WTEC: International Assessment of Nanomodular Materials and Systems by Design

| March 13, 2017


On June 2nd, 2015, a panel of experts in the field of Nano technology, including Ahmed Busnaina, held a workshop on their findings from their respective study tours of European and Asian labs, at the NSF. The event is available as a webcast on the WTEC website; a PDF of their final report is also available above, and on the WTEC page.

From the Foreword to the report:

The aim is to build nanomaterials, devices and systems with a suitable composition of various nanostructures (nanomodules). This is the way nature builds most inert objects and living tissues. The study will focus on 2-3 areas (to be able to handle it in some detail) and the following generic issues:

One of the two-three areas of focus is 2D materials beyond graphene.  We need to define the other areas, such as combining 2D and 3D nanostructures, and building nanosystems from nanomodules.  Another example is building measuring devices from nanomodules as at Sandia National Labs.

The generic issue of optimizing nanocomposite materials, devices and systems may be suitable to modeling and simulation (to build them by “design”, which could be a combinatorial approach at the beginning). Here you need special expertise in modeling and simulation: how to combine nanomodules by computation? One needs more knowledge of the system behavior, of the interfaces, dynamic characteristics for non-uniform structures, or/and optimization methods.