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