Water 2.0 2013 Water Management And Nano Energy Summit

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2013 Water Management And Nano Energy Summit : November 13 & 14, 2013

Rice University – Shell Auditorium Jones Graduate School of Business Rice University 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

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.

Produced in partnership with the Water Innovations Alliance, WATER 2.0, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, the Rice Alliance, and the Smalley Institute at Rice University, THE SUMMIT will feature prominent speakers from industry, government, finance and academia. 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.

For Full Details, Sponsors, Presenters and Exhibitors, go here: http://www.nanoevent.org/




Since 2009, Vincent Caprio’s Blog EVOLVING INNOVATIONS has addressed issues on Science & Technology.

About The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is focused on educating the public and key stakeholders as to new developments in fresh and waste water technologies. The Foundation works to gather data, develop reports, standards, economic analysis, and model training programs for advancing the development and deployment of new water technologies.

The Water Innovations Alliance Foundation is located in Cambridge, MA and Shelton, CT. It is a 501(c)(3) organization that works in conjunction with the Water Innovations Alliance. The Foundation was launched in Spring 2009. It is undertaking a series of initiatives to advance the understanding of new opportunities, technologies, and best practices for the water field.

To learn more about the Foundation and its membership, contact Vincent Caprio, vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org

Printing Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we’ve yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they’ve found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on flexible plastic.

Graphene is amazing. Or at least, it could be. Made from a layer of carbon one-atom thick, it’s the strongest material in the world, it’s… Read…

   9 Incredible Uses for Graphene

Graphene is amazing stuff for a lot different reasons. One reason is that it’s the perfect material for chip-making, and conventional graphene chips have broken several electronic speed records. In the past, however, attempts to put graphene transistors on flexible materials have caused that speed to take a dive. Not with this new method.

Indeed, the chips from Texas clock in at a record-breaking 25-gigahertz. The MIT Technology Review explains the manufacturing process:

To make the transistors, the researchers first fabricate all the non-graphene-containing structures—the electrodes and gates that will be used to switch the transistors on and off—on sheets of plastic. Separately, they grow large sheets of graphene on metal, then peel it off and transfer it to complete the devices. …

The graphene transistors are not only speedy but robust. The devices still work after being soaked in water, and they’re flexible enough to be folded up.

And things are only getting better. Earlier this week we learned about a cutting edge technique for making graphene chips developed by a team of researchers from the University of California.

All we need now is a company to take the plunge and start bringing some of this next level technology to market. And you thought Liquidmetal was cool !!     [Technology Review]


Scientists Just Figured Out How to Make Lightning-Fast Graphene CPUs

Graphene has the power to change computing forever by making the fastest transistors ever. In theory. We just haven’t figured out how yet. Sound familiar? Fortunately, scientists have just taken a big step closer to making graphene transistors work for real.

Graphene transistors aren’t just fast; they’re lightning fast. The speediest one to date clocked in at some 427 GHz. That’s orders of magnitude more than what you can tease out of today’s processors.  The problem with graphene transistors, though, is that they aren’t particularly good at turning off. They don’t turn off at all actually, which makes it hard to use them as switches.


New Research: Nanotechnology in Oil and Natural Gas Production

QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8(Nanowerk News) Flotek Industries, Inc. announced today  sponsorship of applied research at Texas A&M University to investigate the  impact of nanotechnology on oil and natural gas production in emerging,  unconventional resource plays.
“With the acceleration of activity in oil and gas producing  shales, a better understanding of the impact of various completion chemistries  on tight formations with low porosity and permeability will be key to developing  optimal completion techniques in the future,” said John Chisholm, Flotek’s  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we know Flotek’s Complex  nano-Fluid chemistries have been successful in enhancing production in tight  resource formations, we believe a more complete understanding of the interaction  between our chemistries and geologic formations as well as a more precise  comprehension of the physical properties and impact of our nanofluids in the  completion process will significantly enhance the efficacy of the unconventional  hydrocarbon completion process. This research continues our relationship with  Texas A&M where we also are conducting research into acidizing applications  in Enhanced Oil Recovery.”
Specifically, the research will focus its investigation on the  oil recovery potential of complex nanofluids and select surfactants under  subsurface pressure and temperature conditions of liquids-rich shales.
Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu, Associate Professor of Petroleum  Engineering in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas  A&M University will serve as the principal investigator for the project. Dr.  Akkutlu received his Masters and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the  University of Southern California. He has over a decade of postgraduate  theoretical and experimental research experience in unconventional oil and gas  recovery, enhanced oil recovery and reactive flow and transport in heterogeneous  porous media. He has recently participated in industry-sponsored research on  resource shales including analysis of microscopic data to better understand  fluid storage and transport properties of organic-rich shales.
“As unconventional resource opportunities continue to grow in  importance to hydrocarbon production, understanding ways to maximize recovery  will be key to improving the efficacy of these projects,” said Dr. Akkutlu. “The  key to enhancing recovery will be to best understand robust, new technologies  and their impact on the completion process. Research into complex nanofluid  chemistries to understand the physical properties and formation interactions  will play an integral role in the future of completion design to optimize  recovery from unconventional hydrocarbon resources.”
Source: Flotek Industries

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Nanotechnology applications for increased oil and gas production

201306047919620Nanowerk News) The Micro and Nano Sensors Interest  Group of the Sensors Knowledge Transfer Network in the UK has organised a free  online seminar to highlight the work of the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), a  multimillion-dollar research consortium dedicated to the development of micro  and nanotechnology applications to increase oil and gas production. Featuring speakers Jay Kipper and Sean Murphy.

Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) is a multimillion-dollar  research consortium dedicated to the development of micro and nanotechnology  applications to increase oil and gas production. The consortium’s primary goal  is to develop intelligent subsurface micro and nanosensors that can be injected  into oil and gas reservoirs to help characterize the space in three dimensions  and improve the recovery of existing and new hydrocarbon resources.

By leveraging existing surface infrastructure, the technology  will minimize environmental impact. By virtue of their very small size, these  sensors would migrate out of the well bores and into the pores of the  surrounding geological structure to collect data about the physical  characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The data collected could enable the  more efficient exploitation of hydrocarbon resources.

The AEC is currently engaging with more than 25 individual  research groups around the world; this research portfolio was selected after a 5  month technical evaluation and first year funding exceeds $5M U.S. Geoscientists  believe that more oil and gas can be extracted by improving their understanding  of the chemical and physical characteristics of existing oil and gas reservoirs.  Using current technology, typically 60 percent of oil remains underground after  primary, secondary and in some cases even tertiary recovery methods.

This joint research consortium was developed by the Bureau of  Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin. The Smalley  Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (SINST) at Rice University  collaborates with the BEG and serves as a technical partner in the consortium.  Members of the privately funded consortium include Baker Hughes, BP, Occidental,  ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Marathon, Petrobras, Schlumberger, Shell, and  TOTAL. The event is organised by the Micro and Nano Sensors Interest Group  (MiNSIG), SIKTN (www.sensorsktn.com/micro_nano_sensing).                     

Speaker Profile                    

Jay Kipper – Associate Director, Advanced Energy  Consortium

Jay Kipper is Associate Director at the Bureau of Economic  Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. At the bureau Jay serves a dual  role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). His  technical involvement at the bureau includes helping create and manage the  Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC). As part of this team Jay is deeply involved in  technology development, contractual provisions and day-to-day operations. Prior  to joining the Bureau, Jay worked 22 years at Aspen technology. He has consulted  in over 40 countries and 6 continents. Jay received his chemical engineering  degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.                     

Sean Murphy – Manager, Advanced Energy Consortium

Sean Murphy is the Program Manager for the Advanced Energy  Consortium. At the consortium for eight years, Sean’s learned to appreciate  leveraged return through collaborative research, multi-cultural and  multi-company diversity, and the discipline required to focus an industry on  demanding technology goals. He began his career in Texas in the early 1980’s, at  Marathon Resources and moved to Austin to join Motorola, working in  semiconductor process development, marketing, and research and development, and  while working full-time at Motorola, he completed an MBA at the Univ. of Texas.  After managing lithography technology alliances and Motorola’s investment,  assignees, and technology transfer at industry consortia, Sean left to join  SEMATECH, an Austin-based semiconductor research consortium. Sean has degrees in  Geology from the College of William and Mary and the University of Georgia.

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Dr. Wade Adams: Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy

Published on Jan 17, 2013

QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University, passionately explains what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges.



Dr. Wade worked for the Federal Government (USAF) for 37.5 years, retiring to Rice University, working with Professor (Dr.) Rich Smalley (Smalley Institute), who won the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the “Bucky Ball” .. the precursor of “Quantum Dots“.

The video is about 30 minutes in length and provides a very good “Where did we start … and where are we now?” presentation. “Making Small Stuff Do Big Things” …

… or as we at GenesisNanoTechnology like to say “Great Things from Small Things!”

*** “Solving Humanity’s Biggest Problems for the Next 50 Years” with Nanotechnology”. Moving “Energy” to the Top of the List” … because it will help us solve the “other problems” (facing humanity) on the list.”

Watch the Video Here: