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  • RemyC
    From: http://www.smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm?section_id=53&document_id=8633 via: http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=07528 OHIO: NANOTECH
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2005
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      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
      Polymer Research.

      http://www.udri.udayton.edu/polymercenter
      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
      Donald.Klosterman@ udri.udayton.edu

      The filaments are "nanoparticles," microscopically small tubes of carbon
      molecules produced by Applied Sciences Inc. of Cedarville.

      http://www.apsci.com
      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.

      http://www.afrl.af.mil
      RESEARCH FACILITIES
      Newport and Stockbridge
      525 Brooks Road Rome NY, 13441-4505
      (315)330-7701

      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
      production.

      http://www.nanosperse.com
      NanoSperse LLC.
      2753 Boltz Rd
      Akron, OH 44333
      330-670-6489

      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
      economy.

      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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