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Deciphering Butterflies' Designer Colors: Inspiring New Hue-Changing Materials
NASA Engineer Achieves Another Milestone in Emerging Nanotechnology
SEMI Sees 21% Increase in Chip Equipment Spending for 2014
2014 SVC TechCon Promotional Partners
Flexible Supercapacitors for Portable Electronics
Nanoscience Produces 5-Vertex Tilings
Controlling Friction by Tuning Van Der Walls Forces
ITO Replacement Market Will Grow to $4 Billion by 2020
Champion Nano-Rust for Producing Solar Hydrogen
Graphene is Getting Some Serious Competition
GE, First Solar Announce Solar Technology and Commercial Partnership
Size Matters in Nanocrystals' Ability to Release Gases
New Twist in the Graphene Story
Deciphering Butterflies' Designer Colors: Inspiring New Hue-Changing Materials
From the Optical Society (OSA), July 17, 2013:   "Butterfly wings can do remarkable things with light, and humans are still trying to learn from them. Physicists have now uncovered how subtle differences in the tiny crystals of butterfly wings create stunningly varied patterns of color even among closely related species. The discovery, reported in the Optical Society's open-access journal Optical Materials Express, could lead to new coatings for manufactured materials that could change color by design, if researchers can figure out how to replicate the wings' light-manipulating properties.
The three tropical butterflies the researchers studied all display iridescence, a property of materials that change color depending on the viewing angle, but they do so with different colors. The researchers measured the light spectrum reflected from the wing at different angles, using a technique called angle-resolved reflection spectroscopy. They found that the varying colors of the three species' wings arise from slight differences in crystal parameters."

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Image: Optical Materials Express     

NASA Engineer Achieves Another Milestone in Emerging Nanotechnology
From NASA, July 17, 2013:  
"A NASA engineer has achieved yet another milestone in his quest to advance an emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size.

nasaResearchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have demonstrated that they can grow a uniform layer of carbon nanotubes through the use of ALD. This means that NASA can grow nanotubes on 3-D components, such as complex baffles and tubes commonly used in optical instruments.

During the research, they tuned the nano-based super-black material, making it ideal for this application, absorbing on average more than 99 percent of the UV, visible, IR and far-IR light that strikes it - a never-before-achieved milestone that now promises to open new frontiers in scientific discovery. The material consists of a thin coating of multi-walled carbon nanotubes about 10,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair."

Source: Read the full article... 


Image: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn    

SEMI Sees 21% Increase in Chip Equipment Spending for 2014
From SEMI, July 8, 2013:
"SEMI forecasts semiconductor equipment sales will reach $43.98 billion in 2014, a 21 percent increase over estimated 2013 equipment spending, according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, released at the annual SEMICON West exposition. Key drivers for equipment spending are significant NAND Flash fab investments by Samsung in China and Toshiba/Sandisk in Japan, and investments by Intel, including its fabs in Ireland.  Most major regions of the world will see significant equipment spending increases.  Front-end wafer processing equipment will grow 24 percent in 2014 from 2013.  The forecast indicates that next year will be the second largest spending year ever, surpassed only by $47.7 billion spent in 2000.
Continued strong demand by consumers for smart phones and tablet computers is driving chip manufacturers to expand capacity for memory, logic and wireless devices. Growth is forecasted in China (82 percent), Europe (79 percent), South Korea (31 percent), Japan (21 percent), North America (9 percent), and Taiwan (2 percent). Taiwan will continue to be the world's largest spender with $10.62 billion estimated for 2014, followed by North America at $8.75 billion and Korea with $8.74 billion."

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Flexible Supercapacitors for Portable Electronics
From Royal Society of Chemistry (RCS), July 22, 2013, by Rowan Frame: 
"Scientists from Germany have created a supercapacitor that is just 50 nanometers thick and less than 5 millimeters wide. The tiny supercapacitor has been successfully integrated into miniaturized, flexible electronic circuits. Not only is the microsupercapacitor tiny and bendable, it can store more energy and provide more power per unit volume than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.

Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden and colleagues have now found a way to make manganese oxide electrodes thin and bendy. They vaporized solid manganese oxide using an electron beam and then let the gaseous atoms precipitate into thin flexible films. The team then incorporated very thin layers of gold into the manganese oxide films to improve their electrical conductivity."

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Nanoscience Produces 5-Vertex Tilings
From Horizon 2020 Projects, August 9, 2013: 
"Tessellation patterns can now be seen in the laboratory for the first time thanks to new research carried out at Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany." Tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. Tessellation patterns are found in nature, such as the hexagonal cells found in honeycombs.  
"The experiments were carried out by researchers at TUM in collaboration with scientists in Karlsruhe and Zurich and was supported by the European Research Council through an Advanced Grant and a Marie Curie Fellowship Grant, in additional to other national funds. Organic molecules equipped with functional groups to express distinct linkages to metal atoms were deposited onto a smooth silver substrate under vacuum conditions. Subsequently the organic layer on this platform was exposed to an atomic flux of the lanthanide cerium. At a certain ratio of cerium atoms to molecules, self-assembly produced a symmetrical complex 2-D pattern, known as the snub square tiling. This was the first time snub square tiling patterns had been fabricated and seen at the molecular level by exploiting self-assembly protocols." 

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Controlling Friction by Tuning Van Der Walls Forces
From Nanowerk News, July 19, 2013:
"For a car to accelerate there has to be friction between the tire and the surface of the road. The amount of friction generated depends on numerous factors, including the minute intermolecular forces acting between the two surfaces in contact - so-called van der Waals forces. The importance of these intermolecular interactions in generating friction has long been known, but has now been demonstrated experimentally for the first time by a research team from Saarland University and from the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM). Interestingly, the research team has shown that the friction acting at a material surface is influenced by the structure of the sub-surface layers.  
indy The results have significant implications for many practical applications. As the strength of the van der Waals forces depends on the composition of a material to depths of up to 100 nanometres, carefully designing the layer structure at the surface of a material can reduce friction. This gives us another approach to controlling friction in addition to the established use of lubricants."

The work has been published in Physical Review Letters, "Impact of van der Waals Interactions on Single Asperity Friction".

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ITO Replacement Market Will Grow to $4 Billion by 2020
From Information Display, July/August 2013, by Jennifer Colegrove (Touch Display Research, Inc.):  
"ITO is currently the dominant transparent conductor in the marketplace.  However, due to ITO's high cost, long processing requirements, and fragility, non-ITO-type transparent conductors are gaining momentum.  These transparent conductors may not only replace ITO, but also provide functions that ITO cannot.  Transparent conductor applications include touch sensors, displays, lighting, PV, smart windows, and EMI shielding. chart Touch Display Research forecasts that the non-ITO transparent-conductor market will grow from $206 million in 2013 to $4 billion by 2020.

Approximately, 10 types of ITO-replacement transparent conductors can be put into six categories:  metal mesh, silver nanowire, carbon nanotube, conductive polymer, graphene, and other technologies.  At the current time, there are more than 180 companies and research institutes developing non-ITO transparent conductors or related technologies. Twenty-nine companies supply non-ITO transparent conductive film, and twenty-one companies supply the nano-ink or powder."

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Champion Nano-Rust for Producing Solar Hydrogen
From Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),July 9, 2013:   
"Water and some nano-structured iron oxide is all it takes to produce bubbles of solar hydrogen. EPFL and Technion scientists just discovered the champion structure to achieve this. The whole point is to use an exceptionally abundant, stable and cheap material: rust.
By using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, researchers were able to precisely characterize the movement of the electrons through the cauliflower-looking nanostructures forming the iron oxide particles, laid on electrodes during the manufacturing process. By comparing several electrodes, whose manufacturing method is now mastered, scientists were able to identify the "champion" structure. A 10x10 cm prototype has been produced and its effectiveness is in line with expectations."

Nature Materials published the article "Identifying champion nanostructures for solar water-splitting".

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Graphene is Getting Some Serious Competition
From IEEE Spectrum, June 24, 2013, by Rachel Courtland:
"A whole host of 2-D structures are attracting attention. Many can be formed just as graphene is, from layered 3-D materials. Here are some of the most promising materials on the 2-D scene. Some may work in concert with one another or with graphene, while others are direct competitors. This list is by no means complete.
  • Graphene (C) - At low temperature, for example, electrons can zip through the material 100 times as fast as they do in silicon for a given voltage. The promise of the material for electronics, optics, and energy storage was still enough for the European Commission to announce that it will pump as much as €1 billion into graphene R&D earlier this year.
  • emilyBoron nitride (BN) - Two-dimensional boron nitride is often tapped to function as an insulator in devices made from other 2-D materials. Researchers have demonstrated they can form a 2-D structure composed of alternating strips of graphene and boron nitride, which could potentially be stacked to form complex circuitry.
  • Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and company - Layers made of MoS2 have some advantages over both graphene and silicon. Unlike silicon it can readily emit and absorb light. This family, which also includes tungsten diselenide, consists of materials that combine one of 15 transition metals with one of three members of the chalcogen family: sulfur, selenium, or tellurium. So far, only a handful of these have been studied for their 2-D electronic properties.  
  • Silicene (Si) and Germanene (Ge) - Chipmakers would probably prefer a 2-D alternative that would allow them to continue using common semiconducting materials without fear of contaminating their fabs. Enter the 2-D versions of silicon and germanium: silicene and germanene. Versions of both materials were isolated in only the last two years, and research on them is just beginning."  
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GE, First Solar Announce Solar Technology and Commercial Partnership
From First Solar, August 6, 2013:   
first solar"GE and First Solar announced a technology partnership to advance thin-film solar cells and modules. First Solar has acquired GE's global CdTe solar intellectual property portfolio, setting a course for significant advancement of PV thin-film solar technology. GE received 1.75 million shares of First Solar common stock as part of this transaction. GE has agreed to retain the shares for at least three years.

The combination of the two companies' complementary technologies and First Solar's existing manufacturing capabilities are expected to accelerate the development of CdTe solar module performance and improve efficiency at manufacturing scale. In addition, GE Global Research and First Solar R&D will collaborate on future technology development to further advance CdTe solar technology. First Solar's existing manufacturing sites will be used to further advance CdTe technology and achieve an increasingly competitive cost position. GE has decided to discontinue the build-out of its Aurora, Colorado, solar manufacturing facility."


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Size Matters in Nanocrystals' Ability to Release Gases
From Vanderbilt University, August 6, 2013, by David Salisbury: 
"More efficient catalytic converters on autos, improved batteries and more sensitive gas sensors are some of the potential benefits of a new system that can directly measure the manner in which nanocrystals adsorb and release hydrogen and other gases. The technique, which was developed by Vanderbilt University researchers, is described in a paper published online by the journal Nature Materials. 
nanocrystal The method is based on a standard procedure called fluorescence spectroscopy. A laser beam is focused on the target nanocrystals, causing them to fluoresce. As the nanocrystals adsorb the gas molecules, the strength of their fluorescent dims and as they release the gas molecules, it recovers. The measurements they made revealed that the size of the nanocrystals have a much stronger effect on the rate that the material can adsorb and release hydrogen and the amount of hydrogen that the material can absorb than previously expected. The researchers also determined that the adsorption/desorption rate was determined by just three factors: pressure, temperature and nanocrystal size. They did not find that additional factors such as defects and strain had a significant effect as previously suggested." 
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New Twist in the Graphene Story
From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, August 12, 2013 by Lynn Yarris
"Researchers with the U.S. DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a unique new twist to the story of graphene and in the process appear to have solvegraphened a mystery that has held back device development.

Working at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, a DOE national user facility, a research team has discovered that in the stacking of graphene monolayers subtle misalignments arise, creating an almost imperceptible twist in the final bilayer graphene. Tiny as it is - as small as 0.1 degree - this twist can lead to surprisingly strong changes in the bilayer graphene's electronic properties. The introduction of the twist generates a completely new electronic structure in the bilayer graphene that prevents bilayer graphene from becoming fully insulating even under a very strong electric field.

The paper describing this research in the journal Nature Materials titled "Coexisting massive and massless Dirac fermions in symmetry-broken bilayer graphene."

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