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Countless modern conveniences have traveled the journey from infancy to maturity; but few of us can claim to have been in close touch with the science, technology and vision behind their development. SVConnections is designed to illuminate the work and progress of those individuals and organizations whose breakthroughs and discoveries have led to yet another amazing process or gadget, enriching our lives. Read this latest snapshot of today's developments and stay on top of their impact on our personal and business lives.
Photovoltaic Manufacturing Equipment: Proprietary
It appears that equipment manufacturers targeting thin film
photovoltaic manufacturing are coming up against serious barriers to
entry. Some firms making cells and solar panels appear to prefer to
design and build their own fabrication equipment. According to NanoMarkets, the
TFPV industry will have a capacity of around 29 GWp and will be spending about
$4 billion on manufacturing equipment by 2015.
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Global PVD Industry Expected to be Worth Almost $15
Billion by 2014
From www.azom.com, May
to a new technical market research report, PHYSICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION (PVD):
GLOBAL MARKETS (MFG015D) from BCC Research, the value of the global PVD
industry was nearly $9 billion
in 2009, but is expected to increase to more
than $14.8 billion in 2014, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of
largest segment of the market, PVD equipment, is projected to increase at a
CAGR of 10.5% to nearly $10.5 billion in 2014, after being valued at nearly
$6.4 billion in 2009.
deposited, which make up the second-largest segment of the market, are
estimated at $1.4 billion in 2009, and are expected to increase at a 5-year
CAGR of 12.2% to reach more than $2.5 billion in 2014.
services segment is projected to have a CAGR of 9.8%, with values of nearly
$1.2 billion in 2009 and nearly $1.9 billion in 2014.
PVD industry has expanded over the past several decades. More sophisticated
manufacturing and fabrication techniques and smaller-sized products have
broadened the demand for vapor-deposited materials. New and existing products
require materials that can be delivered by vacuum deposition of films on a
growing variety of substrates.(Click the image to
read the full article on www.azom.com)
for All-Plastic Electronics: New
light-emitting electrochemical cell contains no metal electrode
By Belle Dume, Optics.org, April 27, 2010
(click the image for the full article on http://optics.org)
light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are increasingly being used in everyday
applications like televisions, camera displays and mobile phones. However,
despite using carbon-based materials as the light-emitting layer, previous
devices needed at least one metal electrode. Now, researchers in Sweden and the
US have used graphene as the transparent cathode in a device similar to an
OLED, called a light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC). The device is one of
the first truly organic, or "plastic" electronic devices.
contain an electroluminescent layer that is made of an organic semiconductor
material sandwiched between two electrodes, at least one of which is
transparent. OLEDs are not only more environmentally friendly and easy to
process than conventional light sources, they can also generate photons across
a range of colours to produce white light. Devices made from OLEDs run on
little electricity too.
Chhowalla's group at Rutgers University in the US began with graphite and
oxidized flakes of graphene oxide from the graphite in an acidic solution.
After filtering the suspension and transferring the resulting material to a
quartz substrate, the film was then reduced and annealed at high temperatures
in an oven containing argon/helium.
Image: ACS Nano
TIP Manufacturing Competition
The U.S. Department of Commerce has
announced a new manufacturing competition offering funding for approximately 25
projects totaling $25 million. The competition offers cost-shared funding for
innovative research on manufacturing and biomanufacturing on materials, advances
and critical processes. The due date for proposals is June, 15 2010.
The 2010 TIP competition is open to research proposals in three areas:
scale-up, integration and design for materials advances-addresses how new
materials move from the laboratory to full production.
modeling for materials advances and materials processing-using the power of
modern analysis, modeling and computation to streamline the design and
production scale-up of new materials by more accurately predicting their
process advances-novel production technologies that dramatically improve the
processing of new materials or resolve important bottlenecks and inefficiencies
in the production of existing materials.
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Thin Films and Nanostructures: Patterning
By Professor Robert Stamps, University
of Western Australia, from AZoNano.com, May 18, 2010
advances in the control of material properties has been achieved, through
careful manipulation of geometry on nano- and sub-nanometre length scales, in
magnetoelectronics and nanomagnetism. Advanced techniques now allow for the
creation of structures patterned on sub-micron length scales in three
dimensions. New phenomena has been discovered in patterned magnets that can be
strongly controlled by ion bombardment, multilayering, and lithographic
include: materials for microwave signal processing technologies, whose
properties that can be tuned by magnetic and electric fields; high speed
switching of magnetization in elements used for data storage and spin
electronics; and manipulation of magnetic domains and domain walls in carefully
crafted structures that serve as model experimental systems for studies of
(click the image for the full article on www.azonano.com)
Method Developed to Capture Fingerprints on Difficult Surfaces
By Gant Team, www.gantdaily.com, May
notwithstanding, forensics experts cannot always retrieve fingerprints from
objects, but a conformal coating process developed by Penn State professors can
reveal hard-to-develop fingerprints on nonporous surfaces without altering the
chemistry of the print.
prints dry or age, the common techniques used to develop latent fingerprints,
such as dusting or cyanoacrylate - SuperGlue - fuming often fail," said Robert
Shaler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of Penn
State's forensic sciences program.
happens because most of the techniques currently used for developing
fingerprints rely on the chemistry of the print. Fingerprints are made up of a
mixture of secretions from the body that reacts with different chemicals to
form a visible or fluorescent product. Infrared and x-ray imaging also target
specific chemicals left behind by the ridges and valleys in the skin.
and lots of processes take advantage of the chemistry of fingerprints," said
Shaler. "This approach looks at the geometry of the fingerprints."
conformal coating applications suggested by Shaler and Ahklesh Lakhtakia,
Charles Godfrey Binder professor in engineering science and mechanics, use the
physical properties of the fingerprint, not the chemistry of the substances
left behind. In fact, the researchers believe that even after the fingerprints
are developed using the coating, forensics experts could sample the fingerprint
material to determine specifics about the person who left the prints.
(click the image to read the full article on www.gantdaily.com)
How Thin Films Melt
By J.R. Minkel, Physical World Focus, May 21, 2010
you heat a crystal that is just a few molecules thick, it melts differently
from a macroscopically thick crystal. A team using gel-like beads in liquid as
stand-ins for molecules examined melting in this "thin film" regime
by tracking the motion of each particle. As they report in the 21 May Physical
Review Letters, films thicker than four layers melt by passing through a phase
that is part liquid and part solid, whereas films of two to four layers melt
all at once. Single-layer films pass through a completely different phase
between solid and liquid, they found.
would like to know how phase transitions, such as from solid to liquid, change
when the substance is confined to fewer dimensions than the usual three. They
have fairly good theories on the melting of a single layer of molecules, but
more recently they have pursued the thin film regime--a few molecular layers.
Thin films have properties in common with both 2D and 3D, and their melting is
not well understood. For experiments, it's difficult to track individual
molecules, so researchers often turn to microscopic plastic spheres floating in
liquid, which act somewhat like molecules and can be tracked individually with
a microscope and video processing software.
(click the image to read the full article on www.focus.aps.org)
Image: Y. Han, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BP Solar Closes Last U.S. Plant Module
Manufacturing Line: moves to
China and India
Solar has closed their Frederick, MD facility for making modules. As result
they will lay off 320 of 430 employees. Manufacturing of ingots and wafers will
continue at the plant. Even though the solar market has been growing rapidly,
cost cutting manufacturing has caused module production to go to China and
India because of lower labor costs. BP has joint projects with Xinjiang Sun
Oasis in Xi'an, China and Tata in India to produce modules. Unfortunately this
move is counter-productive for the creation of more clean technology
manufacturing in the U.S., as part of the U.S. Recovery Act.
Read the C&EN article
Original 2009 announcement by BP Solar
Image: BP Solar
New NIST Detector Counts Photons with 99% Efficiency
at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the
world's most efficient single photon detector. The detector is able to count
individual particles of light traveling through fiber optic cables with roughly
99% efficiency. The efforts of Sae Woo Nam's NIST team could bring improvements
to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum computation and the
measurement of optical power. More information is at: http://www.nist.gov/eeel/optoelectronics/detector_041310.cfm
Researchers Use New Microscope to "See" Atoms for First Time
In: Instrumentation, By EurekAlert, May 4, 2010
(Click here to learn more at www.biosciencetechnology.com)
researchers report in the April 30 edition of the journal Cell that they have
imaged a virus structure at a resolution high enough to effectively
"see" atoms, the first published instance of imaging biological
complexes at such a resolution.
research team, led by Hong Zhou, UCLA professor of microbiology, immunology and
molecular genetics, used cryo-electron microscopy to image the structure at 3.3
angstroms. An angstrom is the smallest recognized division of a chemical
element and is about the distance between the two hydrogen atoms in a water
study, the researchers say, demonstrates the great potential of cryo-electron
microscopy, or Cryo-EM, for producing extremely high-resolution images of
biological samples in their native environment.
is the first study to determine an atomic resolution structure through Cryo-EM alone,"
said Xing Zhang, a postdoctoral candidate in Zhou's group and lead author of
the Cell paper. "By proving the effectiveness of this microscopy
technique, we have opened the door to a wide variety of biological
traditional light microscopy, a magnified image of a sample is viewed through a
lens. Some samples, however, are too small to diffract visible light (in the
500 to 800 nm range, or 5,000 to 8,000 angstroms) and therefore cannot be seen.
To image objects at the sub-500 nm scale, scientists must turn to other tools,
such as atomic force microscopes, which use an atomically thin tip to generate
an image by probing a surface, in much the same way a blind person reads by
touching Braille lettering.
Production Technique Holds Promise for Silicon Rivals: Could silicon's choke
hold on the semiconductor universe be threatened?
Beckerson (Blog) - May 25, 2010
isn't the best semiconductor in the world. But among the features
nearly ubiquitous in electronic devices is the relative ease of
silicon-based chips in comparison to superior materials. As with just
mass-produced product in the world, quality has long since taken the
contender for semiconductor superiority is gallium arsenide.
one might be led to believe, the vapor deposition method typically
create gallium arsenide is more costly than its silicon counterpart.
Fortunately for gallium arsenide, a group of DoE and NSF-funded
students and scientists based at the University of Illinois, has
new manufacturing process that will help even the field.
the previously utilized methods of gallium arsenide semiconductor
involved deposition to create a thin film, devices either needed to be
directly on the substrate or in a more typical wafer design which could
clipped out into multiple pieces much like a standard silicon wafer
used for manufacturing computer processor cores. The cleverness of the
team's take on the thin films isn't in a revolutionary deposition
in using the same process over and over on the same substrate. By
same substrate multiple times, stacking the thin films on top of each
they save time, money and manpower involved in producing the same amount
film in single sheets.
image to read the full article on www.dailytech.com)
Rogers, University of Illinois
Researcher to Contribute to the Next Generation of Space Vehicle
News Engine, May 25, 2010
University of Canterbury engineer is working with American scientists on the
next generation of space vehicle.
Professor Susan Krumdieck, of UC's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has
been named as an investigator to work on the next generation of hypersonic
vehicle. The hypersonic vehicle, which will use scramjet engines and travel at
Mach 10-15, is regarded as a much more efficient replacement for the space
shuttle as it will be able to essentially fly to space.
project is being carried out by the US National Hypersonic Science Center for
Materials and Structures (NHSC) and is funded by the US Air Force and NASA. An
industrial contractor, Teledyne Scientific, and seven US universities are
involved in various aspects of research including materials, materials
processing, mechanics, atomistics and structures. Professor Krumdieck will be
working directly with David Marshall of Teledyne and Professor Rishi Raj of
University of Colorado at Boulder.
is exciting to be working on the really challenging science problems
again," said Professor Krumdieck. "I don't know how many years in the
future this vehicle might be, or what the probability is that they will ever
figure out how to really do it, but that doesn't stop the Americans from trying
virtually impossible things. That is how they keep challenging their
researchers, and why they really do lead the world in science and advanced materials
(Click here to read the full article on www.voxy.co.nz)
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