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The National Nanomanufacturing Network Volume 5 Issue 6 - June 2012

Accelerating Progress for Advanced Manufacturing: Enabling Technologies, Barriers, Infrastructure, and Partnership Models for Roll-to-Roll Nanofabrication


Flexible and printed electronics technologies have advanced to the stage where inexpensively printing high performance devices on continuous rolls of polymer-based substrates now promises to revolutionize advanced manufacturing. The recently published report from the NIST-NNN Workshop on Nanofabrication Technologies for Roll-to-Roll Processing, an Academic-Industry Workshop on Technologies for American Manufacturing Competitiveness, identifies and discusses progress and challenges for successful merging of nanofabrication technologies into advanced device manufacturing. The workshop further included discussions of general parameters for a multi-year technology roadmap to guide and accelerate progress in roll-to-roll (R2R) processing of nanoscale devices.

The R2R platform is an industrial vetted way to handle solution-based processes and coatings for high volume manufacturing. R2R processes are implemented for applications as diverse as instant photographic film, separation membranes, filtration media, advance printing and holographic coatings, polymer anti-shatter films for car windshields, flexible solar panels, composite electrodes on metal foils for lithium-ion batteries, and macroscale patterning of metal interconnects for flexible packaging of electronic components. Currently, manufacturers are looking for new innovative continuous-feed processes for printing materials and structures onto roll-based flexible substrates. In particular, there is considerable interest in adapting R2R technologies for the extreme miniaturization of critical feature sizes to the nanoscale. This intersection of nanofabrication with R2R processes has considerable potential to spur innovation and economic growth.

Jeff Morse, Managing Director,
National Nanomanufacturing Network

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Chipping Away at Cancer

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In the last two decades, the number of deaths from col­orectal cancer has steadily declined, according to the Amer­ican Cancer Society. While some of the decrease can be attrib­uted to better treatment practices, early detection is another primary factor. Nonetheless, colorectal cancer is still the second leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S., and is expected to be respon­sible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2012.

"Each of us has wit­nessed cancer in our home," said phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences grad­uate stu­dent Jaydev Upponi, who has helped design a new tech­nology to "give back, to contribute science that could help in the long run."

Upponi and his classmates, electrical and computer engineering graduate student Asanterabi Malima and mechanical engineering graduate student Cihan Yilmaz, recently founded a company to develop a screening chip that uses nanoparticles to detect colorectal cancer earlier than currently possible.

RTI International Launches Comprehensive Online Nanomaterial Registry

nanomaterial registry screenshotRTI International recently launched the Nanomaterial Registry, an authoritative, web-based resource that organizes and evaluates the biological and environmental implications of well-characterized nanomaterials from publically available resources.

Available at, the registry allows users to search, browse, and compare data on the characteristics of a wide variety of nanomaterials.

Available free to the public, the registry is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for the nanomaterial community, providing data that has been systematically curated based on minimal information standards built with broad community acceptance.

Greener Nano 2012: Nanoinformatics Tools and Resources Workshop

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The Greener Nano 2012: Nanoinformatics Tools and Resources Workshop is fast approaching. The agenda is available, registration is free and open (until July 15), and a block of rooms is available at the Courtyard Portland City Center.

Workshop Goals: To establish a better understanding of current applications and clearly define immediate and projected informatics infrastructure needs for the nanotechnology community. We will use the theme of nanoEHS to provide real-world, concrete examples on how informatics can be utilized to advance our knowledge and guide nanoscience. Anticipated outcomes of the workshop will include: i) description of a community-based ideal data lifecycle, ii) nanomaterial description requirements for effective data modeling, and iii) a logical framework for integration of nanoinformatics tools and resources.

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