EU Report: Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies

•February 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

report of the study “Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies”.
This study has been undertaken on behalf of DG Research and Innovation, Key Enabling Technologies Directorate. The principal aim of the study was to identify and map priorities, declared strategies, emerging trends, instruments envisaged, estimated funding volumes and modalities regarding the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The study focuses in particular on the nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and process technologies KETs and how they are reflected in the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) prepared at either the national or regional level. The study provides a snapshot of the situation during late spring/early summer of 2014.
The specific objectives of the study are: to identify national/regional priorities, strategies, budgets linked to KETs with the aim of analysing trends, commonalities, striking features among the priorities, instruments and funding volumes, and to identify synergies and bottlenecks between H2020/LEIF and Structural Funds KETs priorities. The study also aims to facilitate the efficient coordination of financial instruments between the relevant responsible administrations at EU, national and regional level.
The Smart Specialisation concept aims at concentrating knowledge resources and linking them to a limited number of priority economic activities so that countries and regions can become, and remain, competitive in the global economy. Smart specialisation is also considered an important instrument for ensuring synergies between Horizon 2020 and the ESIF, by providing a stairway to excellence and providing companies and research actors with a funding continuum, or at least the
opportunity for developing jointly funded projects. The European Commission has released guidelines for RIS3 which aim to coordinate existing tools within the EU policies and regulations.
KETs are instrumental as a key accelerator of innovation and the competitiveness of EU industries.
However, whilst Europe generally shows an excellent R&D performance, its major weakness lies in translating this knowledge into commercially successful goods and services and supporting innovative SMEs. Hence KETs are a key instrument within the RIS3 to address the technology and innovation challenges, but also the broader societal challenges within each region. The Leadership
in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) programme within Horizon 2020 will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors, including ICT and space. Horizon 2020 will have a strong focus on developing European industrial capabilities KETs.

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Nanotech Dubai 2015 International Conference & Exhibition

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 International Conference & Exhibition

Nanotech Dubai 2015

16 Mar – 18 Mar 2015 | Dubai – United Arab Emirates
SETCOR 2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 brings together leading scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners, technology developers and policy makers in nanotechnology to exchange information on their latest research progress, innovation and business opportunities. It’s among the most important events in terms of international regulatory policies and it’s opened to the participation of private companies. It’s unique venue for companies to promote equipment and technology.

The conference covers all frontier topics in nanotechnology. The conference includes plenary lectures and invited talks by eminent personalities from around the world in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations.

SETCOR 2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 conference organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Dubai.

The conference will be held in the prestigious Highest Hotel in the World, JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai

The Nanotech Dubai 2015 conference topics include:

Advanced Nanomaterials
•Nanoparticles Synthesis and applications
•Nanocomposites / Bionanocomposites Materials
•Nanostructured / nanoporous Materials and devices
•Nanostructured coatings, surfaces and membranes
•Carbon Nanostructures and devices
•Polymer Nanotechnology
•Soft Nanotechnology and Colloids

Nanomaterials Fabrication, Characterization and Tools
•Synthesis of Nanomaterials
•Sustainable Nanomanufacturing
•Nanoscale Materials Characterization
•Modeling and Simulation at the Nanoscale

Nanoscale Electronics
•Nano Electronics and Photonics
•Organic and Flexible Electronics
•Green Electronics
•MEMS and NEMS Devices and Applications
•Sensors and Systems

Nanotech for Energy and Environment
•Nanomatrials for Clean and Sustainable Technology
•Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion
•Energy Storage and Novel Generation
•Nanotech for Oil and Gas
•NanoNuclear Materials
•Fuels Applications
•Renewable Energy Technologies
•Bio Sources for Materials and Fuels
•Green Chemistry and Materials
•Water Technologies
•Smart Grid

Nanotech in Life Sciences and Medicine
•Bionanomaterials and Tissues Engineering
•Biosensors, Diagnostics and Imaging
•Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery
•Biomarkers and Nanoparticles
•Cancer Diagnostics, Imaging and Treatment
•Drug Delivery and Therapeutics
•Cancer Nanotechnology
•Nano Robots
•DNA nanotechnology

Nanotechnology safety
•Risk assessment and management
•Measurement of health risk
•Exposure scenarios
•Regulation and ethical impacts

Nano Applications
•Food Technology
•Military and Defence
•Aeropspace and Vehicle Manufacturers
•Manufacturing and Construction

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ICNFA’15 – 6th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Scientific Committee Chair: Dr. S. Gh. Etemad, International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (International ASET Inc.), Canada

As globalization leads to an increasing interaction between regions and people of the world, it is important to encourage academic growth in emerging scientific topics such as nanotechnology. Nanotechnology, even though rapidly growing, is still just beginning and already has given rise to numerous novel applications for the solution of many current problems. ICNFA is a series of international conferences which are held yearly. These conferences focus on all aspects of Nanotechnology. After the success of the fifth conference in Prague, Czech Republic, ICNFA will remain in Europe and Barcelona, Spain will host the sixth international conference. The aim of ICNFA’15 is to bring together the Canadian and International community working in the field of nanotechnology to foster an environment conducive to present advancements in Nanotechnology. This conference will also provide an ideal opportunity to develop new collaborations and partnerships with experts in the field. This year’s conference guarantees to be a great occasion to share knowledge and contribute to the ever-growing scientific world on Nanotechnology. ICNFA’15 will take advantage of the synergy of previous year’s conferences and will continue to move forward in the field of Nanotechnology. ICNFA’15 will provide keynote talks, oral presentations sessions and poster sessions that will demonstrate new information and research in regards to Nanotechnology.

Abstract Deadline:
1st April 2015
Registration Deadline:
20th April 2015

Challenges and opportunities in graphene commercialization

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Nature Nanotechnology 9, 730–734 (2014) doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.225

As technical knowledge, manufacturing methods and the development of applications mature, key factors will affect the pace of commercialization of graphene.

It is now 10 years since the Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov published the first1 of a series of seminal papers that triggered a sharp rise in the level of graphene research efforts worldwide. Fuelled by public (for example, European Commission, UK and Korean governments) as well as private investments (for example, Samsung, IBM, Nokia), research on graphene has produced a substantial body of scientific knowledge, accompanied by a surge of publications and patent applications. The past 6–7 years have seen a steady, worldwide emergence of private ventures focused on the manufacturing and commercialization of graphene and graphene-based materials, with 44 companies currently active (Mark Rahn from MTI Venture, talk given at Graphene: Commercialisation and Applications, Univ. of Manchester, 12–13 June 2014) and a range of these materials commercially available.

Nevertheless, there are only a few graphene-based products that have reached the market, such as the tennis racket by Head, the battery strap by Vorbeck, the oil-drilling mud by Nanochem or the phone touch screen by Samsung. These products represent an initial market entry rather than the first, full commercial wave of graphene products. The size of the graphene market was estimated to be around US$12 million in 2013, indicating that so far we are still in a phase of research and development, in which the market is dominated by sales of raw graphene materials. The market projections for the next 5–10 years, however, indicate significant expansion and revenue increase. An increase in graphene demand should drive up production scale and drive down costs, resulting in a shift from material sales to a market dominated by sales of graphene-based components, systems and products.

The steep rise in graphene application patents further supports the realization of an industrial graphene market in the upcoming years3. Figure 1 shows the comparison of the patent landscape of different materials. The number of graphene patents has increased significantly more steeply than for the other benchmark materials, including silicon (Fig. 1, inset).
Progress in the commercialization of graphene can be assessed by looking at the growth of demand-driven graphene production (rather than production capacity) and benchmarking it against that of carbon fibres and carbon nanotubes.

Figure 1: Number of patent applications and granted patents by first publication date.

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EuroNanoForum 2015 :10 -12 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

EuroNanoForum 2015 – 10-12 June 2015, Riga, Latvia – “Nanotechnology for European competitiveness”

The EuroNanoForum 2015 is a meeting point for industry, science and policy. Strengthening European competitiveness and supporting its re-industrialisation, the event showcases innovation as driver for economic growth, presents new technologies arising from nanotechnologies and advanced materials, and discusses the new applications and commercialisation potential for these technologies. The program features also aspects of upcoming H2020 calls, regional and public-private partnerships, as well as the most important framework conditions – safety, IPR, education, standards, regulations and funding.

Participating in the EuroNanoForum is an excellent opportunity for building partnerships and doing business. The fully integrated Nanotech Europe exhibition gives access to a variety of companies, projects and other organisations, meetings with potential partners, customers and key decision makers can be pre-arranged for the brokerage day, and the conference dinner and other social events provide an opportunity for more informal discussions and for enjoying Latvian hospitality.

The EuroNanoForum 2015 has confirmed more speakers for the conference in Riga, Latvia. The speakers will discuss different aspects of the overall theme of “Nanotechnology for European competitiveness”, according to the list of sessions at the conference.

You can have a look at all the confirmed speakers:

Over the three-day event, a range of must-see talks will be delivered by the leading minds. Complementing the talks, the event offers vast opportunities for building partnerships and doing business, such as fully integrated Nanotech Europe 2015 exhibition, brokerage day, Latvian Saiets – The gathering and more.

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NanoPT 2015 – Porto, Portugal, Feb. 13-15

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment







Modeling at the nanoscale

Scientific Policy / Tech transfer



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.