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Standard needed for nanoscale electrical contact fabrication

Standard needed for nanoscale electrical contact fabrication

The technology required for high resolution imaging at 1/10 of a nanometer exists using atomic force microsopy (AFM). It is at this level of precision where it will be possible to fabricate consistent reliable nanoscale electrical contacts, linking microscopic technology to next generation end use products. For such contacts to be manufactured on a mass production basis, a standard is needed…

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Nanotechnology Standards Needed for Lithium-ion Batteries

Nanotechnology Standards Needed for Lithium-ion Batteries

With global economies looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, batteries capable of reliably and cost-effectively powering electric vehicles are essential.  Nanotechnology has become the enabler for such batteries to emerge but large scale manufacturing of nano-enabled batteries is required to bring costs down to competitive levels with conventional fuels.  This level of mass production can be accelerated with…

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EPA Regulation of Nanomaterials Needs to be Standards Based

EPA Regulation of Nanomaterials Needs to be Standards Based

This Industry Week article on proposed EPA regulation on nanomaterials has me thinking that the reporting and possible testing requirements will be premature and as a result, will be too onerous for small companies already struggling to stay afloat.  This is because these companies and the EPA do not yet have standards available that provide uniform guidance on safe handling…

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Nanotechnology for energy to be a major innovation in the coming decade, if…

Nanotechnology for energy to be a major innovation in the coming decade, if…

I read an interesting article by Robert Nelsen, co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners, with his view on the Top 5 innovations to watch in the coming decade. I didn't have to get very far into the piece to get his take on nanotechnology when Mr. Nelsen declared nanotechnology as No. 1 on the list.  He foresees major innovations…

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It’s Time to Consider Nano-Electrotechnology Standards

It’s Time to Consider Nano-Electrotechnology Standards

If they haven't already started, NEMA Sections need to be forward thinking and begin working with the U.S. TAG's that represent their products in the IEC to create a road map for integrating nanotechnology standards that will compliment the end-product standards in the appropriate IEC Technical Committee and their Section's scope.  Delegates at the recent IEC TC 113 (Nano-Electrotechnologies) plenary…

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Nanotechnology for NEMA member product industries closer than you might think

Nanotechnology for NEMA member product industries closer than you might think

TC 113 U.S. Technical Advisory Group Chair Dr. Brent Segal, Lockheed Martin Corp., tells me that there are 2 camps when it comes to nanotechnology advancement; those that think nano is 10 years away, and those that have already been producing nano-enabled products for 10 years.  A new IEC Technical Specification for large scale manufacturing of nanoelectronics, to be developed…

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Important nanoscale property needs standardization

Important nanoscale property needs standardization

A recent article released by Lawrence Berkeley Labs announced their new gold-based fabrication method that increases the electrical conductance of nanocrystals used in solar energy technologies by 100,000 times.  Since electrical conductance is a critical element for solar electricity and solar fuels, an international standard method for measuring electrical conductance is needed so that nanoscale semiconducting material vendors and purchasers have…

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Nanotechnology Standards Essential for DICOS

Nanotechnology Standards Essential for DICOS

When I learned that NEMA received an award from DHS to write a new Digital Communication in Security (DICOS) standard for airports, I couldn't help but think about the vital role nanotechnology will play in the functioning of critical sensor equipment used in high security facilities.  Yet the reliability of such nano-enabled technology cannot be assured unless there are standard repeatable…

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Nano standardization essential for reliability of special coatings

Nano standardization essential for reliability of special coatings

Nanotechnology has led to the introduction of novel coatings with water resistant surfaces that can help eliminate moisture condensation on high voltage insulators, that causes water droplets to simply roll off of them. This is a vital characteristic for these products because sparkover of an insulator is usually due to humidity and dirt on its surface. A standard method for determining the ability…

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Lighting Technologies Coming Full Circle

Lighting Technologies Coming Full Circle

I came across a recent article reporting on a University of Rochester discovery of a laser-based manufacturing process that makes regular 60-watt incandescent light bulbs into nanotechnology-enabled ones as bright as a 100-watt bulb, capable of emitting a whiter light, and using no more energy to do so. I for one think it's a good thing that lighting technology can…

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