NanoBCA Interview with Dr. Michael A. Meador, Director, NNCO

Posted on March 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

NanoBCA was fortunate to engage in a conversation with Dr. Michael A. Meador, the recently appointed Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (“NNCO”) on February 10, 2015.

Dr. Meador, who is technically on loan from NASA to NNCO for this assignment, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University where he began his career thinking about matter at the molecular scale.  While at NASA, Dr. Meador’s efforts included development of “game-changing” technologies from the TRL 4 to TRL 6 levels with a focus on specific technologies such as carbon nanotube based structural composites, nano-based sensors for chemical and biotech detection, among others.

The following excerpt, from the NNCO website, outlines Dr. Meador’s impressive credentials and background with regard to nanotechnology.

Dr. Meador, chair of NASA’s Nanotechnology Roadmap Team, was instrumental in developing the NASA-wide Nanotechnology Project, and has been responsible for project planning and advocacy, overseeing technical progress, developing external partnerships to advance and transfer technology, coordinating with other nanotechnology related activities within NASA, and interacting with program and senior agency management.  He has also played a key role in representing NASA in the NNI’s interagency activities, including co-chairing its Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation Working Group.

During his long career at NASA, Dr. Meador has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility, including over twenty years as Chief of the Polymers Branch of the Materials Division at NASA Glenn Research Center, where he expanded the research portfolio of the branch from research in high-temperature stable polymers and composites for aircraft engines to include work in battery electrolytes, fuel cell membranes, and nonlinear optical and sensor materials.  He also initiated the first nanotechnology program at NASA Glenn.

Dr. Meador has been recognized as the NASA Glenn Small Disadvantaged Business Program Technical Advocate of the Year and NASA Small Business Program Technical Personnel of the Year.  He has also received the NASA Equal Opportunity Employment Medal for his work to increase the involvement of faculty and students from minority serving institutions in NASA materials research, and last month was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leading NASA’s Nanotechnology R&D activities and representing the agency as a proactive member of the NNI.

NanoBCA
How long have you been a devotee of the science of nanotechnology?

Dr. Meador
Dating back to my graduate studies, I have long been aware of the great potential of working with matter at the molecular level.  I carried this interest with me to NASA where, as Chief of the Polymers Branch at the Glenn Research Center, I launched one of the first research efforts with NASA focused on the development of nanomaterials technologies.  Around 1999 or so, NASA started a long-term relationship with Dr. Richard Smalley of Rice University to focus on scaling up his HiPCO process to produce single wall carbon nanotubes so that we could have a sufficient quantity to evaluate as an additive for polymers.  We were fortunate to be a part of that activity.  The scale up approach developed under this activity led to Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.  So, I guess you can say that I have been involved with the science of nanotechnology for over 30 years.

NanoBCA
From a career perspective, what led you to become the Director at NNCO?

Dr. Meador
Over the course of my career, I have been involved in all aspects of nanotech research and development at a variety of levels within NASA from managing activities in my branch to more recently managing a NASA-wide project in nanotechnology.  For the past four years I also served as NASA’s principal representative to the NSET, which gave me a broader perspective on nanotech R&D at the Federal government level.  It seemed like a very natural progression to aspire to a position like this at NNCO where I could give back, in a leadership role, and utilize my unique career experience with regards to nanotechnology.  Personally, it is very exciting for me to be in a position to help push the NNI forward, especially now that it is at a crossroads in that it is coming out of a research and development focused effort to a more defined commercialization effort.

NanoBCA
The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act was signed into law on December 3, 2003.  What do you see as the major successes of this Act and what needs to be done going forward?

Dr. Meador
If not for National Nanotechnology Initiative (“NNI”), which preceded and was then reauthorized by the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, certain industries would not have been created, or at a minimum, would have been created at a much later date.  That alone is a very significant accomplishment of the NNI. 

For instance, the quantum dot industry would not be where it is today if not for the NNI.  As you know, Sony announced a new TV recently at the Consumer Electronics Show that will incorporate quantum dots produced by QD Vision, Inc. to enhance picture quality. QD Vision won the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is the highest domestic honor in the field, recognizing chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.  So, it is clear that the quantum dot industry is making an important impact on our economy, and our environment, and it is an industry that is here to stay.  Another example is the carbon nanotube sector, with companies like Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. that are producing materials that not only reduce weight but also greatly improve strength in all sorts of products. 

Moving forward, we are honing our focus on supporting and expanding success stories like these, particularly as they relate to the commercialization of nanotechnologies.  To that end, Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, NNCO Deputy Director, and I have plans to visit all NSET agencies to talk about their agency’s vision and the NNCO’s vision and to try to establish a plan to more effectively work together to achieve the collective goals of the NNI.  We recently visited the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which is truly a world-class facility.  This is yet another example of the success of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act and reflects the tangible return on investment from that piece of legislation.  

So, I think there are a number of examples where nanotechnologies have definitely established a presence in the marketplace, but there is much more that we can do to facilitate the commercialization of nanotechnologies.

NanoBCA
What is your plan to further impact commercialization?

Dr. Meador
Success will come from good communications and a focused effort to have NNI agencies work directly with industry to identify and address any roadblocks to commercialization.  To that end, the NNCO has initiated a webinar series to highlight problems that industry is facing with regards to nanotech commercialization.  This has proven to be a great communications vehicle to provide information, especially to small- and medium- sized business, on topics like insurance and regulations that could help them be more successful in their commercialization efforts.  These webinars are scheduled to occur once every other month and are designed to be easily accessible to the broadest audience. 

NanoBCA
One of the challenges that we see regularly at the NanoBCA, is to address the question of whether or not the over $20 billion, that was invested by the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, was worthwhile from a taxpayers’ perspective.  Is this a question with which you are confronted?

Dr. Meador
Yes, this is a very important question that needs to be addressed loudly and clearly and provide a compelling justification for the past and continued investment in the NNI. Fortunately, I have benefitted from sitting on NSET through the critical years and have had a front row seat to witness the impact of this investment.  As I mentioned before, there are tangible examples of the return on investment that can be seen in the establishment of new industries and new products which also, not insignificantly, mean new jobs.  Also, there has been the establishment of critical new infrastructure, like the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

However, it is critically important that the news of these returns be communicated clearly to all stakeholders, which includes the taxpayer, the media and the broader community beyond just those in industry and government who happen to be concerned with nanotechnology as a part of their daily function.  That is the challenge that faces us today at NNCO.

To address that challenge and to do a better job of communication, NNCO is taking action on several fronts, some of which are quite simple yet very effective.  I have already mentioned our webinar series.  We are also developing our YouTube channel and reaching out to stakeholders in government and industry to contribute video content that highlights their work.  Our goal is to create a buzz about the great potential of nanotechnology commercialization.  We are also reaching out directly to students and have established several contests that they can participate in to highlight their research projects (and even art projects).  The winners of these contests will be duly recognized at national events. Which brings me to my final point on this matter, which is that we are expanding and improving the quality of our events across the board with the intent of improving the overall impact of our communications.

NanoBCA
Have you noticed, as we have at NanoBCA, that critics often have misconstrued the literal mandate of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act and perhaps not appreciated that the investment was designed to be on infrastructure and R&D, as the name of the Act itself suggests?

Dr. Meador
Since the inception of the NNI, participating agencies within the Federal government have invested over $20B in nanotechnology related R&D.   So, I think it is a fair question to ask what the impact of that investment has been on the US economy and job creation.   In fact, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (“PCAST”) in its last two reviews, and the National Research Council (“NRC”), in its last review, have both called for a clear set of metrics to measure the success of the NNI.  We are carefully considering how to develop these metrics by utilizing reports, such as the series of reports over the years by firms such as Lux Research on total revenues generated by nanotech products, as well as other studies which measure the impact of emerging technologies in other ways.  Some of the inputs are not just on revenue data, but also on foundational impact such as the establishment of new technologies, sectors and even industries.

The bottom line is that we all need to work together to create a better understanding, among the broadest audience possible, of the true impact of nanotechnologies on our society. 

NanoBCA
Dr. Meador, thank you for your time and tremendous insight.  Good luck moving forward with NNCO and rest assured that NanoBCA is here to assist you in any way we can!

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The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to announce our return to Washington, DC, for our 2015 DC Roundtable May 19-20th. This will be our 15th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch. We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO, OSTP, NSF and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI.

Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 19-20th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with and be heard by the key policy makers.

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Once again, we would like to thank Dr. Meador for participating in our NanoBCA interview series.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

WIAF Recommends: America’s Water 3/12/15 Columbia University NYC

Posted on March 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) would like to recommend:

America’s Water: Partnering Science with Industry to Find a Way Forward
Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Reception: 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Columbia University, Faculty House NYC
REGISTER TODAY!!


The America’s Water Initiative is a program that aims to build a network of academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to develop a research agenda that will inform water infrastructure improvements in the United States through innovative management solutions, new technologies, and new policies. The America’s Water Event Series brings these leaders together to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration and coordination. Our goal is to address America’s major water challenges and opportunities including climate risks, emerging technologies, urban water infrastructure, financial and legal instruments and the food/energy/water nexus.

Agenda
8am-9am
 Registration and breakfast

9am-9:30am Keynote by Pepsi Foundation

9:30am-10am Introduction by Upmanu Lall

10am-10:15am Q&A session

10:15am-10:30am Coffee break

10:30am- 11:30pm Panel 1:America’s Water Challenges and Prospects

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch break with academic posters displayed

12:30pm-1:30pm Panel 2:Innovations to Shape the Future of America’s Water

1:30pm-2:30pm Working group breakout sessions

2:30pm-3:30pm Synthesis from breakout sessions

3:30pm-4:00pm Closing remarks by Upmanu Lall

4pm-6pm Reception

Please direct all questions to Margo Weiss at mweiss@ei.columbia.edu

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REGISTER TODAY
$250

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) is proud to announce our return to Washington, DC for our Water 2.0 Conference on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day). Earth Day has a special meaning to me.  I have participated in Earth Day events since its inception in 1970. 

The event will be located at GE’s offices:
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 900 (9th floor)
Washington, DC 20004

Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 Conference will focus on the social/economic benefit of digitally enabled water solutions. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

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WATER NEWS

NASA Climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought
The Guardian

China is Turning Fecal Sludge into ‘Black Gold’
Bloomberg Business

Mobile Phones Help Divine Water Supplies in Angola Slums
Bloomberg Business

Severn Trent ‘Poo Power’ Helps Fuel Homes, Save on Costs
Bloomberg Business

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on March 12th in NYC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

WIAF Announces Water 2.0 Conference – April 22nd DC

Posted on March 4th, 2015 | No Comments »

Today, the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) is proud to announce our return to Washington, DC for our Water 2.0 Conference on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day). Earth Day has a special meaning to me.  I have participated in Earth Day events since its inception in 1970. 

The event will be located at GE’s offices:
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 900 (9th floor)
Washington, DC 20004

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Water enters the digital era. Big Data Solutions, Information Powered Utilities and Smarter Customers. The Water 2.0 Conference will focus on the social/economic benefit of digitally enabled water solutions. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA.

REGISTER TODAY $250

AGENDA
8:00-8:45  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00  Opening Remarks
Vincent Caprio, Executive Director, WIAF & Water 2.0 Conference Chair

9:00-9:30  Renee Armstrong, CMO & GM Commercial Operations, GE Intelligent Platforms

9:30-10:00  Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., Manager – Innovation Development, American Water

10:00-10:30  Ralph Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, Water & Process Technologies, GE Power & Water

10:30-11:00  Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

11:00-11:30  Alan Hinchman, Chief Operating Officer, The Water Initiative

11:30-12:00  Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard

12:00-1:00  Lunch

1:00-1:30  Kevin McGovern, CEO, The Water Initiative

1:30-2:00  Ken Russell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Applied Technology Acceleration Institute – Wichita State University

2:00-2:30  Erik Hromadka, CEO, Global Water Technologies

2:30-3:15  Panel

3:15-3:30  Break

3:30-4:00  The Honorable Kelly H. Carnes, President & Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21

4:00-4:30  Mark Grobmyer, Chariman, Global Technology Deployment Initiative & Managing Director, P 80 Group Foundation

4:30-5:00  Richard E. Hyman, Author of FROGMEN

5:00-6:00  Post-Conference Networking

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WATER NEWS

American Water Joins ino3W as Exclusive U.S. Partner
Water Online

Turning poop into clean water
The Seattle Times

Boston’s leaky pipes release high levels of heat-trapping methane
NSF

Global Water Technologies signs MOU with company in Israel during trade mission

New plastic recycling technology works without water
Treehugger

Pennsylvania power plant receives GE ROE award
Water Technology

Lubbock entrepreneur named to Forbes’ ’30 Under 30’
News OK

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on April 22nd in Washington, DC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

NanoBCA Announces 2015 DC Roundtable – May 19-20th

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Today, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to announce our return to Washington, DC, for our 2015 DC Roundtable May 19-20th. This will be our 15th visit, dating back to 2002, meeting with numerous government officials in regard to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

We will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Legislative Branch and from the Executive Branch. We will be meeting with representatives from NNCO, OSTP, NSF and other agencies participating in the funding of the NNI.

Join NanoBCA in Washington, DC, May 19-20th, to learn about the issues at hand and to meet with and be heard by the key policy makers.

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REGISTER TODAY $250

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NANO NEWS

PEN Inc. New Product Development Highlighted for Emerging Nanotechnology Enterprises

Will Nanotechnology Soon Allow You to ‘Swallow the Doctor’?
CNN

The View from the VC Side
Interview with Alexei Andreev, Ph.D.
IOP Institute of Physics

Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company D-Wave Systems Raises an Additional $29 Million CAD, Closing 2014 Financing at $62 Million CAD

The InVentures Group: 2014 in Review

Temple University and Ben Franklin Partner to Spark Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Greater Philadelphia

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Knoxville, Tennessee

National Nanotechnology Initiative Multimedia Contests

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UPCOMING EVENT

Lux Executive Summit
March 17-19, 2015
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, February 19th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you on May 19-20th in Washington, DC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

NanoBCA Recommends: Nanoinformatics 2015 – Jan 26-28 – Arlington VA

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association recommends:

Nanoinformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications
January 26-28, 2015
Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

The purpose of the Nanoinformatics 2015 Workshop is to bring together stakeholders in order to assess the state of informatics relevant to the all aspects of the nanotechnology enterprise and to set priority targets for the future. From materials to processes to products; accessible data, information, models, and simulations will enable innovators to optimize performance and accelerate the innovation cycle from concept to product. Scientists and engineers will be able to efficiently assess the safety of new nanomaterials and quantitatively implement best practices of safe manufacturing and usage of nanomaterials throughout product lifecycles. Scientists will share predictive models and data that enable the design and discovery of nanomaterials and the resulting performance of systems that use them.

Register for the workshop
Regular attendees: $200
Students: FREE

Submit an abstract

View the draft agenda

Workshop topics will include:

- Process modeling and control
- Materials supply chain
- Life cycle inventory data
- System scale-up methodology
- NanoEHS data and models
- Data workflow processes
- Nanomaterials properties data
- Data mining tools and opportunities
- Database design and accessibility
- Design for manufacturability
- Minimal data sets
- Interlaboratory studies
- Materials modeling and characterization
- Uncertainty quantification
- Sharing practices and incentives

Speakers

Stacey Harper, ONAMI Signature Faculty Fellow
Mark Tuominen, National Nanomanufacturing Network
Yoram Cohen, UCLA
Gerhard Klimeck, Network for Computational Nanotechnology
Diana de la Iglesia, Biomedical Informatics Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
John Rumble, President, R&R Data Services
Rong Liu, UCLA
Victor Maojo, Biomedical Informatics Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Ahmed Busnaina, Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University
Mervi Heiskanen, The National Cancer Institute, Nanotechnology Working Group
Michael Zentner, nanoHUB.org
Stephanie Morris, CaNanoLab
Greg Lowry, Carnegie Mellon University

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UPCOMING EVENT

Lux Executive Summit
March 17-19, 2015
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

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NANO NEWS

Bergeson & Campbell’s EHS 2015 State of the Union
Forecast 2015
By Contributors from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Shelton, Connecticut firm NanoViricides, Inc on the frontlines of Ebola research
SheltonHerald.com

SouthWest Nano Technologies (SWeNT) – Announcement
Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

New synthetic nanotechnology material may better outcomes in ACL repair
Dotmed Daily News

Nutrition, safety key to consumer acceptance of nanotech
R&D Magazine

Scientists look for nanostructures that allow compatibility between metal and human bone tissues
Phys.org

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, January 22nd at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you at the Nanoinformatics 2015 Workshop.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

NanoBCA Recommends: NNCO SME Free Webinar – Thurs 1/15 Noon-1:PM ET

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) would like to recommend:

NNCO Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Webinar Series
Thursday, January 15, 2015
12:PM–1:PM ET
Click here to register for this free, online event.

Webinar 1: “Roadblocks to Success in Nanotechnology Commercialization — What Keeps the Small and Medium Enterprise Community Up at Night?”

What: The NNCO will hold a series of webinars focusing on the experiences, successes, and challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community. The first webinar in the series will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015.

When: The first webinar will be held Thursday, January 15, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.

This webinar will be a round-table discussion with small and medium-sized businesses involved in nanotechnology commercialization focused on understanding common problems that they face and identifying those problems that the NNCO and NSET can assist in overcoming.

Who:
- Craig Bandes, Pixelligent LLC
- Doyle Edwards, Brewer Science Inc.
- Scott Rickert, PEN Inc.

How: Questions of interest to the small- and medium-sized business community may be submitted to webinar@nnco.nano.gov beginning one week prior to the event through the close of the webinar. During the question-and-answer segment of the webinars, submitted questions will be considered in the order received and may be posted on the NNI Web site (www.nano.gov). A moderator will identify relevant questions and pose them to the panelists. Due to time constraints, not all questions may be addressed during the webinar. The moderator reserves the right to group similar questions and to skip questions, as appropriate.

Registration: Click here to register for this free, online event. Registration for the webinar is required and is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be capped at 200 participants.

For further information contact:
Marlowe Newman
703-292-7128
mnewman@nnco.nano.gov

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NANO NEWS

Bergeson & Campbell’s EHS 2015 State of the Union
Forecast 2015
By Contributors from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Senator Blumenthal – CT Visits NanoViricides, Inc.
Shelton, Connecticut firm NanoViricides, Inc on the frontlines of Ebola research
SheltonHerald.com

SouthWest Nano Technologies – Announcement
Azerbaijan Investment Company and Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC Sign MOU with SouthWest NanoTechnologies for a Major Carbon Nanotube Project in Republic of Azerbaijan

New synthetic nanotechnology material may better outcomes in ACL repair
Dotmed Daily News

Nutrition, safety key to consumer acceptance of nanotech
R&D Magazine

Scientists look for nanostructures that allow compatibility between metal and human bone tissues
Phys.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nanoinformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications
January 26-28, 2015
Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

Lux Executive Summit
March 17-19, 2015
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, January 22nd at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to your participation.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org

Happy Holidays from your friends at NanoBCA!

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Happy Holidays from your friends at WIAF!

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WIAF Recommends – Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects

Posted on December 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects provides a comprehensive roadmap for emerging technologies for the water industry. From access to water to repair of the water infrastructure, this is an encyclopedia of how to solve our worldwide water problems. It is a must read for water technologists.”
- Vincent Caprio, Founder, Water Innovations Alliance Foundation, Shelton, Connecticut, USA

Aquananotechnology-2“Governments, as well as businesses in sectors as diverse as agriculture, power generation, and manufacturing, know that water is central to their economic activities. Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects highlights water technologies that continue to push the boundaries of material science and innovation to reach new breakthroughs of cost and performancevital for sustainable economic growth and profitability.”
- Snehal Desai, Dow Water and Process Solutions, Edina, Minnesota, USA

“With water quality and scarcity destined to be enduring global megatrends for next century, Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects depicts an impressive array of breakthrough approaches to water treatment. The topics span from innovations in ridding drinking water of trace contaminants to cutting-edge technologies to solve the newest water challenges, such as those posed by fracking and the treatment of ballast water on cargo ships.”
- Deane Dray, water investment analyst and advisor to the United Nations, New York City, USA

“The world needs diverse solutions to our pressing water scarcity and quality challenges. This book showcases a refreshing variety of forward-thinking approaches through a distinctly global perspective. I recommend this as a must read for experienced practitioners and newcomers alike.”
- Dr. Phil Rolchigo, Pentair, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects
Published:September 24, 2014 by CRC Press
Content: 887 Pages | 340 B/W Illustrations
Edited by David E. Reisner, PhD and T. Pradeep, PhD

Features
- Includes contributions from world-class experts in the use of nanotechnology in water science
- Describes the latest methods in water purification and desalination related to nanotechnology
- Covers high surface area nanomaterials used in point-of-use (POU) systems at the faucet to eliminate contaminants that pass through the municipal water supply
- Provides extensive references at the end of each chapter to enhance further study
- Offers a global perspective of the role of nanotechnology in water treatment


Summary
The world’s fresh water supplies are dwindling rapidly—even wastewater is now considered an asset. By 2025, most of the world’s population will be facing serious water stresses and shortages. Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects breaks new ground with its informative and innovative introduction of the application of nanotechnology to the remediation of contaminated water for drinking and industrial use. It provides a comprehensive overview, from a global perspective, of the latest research and developments in the use of nanotechnology for water purification and desalination methods.

The book also covers approaches to remediation such as high surface area nanoscale media for adsorption of toxic species, UV treatment of pathogens, and regeneration of saturated media with applications in municipal water supplies, produced water from fracking, ballast water, and more. It also discusses membranes, desalination, sensing, engineered polymers, magnetic nanomaterials, electrospun nanofibers, photocatalysis, endocrine disruptors, and Al13 clusters. It explores physics-based phenomena such as subcritical water and cavitation-induced sonoluminescence, and fog harvesting.

With contributions from experts in developed and developing countries, including those with severe contamination, such as China, India, and Pakistan, the book’s content spans a wide range of the subject areas that fall under the aquananotechnology banner, either squarely or tangentially. The book strongly emphasizes sorption media, with broad application to a myriad of contaminants—both geogenic and anthropogenic—keeping in mind that it is not enough for water to be potable, it must also be palatable.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

GE Intelligent Platforms – FacilityConneX FREE Webinar
How Continuous Equipment Optimization Delivers Increased Operational Efficiency
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:PM
REGISTER TODAY

See how FacilityConneX, powered by GE Proficy, can help you improve operational efficiency by up to 40%…securely through the Industrial Cloud!

Participate in this FREE Webinar on Wednesday and learn how you can:
- Deliver critical equipment performance metrics to the right people, at the right time, in real-time
- Speed up troubleshooting, debugging, collaboration, decision and response times
- Lower maintenance costs, eliminate downtime and improve operational efficiency facility-wide

Don’t miss this learning event and drive transformation for your business. You’ll have the unique opportunity to gain insights into:
- Mobility and real-time operational intelligence
- Asset availability and reliability
- Process performance optimization
- Operational visibility and collaboration
- Powerful control platforms

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WATER NEWS

Data-driven Insights on the California Drought
USGS Newsroom

Treating Water to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Water Technology

Water 2.0 2014: Are Water Utilities Ready for Innovation?
Vincent Caprio
Our Water Counts – Water-Wise Blog

Bringing Soil-moisture Monitoring Technology from Cornfield to Battlefield
Phys.org

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Once again, the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation recommends Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
Founder & Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation
vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org
203-733-1949
www.waterinnovations.org

NanoBCA Nano News Fall Edition – Upcoming Events

Posted on December 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Here is an update for the next two months on events serving our nanotechnology community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

10th Annual Livingston Securities Nano Conference
December 8-9, 2014 – Chicago, IL
Seating is limited.  Reserve your space today jonathan@livingstonsecurities.com.

AGENDA
Monday, December 8, 2014
Noon Lunch – Registration
12:30 Welcome – Mike Gould, PWC & Jonathan Mason, Livingston Securities
12:45 Public Private Partnerships – Northwestern, Argonne National Labs, SITRI Group
1:45 Company Presentations
2:45 NanoElectronics, MEMS & the Internet-of-Things – Investment Strategies – Tom Licata, Head of Electronics, Livingston Securities
3:15 Company Presentations
4:15 Nanotechnology and the Greater Chicago Economy – Sean Murdock & Scott Livingston
4:45 Closing Comments – Mike Gould PWC & Jonathan Mason, Livingston Securities
5:00 Drinks/Networking

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
8:30am Registration
9:00 Welcome – Mike Gould, PWC & Jonathan Mason, Livingston Securities
9:15 University Centers of Excellence – Argonne National Labs, Univeristy of Washington & University of Illinois
10:00 Company Presentations
11:00 “Changing the Way that Innovation is Financed on Wall Street” – Scott Livingston, CEO of Livingston Securities
11:30 Investor panel
12:15 Lunch – “Going public in the new JOBS Act Era, Trends & Observations” – Mike Gould, Partner, PWC
1:00 Company Presentations
1:45 Company Presentations
2:30 Closing Comments – Jonathan Mason, Livingston Securities & Mike Gould, PWC

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Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (NSEE) Materials Exhibition
For more information on what you will experience visit www.usc.edu/esvp and enter password NSEE.
Part of an NSF funded NSEE Workshop
Thursday, December 11, 2014
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Free Event at the Westin Arlington Gateway
Fitzgerald Ballroom A, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203

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NanoInformatics 2015: Enabling Successful Discovery and Applications
January 26-28, 2015
Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel in Arlington, VA

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP TODAY
Regular attendees: $200, Students: FREE

Click here to view the AGENDA

The purpose of the Nanoinformatics 2015 workshop is to bring together stakeholders in order to assess the state of informatics relevant to the all aspects of the nanotechnology enterprise and to set priority targets for the future. From materials to processes to products; accessible data, information, models, and simulations will enable innovators to optimize performance and accelerate the innovation cycle from concept to product. Scientists and engineers will be able to efficiently assess the safety of new nanomaterials and quantitatively implement best practices of safe manufacturing and usage of nanomaterials throughout product lifecycles. Scientists will share predictive models and data that enable the design and discovery of nanomaterials and the resulting performance of systems that use them.

Nanoinformatics encompasses aspects of data collection, tools, and sharing, along with associated applications that are becoming a key element of nanotechnology research, nanotechnology environmental health and safety (nanoEHS), product development and sustainable manufacturing. The organization of nanomaterial data into interoperable databases will provide the necessary tools/platforms for companies to quantify liability threats; comply with regulations; minimize materials usage, energy consumption, and overall cost; while ensuring safety to people and the environment. Building upon the growing base of manufacturing resources and intellectual infrastructure, Nanoinformatics 2015 will provide overviews on present database development projects, tools, and resources currently being leveraged; discuss gaps and challenges with establishing an open access informatics infrastructure; facilitate synergistic discussions of emerging applications; and provide ample opportunities for collaboration amongst the community stakeholders.

Nanoinformatics 2015 will review the state of the art in methods for collecting, archiving, modeling, visualizing, and sharing data and identify opportunities and gaps for expanding the roadmap for nanoinformatics.

Workshop topics will include:

Process modeling and control
Materials supply chain
Life cycle inventory data
System scale-up methodology
NanoEHS data and models
Data workflow processes
Nanomaterials properties data
Data mining tools and opportunities
Database design and accessibility
Design for manufacturability
Minimal data sets
Interlaboratory studies
Materials modeling and characterization
Uncertainty quantification
Sharing practices and incentives

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NANO NEWS

PEN Inc. Names Dore Perler Vice President of Sales

Harris & Harris Group Reports Financial Statements as of September 30, 2014

mPhase Technologies’ Smart Drug Delivery System Holds Significant Portion of Patentable Claims
Business Wire

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

The corporate world is setting its marketing budgets for 2015.  Please join our roster of Corporate Members.  For further information, please contact Vincent Caprio vincent@nanobca.org or 203-733-1949 to discuss.

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INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Individual Membership includes participation on our monthly conference call. Our next call is on Thursday, December 18th at 2:PM ET.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

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Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
203-733-1949
vincent@nanobca.org
www.nanobca.org
www.vincentcaprio.org