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NanoKorea 2012: new materials and processes in nanotechnology are getting mainstream

Thursday, 23 August 2012 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Case Western Reserve University

I recently gave a talk at NanoKorea 2012 at COEX in Seoul, South Korea. The theme was on nanoparticle colloid templating and electropolymerization. It involves preparing nanopatterns on solid support substrates that have resulted in improved membranes, sensors for chiral agents, and superhydrophobic surfaces. This was on the Nanomaterials and Processing session. I spent not only a good amount of time going over the different talks in our session but also spent time going around the exhibits, which amazed me in a specific way.

What amazes me is in this 10th year of the convention (I was also invited in 2007) is that large companies have already embraced nanotechnology in manufacturing. The easiest to identify is the use of nanoparticles: metal, metal oxides, graphene, carbon nanotubes, etc. as additives and masterbatch formulations. Many companies have such products and projects. But I have also seen more efforts on new production methods of such nanomaterials including more plasma methods, homogenizing equipment, analytical methods, evaporative coating methods, and other new applications in displays, solar cells, biological agents, etc. As one surveys how far these innovations have affected present manufacturing processes and where they were a decade ago one can say it was indeed a game-changing development.

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