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Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education

August 5, 2009 12:56 pm | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Today, there are about 20,000 trained nanotechnologists. But if an estimated 100 times that number of specialists will be needed in industry and science positions in the next six years, where will they come from?

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Superhydrophobic Coatings

August 5, 2009 5:24 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Videos | Comments

A transparent coating that is not just impermeable to water, but actually makes it bounce off a surface to help prevent corrosion, protect electronic and antiquities, or provide a new, more efficient surface to collect pure water.

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Micro-viscometer suitable for lab or fieldwork

August 3, 2009 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Petrolab has introduced a portable new viscometer for measuring dynamic and kinematic viscosity of fuels and oils in the laboratory or in the field.

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Plug-and-go microscope needs no PC

August 3, 2009 12:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Digital microscope users gain all-in-one convenience from the first integrated systems that combine image capture, measurement, annotation, and networking capability without external software or hardware.

August 2009 Issue of R&D Magazine

August 1, 2009 11:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue focuses on software. Modeling and simulation are a necessity for nearly all scientist. Software vendors are on the hot seat in making their products measure up to demand. The issue also highlights nanotechnology in microscopy, health, and portable electronics.

Composite within a composite boosts carbide toughness

July 31, 2009 5:44 am | Award Winners

The Univ. of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Smith Technology, Smith International Inc. (Houston, Texas) has introduced a major change to a drilling and machining tool material—cemented tungsten carbide—that can tackle some of the toughest infrastructure tasks.

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Nanoscale pore size control supercharges versatile carbon

July 31, 2009 5:30 am | Award Winners

The performance of certain technologies depends heavily on pore size, and, until the recent arrival of Tunable Nanoporous Carbon, developed by Y-Carbon, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pa.) and Drexel Univ. (Philadelphia, Pa.), no manufacturing methods were able to provide the control of the pore size. Starting with an inorganic precursor, such as silicon carbide, materials scientists etched the metal or metalloid from the carbide in a halogen environment, such as chlorine, at elevated temperature.

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Pressure reactor speeds catalyst screening 100 times

July 31, 2009 5:20 am | Award Winners

The Symyx Screening Pressure Reactor (SPR) from Symyx Technologies (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is a refining and petrochemical test platform developed with high-throughput in mind, which is able to screen catalysts up to 400°C for refining and petrochemicals applications and high-pressure operation to 1,500 psig for fine chemicals applications under a wide variety of conditions.

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Putting a new shine on interconnect polishing

July 31, 2009 5:14 am | Award Winners

The Ultra-High Precision Digital Polishing for Copper Interconnect Manufacturing (DCMP), developed by Sinmat Inc. (Gainesville, Fla.), brings high-uniformity, high-planarity removal of materials used in 300/450 mm semiconductor wafer fabrication.

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In flexible electronics, it’s all about protecting the paper

July 31, 2009 5:09 am | Award Winners

The PulseForge 3100 with Pulse Thermal Processing, developed jointly by NovaCentrix (Austin, Texas) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), is a process technology based on curing technologies capable of processing high-temperature functional inks and thin-film materials on low temperature substrates.

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Neutron detectors poised to multiply

July 31, 2009 5:04 am | Award Winners

The High-Efficiency Microstructured Semiconductor Neutron Detectors developed by researchers at the SMART Laboratory at Kansas State Univ. and Alion Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.) is a new technique that creates perforations in semiconductor diodes that are backfilled with neutron absorbing materials, thereby creating high efficiency perforated solid state neutron detectors.

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Laser energy sensor has high damage threshold

July 31, 2009 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coherent Inc. has introduced the J-50MB-IR EnergyMax Sensor, a laser pulse energy sensor optimized for medical lasers that combines high accuracy, high damage threshold, and a large active area. It measures laser beam diameters up to 30 mm from 1 mJ to 3J over the 500 nm to 3 µm spectral range.

Motion controller integrates processing, control and comm

July 31, 2009 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has introduced the PEC-3240 Embedded Motion Controller, which features 4-axis motion control, 32-channel isolated digital I/O, and an Intel Celeron M CPU.

Process detects CO2 leaks

July 30, 2009 7:04 am | Award Winners

The National Energy Technology Laboratory's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) SEQURE Tracer Technology is a method that allows the ultrasensitive and source-specific detection of carbon dioxide leakage to the near surface from a geologic storage reservoir.

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Testing lab takes a dive underwater

July 30, 2009 7:00 am | Award Winners

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's (Moss Landing, Calif.) Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) is a robotic underwater laboratory that is about the size of a garbage can and can be deployed up to 50 meters deep on an underwater mooring, or rest on a pier or shore housing.

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