21, 2013. The proceeds from the placement are being held in escrow pending the completion of two patent-entity acquisitions, which were previously announced.

Nanotech Security Corp. October 03, 2013 35
Key US Patent Awarded to Rolith, Inc.

Pleasanton, California - Rolith, Inc., a leader in advanced nanostructured devices, today announces the issuance of US patent no. 8,518,633 in the United States. This key patent has already been issued in Japan and Russia. Further, it is currently pending for issuance in another 8 countries including China, Korea, Taiwan and Europe. RML™ is based on near-field continuous optical lithography, which is implemented using cylindrical phase masks. The technology has been realized in lithography tools: RML-1 (300 mm x 300 mm printing area) and RML-2 (1000 mm x 300 mm printing area) build in partnership with a well-known semiconductor equipment company, SUSS MicroTec. Rolith has additionally developed a proprietary technology for specialized cylindrical phase masks for RML tools and built a facility for manufacturing these masks in California. Recently we demonstrated cylindrical masks capable of continuous (gap/seam-free) nanopatterning on 1 m long substrates.

Rolith, Inc. October 03, 2013 48
Paving the Way for Real-World Nanotechnology Products

A*STAR’s new Nanoimprint Foundry will bridge the gap between laboratory-based nanotechnologies and real-world products. This is the first time that Singapore nanotechnology suppliers and manufacturers have been brought together to speed up productisation of nanoimprinting, a technology that imbues ordinary surfaces with unique properties for applications in sectors like consumer care, biomedical devices, optics, filtration, displays and maritime.

A*STAR October 02, 2013 159
UC Center Receives $24 Million to Transform How Nanomaterials are Tested for Safety

Nanotechnology is transforming industries from medicine to consumer products, and engineered nanomaterials can now be found in items as diverse as clothing, electronic devices, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. New materials are being produced rapidly. How can their safety be assured? The September edition of the journal ACS Nano features an article that could lay the groundwork for the integration of alternative testing strategies as part of a new approach to effectively and efficiently assessing the safety of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), as well as traditional chemicals.

UCLA Newsroom September 24, 2013 106
$1.5M NSF Grant Helps Nanoparticle Manufacturing

Making large quantities of reliable, inexpensive nanoparticles for batteries, solar cells, catalysts and other energy applications has proven challenging due to manufacturing limits. A Cornell research team is working to improve such processes with a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support scalable nanomanufacturing and device integration.

Anne Ju, Cornell University September 18, 2013 143
Laser Spectroscopy Helping to Measure Progress in Nanotech Design

Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient. 

Britt Faulstick, Drexel University September 11, 2013 140
New Grayscale Technique Opens a Third Dimension for Nanoscale Lithography

Engineers at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have developed a new technique for fabricating high aspect ratio three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures over large device areas using a combination of electron beam (e-beam) lithography, photolithography, and resist spray coating. While it has long been possible to make complicated 3D structures with many mask layers or expensive grayscale masks, the new technique enables researchers to etch trenches and other high aspect ratio structures with nanometer scale features without using masks and in only two process stages.

Vincent Luciani, NIST August 30, 2013 83
Butterfly Wings + Carbon Nanotubes = New ‘Nanobiocomposite’ Material

Leveraging the amazing natural properties of the Morpho butterfly's wings, scientists have developed a nanobiocomposite material that shows promise for wearable electronic devices, highly sensitive light sensors and sustainable batteries. A report on the new hybrid material appears in the journal ACS Nano.

ACS Nano August 30, 2013 111
Ultra-High Strength Metamaterial Developed using Graphene

A new metamaterial has been developed exhibiting hundreds of times greater strength than pure metals. Professor Seung Min, Han and Yoo Sung, Jeong (Graduate School of Energy, Environment, Water, and Sustainability (EEWS)) and Professor Seok Woo, Jeon (Department of Material Science and Engineering) have developed a composite nanomaterial at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

KAIST August 29, 2013 82
Nanosensors Could Aid Drug Manufacturing

Chemical engineers find that arrays of carbon nanotubes can detect flaws in drugs and help improve production.Source: MIT News

Anne Trafton, MIT News Office August 21, 2013 107
Rolith, Inc. Demonstrates Superior Performance of ITO-alternative Transparent Metal Grid Electrodes Fabricated Using Proprietary Nanolithography Technology

Rolith, Inc., a leader in developing advanced nanostructured devices, today announces the successful demonstration of Transparent Metal Grid Electrode technology based on its disruptive nanolithography method (Rolling Mask Lithography – RML™).

Rolith, Inc. August 14, 2013 150
ANSI-NSP Launches Nanotechnology Standards Database

The American National Standards Institute Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) is pleased to announce the launch of a new database compiling information about nanotechnology-related standards and affiliated activities. The creation of the database, which was first discussed during a February 2013 meeting of the ANSI-NSP in Washington, DC, is part of a larger ongoing effort by the ANSI-NSP and its members and partners to bolster the visibility of existing and in-development nanomaterials and nanotechnology guidance documents, reference materials, and standards.

American National Standards Institute July 31, 2013 133
NIST Use Anasys Nanoscale AFM-IR Imaging to Characterize Plasmonics

Anasys Instruments announces a new application for AFM-IR to study as reported by research scientists in NIST publication “Tech Beat.”

Anasys Instruments July 31, 2013 100
Researchers Overcome Technical Hurdles in Quest for Inexpensive, Durable Electronics and Solar Cells

University of Minnesota engineers discover novel technology for producing "electronic ink".

University of Minnesota News July 31, 2013 77
Desktop Printing at the Nano Level: Northwestern Researchers Create State-of-the-art Desktop Nanofabrication Tool

A new low-cost, high-resolution tool is primed to revolutionize how nanotechnology is produced from the desktop, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers.

Erin White, Northwestern University July 24, 2013 327
Azaya Therapeutics Launches Parexo Labs, Offering Liposomal Manufacture And Nanotechnology Testing Services To Drug And Device Developers

Azaya Therapeutics Inc., an oncology company focused on developing more effective cancer treatments through its nanotechnology platform, announced the launch of a new division, Parexo Labs, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) providing chemical testing and liposomal manufacturing services to outside organizations. Parexo Labs leverages Azaya’s twin capabilities in cytotoxic and nanoparticle analysis and liposome manufacturing, including its proprietary analytical methodology to detail release rates and characterization attributes of nanoparticles. Parexo Labs offers laboratory services that can speed drug development and regulatory progress for pharmaceutical and medical device developers alike.

Azaya Therapeutics July 11, 2013 99
Nanoparticles, Made to Order — Inside and Out

New research enables high-speed customization of novel nanoparticles for drug delivery and other uses.MIT News

Anne Trafton, MIT News Office July 11, 2013 216
 
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