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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!

For details on these two events go to www.parksystems.com/2018spm for the US and www.parksystems.com/nsfe2018 for Europe.

We would enjoy hearing from you, our readers. Send your research or story ideas to Debbie at Debbie@nanoscientific.org and let us know if you are interested in sponsoring or attending our NanoScientific Symposiums.

 

 

First Test of Graphene in Space-like Applications

Working with Graphene Flagship and European Space Agency, researchers from the Cambridge Graphene Center tested graphene in microgravity conditions for the first time. Using graphene in loop-heat pipes, pumps that move fluid without the need for mechanical parts, a metallic wick was coated in graphene improving efficiency of the heat pipe. Graphene’s excellent thermal properties improve the heat transfer from the hot systems into the wick and the porous structure of the graphene coating increases the interaction of the wick with the fluid, and improves the capillary pressure, meaning the liquid can flow through the wick faster. In other experiments researchers looked at use of the material for the improvement of space propulsion or solar sails for fuel-free spacecraft (pictured above) and thermal management systems. The Graphene Flagship, launched by the European Union in 2013 as part of its largest research initiative ever. With a budget of €1 billion, their overall goal is to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society. www.graphene-flagship.eu

About us

NANOscientific is published quarterly to showcase advancements in the field of Nanoscience and technology across a wide range of multidisciplinary areas of research.

The publication is offered free to anyone who works in the field of Nanotechnology, Nanoscience, Microscopy and other related fields of study and manufacturing.

For inquiries about submitting story ideas, please contact Deborah West, Content Editor at debbie@nanoscientific.org. Art Director, Debbie Bishop. For inquiries about Advertising in NANOscientific, please contact Gerald Pascal at gerald@nanoscientific.org

A list of Global Nanotech Organizations

The International Association of Nanotechnology is a non-profit organization with the goals of fostering scientific research and business development in the area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for benefits of society. The Association fosters friendship, equality and cooperation amongst its members around the world.  The Association conducts workforce training programs to equip a new generation of scientists, engineers and technicians working in nanotech and cleantech industries. Website: www.nanotechnologyworld.org

The Nanotechnology World Association provides its members with access to a vast network of more than 70,000 individuals and organizations who are leading the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of nanotechnology worldwide. The association was created to help accelerate the integration of nanotechnologies in various industries — such as medical, energy, electronics, transportation and materials — by providing information, resources and tools, by connecting researchers and organizations, and by fostering knowledge sharing and cooperation. Promoting collaboration and networking is a part of the process towards sustainable success. Opening to new interdisciplinary approaches represents a new challenge for material scientists. This is particularly important in fields such as Nanoengineering, Nanoelectronics and Nanomedicine. Website: www.ianano.org

The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is the leading voice of the nanotechnology industries. On behalf of membership across Europe and around the world, we support the development of nanotech innovations that improve the lives of consumers, preserve our environment and advance our world.

NIA and our Members are committed to the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of nanotechnology and nanomaterials across all industries. We believe in fostering a better understanding of nanotechnology’s important role in society and building a positive global environment for nanotech innovation. www.nanotechia.org

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