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IEEE Photonics Society Applauds Rochester on Integrated Photonics Institute Win

Nanotech-Now - August 1, 2015 - 7:45am
As a sponsor of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, the IEEE Photonics Society congratulates...

Springer and Tsinghua University Press present the second Nano Research Award: Paul Alivisatos of the University of California Berkeley receives the honor for outstanding contributions in nanoscience

Nanotech-Now - August 1, 2015 - 7:45am
Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, has received...

Stretchable graphene transistors inspired by kirigami

Nanotechweb - July 31, 2015 - 5:36am
The Japanese art of paper cutting is used to make micron-sized electronic and mechanical devices.

Aculon Launches NanoProof Series for PCB Waterproofing

National Nanomanufacturing Network - July 31, 2015 - 3:48am
Aculon’s proprietary surface modification technology treats a PCB to be repellent to water and/or oil while maintaining its full operating functionality. Until now water-resistance product offerings generally fall into two categories: conformal solution based hydro/oleophobic coatings that repel fluids but require some level of masking or “keep-out” areas, and vacuum-deposited coatings (which is a batch process and also require masking) such as parylene-based treatments. Aculon® NanoProof™ surface treatments create a third category - no mask solution based hydro/oleophobic coatings that are done on an inline basis and deliver the benefits of conformal coatings yet eliminate the need for costly capital investment and avoiding the bottlenecking batch process of vacuum based manufacturing or masking operations. Aculon’s NanoProof™ Series offer customers a range of PCB waterproofing solutions from protecting against accidental water damage (NanoProof 1.0) to IPX7, immersion in water at one meter depth for 30 minutes (NanoProof™ 3.0,3.5,4.0), to greater barrier properties that can withstand 100 hours immersion in sweat solutions and some of the most stringent test methods developed for non-hermetic components (NanoProof™ 5.0) . The benefits of using Aculon NanoProof include improved device reliability, reduced returns from device failures, and lower system wide costs particularly when compared to the cost of a vacuum deposition processes. In addition the electrical connections are not impacted and the integrity of the signal strength, antenna and acoustic performance remain in tact. Aculon NanoProof™ Series uses a mix of Aculon’s Proprietary Transition Metal Complexate technology (TMC) and fluorinated acrylic polymers to achieve a series of products that are compatible with all of the common material types used in SMT parts. Aculon’s NanoProof™ series are sprayable or dip based coatings that do not require a cure and have no impact on conductivity testing. NanoProof is safe for us in factory environments as it is non toxic. While some of the NanoProof™ series are so thin that they are invisible to naked eye, all of the Nanoproof™ series are available with UV tracer dye added to ensure detection at customer sites. Aculon’s NanoProof technology has already been adopted by a number of customers as they were able to demonstrate improved product performance while utilizing a flexible application process that can lower the total operating costs when compared to parylene based coatings. This series is designed so that that there is an ideal protection solution for PCB’s in need of water protection! “For several years Aculon has been a leading supplier of nanocoatings to the electronics industry. We are delighted to extend our product offering to include the NanoProof series of treatments that can protect customer’s PCB from water damage and immersion. In the electronics business we have learned often one product does not fit all, hence we developed a series of product as different customers have different requirements” said Edward Hughes, CEO of Aculon. “We will work with our customers to ensure that they get the right product at the right price to meet their requirements.” For further information regarding distribution availability please contact Mario Gattuso directly at gattuso@aculon.com (mailto:gattuso@aculon.com) .About Aculon, Inc.Aculon specializes in inventing and commercializing unique surface modification technologies for the electronics, industrial and consumer products industries. The Company's technologies use low capital intensity methods of application such as dipping and spray and do not involve a vacuum chamber. Key benefits of Aculon technology include: • Repellency – Ability to apply hydrophobic coatings, superhydrophic coatings and oleophobic coatings on surfaces to repel water, oil, and most all liquids.• Particle Treatment – Functionalize nanoparticles to improve many characteristics such as hydrophobicity, oleophobicity, and adhesion.• Adhesion – Boost the adhesion of challenging surfaces with adhesion promoting treatments. Aculon’s applications include: Aculon NanoClear - the leading nanocoating for the PCB Stencil market-Treatment of Optical parts - sunglasses, prescription eyewear, lenses-Treatment of Stainless Steel probes for use in the Oil industry-Treatment of Sapphire lens to repel oil-Treatment of Medical Devices to enhance fluidic motion-Treatment of Electronic testing components to prevent material build up.-Treatment of components for consumer products such as watches-Stainless Steel Coatings for numerous applicationsProduction of Hydrophobic pen applications for use in the optical market For more information, please click here (http://www.aculon.com) Contacts:Mario Gattusogattuso@aculon.com (mailto:gattuso@aculon.com) Copyright © Aculon, Inc.

Second Annual Graphene World Summit to take Place 4–6 November, 2015 in Spain

InterNano Industry News - July 31, 2015 - 3:45am
Smithers Apex, in association with the Graphene Stakeholders Association, is pleased to announce the second Annual Graphene World Summit taking place 04 – 06 November, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain....
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Fabrication of nanoperforated ultrathin TiO 2 films by inkjet printing

InterNano Industry News - July 31, 2015 - 3:45am
Research ArticlesQian Xu, Jan-Henrik Smått, Jouko Peltonen, Petri Ihalainen Journal of Materials Research, FirstView Article(s), 10 pagesAbstract
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Nano-C Receives EPA Approvals for Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes

National Nanomanufacturing Network - July 31, 2015 - 3:36am
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. Nano-C worked extensively with the EPA through the TSCA Premanufacture Notice (“PMN”) process to develop effective environmental, health and safety protocols for the production and use of SWCNT. This follows PMN clearances that Nano-C has received earlier for manufacturing fullerene and fullerene derivatives. Nano-C worked with Mr. John V. Massingale of Greenwich Chemical Consulting, a leading authority on TSCA. “We are delighted to have received the EPA’s clearance which provides a sound foundation for Nano-C and its customers. This makes Nano-C an approved commercial source for these advanced materials in the United States. EPA clearance for SWCNT manufacture and sale is a very critical step toward their commercial applications including transparent conductors for displays and touch screens, printed electronics and memory devices,” said Viktor Vejins, President and CEO of Nano-C. “As we are actively working with multiple customers on exciting new memory products, Nantero is extremely pleased to see Nano-C gain EPA clearance," said Greg Schmergel, Co-founder and CEO of Nantero, Inc., a developer of carbon nanotube based memory devices for consumer and enterprise markets. "This milestone establishes Nano-C as a world-leading supplier of high-quality SWCNT and represents a big step forward towards their use in commercial products. We look forward to working with Nano-C as we deliver a new generation of super-fast, high density memory." Please contact Nano-C for further information about SWCNT, fullerenes, and fullerene derivatives in our product portfolio. About Nano-C, Inc.Located in Westwood, Massachusetts, Nano-C is a leading developer of nanostructured carbon for use in energy and electronics applications. These materials include fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and their chemical derivatives. Nano-C’s mission is to play a key role in enabling applications of these materials and is committed to their responsible development and use. Nano-C is a privately held company founded in 2001. For more information, visit: http://www.nano-c.com/. Contact:Viktor Vejins, Nano-CE-mail: nanocinfo@nano-c.com (mailto:nanocinfo@nano-c.com)

Elastic gel makes ingestible capsule

Nanotechweb - July 31, 2015 - 2:10am
New, safer, device could be swallowed by patients.

Solution-Based Nanomaterials Advancing the Performance of Thin-Film Transistors, Circuits, and ...

National Nanomanufacturing Network - July 30, 2015 - 8:47am
While thin-film transistor (TFT) devices and circuits have existed for decades now, mostly as switching circuit arrays for addressing pixels for display applications, the emergence of flexible and printed sensor device applications have renewed the emphasis for high performance TFT integrated circuits and systems. Common functions for most sensor systems include signal amplification, and analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) prior to data storage or transmission to conventional electronics, which tend to require custom interface designs for standardized silicon chips. Diverging from traditional silicon electronics, a custom printed circuit enabling this functional interface to external silicon electronics provides a versatile approach to standardizing the silicon electronics components that can be readily adapted to a broad range of sensor types and applications. Furthermore, if sensors and TFT circuits and subsystem functions can be readily printed on flexible substrates scalable to high throughput production processes, for example roll-to-roll (R2R) or sheet-to-sheet (S2S) processes, then key challenges associated with cost and performance can be addressed for grand challenge applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), or wearable health monitoring devices. An approach that has gained a significant amount of attention is the direct printing of TFT device layers and architectures from nanomaterials dispersions or inks that can be readily printed and patterned using predominantly additive approaches such as inkjet, gravure, flexographic, or nanoimprint patterning that are scalable to production platforms. A key challenge has been developing nanoparticle dispersions or inks that are stable and reproducible. One approach to circumvent this is to functionalize the nanoparticles with ligands that provide stable, well-dispersed solutions on the one hand, while not degrading electronic properties of the semiconducting nanomaterial films after printing and curing. An example is the results reported by Baby et. al. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn507326z) where complimentary TFT devices were fabricated using nanoparticles of Indium Oxide (In2O3) for the n-type and Copper Oxide (Cu2O) for the p-type device dispersed using sodium poly acrylic acid (PAANa) ligands. Simple inverter circuits were demonstrated using inkjet printing. In another example, Kim et. al. fabricated double gate voltage controlled ring oscillator circuits (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b02093) using single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) as the p-channel device and Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles for the n-channel device. Inkjet printing of the semiconductor films was complimented by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of the alumina (Al2O3) gate dielectric film. Additionally, Ha et. al. reported on the use of self assembled nano-dielectric film (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ar4002262) using high-k zirconia (ZrO) and hafnia (HfO) nanoparticle dispersions with polar organic chemistries to create a well-controlled gate dielectric film.Thus, a range of nanomaterials, dispersion chemistries, and nanomanufacturing processes have been demonstrated recently enabling complete solution-based process compatibility for active TFT devices and circuits. These results will provide key enablers for advancement of flexible printed circuits and subsystems supporting future sensor platforms and networks for applications in wearables, smart textiles, health and infrastructure monitoring, and IoT. References:A General Route toward Complete Room Temperature Processing of Printed and High Performance Oxide Electronics (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn507326z) Tessy T. Baby, Suresh K. Garlapati, Simone Dehm, Marc Häming, Robert Kruk, Horst Hahn, and Subho DasguptaACS Nano, 2015, 9 (3), pp 3075-3083DOI: 10.1021/nn507326z (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn507326z) Voltage-Controlled Ring Oscillators Based on Inkjet Printed Carbon Nanotubes and Zinc Tin Oxide (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b02093) Bongjun Kim, Jaeyoung Park, Michael L. Geier, Mark C. Hersam, and Ananth DodabalapurACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7 (22), pp 12009-12014DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b02093 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b02093) Hybrid Gate Dielectric Materials for Unconventional Electronic Circuitry (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ar4002262) Young-Geun Ha, Ken Everaerts, Mark C. Hersam, and Tobin J. MarksAcc. Chem. Res., 2014, 47 (4), pp 1019-1028DOI: 10.1021/ar4002262 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ar4002262) Images reprinted with permission. Copyright 2015 American Chemical Society

Publication on Atomic Force Microscopy based nanoscale IR Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) persists as a 2015 top downloaded paper

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
High interest in AFM-IR and AFM based nanoscale chemical characterization reflected in Applied Spectroscopy publication download statistics.

Pakistani Students Who Survived Terror Attack to Attend Weeklong “NanoDiscovery Institute” at SUNY Poly CNSE in Albany

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
NanoCollege program will immerse students from Peshawar, Pakistan, in the exciting world of nanotechnology, showcasing world-class education and innovation opportunities in New York State.

March 2016; 6th Int'l Conference on Nanostructures in Iran

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
The Sixth International Conference on Nanostructures (ICNS6) is due to be held by Sharif University of Technology on Kish Island, Persian Gulf, on 7-10 March 2016.

Non-Enzyme Sensor Determines Level of Blood Sugar

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Researchers from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran produced and studied a non-enzyme biosensor sample to obtain a quick method to detect the level of blood sugar in diabetic patients.

Flexible Future of Point-of-Care Disease Diagnostic

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
The world-wide deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics and environmental sensing is hampered by their high cost that is not readily affordable for e.g. develo...

Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode: Major milestone in molecular electronics scored by Berkeley Lab and Columbia University team

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and Columbia University has passed a major milestone in molecular electronics with the creation of the world's highest-performance single-molecule diode. Workin...

Detecting small metallic contaminants in food via magnetization: A practical metallic-contaminant detecting system using three high-Tc RF superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs)

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
The detection of metallic contaminants in foods is important for our health and safety. However, existing inspection methods have limitations. For instance, the X-ray radiation method cannot detect...

Controlling phase changes in solids: Controlling phase changes in solids

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Rewritable CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs owe their existence to phase-change materials, those materials that change their internal order when heated and whose structures can be switched back and forth b...

New computer model could explain how simple molecules took first step toward life: Two Brookhaven researchers developed theoretical model to explain the origins of self-replicating molecules

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Nearly four billion years ago, the earliest precursors of life on Earth emerged. First small, simple molecules, or monomers, banded together to form larger, more complex molecules, or polymers. Then t...

Photonex 2015 - The 3rd biennial Optical Metrology meeting is announced with an exciting number of speakers from across Europe

Nanotech-Now - July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Xmark Media the organisers of Photonex 2015, the UK’s showcase photonics conference & exhibition announce the programme and speakers for the 3rd biennial meeting on Optical Metrology. This FREE-to-att...

2015 Bulk Graphene Pricing Webinar:

InterNano - Upcoming Events - July 30, 2015 - 3:45am
July 30, 2015 - The Graphene Council brings you up to date market information, in collaboration with the graphene market experts at Fullerex. This market update is based on their ground-breaking 2015 Bulk Graphene Pricing Report and is augmented with current transactional data.We will cover:Competition-based pricing and demand-based pricing analysis across the broad spectrum of dry powder graphene material types (or bulk graphene products).Review of the most promising markets for graphene:3D PrintingPolymers & Polymer Composites,Coatings,Tyre & Rubber,Concrete & Asphalt,Lubricating Oils & Functional Fluids,Energy Sector,Printed Electronics.Date and Time:Thursday, 30 July 2015 at: 09:00 US Eastern | 14:00 UK | 15:00 European CET | 21:00 SingaporePresenter: Tom Eldridge, Director, FullerexExperienced financial professional in the City of London for 7 years with an expertise in market data, financial and regulatory news. He earned a BSc degree in Physics and Philosophy at Kings College London and is a member of the Institute of Physics.Registration Fees: $195Includes access to the 60 minute live webinar, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Presentation handouts.