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Nanotechnology revolution: An interview with Eric Drexler

Posted by Stephanie C on March 29th, 2013

In anticipation of Eric Drexler’s new book, Forbes contributor Bruce Dorminey interviews him about the meaning of nanotechnology and its revolutionary prospects. Selected excerpt: … In what fields would APM cause the most pronounced economic disruption and the collapse of global supply chains to more local chains? The digital revolution had far-reaching effects on information [...]

Synthetic biology industrial revolution inspires hope for molecular manufacturing

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 2nd, 2013

A demonstration that most fundamental biological processes can be implemented in a test tube as efficiently as in live bacteria provides synthetic biology the tools to create a ‘new industrial revolution’, which may or may not lead to more general molecular manufacturing.

Novel silicon nanostructure extends battery life

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 15th, 2012

Templates made from polymer nanofibers enable the formation of long-lived silicon nanostructures that store ten times as much charge as do graphite battery terminals.

Nanosponges to recover spilled oil (includes video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 7th, 2012

Doping carbon nanotubes with boron while they are being formed produces a novel molecular architecture formed by boron induced kinks and linkages. These nanosponges can be used repeatedly to absorb and retrieve or burn spilled oil.

Carbon Nanotubes Help Renewable Energy Industry by Improving Wind Turbine Durability

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 16th, 2012

Composites made with small amounts of multi-walled carbon nanotubes improve wind turbine blades by reducing mass while retaining strength.

Lecture by Eric Drexler at Oxford on physical law and the future of nanotechnology (video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 6th, 2011

In a lecture at Oxford Eric Drexler argued that atomically precise manufacturing will be the next great revolution in the material basis of civilization, and discussed how we can establish reliable knowledge about key aspects of such technologies.

A modular molecular composite nanosystem for solar power

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 17th, 2011

A bacterial virus called M13 was genetically engineered to control the arrangement of carbon nanotubes, improving solar-cell efficiency by nearly one-third.

Nanotechnology makes possible boat 40% stronger and 75% lighter than metal boats

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 5th, 2011

Zyvex Technologies announced that its 54-foot boat named Piranha completed a rough-weather sea test near Puget Sound in the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating record fuel efficiency.

Is policy uncertainty the cause of anemic growth in nanotechnology innovation?

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 17th, 2011

Will proposals to establish criteria for green nanotechnology foster growth of nanotechnology innovation?

Positional control of chemical reaction a step toward advanced nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 11th, 2011

A step toward advanced nanotechnology has been achieved by using attachment to a surface and confinement by surrounding molecules to make two molecules react to form a product that would not form if they were free to react in solution.

Improved fuel cell catalyst combines graphene and nanoparticles

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 11th, 2011

Combining nanoparticles and graphene with platinum produces more efficient and durable catalyst for fuel cells.

New laser invention to spur nanotechnology applications

Posted by Jim Lewis on January 24th, 2011

A new laser for nanotechnology could lead to more powerful microscopes, faster computers, and more efficient solar energy collectors.

Graphene supercapacitor sets energy storage record

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 8th, 2010

Graphene supercapacitor stores as much energy per unit mass as nickel metal hydride batteries but charges in minutes.

Congressman Commends Focus on Job Creation in National Nanotechnology Initiative Draft Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 6th, 2010

Research and Science Education Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) expressed his strong support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s draft Strategic Plan, in particular its focus on ensuring that America’s substantial investment in nanotech research and development is turned into new companies, products, and jobs.

Devices with atomically smooth surfaces could change modern electronics

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 11th, 2010

High-performance metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes made possibe by controlling quantum mechanical tunneling through an ultrathin insulator could change modern electronics.

Request for public comment on National Nanotechnology Initiative’s Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 5th, 2010

US National Nanotechnology Initiative wants your comments on its strategic plan.

Theoretical analysis of powering nanorobots with blood glucose and oxygen

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 4th, 2010

Hogg and Freitas provide a theoretical analysis of the power constraints when nanorobots rely entirely on ambient bloodstream oxygen and glucose and identify aspects of nanorobot design that significantly affect available power.

Nanotechnology device harvests wasted energy

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 15th, 2010

An energy cell containing a lead zirconate titanate cantilever coated with a carbon nanotube film uses nanotechnology to produce electricity from scavenged light and thermal energy.

Space Manufacturing Conference: Abstracts due Aug. 16

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 4th, 2010

The Space Studies Institute will hold Space Manufacturing 14 on Oct. 30-31, 2010 at NASA Ames here in Silicon Valley.  Topics to be covered include: Session 1: Space Transportation Architecture Session 2: Closed Environment Life Support Systems Session 3: Robotics and Space Manufacturing Session 4: Extraterrestrial Prospecting Session 5: Engineering Materials from Non-Terrestrial Resources Session 6: Space [...]

Vote and comment on IMM/Foresight statement to President’s Council

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 1st, 2010

The U.S. President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology requested public input on a number of manufacturing topics including “molecular-level, atomically precise production.” Foresight joined with our sister organization IMM to produce a statement on Atomically Precise Manufacturing, now posted on the OpenPCAST site, with public voting and commenting still continuing, so join in the [...]