Nanotech Could Hold Key to Ohio Economic Future
OHIO: NANOTECH COULD HOLD KEY TO STATE ECONOMY'S FUTURE
By Timothy R. Gaffney
Dayton Daily News
Ohio's strong engineering schools coupled with medical, space and military
labs helped put it at number 10 in last year's Small Times' rankings.
For more about how Ohio and other U.S. states compare in nanotechnology,
MEMS and microsystems, see the upcoming March issue of Small Times magazine
where Small Times ranks the U.S. states for the fourth year in a row.
Jan. 19, 2005 - Donald Klosterman hopes filaments too tiny to see will make
a visible difference in Ohio's economy. Klosterman is group leader for the
University of Dayton Research Institute's Center for Basic and Applied
Don Klosterman, Ph.D - Group Leader
Center for Basic and Applied Polymer Research
University of Dayton Research Institute
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0160
937-229-2528 fax: 937-229-3433
The filaments are "nanoparticles," microscopically small tubes of carbon
molecules produced by Applied Sciences Inc. of Cedarville.
pplied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave
Cedarville, OH 45314
937.766.2020 fax: 937.766.5886
The center is in the midst of setting up a pilot plant to produce
"nanocomposite" polymers laced with the particles.
The souped-up polymer can be used to make lighter, stronger and more durable
end products such as aircraft parts. The trick is to disperse the tiny
filaments uniformly in liquid polymers without breaking them.
Klosterman said UDRI holds the patent for a dispersal process developed
under research with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base.
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He said Akron-based Nanosperse LLC has licensed the process. The goal is to
perfect the process in the pilot plant, then scale it up for commercial
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Akron, OH 44333
Klosterman said Nanosperse is already discussing possible applications with
Ohio-based aerospace manufacturers, such as General Electric Aircraft
Engines and Goodrich Aircraft Braking Systems.
"You hear about jobs leaving Ohio. This is the future industry. You're not
going to see this stuff come out of India and China. You'll see it here
first," said Klosterman, who holds a Ph.D. in polymer science.
No wonder Ohio is making a big deal out of nanotechnology.
The pilot plant is just one of many nanotech projects the state's Third
Frontier Initiative has funded to push it out of the laboratory and into the
UDRI's involvement is one reason why Ohio will hold its first statewide
"nanotechnology summit" in the Dayton area on March 2 and 3.
The conference will be held at the Hope Hotel and Conference Center on
Wright-Patterson. It will include a tour of AFRL's Materials Directorate.
Akron-born Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley, a world leader in nanotech
research, will be the keynote speaker.
The conference is designed to inventory nanotechnology resources and
activities within the state and plan for growth, according to a statement
from the Governor's Office of Science and Technology.
"We're looking for everyone involved or interested in nanotechnology - from
research to business to education - to take part in this event," said Bruce
Johnson, lieutenant governor and development director.
The Ohio Department of Development is sponsoring the conference in
collaboration with the University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton-based
Novak & Associates, Miami University, the Ohio State University, the
Cleveland Clinic, and CAMP Inc. of Cleveland.
Nanotechnology is still largely confined to the laboratory, but Klosterman
said there's so much research and so many efforts to apply it that nobody
has a clear view of what's happening across the state.
The summit is "what's needed," he said. "We need to show there is a lot of
work going on in the state."
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