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National Nanomanufacturing Network
The Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (http://www.nano.gov/signatureinitiatives) (NSI), Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology: Improving and Protecting Health, Safety, and the Environment (http://www.nano.gov/node/849), the fifth NSI to be launched by agencies of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (http://www.nano.gov) (NNI), has extended of a request for information on the topic. Sensors incorporating nanostructures and nanomaterials have been under development for over 20 years now, and show the potential to provide significant societal impact through the deployment of inexpensive, simple to use, portable devices that can rapidly detect, identify, and quantify biological and chemical substances. Such sensors would ultimately impact consumer and military applications including medicine and healthcare, biological and chemical warfare threat detection, environmental monitoring, pharmaceuticals, food, and agriculture.
Portable electronic devices are pervasive in our society, keeping us connected to our offices and families regardless of where we are on the planet. From sensors that track daily caloric intakes and training regimes, to future uses of watching your favorite sporting event on the sleeve of your shirt, it is clear that wearable electronics will play an increasingly important role for consumers. With these advents, it will become paramount that rechargeable batteries be able to be seamlessly interfaced with fabrics to provide the requisite power over extended periods.
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.
Liquid crystals (LCs) exhibit a phase of matter that has properties between those of a conventional liquid and those of a solid crystal. So, LCs can flow like a liquid, and at the same time the anisotropic LC-molecules maintain a long range crystalline order. Their unique combinations of liquid and solid-like properties allow liquid crystals to be used pervasively in the electro-optical display technology known as liquid crystal display (LCD).
If the promise of nanotechnology is to be fulfilled, then research programs must leapfrog to new nanomanufacturing processes. That's the conclusion of a review of the current state of nanoscience and nanotechnology to be published in the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing ("Nanomanufacturing: path to implementing nanotechnology (http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=57598)").
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.
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.
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 (http://nano.gov/2014strategy) or to 2014NNIStrategy@nnco.nano.gov (mailto:2014NNIStrategy@nnco.nano.gov).
The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines (https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-27157) for President Obama's proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) (http://manufacturing.gov/nnmi.html).