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DAC Hosts Range of Design Presentations

Wed, 5 May 2007
(May 30, 2007) SAN DIEGO — The Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 4–8 in San Diego, features an automotive theme focused on fuel cells, electric drivetrains, advanced entertainment and safety systems, and disruptive designs in the automotive sector. Other presentations at the conference will cover intellectual property (IP), design and verification, low-power designs, and related topics.

Beyond the Bunny: "Printing" Your Way To Battery-free Power

Fri, 8 Aug 2008
By Arthur L. Chait, EoPlex
Batteries are everywhere, powering everything from laptops to greener vehicles. The first dry-cell batteries were mass-produced in 1896. Today's batteries are vast improvements over these early products. Panasonic recently claimed the Guinness record for longest-life alkaline battery with the Evolta that powered a robot for seven hours as it climbed out of the Grand Canyon.

MEMS devices shape medical industry, microsystem devices to reach $6.6 billion in 2018

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices are shaping the competitive landscape in the global medical device industry.


Thu, 12 Dec 2010

nanochannelsResearchers with the U.S. DOE's Berkeley Lab have been able to fabricate nanochannels that are only 2nm in size, using standard semiconductor manufacturing processes. These channels function differently than their larger counterparts.

AVS-ALD Day 3: Precursor needs, spatial ALD, and butterfly wings

Thu, 6 Jun 2011

Key themes from the final day of this week's AVS/ALD Conference include agreement on the need for more precursor options, time-dependent vs. spatial ALD, and ALD's use in solar cells, fuel cells, and future semiconductor devices, reports Intermolecular's Chi-I Lang

Heated vacuum-chuck increases control with thin substrate coating, says USI

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI) released a heated vacuum chuck option for the Prism spray coating system. The heated vacuum chuck option for Prism suits thin substrate, wafer, foil, and membrane coating applications, where it enhances control of the substrate.

Feds playing catch-up as states take renewable energy lead

Tue, 6 Jun 2009
Some 27 US states and Washington DC have renewable energy portfolios and mandates, but not the federal government. Meanwhile, countries like Germany, Spain, and Japan have spurred far more alternate energy installations. That may soon change, based on reports from an array of speakers at this week's PV America, held in Philadelphia in association with the 34th IEEE PV Specialists conference.

Report from SEMICON West: MEMS going mainstream

Tue, 7 Jul 2006
The MEMS market is currently fragmented in terms of the types of devices being produced and the companies producing them, but over the next ten years MEMS components will increasingly be integrated into modules that will replace existing electronics systems, and manufacturing will be absorbed by mainstream semiconductor companies. That was the message delivered at SEMICON West by Jean-Christophe Eloy, GM of market research firm Yole Developpement.

Report: MEMS in handsets topping $1B by 2010

Tue, 5 May 2006
May 23, 2006 - Mobile handsets, the second largest market for semiconductors after PCs, also presents big opportunities for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), with consumption poised to soar from $157 million in 2005 to more than $1.0 billion by 2010, according to a new report from In-Stat Inc.

Novellus, Neah Power re-up for fuel cell work

Wed, 5 May 2006
May 31, 2006 - Novellus Systems Inc. and Neah Power Systems Inc. have renewed and extended an agreement to develop silicon-based fuel cell technology, related to the application of catalyst and conductive films to porous silicon structures to be used as fuel cell electrodes.

My iPod has a sweet tooth

Tue, 4 Apr 2007
Researchers at Saint Louis U. (Missouri) have developed a fuel cell battery that operates up to 3X-4X longer on a single charge than conventional lithium ion batteries -- and is the technology device equivalent of a billy goat, running on virtually any sugar source fed to it, including soft drinks and even tree sap.

May 2007 Exclusive Feature:
Entegris's emerging market
venture--five years later

Fri, 6 Jun 2007
By Phil LoPiccolo, Editor in Chief

In emerging markets, essential ingredients for success, besides technological expertise and innovation, are patience and long-term vision. That's one of the lessons John Goodman, SVP and chief technology and innovation officer at Entegris, stressed during a discussion at the recent SEMI New England Breakfast Forum about his company's decision to enter the alternative energy market.

SEMI Breakfast Forum: Entegris's emerging market venture - five years later

Mon, 3 Mar 2007
By Phil LoPiccolo, Editor-in-Chief

In emerging markets, essential ingredients for success, besides technological expertise and innovation, are patience and long-term vision. That's one of the lessons John Goodman, SVP and chief technology and innovation officer at Entegris, stressed during a discussion at the recent SEMI New England Breakfast Forum about his company's decision to enter the alternative energy market.

Korea names 40 key techs to protect

Mon, 8 Aug 2007
August 27, 2007 - Months after initiating a policy that requires government approval to invest in or export certain technologies, the Korean government has narrowed its definition to 40 core "technologies of national interest" in a variety of industries, with DRAM and NAND flash chipmaking at the top of the list.

AmberWave, UCSB working on mesoporous materials

Fri, 10 Oct 2007
October 5, 2007 - AmberWave Systems and the U. of California/Santa Barbara (UCSB) have agreed to collaborate on and fund materials science research targeting mesoporous materials, in a move to open non-semiconductor business doors for the company.

Researchers use GaN to extract hydrogen from water

Thu, 10 Oct 2005
October 27, 2005 - The inventor of the blue LED and a research team from Tokyo U. of Science said yesterday that they have succeeded in producing hydrogen from water through the use of gallium nitride (GaN) crystals, reported the Nikkei English News. If commercializable, this technology is expected to lead to the development of fuel cells that run on water and can be used in a wide range of products, from automobiles to computers.

Nanosys, Sharp sign multiyear agreement on nanotech-enabled displays

Wed, 10 Oct 2005
October 12, 2005 - Nanosys Inc. has entered into a multiyear development agreement with Sharp Corp., Osaka, Japan, to develop display technologies incorporating Nanosys' proprietary nanotechnology. Under the terms of this development agreement, Sharp will collaborate and support efforts at both Nanosys and Sharp. No other details were disclosed.

NEC sets up carbon nanotube research center

Tue, 4 Apr 2002
April 9, 2002 - Tokyo, Japan - NEC Corp. has established a research center mainly to apply carbon nanotubes to fuel cells with the goal of commercializing small, long-life fuel cells for cell phones and notebook PCs as early as FY05.

Names in the News

Thu, 5 May 2008
(May 15, 2008) — It's been a busy month for human resources departments across the industry supply chain as sales forces are beefed up, management promotions and changes occur, and award recipients are announced. Here's a round-up of the latest companies with their names in the news.

DEK Names Business Manager

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
(July 12, 2007) SAN JOSE, CA — DEK appointed Aram Kardjian as western regional business manger, promoting developing applications such as materials deposition in semiconductor packaging, medical electronics, fuel cells, and other markets. He will also be responsible for customer support, and implementing and supporting growth targets and corporate development in the western U.S.

The Changing Automotive Environment: High-temperature Electronics

Sat, 5 May 2004
In 1977, the average automobile contained $110 worth of electronics. By 2003, the electronics content was $1,510 per vehicle. This is expected to reach $2,285 by 2013.

Donaldson Company Unveils Integrated Air, Chemical and Noise Filtration Systems for Fuel Cell Applications

Tue, 9 Sep 2001
September 18, 2001 -- MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Global filtration solutions expert Donaldson Company, Inc. recently introduced its air-borne contaminant and noise filtration systems designed specifically for fuel cell applications.

The future for fan filter units

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
A fan filter unit (FFU) consists of a small blower with a matched fan, an optional digital or solid-state speed controller, and a HEPA/ULPA filter, all enclosed in an aluminum or stainless-steel box.

RASIRC introduces Intaeger UHP ultra-high-purity steam generator

Mon, 7 Jul 2006
July 6, 2006 -- /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- SAN DIEGO -- RASIRC(TM), the steam purification company, introduces its first product, the Intaeger(R) UHP (Ultra High Purity) fully automated steam generator.

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell celebrates ribbon cutting for DuPont's new Bradford County manufacturing facility

Fri, 4 Apr 2006
April 27, 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- NORTH TOWANDA TWP., Pa. -- Three years after announcing a $3 million investment to support DuPont's expansion in Bradford County, Governor Rendell today joined company officials and community leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

RASIRC study shows improved uniformity with new steam delivery method

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
January 22, 2008 -- /SAN DIEGO, CA/ -- RASIRCR, the steam purification company, releases research indicating that a new steam delivery method results in significant improvement in uniformity throughout the furnace from oxides as thin as 25 Angstroms to as thick as 150,000 Angstroms, eliminating the need for pyrolytic steam.

GTI and Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation demonstrate ultra-cleaning of syngas in versatile new test facility

Fri, 5 May 2005
DES PLAINES, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Gas Technology Institute (GTI) successfully completed a series of 250 psig, air-blown coal gasification tests with three different coals in March 2005 in its new Flex-Fuel Test Facility (FFTF) in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Entegris executive chairs Fuel Cell Council committee

Fri, 10 Oct 2004
John Goodman, president of Entegris' (www.entegris.com) fuel cell market segment, has been elected to a one-year term as the U.S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) policy committee chair.


Fri, 10 Oct 2004

Energy harvesting thermoelectrics uncrated by Marlow Industries

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Marlow Industries launched the EverGen series, thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices offering low-cost, zero-maintenance power for wireless sensor applications.

Portable fuel cells finding match in consumer electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

The consumer electronics sector represents a promising emerging market for portable fuel cells, despite adoption delays. The first major fuel cell product for consumer electronics will be external battery chargers that power up devices without an electricity grid needed.

Nanoparticles release fuel cell hydrogen faster

Tue, 10 Oct 2011

TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam researchers demonstrated that hydrogen gas stored in a metal hydride is released faster when the metal alloy nanoparticle is smaller. The research, focused on fuel cells, aims to reduce the energy required for hydrogen storage.

MEMS: The year past and the year ahead

Tue, 12 Dec 2011

Jean-Christophe Eloy, president & CEO, Yole Développement, shares an analyst's view of the micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) industry, calling 2011 a year of transition and changes.

Ultracapacitors' cost/benefit equation improving for vehicle sector

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Pike Research senior analyst John Gartner forecasts that ultracapacitors will play a bigger role in the stop/start vehicle sector in the future, though battery-heavy vehicles like hybrids will be a tougher sell on the technology.

Nano research center opens at University of Rochester

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

The University of Rochester opened the Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano) on campus. The center will be used for physics, optics, chemistry, biomedicine and bioengineering research on commercialization of fuel cells, biosensors and other high-tech devices.

Ener1 announces financial adjustments with Notes, shareholder credit

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Ener1 Inc. (NASDAQ:HEV) will restructure its 8.25% Senior Amortizing Notes with Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P. and other Note holders. Ener1’s primary shareholder, BzinFin S.A., has extended the maturity of its $15-million line of credit from November 2011 to July 2013.

Honda leases fuel cell car to regional Japanese government

Mon, 1 Jan 2005

Nano-Proprietary partners with KRI on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Ener1 to buy Giner Electrochemical

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Plug Power to install hydrogen generators under grant program

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Nanosys, Sharp to collaborate on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Ohio's 2004 performance in Small Times' rankings: diversity, practicality pay off

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Polyfuel inks agreement with Johnson Matthey

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Honda secures Japanese fuel cell vehicle certification

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. of Japan announced last week that its FCX fuel cell vehicle has received motor vehicle type certification from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Polyfuel aiming for London stock offering

Mon, 6 Jun 2005
Polyfuel Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., company that makes fuel cell membranes, plans to list on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange sometime this month.

Fuel cell demos work but it’s a long road to your driveway

Tue, 3 Mar 2005
Try to get Bob Sinuc to pontificate on the future of fuel cell technology and you won’t get far. Instead, the vice president of engineering for fuel cell developer Plug Power will politely remind you that, “we’re a reality-based company.” So it’s no surprise to see Plug Power announce the operation of its second-generation experimental home energy station without much accompanying hype. No flowing descriptions of how the device will enable the hydrogen economy.

PolyFuel claims increase in fuel cell membrane performance

Thu, 12 Dec 2005

Ener1 appoints Marshall Cogan to board

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

EnerFuel relocates headquarters

Thu, 2 Feb 2006

Siargo announces low power MEMS fuel cell sensors

Wed, 8 Aug 2006
Siargo Ltd. of Santa Clara, Calif., announced the release of its low power MEMS sensors for fuel cell systems, including a gas mass flow sensor for solid oxide fuel cells and a methanol concentration sensor for direct methanol fuel cells.

MTI Micro names COO

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., a developer of micro fuel cell technology for handheld electronic devices, announced today the appointment of Russel Marvin to chief operating officer. Marvin, who has served as vice president of engineering since April of 2005, will focus his efforts on driving technology and product development into the industrial, consumer and military markets.

Brookhaven researchers discover unexpected fuel cell catalyst activity

Tue, 12 Dec 2007
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have unveiled important details about a class of catalysts that could help improve the performance of fuel cells. The researchers established that a small amount of ceria or titanium makes gold extremely active.

ISSYS wins patent for MEMS-based fuel cell sensor

Fri, 8 Aug 2007
The U.S. Patent Office has granted Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) a utility patent titled "Fluid sensing device with integrated bypass and process therefor." A major hurdle in commercializing microfluidic devices has been their limiting low flow rates, the company says. This patent describes a new method and design which allow microfluidic sensors to monitor and test relatively high flow rates of fluids.

Intel VP Joins PolyFuel's board

Wed, 1 Jan 2007
PolyFuel, Inc., a Mountain View, Calif. company engineering fuel cell membranes for the portable electronic and automotive industries, announced today the appointment of Mr. Don MacDonald to the company's board of directors, effective March 1st, 2007.

California is top small tech state; Why? Just follow the money flows

Mon, 3 Mar 2004
Small tech companies' ability to ferret out federal awards is critical for their growth, especially when venture capital is tight. Small Times identified hundreds of companies selected to receive federal grants in 2003 as part of its annual analysis of small tech’s leading states. This year’s final ranking placed California in the lead, followed by Massachusetts.

Nanogram's IP gamble pays off, but real success awaits products

Thu, 3 Mar 2004
Two events this week show that investors put a high value on nano-related intellectual property. The firm at the fulcrum of this week's action is Nanogram Corp., which is reaping the rewards of an innovative IP strategy. But analysts are not yet ready to call Nanogram's business model a success.

Polyfuel appoints Kucernak to tech advisory board

Tue, 9 Sep 2005

ISSYS & KEM sign partnership contract

Tue, 10 Oct 2005
Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) of Ypsilanti, Mich., announced that it has signed a partnership contract for its Micro Density Meter products with KEM - Kyoto Electronics Manufacturing Co. of Kyoto, Japan.

Polyfuel claims 5,000 hour DMFC membrane

Mon, 10 Oct 2005

Focus on energy: Nanomaterials enable alternative energy

Tue, 8 Aug 2004
Honda and Toyota already have hybrids on the road, and Ford and other brands will soon follow. Experts say nanotechnology research and development will be key in helping these alternative power technologies overcome the market hurdles ahead.

Focus on energy: Amory Lovins fuels hydrogen solution

Thu, 8 Aug 2004
Q&A: Amory Lovins has been described as iconoclastic, idealistic and influential. But not ignored. The author, consultant, physicist and chief executive of the Rocky Mountain Institute has advised numerous business, government and academic leaders over three decades on energy and other issues.

Focus on energy: Nanotech R&D can solve energy crisis

Fri, 8 Aug 2004
Many of us see nanotechnology helping to solve our global energy problem. Energy efficiency, solar-to-electric conversion, designed catalysts for oil refining, and storage devices such as fuel cells or batteries are all improved by nanotech.

Focus on energy: Power solutions pursued from unlikely sources

Wed, 8 Aug 2004
It may sound like weird science, but small tech power is being pursued in some unusual places, including your liquor cabinet and toilet. What’s more, if you thought cold fusion was so 80s, it has bubbled back into the news. Penn State scientists are using bacteria to turn sewage into electricity. A soda can-size device harvests electrons that bacteria produce while digesting waste.

MTI names new president

Mon, 8 Aug 2004

Nanosys, Sharp sign nano display deal

Tue, 10 Oct 2005

Intel's research chief tells nano crowd to think even smaller

Wed, 3 Mar 2004
Some of the most influential corporate voices in nanotechnology gave the industry a stern warning this week to get cracking on commercially viable products. Intel's David Tennenhouse said that not enough federal and university dollars are going to applied research to solve problems in areas such as nanomanufacturing.

Environmental journal publishes controversial buckyball study

Thu, 4 Apr 2004
"Scary stuff like 'the buckyballs will eat your brains' sells much better. Doesn't matter that it's not correct, as long as it sells papers," researcher Eva Oberdorster told Small Times.

Nanomaterials production weaves job growth in former textile town

Tue, 4 Apr 2004
Small tech is causing a ripple in the sleepy Virginia hamlet of Danville, which has grown accustomed to absorbing negative economic news. So when Luna Innovations, a Blacksburg, Va., company, announced in March it would begin manufacturing special nanomaterials here, locals understandably were elated. Luna is investing nearly $6.5 million to retrofit a tobacco warehouse for nanomaterials production.

Micro fuel cells headed to market, and a showdown

Thu, 5 May 2004
"Buy a micro fuel cell and get a free laptop computer," runs the insider's joke. Efforts to miniaturize fuel cells for notebook computers have been beset by cost and performance problems that have delayed debuts and inspired the industry’s black humorists. But two small companies in New York intend to have the last laugh in what is shaping up to be a market showdown.

Wanted: Skilled nanotechnology workers; Anyone? Anyone?

Thu, 5 May 2004
Even at this early stage in nanotechnology business development, some labor shortages are starting to show up. In the short time the nanotech career site Working In Nanotechnology has been active, one of the site's creators has noted "a shortage of skilled workers in what I call the middle market at the Ph.D. level."

Rice researchers tune toxicity in buckyballs

Fri, 9 Sep 2004

New membrane makes cheaper, stronger fuel cells

Fri, 12 Dec 2004
Experts may continue debating whether a hydrogen-powered energy infrastructure is practical, affordable or safe. But Jim Balcom is not waiting for their answer. Instead, the CEO of PolyFuel Inc. is pushing forward with what he calls a breakthrough fuel cell membrane technology.

Merger gives C Sixty stability, CNI access to medical markets

Thu, 12 Dec 2004
Nanomaterial and biotech companies usually make for unlikely bedfellows. But on Tuesday, a manufacturer of carbon nanotubes and a startup that uses a relative of nanotubes for drug applications announced that they had merged. The merger will give carbon nanotube manufacturer Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc. an avenue for developing drugs or other medical products. C Sixty Inc., which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CNI, will get financial security as well as business support.

NanoDynamics inks new Asia distribution agreement

Tue, 12 Dec 2004

Firms get over $20 million for micro and nano products

Mon, 10 Oct 2004
Companies developing micro and nanotechnology-related products will receive more than $20 million from the federally funded Advanced Technology Program beginning this month. The funding makes it easier for companies to take on otherwise fiscally risky projects, according to the recipients.

Nano puts energy, environment in harmony

Fri, 7 Jul 2004
Our energy needs often conflict with our environment and health. The production, use and distribution of energy sources such as fossil fuels have been linked to an array of problems, from global warming and greenhouse gases, to damaging oil spills and debilitating pollutants. Coal mining and oil drilling carry their own baggage.

A nickel investment for future’s grid will pay off

Fri, 7 Jul 2004
Energy is the single most important challenge facing humanity today. As we peak in oil production and worry about natural gas supplies, life must go on. Somehow, we must find a basis for energy prosperity in the 21st century for ourselves and the rest of humanity. Consider, for example, a vast interconnected electrical energy grid for the North American continent.

MTI Micro unveils Mobion fuel cell technology

Mon, 6 Jun 2004

Power & Energy gets fuel cell contract

Thu, 1 Jan 2004
Power & Energy Inc. is using a U.S. defense research contract to develop nanostructured membranes for fuel cell applications, according to a news release.

Ener1 adds to its staff

Tue, 1 Jan 2006

Mexico petroleum institute opens new microscopy center

Thu, 10 Oct 2006
Mexico's national research petroleum institute, the Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo (IMP), opened its new center for advanced microscopy and research on Wednesday. In planning since 2002, the center features electron microscopy tools that enable advanced nanoscale research and development.

UAlbany nano college nets $2 million for renewable energy research

Tue, 10 Oct 2006
The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to help spur development of an Energy Test Farm that will enable innovative research on renewable energy technologies and generate significant economic impact.

NanoDynamics debuts portable hybrid solid oxide fuel cell

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
NanoDynamics Inc., a Buffalo, N.Y, diversified nanotechnology and nanomaterials manufacturing company, announced that it will introduce its new NDRevolution 50H portable hybrid solid oxide fuel cell system at the 2006 Fuel Cell Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii.

MTI Micro delivers fuel cell prototypes to Samsung

Mon, 11 Nov 2006
MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., an Albany, N.Y., developer of micro fuel cell technology for handheld electronic devices and a subsidiary of Mechanical Technology Inc., announced delivery of next-generation fuel cell-powered prototype units to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Kebaili's compact reverse pulse plating controller targets MEMS and nanotech R&D.

Mon, 4 Apr 2007
Kebaili calls its new CPG-500 Series the first compact current pulse generator designed specifically for electrodeposition applications in MEMS and nanotechnology development. The company says most reverse pulse plating systems and potentiostat/ galvanostat are large and not optimized for cleanrooms, whereas the CPG-500 is ergonomic and compact.

PolyFuel receives patents on key nano-scale fuel-cell technology

Thu, 4 Apr 2007
PolyFuel has received two broad U.S. patents related to its hydrocarbon polymer membranes. Such membranes are considered critical for micro-power fuel cells, expected to supplant batteries in portable electronics. "In any new field, there are ultimately a few, benchmark patents from which much future technology springs. We believe that this is one of those situations," the company says.

FEI announces largest electron microscope order in company history

Tue, 11 Nov 2006
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has placed a $11.5 million dollar order for seven FEI microscopes that will form the core of the University's new Center for Electron Nanoscopy (CEN).

The pitch: Nine small tech firms
get 15 minutes on the mound

Thu, 5 May 2003
Some threw strikes. Some were low and outside. But nine startups with major league dreams each got a shot at winning investor interest as part of NanoBusiness Spring's Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs.

Thin-film firm rolls out new technology to range of industries

Mon, 5 May 2004
Nanometrix Inc. has a wide range of industries to pursue with its thin-film technology: biotech, chips, photonics, fuel cells – and wrapping paper. It’s not every day that the gift-giving industry has need for nanotech, but the four-person, Montreal-based startup has piqued the interest of at least one company in the field.

CNI, Entegris to develop polymer products

Wed, 5 May 2004

Inframat's SPS technology has jet-engine makers on reconnaissance

Mon, 9 Sep 2003
Although nano-size grains are at the heart of Inframat Corp.'s coatings, it’s the company's proprietary solution plasma spray (SPS) technology that has captured the interest of jet engine-makers and land-based turbine manufacturers. The technology could lead to such improvements as more efficient, hotter-burning jet engines.

Small tech companies locked in high-stakes struggle for power

Wed, 5 May 2003
Feature-rich portable devices are getting hungry for more and more power. So, the race is on to meet the demands of energy-sapping digital multimedia through portable, powerful micro fuel cells (MFCs) that outlast rechargeable batteries. The companies that succeed have a billion-dollar market waiting for them.

After a pause, buckyballs make it to the big time

Fri, 10 Oct 2003
Buckyballs, the soccer ball-shaped molecules that helped kick-start interest in nanoscale science and technology in the 1990s, finally made the big time. The biotech startup C Sixty announced Thursday that it is partnering with the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. to develop drugs based on buckyballs, formally known as buckminsterfullerenes.

Handful of industries at leading edge of nano commercialization

Tue, 7 Jul 2003
From medicine to coatings, submarines and bowling balls, nanotechnology is making inroads into many markets, but only a handful of industries are looking to nano for solutions, process improvements and advancements unachievable with current technology. But a few industries, including computers, automotive and defense, are shopping around for nanotech solutions.

Nanotube fuel cell developed for Pacific Fuel

Wed, 11 Nov 2003
A University of California, Riverside, research team under contract with Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. has developed a fuel cell using carbon nanotube-based electrodes, according to a news release.

The Russians are coming; at least, their innovations are

Wed, 11 Nov 2003
Nanotechnology startup Optiva Inc. is not only a cash magnet, but it's also a member of a new breed of technology company, where the brains and innovation are in Russia, but the company is headquartered in the United States, Europe or East Asia. Typical Russian research spinoff technologies are fuel cells, sensors that work in extreme conditions, nanopowders and high-power compact microscopes.

Fullerenes flourish, and Nano-C can make them by the ton

Mon, 10 Oct 2003
Brace yourself. The fullerenes are coming. Nano-C Corp. is the latest company to push its way into the market for mass-production of fullerenes, amid signs that major chemical and manufacturing businesses have warmed up to the tiny carbon molecule’s potential. Thanks to technology pioneered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nano-C can now affordably make fullerenes by the ton — opening vast new commercial possibilities.

ISSYS developing methanol sensor for fuel cells

Wed, 8 Aug 2005

Motorola division invests in Tekion

Wed, 11 Nov 2005

PolyFuel announces "drop in" hydrocarbon fuel cell membranes

Tue, 4 Apr 2005

Nano goes to London: Oxonica floats shares on AIM

Wed, 7 Jul 2005
The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange is proving a popular spot for nano-related companies this summer.

Microreactors could redefine chemistry, nanodrip by drop

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
Move over, lab-on-a-chip. Those microdevices are advancing biotech and life sciences, but a lesser-known tributary of microfluidics is working toward one-upping them with a "chemical plant in a box." Just last week, Global Hydrogen Inc. – a joint venture between Velocys Inc. and ConocoPhillips – revealed plans to apply microchemical processing to convert natural gas into pure hydrogen or synthetic diesel fuel.

GSI Creos develops nanofiber for fuel cells

Wed, 4 Apr 2003
GSI Creos Corp. of Japan has developed metal-supported catalysts using a carbon nanofiber that could be used in electrodes for fuel cells, according to the Jiji Press English News Service.

thinXXS's disposable microsystems give new meaning to magic plastic

Mon, 6 Jun 2003
thinXXS Microtechnology sees the future in microstructured plastic. The two-year-old German company says that its microinjection process produces components with structural details smaller than a micron. That could translate into microsystems made out of plastics, which cost less and can be made in larger volumes than glass or silicon.

Cabot acquires Superior MicroPowders for $16M

Tue, 6 Jun 2003
Cabot Corp. of Boston has bought Albuquerque, N.M.-based Superior MicroPowders LLC, which is developing micro- and nanoparticle technologies for electronics, fuel cells, displays and other markets, according to a news release.

eSpin Technologies hopes to filter funds through its nanofibers

Mon, 4 Apr 2003
A Chattanooga company is putting a new spin on an old manufacturing technique. eSpin wants to be a major producer of nanofibers for the filtration industry using a process called electrospinning. But it's not the electrospinning long used by the textile industry. This is a special high-speed device that lowers production costs and increases output.

Energy equals nano … cubed

Wed, 11 Nov 2002
BASF AG has developed metal-organic "nanocubes" that can store and release hydrogen to power fuel cells for laptop computers and other portable electronic devices, according to Chemical Week.

Plug Power, Albany Nanotech form partnership

Thu, 10 Oct 2002

Nanomix wants its name to be synonymous with nanotech success

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
Charlie Janac thinks his company, Nanomix, could be nanotechnology’s first hit company – once people figure out how to pronounce its name. Nanomix, sounds like "genomics." “Our goal is to become so famous it’s not even a question,” said Janac. Nanomix developed a way to build carbon nanotube structures that act as chemical sensors. Janac thinks the company’s expertise will make Nanomix a model for nanotech success.

Spinoff adds MesoFuel to the fire

Tue, 6 Jun 2002

PowerZyme says it has the juice
to play in portable power market

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
PowerZyme Inc. may still be in an under-the-radar R&D phase, but it could be incubating an important technology in the market for mobile power. The company's micro fuel cell harnesses organic enzymes to combine the power of conventional batteries with the long run-time of fuel cells. PowerZyme says its device would be environmentally friendly and capable of powering a laptop for as long as a week.

U.S. secretary of energy announces
$85 million Brookhaven nanocenter

Mon, 6 Jun 2002
U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham visited Brookhaven National Laboratory to announce that BNL's proposed nanocenter will officially move ahead. Abraham also signaled the Energy Department's growing commitment to developing nanotechnologies that serve U.S. national interests, from bioterror detection to fuel cells that could help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Want electricity? Just add nano, gold, and sewage

Thu, 7 Jul 2010

Researchers at Oregon State U. have come up with yet another unique application for nanocoatings -- help produce more electricity from sewage.


Mon, 2 Feb 2002

Reno, Nev., calls itself the "Biggest Little City in the World." The city is also the home of what might be the biggest little company in the nanoparticles market, Altair Nanotechnologies. When Altair's core patent is approved, likely in the next few weeks, the company will control a process for making literally tons of nanoscale materials in a range of types, sizes and shapes.

Materials firm AMR Technologies
turns to nano for new products

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
AMR Technologies doesn’t like to bill itself as a nanotechnology company. It’s a materials company, period. It just so happens the materials are getting smaller and improving existing products. The Canadian firm focuses on rare earths that can be engineered into products to be used in catalytic converters, Styrofoam cups and TV displays.


Tue, 5 May 2002

Chances are you've never heard of Tech Valley, stretching up and down the Hudson River and centered on New York's state capital. Chances are better that you'll be hearing more about the area – home to a cluster of organizations with small tech aspirations.

Firms may help U.S. declare
independence from foreign oil

Thu, 7 Jul 2002
With instability reigning in the Middle East, “energy security” has become a major concern for the United States. This could be good news for the burgeoning small tech sector. Though no one small technology is likely to be the elixir that solves all the energy dependence problems, these technologies promise incremental improvements to existing energy processes.

Creativity provides Tour with nano car

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
It’s not surprising that the world’s first nanocar would be invented by the Tour group.


Thu, 12 Dec 2001

A group of angel investors has kicked in $100,000 to help transform TAL Materials Inc., a struggling maker of nanopowders, from “a science project” into a viable commercial enterprise. The angels also brought to the table a backer from the bulk-metals industry who will fund testing of phosphorescent powders that company officials hope can be mixed into molten metals and later used to combat the problem of counterfeit parts in the airline and auto markets.


Wed, 6 Jun 2001

NASA is counting on small businesses developing micromachines to help it explore the cosmos. "The smaller you can make it the more interested we are," said one official. And smaller companies are "more adaptable and lighter on their feet."


Fri, 5 May 2001

Texas undergrad wins IEEE award for her work on device that could save thousands of lives.


Fri, 5 May 2001

GM spinoff to dedicate scientists, patents for nonsilicon research.

Case Western professor receives Presidential Award

Mon, 3 Mar 2003

Altair issued third patent

Mon, 2 Feb 2003
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. received a patent related to its process for producing pigment-grade, titanium-dioxide containing solutions.

Another year, another threat to Advanced Technology Program

Thu, 2 Feb 2003
A federal program that sprinkles money on emerging technology research, including nanotechnology, is poised to perish under President Bush’s proposed 2004 budget. “The administration believes that other federal R&D programs have a clearer federal role and are of higher priority,” the budget document states. The fate of the ATP now moves to the hands of Congress, where the program's powerful allies have fought off previous threats.

MesoFuel, Jadoo partner on fuel cells

Tue, 3 Mar 2003
MesoFuel Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jadoo Power Systems LLC of Folsom, Calif., announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop fuel cell products.

NEC tries to grab the fuel cell market by the carbon nanohorns

Tue, 3 Mar 2003
Twelve years after NEC Corp.'s Sumio Iijima discovered the carbon nanotube, the company's fuel cells – powered by a variant called the carbon nanohorn – are getting ready to power portable devices. Yoshimi Kubo, an NEC senior manager, said the fuel cells will start shipping for laptops in 2004 and cell phones in 2005.

Pacific Fuel Cell powers up nanotubes

Fri, 3 Mar 2003
Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. (PFCE) has developed a process to grow carbon nanotubes on carbon cloth paper for micro fuel cells, according to a company news release.

Developing optimal fuel cells

Thu, 2 Feb 2010

Key factors in developing new fuel cells -- controlling gas diffusion, permeation, condensation, the reactive area, and moisturizing/discharging water -- all depend on calculating structures of particles, fibers, and through-pores. Takehiko Yaza from Seika Machinery discusses tools that enable better understanding of these properties and help visualize the inner operations of a fuel cell.

Technical and cost analysis of Medis’ micro fuel cell

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
The ‘energy gap’ in portable electronics makes micro fuel cells increasingly attractive.

Fuel cell technology benefits and applications for micro- and nanotech commercialization

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
Fuel cells have long been hailed as an environmentally friendly, silent, and efficient energy source for powering a diverse number of applications off the grid.

OMRON adds MEMS flow sensors for fuel cell systems

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

Omron's new D6F-70. A 70L/min MEMS flow sensor optimized for fuel cell systems. (Photo: Business Wire)OMRON Corporation (TOKYO:6645)(ADR:OMRNY) will release the D6F-70, a 70L/min MEMS flow sensor optimized for measuring the gas flow rate of fuel cell systems. Omron also plans to release in FY2011 a similar MEMS flow sensor capable of measuring up to 200L/min.


Thu, 12 Dec 2010

nanochannelsResearchers with the U.S. DOE's Berkeley Lab have been able to fabricate nanochannels that are only 2nm in size, using standard semiconductor manufacturing processes. These channels function differently than their larger counterparts.

Micro fuel cell firm says product by 2004

Fri, 8 Aug 2002

Pacific Fuel Cell signs deal to build prototype

Fri, 8 Aug 2002
Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. of Tustin, Calif., said it has signed an agreement with the University of California to build a fuel cell prototype based on PFCE's carbon nanotechnology.

Activists: No more nanomaterials
until we know whether it pollutes

Thu, 8 Aug 2002
An environmental group is calling for a moratorium on the manufacture of all nanomaterials until U.S. federal regulatory agencies have tested the products and concluded they won’t harm the environment. Industry leaders and researchers say the group has its facts wrong, and the right questions are already being asked.

SI makes cuts to focus on nano

Fri, 9 Sep 2002
SI Diamond Technology Inc. said Thursday it will reduce one subsidiary to focus on the nanotech efforts of another business unit.

Big corporates target nano firms to prepare for fuel cell market

Thu, 12 Dec 2003
Almost without notice, a number of innovative, advanced material firms in the emerging fuel cell market have been acquired by larger firms. Two recent examples are Cabot Corp’s acquisition of Superior MicroPowders for $16 million in the United States and Belgium-based Timcal’s takeover of Erachem Comilog’s carbon black business unit in Europe. Both are poised to supply materials to fuel cell makers.

Report: Nano products coming on strong

Mon, 12 Dec 2003
The global nanotechnology market is expected to grow to $18 billion by 2005, with nano-enabled flat-panel displays and fuel cells expected to launch within three years, according to a survey reported in Asia Pulse.

US Army awards grant to QuantumSphere for methanol fuel cell technology

Wed, 10 Oct 2008
October 14, 2008: QuantumSphere Inc. has been awarded a grant by the United States Army for the development of advanced fuel cell technology that improves efficiency, integration and portability and reduces costs for portable power applications.

Nanoscale catalysts could tap syngas as cheap source of ethanol

Mon, 8 Aug 2008
August 18, 2008 -- Gasification for the production of biofuel's is getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, they hope to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass

Making fuel cells with molecular polymer brushes

Mon, 6 Jun 2009
June 22, 2009: Researchers from the U. of Georgia have developed a method to grow molecular polymer chains into miniature fuel cells that can conduct electrical charges, with potential use in devices including pacemakers, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs.

Florida State gets powerful new JEOL microscope

Wed, 4 Apr 2009
April 29, 2009: Scientists at Florida State University (FSU) will finally be able to clearly see what misoriented atoms are up to along the defects of the new materials that they are developing and how they relate to neighbors, with a new JEOL atomic resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope to be delivered later this year.

Microfluidics files for patent on nanoparticle technology

Fri, 1 Jan 2009
January 16, 2009: Microfluidics, a subsidiary of Microfluidics International Corp., has filed for a patent on its Microfluidics Reaction Technology (MRT), which will enable companies and research organizations to develop and manufacture smaller-sized nanoparticles than previously possible and to do so more efficiently than with other methods

Scientists 'see' cell molecules more clearly

Tue, 1 Jan 2009
January 20, 2009: Scientists have always wanted to take a closer look at biological systems and materials. From the magnifying glass to the electron microscope, they have developed ever-increasingly sophisticated imaging devices.

Singapore's IBN launches Nano-Bio Kits to teach nanotechnology

Mon, 3 Mar 2007
IBN's Nano-Bio Kits help teach nanotechnology

NanoDynamics looks for green energy in IPO

Tue, 5 May 2007
NanoDynamics' recent filing of papers to raise a $100 million in an IPO came as a surprise to many, but some experts see it as a harbinger of IPOs to come. Small Times' Rich Acello reports.

Senate approves Altair Nanotechnologies' battery systems for use in the Navy

Mon, 10 Oct 2007
Altair Nanotechnologies and its technologies have received no small endorsement from the U.S. Senate, which has approved $5 million funding for a 2.5 megawatt stationary power supply for the U.S. Navy, and $2 million for development of nanosensors to detect explosives and chemical warfare agents.

Angstron acquires manufacturing facility for carbon nano-graphene platelets

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
Advanced nanomaterials company Angstron Materials LLC has acquired a new 22,000 square foot manufacturing facility where it will provide small to large batch processing and production capacity for its carbon-based nano-graphene platelets (NGPs), and continue research and development efforts. Angstron's NGPs can be blended with other nanomaterials to achieve higher loadings required for various forms of composite lamina as well as nanocomposites for load-bearing and functional applications.

Class completes first year of NanoHigh program in Albany, NY

Mon, 6 Jun 2008
Twenty Albany High School (AHS) students have just completed the first year of the "NanoHigh" program, developed jointly by the City School District of Albany, New York (CSDA) and the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). The NanaoHigh program, believed to be the first initiative of its kind at a public school anywhere in the country, was designed by CSDA and CNSE to help students take advantage of new nanotechnology-related careers.

NanoDynamics goes under

Fri, 7 Jul 2009
July 30, 2009: NanoDynamics has ceased operations and filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- a liquidation move, not a restructuring -- unable to find financing after a pair of abandoned IPOs and the current stagnant funding environment.

Huge growth in energy-harvesting technologies

Tue, 9 Sep 2009

A wide range of efforts are applying energy-harvesting, from piezoelectrics to MEMS-based technologies, to an impressive variety of applications -- but the real challenge is figuring out which routes will help energy harvesting attract big money and create billion-dollar businesses.

Angstron claims new nano-graphene platelets outperform other nanomaterials

Tue, 4 Apr 2008
Angstron Materials LLC says it is the first to offer large quantities of single-atom-thick nano-graphene platelets (NGPs), which the company says have thermal conductivity 5x that of copper, and surface area 2x that of carbon nanotubes.

Trident's durable printhead "revolutionizes" direct write, printable electronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2008
The new Trident 256Jet-D inkjet printhead can print high viscosity materials, is inert to corrosive materials, promises an industry-leading lifespan, and can produce up to 5x higher resolution components than can screen printing.

Sono-Tek unveils ultrasonic atomization tech

Wed, 11 Nov 2008
November 26, 2008: Sono-Tek Corp. says its new SonicSyringe ultrasonic atomization dispersion syringe pump provides accurate and cost-effective dispensing and depositing of nanomaterials on target substrates.

Yole's MEMS database bundle 20% off till May 8

Wed, 5 May 2008
May 7, 2008 -- French market research firm Yole Développement has introduced a MEMS information "toolkit" -- consisting of Yole's World MEMS Market database 2008 and the latest edition of its World MEMS Firms database.

Introducing Semiconductor Digest

Tue, 4 Apr 2019
Semiconductor Digest is a new magazine dedicated to the worldwide semiconductor industry