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August 2013
In This Issue
2013 Glass Magazine Awards
Researchers Break Record for Thinnest Light-Absorber
Global Touch-Screen Panel Shipments to Double by 2016
High-Performance Graphene Transistor with High Room-Temperature Mobility.
NIST Seeks Proposals to Establish New Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials Research
New Analytical Methodology Can Guide Electrode Optimization
New ASTM Nanotechnology Standard Will Facilitate Description and Characterization Data Exchange
Scientists Solve Titanic Puzzle of Popular Photocatalyst
Semiconductor Nanowires For Efficient, Sustainable Solar Energy Harvesting
Scientists Spy on Lithium Ions
Elastic Electronics: Stretchable Gold Conductor Grows its Own Wires
Spectroscopy Method Could Lead to Better Optical Devices
2013 Glass Magazine Awards
From Glass Magazine, July 3, 2013: 
"The 2013 Glass Magazine Award winners represent the best products and applications the glass industry has to offer.

Two of the winning projects are:
  • Most Innovative Curtain-Wall Project: Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, HKS Inc.
    children Children's Health System's desire to differentiate the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children from the institutional-looking University of Alabama Birmingham medical center led to the creation of a predominately glass curtain wall, expressed as cantilevered planes of glass framed by white concrete. The variegated façade consists of four glass types that incorporate two spandrel glass color variations, vision glass and vision glass with a fritted dot pattern. To introduce a playfulness to the façade, HKS also incorporated vertical bands of colored metal panels framed into the curtain wall and illuminated by LEDs integrated into a custom vertical metal fin extrusion.
  • Most Innovative Energy Efficient Glass Project  : David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters, Architectural Glass & Aluminum. energy effThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters building in Los Altos, Calif., is the largest Net Zero building in the state, according to contract glazier Architectural Glass & Aluminum. The design of the LEED Platinum project emphasizes sustainability via the use of post-consumer products as well energy efficient cladding that relies on curtain-wall and window systems to provide natural ventilation, sound reduction and high light transmission. Light sensors automatically dim in order to optimize the effect of the natural light. Glazing infill consisted of Cardinal low-E glass and Southwall Technologies' Heat Mirror suspended film, creating two argon-filled cavities."   
Source: Read the full article... 

Glass Magazine: 

Image: HKS Inc. and Jeremy Bitermann    

Researchers Break Record for Thinnest Light-Absorber
From Product Design & Development, July 18, 2013, by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University:
Stanford University scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record. The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to the researchers. Their results are published in the current online edition of the journal Nano Letters.

4 wafers "Achieving complete absorption of visible light with a minimal amount of material is highly desirable for many applications, including solar energy conversion to fuel and electricity," said Stacey Bent, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford and a member of the research team. "Our results show that it is possible for an extremely thin layer of material to absorb almost 100 percent of incident light of a specific wavelength."

Thinner solar cells require less material and therefore cost less. The challenge for researchers is to reduce the thickness of the cell without compromising its ability to absorb and convert sunlight into clean energy.

For the study, the Stanford team created thin wafers dotted with trillions of round particles of gold. Each gold nanodot was about 14 nanometers tall and 17 nanometers wide."

Source: Read the full article... 

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Image: Mark Shwartz, Stanford University   

Global Touch-Screen Panel Shipments to Double by 2016
From Solid State Technology, May 24, 2013:
"Worldwide shipments of touch-screen panels are set to double from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly 3 billion units as a wide variety of products beyond smartphones and tablets adopt the technology, particularly notebook PCs. A total of 2.8 billion touch-screen panels will ship in 2016, up from 1.3 billion in 2012, according to the IHS DisplayBank "Touch Panel Issue and Cost/Industry Analysis Report," from information and analytics provider IHS. Shipments this year will surge 34 percent to reach 1.8 billion units. " 
touch "Growth in the touchscreen market will be driven by increasing penetration in markets beyond the smartphone and tablet businesses," said Duke Yi, senior manager for display components and materials research at IHS. "Demand so far has largely been limited to these two markets. However, touch-screen sales are increasing dramatically across a broad range of products, particularly notebook PCs." Projected capacitive is expanding its dominance of the market with 96 percent of touch screens expected to use the technology in 2016, up from 79 percent in 2012."

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High-Performance Graphene Transistor With High Room-Temperature Mobility
From Nanowerk Spotlight, June 26, 2013, by Michael Berger:  
"Utilization of graphene may help realize innovative low power replacements for III-V materials based high electron mobility transistors while extending operational frequencies closer to the THz regime for superior wireless communications, imaging, and other novel applications. Device architectures explored to date suffer a fundamental performance roadblock due to lack of compatible deposition techniques for nanoscale dielectrics required to efficiently modulate graphene transconductance while maintaining low gate capacitance-voltage product.  "
nanowerk In a recently published paper in ACS NANO ("Low-Voltage Back-Gated Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition Based Graphene-Striped Channel Transistor with High-k Dielectric Showing Room-Temperature Mobility > 11,000 cm2/V*s"), researchers from the Integrated Nanotechnology Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, have shown integration of a scaled (10 nm) high-k gate dielectric aluminum oxide (Al203) with atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) derived graphene channel composed of multiple 0.25 µm stripes to repeatedly realize room temperature mobility of 11,000 cm2/V*s or higher. By using a CVD method to synthesize high-quality graphene and seedless atomic layer deposition (ALD) to deposit scaled gate dielectrics, the team also simplified the manufacturing process."    

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NIST Seeks Proposals To Establish New Center Of Excellence On Advanced Materials Research
From NIST Tech Beat, June 28, 2013 
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition to create an Advanced Materials Center of Excellence to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between NIST researchers and scientists and engineers from academia and industry. The new center will focus on accelerating the discovery and development of advanced materials through innovations in measurement science and in new modeling, simulation, data and informatics tools.nist  

NIST anticipates funding the new center at approximately $5 million per year for five years, with the possibility of renewing the award for an additional five years. Funding is subject to the availability of funds through NIST's appropriations. The competition is open to accredited institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations located in the United States and its territories. The proposing institution may work as part of a consortium that could include other academic institutions; nonprofit organizations; companies; or state, tribal or local governments.

Advanced materials, such as new high-performance alloys or ceramics, polymers, glasses, nanocomposites or biomaterials, are a key factor in global competitiveness. Currently, the average time from laboratory discovery of a new material to its first commercial use can take up to 20 years. The Materials Genome Initiative and the new NIST center focus on dramatically reducing this through the use of measurement and data-based research tools

The deadline for applications is Aug. 12, 2013.
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New Analytical Methodology Can Guide Electrode Optimization
From University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 9, 2013 by Sarah Williams:   
 "Using a new analytical methodology--a coupled micro-computed X-ray tomography (MicroCT) and microfluidic-based electrochemical analysis--researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are gaining new insights into electrode structure-performance relationships for energy conversion and storage devices. Electrodes play a vital role in all devices based on heterogeneous electrochemical reactions for energy conversion, energy storage, and chemical synthesis. The performance and durability of these devices is largely determined by the processes that occur at the catalyst layer-electrolyte interface.  
univ il With this research, they have developed a combined approach of MicroCT-based visualization and microfluidic-based electrochemical analysis that allows changes in electrode performance to be directly correlated to differences in catalyst layer structure. This can guide electrode optimization, including improved catalyst utilization, for a variety of electrochemical energy conversion systems."

Paper appearing in Advanced Energy Materials

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New ASTM Nanotechnology Standard Will Facilitate Description and Characterization Data Exchange
From ASTM, June 26, 2013:
astm logo "A new ASTM International standard will facilitate the meaningful submission and exchange of nanomaterial descriptions and characterization data, along with other files, among individual nanotechnology researchers. ASTM E2909, Guide for Investigation/Study/Assay Tab-Delimited Format for Nanotechnologies (ISA-TAB-Nano): Standard File Format for the Submission and Exchange of Data on Nanomaterials and Characterizations, was developed by Subcommittee E56.01 on Informatics and Technology, part of ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology.

It is hoped that ASTM E2909 will empower organizations to adopt standard methods for presenting data in nanotechnology publications, as well as to provide researchers with guidelines for representing nanomaterials and characterizations to achieve cross-material comparison."
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Scientists Solve Titanic Puzzle of Popular Photocatalyst
From University College London, July 8, 2013
"A breakthrough in our understanding of the properties of titania (titanium dioxide) - the basis of self-cleaning window technology - has been made by scientists at University College London (UCL), uncovering a decades old misunderstanding that has clouded our knowledge of how mixed phase titania catalysts operate. Mixed phase titania catalysts work by combining two different crystalline structures of titania.  

By carrying out cutting-edge computational simulations alongside precise experimental measurements of physical samples of the mineral, scientists at UCL found that the widely accepted explanation for how mixed phase titania catalysts operate was misguided. Their discovery, published in Nature Materials, will help scientists and engineers develop improved photo catalysts, which have applications in clean energy technologies, self-cleaning coatings and a number of other fields.
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Semiconductor Nanowires For Efficient, Sustainable Solar Energy Harvesting
From SPIE Newsroom, July 10, 2013, by Martin Heiss, Anna Dalmau-Mallorqui and Anna Fontcuberta i Morral:

"Recent discoveries on the interaction of light with standing nanowires reveal their strong potential as building blocks for solar cells. We found that the nanowires concentrate light, which will enhance solar cell efficiency. SPIESemiconductor nanowires are filamentary crystals with a sub-micron tailored diameter. Because their diameter is smaller than typical light wavelengths absorbed in a solar cell, their interaction with light obeys the laws not of classical ray optics but of wave optics. Consequently, unexpected phenomena arise. For nanowires lying on a substrate, light is absorbed preferentially in certain wavelengths, known as leaky-mode resonances. However, we found that light absorption is strongly reduced overall. In contrast light absorption can be significantly enhanced for nanowires standing on a substrate."


DOI: 10.1117/2.1201307.004946 

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Scientists Spy On Lithium Ions
From Michigan Technological University, July 5, 2013, by Marcia Goodrich:  
"To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. However, the important action in a battery occurs at the atomic level, and it's been virtually impossible to find out exactly what's happening at such a scale. Now, an associate professor at Michigan Technological University has developed a device that allows researchers to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions-and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.  

To determine how the host electrode changes as lithium ions enter it, the team built a nano-battery within the aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope using a promising new electrode material, tin oxide, or SnO2. Then, they watched it charge. The wanted to monitor the changes in the tin oxide at the very frontier of lithium-ion movement within the SnO2 electrode. They were able to observe how the individual lithium ions enter the electrode.
The discovery has prompted inquiries from industries and national labs interested in using this atomic-resolution capability in their own battery-development work."  


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Reprinted with permission of MIT News.
Elastic Electronics: Stretchable Gold Conductor Grows Its Own Wires
From the University of Michigan, Jul 17, 2013:  
"Networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials may make the best stretchy conductors yet, engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered.

Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that move with the body. 

univ mich
"Essentially the new nanoparticle materials behave as elastic metals," said Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering. "It's just the start of a new family of materials that can be made from a large variety of nanoparticles for a wide range of applications." Finding good conductors that still work when pulled to twice their length is a tall order-researchers have tried wires in tortuous zigzag or spring-like patterns, liquid metals, nanowire networks and more. The team was surprised that spherical gold nanoparticles embedded in polyurethane could outcompete the best of these in stretchability and concentration of electrons."
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Image: Nicholas Kotov
Spectroscopy Method Could Lead to Better Optical Devices
From Photonics Spectra, May 2013, by Ashley N. Rice
"A new spectroscopy method takes advantage of a fundamental property of thin films - interference - and could help optical devices like LEDs and solar cells make better use of these materials. 
photonicsThe technique, called energy-momentum spectroscopy, was developed by a multi-university research team to gain insight into how light is emitted from layered nanomaterials and other thin films. The method allows investigators to look at the light emerging from a thin film and determine whether it is coming from emitters oriented along the plane of the film or from emitters oriented perpendicular to the film. This new technique - devised by scientists at Brown University working with colleagues from Case Western Reserve and Columbia universities, and the University of California, Santa Barbara."  

The research was published in Nature Nanotechnology
(doi: 10.1038/nnano.2013.20).

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September 24-25, 2013

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November 19-21, 2013

Kolobrzeg, POLAND
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