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Self-Organization Makes for Efficient Separation

May 24, 2017 - 3:22pm
Separation technology is at the heart of water purification, sewage treatment and reclaiming materials, as well as numerous basic industrial processes. Weizmann Institute of Science A self-assembling membrane for water purification

The nanoFate Model Assesses the Risk of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment

May 11, 2017 - 3:15pm
While there is currently no evidence that engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) pose a significant threat to the environment, many gaps in our knowledge remain with regard to ENM ecotoxicity. Nanowerk Conceptual model with compartments, major transfers, and transformations used in nanoFate. (© ACS)

Better Living Through Pressure: Functional Nanomaterials Made Easy

May 4, 2017 - 11:40am
Using pressure instead of chemicals, a Sandia National Laboratories team has fabricated nanoparticles into nanowire-array structures similar to those that underlie the surfaces of touch-screens for Neal Singer, Sandia News Sandia National Laboratories technologist Joshua Usher loads a target into the main power flow section of Veloce, a Sandia pulsed-power generator. The machine uses pressure rather than chemicals to form nanocomponents from nanoparticles. Photo by Randy Montoya

All-Printed Thin-Film Transistors from Networks of Liquid-Exfoliated Nanosheets

April 14, 2017 - 8:55am
Researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of 2-dimensio AMBER Centre, CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin AMBER Researchers make major breakthrough in smart printed electronics

Denver X-ray Conference

April 13, 2017 - 3:32pm
ConferenceMonday, July 31, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017Big Sky, Montana Attendees to the World's largest X-ray conference will have access to sessions on the latest advancements in XRD and XRF. Workshops are run by experts who provide TRAINING and EDUCATION on many PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS of X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction techniques for the study of materials. Designed to help attendees (with little or many years of experience), our workshops will solve some of their most difficult problems. As an added benefit, these experts will be available to answer questions and offer suggestions.

MEMS Manufacturing 2017

April 13, 2017 - 1:08pm
ConferenceWednesday, August 2, 2017 to Thursday, August 3, 2017Santa Clara, California MEMS manufacturing is a key enabler for the production of advanced sensors and actuators used in such applications as IoT, wearables, autonomous vehicles, robotics, digital health, precision agriculture, smart home, environmental monitoring, and many others. According to MEMS Journal research, the MEMS market will reach an “inflection point” in the 2018-2019 time frame which will change the economics of production to dramatically reduce costs and, therefore, significantly increase the utilization of MEMS devices throughout major industrial segments. Given this “inflection point” and sharp reduction in production costs, can the MEMS market grow to $100 billion and 1 trillion MEMS devices per year by 2025? We believe this can happen. Already, the MEMS market has been one of the few “shining stars” among its peers in the overall semiconductor market sector, and the economy on the whole. Currently, the total market for MEMS devices is around $11-12 billion per year and it is expected to grow at 12 to 15% for the next few years. So what are the next-generation MEMS manufacturing technologies? And what are the MEMS applications that are driving the need for new fabrication techniques? These are the key questions that will drive the discussion at this seminal event, MEMS Manufacturing 2017, which will feature talks from the leading MEMS business and technology experts. The future is bright for MEMS -- attend this event to identify emerging MEMS manufacturing technology and application trends, exchange ideas, form new companies, and network with your industry peers! Conference Topics Global trends: market drivers, emerging applications, intellectual property factors, government policy effects, roadmap review and development. Business aspects: competitive and market dynamics, “pure play” foundries vs. platform-based design approaches, technology transfer, IDM vs. fabless approaches, supply chain challenges, ecosystem development, cost management and reduction, market research and intelligence, product and service positioning. Technology aspects: process selection and development, PDKs and design rules, design for manufacturing, scaling, yield improvement, IP blocks, rapid prototyping, high volume production. Emerging technologies and processes: TSVs, 3D stacking, wafer level packaging, CMOS MEMS integration, EDA software and simulation tools, polymer and glass microfabrication, novel materials and coatings, lamination techniques, ultra-thin and flexible substrates. Front-end production: equipment, tools, methodologies, case studies. Testing and reliability: equipment, tools, methodologies, case studies. Packaging: equipment, tools, methodologies, case studies.

Workshop on Formalizing Manufacturing Processes for Structured Sustainability Assessments

April 6, 2017 - 1:28pm
Workshop/TrainingSunday, June 4, 2017 to Thursday, June 8, 2017Los Angeles, California The ASME 2017 MSEC conference will host an NSF-sponsored workshop and competition on the modeling of manufacturing processes using a new ASTM standard format. Competitive travel stipends of up to $1500 will be offered to 15 workshop participants including the 8 competition finalists. This workshop focuses on the modeling of manufacturing processes for system-level sustainability assessment. Any process type - including batch, continuous, and discrete event - is acceptable. Models can span from traditional scale down to nanoscale processes and be based on mechanical, electrical, chemical, biochemical, and bio technologies. Since sustainability is a balance of competing objectives including cost and time as well as environmental considerations, many different types of process performance metrics may be considered. In addition, the use of the models for system-level sustainability performance is encouraged. Formal methods for acquiring and exchanging information about manufacturing processes will lead to consistent characterizations and help establish a consolidated repository for reuse of these models. Standard methods will ensure effective communication of computational analytics and sharing of sustainability performance data. The purpose of this workshop is to (1) familiarize the research community with recent standards from ASTM E60 Subcommittee on Sustainable Manufacturing for modeling manufacturing processes, including the recently published ASTM E60 Standard Guide for Characterizing Environmental Aspects of Manufacturing Processes; (2) provide an opportunity for participants to put those standards into practice in modeling processes of their own interest, and to share experiences in applying the standards; and, (3) provide a source of candidate models to populate an extensible repository of reusable manufacturing process models being developed by NIST and its academic partners. The recently published ASTM E60 Standard Guide for Characterizing Environmental Aspects of Manufacturing Processes is the primary source for definition of the standard format. The standard is summarized in the ASME’s Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering paper: “Standard Representations for Sustainability Characterization of Industrial Processes (link is external)” and is available through ASTM for competition participants.

2017 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics

April 6, 2017 - 1:18pm
ConferenceSunday, August 13, 2017 to Thursday, August 17, 2017Santa Fe, New Mexico The 2017 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN), will be held August 13-17, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The conference will be hosted by NIST and co-sponsored by NIST CNST, Sandia and Argonne National Labs. OMN is an annual conference that draws in leading researchers, from industry and academia, who harness the interaction of light, or photons, with produced structures at micro and nanoscale and engineer these interactions through structure geometry and mechanical motion. This leads to diverse applications in technology fields such as imaging, communication, sensing, and instrumentation, as well as the sciences such as biology and medicine, chemistry and fundamental physics. Optical MEMS and nanophotonic technologies enable the miniaturization and ultra-miniaturization of photonic devices and systems/sub-systems yielding new and enhanced capabilities in optical communications; physical, chemical and bio-sensing; optical imaging and displays; optical and biomedical instrumentation; and internet of things (IoT) devices. The 2017 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN2017) will cover the most recent advances in optical MEMS and nanophotonics emerging from academic, government and industrial laboratories worldwide. The conference will focus on the latest advances in fundamental and applied research on micro-optical and nanophotonic devices and systems with a broad emphasis on interaction of photonic, electro-mechanical and acoustic degrees of freedom at the micro- and nano-scales. It will include the latest advances in materials and process technologies relevant to optical MEMS and nanophotonics and the latest advances in the applications of optical MEMS and nanophotonic devices and systems. Topics covered: Metamaterials and metasurfaces, passive and tunable Tunable and active micro- and nano-devices: optical, plasmonic, THz Silicon photonics, waveguides, photonic crystals Optomechanics and optofluidics Quantum phenomena: transduction, information, communication Nanoscale light-matter interactions: electro-mechanical, phononic, photonic, plasmonic Novel actuators and optically-powered devices Biomedical optical devices and nano-biophotonics Nanofabrication, packaging and integration Optical Imaging, sensing and metrology Optical and photonic sensors, transducers and microsystems

Carbon Nanotubes Self-Assemble into Tiny Transistors

April 6, 2017 - 1:04pm
Carbon nanotubes can be used to make very small electronic devices, but they are difficult to handle. University of Groningen This is an artist's impression of carbon nanotubes wrapped in polymers with thiol side chains (yellow spheres) and assembled on gold electrodes. (Image: Arjen Kamp)

Recent Progress in Graphene and Two-dimensional Materials Research Conference

April 6, 2017 - 11:32am
ConferenceTuesday, September 19, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017Singapore The 9th annual Recent Progress in Graphene and Two-dimensional Materials Research Conference (RPGR2017) follows on the success of the first eight RPGR conferences held in Seoul (2009), Singapore (2010), Suwon (2011), Beijing (2012), Tokyo (2013), Taipei (2014), Australia (2015) and Korea (2016). RPGR is the premier conference focused on graphene and other novel two-dimensional materials in the Asia-Pacific region. The RPGR conference series began with a focus on the properties and applications of graphene, the first two-dimensional material to be isolated experimentally. In recent years the family of atomically thin two-dimensional materials has expanded to include boron nitride, layered transition-metal dichalcogenides, layered oxides, silicene, black phosphorus, and many more. Recognizing the strong intellectual ties between graphene and other atomically thin materials, the focus of RPGR has expanded to include “graphene and other two-dimensional materials”.

Built from the Bottom Up, Nanoribbons Pave the Way to ‘On–Off’ States for Graphene

April 6, 2017 - 11:23am
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material fr Dawn Levy, Communications, Oak Ridge National Laboratory A graphene nanoribbon is born. A scanning tunneling microscope injects charge carriers called “holes” into a polymer precursor, triggering a reaction called cyclodehydrogenation at that site, creating a specific place at which a freestanding graphene nanoribbon forms from the bottom up. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy

CRS Report on Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress Includes Nanotechnology and the NNI

March 29, 2017 - 2:33pm
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a March 14, 2017, report entitled Science and Technology Issues in the 115th Congress. Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Self-Assembly Technique Could Lead to Long-Awaited, Simple Method for Making Smaller Microchip Patterns

March 29, 2017 - 2:01pm
For the last few decades, microchip manufacturers have been on a quest to find ways to make the patterns of wires and components in their microchips ever smaller, in order to fit more of them onto David L. Chandler, MIT News Office Process flow for a fourfold density multiplication DSA of VSV using a chemical pattern and iCVD p(DVB) topcoat. A VSV film is prepared on the lithographically defined chemical pattern and covered by an iCVD topcoat prior to thermal annealing. The pattern with increased feature density formed by DSA of the VSV under the topcoat is converted into an alumina pattern by SIS.

Transforming Greenhouse Gas CO2 into Carbon Nanotubes

March 27, 2017 - 3:20pm
The cement industry is one of the largest sources worldwide of carbon emissions, accounting for around five per cent of global emissions. Michael Berger, Nanowerk Scheme for the electrolytic synthesis of carbon nanostructures from carbon dioxide. (© Elsevier)

Transparent Silver Films for Flexible Displays, Touchscreens and Metamaterials

March 27, 2017 - 3:02pm
The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver that can survive air exposure has been laid down at the University of Michigan, and it could change the way touchscreens and flat or flexible displays are ma Kate McAlpine, University of Michigan - College of Engineering News L. Jay Guo, EECS Professor, shows a "stainless" silver layer that his research group has created.Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing track at TechConnect

March 27, 2017 - 2:10pm
ConferenceTuesday, May 16, 2017 to Wednesday, May 17, 2017Washington D.C. Advanced manufacturing enables rapid transfer of science and technology into manufacturing products and processes. It is particularly pertinent for technologically complex products and commercialization of advanced materials such as those highlighted at TechConnect World. Research and innovations in the Advanced Manufacturing track at TechConnect will highlight commercially viable technologies that will transform industry. Join industry partners and applied research leadership accelerating the development and deployment of new material solutions into products and society. Technical Program Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Printed & Flexible Electronics Inkjet Design, Materials & Fabrication 3D Printing Robotics Micro & Bio Fluidics, Lab-on-Chip NanoFabrication & Nanomanufacturing Informatics, Modeling & Simulation Materials Characterization & Imaging

International Conference on Advanced Energy Materials

March 27, 2017 - 1:56pm
ConferenceMonday, September 11, 2017 to Wednesday, September 13, 2017University of Surrey, England AEM2017 ( is a premier conference series on energy materials which will be held from September 11-13, 2017 at the University of Surrey, England (close to London) focusing on the following events: 2nd International Conference on Advanced Energy Materials 4th International Conference on Advanced Graphene Materials 10th International Conference on Advanced Nano Materials 1st International Conference on Solar Energy Materials 3rd International Conference on Hydrogen Energy These international symposia, which will be hosted simultaneously as parallel sessions will promote the gathering of scientists, students and industry experts to exchange and enhance their knowledge and vanguard ideas for future energy applications. The topics explored will include: Energy materials Hydrogen energy Hydrogen production Fuel cells Biofuels Solar energy Alternative energy Photocatalysis Supercapacitors Photovoltaics Nanomaterials Nanoenergy Graphenematerials Mathematical modeling

International Conference on Advanced Nanomaterials

March 27, 2017 - 1:50pm
ConferenceWednesday, July 19, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017Aveiro, Portugal ANM is a conference series on Advanced Nano Materials held annually at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. ANM2017 ( will be held from July 19-21, 2017 focusing on the following events: 9th International conference on Advanced Nanomaterials 3rd International conference on Advanced graphene materials 2nd International conference on Advanced magnetic and spintronics materials 1st International conference on Advanced polymer materials and Nanocomposites In addition to the above four symposia, ANM conference will also host a dedicated Hydrogen Energy session. The topics explored will include: nanomaterials graphene materials polymer materials magnetic materials spintronics materials nano electronics nano energy nano medicine nano mechanics

Nanotech France 2017 Conference and Exhibition

March 27, 2017 - 1:45pm
ConferenceWednesday, June 28, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017Paris, France Nanotech France 2017 brings together leading scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners, technology developers and policy makers in nanotechnology to exchange information on their latest research progress and innovation. Participants from the top international academic, government and private industry labs of different disciplines participate in Nanotech France 2017 to identify new technology trends, development tools, product opportunities, R&D collaborations, and commercialization partners. It is an excellent event for students to meet and discuss with lead researchers. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to discover innovation in the area of nanotechnology and new business opportunities. It is among the most important events in terms of international regulatory policies and it is open to the participation of private companies. The conference covers all frontier topics in nanotechnology. The conference includes plenary lectures, Keynote lectures and invited talks by eminent personalities from around the world in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations. The Nanotech France 2017 conference topics include: Advanced Nanomaterials Nanomaterials Fabrication, Characterization and Tools Nanoscale Electronics Nanotech for Energy and Environment Nanotech in Life Sciences and Medicine Nanotechnology safety Nano Applications

Reducing Conducting Thin Film Surface Roughness for Electronics

March 16, 2017 - 10:37am
In a significant advance, University of Massachusetts Amherst engineers have established electrical surface treatment of conducting thin films as a physical processing method to reduce surface roug Julia Majors - AIP News Staff Sequence of snapshots from a computer simulation of electric-field-driven morphological evolution of a copper thin film, demonstrating current-induced smooth surface. CREDIT: Du and Maroudas