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NASA technologist talks CNTs, nanowires, PCMs, and commercialization of nanotechnology


(October 21, 2010) -- Speaking at the bi-monthly IMAPS luncheon (Santa Clara, CA; 10/6/10), Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, chief scientist for exploration technology at the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames Research Center, discussed his group’s research in carbon nanotubes (CNTs), nanowires, and phase-change memories (PCM), as well as a next-generation non-volatile resistive switching memory.

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In the podcast interview with Debra Vogler, senior technical editor, ElectroIQ, Meyyappan summarizes research results - including the “electronic nose” and simulation and modeling activities.  With respect to commercialization of nanotechnology, he advises the industry to be patient. It takes 10-15 years, he said, to take something from the lab to a reliable, robust product that can be produced at high volumes and at a reasonable cost. Still, he believes that the next decade will see more nanotechnology products emerge. 

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