Nano News & Events

A low-tech, solution-based route to high-performance carbon nanotube thin films

InterNano Industry News - August 30, 2017 - 3:45am
This novel method produces a film with millions of carbon nanotubes aligned and tightly packed, like water pipes on a flatbed truck. The tubes are orders of magnitude better aligned than previously possible.
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Copper embedded in carbon nano-spikes can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol

InterNano Industry News - August 30, 2017 - 3:45am
Scientists found that tiny spikes of carbon combined with copper particles convert carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel. The catalysts take a waste product of coal used in power plants and other hydrocarbon combustion reactions, in the presence of electrical energy, and create liquid fuel.
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3D printer nanoinks from the woods (w/video)

InterNano Industry News - August 30, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers have succeeded in developing an environmentally friendly ink for 3D printing based on cellulose nanocrystals. This technology can be used to fabricate microstructures with outstanding mechanical properties, which have promising potential uses in implants and other biomedical applications.
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EPA Will Publish Draft Guidance for Reporting Nanoscale Materials for Comment

InterNano Industry News - August 30, 2017 - 3:45am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on May 16, 2017, announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on a draft guidance document entitled “Guidance on EPA’s Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce.”  EPA states in the pre-publication notice that the guidance provides answers to questions EPA has received from manufacturers (includes importers) and processors of certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale as described in the January 12, 2017, final rule.  The final rule involves one-time reporting for existing discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials, and a standing one-time reporting requirement for new discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials.  The notice lists the following North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes to help readers determine whether the document may apply to them: Chemical Manufacturing or Processing (NAICS Code 325); Synthetic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing (NAICS Code 325130); Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing (NAICS Code 325180); Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing (NAICS Code 331221); Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing (NAICS Code 334413); Carbon and Graphite Product Manufacturing (NAICS Code 335991); Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS Code 423220); Roofing, Sliding, and Insulation Material Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS Code 423330); and Metal Service Centers and Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS Code 423510). EPA states that it will make the draft guidance available on its website at https://www.epa.gov/reviewing-new-chemicals-under-toxic-substances-control-act-tsca/control-nanoscale-materials-under#guidance, and will also be available in Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572.  EPA states that it will accept comments regarding the guidance, but not regarding the rule itself, “which has already been finalized.”  Comments will be due 30 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.  More information regarding the final rule is available in our January 12, 2017, memorandum, “EPA Promulgates Final TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for Nanoscale Materials
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The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
The international Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is an intergovernmental organization offering advanced comprehensive research facilities available to scientists and engineers from several disciplines and industries. The director of the INL, Dr. Lars Montelius, recently spoke at Northeastern on nanotechnology as a driver of change, and the work of the INL to shepherd innovation at the nanoscale. The INL is unique in its capacity to serve as a development unit for small to mid-size companies that might not otherwise be able to afford costly development. Read more about the INL at their website. Dr. Lars Montelius, director of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
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Graphene and quantum dots put in motion a CMOS-integrated camera that can see the invisible

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers have shown for the first time the monolithic integration of a CMOS integrated circuit with graphene, resulting in a high-resolution image sensor consisting of hundreds of thousands of photodetectors based on graphene and quantum dots.
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Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers introduce coating that turns fabrics into circuits.
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Ready to wear electronics

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
A group of scientists dreams of clothing that produces energy as we walk. They have combined very different nanomaterials into so-called energy harvesters.
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Graphene on silicon carbide can store energy

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
By introducing defects into the perfect surface of graphene on silicon carbide, researchers have increased the capacity of the material to store electrical charge.
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Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors (w/video)

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
Nanoengineers have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics.
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Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
Scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.
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New water-based, recyclable membrane filters all types of nanoparticles

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers have developed a new type of membrane that could extend the life of a separation system, lower its cost and, in some cases, increase its efficiency as well.
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A Short film by the CHN

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
The Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS) is a novel nanomanufacturing tool designed by the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University.
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NanoOPS at Northeastern University

InterNano Industry News - August 20, 2017 - 3:45am
WTEC.org has published a short film on YouTube. Their website is here. From their website: “WTEC is the nation’s leading organization in conducting international technology assessments. During the 1990s, it was called the World Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC) Division of Loyola University Maryland. In 2001, WTEC was spun off into a separate nonprofit corporation by R. D. Shelton. WTEC now also provides other services to public and private sector clients.”
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EPA nanotechnology information gathering rule extension and guidance

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
EPA extends effective date of nanotechnology reporting and recordkeeping rule, seeks public input on draft guidance.
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Laser printing with nanoparticles holds promise for medical research

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
In a new study, researchers suggest that a laser printing technique using nanoparticles could help unlock a more cost-effective approach to building sturdier and safer components.
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NSF awards $2.25M for Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Education Center

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
Grant to expand credit-based high-tech learning opportunities, with an emphasis on providing skills to people from traditionally underserved communities.
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Transparent tactile e-skin based on single-layer graphene

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers present a promising approach toward the development of an energy-autonomous, flexible, and transparent tactile skin based on single-layer graphene integrated onto a photovoltaic cell.
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Oddball enzyme provides easy path to synthetic biomaterials

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
Materials scientists have written the recipe on how to use an oddball enzyme to build new biomaterials out of DNA. The work provides instructions for researchers the world over to build self-assembling molecules for applications ranging from drug delivery to nanowires.
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A superior near-infrared organic light emitting diode

InterNano Industry News - August 16, 2017 - 3:45am
Researchers have shown record external quantum efficiencies for diodes based on organic red/NIR oligomers free from heavy/toxic metals and combining electron-withdrawing (A) moieties together with electron-donating (D) ones, in a previously poorly studied A-D-A motif.
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