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2014 Nanotechnology Workshop a Great Success!

By: Ashley Duvelius

The University of Cincinnati hosted the highly successful 2014 Nanotechnology Materials and Devices (NMD) Workshop at the UC Tangeman University Center’s (TUC) Great Hall from February 24-25, 2014.

Group Photo of the 2014 NMD Workshop Participants

Group Photo of the 2014 NMD Workshop Participants

February 24-25, 2014, UC hosted the 2014 Nanotechnology Materials and Devices (NMD) Workshop at the UC Tangeman University Center’s (TUC) Great Hall. The sixth NMD workshop was sponsored by the UC Office of Research; the UC Nanoworld Laboratory; the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science; the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI); and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) along with industrial partners. About 130 participants from seven countries—Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, UK and the US—were in attendance to represent numerous government institutions, universities and industries.

The NMD workshop unofficially kicked off Sunday, February 23, 2014 with an informal Welcome Dinner at the Marriott Kingsgate Conference Center. On Monday morning, guests arrived at the TUC Great Hall and were entertained by UC student and pianist Kristen Schulz.

UC Nanoworld’s directors, Mark Schulz (PhD and professor in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Vesselin Shanov (PhD and professor in the UC CEAS Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering) welcomed attendees alongside Kevin Yost of AFRL and Bang Tsao of UDRI.

Research posters lined the Great Hall for guests to take a glimpse at current and future nanotechnology efforts. Industry sponsors distributed informational fliers and advertising materials from their display tables at the entrance of the hall. Among these sponsors were: AIXTRON; General Nano, LLC; International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC); Metis Design; Nanocomp Technologies; Netzsch; Oxford Lasers; and Surfx.

Workshop guests were also given tours of the UC CEAS Engineering Research Center, Baldwin Hall, and Rhodes. These tours highlighted the many laboratories utilized for UC Nanoworld activities. At the conclusion of the workshop on Tuesday, February 25th, Jan Schilling gave the attendees a special event tour of the General Electric Aircraft Engine (GEAE) Learning Center located in Evendale, OH.

The two-day, intensive single track workshop consisted of five sessions of invited talks, including:

  1. Nanotubes, Fibers and Applications—Session Chair Noe Alvarez
  2. Materials and Devices Medley—Session Chair Ajit Roy
  3. Government—Session Chair Kevin Yost
  4. Up and Coming New Researchers—Session Chair Vesselin Shanov
  5. Industry—Session Chair Bang Tsao
Cover of the book, Nanotube Superfiber Materials: Changing Engineering Design.

Cover of the book, Nanotube Superfiber Materials: Changing Engineering Design.

These sessions covered the synthesis, functionalization, characterization, modeling, post processing and application of carbon nanostructured materials and devices. Each session featured talks by the best experts in the field of nanotechnology, including: Dong Qian, University of Texas at Dallas; Fei Wei, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China;  Alan Windle, Cambridge University, UK; Gleb Yushin, Georgia Tech; Emilie J. Siochi, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA; Ana Laura Elias, Penn State University, PA; and Paul Kladitis, UDRI.

Most of the NMD workshop speakers were contributors to Schulz and Shanov’s Elsevier book, Nanotube Superfiber Materials: Changing Engineering Design. The researchers edited the book, along with their colleague, Zhangzhang Yin, and it’s the first of its kind to explore the production and applications of macro-scale materials made from nano-scale particles.

The workshop benchmarked the current state of the art and developed plans for future breakthroughs in engineering materials and devices based on nanotechnology. The electronic, thermal and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes and spun thread were of particular interest. Applications of nanotechnology and industry needs were also discussed along with strategies for commercializing nanotechnology. Additionally, the workshop successfully provided opportunities to establish cooperative research and to intersect different ideas in order to break down barriers to nanotechnology challenges.

Look for an even greater workshop to unveil more breathtaking advances two years from now!

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