Tissue-Thin Electronics That Float on the Breeze

Researcher Takao Someya has just unveiled an ultra-thin, ultra-flexible sheet of electronics that can stick to your skin and still works no matter how you bend, twist, or stretch your body.

By integrating sensors into the electronics, Someya says this lightweight material could be used for discreet medical monitoring, and instruments that you forget you’re wearing—Someya calls this idea “imperceptible electronics.” If produced in large sheets, it could even be used as a sensitive skin for prosthetic limbs or for robots.

Someya, a professor at the University of Tokyo, published the work in this week’s issue of Nature. He has been working on flexible electronics for about a decade, and has gradually made his materials thinner and more bendable. His new creation is about one-fifth as thick as plastic kitchen wrap, and it can be crumpled up like a piece of paper.

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Webinar Announcement – July 31 – New developments in gas chromatography. Professor Xudong “Sherman” Fan from Michigan’s Biomedical Engineering Department

Professor Xudong “Sherman” Fan from Michigan’s Biomedical Engineering Department will be discussing his work in 2D and 3D MEMS and micro fabricated gas chromatographs on July 31 at 3pm ET.  These devices have higher separation capability and chemical detection abilities than other gas chromatogralphs because of non-destructive on-column vapor detectors  flow modulators, and smart control scheme.  To attend the free live event, visit the WIMS2 homepage and click on the webinar icon on the right side of the page.  If you can’t attend the live event, the webinar will be recorded and will be available afterwards at http://wims2.org/media/webinars along with other webinars in our series.

 

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Printed and Thin Film Transistors (TFT) and Memory Market 2013-2023

Printed and thin film transistor circuits will become a $180 million market in 10 years, from just $3 million in 2013. They will drive lighting, displays, signage, electronic products, medical disposables, smart packaging, smart labels and much more besides. The chemical, plastics, printing, electronics and other industries are cooperating to make it happen. Already, over 500 organizations are developing printed transistors and memory, with first products being sold commercially in 2009.

The growth over the longer timescale, from 2013-2033, will be very similar to the early growth of the silicon chip market in the same interval. In other words, the twenty years from 1978 to 1998 saw a similar starting and finishing value of sales of silicon chips. History is repeating itself with the printed equivalent over the next twenty years, though not by taking much market share from silicon chips in the first fifteen years. Do not follow the herd into the well aired aspects of this subject. Gain advantage by understanding all the important aspects and opportunities.

Who should read this report

This report addresses two types of reader. Industrialists, investors and researchers with scientific training can read the report in the order presented. For the first time, they will see the big picture of what is happening and about to happen across the whole world in this subject. This includes the profiles, activities and intentions of 150 leading organizations in this field. We analyze and compare what is happening in 16 countries.

Such information is not gathered in any other document. The report also gives the rapidly evolving choices of materials, device designs, chemistry and manufacturing processes for these devices – again a unique analysis. However, this report will also be useful for those with only a rudimentary understanding of science and engineering who seek to understand how the printed electronics revolution will greatly benefit society while creating billion dollar businesses and when and where this will happen.

We start with some descriptions appropriate for the beginner, opening up the subject with as little complexity and jargon as possible.

Forecasts and applications

The report assesses the market and opportunity in different ways, such as forecasts by material type (organic vs inorganic), application (Display driver, RFID etc), flexible, printed and much more. However, the immediately accessible markets for printed transistors are commonly described as being back plane drivers for displays and use in RFID but that is misleading. We give the big picture – something not previously available – and also look at the impediments to successful commercialization of these components, in an honest and balanced appraisal. Forecasts are given for the next ten years and beyond.

All the chemistries, geometries and processes

We cover the big picture – the full range of organic and inorganic chemistries that can be printed or thin film. Technical progress, companies and impediments are given, and their applications appraised. Whether you intend to be a user, seller or researcher, consider the new InGaZnO semiconductors, the single layer geometry, the multi-function transistors, the printed silicon transistors and many other advances.

Progress by territory

Understand the enormous amount of work going on in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the USA, Germany and the UK. See why no printing technology is ideal and what comes next. Although the press talks of transistors only working at the lower frequencies and modest memory capability in printed form, some of these devices work at terahertz frequency and some promise a gigabyte on a postage stamp for only a few cents and progress with ISO-capable printed RFID tags.

There is much more to printed electronics than commonly appears in press reports and research papers. This is a huge revolution impacting most aspects of human endeavor. Billion dollar suppliers will be created and even the smallest organizations involved are already signing deals with some of the largest – there is room for everyone.

Those thinking that this is all about organic electronics are boxing themselves into a corner. Those that think that printed transistors and memory are being developed by the few companies often mentioned in the press are missing the work at over 150 organizations, most of it very exciting indeed.

Ref: http://www.prweb.com/releases/thinfilm-market-solar/energy-lead-by-2016/prweb10959775.htm

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New Form of Carbon from Boston College and Nagoya University

Nearly three decades ago, our understanding that there were three basic forms of carbon—diamond, graphite, and amorphous carbon—was stood on its head with the introduction of fullerenes, then carbon nanotubes, and more recently graphene.

Now researchers at Boston College and Nagoya University have synthesized another new form of carbon unofficially dubbed “grossly warped nanographenes.” The research, which was published in the journal Nature Chemistry (“A grossly warped nanographene and the consequences of multiple odd-membered-ring defects”), has led to creating a material that is essentially defects in the two-dimensional hexagonal honeycomb-like arrangements of trigonal carbon atoms found in graphene. These defects consist of non-hexagonal rings that force distortions out of the two-dimensional plane.

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Five Dimensions Store More Data Than Three

An experimental computer memory format uses five dimensions to store data with a density that would allow more than 300 terabytes to be crammed onto a standard optical disc. But unlike an optical disc, which is made of plastic, the experimental media is quartz glass. Researchers have long been trying to use glass as a storage material because it is far more durable than existing plastics.

A team led by optoelectronics researcher Jingyu Zhang at the University of Southampton, in the U.K., has demonstrated that information can be stored in glass by changing its birefringence, a property related to how polarized light moves through the glass (PDF).

In conventional optical media, such as DVDs, you store data by burning tiny pits on one or more layers on the plastic disc, which means you’re using three spatial dimensions to store information. But in Zhang’s experiment, he and colleagues exploit two additional, optical dimensions.

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Nanoscale Dynamic Mechanical Testing: New Innovations in Materials Characterization – Wednesday, 17th July 2013 | 11am EDT, 4pm BST, 5pm CEST

As materials technology advances, greater performance is often achieved by controlling the structure of a material at smaller and smaller scales. Development of materials with smaller constituents, thinner films or coatings, and increasing microstructural complexity require characterization techniques to advance accordingly.

This webinar is part of a series that will explore how nanoindentation has emerged as a flexible and practical method for probing the mechanical properties of small volumes of material. In this first webinar, we will explore some of the latest advancements in dynamic mechanical testing that are available today. These techniques can be applied to measuring a wide variety of materials used in aerospace, semiconductor, automotive, biological, and energy related industries.

You’ll learn about:

-Overview of nanomechanical characterization and dynamic testing at the nanoscale
-Current challenges facing traditional dynamic testing
-Quantitative mechanical property measurements at the nano to micro scale
-Dramatic improvements upon the capabilities of traditional instrumented indentation, with Hysitron’s nanoDMA® III dynamic testing package
-Applications and results using nanoDMA III’s advanced dynamic testing
-A sneak preview of our next webinar covering nanoscale dynamic testing at high temperatures

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