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Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Mike Leibowitz, Program Manager, NEMA, and secretary of the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 Graphene, a single layer of carbon one atom thick, has emerged as a value-added material enhancing the performance of next-generation products, including photovoltaic cells, energy storage, touch screens, and supercapacitors. The availability and use of standards for characterization, Read more [...]
Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers

Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers

Now is the time for NEMA members in the lithium-ion battery industry to get involved in IEC nano standards work. Balloting of a new work proposal in IEC TC 113 is underway for electrochemical characterization of cathode nanomaterials for lithium-ion batteries. It’s crucial that US industry get involved now, through the IEC TC 113 US Technical Advisory Group. The future of renewable energy significantly depends on the development of efficient systems for energy storage and lithium-ion Read more [...]
US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

The TC 113 TAG is about to introduce new work proposals for a specification for characterizing luminescent nanoparticles (e.g. Quantum Dots), and a template specification sheet for these nanoscale materials.  QD’s as a game changer in next-generation LED lighting and medical imaging technologies have begun making inroads in the marketplace, so standardized characterization techniques and a template specification are critical to encourage common language communication between nanomaterial Read more [...]
Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

Proposed New TC 118 for Printed Electronics cause for concern

National Committees to the IEC should give very careful thought on whether or not to support the formation of a new separate TC 118 for printed electronics, now that the question has been presented for a 4-month National Committee vote. With limited technical expert resources available around the world, the IEC should also consider the development of standards for printed electronics within existing relevant IEC technical committees (such as IEC TC’s 91 and 113).  Liaisons with Read more [...]
Graphene standards vital for energy storage

Graphene standards vital for energy storage

With graphene being a promising material for storing hydrogen, and to act as a catalyst in supercapacitors, it’s important that international standards for measuring the electrical reliability of graphene are developed. It’s good to see that the US Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113 (TC 113 TAG) is taking the lead in developing these standards, starting with a blank detail material specification, graphene characterization using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and process specifications Read more [...]
Keep an eye nano-enabled printed electronics technologies

Keep an eye nano-enabled printed electronics technologies

IEC TC 113, which develops standards for "nano-electrotechnologies" is exploring standards setting for nano-enabled printed electronics, a $300 billion emerging market. The technology already exists for printing circuitry onto inexpensive substrates using conductive nanomaterial inks like carbon nanotubes and graphene, as well as recently introduced flexible display technologies using quantum dots. With a little bit of thinking outside the box, one could envision printed electronics Read more [...]
Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Graphene, a super-thin sheet of carbon atoms, could transform the functioning of a wide array of electrotechnical products including flexible displays, solar cells and batteries. Groundbreaking experimentation with graphene was the centerpiece for the 2010 Nobel prize for physics. Due to graphene's ability to conduct electricity with relatively low losses, it could be used, for example, to make conductive flexible plastics for touch screens. The technology does not yet exist for reliably Read more [...]
Abililty to "light up" cancer cells looks promising

Abililty to "light up" cancer cells looks promising

This article on Cornell Medical College's work to develop quantum dots (luminescent nano-sized particles) that work as reporting markers to light up cancer cells suggests that some very promising advances in cancer diagnosis are just ahead.  The technology used to precisely control the conductive properties of these nanomaterials will need to rely on international standard measurements to enable the user to evaluate the performance of different materials using apples-to-apples comparisons. Read more [...]
Could a nanomaterial solve corrosion dilemma from problem drywall?

Could a nanomaterial solve corrosion dilemma from problem drywall?

Can a magnesium-titanium-oxygen-based nanomateriaI remediate corrosion reportedly caused by Chinese drywall? This article says it can.  Chinese-made drywall is said to have affected plumbing and electrical wiring and led to and respiratory problems.  If the corrosion problem can be resolved without having to tear down walls or replace wiring, contractors and remediation firms should give this nanomaterial a look. Read more [...]
Gold nanoparticles key to efficient lithium-air batteries?

Gold nanoparticles key to efficient lithium-air batteries?

According to this paper published by researchers at MIT in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, rechargeable lithium-air batteries can be significantly more efficient by using a catalyst that consists of nanoparticles of a gold and platinum alloy. Perhaps this could help significantly toward making these high-energy-density batteries practical for powering electric vehicles.  In response to the paper, Dr. Richard Holliday, Director – Industrial at the World Gold Read more [...]