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The National Nanomanufacturing Network Volume 3 Issue 5 - May 2010
The NNN Newsletter

Nanomanufacturing Information Survey

Info Survey SectorsDuring April and May, the NNN conducted a “Nanomanufacturing Information Survey” among nanotechnology professionals in an effort to understand how people inform themselves about advances in nanomanufacturing and to determine what kinds of information content and formats are most valued. In doing so, the survey provides a snapshot of the current landscape of nanomanufacturing community.

Findings from this survey indicate that nanomanufacturing professionals, largely from industry, seek practical, reliable, and technical information on the implementation or integration of nanomanufacturing processes. Ongoing research into the fundamental science of nanomaterials properties and behaviors will contribute to sought after studies on reproducibility and scale-up of advanced processes. Beyond technical implementation, commercialization and cost analyses were identified as being critical pieces of information that are currently difficult to find or to filter out from available information.

Overall, the range of application areas and activities reported in this survey underscores the notion that nanomanufacturing is truly a bridge between discovery and implementation, a crossroads of research and development that reaches across all areas of application and encompasses supplementary functions such as regulation and informatics. In addition, it provides a snapshot of the current range of application areas active in nanomanufacturing, while also indicating to us that nanomanufacturing is still a nascent area of expertise, one that will develop as nanotechnologies mature and make their way to the marketplace with increasing frequency.


Jeff Morse, Managing Director,
National Nanomanufacturing Network

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Large Area Synthesis of Graphene Sheets by Metal-Catalyzed Crystallization

Methods of graphene production have emerged from the initial methods of generating small amounts for research studies—typically by mechanically exfoliating monolayers from bulk graphite—to alternative approaches conducive with large area processing. One approach, using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), takes advantage of existing process tools, yet suffers from difficulty in controlling the number of graphene layers over large areas due to the sensitivity of various process parameters. Recently, Zheng and colleagues describe a method to synthesize large-area, transferrable graphene films by metal-catalyzed crystallization of amorphous carbon (a-C) through thermal annealing. More....

NIST 2010 TIP Competition

Through July 15th, NIST is accepting proposals for the 2010 Technology Innovation Program. The new TIP competition offers cost-shared funding for innovative research on "Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes." The TIP program is designed to address societal challenges by supporting technology innovation in areas of critical national need. Individual companies can receive up to $3M over 3 years, which can support up to 50% of the direct costs of an R&D project. Joint ventures involving two or more companies, universities, or research laboratories are eligible for even larger awards, up to a maximum of $9M over 5 years (again with a minimum 50% of cost sharing). Last year, nanotechnology companies responded enthusiastically to the TIP program call for advanced manufacturing concepts. They were rewarded with 6 funded projects in the application area Process Scale Up, Integration and Design - Nanomaterials. More....

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