We are excited to bring you our Spring 2018 edition of NanoScientific with a tremendous display of how Nanotechnology is quickly advancing science into new realms. Dr. Ennio Capria, Deputy Head of Business Development, IRT NanoElectronics states in his welcome message for the 21st International Conference on Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to be held in London in June, “Nanoscience is everywhere. Although incredible advances occurred in the last 3 decades, a lot remains to unveil.”
In this issue we unveil one of the most exciting developments in semiconductors, the age of neuromorphic chips that mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the human nervous system. With the ability to learn on-the-fly and process the extreme amounts of data needed to create the ‘implanted memory’ for human-like machine brains, these chips revolutionize what we know as computer technology. Major companies like IBM have defined cognitive computing as their main business for the future and Intel Labs has developed a neuromorphic research chip, code-named “Loihi,” that mimics the functioning of neurons and synapses in the brain. Neuromorphic technology can be used in a wide range of consumer and business products, from driverless cars to domestic robots. In this issue, Dr. Alain Diebold from SUNY Polytechnic gives us an overview of the latest semiconductor revolution and how SUNY is conducting cutting edge research on the material design architecture.
We also present an article on NASA’s project OSIRIS-REx — the first-ever sampling mission by NASA to the distant asteroid Bennu. This mission will give us a glimpse into the formation of our solar system and important discoveries about asteroids, one of the hottest topics in space. NASA is also moving forward with a plan to develop a refrigerator-sized spacecraft capable of deflecting asteroids and preventing them from colliding with Earth and companies like Aten Engineering aim to be first with ideas that could shape the future of asteroid mining.
This issue also talks about another revolution poised to explode in the near term, 3D printing, already transforming industries and becoming 50 percent cheaper and up to 400 percent faster, it could reach $49 billion as soon as 2025 and already well underway. For example, 3D printed food is already a reality on Earth and in space. Beehex, an American startup, has received a grant from NASA to develop a food 3D printer to allow astronauts to produce their own food during long-term space missions in order to go to Mars.
As always, we feature technical application notes in this issue that highlight new techniques in Nanometrology, the nanoscale imaging that enables scientists to visualize at the atomic scale. In this issue, we showcase Electrical Conductivity Measurement of Carbon Nanotubes and PinPoint Piezolectric Force Microscopy.
To continue collaboration on the new nanotech innovations world-wide, NanoScientific is hosting NanoScientific Symposiums which will feature leading academic and industry presentations and an opportunity to present your research and network with industry leaders. The first NanoScientific Symposium on SPM is Sept 19-20 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the second will be hosted by Technical University Freiberg October 10-12. We encourage you to submit an abstract to present at the NanoScientific Symposiums and share your amazing Nanoscience discoveries!
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