Chinese Entrepreneur Dares to Lead

London, UK – 29 August 2019: A Chinese entrepreneur and her British ‘rocket scientist’ husband are embarking on a unique global campaign to build stronger cultural partnerships and commercial opportunities between Europe and China. 于海玲 Hailing Yu and Tim Harper have a unique combination of skills and experiences in both Europe and China working in new technology markets. They are aware of …

Together We Dare to Lead

40,000 miles Around the World I’ve never been much of a sailor – motorsports, cricket, hiking and running have been my passions, and always shading to the long-distance endurance side of things rather than a quick sprint. The 24 hours of Le Mans, a five-day test match binge or long distance footpath perhaps, but now I find myself committed to …

Graphene Commercialization: Pushing Too Hard

A few comments from me are reported in an IEEE Spectrum article looking at the effectiveness of the billion euro Graphene Flagship program. I’m not sure that I’m a critic of the program per se because spending money on basic research is the wellspring of later innovation. Where I do have doubts is in graphene commercialization when academics are trying to …

2019 The Year of Sensors, Analogue AI,and Gene Hacking?

I’ve spent most of 2018 in China (or it feels that way) involved in water treatment, intelligent sensing and advanced composite materials. It’s been useful to get a perspective on the words second largest economy, but also working with Chinese colleagues and getting to know their sometimes different expectations and priorities. At the same time I’ve continued to voraciously devour …

Bot Cyber Attacks and Smart Sensors – Tech Predictions for 2019

Business Cloud asked a variety of tech leaders and futurists for their predictions for 2019.  The answers almost all involve AI, communications and sensors.  This represents a quite remarkable shift away from the app driven idea of innovation that has held sway for the past decade to a more balanced view of both the hardware and the software making use …

Why Does Discussing Graphene Often Lead to Punch Ups?

There’s nothing like a fight to enliven the afternoon session of a conference, and over the years graphene has delivered this in spades. It arouses passions stronger than its fabled strength, especially when academics and companies inhabit the same space. But why can’t academics and companies just get along? I’ve witnessed other almost violent outbursts over production methods, the ability …

Why Successful Nanomaterials Companies Are Always Outliers

I’m speaking at a conference later this week Photonex,  where I’ll be repeating my mantra about never investing in materials companies. I’ve been banging on about this since the early days of nanotechnology, when buckyballs and nanotubes were the hot materials. The fashionable materials business model is tried (and for reasons that escape me) trusted and goes like this: Identify …