The Return of the Methanol Fuel Cell

Samsung has reportedly developed the first prototype fuel cell for portable multimedia players based on nano-composite membranes. It might actually be the second or third, as NECs version was so long ago that telephones and laptops were the target market, but still fails to answer the two key questions: 1. Why would anyone want a fuel cell that provides less …

It Had Better Be Worth It…

It is common knowledge (among nano-pundits at least) that L’Oreal is the biggest holder of nanotech related patents, but since questions were raised over safety has been strangely quiet on the subject.Cosmetics Design gets to the bottom of the issue with a little help from Mintel’s Global New Products Database, and finds that what maight be ‘nano’ in Asia is …

National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Sceptical About Nanotech Impact

Catching up with the Christmas backlog we came across an interesting exchange between Jim Thomas of the ETC group and Dyborn Chibonga, chief executive officer of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi reproduced below: “And if you replace cotton, what does that it mean for Africa?” asks Thomas. “I’m clueless about that one but even if cotton were produced …

Nanotech on the Roadmap

But not until 2015 according to the new version of the ITRS roadmap – when it will already be a trillion dollar market? Before anyone involved in molecular electronics gets too excited, lets not forget that NanoImprint Lithography was added to the ITRS road map in 2003, and expected to be in use by 2010.

Samsung Takes on Nantero?

While there have been no shortage of nanotech related approaches to the non volatile memory market, competing with the likes of Samsung never going to be easy. Samsung sold almost 4 billion dollars worth of flash memory in 2004, and are already looking ahead at nanotube based memory as this article in EE Times shows. What this means for, or …

“Billions of Government Research Dollars are Being Wasted”

A dose of scepticism comes from Ghavam Shahidi, director of silicon technology at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. The gist of his argument at the International Electron Devices Meeting was that the semiconductor industry should concentrate on solving the pressing issues before going off on flights of fancy. Nanotech shares some of the blame as “billions of government research dollars …

Phantom Nanohorns

The Enquirer reports that NEC is now able to produce a kilogram of pure nanohorns a day. Back in 2003, Yoshimi Kubo, senior manager of NEC Fundamental Research Labs’ Nanotube Technology Centre, said the methanol based fuel cells using nanohorns would start shipping for laptops in 2004 and cell phones in 2005. Back in 2002 they were claiming availability in …