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The National Nanomanufacturing Network Volume 5 Issue 2 - February 2012

Advanced Manufacturing - Providing the Foundation for Sustainable Economic Growth

Executive Office of the President of the United StatesFollowing up on recent announcements regarding the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and the Report to the President on Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing released last June by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), this week the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has released a new National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. The NSTC's assessment of trends in advanced manufacturing in the U.S. revealed key opportunities where federal policy could accelerate progress and economic impact, and challenges potentially impacting the sustainability of advanced manufacturing ecosystems. Developing a strategy in advanced manufacturing is essential for identification of key gaps within the U.S. innovation cycle, and for effectively directing federal investments in order to leverage emerging market opportunities within the global economy. Key issues include the gap between research and development (R&D) activities and the scaled commercialization through technical innovations in domestic production. As such, the strategic plan presents an innovation policy that would address these gaps, along with the full lifecycle of technology, from fundamental science, to product concept, to scaled manufacturing. The strategy further involves close engagement and partnering between industry, academia, and government at the national, state, and regional levels. Developed through a collaborative interagency process the plan notes the critical importance of advanced manufacturing on U.S. economic strength, global competitiveness, and national security. The strategic plan specifies five key inter-related objectives in which a large number of Federal agencies, coordinated through the NSTC, will have important roles to play in the implementation of the strategy.

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Game Changing Battery Technology Promises Longer Range, Lower Cost Electric Vehicles

Envia Systems
Commercial electric vehicles face significant challenges for adoption by the public and gaining market share due to the low energy density of automotive battery technologies. Even with considerable government investment for scale-up manufacturing of automotive battery technologies, energy density for production battery packs limits single charge driving range to less than 100 miles. Recently, Envia Systems, a technology leader in high-performance, low-cost lithium-ion energy storage solutions, announced test results that verify the company's next-generation rechargeable battery has achieved the highest recorded energy density of 400 Watt-hours/kilogram (Wh/kg) for a rechargeable lithium-ion cell. When commercialized, this 400 Wh/kg battery is expected to slash the price of a 300-mile range electric vehicle by cutting the cost of the battery pack by more than 50 percent.

NanoBusiness Interview: Andrew Maynard, Ph.D.

Andrew MaynardI have known Andrew Maynard for over 10 years. We have agreed and disagreed on various EHS issues concerning the Nanotechnology Community during our relationship. Even though we have disagreed from time to time I have always found his opinions valuable and thought provoking.

Andrew previously co-chaired the NNI's Nanotechnology Health and Environment Implications group while working at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He then became Chief Science Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and a frequent spokesperson for PEN's EHS concerns. He has served on numerous government advisory councils in the U.S. and Canada, including the panels that developed the National Academies report on nanoEHS in 2009 and the draft NRC EHS Research Strategy I discussed in last week's newsletter.

Today's interview was written by one of the original Nanotechnology writers, Howard Lovy. The other contributor for today's interview is Phil Lippel, Ph.D., NanoBusiness Board Member. The opinions expressed by Andrew Maynard are his opinions and this interview is intended to continue our policy of providing all viewpoints in the Nanotechnology Community.

Dr. Alan Rae Joins NanoMaterials Innovation Center as CEO

Dr. Alan RaeThe NanoMaterials Innovation Center LLC (NMIC) in Alfred, NY welcomes Dr. Alan Rae as CEO. Dr. Rae has extensive experience in product commercialization and business development in Ceramics, Electronics and Alternative Energy.

Most recently, as founder of TPF Enterprises LLC he conducted SBIR and BAA funded research for the US Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers and consulted extensively on topics ranging from solar module construction and cell structure commercialization to graphene commercialization, novel circuit board materials, ceramic components and electronics waterproofing. He is a NYSERDA Entrepreneur in Residence and serves on their Directed Energy Committee. He is active in industry organizations including ANSI-TC229 (Nanotechnologies) and iNEMI where he serves as Director of Research.

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