Samsung Reveals Major Graphene Breakthrough

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Graphene may as well be called the most interesting material in the world.
It’s stronger than a diamond and pretty much anything else known to man. It’s an atom thick. It’s incredibly conductive and enhances communication. It could potentially replace silicon and ultimately transform electronics.
One of its only limitations is size; most of its qualities cannot be produced at a scale that is useful in manufacturing consumer-level products. That is, until now.
Researchers around the globe have experimented with graphene since its discovery in 2004. Now, scientists at Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea have announced the discovery of a new method for “growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene.”
“The new method…synthesizes large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor, maintaining its electric and mechanical properties,” Samsung wrote. It “repeatedly synthesizes single crystal graphene on the current semiconductor wafer scale.”
Previous attempts at growing large-scale graphene wafers were unsuccessful, Samsung said, because they deteriorated some of graphene’s key qualities.
It could be a major breakthrough for graphene, but it’s also a major bummer for technologies companies hoping to cash in on a graphene electronics bonanza.

Handset manufacturer Nokia (soon to be fully owned by Microsoft) has been in the graphene research game since 2006. Last year, the company got a $2.3 billion grant from the European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies program to develop graphene-based technology solutions. Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University’s graphene project is funded by Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), and like Nokia, they have been studying the material since 2006.

It’s unclear whether Samsung’s breakthrough will give the electronics company the lead in graphene-based electronics, or whether it plans to share the breakthrough. Samsung already makes displays for many of the world’s most popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

One thing that remains unaddressed in Samsung’s announcement is graphene’s other critical limitation — one that could prevent it from unseating silicon as the go-to material for electronics. Graphene lacks an “energy gap” and can’t be turned on and off. Put simply, it’s super-conductive and is never really “off.” Transistors work by switching on and off, sometimes millions of times a second, to help power the world’s processors.
Some say that “doping” the graphene, or adding chemicals to it to adjust its properties, could help, but it’s unclear whether that would change some of its most prized properties, like incredible strength.
The future of technology may, to a certain extent, hinge on researchers figuring this out. Silicon prices are rising as supply steadily dwindles. Companies like Samsung, Nokia, Apple, Qualcomm and others need another option, and nothing is more attractive than graphene. If Samsung truly has cracked this commercial production nut, the future of gadgetry could be very interesting indeed.

source: http://mashable.com/2014/04/04/samsung-graphene-breakthrough/

Portuguese nanotechnology firm is launched at largest medical fair in Dubai

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Smart Inovation, a company producing nanoparticles, located in Barcelos, participated for the first time in the HBMeU Congress 2014 (the largest event in the field of health and the environment of the Middle East) to intensify contacts with the international scientific community and potential clients or prospects.
Towards the end of 2013, Smart Inovation defined in its strategic plan the need to internationalize the SI technology and establish partnerships worldwide so that it may reach people, companies, institutions and organizations all over the world. Further participation in various events among other activities are being contemplated. Following the invitation to present its SI technology, SI agreed to participate in the HBMeU Congress 2014- Health and Environment Conference in the Middle East, which took place in the famous Hotel Atlantis The Palm, located on the famous artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, in Dubai.
Several clinical directors and managers of large hospitals in the Middle East who were present at the fair showed great interest in the SI technologies, in particular, the ones used in the medical field. With its own space at the fair, the company established various business contacts in order to sell its products and find distributors for different countries in the region.
Smart Inovation introduced itself as a R&D company that develops solutions in the field of nanotechnology and is based in Barcelos. Its mission is to develop and provide technology for the functionalization of materials which defy the established rules and paradigms, allowing industries to incorporate added value to their products directly providing new markets and gains in competitiveness. It has a center at an industrial scale for the production of nanoparticles with an average production capacity of 100 Tons/month.
It has developed an innovative and unique technology based on nanotechnology. The SI technology consists of a matrix of nanoparticles that can transport active substances. This matrix is able to bind to various materials giving them new properties and characteristics. Currently, it has solutions for applications such as: textiles, paints, varnishes, paper etc… Examples of these are: Repel Mosquito, Bactericidal, Mites, Athlete´s Foot, Diabetic Foot, Chilblains and Termites, among others.
Smart Inovation intends to occupy a prominent place in this innovative field of functionalized nanoparticles for applications in health. Its products are eco friendly and safe for the health and efficacy tests have been performed by various institutions and doctors such as the IHMT- Institute of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, SIRI Life Sciences. In the United States alone, about 1,7 million hospital infections occur annually causing approximately 100 thousand deaths per year. These costs would be lessened significantly with the use of the Bactericidal developed by Smart Inovation in hospitals, health centers and clinics, when applied in bed clothing and hospital staff uniforms.
Clinical and hospital directors of the Middle East present at the fair showed great interest in the SI technologies.

Director, U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)

•April 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President is seeking candidates interested in serving as the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for coordinating research and development as well as enhancing communication and collaborative activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCO acts as the primary point of contact for information on the NNI; provides technical and administrative support to the Initiative, including the preparation of multiagency planning, budget, and assessment documents; develops, updates, and maintains the NNI website http://www.nano.gov; and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI. The NNCO is in Arlington, Virginia, co-located with the National Science Foundation.

The NNCO Director oversees all aspects of the NNCO, providing executive and technical leadership, management, and oversight of the NNCO staff in order to meet the NNCO mission. The Director also leads communication and coordination on NNI issues among and between Federal agencies and external stakeholders, and serves as a national spokesperson for the NNI. As a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff, the NNCO Director provides advice to senior OSTP staff on issues relating to nanotechnology R&D, regulation, and commercialization.

Candidates interested in serving as the NNCO Director should have a doctoral degree or equivalent knowledge and experience in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering; be recognized as an expert in nanoscale science, engineering, and/or technology; and have a record of leadership positions with significant managerial, supervisory, and programmatic responsibilities. The candidate is expected to have knowledge of and/or experience with the NNI and its associated working groups, task forces, ad hoc subgroups, and coordinators, along with direct knowledge of Federal Government operational policies and procedures gained through either Federal employment, temporary duty at a Federal agency, or through significant, ongoing interactions with the Federal government.

The candidate must be available for two years, and will initially receive a one year assignment with a renewal for the second year upon mutual agreement.

US Citizenship is required.

Expressions of interest accompanied by a resume should be sent by April 30, 2014 to NNCODirectorSearch@nnco.nano.gov.

NANOTECH MEET Tunisia 2014 joint international conferences

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

One place, two conferences covering hot science trends. NANOTECH Tunisia 2014 and the MEET Tunisia 2014 conferences will take place in parallel, as well as a vast exhibition, one-to-one meetings and an industrial forum.

MEET Tunisia 2014 will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognized researcher and technology developers. The aim of this conference is to foster the interaction between scientists from academia and industry working on fundamental and applied aspects and contribute to the ultimate goal to accelerate the implementation of new, materials that will provide clean and affordable energy for the future. It will also give you an excellent overview of recent developments in the areas of energy conversion, energy storage and efficiency.

The development of sustainable energy systems is among the most pivotal challenges of the 21st century. Nanotechnology potentially provides paradigm-changing solutions to problems related to energy technology, because energy conversion processes of practical relevance occur at interfaces and surfaces, which are abundant in nanostructured materials. This conference will be jointly organized with the Nanotech Tunisia 2014. The main focus of this conference will be on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in the fields of Graphene, Energy and Environment, Bio/Medicine, Optics, Photonics, etc.

This event will gather the global nanotechnology and Materials for Energy and Environment communities, including researchers, industrials, policymakers and investors. Internationally renowned speakers will offer the attendees exceptional opportunities. The latest trends and discoveries in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as in the area of Materials for Energy and Environment from some of the world´s leading players in the field will be discussed.

It is an excellent event for students to meet and discuss with lead researchers. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to discover innovation and new business opportunities. It’s among the most important events in the region and it’s opened to the participation of private companies. It’s a unique venue for companies to promote equipment and technology

The conference will include plenary speeches, invited presentations, contributed presentations and poster presentations. Also, the contents are enriched by networking coffee breaks and lunches.

For full details about the Conferences Topics, please refer to the conference program web page.

In parallel to the conference sessions, nanotechnology and nanoscience workshop will be organized and certificates will be issued to participants. This Nanotechnology workshop consists in a series of short courses that will educate participants in a range of technologies through a 2 days Intensive Program. This course focuses on all the essential aspects in this rapidly growing field.

Conference Chairs:
Prof. Claude Tannoudji (Nobel Prize Physics)
Professor of Physics, Collège de France, France

Prof. Ivar Giaever (Nobel Prize Physics)
Professor Emeritus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ professor-at-large, University of Oslo/ President of Applied Biophysics, Finland

Prof. Jean-Pierre Joly
Director of the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES), France

Prof. Erich Sackmann
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Technische Universitat Munchen- Germany

Prof. Michael Stöcker
Chief Scientist at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Norway

Prof. Vasco Teixeira
Associate professor at University of Minho, Portugal

More information:

Conference Challenges in Nanoscience – ISACS15

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Challenges in Nanoscience ISACS 15 will bring together leading scientists from across the world to discuss the latest advances in nanoscience, which encompasses a broad range of disciplines, including chemistry, biology, physics and engineering. This meeting follows the successful ISACS 9 conference held in Xiamen, China in 2012

The conference will take place at the University of California, San Diego and the Scientific Committee warmly invites you to take part in ISACS 15.
The conference will bring together world leading experts from several disciplines – all leading names in their field – for an outstanding programme, complimented by contributed talks, together with extensive poster sessions that will provide many networking opportunities
Thmes:
•Nanomedicine/Bionanotechnology
•Programmable Materials
•Response nanomaterials
•Energy and Catalysis
•Characterisation and preparation – new materials

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK

Assistant Scientist – Nanoscience – Argonne National Laboratory

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Nanoscience and Technology (NST) Division at Argonne National Laboratory hosts two user facilities, the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Electron Microscopy Center, in addition to performing programmatic science activities. NST research ranges from fundamental to use-inspired nanoscience with connections to industry and the Argonne applied science divisions. The division seeks to bring together scientists and engineers from national laboratories, industry, and academia to meet nanoscience and nanotechnology challenges of the present and future.

We are seeking a scientist who will become a member of our Theory and Modeling Group and establish a world-class research program in condensed matter theory and computational modeling of nanoscale materials and devices, preferably relevant to magnetism, charge and/or spin dynamics. Additionally, the incumbent will provide innovative and meticulous user support for modeling and/or computation in the area of nanoscience.

Preferred Skills:

•Considerable skill in techniques germane to theoretical and computational nanoscience
•Strong ability to work with abstract concepts and design theories and experiments to address relevant scientific issues
•Comprehensive oral and written communications skills and the ability to work with internal and external contacts in order to achieve established goals
•Strong background in scientific and high-performance computing

To be considered you must have:

•Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of work experience OR Master’s Degree and 3+ years of work experience OR Ph.D. with a relevant background in materials science, physics, or chemistry
•Postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. For consideration, please apply via our website at: http://1.usa.gov/1a4LjCz.
Argonne is an equal opportunity employer; we value diversity in our workforce.
Internal Number: 321944

Dubai Al-Hamlah Investment Group to Invest in Grafen Co. Research and Development Activities

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Dubai based investment company Al-Hamlah Investment Group plans to invest $1.8 million to fund production and supply business in Grafen Co. along with research and development activities.

The intended investment will focus on CrowdLit TM, a novel supply business model developed by Grafen Co., which is a customer specific supply chain development process in the fields of nanomaterials, advanced composites and industrial chemicals. The same fund will also be utilized to support the current R&D on graphene based nanosystems.

“Our customers and business partners will experience amazing changes in products and services after the planned investment” said Grafen Co., “we are especially keen to improve quality and consistency in the supply”.

About Grafen Chemical Industries Co. Grafen Co. was founded by Ibrahim Mutlay 10+ years ago to develop carbon nanotube based fibers. After extensive R&D in this field to build pilot-scale carbon nanotube development lines, Grafen Co. expanded its research directions into the immature graphene technology at 2007. Today, Grafen Co. with its skilled Executive and International Advisory Boards is a major technology developer in the field of advanced material sciences involving not only carbon nanostructures but also natural and man-made nanomaterials, functional polymers and fine chemicals. Grafen Co. is headquartered in Ankara, Turkey.

 
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