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The NNN Requests Your Participation on 2014 U.S. Nanotechnology Commercialization Survey

National Nanomanufacturing Network - January 30, 2014 - 7:05am
Public surveys are an extremely useful tool in assessing stakeholder opinions, needs, and feedback regarding targeted topics. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (http://www.ncms.org) (NCMS (http://www.ncms.org)) has partnered with the National Science Foundation (http://www.nsf.gov) under the auspices of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (http://www.nano.gov) (NNI) to conduct its latest study of commercialization trends in nanotechnology and nanofabrication. The goal of the 2014 survey is to document best practices in nanomanufacturing, i.e; nano-product development and integration, and subsequently identify the challenges stakeholders (academia, government labs, start-ups or established corporations) face in transitioning advances in nanotechnology from the laboratory to sustainable commercial applications of nano-enabled products.

Self-cleaning Solar Panel Coating Optimizes Energy Collection, Reduces Costs

National Nanomanufacturing Network - January 30, 2014 - 6:26am
Soiling -- the accumulation of dust and sand -- on solar power reflectors and photovoltaic cells is one of the main efficiency drags for solar power plants, capable of reducing reflectivity up to 50 percent in 14 days. Though plants can perform manual cleaning and brushing with deionized water and detergent, this labor-intensive routine significantly raises operating and maintenance costs (O&M), which is reflected in the cost of solar energy for consumers. Under the sponsorship of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy SunShot Concentrating Solar Power Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a low-cost, transparent, anti-soiling (or self-cleaning) coating for solar reflectors to optimize energy efficiency while lowering O&M costs and avoiding negative environmental impacts.

Band tail states appear in MoS2

Nanotechweb - January 30, 2014 - 5:49am
Charge-trapping defects in 2D semiconductors could be reduced by improving sample quality, says IBM team
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Pixelligent Awarded DOE SBIR Phase I Grant to Develop Nanocrystal Dispersions for OLED Lighting

National Nanomanufacturing Network - January 29, 2014 - 10:43am
Pixelligent Technologies, manufacturer of PixClear™ and leading producer of advanced high index materials for demanding applications in the solid-state lighting, flat panel display, and optical components and films markets, announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (http://science.energy.gov/sbir/) (SBIR) Phase I grant by the Department of Energy (http://science.energy.gov) (DOE). The nine-month, $150,000 program will enable Pixelligent to accelerate the development of its proprietary nanocrystal dispersions for use in OLED lighting. As part of this program, Pixelligent will partner with OLEDWorks LLC (http://www.oledworks.com/), a leading OLED lighting company.

Nanomaterials and the iNEMI Electronics Roadmap

National Nanomanufacturing Network - January 29, 2014 - 7:45am
Those of you familiar with electronics will know that three of the most read roadmaps are the ITRS (http://www.itrs.net/) (International Roadmap for Semiconductors (http://www.itrs.net/)) roadmap, from the perspective of the semiconductor industry; the iNEMI (http://www.inemi.org) (International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (http://www.inemi.org)) roadmap, bringing together the value chain from OEMs to material and equipment suppliers; and the IPC (http://www.ipc.org) (Association Connecting Electronic Industries (http://www.ipc.org)) roadmap, focused on package and board assembly and fabrication. iNEMI publishes their Research Priorities every other year after the roadmap has been analyzed and the iNEMI 2013 Research Priorities are accessible at iNEMI.org (http://www.iNEMI.org). These Priorities represent the longer-term research needs identified by the 650 participants, 375 organizations and 18 countries represented. How do nanomaterials and nanostructures figure in the current Research Priorities? In 2008 – five years ago – the number of internet-connected devices exceeded the number of people on earth (http://share.cisco.com/internet-of-things.html). The “internet of things” and cloud computing are dramatically altering the landscape of electronics from communications to transportation to medicine. The “better-smaller-faster-cheaper” and thinner handheld devices we need require new materials sets and designs.

Electrons in chains

Nanotechweb - January 29, 2014 - 5:55am
New scanning probe experiments reveal the chemical and electronic structure of semiconducting conjugated polymers
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Engineers teach old chemical new tricks to make cleaner fuels, fertilizers: Researchers from Denmark and Stanford show how to produce industrial quantities of hydrogen without emitting carbon into the atmosphere

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
University researchers from two continents have engineered an efficient and environmentally friendly catalyst for the production of molecular hydrogen (H2), a compound used extensively in modern indus...
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Getting a charge from changes in humidity

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering...
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MITRE-Harvard Team’s Ultra-tiny Nanocomputer May Point the Way to Further Miniaturization in Industry

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from The MITRE Corporation and Harvard University have taken key steps toward ultra-small electronic computer systems that push beyond the imminen...
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New boron nanomaterial may be possible

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
Graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick, may soon have a new nanomaterial partner. In the lab and on supercomputers, chemical engineers have determined that a unique arrangement of 36 boron atoms i...
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DNA-built nanostructures safely target, image cancer tumors

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
A team of researchers at the University of Toronto has discovered a method of assembling "building blocks" of gold nanoparticles as the vehicle to deliver cancer medications or cancer-identifying mark...
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More Nanodiamonds in Recent Millenia Found: OU-led Study in Oklahoma Panhandle Finds Additional Active Process Producing High Concentrations of Nanodiamonds in Recent Millennia

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
In a University of Oklahoma-led study, researchers discovered an additional active process, not excluding an extraterrestrial event, that may have led to high concentrations of nanodiamonds in Younger...
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Nanometrics to Present at the Stifel 2014 Technology, Internet & Media Conference

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
Nanometrics Incorporated (Nasdaq:NANO), a leading provider of advanced process control metrology and inspection systems, today announced that Dr. Timothy Stultz, president and chief executive officer,...
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Controlled Spraying Resolves Main Problems in Nanostructured Thermal Barrier Coatings

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers from the Department of Materials Engineering, Malek-Ashtar University of Technology designed and optimized various parameters of nanostructured coatings and succeeded in the produc...
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Iran Produces 1st Anti-Cancer Nano Drug

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
Iranian scientists have developed the country's first anti-cancer drug using nanotechnology, an official announced on Saturday.
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Research could bring new devices that control heat flow

Nanotech-Now - January 28, 2014 - 7:45am
Phonon Lateral Confinement Enables Thermal Rectification in Asymmetric Single-Material Nanostructures Yan Wang,†,‡ Ajit Vallabhaneni,†,‡ Jiuning Hu,‡,§ Bo Qiu,†,‡ Yong P. Chen,‡,§,&#874...
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Nanotube NEMS controls electron-phonon coupling

Nanotechweb - January 27, 2014 - 5:20am
Ultraclean device allows researchers to study one of the most fundamental interactions in solid-state physics
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Agilent Technologies Installs Atomic Force Microscope with Scanning Microwave Microscopy Capabilities at Cambridge Graphene Centre

Nanotech-Now - January 25, 2014 - 7:45am
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the recent installation of an Agilent 5600LS atomic force microscope at the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) in the United Kingdom. The CGC, one of t...
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Material Developed by UC San Diego Engineers Could Speed Up Underwater Communications by Orders of Magnitude

Nanotech-Now - January 25, 2014 - 7:45am
University of California, San Diego electrical engineering professor Zhaowei Liu and colleagues have taken the first steps in a project to develop fast-blinking LED systems for underwater optical comm...
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Researchers develop new method to control nanoscale diamond sensors: Technique allows tiny sensors to monitor small changes in magnetic fields, such as when neurons transmit electrical signals.

Nanotech-Now - January 25, 2014 - 7:45am
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they could also one day help us understand how the brain processes information, thanks to a new sensing technique developed at MIT.
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