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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 [...]

New Freitas paper: Diamond Trees

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on February 18th, 2010

Rob Freitas has a new paper up: Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Diamond Trees (Tropostats):  A Molecular Manufacturing Based System for Compositional Atmospheric Homeostasis,” IMM Report 43, 10 February 2010 Abstract. The future technology of molecular manufacturing will enable long-term sequestration of atmospheric carbon in solid diamond products, along with sequestration of lesser masses of numerous [...]

A Night in the Sun

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 7th, 2009

When I woke up this morning, it was nine degrees below zero, Celsius.  It’s solidly overcast here, and what’s more, this time of year the sun doesn’t get much more than 20 degrees above the horizon — in the middle of an all-too-short day. My house has a footprint of about 200 square meters.  At [...]

It’s 0067 AA

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 2nd, 2009

(Atomic Age, that is.) From the University of Chicago Library site: On December 2, 1942, scientists at the University of Chicago produced the world’s first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in a nuclear pile constructed in a squash court beneath the West Stands of Stagg Field, the University’s athletic stadium. This experiment, crucial to the control [...]

Nano PVs: cheaper or better?

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on November 17th, 2009

Over at Nanoclast, Dexter Johnson writes: It seems when nanotech is applied to photovoltaics it can either boost their efficiency to new heights or it can cheapen their manufacturing process. But it never seems to provide a solution to both of these. It’s always a tradeoff: increased efficiency but difficult manufacturing processes or a cheaper [...]

Technology Review: Self-Cleaning, Super-Absorbant Solar Cells

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on November 14th, 2009

Technology Review: Self-Cleaning, Super-Absorbant Solar Cells. Amorphous-silicon solar cells patterned with nanoscale domes absorb more light–and shed water and dust.  

Solar cells with nanocrystal ink reach 18 percent efficiency

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 21st, 2009

Josh Hall, on his way to catch a plane, sends us this news from Technology Review’s Katherine Bourzac: A California company is using silicon ink patterned on top of silicon wafers to boost the efficiency of solar cells. The Sunnyvale, CA, firm Innovalight says that the inkjet process is a cheaper route to more-efficient solar power. [...]

Flying Cars: how close are we?

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on August 24th, 2009

Previous in series: VTOL So, how close are we to flying cars? For specificity, let’s pick a technological bar to hurdle that answers most of the objections to the concept we’ve seen as comments on the previous posts: It should be relatively high-powered compared to current light craft. It should be STOVL for safety and [...]

The Fuel of the Future

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 5th, 2009

What will your car run on in 2020 or 2030? What form of energy storage and transmission will allow intermittent energy sources, such as wind and solar, to be a viable input to the economy? There’s a good chance, of course, that cars will still run on gasoline — its demise has been predicted early [...]