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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.

New nanomaterials and implications

With all the publications touting new materials or the creation of new properties of materials, it is often difficult to identify disparate findings into something that could combine into very useful devices.  We will consider two findings.  A team of … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology is getting interesting

In our June 30 blog, we covered Part 2 of an upcoming technology disruption.  This blog is covering material from the IEEE Spectrum magazine [Ref. 1] on a Carbon Nanotube microprocessor.  A more detailed article is available from Nature [Ref. … Continue reading

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Reliability

It might seem odd to discuss reliability in a blog that focuses on nanotechnology and its implementation.  However, if one considers that we are using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in many different products to increase strength and reduce weight along with … Continue reading

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Nano-Safety

It’s been a while since nanotechnology safety was featured in this blog.  This blog has previously mentioned the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) regarding the talc in their talcum powder.  The contention was that there was asbestos in the … Continue reading

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A coming disruption in technology? Part 2

The design of the semiconductor circuit components has been evolving as the feature size shrinks.  The semiconductor industry has been able to develop new designs as older techniques become restrictive due to various material properties.  This blog is a short … Continue reading

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A coming disruption in technology? Part 1

There have been many years since the 1998 announcement of carbon nanotube transistors.  The hope has been for the semiconductor industry to create a means of producing a carbon nanotube computer.  First, why is there a need to replace the … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology is spreading its wings

Nanotechnology has been around for a while.  There have been lots of promises resulting in a few solid applications, a number of promising medical advances, and a number of possibilities, which are still in the research stage.  What is often … Continue reading

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Move over “Nano”, “Pico” is coming.

Nothing remains on top (or at the bottom) forever.  “Pico” is three orders of magnitude smaller than “nano”.  A rule-of-thumb is that to be able to manufacture or produce something, one must be able to measure to at least an … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Reproducible Research

Twice last year, April and November, this blog addressed fake science.  That challenge has not gone away based on recent news articles.  But if one assumes the research is accurately reported and the independent research has differing results, the question … Continue reading

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Two-dimensional materials’ research opening new opportunities

There have been some interesting reports in the last year that indicate there is a growth in interest and a branching out in nanomaterials research.  In the pursuit of increasing the capability of better batteries, researchers are investigating many different … Continue reading

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