Nanotech and Water: It Took Ten Years Just To Get To The Starting Line

It is just over four years since I drove through an ice storm in Georgia and South Carolina for the meeting that led to the founding of G2O Water Technologies.  In case anyone thinks that this was the toughest bit of entrepreneurship, let me give you the background story. My involvement with water began in September 2004 when along with …

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2D Materials at the Tipping Point in 2016 – World Economic Forum

WEF Top 10 Emerging Technologies The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016 today.  One of the criteria was the likelihood that 2016 represents a tipping point in the deployment of each technology. So the list includes some technologies that have been known for a number of years, but are only now …

How Much Science Hype is Acceptable?

Discussing the subject of hype on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology a valid question was raised. Is technology hype justified and how much is acceptable? The tech industry is great at hype. There is always plenty of hype surrounding the latest improvements from Siri to Apple Maps to the latest version of Microsoft Word, and it could be argued that …

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The Nanotechnology Opportunity Report (and Millipedes)

The seminal work on nanotechnology, the Nanotechnology Opportunity report is finally available for free. While it was credited with launching the nanotechnology industry and a thousand start ups it used to cost a lot of money, but now it doesn’t and you can download it here. One feature which stands out from 2003 is the futility of trying to calculate …

UK Graphene Policy: More Fawlty Towers Than Fraunhofer Institutes?

The Sunday Times follows up its recent articles with a piece headlined “Academics accused of failing to protect wonder material” based on evidence submitted to the parliamentary inquiry. It’s hard to second guess what went on at Manchester, and the reasons for not protecting graphene may have ranged from not wanting to block its applications to the low likelihood of getting …

G2O – Low Cost Graphene Water Treatment

One of the other projects I revealed at least weeks conference was a new company called G2O Water. G2O uses graphene membranes that gives a unique combination of high flux rates (100 to 1000 times greater than current membranes) with low fouling and the ability to repair membranes in situ. The membranes can recover from fouling without the need for …

De-heating Buildings – Solid State Cooling and the Circular Economy

I seem to be appearing more and more on video this year. This one was shot at last weeks Commercial Graphene Show where I’m talking about solid state cooling.  The reason i’m doing this is that it could be the most exciting thing I have seen in years. Imagine ditching all the pipes and fans, and rather than using energy to cool …

Graphene for Flexible Displays Revisited

Graphene has been touted as a way too  make thin flexible displays, but much of the work has focused on its use as a replacement for Indium tin Oxide (ITO).  I wrote about its prospects last year and the conclusion that graphene may be a niche player, if development is quick, otherwise a dead duck. But far from being a dead duck graphene has …

The Trillion Dollar Nanotechnology Market

I recently published an article on AZoNano about the trillion dollar market which was supposed to exist by 2015. The comments on various LinkedIn groups such as The Graphene Council and UK Nanotechnology varied between disappointment that nanotech hadn’t scored a bullseye and discussion of how it is impossible to measure the impact of something as fundamental as nanotechnology. Reflecting …

Graphene IS the new Nanotech

Graphene (a sub set of nano) IS the new nanotech (at least in terns of Google searches). The tipping point was the announcement of the €1Bn EU Graphene Flagship project. It is amusing that a sub set of nanotech is more popular than nanotechnology itself, as if  Elvis’s underpants became more popular than Elvis. Another analogy from William Burroughs’ ‘The Naked Lunch” springs to …