National Nanomanufacturing Network

NNCO: Introduction to Nanoinformatics

National Nanomanufacturing Network - September 24, 2015 - 8:45am
Marlowe Newman, NNCOFriday, October 2, 2015 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

Additive Manufacturing Enabled – Or Enhanced - By Nanotechnology

National Nanomanufacturing Network - September 17, 2015 - 10:12am
Alan Rae, Ph.D., M.B.A.Additive manufacturing describes a number of techniques which include but go beyond 3D printing.

Advancing Nanoparticle Manufacturing

National Nanomanufacturing Network - September 10, 2015 - 10:56am
Marlowe Newman, NNCOFollowing decades of research and development, commercial products enabled by nanoparticles are poised to have broad impact in diverse sectors of the global economy, ranging from electronics to hea

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

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 31, 2015 - 2:42pm
Lynn Lilly, Director of Communication, PEN Inc.The popularity of anti-reflective superhydrophobic lenses has shown significant growth in recent years because of the many benefits to wearers.

Carnegie Mellon Spinoff nanoGriptech Is First Mass Manufacturer of a Strong and Sensitive Gecko-Inspired Adhesive

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 31, 2015 - 1:56pm
Sherry Stokes, Carnegie Mellon UniversityCarnegie Mellon University spinoff nanoGriptech has announced the launch of Setex™, the first commercially available gecko-inspired adhesive.

Bioelectronics Pioneer John Rogers to Join Northwestern

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 31, 2015 - 1:41pm
Megan Fellman, Northwestern University NewsJohn A.

N12 Technologies, Inc.

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 24, 2015 - 3:12pm
DirectoryN12 is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that’s commercializing revolutionary nanotechnology to enhance composite materials. Based on MIT-developed and exclusively licensed vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) technology, N12 has created the world’s first commercial-scale continuous manufacturing capability for its Nanostitch™ product. Nanostitch™ improves shear properties of carbon-fiber and other composite materials by 10-40% and lengthens fatigue life 100 fold. Address: 85 Bolton Street Cambridge, MA 02140Contact Info:  URL: Type: IndustryEmail Address: info@n12technologies.comPhone: 857-259-6622InterNano Taxonomy: NanocompositesCarbon nanotube (CNT)Carbon nanotube synthesisTags: NanostitchCarbon FiberCompositesvertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT)commercial scalecontinuous manufacturing

Setting Ground Rules for Nanotechnology Research

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 20, 2015 - 3:11pm
Ken Kingery, Duke UniversityTwo new projects set the stage for nanotechnology research to move into Big Data

World's first nanorod-based solar module

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 13, 2015 - 2:13pm
Azhar Fakharuddin, Rajan Jose and Thomas BrownEnergy security has been a top global concern motivating researchers to seek it from renewable and cost-effective resources.

Coping with Rapid Change in the Electronics Industry – what it means for Nano-initiatives and Nano-startups

National Nanomanufacturing Network - August 5, 2015 - 2:27pm
Alan Rae, Ph.D., M.B.A.    Industry drivers are relentlessly changing the industry and its materials needs.  Current drivers include the increasing dominance of handhelds, everything connected, automobile automation, low power / long battery life, wearables and medical electronics. Increasing sustainability and other regulations are a given. CMOS devices are now below 10nm feature sizes, and the semiconductor industry is figuring out what it needs to do to predict the future as we move to different semiconductor materials. For evidence, look no further than the emergence of  "ITRS 2.0", a regrouping of ITRS as it looks towards discontinuous change that will involve different semiconductors - silicon carbide and other compound semiconductors for example - as well as carbon nanotubes, graphene and other 2-D structures. Moore's law, "More Moore",  "More than Moore" or something quite different?   Traditional roadmapping struggles to deal with discontinuous change.  It's not easy to predict when a new technology will become cost competitive, how it can scale to meet market needs, how the existing technologies can be tweaked to meet the performance challenge of new materials - or even which technologies will win and who will develop them! It becomes a situation where multiple scenarios are possible and the experts in the room have to make a best judgement based on the available information.   Currently, nanostructures appear to be limited to semiconductors and hydrophobic/oleophobic surfaces. Nanomaterials or near-nano materials are increasingly found in batteries, supercapacitors, silver for die attach and solar applications, phosphors and a range of polymer fillers as well as in CMP slurries.   The proposed changes by EPA to TSCA will affect reporting and other requirements for nanomaterials ( and available as a Federal Register extract (Vol.80, No.65, April 26, 2015), searchable as EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0001) have raised concerns as in some interpretations they appear to cover in-process slurried and suspended materials and other forms which would cover not only previously unregulated parts of the electronics industry but also most of the advanced ceramics industry.   Who will develop the nanomaterial and nanostructures?  The financial institutions and angel investors are not supporting the industry well.  I personally am working with two electronics startups struggling for survival as most of the angel money goes to handheld apps, VCs are missing in action, and IPOs seem to be limited to pharmaceuticals.  Those that are successful will partner with established companies who can supply the "patient money" needed for commercialization and scaling.  We do need a lot more corporations to embrace open innovation - rather than "not invented here!" for this to be successful.   The electronics industry needs nanomaterials and nanostructures if it is to meet customer expectations - higher performance, better battery life and more affordable.  We need to continue to work with startups and established industry to commercialize the excellent work stimulated by the NNI and now coming out of Universities to make this happen.                               Image credit: Permission to reprint image requested from ITRS.More than Moore White Paper by the IRC