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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.

IMAPS International Symposium 2008 Preview

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
By Fran

Advanced Materials CVD and ALD Tool

Tue, 10 Oct 2008
The AltaCVD chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool from Altatech combines a unique vaporizer technology, chamber design, and gas/liquid panel integration. The combination of a proprietary reactor design and precursor introduction path with a pulsed liquid injection and vaporization is said to enable nanoscale control of thickness, uniformity, composition, and stoichiometry in complex materials.

Nextreme Raises $8M in Corporate Funding

Fri, 7 Jul 2009
(July 10, 2009) DURHAM, N.C. — Nextreme Thermal Solutions raised $8 million in additional Series B financing from undisclosed corporate investors. Nextreme has now raised more than $21 million in Series B financing and $35 million since its inception in 2004. The additional funding will be used to expand energy harvesting for micro and portable power and for thermal management products in computing, consumer, and mobile markets.

Nextreme expands engineering consulting on thermal and power management issues

Tue, 7 Jul 2010

Nextreme Thermal Solutions will now include materials evaluation and characterization services in its consulting portfolio. With recent advances in materials sciences and nanotechnology, new materials are being developed that exhibit thermoelectric properties.

The Riley Report

Tue, 4 Apr 2009
Non-traditional Applications of Jet Dispensing
by George A. Riley, Contributing Editor
While jetting is common in semiconductor packaging, it is finding new applications in emerging fields. At the recent SMTA Pan Pacific Symposium, Alec Barbiarz of Asymtek described jetting opportunities in medical analytics, high-intensity lighting, active-matrix displays, green energy, and 3D assemblies.

Printed, flexible integrated circuits in real-world applications

Wed, 3 Mar 2010

Peter Harrop, Ph.D., chairman, IDTechEx, describes advances in the manufacturing of stretchable electronics, printed medical electronics applications, printed batteries, energy harvesters, edible electronics, and more.


Thu, 10 Oct 2010

vertical die stack technologyAndrew Smith, Ventmark Technology Solutions, presents a 3D die stacking technology to address package miniaturization. Using bare die and vertical interconnect structures, this stacking technology permits the design of ultra-thin, near-CSP solutions without TSVs. Designers lacking custom ICs should look to new chip stacking technology.

3M expands silicon battery-anode manufacturing in US, bolsters research

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

3M is investing in research and manufacturing of novel silicon (Si) based battery anode materials, for mobile electronics and electric vehicles.

SRC to advance PV and smart grid technologies

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

Hydro One Networks, NEC and ON Semiconductor join SRC’s global Energy Research Initiative, expanding the focus to include finding new materials, devices and methodologies for power controls/management and energy collection, conversion and storage.

SMC 2012: Supply chain opportunities in OLEDs, energy storage, and power semiconductors

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

Materials experts from across the supply chain gathered at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference 2012 in San Jose in October, discussing key materials needs for micromanufacturing outside the CMOS mainstream: OLEDs and GaN-on-silicon power semiconductors, graphene, CNTs, and self-assembling polymers.

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.

ISSCC 2013: Energy efficient digital trends

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Stephen Kosonocky, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes on the growing need for technologies to be both energy and cost-efficient.

Solid state thin film batteries market worth $6 Billion by 2019

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Markets for solid state thin-film batteries at $65.9 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $5.95 billion by 2019, according to a new report released by

New Product: New battery "fuel gauge" gives reliable runtimes for mobile users

Fri, 2 Feb 2013

STMicroelectronics unveils calculator to maintain accurate fuel gauging with battery age and usage

ISSCC 2013: Wireless trends

Thu, 2 Feb 2013

David Su, ISSCC subcommittee chair, writes on the trends of modern wireless standards.

ISSCC 2013: Analog trends

Thu, 2 Feb 2013

Bill Redman-White, chair of the ISSCC Analog Subcommittee, shares on challenges facing analog systems in 2013.

Researchers create semiconductor 'nano-shish-kebabs' with potential for 3-D technologies

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of nanoscale structure that resembles a “nano-shish-kebab,” consisting of multiple two-dimensional nanosheets that appear to be impaled upon a one-dimensional nanowire.

Memory Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

U.S. PVMC and NREL to partner on development of thin film PV cells and modules

Thu, 3 Mar 2013

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), an industry-led collaboration headquartered in New York at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to improve manufacturing processes for thin film CIGS photovoltaic (PV)  cells and modules, including products, metrology and reliability that will support the U.S. solar industry in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of next-generation solar PV systems.

Georgia Tech’s research on improving energy storage

Thu, 2 Feb 2013

Neutron scattering technique provides new data on absorption of ion in microporous materials.

Veeco-VECO-GEN10-MBE-for-epitaxy-research at UNM

Wed, 11 Nov 2010

The Veeco GEN10 design allows researchers to grow complex crystals with better quality control than has been possible in the past.  The system allows independent growth of multiple incompatible materials in a single system architecture.

The Grid Wants YOU!

Mon, 11 Nov 2010
Peter Singer, Editor-in-Chief

National Semiconductor, Suntech collaborate on smart panel chips

Tue, 10 Oct 2010

National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) is collaborating with Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE:STP) to develop smart panel technology incorporating National Semiconductor's SolarMagic power optimizer chipset into Suntech solar panels to improve the power output of solar systems.

MRS Day 5: Flexible electronics, Ge-Si integration, CNTs, OPV, and PCBs

Tue, 4 Apr 2010

Techcet's Michael A. Fury closes out his series of observations from this year's MRS Spring meeting in San Francisco. From Day 5: Ge-Si integration, carbon nanotubes in organic photovoltaics, energy storage using paper, printable GaN semiconductors, and stretchable circuit boards and conductors.


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.

IEDM Reflections, Day 3: TSMC's 2Xnm FinFET, and a PV+CMOS "Terminator"

Wed, 12 Dec 2010

Techcet's Michael A. Fury looks at papers from the third day of this year's IEDM conference, including a new 2Xnm FinFET process from TSMC, phase-change memory, a PV cell-CMOS device, eDRAM, and more work on graphene.

A smart start at Intersolar North America

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

To go from peak generation provider to baseland territory alongside fossil fuels, the solar industry and other renewables have to lay the groundwork for a new energy economy focused on smart solutions to some current limitations, asserted Andrew Skumanich, CEO of Solar Vision, during his presentation Monday morning at Intersolar North America.

Putting PV and energy storage together

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

Solon and Tucson Electric Power are widening a solar PV testbed in Arizona to investigate integration of different energy storage technologies with PV onto the grid.

Intersolar: How the US can grow, support solar PV

Tue, 7 Jul 2011

A spirited panel discussion involving solar PV industry organizations, vendors, and even local government on the first day of Intersolar North America explored whether and how the US can grow and nurture solar PV as a viable energy alternative.

Analysis: Smart meters are a growth area for ICs

Thu, 12 Dec 2011

Rapid adoption of smart meters to save energy and improve grid efficiency means an opportunity for a broad range of semiconductor suppliers.

Applied Materials' Onyx treatment restores lost carbon, strengthens film structure

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

Applied Materials released a new film treatment, Applied Producer Onyx, that reduces the power consumption in semiconductor chips while increasing mechanical strength. The product targets the challenges associated with 3D packaging applications and technologies.

IEDM 2011 slideshow: Sneak-peek at 10 conference papers

Mon, 11 Nov 2011

Ahead of next week's 57th IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM, Dec. 5-7), we've scanned the entire program to present a quick slideshow sampling of some of the more intriguing papers.

IXYS engages with GMCH to fab power semiconductors

Thu, 5 May 2011

 IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and General Motors Components Holdings (GMCH) entered into an agreement for the fabrication of power semiconductor wafers at the Kokomo, IN plant.

Potential opportunities for nanotechnology in electronics manufacturing

Sat, 1 Jan 2011
At this point, the NRI program has not yet identified any single, most-promising candidate for a beyond CMOS nanotechnology, but there may eventually be several, spanning and extending the wide range of applications that CMOS FETs currently continue to address very well. Robert Doering, Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas, USA

IEDM 2011 presentations preview

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

The annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) will convene in Washington, D.C., December 5-7 at the Hilton Washington Hotel. This year

Entegris' Taiwan lab, manufacturing facility serves advanced semiconductor manufacturers

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Entegris, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTG) opened a manufacturing and research facility in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, for advanced filtration and materials handling components for the semiconductor industry and other high-tech industries.

Printed electronics improve displays, lithium-ion batteries, c-Si solar cells

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Printed electronics can improve existing electronics and energy applications, replacing non-printed layers in displays or increasing crystalline silicon photovoltaics efficiency, among other applications shared by IDTechEx.

Thermophotovoltaic devices: Heat makes photons, too

Thu, 4 Apr 2008
by Katherine Derbyshire, Contributing Editor, Solid State Technology
April 17, 2008 - Though the vast majority of photovoltaic installations capture photons emitted by the sun, many other sources of electromagnetic radiation exist. Waste heat produced by diesel generators, internal combustion engines, and industrial processes offers a potential source of radiation for, and thus increased interest in, thermophotovoltaic devices.

Researchers: Two types of solar-cell materials are better than one

Fri, 1 Jan 2008
Jan. 17, 2008 - Combining two methods for making solar cell materials appears to yield better results than either one alone, according to researchers from the U. of California/Santa Cruz, China, and Mexico who say their nanocomposite thin film doped with nitrogen and sensitized with quantum dots performs "better than predicted."

Buzzing about solar and electric cars

Thu, 2 Feb 2009
In addition to discussions about cooperating on clean energy efforts going forward, the recent US-China Clean Energy Forum also showcased solar technologies tied together in the real world -- a parking lot-based solar array, electric vehicles, smart grid technology, energy storage, and high-performance battery recharging systems.

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.

ECS Day 1: Forging ahead undaunted

Wed, 5 May 2009
Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports exclusively for SST from this week's spring meeting of the Electrochemical Society. On tap for Day 1: a CMP symposium, combinatorial discovery methods for fuel cells, carbon nanotubes in nanophotonics, and energy storage.

Intermolecular making a play for PV applications

Mon, 3 Mar 2009
Intermolecular CEO David Lazovsky and Craig Hunter, newly appointed VP/GM of its solar business group, describe the company's solar strategy in an interview with Photovoltaics World.

Turbulence in Japan's solar panel market

Tue, 3 Mar 2009
With promises of government subsidies and power utilities slated to buy excess power from customers at relatively high prices in fiscal 2010, demand for solar panels is expected to climb in Japan -- but domestic solar cell producers are facing intense competition from other sectors and foreign entrants.

Rudolph focuses on increasing average cell efficiency

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
Rudolph Technologies has uncrated a software package targeting the still-troublesome area of photovoltaic cell efficiency, hoping to bring solar cells closer to grid parity through reduced costs and inefficiencies.

Magma launches yield enhancement software for solar fabs

Wed, 7 Jul 2009
Magma Design Automation is making its splash into the world of solar photovoltaics with a new software package to help solar cell manufacturers identify and correct causes of yield loss and thus improve energy conversion.

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.

Flash memory firm expanding work with Intel, Micron

Fri, 6 Jun 2006
June 30, 2006 - Nanosys Inc., Palo Alto, CA, says it has expanded its technology collaboration with Intel Corp. to include flash memory partner Micron Technology Inc., targeting development of nanostructures for high-density NAND flash memory for consumer electronics and portable storage applications.

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.

ACS preview: Research reveals work on nanoimprint, porous low-k, PV

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
Among the literally hundreds of presentations lined up for this week's American Chemical Society fall national meeting (Boston, MA, Aug. 19-23) are talks about chemical advancements in nearly every field imaginable, from medicine to petroleum and agriculture, and materials science. Here's a quick rundown of several papers of interest to the semiconductor industry, including research into nanoimprint lithography, porous low-k dielectrics, and photovoltaic cells.

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.

First Solar's "blowout" 3Q sparks solar frenzy

Wed, 11 Nov 2007
November 14, 2007 - First Solar posted a "blow-out" 3Q07 last week and announced two long-term supply deals requiring a new manufacturing facility, news that sent its share prices soaring through the roof and boosted stocks across the sector.

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.

Simpler way to grow carbon nanotubes in brush shapes

Fri, 7 Jul 2005
July 15, 2005 - A research group from the Tokyo University of Science has developed a new and relatively simple way to produce carbon nanotubes in dense groupings likes the bristles of a brush, according to the Nikkei English News.

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.

ESM Limited and Dialog Semiconductor sign manufacturing agreement

Mon, 12 Dec 2000
Newport, U.K.--ESM Limited and Dialog Semiconductor have signed a 3-year manufacturing agreement valued at more than $200 million. The agreement provides Dialog with access to additional mixed-signal wafer capacity, supporting its growth plans.

'Greener,' cheaper semiconductor nanocrystals

Mon, 2 Feb 2001
FEB. 12 Fayetteville, Arkansas--A University of Arkansas research team has developed a safe alternative to semiconductor nanocrystals made of toxic materials that explode when mishandled. These nanocrytals can be used in semiconductor, energy storage, optoelectronics, and medical industries.

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.

Interview with EOPlex

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
It wasn’t exactly the Roadshow, but I visited a fascinating start-up company and spoke with Arthur Chait, CEO; and Anwar Mohammed, VP of manufacturing and operations, about EoPlex Technologies, headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

ECD Growth Prompts Move

Tue, 8 Aug 2001
August 21, 2001 -- TROY, MI -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.Technology and materials developer is moving to a new facility that will house the company's new, state-of-the art ISO Class 7 (Class 10,000) and ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) cleanroom space.

Nanotechnology: Maturation and the need for standards

Thu, 12 Dec 2005
Nanotechnology was born as the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) as described by Roco et al.

Polypore completes acquisition of Yurie-Wide Corp.

Thu, 5 May 2008
May 20, 2008 -- Polypore International, Inc. today announced that through its wholly owned subsidiary, Celgard, LLC, the company has closed on the previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of the outstanding capital stock of Yurie-Wide Corp. for approximately $23 million in cash, including acquisition-related costs.

Two of DuPont's newest technologies win Innovation Achievement Awards

Fri, 5 May 2007
April 26, 2007 -- /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WILMINGTON, DE -- DuPont(TM) Sorona(R) Polymer and Hybrid Membrane Technology receive prestigious IDEA07 Award.

Donaldson applies cleanroom filter technology to fuel cells

Thu, 11 Nov 2001
MINNEAPOLIS—Donaldson Co. Inc., a leader in filtration systems serving a variety of industries including the cleanroom market, announced in September the first airborne contaminant and noise filtration systems developed especially for use with fuel cells.

SWeNT clears EPA approval for MWCNT fab

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order now permits SWeNT to manufacture and distribute multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for commercial applications.

Smart grids supercharge Li-ion battery demand

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Smart grids will generate nearly $6 billion demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries by 2020, to fulfill energy storage needs, according to the IHS iSuppli Rechargeable Batteries Special Report. Li-ion batteries will become the dominant rechargable energy storage technology for smart grids.

Silicon/polymer combo offers lithium-ion batteries higher capacity

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists designed a tailored polymer that enables increased energy storage in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with silicon anodes, maintaining the increased energy capacity in tests over a year later with many hundreds of charge-discharge cycles.

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.

MIT names Microsystems Technology Lab leader

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

MIT named Vladimir Bulović as director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Bulović has experience in a range of advanced electronics technologies, from photovoltaics to MEMS.

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.

Stanford tucks sulfer inside nanofibers for better li-ion batteries

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Stanford researchers have designed a sulfur-based lithium-ion battery cathode with increased energy density and improved reliability, thanks to the construction of carbon nanofibers and sulfur.

China's lithium-ion battery growth trends

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

China's lithium ion battery market rose 38% in 2010 to RMB 27.61 billion and is expected to keep growing rapidly, thanks to the country's strong automotive industry and competitive local governments pushing to develop high-end technologies, CCID Consulting reports.

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.

mPhase develops MEMS membrane at Argonne Labs

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

mPhase Technologies was granted access to the technical facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Labs, for work on its MEMS Smart silicon membrane, a key component of the mPhase Smart NanoBattery.

Northwestern researchers advance Li-ion batteries with graphene-silicon sandwich

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

A team of engineers from Northwestern University has created an electrode for lithium-ion batteries that allows the batteries to hold a charge up to 10 times greater than current technology. Batteries with the new electrode also can charge 10 times faster than current batteries.

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.

SolRayo nanotechnology improves high-temp lithium batteries

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

SolRayo completed its Phase I STTR work with a successful nano coating that improves lithium battery life by a factor of 3 in high-temperature extreme environments. The company is looking to a Phase II grant and commercial partners.

Rice builds energy storage device on a single nanowire

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

The Rice University lab of Professor Pulickel Ajayan has packed an entire lithium ion energy storage device into a single nanowire, as reported this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters. The researchers believe their creation is as small as such devices can possibly get, and could be valuable as a rechargeable power source for new generations of nanoelectronics.

Energy harvesting lets NEC sensor measure power consumption without external power supply

Thu, 2 Feb 2011

NEC announced the development of a compact sensor that measures the power consumption of electronic devices and delivers this information to energy management systems, without needing an external power supply or battery.

Graphene produced with electropolished Cu foil at atmospheric pressure

Fri, 2 Feb 2011

New research from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a more consistent and cost-effective method for making graphene. Using normal pressures and electropolished copper foil, the researchers achieved single-layer graphene sheets over 95% of the available surface area.

ADA develops electrochemical ultracapacitors based on CNT electrode materials

Tue, 2 Feb 2011

ADA Technologies Inc. received an $70k contract from the U.S. Army to develop advanced electrochemical ultracapacitor systems for use in hybrid electronic vehicles. Low-cost carbon nanotube (CNT) nanocomposite electrode materials will be leveraged for the systems.

Nanotechnology improves Li-ion battery capacity

Tue, 3 Mar 2011

SiNANOde technology status at NanosysNanosys' process-ready silicon composites (SiNANOde, Fig 1.) increase lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cell capacity without compromising cycle life. Yimin Zhu, director, battery & fuel cell, at Nanosys, recently spoke at the IEEE Bay Area Nanotechnology Council lunch forum, and shared insights on nanomaterials and energy storage with ElectroIQ.

MicroGen hones piezoelectric MEMS energy harvester at Cornell

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

MicroGen's BOLT 060 MEMS-based piezoelectric vibrational energy harvester micro-power generator was demonstrated at this year's Sensors Expo and Tradeshow. The company was recently featured in the Cornell Chronicle, where it predicts needing a 40-person workforce in a few years.

CNT supercapacitors enable harsh-environment energy storage

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Rice University researchers created a solid-state, CNT-based supercapacitors, combining aspects of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors with harsh-environment ruggedness.

3 graphene fab methods: Researchers claim cheap, easy, high yielding processes

Fri, 7 Jul 2011

MIT, U Penn, and NIU have published promising results on manufacturing graphene, a nanomaterial that could offer new electrical and thermal properties to electronic devices. These vastly improve upon the original method of pulling graphene off a block of highly purified graphite with tape.

Energy harvesting beyond the lab thanks to silicon micromachining

Fri, 4 Apr 2011

Photo. A new energy harvester developed by University of Michigan researchers can harness energy from vibrations and convert it to electricity with five to ten times greater efficiency and power than other devices in its class. Credit: Erkan AktakkaUniversity of Michigan engineers have developed a vibration energy harvester with high-quality piezoelectrics built using silicon micro-machining processes that would allow high-volume production. The harvester could operate wireless sensor networks in factories for 20+ years without maintenance.

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.

Oak Ridge discovers lithium-ion battery booster

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a titanium dioxide compound material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries. The compound's manufacturing process, however, is complex.

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.

Quantum dots manufactured in continuous flow process

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Using a microreactor and control software, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) and the Access2Flow Consortium of the Netherlands achieved a continuous flow process to mass produce quantum dots.

TI, dye-sensitized solar cell maker team up on self-powered devices

Fri, 5 May 2011

G24 Innovations (G24i), dye sensitized solar cell technology (DSSC) provider, and Texas Instruments (TI, NY:TXN) will combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI's nano-powered energy converter under a new strategic development agreement.

Graphene start-up attracts POSCO partnership

Wed, 6 Jun 2011

Korean steel maker POSCO will invest in Michigan-based start-up XG Science to manufacture graphene and collaborate on graphene product development for energy storage and electronics.

MEMS-in-2011-and-beyond: POVs from the MEMS Executive Congress

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

Dan Siewiorek, Karen Lightman, Rich Duncombe, Vida Ilderem, and other speakers from the MEMS industry shared their visions for the future at the MEMS Executive Congress 2010. Following are summaries of their talks, from the "iPhone 20" lifetime smart-companion to seisic imaging developments, energy management, and more MEMS opportunities.

Nanotechnologies cut renewables costs says ABI Research

Mon, 1 Jan 2011

Nanotech in renewable energyWorld investment in renewable energy will top $2 trillion on a cumulative basis from 2010 through 2015. Were the companies building these generating plants to utilize existing, commercially available nanotechnologies, ABI Research estimates, over the same five-year period renewable power producers could save nearly $300 billion in capital expenditure.

Fund manager advises balancing risk, even in a micro-nano portfolio

Fri, 1 Jan 2005
For an investor searching for the most likely beneficiaries of micro- and nanotechnology development, choosing companies is difficult. Should the investor focus on material suppliers, process enablers, manufacturing companies, IP powerhouses or the producers of “micro- and nano-refined” end products?

Evident receives OSD grant

Wed, 2 Feb 2005

2005 may be a momentous year for MEMS, or maybe just a momentum-building year

Fri, 1 Jan 2005
As a new year begins, it seems to be a good time to ask: What will 2005 bring? Within the MEMS industry, there’s always something interesting afoot, so let’s answer that question by exploring 2004’s accomplishments and developments that could shape 2005. Accelerometers got their foot in the door with cell phones in 2004 – a huge accomplishment. But, will the use of accelerometers for peripheral applications, such as pedometers and game controllers, really catch on?

Nano-Proprietary partners with KRI on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Ener1 to buy Giner Electrochemical

Wed, 1 Jan 2005

Nanosys, Sharp to collaborate on fuel cells

Tue, 1 Jan 2005

Polyfuel inks agreement with Johnson Matthey

Fri, 4 Apr 2006

Konarka, Solaris partner on solar work

Tue, 6 Jun 2005

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

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.

NanoCon all about production and applications

Fri, 9 Sep 2006
If Wednesday's opening day of NanoCon 2006 was primarily about the overall picture for nanotechnology in the near-term future, Thursday turned greater attention to specific instances of nanotech applications and developments today.

Altairnano wins $40 million private placement

Mon, 12 Dec 2007
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., a provider of advanced nanomaterial-based products and technology used in energy for transportation and stationary power, industrial and life science applications, has completed a $40 million private placement of its common stock to Al Yousuf LLC.

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.

Nanocomp claims first ready-to-use nanotube textile

Mon, 5 May 2007
Nanocomp Technologies says it has produced a new textile material based on its extremely long (hundreds of microns to millimeters) nanotubes. Company CEO Peter Antoinette says, "we have a product platform with vast real-world functionality and . . . we aim to determine just how broad the benefits can extend."

Catilin secures $3 million in financing for nanotech biodiesel production facility and research

Thu, 7 Jul 2007
Catilin raised $3 million in Series A financing through MDV-Mohr to build a production facility and continue research into its nanotechnology-based biodiesel production process, which promises to lower production costs and reduce water consumption and contaminants.

MicroStrain's energy-harvesting node succeeds in flight test

Thu, 6 Jun 2007
MicroStrain, Inc. says its ESG-LINK energy-harvesting nodes operated successfully in the first-ever flight test of wireless strain sensors for damage tracking of rotating helicopter parts and other critical dynamic components.

CogniTek, BASF to develop high-efficiency heat exchange

Thu, 8 Aug 2007
BASF and CogniTek believe that the unique properties of supercritical carbon dioxide and ionic liquids could transform low-temperature heat (e.g., solar) into high-value power. And so the two will partner to examine the prospect. The result would be an efficient power-generation system with integral heating and cooling.

ISSYS launches embedded fuel-cell sensor

Wed, 1 Jan 2007
Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS), an Ypsilanti, Mich. MEMS design and fabrication company, announced the launch of its embedded density and chemical concentration sensor. The main application is methanol concentration measurement for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) portable batteries.

Feynman Nanotech Prize winner joins Nanoexa as CTO

Wed, 6 Jun 2007
Nanoexa, a provider of high-performance clean energy storage solutions, has hired Dr. Deepak Srivastava as Chief Technology Officer.

Nanocoating opportunities grow as layers get thinner

Mon, 6 Jun 2007
Nanocoating and ultra thin film deposition technology is expanding from industrial applications to semiconductors, photovoltaic cells, magnetic memory, and space exploration. Small Times' Hugh Willett reports.

Polyfuel appoints Kucernak to tech advisory board

Tue, 9 Sep 2005

Polyfuel claims 5,000 hour DMFC membrane

Mon, 10 Oct 2005

Focus on energy: Nation’s electric grid needs overhaul

Mon, 8 Aug 2004
Chances are, the electric grid of the future will look a lot like the grid of today. But certainly it won’t behave the same as today’s grid, whether it undergoes an overhaul, upgrades or is left unchanged. The grid is a dynamic and complex construct linking power generators, substations and transmission lines across continents.

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: Sensors head for lower cost, more miniaturization

Tue, 8 Aug 2004
Wireless sensor network developers have had to refine hardware and software so that sensing modules will get three, five or 10 years of working life from the coin cell batteries that power them. For industrial tasks such as monitoring temperature, humidity and vibrations throughout a semiconductor fab or power plant, wireless sensor nets are designed to improve productivity.

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.

New insights for Foresight:
A Small Times Q&A with Scott Mize

Mon, 9 Sep 2005
The Foresight Nanotech Institute, a public interest think tank with a 20-year history at the forefront of nanotechnology theory, wants to become involved in its more immediate uses as well. Scott Mize was brought on as president a year ago to help execute that transition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nanomaterials could soup up supercapacitors if price is right

Wed, 2 Feb 2004
It's a battery! It's a power pump! It's Super Capacitor! Supercapacitors work like short-acting, but high-power, batteries. While the first supercapacitor was sold in 1978, improved performance and lower prices in recent years are expanding the market for them. That has caught the attention of companies working on nanomaterials.

NanoGram raises $7 million second round

Wed, 7 Jul 2004

QuantumSphere recruits Olah to advisory board

Thu, 1 Jan 2006

Altair announces li-ion battery test results

Thu, 1 Jan 2006

Ener1 to name Gassenheimer chairman

Thu, 1 Jan 2006

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.

Zyvex and Arkema strengthen nanomaterials partnership

Fri, 6 Jun 2006
Zyvex of Richardson, Texas, and Arkema of Paris announced their intention to strengthen their strategic partnership by jointly developing commercial nanomaterials applications.

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.

Smart grid will wed modern computing with nanotechnology

Fri, 9 Sep 2003
Guest Column: "It is vital that the electric grid of the country be modernized if we are to have any hope of preventing future disruptions." Rick Smalley of Rice University, Roger Anderson of Columbia University and Ron Oligney of the Texas Energy Center show how nanotechnologies can offer vast new electrical energy storage capacity.

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.

Ad hoc modeling shapes nanotech’s near future

Fri, 5 May 2003
The co-founder of a nanotechnology startup that prides itself on its modeling capabilities predicts the industry will have commercialized design software tools like those used for microsystems, but not anytime soon. Over time, commercial design software tools likely will replace today's do-it-yourself approach.

Nanotech's green side: Cutting waste and risk, taming environmental fears

Wed, 10 Oct 2003
Researchers are applying the principles of green chemistry – using fewer or alternative materials for more efficient, eco-friendly results – and the advantages of nanotechnology and microsystems to "do things green from the get go." They see green chemistry and nanotechnology intersecting to cut or eliminate waste from manufacturing processes and foster development of better materials.

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.

Small Times magazine recognizes small tech in today's world

Mon, 11 Nov 2003
Recognizing the people, products and companies that are leading the growth of the micro and nanotechnology industry, Small Times Media announces its 2003 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards. These awards represent the best of the best in nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems.

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.

Ethics center a small obstacle as Senate nears nano bill passage

Thu, 11 Nov 2003
The U.S. Senate is close to giving its long-awaited approval to a bill that would give nanotechnology a permanent home in the federal government, but passage is being held up in backroom debates over a proposed center to study societal and ethical issues. Sources say disagreements over whether such a center would hinder the emerging industry's progress should be resolved soon.

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

Nanosys raises $40 million financing

Wed, 11 Nov 2005
Nanosys Inc., a privately held company focused on developing nanotechnology-enabled products, announced that it has raised approximately $40 million in a private equity financing.

Motorola division invests in Tekion

Wed, 11 Nov 2005

PolyFuel announces "drop in" hydrocarbon fuel cell membranes

Tue, 4 Apr 2005

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.

What's wrong with the grid? It's dumb; sensors might make it smarter

Tue, 8 Aug 2003
Even as the energy industry struggles to understand why last week's blackout occurred, experts are examining ways in which small tech could help prevent it from happening again. And they're finding at least one new way to make the grid run more efficiently: microsensors. Not only more efficiently, but "smarter." The MEMS-based systems can do that by circulating up-to-date information about what’s going on within the power systems.

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.

Power Paper rolls up $3 million

Thu, 10 Oct 2002
Power Paper Ltd., a provider of thin and flexible micro power source technology and devices based in Kibbutz Einat, Israel, has raised $3 million in a fourth round of financing, according to a news release.

Plug Power, Albany Nanotech form partnership

Thu, 10 Oct 2002

Go long, say investors; Nano needs
help beyond the line of scrimmage

Wed, 10 Oct 2002
Experts are concerned about the degree to which investors will pour money into nano startups after the initial seed stage of funding. That second stage is tough now because investors are much more focused on how far the product needs to travel from prototype to paying customers – and with nanotechnology, "the timeframe is larger and the dollar amounts are greater.”

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.

Porous silicon nanoneedles for semiconductors, life sciences

Tue, 8 Aug 2010

Silicon nanoneedles with modulated porosity could improve healthcare devices by increasing energy storage, help realize implantable microchips, or make better drugs.

Analyst: Who's who in nanotech batteries

Mon, 8 Aug 2010

nano batteries researchBusiness execution, and not so much technological differentiation, separates the pack among firms developing nanotechnology-enabled batteries, according to a new report from Lux Research.

Bulk graphene oxide without the toxic gases

Fri, 7 Jul 2010

A new paper from the lab of Rice University chemist James Tour demonstrates an environmentally friendly way to make bulk quantities of graphene oxide (GO), an insulating version of single-atom-thick graphene expected to find use in all kinds of material and electronic applications.

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.

Nano-enhanced armor contract uses SWeNT SMW100 CNTs

Thu, 8 Aug 2010

SWeNT’s SMW100 will be used in a highly advanced nanotechnology application to create stronger, lighter armor that fundamentally improves its resistance to impact and reduces the penetration depth of a bullet.SWeNT is manufacturing specialty multi-wall carbon nanotubes for NanoRidge Materials. These CNTs are being incorporated into enhanced body armor to improve protection of soldiers and law enforcement officers from small arms fire.

Energy storage's quiet revolution

Wed, 3 Mar 2010

Notwithstanding the exuberance surrounding the debuts of A123 Systems and Bloom Energy, a series of recent small announcements suggest that energy-storage technologies are quietly making progress toward commercialization.

Organic nano-material proves bio can match metallic strength

Thu, 9 Sep 2010

Figure: PRNewswire, London, September 29. TEL AVIV, Israel - Nanotechnology team reports the strongest organic nano-material ever developed. (PRNewsFoto/Tel Aviv University)A spherical nanostructure, fully derived from very simple organic elements, yet strong as steel, has been developed and characterized at the laboratories of Ehud Gazit of Tel Aviv University and Itay Rousso of the Weizmann Institute of Science.


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.


Mon, 3 Mar 2002

In what is likely to poke one more hole in the technology bubble, a report released this morning places the nanotechnology industry at a mere $30 million in annual sales. Previous reports have placed sales at $45 billion or more than 1,000 times larger. "We are trying to come up with rational numbers for nanotechnology," said the report's co-author.

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.

Sending the wrong message

Wed, 11 Nov 2006
I’ll start by freely admitting that FEI is a fabulous company and the Titan is an awesome piece of gear.


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.


Fri, 12 Dec 2001

An ambitious plan for a nanotechnology research center focused around the University of Birmingham is at the heart of a U.K. regional development strategy that hopes to revitalize the birthplace of the industrial revolution. The launch of the I2 Nanotech Centre is the first phase of a vision to establish the West Midlands as a global force in the commercial exploitation of nanotechnology.

Motorola leads charge for portable fuel cells

Sun, 1 Jan 2006
In late 2004, Motorola joined in a federally supported program with Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.(CNI) and Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Inc. to develop electrodes for micro fuel cells.

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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."


Thu, 6 Jun 2001

At least 15 university-level nanocenters have sprung up across the United States. For researchers, it's about being pioneers in an area that is expected to influence medicine, science and the environment. For universities, it's about tapping into public dollars.

Microminiature thermionic converters

Tue, 9 Sep 2001

We show you the money

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
2006 compensation survey reveals salary, benefits trends

Nanobatteries power China’s energy drive

Wed, 3 Mar 2006
Other applications could benefit from same dynamic


Thu, 8 Aug 2001

Alan MacDiarmid has always based his research on a simple premise: "Science is people." He is bringing this precept to the fledgling NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. The institute promises to combine MacDiarmid's passion for science with a head for business as it hopes to spawn a new Nanotech Corridor near campus.


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.

NanoGram Devices completes $9.2M first round

Mon, 2 Feb 2003
NanoGram Devices Corp., a Fremont, Calif., developer of nanomaterial-based components for medical devices, announced that it has closed on $9.2 million in first round financing, according to President Jason Lemkin. Ken Westrick, former chief executive officer of New Focus Inc., was appointed CEO of NanoGram Devices.

Nanomix loses high-profile CEO

Tue, 1 Jan 2003
Nanomix Inc. has parted ways with its president and chief executive, Charles Janac. The move seems surprising, given that Janac had successfully refocused Nanomix’s strategy and closed a $9 million round of funding in Sept. 2002.

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.

New Products

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
Cambridge NanoTech, a supplier of atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems for research and industry, has released the Savannah S300 system, which offers the same combination of ease of use, reliability and experimental flexibility as earlier models in a larger format.

...But how do you build it?

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
It’s a common occurrence in the world of advanced materials–an engineer develops a brilliant design, but it is too expensive or complex to mass produce because of limitations in the manufacturing methods available to integrate ceramics, metals, glasses, and polymers.

IMEC improves piezoelectric energy harvesters to drive vehicle health monitoring

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
by Jan Provoost, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium, and Rob van Schaijk, IMEC Holst Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Students’ cars drive the power of nanotechnology

Tue, 5 May 2007
Fuel-cell-powered balsa-wood cars are driving students from Broadlands, Ill.-based Heritage High School into the age of nanotechnology.

Workshop sets stage for DOE’s nanotech future

Sun, 7 Jul 2007
A June workshop hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) aimed to set industry-driven R&D priorities that will yield significant energy savings in manufacturing and product use.

Nano enables practical, portable fuel cells

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
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

Energy-harvesting systems for critical operations monitoring

Thu, 11 Nov 2007
Recent developments in combining sensors, microprocessors, and radio frequency (RF) communications hold the potential to revolutionize the way we monitor and maintain critical systems.


Thu, 12 Dec 2010

ActaCell Inc. was awarded up to $3 million over a 3-year period in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST. The funding will focus on production scale up of nanocomposite alloy anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to be used in electric vehicles and other demanding applications.

MWNTs: Leaders move to dominate market with massive scale-up

Mon, 4 Apr 2010

Carbon nanotube (CNT) producers are increasing capacity with hopes of lower costs and greater market adoption. But don't fall for the hype -- the market isn't expanding at the same rapid scale-up rate, note Lux Research analysts David Hwang and Jurron Bradley.

Energy Storage, Electronics and Chemical Focus of Dow, UQ Research

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

Energy storage research – specifically high performance cathodes made of low-cost nanocarbons -- will be part of the focus on a new collaborative effort between The Dow Chemical Company and University of Queenland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering Nanotechnology (AIBN). Dow will contribute approximately $AU1.74million ($UDS1.7million) in the three-year alliance. In addition to improved energy storage systems, AIBN will conduct research on sustainable sources for chemicals and new-generation circuitry.

NPL focuses on characterization of MEMS energy harvesting devices

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

The realization of self-powered microsystems for medical implants, drug delivery, remote monitoring, or safety-driven applications forms the basis behind a new project being run at the UK's NPL by the Functional Materials Group.

EnerG2 Targets Ultracapacitor Electrodes with Nanotech

Thu, 11 Nov 2010

EnerG2 is focused on customizing electrode materials to enhance energy and power density in ultracapacitors. The company is using nano-structured materials to optimize the electrodes' surface area, which they say will help performance and cycle life. In August, EnerG2 broke ground on what they claim to be the world’s first facility dedicated to the commercial-scale production of synthetic high-performance carbon electrode material.

Altairnano Wins 10MW Lithium-Titanate Battery Project

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

Reno-based Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. has been selected by Inversiones Energéticas, S.A. de C.V. (INE), one of El Salvador's largest electric utilities, to provide a turn-key 10 MW lithium-titanate based battery system, dubbed "ALTI-ESS," for frequency control.

IEDM: Fujitsu tips hybrid energy-harvesting device

Fri, 12 Dec 2010

Fujitsu Labs says it has developed a hybrid device that harvests energy and generates electricity from either heat or light, resulting in an economical device with potential use in sensor networks and medical technologies.

Microbatteries could get boost from nanostructured nickel electrodes

Mon, 12 Dec 2010

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland is working to harness and exploiting the "self-renewing" and "self-assembling" properties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells.

Altairnano Wins 10MW Lithium-Titanate Battery Project

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

Reno-based Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. has been selected by Inversiones Energéticas, S.A. de C.V. (INE), one of El Salvador's largest electric utilities, to provide a turn-key 10 MW lithium-titanate based battery system, dubbed "ALTI-ESS," for frequency control.

IEDM: Fujitsu tips hybrid energy-harvesting device

Fri, 12 Dec 2010

Fujitsu Labs says it has developed a hybrid device that harvests energy and generates electricity from either heat or light, resulting in an economical device with potential use in sensor networks and medical technologies.


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.

Patents are going down the 'tubes';
study may predict economic growth

Tue, 8 Aug 2002
Patent filings on carbon nanotubes are keeping pace proportionately with the growing number of academic papers published on nanotubes, according to a review in this week's journal Science. That suggests industry’s interest in the versatile molecule is increasing steadily. While patenting doesn’t ensure commercialization, it certainly improves its chances, the lead author said.

Nanomix stirs up $9M second round

Mon, 9 Sep 2002
Nanomix Inc., an Emeryville, Calif., developer of nanotech-enabled chemical sensors and hydrogen storage technologies, has raised $9 million in second round funding, according to Charles Janac, president and chief executive officer.

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.

Enable IPC acquires ultracapacitor developer SolRayo

Wed, 10 Oct 2008
October 1, 2008: Enable IPC Corp. has acquired a controlling interest in SolRayo LLC, a Wisconsin technology company that develops ultracapacitor technology for improving the storage, delivery, and usage of energy. Terms of the deal are to be in exchange for in-kind contributions from a major grant to be announced shortly.

Altairnano branding supports focus in energy storage

Mon, 10 Oct 2008
October 6, 2008: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. a provider of advanced materials and products for power and energy systems, has unveiled its new corporate brand identity, including a new logo, tagline, website and targeted advertising campaign, to tout its new focus on energy storage in the transportation, stationary power and military markets.

Satcon to deliver energy storage module to US ships

Mon, 10 Oct 2008
October 13, 2008: Satcon Technology Corp., a provider of utility scale distributed power solutions for the renewable energy market, has been awarded a ~$6M contract by the Office of Naval Research to design and test an advanced modular 500kW Energy Storage Module (ESM) for the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class ships.

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.

IPS unveils Thinergy ADP for micro-batteries

Wed, 10 Oct 2008
October 29, 2008 Thin-film battery manufacturer Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) unveiled the Thinergy Application Development Platform (ADP) at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, MA. Coupled with IPS' Thinergy family of thin-film micro-energy cell products, the ADP empowers designers to create new microelectronic applications, such as perpetually powered and deeply embedded systems.

Enable IPC developing clean energy ultracapacitors for European research institute

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
July 22, 2008 -- Marking a major milestone with the first commercial use of its breakthrough ultracapacitor nanotechnology, Enable IPC Corp., an intellectual property commercialization company, has partnered with the Madrid, Spain-based IMDE Energy Institute to jointly develop ultracapacitors based on Enable IPC's patent-pending energy technology.

Nextreme awarded NC Green Business Fund Grant to enhance efficiency of thermoelectrics

Tue, 7 Jul 2008
July 1, 2008 -- Nextreme Thermal Solutions, a manufacturer of microscale thermal and power management products for the electronics industry, has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Green Business Fund to enhance the efficiency of thin-film thermoelectrics used to convert waste heat into electricity.

Arrowhead subsidiary to commercialize nanotech energy storage devices

Wed, 7 Jul 2008
July 9, 2008 -- Arrowhead Research Corporation has formed Agonn Systems Corporation to explore, develop and commercialize nanotechnology-based energy storage devices for electric vehicles and other large format applications.

Nanogate technology platform offers permanent storage of electric charges

Mon, 8 Aug 2008
August 25, 2008: The new N_charge technology platform, developed by Nanogate AG, enables the low-cost storage of electric charges in different underlying media, such as glass, textiles, and plastics.

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.

Nanotech-based catalyst paves way for ethanol fuel cells

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
January 26, 2009: Sscientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, have developed a nanotech-based catalyst that could make ethanol-powered fuel cells feasible, by performing two crucial and previously unreachable steps needed to oxidize ethanol and produce clean energy in fuel cell reactions.

Infinite Power ships first micro-energy cells

Wed, 2 Feb 2009
February 4, 2009: Infinite Power Solutions Inc. has sent out its first pre-production shipments of its new THINERGY micro-energy cell (MEC).

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.

Report: Li-ion battery market $9B by 2015

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
January 19, 2009: Worldwide nanotechnology thin film lithium-ion batteries are poised to achieve significant growth as units become more able to achieve deliver of power to electric vehicles efficiently, according to a new report by Publications.

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.

Carbon nanotubes turn paper/ink into batteries

Tue, 12 Dec 2009

Researchers from Stanford U. have slathered ordinary paper with a carbon nanotube/silver nanowire ink to create a supercapacitor with excellent electricity storage/conductivity properties, "at least an order of magnitude" better than lithium-ion batteries.

IEDM 2009: IMEC's piezoelectric energy harvester, plastic transponder circuit

Tue, 12 Dec 2009

At this year's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), IMEC and partners disclosed their latest work in creating a MEMS-based piezoelectric energy harvesting device with record power generation, and a "world-first" organic transponder circuit with bit rate of 50kbits/s, nearing requirements for Electronic Product Coding (EPC) standards.

Report: Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene for Electronics Apps

Thu, 6 Jun 2009
June 18, 2009 -- Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene exhibit extraordinary electrical properties for organic materials, and have a huge potential in electrical and electronic applications such as sensors, semiconductor devices, displays, conductors and energy conversion devices (e.g., fuel cells, harvesters and batteries).

Altairnano completes manufacture of battery packs

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. has completed the manufacture of battery packs to be used in a 2-megawatt energy storage system purchased by AES Corp.

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.

U.K. government issues report on nanotech for environmental remediation

Thu, 5 May 2007
The U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published the results of a study that explored how nanotechnologies could cut the use of non-renewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study investigated the opportunities and potential obstacles to adoption of a number of environmentally beneficial nanotechnologies.

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.

Long distance team teaching works for nanotechnology field

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 25, 2008 -- U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science and Virginia Tech's Department of Chemistry have teamed up to offer a long distance cross-university team teaching course.

Veeco becomes charter member of CPV consortium

Tue, 9 Sep 2008
September 16, 2008: Veeco Instruments Inc. has become a charter member in the CPV Consortium, a global industry organization that supports the development and long-term success of the concentrator photovoltaics industry, with the goal of providing a low-cost, reliable source of renewable energy.

QuantumSphere files patent on tech to increase lithium ion battery life

Wed, 9 Sep 2008
September 17, 2008: QuantumSphere Inc., a developer of advanced catalyst materials, electrode devices, and related technologies for portable power and clean-energy applications, has filed a patent for technology that extends the capacity of rechargeable lithium ion batteries up to five times.

Carbon material shows promise for storing renewable electrical energy

Thu, 9 Sep 2008
September 18, 2008: Engineers and scientists at the U. of Texas/Austin have achieved a breakthrough in the use of graphene as a new carbon-based material for storing electrical charge in ultracapacitor devices, perhaps paving the way for the massive installation of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.

Evident Technologies awarded patent for semiconductor nanocrystals

Wed, 9 Sep 2008
September 24, 2008: Evident Technologies Inc. announced the issuance of US Patent No. 7,399,429 covering the ability to make semiconductor nanocrystals from III-V materials, including indium gallium phosphide, which it claims will contribute to development of quantum dot applications.

New graphene-based material clarifies graphite oxide chemistry

Mon, 9 Sep 2008
September 29, 2008 - Researchers at the U. of Texas at Austin have created a new "graphene-based" material that they claim helps solve the structure of graphite oxide, a precursor to chemically modified graphenes, which will enable further study of the material and optimization of its properties for a range of applications.

Altair Nanotechnologies develops battery for US Navy

Tue, 9 Sep 2008
September 8, 2008: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., a provider of advanced nanomaterials technology used in power and energy systems and other applications, said it has completed the 500th full depth cycle of a lithium titanate battery developed for the US Navy.

Planar acquires technology for safer lithium ion batteries

Tue, 9 Sep 2008
September 9, 2008: Planar Energy Devices Inc. has licensed technology and manufacturing rights from Policell Technologies for a new generation of safe large-format lithium ion batteries based on a bondable nanocomposite separator technology, which features a chemically engineered shutdown feature that prevents cells from triggering thermal runaway which can result in batteries catching on fire.

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.

Altairnano, Amperex, partner on lithium-titanate batteries

Mon, 5 May 2009
May 18, 2009: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) and Amperex Technology have entered into a joint development agreement to accelerate the commercialization of high-performance lithium-titanate battery cells.

Powercast, CAP-XX team on battery-free power for sensors

Thu, 5 May 2009
May 21, 2009: Engineeers from Powercast Corp. and CAP-XX Ltd. have introduced a wireless energy-harvester reference design that creates a battery-free power source for wireless sensors commonly used in security, environmental and condition-monitoring systems.

Altair Nano hopes for stimulus money in 3rd quarter

Thu, 5 May 2009
May 7, 2009: The president and CEO of Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. said that while first quarter revenues are down from a year ago, he expects the company to benefit from stimulus money around the third quarter.

ZettaCore raises $21 million in Series C round

Mon, 5 May 2009
May 11, 2009 ZettaCore Inc., a developer of molecular materials and technology for current and next-generation semiconductor products, has completed raising $21 million in a Series C financing that will allow the company to bring its technology to market.

New MEMS-Based Systems Solutions Session at Sensors Expo

Fri, 5 May 2009
A technical session titled "Think Outside the Chip: MEMS-Based Systems Solutions" will be held at the Sensors Expo Chicago 2009. In the all-day session on Monday June 8, industry analyst (and Small Times contributing editor) Roger Grace will be joined by more than 20 other world recognized leaders in the microelectromechanical (MEMS) area representing North America, Asia and Europe.

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.

NaturalNano awarded two broad patents in energy technologies

Fri, 11 Nov 2008
November 14, 2008: NaturalNano Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company two patents for the use of naturally occurring nanotubes (HNTTM) in clean energy areas: one in hydrogen storage, and another for the use of mineral based nanotechnology in ultracapacitors.

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.

Ford looks to nanotech for auto performance, fuel economy

Wed, 4 Apr 2008
In its quest for fuel efficiency, Ford Motor Company is developing nanotechnology-based paints, plastics, light metals, and catalysts to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy without sacrificing quality. Analysts predict that nanomaterials will reach 70% usage in auto apps by 2015.

Samsung exec speaks on future innovations

Mon, 7 Jul 2013

The future is bright for the future semiconductor and IT industry, according to Samsung exec Yoon Woo (Y.W.) Lee. In a keynote talk at The ConFab, Mr. Lee described a future with dramatic advances in almost every field, including healthcare, nano, energy and the environment, all powered by semiconductors