March 2009

Alan Brown, Director As of this writing, it looks like the House and Senate have agreed to a $789 billion economic stimulus package, one of the largest expenditures in our nation's history. I'm sure we all hope that this spending will help jump-start the economy and end the recession sooner.

With economic news dominating the media these days, I started thinking how research and technology can help solve our nation's current ills. In the last edition of this newsletter, I mentioned how new research in nanotechnology can help solve the nation's energy problems. Nanotechnology companies here in Pittsburgh such as Plextronics (Organic Solar cells) and Crystalplex (Energy efficient LED lighting) will be big players in the energy field.

Examples of the potential impact of new research on energy savings are mind-boggling. I just recently read an interesting statistic. If we replaced only half the lighting in the nation with new energy efficient LED's, the annual savings would be 4X1011 kilowatt-hours, the equivalent annual output of 50 nuclear reactors. Recently, a February 11 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article noted that City Council is considering a plan to replace all of the city lighting with LED lighting. Whatever the merits of the plan, it shows how Pittsburgh is showing leadership in energy conservation using new technologies.

The federal stimulus bill allocates $150 billion for infrastructure improvements. Once again, new developments in nanotechnology research can introduce new ideas on how that investment can be better utilized. Some examples are stronger, lighter weight steel from US Steel through control of the grain size at the nanoscale. Molecular engineering and control of nano-particle additives produce higher strength, enhanced durability concrete. New nano-base coatings (PPG) offer lower maintenance and graffiti resistant surfaces for public buildings. Once again, Pittsburgh companies will be leading the charge.

So in retrospect, the nation has committed to a stimulus investment for our economy. It is hoped that we utilize that investment by leveraging emerging technologies, some from Pennsylvania universities and companies, to achieve a higher and longer lasting impact for our society.

Alan Brown, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center
Pittsburgh, PA


Industry-University Nanotechnology Product Innovation Workshops Update
Thank you to all those who participated in the 2008 Fall and Winter Nano Commercialization Workshops at the University of Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State University. The Workshops brought approximately 100 people together to exchange their creative ideas and helped initiate new partnerships. We consider the first series of Nano Commercialization Workshops to be a success! We'd like to also thank the University of Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State University for being such great hosts. Please stay tuned for information as we schedule future workshops!

University of Pittsburgh Events:
Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering Seminars:

Speaker: Professor Brian Korgel
Department of Chemical Engineering,
University of Texas, Austin
Title: Semiconductor Nanowires and Nanocrystals for Transistor and
Photovoltaic Applications
Time/Date: 12:00 noon, Friday, March 13, 2009
(refreshments at 12:00noon - 12:15pm)
Place: Kresge Conference Center, 1175 Benedum Hall
Please click here for more information
Speaker: Professor Angel Rubio
Nano-Bio Spectroscopy Group and European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility, Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain
Title: Boron Nitride and Graphene Nanostructures: Properties and Applications
Time/Date: 12:00 noon, Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (refreshments at 12:00noon - 12:15pm)
Place: Kresge Conference Center, 1175 Benedum Hall
Please click here for more information

University of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University Lehigh University Penn State University


National News:

Pittsburgh and San Jose Looking at LEDs for Street Lighting

New Report on Nanoscale Coatings Till 2015

Nano Method May Enhance Food Packaging

House Passes New Nanotech Bill

Nanoparticle "Smart Bomb" Targets Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells

Nano Ink 'Tattoo' Could Monitor Diabetes


Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center Partnering and Nano-izing for Market Growth
Dr. Scott Rickert, a 20-year veteran of commercializing nanotechnology, will discuss how to find the right partners and work together for growth. He'll discuss what to look for in a partner, what you need to bring to the table, key capabilities for success, how to fast track projects and avoid blind alleys.

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 7 - 7:45 a.m. Registration, Networking and Coffee
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 - 9 a.m. Presentation
9 - 9:10 a.m. Questions & Answers
9:15 a.m. Adjournment

Venue: Omni William Penn, 530 William Penn Place, 15219

Cost: $40
Register: Online

Sponsored By:

Center Funds Two New Projects

We are pleased to announce that Strategic Polymer Science and ICx Technologies have been awarded funding in the Nano Center's Round 4 of Proposals. For more information please click here!

Center Concludes Successful Project With Crystalplex

Center Completes Another Successful "
Find a Research Partner " Service
The Nano Center helps bring together the right university researcher and commercial partner to create opportunities for matching advanced nanomaterials technologies with product applications.


Alcoa PPG Industries Plextronics

US Steel Bayer MaterialScience

Y-CarbonThe Center's Portofolio Companies Make the News
Illuminex and Y-Carbon make the Financial Times in "Partnerships for Prudent Times" by Peter March
Dr. Alan Brown and Joe Habib from Illuminex make the Central Penn Business Journal "Nano Expectations"

Plextronics Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For It's New D-Line
Plextronics, which is headquarted right here in Pittsburgh, opened its first manufacturing development line (D-Line) on January 28, 2009

Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies (SNNI)
4th Annual Greener Nanoscience Conference & Program Review
Invitrogen Corporation
Eugene, OR, March 2-3, 2009
Register on or before Monday, February 23, 2009 to receive the discounted rate

Physics of Polymer Nanocomposites
American Physical Society
Pre-Conference Workshop
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA, March 14-15, 2009
Conference deadline for Abstract Submissions: November 21, 2008

Regional, State, and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology 2009
presented by The National Nanotechnology Initiative, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Oklahoma City, OK, April 1-3, 2009

2009 Nanotechnology for Defense Conference
This premier event is sponsored by the tri-service research organizations [Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR)], as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Burlingame, CA, April 6 - 9 2009

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