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NanoBCA Member – NanoMech Receives Prestigious R&D 100 Award

Posted on September 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association is proud announce that our member, NanoMech has received the prestigious R&D 100 Award for their product TuffTek®.

NanoMech’s TuffTek® Recognized as Top New Technology Product of 2013

R&D Magazine Selects TuffTek® as Recipient of Prestigious R&D 100 Award

The editors of R&D Magazine announced NanoMech’s  TuffTek®  as a winner of the coveted R&D 100 Award.  This award places TuffTek® in an elite class of innovative products and recognizes it as one of the most technologically significant products introduced in the marketplace of the past year.

“2013 has been an excellent year for NanoMech,” Chairman and CEO Jim Phillips said.  “The company continues to gain momentum and receiving the “Oscar of Innovation”(as the award is commonly referred to in the industry) is a tremendous honor for the NanoMech team.”

TuffTek® has redefined and revolutionized the cutting tool industry by significantly improving the heat resistance of the tools as well as their precision and wear resistance. TuffTek® performance increases represent a monumental improvement in the cutting tools industry and are due in large part to the new product’s nano-composite patents using bio-inspired and nano-engineered technology for advanced machining of automotive and aerospace components.

As the world economy begins to ramp back up, it is the innovators, Phillips notes, who will help drive results, efficiencies and ultimately profitability.  “TuffTek® is a ground-breaking product that is manufactured using Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM).  When applied to cutting tools, TuffTek® dramatically increases the tool’s precision cutting performance, durability and sustainability while significantly decreasing the company’s costs to manufacture.  It is a win-win product, for the customer, the market and the environment.”

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness ( and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech for their innovative work.  “In a world of turbulence, transition and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess. The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and TuffTek® are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing; but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Chief Technology Officer and Founder, was honored by the award and immediately thought of those with whom he has worked.  “NanoMech could not have received this prestigious award without the tireless work of our world-class team of scientists, including Dr. Wenping Jiang, Vice President of Manufacturing.  I would also like to thank the teams at the Nano Materials Science and Engineering Institute (Mechanical Engineering) at the University of Arkansas, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency for their contributions over the years.”

NanoMech is the only Arkansas company on the 2013 Top 100 list.

The R&D Top 100 list was established in 1963 and over the past 51 years has recognized such revolutionary products as the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998). More recent breakthroughs that have earned R&D 100 Awards include next-generation magnetic resonance imaging machines, laser-based metal-forming tools, and the building blocks for fusion experiments.

About the R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation”, the R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.

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D-Wave TwoTM Quantum Computer Selected for New Quantum Artificial Intelligence Initiative, System to be Installed at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and Operational in Q3

UNMC nanotechnology protects skin from cancer, early wrinkles

Nanotechnology could keep coal clean

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

Once again, we would like to congratulate NanoMech on their achievement.


Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association

Water 2.0 – Water Management Summit – Nov. 13-14th Houston, TX

Posted on September 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is proud to announce our upcoming Water 2.0 – Water Management Summit  on November 13-14th in Houston, Texas.  Our event is being held at Shell Auditorium on the campus of Rice University.  The Summit is a gathering of the World’s leading experts who are generating cutting-edge technological solutions for challenges in the water and energy sectors.

The Summit will address state-of-the-art innovative solutions to decades-old problems in the water and oil and gas sectors. These pioneering technologies are emerging rapidly into the market thanks to revolutionary breakthroughs in material science, nanoscience and computational power.  Our event will feature prominent speakers from industry, government, finance and academia.

At our Water 2.0 event we will be discussing water management.  I would like to share with you my recent article on the subject.

American Manufacturers and Industrial Water Users Reduce Water Consumption

In my last column I discussed the extraordinary technology advancements in the water industry during the past 25 years.  Today, I would like to discuss how these breakthrough technologies have enabled American manufacturers and industrial water users to reduce their water usage.  There are hundreds of examples of companies such as: Ford, Intel, BASF, Walmart and MillerCoors.  Each of these companies has a defined plan to reduce water usage.

Look what Ford has accomplished in reducing its water consumption during the last decade.  Between 2000 and 2012, Ford reduced total global water use by 62% or 10.6 billion gallons. That is quite an accomplishment.

Let’s look at another American icon, MillerCoors, in how it is dealing with reducing water consumption.  In 2008, MillerCoors, empowered its employees to develop and employ measures to reduce the 4.1 barrels (129 gallons) of water it was using to produce one barrel of beer.  Today, thanks largely to innovative methods to reduce cleaning and flushing of its systems, MillerCoors now uses 3.6 barrels (113 gallons) of water, on average.  The going rate for water in Chicago is $2.89 per 1,000 gallons, which means the 0.5 barrel or 15.75 gallons difference would amount to savings of about 0.20 cents per barrel, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but over millions of barrels it really adds up. “That’s a testament to our employees, a significant improvement of our operations, and a new benchmark for the industry,” said MillerCoors Director of Sustainability, Kim Marotta.  “Our goal is to reduce water consumption by 15% from 2008 to 2015.”

One of the brewery’s approaches involves implementing short interval control (SIC).  SIC is a best-practice methodology developed to analyze performance on an ongoing basis and support long-term improvements.  Marotta explained, “When we put SIC into place, employees became much more engaged.  As a result of this and other initiatives, we’ve been saving tens of millions of gallons of water annually in our plants.”

Another approach with even more significant results is reducing water needed for barley agri-production.  That irrigation accounts for about 90% of the overall water consumption attributed to an average bottle of beer.  To accomplish that reduction, the brewery worked with The Nature Conservancy in Idaho’s Silver Creek Valley. “We worked with one farm in particular and have saved over 270 million gallons of water to date – approximately what one brewery would use in two months,” Marotta said. One procedure that MillerCoors implemented was that it changed irrigation sprinkler heads, which were designed so barley farmers could lower them physically to reduce evaporation.

In an Earth Day ceremony this year at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC, the U.S. Water Alliance presented one of its three U.S. Water Prizes to MillerCoors for its work with The Nature Conservancy and the Idaho Silver Creek barley farmers.

“More barley crop per water drop is the way I like to characterize how MillerCoors is leading the way with footprinting stewardship and education,” said U.S. Water Alliance President, Ben Grumbles.  “MillerCoors deserves the 2013 U.S. Water Prize for more than the efficiency changes in their facilities.  It’s the innovative reach beyond and up the agriculture supply chain that caught our attention.  In all, they’ve managed a 20% reduction in agricultural water use.”

Congratulations to MillerCoors on its achievements.

Kudos to these great corporate citizens for reducing their water consumption.

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Crowdfunding Will Make 2013 The Year Of The Gold Rush

Chemicals that break down water contaminants pass safety test
R&D Magazine

Here are 2 recent articles posted on Water Wise – Our Water Counts Blog

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Can Facebook Help the Water Industry?
Written by Kyle Reissner

We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging water technologies to become individual members of the WIAF.  Click here to become a WIAF Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

Have a pleasant summer.


Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation

NanoBCA Sponsors Manufacturing Day – Oct 4th & Joins CSBI

Posted on September 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Science Channel has been named as the official media sponsor for the second-annual Manufacturing Day, a broad-based grassroots effort created to drive public awareness of the American manufacturing industry and manufacturing careers. The network’s popular manufacturing series, HOW IT’S MADE, was named official program partner for the event, which takes place on October 4, 2013.

Manufacturing Day 2013 will feature several hundred manufacturers, educational institutions and other partners offering open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other activities to share the technology, ingenuity and innovation exemplified by American manufacturing. The event is co-produced by the Fabricators Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM). NanoBCA endorses Manufacturing Day.  Click here to see a list of Sponsors.

“No other media outlet has done more to promote manufacturing than Science Channel.  Through programming like HOW IT’S MADE the network has shown millions of viewers that manufacturing is fascinating, high-tech and offers the opportunity for a great career,” said Ed Youdell, President and CEO of FMA.  “With Science Channel’s help we hope to build on the success of last year’s event, which featured more than 240 events in manufacturing facilities in 37 states with more than 7,000 people participating. Manufacturing Day will continue to inform and inspire new audiences with a look behind the scenes at American manufacturing.”

“Science Channel is honored to participate in Manufacturing Day, as the promotion of science, engineering and technology is at the core of everything that we do,” said Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Science Channel.  “HOW IT’S MADE has been one of our most popular franchises for years, exposing huge audiences to the art and genius of manufacturing – and on October 4, viewers will have the chance to experience HOW IT’S MADE ‘live’ in their own backyards. As the official media partner for Manufacturing Day we’ll eagerly spread the word about this fantastic event in the hopes of inspiring some individuals to consider careers in the industry.”

Science Channel will support Manufacturing Day across its portfolio, including the cable network,, and various social media platforms. This promotion will be headlined by visibility on the event’s program partner, HOW IT’S MADE.  Through 11 seasons, nearly 300 episodes and more than a thousand products, Science Channel’s HOW IT’S MADE has connected viewers with the surprising world of manufacturing by revealing how many of the everyday items are made. Millions of viewers have enjoyed learning how common products – such as toothpaste, hot sauce, pipes, luxury sports cars, rock climbing gear, whiskey, razor blades, telescopes, paper towels, alloy wheels, and many more – are manufactured in state-of-the-art factories across America and around the world.


The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) announced today it has joined the Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI).  CSBI is a national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small, highly innovative companies focusing on the development of new technologies.

The Coalition’s legislative objectives are to modernize the current U.S. tax code to recognize and promote small business innovation as fundamental to the long-term growth of the U.S. economy. The Coalition’s objectives are:

– Stimulating private capital for research by relaxing the passive activity loss rules in Section 469 for small research-intensive companies;

– Removing financing restrictions in Section 382 to allow small companies to retain their net operating losses generated by R&D expenditures; and

– Improving capital gains treatment for small research-intensive companies by changing the gross assets test in order for these companies to qualify for Section 1202.

Next generation innovators, which employ millions of Americans in a broad array of U.S. industries, are working every day to develop groundbreaking technologies to solve the greatest challenges facing our society – whether it’s finding a cure for cancer, developing new life-saving medical devices, or creating renewable energy and water technologies. These companies are also contributing to the economy by providing high-quality jobs and by helping keep the U.S. competitive and on the cutting edge of research and technology breakthroughs.

The Coalition of Small Business Innovators believes that, through the tax code, Congress and the Administration should enact policies that promote greater private investment in small business research-intensive innovation in order to maintain America’s global competitiveness, sustain and create American jobs, and incentivize investments in the United States.

CSBI supports a U.S. tax code that recognizes innovation as a crucial part of the 21st century American economy and believes that, by itself, a lower corporate tax rate will not support growth and innovation in America’s small businesses, many of which are pre-revenue. The Coalition advocates for policymakers to both lower the corporate rate and to specifically promote innovative pre-revenue research-intensive businesses through incentives which spur private investment, encouraging other companies, individuals, and funds to invest in small companies and support their research.

The Coalition believes Congress can and should incentivize further development and improve America’s economic health by recognizing the importance of innovation and its potential to save lives, create new technologies, spur scientific advancement, and create jobs in innovative businesses.

Coalition members include:

Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Algae Biomass Organization (ABO)

Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO)

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)

Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF)


Electricity Storage Association (ESA)

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)

Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)

NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA)

National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)

Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO)


Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF)

More information about the coalition can be found at:

The NanoBCA recently completed our 5th Annual Nanotech Commercialization Conference in Winston Salem, NC.  Our Program had a fabulous lineup of Speakers.  We encourage individuals interested in continuing our efforts to provide information in regard to emerging technologies to become individual members of the NanoBCA.  Click here to become a NanoBCA Individual Member.  The annual Individual Membership fee is $100.

The NanoBCA is proud to have joined with the FMA in their efforts to promote Manufacturing Day.  In addition, the NanoBCA is honored to be a part of the Coalition of Small Business Innovators.


Vincent Caprio “Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade”
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Commercialization Association