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FlexTech Alliance

New Public-Private Partnerships Supported by Nanotechnology Innovations

Recent announcements by the federal government regarding significant investments in public-private partnerships have continued to enhance opportunities for nanomanufacturing technologies to impact future advanced product developments. Last week, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the federal government has awarded a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance. The announcement follows a highly competitive nationwide bid process for what will become the seventh of nine such manufacturing innovation institutes launched by the administration as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation announced by President Obama in 2012. This newest institute will bring the best minds from government, industry and academia together to advance U.S. leadership in manufacturing flexible hybrid electronics leading to breakthroughs in advanced manufacturing that will expand the economic boundaries for multiple states and regions contributing to the Institute.

The emerging flexible hybrid electronics sector promises to revolutionize the electronics industry, and the Silicon Valley-based FlexTech Alliance consortium, backed by companies including General Electric, Thin Film, and Flextronics, along with major research universities including the University of California Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, SUNY Binghamton, and MIT, represents the next chapter in the long-standing public-private partnerships between the DoD and tech community. The new electronics being created take tasks now performed by more expensive, rigid devices based on silicon-based semiconductor chips found in computers and other devices and over time replaces them with less expensive components including sensors printed on a thin ribbon of plastic in a roll-to-roll manufacturing facility like the ones being developed at SUNY Binghamton, UMass Amherst, and UC Berkeley. The FHE MII will impact areas of application including wearables for health monitoring and medical devices, sensors for the Internet of Things (IoT), and infrastructure monitoring and assessment.



Nanofilm Introduces Clarity AR Lens Cleaner for Anti-Reflective Superhydrophobic Lenses

The popularity of anti-reflective superhydrophobic lenses has shown significant growth in recent years because of the many benefits to wearers. The one drawback for many patients is the difficulty in cleaning these high-tech lenses. New Nanofilm CLARITY® AR lens cleaner was developed specifically for anti-reflective superhydrophobic lenses. It wets the surface better than traditional cleaners to lift soils and grease. The result is a haze-free, streak-free lens.



nanoGriptech Is First Mass Manufacturer of a Gecko-Inspired Adhesive

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff nanoGriptech has announced the launch of Setex™, the first commercially available gecko-inspired adhesive.


John A. Rogers

Bioelectronics Pioneer John Rogers to Join Northwestern

John A. Rogers, a materials scientist and pioneer in the field of bio-integrated electronic devices, will join Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine.


International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology -2015

Industrial Nanocomposites Conference 2015

August 2015





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