Session 17: Sensors & Power
Carbon Nanotubes: Sensors and Other Uses
Thursday, February 15, 2018
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are the topic of much research and are actively being regarded as having the potential to revolutionize many industries requiring unique opto-electronic and mechanical performance enhancements. For transparent films (TCF), much effort has been devoted to achieving highly conductive films with high light transparency. A brief update on Chasm’s hybrid TCF film “AgeNT™” will be presented. Over the past several years, numerous publications describing the use of CNTs beyond TCFs have been appeared with great promise in applications requiring modified properties having a range of sheet resistance, optical transparency, and chemical functionalization. These characteristics are being utilized in a wide range of sensor applications requiring sensing of chemical and mechanical properties for “installed” or wearable devices. The process of choice has been focused on printing such devices in an effort to deliver a low cost, flexible manufacturing path. In some cases, such products are being commercialized, but success has been limited by using a sub-optimized development process. To be presented is a view of the importance of, and methodologies for matching product requirements, materials selection and processing to create inks, and printing/fluid application methods to achieve the desired product functionality.
Robert F. Praino, Jr. Short Bio Co-Founder, Chasm Technologies, Inc. • Bob has 35 years of experience developing and manufacturing products created with a variety of film coating processes. His career path prior to Chasm includes assignments at Stone & Webster Engineering, Polaroid Corporation, Presstek, Vitex Systems, and Precision Lithograining. Bob has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Boston University. He co-founded Chasm in March, 2005 to apply his experience in coated film products and associated science and engineering to develop commercially viable pathways to product applications beginning with a wide range of “nano-materials” and “nano-technologies”. The applications for these technical areas have included flat panel displays, fuel cells, photovoltaics, film substrate development, optical film development, carbon nanotube applications, life sciences, and nano-imprint lithography. In addition to the process work in these areas, Chasm has designed and managed capital equipment projects totaling over $10 million for roll-to-roll coating lines and nano-material manufacturing facilities. • Bob is member of the Society for Information Displays and the American Chemical Society.
COO & Co-Founder
Chasm Technologies Inc.