Nanotechnology and the Real World

Alan Rae, TPF Enterprises LLC

Friday, April 29, 2011, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

There has been a lot of hype about headline-grabbing applications for nanotechnology...but the real opportunities lie in more mundane applications where real progress is being made in areas as diverse as high strength cement, lubricants for wind turbines, more efficient metal machining, auto catalysts and paint, transparent conductors and solar cells. We'll look at these real world application to see how these products move from an idea to a product and identify some of the major speed bumps that exist when commercializing any new material.

About the Speaker

Dr. Alan Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology and "clean tech" industries for over 25 years in the UK and USA, managing global businesses and technology development at an operating company and corporate level. He currently runs TPF Enterprises LLC, a technology commercialization and consultancy company he founded in 2009. Alan is active in industry associations and standards work with iNEMI, ISO, SMTA, IMAPS, IPC, and JISSO. He holds Director and VP positions with 4 new companies. He is Technical Editor for Global Solar Technologies, a leading alternative energy publication, and is an Entrepreneur in Residence with NYSERDA.