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Solid State Technology
Still limitless after all these years
When I started with Small Times five-and-a-half years ago, the potential for MEMS and nanotechnology seemed limitless.
Letter From The Editor
Life is all about balancing. While we weigh the potential risks of using nanomaterials in long-lasting, super-efficient batteries for cars and electronics, for instance, we are dumping alkaline batteries into landfills, generating nuclear waste, and filling the air with toxic emissions.
Framing the DuPont/ED Nano Risk Framework
This summer, DuPont and Environmental Defense released their Nano Risk Framework to guide those involved with nanomaterials to assess and document their handling.
Ramping up the EPA’s Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
The highly anticipated Concept Paper-for what is likely to be the EPA’s primary nano-focused tool-has drawn cheers and jeers.
The EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act: What you must know
Got approval? Does your nanomaterial need it? Here’s a guide to the EPA’s new paper, TSCA Inventory Status of Nanoscale Substance
A growing need
Nanotube synthesis tools await electronics applications
The FDA’s Nanotechnology Task Force has declined to require labeling for the growing list of drugstore products containing nanoparticles.
Managing nano for apps across GE
Chemist Margaret Blohm and her team at General Electric cheered in February 2003 when GE Plastics sold its first commercial batch of Lexan SLX, which was a major improvement over the plastic material that had been developed 50 years earlier for use on auto body surfaces.
Packaging edges into the spotlight
At last, the importance of MEMS packaging and interconnection has gained recognition.
Nanotech pencils score high on smelling test
Pencils aren’t just for writing anymore; they can be used to enhance mental capacity.
NanoArt does not cost ‘small’ bucks
Typically, scientists and researchers are the ones who have been trying to find ways to educate the public about nanotechnology (see “Public views nanotech research on TV,” SmallTimes, July/August 2007, page 4), but now artists are getting into the act.
Economic, versatile MEMS prototyping
New wafer-bonding equipment enables rapid development
The nanomanufacturing revolution: What’s the holdup?
The wait isn’t over for transition from exciting research to commercial product
Military Amp Aerospace
In the air and on the ground
MEMS and nanotechnology are solving challenges in defense and security applications-and promise to further change military and aerospace operations in the future
Equity financing, Acquisitions and mergers
From golden to liquidation: Why NanoOpto failed
Regarded as a golden child in the nanotechnology field as recently as a year ago, optical components firm NanoOpto announced on July 23, 2007 that it has sold its assets.
MEMS is moving. Here’s where.
The Nintendo Wii’s use of a MEMS-enabled motion controller and the Apple iPhone’s use of accelerometers to change the display from horizontal to vertical are examples of how MEMS are creating new ways for people to interact with electronic devices.