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About Walt

I have been involved in various aspects of nanotechnology since the late 1970s. My interest in promoting nano-safety began in 2006 and produced a white paper in 2007 explaining the four pillars of nano-safety. I am a technology futurist and is currently focused on nanoelectronics, single digit nanomaterials, and 3D printing at the nanoscale. My experience includes three startups, two of which I founded, 13 years at SEMATECH, where I was a Senior Fellow of the technical staff when I left, and 12 years at General Electric with nine of them on corporate staff. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from James Madison University, and a B.S. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Developments as the Year ends

As technology moves more into the nano realm, interesting items are turning up.  Researchers at the University of Manchester, UK have found quasiparticles in a lattice of boron nitride with graphene in the middle and another layer of boron nitride … Continue reading

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Technology Roadmaps update & more unusual nano properties

In the June 2018 blog both the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and the current International Roadmap for Devices and Systems were mentioned in a discussion of the need for roadmaps [Ref. 1].   As the semiconductor industry moves into the … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology gets even stranger

Nanotechnology is interesting.  When one starts to think that we have a reasonable knowledge of particle behavior, someone finds something new and interesting.  A basic assumption in thermodynamics is that objects change temperature (warming up or cooling down) at the … Continue reading

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Below nano gets more interesting

Last blog mentioned metallic hydrogen at a very small level.  As the computational power increases, we are able to examine (theoretically at least) the behavior of various materials.  There is a significant amount of effort being directed at the investigation … Continue reading

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Interesting things

A couple thoughts on Hydrogen.  This might be old news to some, but two Harvard scientists have created metallic hydrogen [Ref. 1] by employing extreme pressures. This material is predicted to be metastable.  This implies that when the pressure is … Continue reading

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New Developments in the World of Nano

Tools: In previous blogs I have mentioned that to truly work at a small scale, one needs to be able to measure to at least a dimension that is one-tenth the size of what you are measuring.  Ideally, the capabilities … Continue reading

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Updates and Some Nanotechnology Developments

In doing research for an upcoming published paper, I ran across an interesting article.  In September 2019, a research article was published that postulated the worst case situation for a worldwide pandemic, of unknown origins, might have a devastating impact … Continue reading

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Research Impacts at the End of the Great Shutdown

As the world starts to come out of the Covid–19 shutdown, there are many things that will be required for research organizations to address prior to beginning their research again. Businesses have a similar but different process that needs to … Continue reading

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Scientific Integrity and COVID-19

I’ve written about validating scientific findings previously.  With the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, there have been numerous published claims of various “facts”, which are based on models.  It was only a couple of months ago that the news carried projections … Continue reading

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A Time of Turmoil and a Time of Opportunity

As this month’s blog is being written, the US has a “shelter-in-place” directive that has been extended through the end of April.  There are many reports of possible medical treatments that may mitigate the current Covid-19 virus.  Most of the … Continue reading

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