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- Nanoimprint Lithography & Hybrid Coating R2R Coaters
- Conte Nanotechnology Cleanroom Lab
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- W.M. Keck Nanostructures Laboratory
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Mimicking the texture found on the highly antireflective surfaces of the compound eyes of moths, we use block copolymer self assembly to produce precise and tunable nanotextured designs in the range of ~20 nm across macroscopic silicon solar cells. This nanoscale texturing imparts broadband antireflection properties and significantly enhances performance compared with typical antireflection coatings. Proper design of an antireflection coating involves managing the refractive index mismatch at an abrupt optical interface. The most straightforward approach introduces a single layer of an intermediate optical index atop of a surface to create a system that engenders destructive interference in reflected light. This usually provides full antireflection at only a single wavelength. Increasingly broadband coverage, for application in transparent window coatings, military camouflage, or solar cells, is possible using multilayered thin-film schemes. An alternative to thin-film coating strategies, nanoscale patterns applied to the surface of a material, can create an effective medium between the substrate and air. Such structures provide broadband antireflection over a wide range of incident light angles when nanoscale, sub-wavelength textures are sufficiently tall and closely spaced. In this work, we enhance the broadband antireflection properties of a nanofabricated moth eye structure through simultaneous control of both the geometry and optical properties, using block copolymer self assembly to design nanotextures that are sufficiently small to take advantage of a beneficial material surface layer that is only a few nanometers thick.
Researchers have developed an easy and microelectronics-compatible method to grow graphene and have successfully synthesized wafer-scale (four inches in diameter), high-quality, multi-layer graphene on silicon substrates. The method is based on an ion implantation technique, a process in which ions are accelerated under an electrical field and smashed into a semiconductor.
The Office of Naval Research has awarded engineers an $800,000 grant to develop narrow strips of graphene called nanoribbons that may someday revolutionize how power is controlled in ships, smartphones and other electronic devices.
Scientists used Mira to identify and improve a new mechanism for eliminating friction, which fed into the development of a hybrid material that exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale for the first time.
Nano-C, Inc. received clearance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manufacture and sell Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNT) for a wide range of applications.
ConferenceAugust 24, 2015 to August 26, 2015 http://trfnapa.org/ Effective healthcare at manageable cost is an escalating worldwide challenge. This workshop will bring together scientists, engineers, and technologists with experts in the unmet clinical needs, economics, regulation, and commercialization of health care technologies. Our goal is to identify needs and define opportunities for micro- and nano-technologies, materials, and systems to shape and improve our future healthcare landscape. A key workshop theme is "closing the healthcare loop:" managing health through periodic assessment in order to adjust treatments and therapies, as opposed to simply diagnosing, treating, and largely abandoning patients to decide when or if follow-up is needed. A closed-loop approach--one component of which might be personalized medicine--will add costs in additional measurements, diagnostics, and communications between patient and provider even as it saves costs by providing better patient outcomes, heading off health issues before they become medical crises, avoiding hospitalizations, and making more effective use of expensive drugs. Micro and nano technologies must play an enabling role if the savings are to outweigh the added expense. Keynote and invited speakers, together with workshop participants, will describe need-based drivers and resulting breakthroughs utilizing nano- and micro-technologies to shape the future of healthcare: Preventive medicine vs. disease treatment: proactive healthcare Translational medicine Personalized medicine Diagnostics: point of care vs. central lab; home testing vs. distributed labs Drug delivery Synthetic biology Nanomaterials Implantables Wearables Robotics Prosthetics Data -> information -> diagnosis -> action: the role of eHealth & connected Health in closing the loop Role and integration of wireless technologies Manufacturing and the critical role of design and supply chains The workshop format will follow previous Napa Institute workshops: a core of keynote and invited speakers with expertise in the key areas above will be complemented by contributed talks and posters sharing the most recent and relevant scientific and technological developments. Panel discussions will provide a means for group interactions to help define and refine our understanding of the future healthcare "technology landscape." Meals, networking, and social events, including tasting the incomparable Napa Valley wines, will be an integral part of the workshop to promote networking and informal information exchange.
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.
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Workshop/TrainingSeptember 29, 2015 to September 30, 2015 http://www.flextechworkshop.org/ Join FlexTech for a multi-market look at the power sources and options for lightweight, mobile devices, including IoT and wearable electronics. The combination of networking, presentations, and tours of a state-of-the-art roll-to-roll manufacturing facility and S3IP laboratories will provide excellent insights into the technology, market and applications. This workshop will focus on both military and commercial applications of novel and innovative power sources. The military has a few special requirements, but they run the gamut in sizes and applications. Commercially, the focus is on powering devices for wearable and mobile applications. Products that sip power are in high demand. Attend this workshop and come away with an understanding of the current views of researchers, designers and analysts. Speakers Include: Air Force Research Lab, FlexTech Alliance, SUNY Binghamton, Marc Chason and Associates, Inc., Lux Research, NovaCentrix, BessTech, Arizona State University Who Should Attend • Product and Component Designers • Electronics Integrators • Business Development Professionals in Consumer and Military Electronics • EMS Companies • Mobile Device Manufacturers • Sensor Component Suppliers • Conductive Materials and Functional Inks Companies • Manufacturing Equipment Providers • SuperCapacitors Researchers and Users • Healthcare Device Designers and Integrators • Electronic Printing Integrators Company Tour (optional) The program begins on Tuesday afternoon September 29th with a tour of the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), a partnership between Binghamton University (BU), Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI), Cornell University and the Flex Tech Alliance. The CAMM is the nation’s first prototype research and development (R&D) facility in large area flexible electronics. The CAMM is part of BU’s New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP), which serves as an international resource for systems integration and packaging R&D. Networking Dinner (optional) A no-host networking dinner following the tour will provide introductions to industry colleagues and ample time to exchange information.
New composite material might be used in applications that require high operating temperatures, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, and aerospace power electronics.
Long-standing concerns about portable electronics include the devices' short battery life and their contribution to e-waste. One group of scientists is now working on a way to address both of these se...
Markus Lusser is the new President and Director of Leica Microsystems, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany. This appointment became effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Andries Peter Jan van den Broek wh...
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. CEO Announces PCAOB Audit, Next Generation Of Current Products, New Products, New Website, New Global Outreach Program
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (OTC PINK: INTK), a global leader in nanotechnology-based energy saving solutions, today released the following statement from the CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Industrial Nanot...
People with diabetes mellitus often suffer from impaired wound healing. Now, scientists in Egypt have developed antibacterial nanofibres of cellulose acetate loaded with silver that could be used in a...
XEI Scientific Inc, maker of the popular EVACTRON® De-Contaminator Plasma Cleaning System for electron microscopes and other vacuum chambers, has appointed EM Resolutions Limited as their exclusive d...
Deben reports on the use of their CT5000 tensile/compression stage at the Centre for X-ray Tomography at Ghent University (UGCT) Belgium
Deben, a leading provider of in-situ testing stages together with innovative accessories and components for electron microscopy, reports on the use of the CT5000 tensile/compression stage at the Centr...
Since its conception, quantum mechanics has defied our natural way of thinking, and it has forced physicists to come to grips with peculiar ideas. Although they may be difficult to digest, quantum phe...
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Introduces Ultra Thin High Performance Thermal Insulation Film for Cooling Personal Electronic Devices
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (OTC PINK: INTK), a global leader in nanotechnology based energy saving solutions, today announced that the Company has developed an ultra thin high performance thermal insul...
Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind method of creating a class of nanowires that one day could have applications in areas ranging from consumer electronics to solar panels.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> Image: Stephan Hofmann Self-assembling nanowires could give them a role in touch-screen displays, smoke detectors, and other applications. Now researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK in collaboration with IBM have developed a self-assembly process for nanowires that makes it possible to embed quantum dots within them, expanding their range of potential applications. “The key to building functional nanoscale devices is to control materials and their interfaces at the atomic level,” said Stephan Hofmann of the University of Cambridge and one of the paper’s senior authors, in a press release. “We’ve developed a method of engineering inclusions of different materials so that we can make complex structures in a very precise way.” The new self-assembly technique, which is described in the journal Nature Materials , is based on the typical process for producing nanowires: vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) synthesis. VLS offers a fast way for producing nanowires based on chemical vapor deposition. In VLS, chemical vapors disolve into a droplet of liquid catalyst. The chemicals crystalize at the base of the droplet, forming the nanowire, which pushes the catalyst up as it grows. Over the years, VLS has developed into a highly controlled process in which every detail of the nanowires from its size to its crystal structure can be precisely controlled. The Cambridge researchers were able to build upon the VLS technique by using the catalyst droplet as a “mixing bowl” to add materials that lead to new growth phases. These new phases take the shape of faceted nanocrystals, or quantum dots. “The technique allows two different materials to be incorporated into the same nanowire, even if the lattice structures of the two crystals don’t perfectly match,” said Hofmann. “It’s a flexible platform that can be used for different technologies.” The inclusion of quantum dots in the nanowires would seem to indicate potential optoelectronic applications, for which the nanocrystals are well known. For example, the researchers anticipate that these new nanowires could find use in semiconductor lasers and other light emitters.
Since the first 'Scotch tape' method - i.e. mechanical peeling - of making graphene was reported in 2004, researchers have come up with a variety of techniques for producing graphene. Since simply using the as-produced graphene flakes is not good enough for use in sophisticated applications, intricate patterning processes are essential for the development of the required graphene structures for use in nanoelectronic and optical devices. Usinf a novel method, researchers have now successfully grown graphene from neat polystyrene regions.