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7 Nanotechnology Projects – Department of Energy, November 2009

Posted on November 25th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Last week www.vincentcaprio.org I was touring Wright-Patterson Air Force Base http://www.wpafb.af.mil/ in Dayton, Ohio. What a tremendous facility! Maj. Gen. USAFR (Ret.), Louis C. Ferraro, Jr., Author of The Right Side of Leadership, http://therightsideofleadership.com/ guided me through the base. We visited the Materials & Manufacturing Lab http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/rx/ and the Sensors Lab http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ry/. While I was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Maj. Gen. Ferraro asked me about the current developments in nanotechnology research.

Nanotechnology researchers fared very well when the Department of Energy announced the first-ever projects funded by the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in late October, utilizing money DOE received through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Package). Thirty-seven projects totaling $151 Million were funded from a group of about 300 proposals solicited in this new DARPA-inspired program. According to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary Chu, “ARPA-E is a crucial part of the new effort by the U.S. to spur the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies, creating thousands of new jobs and helping cut carbon pollution.”

Nanotechnology is front and center in seven projects–collectively worth over $18 Million – where it’s being asked to deliver dramatic improvements in energy storage, water utilization, direct generation of fuels from sunlight, carbon capture, or waste heat capture. Of course we wouldn’t be surprised to find nanotech in a supporting role in many of the other thirty R&D efforts selected for 2 to 3 years of first-round funding.

The seven nanotechnology projects are listed below http://arpa-e.energy.gov/index.html.

Envia Systems (Argonne National Laboratory)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/es.html#high
$4,000,000
Energy Storage, using nano-silicon-carbide anodes as a key component to store 3X the energy in lithium ion batteries as current technology, for use in vehicles.

FastCAP Systems Corporation (MIT)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/es.html#low
$5,349,932
Energy Storage, using nanotubes to build ultracapacitors combining battery-like energy density with greatly improved power density, for use in vehicles or to help interface wind and solar power to the electrical grid.

Inorganic Specialists, Inc. (Ultramet, Inc.EaglePicher, Southeast Nonwovens, EMTEC)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/ES.html#Silicon
$1,999,447
Energy Storage, building next-generation lithium ion batteries for vehicle use from carbon nanofiber paper.

NanOasis Technologies, Inc.
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/w.html#Carbon
$2,031,252
Water, using the extraordinary high flowthrough properties of carbon nanotubes to reduce the energy demands of reverse osmosis desalination processes for agricultural or municipal water supplies.

Pennsylvania State University (Sentech Corporation)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/sf.html#Towards
$1,900,067
Direct Solar Fuels, converting sunlight directly into methane or other fuels with catalyst-coated membranes made from titanium dioxide nanotubes.

Porifera Inc. (University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/cc.html#Carbon
$1,077,992
Carbon Capture, adding carbon nanotubes to improve polymer membranes for capturing CO2 from coal-fired power plants, significantly lowering the cost of capturing green house gases.

University of Illinois (MC10, Inc.)
http://arpa-e.energy.gov/projects/wh.html#Harvesting
$1,715,752
Waste Heat Capture, using arrays of silicon nanotubes to convert wasted heat to electricity.

The total of these seven Nanotechnology projects, funded by The Department of Energy, is $ $18,074,442

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
www.vincentcaprio.org
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance
203-733-1949
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Charlie Gasparino, CNBC, Editor to Keynote Livingston Nano Conference, Dec. 7th, NYC

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The 5th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference is less than 7 days away and the event has over 200 professionals signed up to attend. I will be moderating the Water Infrastructure panel from 2:30-3:15.

The lineup of Keynote Speakers Scott has assembled is terrific:

  • Tom Baruch, Founder & Managing Director, CMEA Capital
  • John Chiang, California State Controller
  • Roger Duncan, Chairman & CEO, Austin Energy, the 8th largest public utility in America
  • Charlie Gasparino, Wall Street Investigative Reporter
  • Bernard Meyerson, Senior Vice President and CTO, IBM Systems and Services Group
  • Bob Prieto, Senior Vice President – Strategy & Infrastructure Group, Fluor Corp

REGISTER TODAY
$200 per person Includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception

To Register: Please complete the attached registration form and email vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Renaissance New York Hotel 57
130 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
866-240-8604
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycbr-renaissance-new-york-hotel-57/

The conference has a room block. However, due to the conference being held in New York City during the holiday season, the room rate is $399 per night. Tuesday, November 24th at 5:PM EST is the cutoff date. The open rate without the room block is $479. Two years ago we had a room rate of $529. The hotel is located two blocks from the conference center.

Please call 866-240-8604 to register for the hotel and say “Livingston Nano Conference” to obtain the room block rate of $399.

AGENDA:

9:00-9:15  Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-10:00  Keynote – Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Vice President for Innovation and Global University Relations, IBM

10:00-10:45  Keynote – Bob Prieto, Senior Vice President – Infrastructure Group, Fluor Corp. – Infrastructure Projects around the World

10:45-11:30  Panel – Top Venture Capitalists Reflect on IPOs and VC Trends in 2010/2011
Moderator: Scott Livingston, CEO of Livingston Securities; Doug Jamison, Chief Executive Officer, Harris & Harris Corp.; Michael Masters, Masters Capital; Bill Mulrow, Paladin Capital; Stephen Socolof, New Venture Partners; Tom Baruch, Founder and Managing Partner, CMEA Capital

10:45-11:30  Panel – New Energy Infrastructure
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosedale, Partner, Woodcock & Washburn; Joseph Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, CFX Battery Inc.; Walter Robb, Vantage Management; Ron Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Verdant Power; Keith Gillard, Partner, BASF Ventures.

11:30-12:15  Keynote – John Chiang, Controller of the State of California

12:15  LUNCHSponsored by the Italian Trade Consulate

1:00-1:45  Keynote – Roger Duncan, General Manager, Austin Energy
Interview and Discussion with Jack Hidary, Chairman, SmartTransportation.org

1:45-2:30  Keynote – Charles Gasparino, Wall Street Investigative Reporter and Author of “The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System, currently a bestseller available on Amazon.com or at all major bookstores

2:30-3:15  Panel – Smarter, Greener Buildings
Moderator Leon Radomsky, Foley & Lardner; Mike Cameron, Sherwin Williams; David Rosenberg, CEO of Hycrete Inc.; Chris Tagge, CEO LivinGreen Materials; Mel Shreiberg, CEO Ecorithim Inc.; Anna Dyson, Architecture Professor, RPI

2:30-3:15  Panel – Water Infrastructure
Moderator: Vincent Caprio, Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance; William Brennan, Chairman & CEO, Brennan Investment Partners; Kevin McGovern, Chairman, The Water Initiative; Mark Modzelewski, Founder, the Water Innovations Alliance

3:15-4:00  Keynote – Tom Baruch, Founder & Managing Director, Energy & Materials, CMEA Capital

3:45-4:30  Panel – Rebuilding the World with Next Generation Materials
Moderator: Stanley Goos, Harris Beach PLLC; John Andresakis, Mitsui International; David Arthur, CEO, Southwest Nanotechnologies; Andrew Dreyer, Mitsubishi & Co; David Pollack, CEO, MMFX Technologies; Paul Boulier, A. Schulman & Co.

3:45-4:30  Panel – Companies to Watch in 2010
Mike Burke, CEO Nanothread Inc.; James Hussey, CEO Nanoink; H. Kumar Wickramisinghe, University of California, Irvine; Paul Ashton, CEO Psivida Inc.; Asis Banerjee, CEO Ovation Polymers Inc.

4:15-5:00  Keynote – To be announced

5:00  Closing Remarks and Drinks/Networking

Scott and I look forward to seeing you in New York City on December 7th.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio “It’s Green, It’s Clean, It’s Never Seen – That’s Nanotechnology”
www.vincentcaprio.org
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance
203-733-1949
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

NANO NEWS for the week ending Nov. 21st

Lockheed Martin Tests Carbon Nanotube-Based Memory Devices on NASA Shuttle Mission
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=13607.php

Emerging Therapies in Pancreatic Cancer Show Promise
http://www.physorg.com/wire-news/19937441/emerging-therapies-in-pancreatic-cancer-show-promise.html

SouthWest NanoTechnologies To Feature Breakthrough Carbon Nanotube Ink Technology at MRS Meeting in Boston
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=13525.php

At CUNY, Mission to Elevate Science Begins to Bear Fruit
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/education/16cuny.html

Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology announces new grant cycle
http://www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=13531.php

Using photosynthesis to power hydrogen production
http://ahier.posterous.com/using-photosynthesis-to-power-hydrogen-produc-0

Carbon Nanotube Coalition-McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Dec. 3, San Francisco CA

Posted on November 20th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Today, I am excited to announce that the NanoBusiness Alliance is sponsoring The Carbon Nanotube Coalition’s one day conference to be held on December 3rd at the office of:

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
101 California Street
Floor 41
San Francisco, CA 94111

Conference Chairman, Rick Canady, PhD DABT http://www.mckennalong.com/professionals-1197.html, has asked me to speak on Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm. The Carbon Nanotube Coalition’s December 3, 2009 meeting will bring together manufacturers and industrial users of carbon nanotubes to examine the questions DTSC has asked and to discuss the larger policy implications they raise, such as protection of proprietary information, how to report data regarding nanomaterials across widely differing regulatory jurisdictions, and how to address concerns about measuring and monitoring nanomaterials in the environment. The invitation-only meeting will include presentations and discussions limited to industry members followed by a question and answer session with DTSC policy makers.

REGISTER TODAY
Registration is complimentary to NanoBusiness Alliance Members in good standing. Please contact Vincent Caprio, Sr. Vice President, NanoBusiness Alliance, vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org 203-733-1949.

For non NanoBusiness Alliance Members, the fee is $300. Click here to register,https://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Register/IdentityConfirmation.aspx?e=a27bf93b-168e-4dde-bb02-19ed358a83c6

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Companies preparing responses to the DTSC data call in (due January 2010).
  • Manufacturers of carbon nanotubes who were not named in the DTSC data call in, but who will be affected by policy, regulations, and public perceptions that will be formed by the responses to DTSC.
  • Users of carbon nanotubes concerned about how responses to DTSC will affect perceptions regarding carbon nanotubes, and possibly the supply chains for their products.
  • Companies who see this dialogue as a formative event for how other nanotechnology applications will be regulated and viewed by the public.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Jeff Wong, PhD, Chief Scientist, DTSC
  • Rick Canady, PhD DABT, Senior Advisor, McKenna Long & Aldridge and former risk policy advisor to the FDA Commissioner’s Office and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Michael Boucher, Lead attorney on carbon nanotube EPA TSCA submissions for McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • Ann Grimaldi, Lead attorney on green chemistry and nanotechnology for McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in California
  • Tom Jacobs, California Nano Industry Network
  • Bill Gulledge, American Chemistry Council Nanotechnology Panel

AGENDA
Sessions I-III are invitation only sessions: CNC members and other industry participants

8:30am Continental Breakfast (provided to those attending the session in person)

I. Orientation and Goals of the Meeting

8:45am Rick Canady, Carbon Nanotube Coalition Welcome and opening remarks

9:00am Bill Gulledge, ACC Nanotechnology Panel
Consideration of the DTSC carbon nanotube data call in for the broader value chain and implications to other nanomaterials nationally

9:15am Tom Jacobs, California Nano Regulatory Committee
The California Nano scene: DTSC and the California legislative environment. What does this mean?

Guided Discussion of Issues in Responses to the Questions

9:30am Ann Grimaldi, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Addressing DTSC questions 1-3 (quoted directly from the DTSC letter to manufacturers)

1. What is the value chain for your company? For example, in what products are your carbon nanotubes used by others? In what products? In what quantities? Who are your major customers?

2. What sampling, detection, and measurement methods are you using to monitor (detect and measure) the presence of your chemical in the workplace and the environment? Provide a full description of all required sampling, detection, measurement, and verification methodologies. Provide full QA/QC protocol.

3. What is your knowledge about the current and projected presence of your chemical in the environment that results from manufacturing, distribution, use, and end-of-life disposal?

10:45am Coffee Break

11:00am Michael Boucher, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Addressing DTSC questions 4-6

4. What is your knowledge about the safety of your chemical in terms of occupational safety, public health, and the environment?

5. What methods are you using to protect workers in the research, development, and manufacturing environment?

6. When released, does your material constitute a hazardous waste under California Health & Safety Code provisions? Are discarded off-spec materials a hazardous waste? Once discarded, are the carbon nanotubes you produce a hazardous waste? What are your waste handling practices for carbon nanotubes?

12:15pm Working Lunch (provided to those attending the session in person)

III. Guided Discussion of Cross-Cutting Issues

1:15pm Rick Canady, Carbon Nanotube Coalition
Addressing general Issues in responses

CBI consideration
– Data submission: How much is enough?
– Can data be viewed as “eyes only” or through “read across” data compilations?
– Submitting information about the value chain (i.e., your customers or suppliers)

Relation of DTSC reporting to TSCA and CEPA reporting and regulation

Public perception issues of differing opinions of safety and “hazardous waste” and of a lack of monitoring information

Influence of responses on next steps for DTSC

IV. Questions and Answers with DTSC
Open session: CNC members, other industry participants, and California DTSC (and others at their invitation)

2:30pm Ann Grimaldi, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Open session IV
The workshop will be joined by DTSC and others (e.g., University and research groups named in the data call-in).

2:45pm Jeff Wong, California DTSC
DTSC responds to questions arising from responses to the data call-in

To the degree possible, we would provide DTSC with a list of topics we will need responses on, based on discussions on the CNC web site and in conference calls leading up to the workshop.

4:30pm Rick Canady, Carbon Nanotube Coalition (and all)
Vincent Caprio, Sr. Vice President, NanoBusiness Alliance

5:00pm Close of Session (move to reception)

Dr. Canady and I look forward to seeing you in California on December 3rd.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
www.vincentcaprio.org
Sr. Vice President
NanoBusiness Alliance
203-733-1949
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

NANO NEWS
‘New Mix’ Not ‘New Normal’ to Drive U.S., Carson Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aU0qQidFxQRQ

New hope over spinal cord injuries
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h_bTpOh1b6w_irDHd0uvy3EwHZlQ

First Lady quizzes middle school students about Nanotechnology
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hi1lPIA8K5PT9MAGOpgtfyPvBxjQD9BPKVM00

Tiny tech sparks cell signal find
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8344815.stm

Anti-Odor Silver Exits Textiles in the Wash
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/science/03obsox.html?_r=1

Nano News

Posted on November 12th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For the week ending 11/15/09

For those of us in the Nanotechnology Community a great article by Scott Rickert, CEO of Nanofilm and NanoBusiness Alliance Advisory Board Member.

Taking The NanoPulse-Welcome to the Nano Nation.  Mapping the future of Nanotechnology starts here.
http://www.industryweek.com/articles/taking_the_nanopulse_–_welcome_to_the_nano-nation_20369.aspx?Page=2

Kudos to my good friend Scott.

Other Nano News

mPower Technologies Named CES Innovations 2010 Personal Electronics Design and Engineering Honoree
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mPower-Technologies-Named-CES-iw-4160599041.html?x=0&.v=1

Sensors Provide Early Warning of Biological Threats
http://nanotechwire.com/news.asp?nid=8924

PEN’s Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory Now Available via iPhone and iPod Touch
http://www.azonano.com/news.asp?newsID=14641

5th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, Dec. 7th, NYC

Posted on November 9th, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I will be speaking at the 5th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference on December 7th held at the Lighthouse International Conference Center http://www.lhiconferencecenter.com/ in New York City. My good friend, Scott Livingston, Founder & CEO of Livingston Securities http://www.livingstonsecurities.com/ has asked me be the moderator of the Capital and Investment – Trends on Wall Street session, on Monday December 7th from 10:45-11:30.  It seems like it was only last week when Scott asked me in June of 2005, “Vincenzo, www.vincentcaprio.org I would like to have a conference in December on Pearl Harbor Day. Can you help me?” My immediate answer was, “Yes I can!” That was four years ago. Time flies. Here we are a month away from our 5th annual conference.

The line up of Keynote Speakers for this year’s conference is phenomenal:

  • Tom Baruch, Founder & Managing Director, CMEA Capital
  • John Chiang, California State Controller
  • Roger Duncan, Chairman & CEO, Austin Energy, the 8th largest public utility in America
  • Charlie Gasparino, Wall Street Investigative Reporter
  • Bernard Meyerson, Senior Vice President and CTO, IBM Systems and Services Group
  • Bob Prieto, Senior Vice President – Strategy & Infrastructure Group, Fluor Corp

REGISTER TODAY $200 per person Includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception

To Register: Please complete the attached registration form and email vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

This year’s agenda will provide you with the leading innovations in the nanotechnology field:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Scott Livingston, Chief Executive Officer, Livingston Securities

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote – California State Controller John Chiang

10:00 – 10:45 Keynote – Dixon Doll, Co-Founder, DCM-Doll Capital Management and Immediate Past Chairman, National Venture Capital Association – The NVCA four pillar plan to reinvigorate small IPOs

10:45 – 11:30 Panel 1 – Energy Transmission & storage, Supercapacitors, Batteries and PHEVs

10:45 – 11:30 Panel 2 – Capital and Investment – Trends on Wall Street, in Venture Capital and other areas of growth investment, Moderator, Vincent Caprio, SVP, NanoBusiness Alliance

11:30 – 12:15 Panel 3 – IPOs – Introducing the IPO candidates of 2010, Moderator, Scott Livingston

11:30 – 12:15 Panel 4 – Solar 2.0 – Strategies for $75 oil, New Technologies beyond thin film and utility scale solar

12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:45 Keynote – Roger Duncan, General Manager, Austin Energy – Green Initiatives and Public Utilities, Smart Grids, Green Buildings, and Alternative Energy Sources

1:45 – 2:30 Keynote – Charles Gasparino, Wall Street Investigative Reporter and Author of “The Sellout”, newly released account of Wall Street’s stunning collapse in 2008-2009 from one of America’s most critically acclaimed financial reporters.

2:30 – 3:15 Panel 5 – Green Buildings and Energy Efficient Cities
Moderator, Leon Radomsky, Partner, Foley & Lardner
Anna Dyson, Architecture Professor, RPI

2:30 – 3:15 Panel 6 – Water, the Next Oil but Where to Invest?, Moderator, Mark Modzelewski, Water Innovations Alliance

3:15 – 4:00 Panel 7 – Infrastructure – Rebuilding America with Next Generation Materials, Moderator, Stanley Goos, Member, Harris Beach LLC

3:15 – 4:00 Panel 8 – Printed Electronics – Poised for a Breakout?

4:00 – 4:45 Keynote – Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President – Infrastructure Group, Fluor Corp. – Infrastructure Projects around the World

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks – Scott Livingston – Chief Executive Officer, Livingston Securities

Scott Livingston and I are looking forward to seeing you on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th in NYC.

Regards,

Vincent Caprio
www.vincentcaprio.org

President New York NanoBusiness Alliance
203-733-1949
vincentcaprio@nynanobusiness.org

Livingston Dec 2009 Registration Form