John Randall, the President of Zyvex Labs, joins the podcast to discuss his far reaching vision for nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing. We discuss what he calls Digital Atomic Scale Fabrication, the future products it might enable, the critical need for error correction, and why today's semiconductor manufacturers are unlikely to lead the way. John also shares a number of captivating stories from his career. (Recorded on September 14, 2017. Edited by Andrew Cannon)
Eric Furst from the University of Delaware is an expert in self-assembly -- the Harry Potter-esque ability of materials to assemble themselves into well-defined structures. We talk about where we are, where we are going, and what makes controlling self-assembly so hard. A variety of topics make cameos, including M&Ms, NASA's Vomit Comet, flying solar cells, and more. (Recorded on April 19, 2017. Edited by Andrew Cannon)
- Eric Furst
- Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula - Physical Chemistry
- Stan Sandler - Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics
- Wikipedia - Self-assembly
- Mark Weiser
- James Gilchrist
- Diane Kukich - Self-assembly in Space
- Andrew Tarantola - NASA's Vomit Comet Trains Astronauts in the Ways of Weightlessness
- Stuart Firestein - Ignorance: How It Drives Science
Lynn Loo from Princeton University joins the podcast to talk about organic semiconductors -- Si and GaAs's far more tunable and flexible siblings -- and the applications where they shine. We also touch on the value of industry/academic partnerships and the challenges faced by minorities in technical fields. (Recorded on February 16, 2017. Edited by Andrew Cannon.)
- Lynn Loo
- Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
- Catherine Zandonella - "Alimata: Fundamental science, fundamental benefits"
- Chris Nicholson - "Maximizing the ROI of intellectual property"
- Sharon Adarlo - "Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter"
- Nicholas Davy and Melda Sezen-Edmonds et al - "Pairing of near-ultraviolet solar cells with electrochromic windows for smart management of the solar spectrum"
- All-Vinyl (Radio) Show feat. Nick Davy & Melda Sezen
- 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- NREL - Best Research (Solar) Cell Efficiencies
Dennis Hess from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech joins the podcast to talk about the early days of the semiconductor industry. We discuss the birth of Fairchild Semiconductor, the so-called "traitorous eight," and their groundbreaking process innovations that still underlie integrated circuit manufacturing. (Recorded on January 31, 2017. Edited by Andrew Cannon.)
Bara Cola makes an encore appearance on the podcast to chat about Carbice, a company he founded to commercialize next generation heat transfer materials for cooling electronic devices. We discuss the value and challenge of maintaining business relationships, how competition from abroad is changing the playing field for technology start-ups, and the excitement surrounding a number of carbon nanotube-based products now making their way to the market. (Recorded on January 26, 2017)
- Bara Cola
- Nanovation #2 - "Anyone can be an expert"
- Carbice Corporation
- Wikipedia - Acheson Process (to make synthetic graphite)
- Wikipedia - Damascus steel
- Santa Barbara Infrared (SBIR)
- Peter Bright - "Specs for first Intel 3D XPoint SSD"
- Lucas Mearian - "U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market"
- Intel - Copy Exactly!
- Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative
Jen Dionne from Stanford University is the first guest of 2017! We focus on optical metamaterials -- engineered materials whose nanoscale architecture enables exotic interactions with light. We explore technological possibilities ranging from improved drug manufacturing to computing with photons (instead of electrons). We also learn what motivates Jen, how she picks scientific problems, and whether or not she's a superhero. (Recorded on December 8, 2016)
- Jen Dionne
- Science Vs Podcast
- Sam Stein - "The Improbable World of Jennifer Dionne"
- Wikipedia - Nanophotonics
- Michal Lipson at Columbia University
- Marko Loncar at Harvard University
- Rajkumar Jakkaraju - "RC Delay – Bottleneck to Scaling"
- Neil Savage - "Intel Brings Integrated Silicon Optics Closer"
- Sebastian Anthony - "IBM Creates First Cheap, Commercially Viable, Electronic-Photonic Integrated Chip"
- Computer History Museum - "The Traitorous Eight"
- Computer History Museum - "Invention of the 'Planar' Manufacturing Process"
- IBM Research – "Zurich Uses Nanowires to Build Transistors of the Future"
- Thomas Vandervelde - "Beyond Invisibility: Engineering Light with Metamaterials"
- Harry Atwater at Caltech
- Wikipedia - Enantiomers, homochirality
- Rachel Brazil - "The Origin of Homochirality"
- Wikipedia - Photolithography, e-beam lithography, focused ion beam, nanoimprint lithography
- Federico Capasso at Harvard University
- Vladimir Shalaev at Purdue University
- Mark Brongersma at Stanford University
On this quadranscentennial episode of Nanovation, Vivian Ferry from the University of Minnesota joins the podcast to talk about nanophotonics -- the ability to squeeze light into and manipulate it with nanoscale objects. We talk about the use of nanophotonics in applications ranging from solar energy harvesting to catalysis and cover the litany of materials and manufacturing challenges. (Recorded on November 17, 2016)
- Vivian Ferry
- Materials Research Society - 2016 Fall Meeting
- Harry Atwater
- MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35
- Nano Letters - Early Career Advisory Board
- National Academy of Engineering - Frontiers of Engineering
- Alphabet Energy
- Nano Letters - November 2016 Issue
- Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
- Dmitri Basov - "Polaritons in Van der Waals Materials"
- Nanoimprint lithography
- Top-down vs. bottom-up processes
- Soukoulis and Wegener - "Past Achievements and Future Challenges in the Development of 3-D Photonic Metamaterials"
- David Flannigan
- Protochips - Liquid microscopy cell
- The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 - optical fibers
- The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 - graphene
- Wayne Jones, Michael Hopkins, Albert Polman, Paul Alivisatos
Jim Pfaendtner is a chemical engineer at the University of Washington in Seattle. He joined the podcast to talk about data — the flood of it from modern experiments and simulations, the challenge of dealing with it, and its potential to transform the practice of science and engineering. Other critical topics include the Tacoma Aroma, Swiss army knives, the meaning of life, the dangers of Microsoft Excel, and SkyNet. (Recorded on November 15, 2016 from the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
- Jim Pfaendtner
- University of Washington system
- Stacy Conradt - "The Aroma of Tacoma: Why One Washington City is Known for its Stench"
- Mount Rainier
- Seattle Times - "Snohomish County Landslide"
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- David A. C. Beck et al - "Data Science: Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Chemical Engineering"
- Lilo Pozzo
- Thomas Hermann et al - "Sound and Meaning in Auditory Data Display"
- National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Nanovation #16 - Mark Styczynski
- The Economist - "After Moore's Law: The Future of Computing"
- James Urton - "Graduate Education in Clean Energy Due for ‘Big Data’ Overhaul"
- Bruce Finlayson - "Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing"
- Atlas Obscura - "Boltzmann's Grave"
Eray Aydil from the University of Minnesota joins the podcast to discuss surfaces — the boundaries between two phases. We talk about what they are, how they're interrogated, and why they’re important. Along the way, we also touch on the changing relationship between academia and industry, the importance of serendipity in scientific discovery, and how maintaining enthusiasm during early college courses is surprisingly indicative of future success in science and engineering. (Recorded on November 10, 2016 from the 63rd AVS Symposium and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee)
- Eray Aydil @ University of Minnesota
- American Vacuum Society (AVS)
- Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology
- Stacey Bent @ Stanford University
- Jason Baxter @ Drexel University
- Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UMN
- Demetre Economou @ University of Houston
- AT&T Bell Labs
- Attenuated total reflection (ATR) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy
- Yves Chabal @ University of Texas at Dallas
- Materials Research Society (MRS)
- Uwe Kortshagen @ University of Minnesota
- Elijah Thimsen @ Washington University at St. Louis
- Atomic layer deposition
- MPR News - "The Importance of Failure in Science"
- Jason Baxter et al - "Nanowire-based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
- Steven Johnson - "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation"
- Joseph Luther et al - "Localized Surface Plasmon Resonances arising from Free Carriers in Doped Quantum Dots"
- Ken Robinson - "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"
- Atomic orbitals
John Reifenberg, Jeff Weisse, and Tapan Patel from the start-up company Alphabet Energy join the podcast to discuss something all around us: heat. Alphabet Energy is trying to harvest waste heat and, in doing so, increase the energy efficiency of cars, chemical plants, refrigerators, and much more. We focus on thermoelectrics — devices that convert heat into electrical energy. We discuss what’s needed for thermoelectrics to become mainstream products, what’s missed when peak materials performance is overemphasized, and the difficulty of translating laboratory-based fabrication techniques into large-scale manufacturing. (Recorded on October 18, 2016)
- John Reifenberg, Jeff Weisse, Tapan Patel
- Reid Wilson - "The South’s Disastrous Response to the Winter Storm, in Pictures"
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Alphabet Energy
- Wikipedia - Thermoelectric effect, materials
- DOE - "Waste Heat Recovery: Technology and Opportunities in U.S. Industry"
- Allon Hochbaum et al - "Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Rough Silicon Nanowires"
- Matt Scullin, Co-founder & CEO of Alphabet Energy
- Adam Lorimer, Co-Founder & VP of Engineering of Alphabet Energy
- Wikipedia - Tetrahedrite
- Xu Lu - "High Performance Thermoelectricity in Earth-Abundant Compounds Based on Natural Mineral Tetrahedrites"
- Suzanne Jacobs - "Thermoelectric Material to Hit Market Later This Year"
- Power Generating Combustor
- Katie Fehrenbacher - "This Startup Is Turning Gas Flares Into Power"
- SkyTruth - Flare map
- NSF - "Building an Innovation Ecosystem"
- IMEC, Fraunhofer
- Jessica Shankleman - "Tim Cook Tells Climate Change Skeptics to Ditch Apple Shares"