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Solid State Technology

Year 2007
Issue 6


Guest Column

Saving lives and the other half of the nano risk debate

In August, the FDA proposed a rule that would amend the final monograph for over-the-counter sunscreen products and specifically solicits comment on “the safety and effectiveness of sunscreen ingredients formulated in particle sizes as small as a few nanometers.

Letter From The Editor

Dear reader,

The testimony that Dr. Steve Fonash of Penn State University gave before Congress this summer will inform legislation expected to boost funding for technical training.


Forecast Sunny For Small

Forecast: Sunny for small tech in solar

The market has taken a shine to an array of nano-based technologies that now challenge traditional photovoltaics

Cover Story

Nano enables practical, portable fuel cells

A variety of approaches to nano- and micro-engineering have begun to yield portable fuel cells-with dramatic cost and size advantages-for niche markets


Näf guides first nanotech risk management certification

Hans Näf joined a low-key celebration typical of the Swiss to commemorate completion of one of the world’s first certified risk-management systems for nanotechnology companies.

Small World

IBM ‘scientist-artists’ display atomic masterpieces

Two images resulting from scientific work at IBM’s labs are part of an art exhibit at the United States Patent and Trademark Museum in Alexandria, Va. U.S.

Small World

Nanobots compete in ‘nanoleague’ soccer

They’re neither David Beckham nor Pelé, and they are not playing Major League Soccer.


Ic Industry Model Enable

IC-industry model enables more powerful RFID

As logistical supply-chain management increasingly helps determine success for both commercial and military objectives, the application of MEMS sensors and circuit integration with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is becoming crucially competitive.

Effective Monitoring For

Effective monitoring for congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is an epidemic, affecting more than five million U.S. patients and contributing to 300,000 deaths annually.

Mems Mcu And Rf Integrat

MEMS, MCU, and RF integrate for better tire-pressure monitoring

Freescale ( has combined advanced MEMS technology with a microcontroller and RF transmitter to create a versatile, system-in-package (SiP) tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that differs from most others.

Nano Grows In The Nether

Nano grows in the Netherlands’ Food Valley

As the Netherlands nurtures its food and nanotechnology pursuits to produce what may be the world’s leading locale for advancing food-related development, it finds a unique support structure

Energy Harvesting System

Energy-harvesting systems for critical operations monitoring

Recent developments in combining sensors, microprocessors, and radio frequency (RF) communications hold the potential to revolutionize the way we monitor and maintain critical systems.

A Revolution In Informat

A revolution in information gathering

One of the hottest topics in microelectronics today is microsystems in which low-power electronics and wireless interfaces are being merged with sensors to form networks of miniature information-gathering devices.


Rampd Updates


Better Mems Nil With Sur

Better MEMS, NIL with surface engineering

Advanced thin-film deposition methods and tools promise to facilitate device production and operation




An overview of recent funding deal, M&A activity, and market offerings

Congressional Hearing Ad

Congressional hearing addresses need for technical skills

What can we do now to ensure the U.S.’s small-tech industry a supply of workers necessary to fulfill its potential?