Seminar on Nanotechnology in Manufacturing

Date: 09 Jun 2010 - 09 Jun 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Nanotechnology is going to revolutionise the way we make things and transform the way we live. Scientists and industry leaders have been developing nanotechnology that enables cheaper, greener and smarter manufacturing processes that are already practised in industry today. Co-organised by SingNano (managed by NanoGlobe SIMTech, this seminar provides an overview of SIMTech's Nano Manufacturing activities, an overview on the state-of-the art coating processes, nanoimprint lithography that creates bio-inspired functional structures, high performance CNT enhanced nanocomposites, and the vision of atomic precise manufacturing. Participation at this seminar will enable attendees to learn the state-of-the art nano manufacturing technologies developed today and tomorrow.



Overview of SIMTech's Nano Manufacturing Activities
Over the years, SIMTech has been actively working in Nano Manufacturing related activities. This talk provides an overview of SIMTech’s nanotechnology in manufacturing activities in the field of nanopowders and nanomaterials, manufacturing processes (like coating, joining, forming and machining) and nanometrology.   

Overview of Nanotechnology Development in Asia Pacific Region
Nanotechnology is going to revolutionise the way we make things and transform the way we live. It is able to transform multiple industries including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemical, energy and environment, food, information and communication, medicine and health care, security and transportation. Nanotechnology offers so many possibilities, such as providing cheap and clean energy, clean water, lighter and stronger materials, faster, more powerful and energy  efficient computers. It also provides an exponential increase in information storage capacity, lotus-like self cleaning surfaces, reducing or eliminating pollution and early detection, and treatment for cancer and other diseases. Dr Lerwen Liu will provide an overview on Nanotechnology’s impact in Energy & Environment, Health Care and Information Communication Technology (ICT). Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in nanotechnology R&D and commercialisation. Dr Liu will also share her insights on Nanotechnology development in terms of policy & funding, infrastructure, R&D & commercialisation, education and risk management in the Asia Pacific in the last 10 years since the announcement of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). 

ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) and Aerosol Coating Technologies Enabling Nanotechnology-based Research and Production
Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology was originally invented and developed in Finland in the mid- and late 1970´s to enable production of TFEL (Thin Film Electroluminescent) displays. The pinhole-free nature and high conformality of ALD thin films, as well as the high quality of nanolaminate ALD insulators, solved the main production-yield and product-reliability issues. Production of TFEL displays started successfully in the middle of the 1980´s and  production is still ongoing in Finland. ALD did not gain broader attention or interest until the mid- or late 1990´s, when the semiconductor and hard disc drive industries discovered that ALD technology enables these industries to move down to the next level of integration and scaling. ALD is now moving rapidly into the next new industrial fields, such as solar, display, biomedical and flexible electronics applications. And for the nanotechnology research community, ALD continues to be a powerful enabling technology to develop new artificial functional nanomaterials by combining different materials at the nanoscale. The Atmospheric Aerosol coating technology of Beneq has been proven to provide highly cost-competitive low-e and TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide) coatings for architectural glass and for the thin film PV industry. In addition to the large scale production equipment, Beneq also provides laboratory-scale systems for nanotechnology research. During this presentation, Mr Juha Tanskanen will provide an overview of the ALD and Aerosol technologies and equipment, as well as key applications. 

The Magic of The Strongest Material – Carbon Nanotubes

At this talk, Mr Jim Von Ehr will provide an overview of Zyvex world leading technologies and products focusing on their application relevant to the Singapore manufacturing industries such as paint, coating, construction materials/composite materials, and energy. Mr  Von Ehr will also share his vision of Atomic Precision Manufacturing, our ultimate manufacturing capability.  

Biomimetic Surface Functions via Nanoimprinting

Nanoimprint lithography or NIL as it is more commonly referred is considered a next generation lithography technique for the semiconductor industries.  In comparison to many other nanofabrication techniques, NIL offers a wider processing window, and is applicable to a wide range of materials.   As a result, today nanoimprinting is often used as a direct nanopatterning process where functional materials or structures can be obtained.  In this talk, Dr Low Hong Yee will discuss the various complex biomimetic structures that have been fabricated using nanoimprinting process.  In the chemical manufacturing industry,  practitioners constantly strive to improve the properties of material surfaces through chemical modification, including the synthesis of new additives and newprocess treatments.  Nanoimprint technology can create surface topography that also imparts new and unique surface functionalities, often in a more eco-friendly manner vis-à-vis chemical modification.  Nature offers a number of clues to this end.  Lotus leaves, rice leaves, water striders, gecko feet and butterfly wings are a few among thousands of examples in nature of surfaces that possess unique properties arising from complex micro- and nanoscale structuring found on the surfaces of the leaves or on the animal or insect’s legs and wings, respectively.  To fully realise and bring to fruition the lessons provided by these biological systems, nanoimprint technology offers a versatile and fully scalable fabrication approach that is required for researchers and engineers to precisely mimic and subsequently mass produce these structures.   In addition, nanoimprint processes allows fine-tuning of feature geometries and configurations needed to open up a range of commercial applications.  In IMRE's research activities, new nanoimprint processes were invented to achieve such tunable biomimetic surfaces. 

About the Speakers

Dr Sun Zheng obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. He has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of materials joining in research institute, university and industrial environments. He specialises in fusion welding processes and welding metallurgy and has published over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He was the joint recipient of the1995 National Technology Award for contributions in marine repair processes using electron beam technology. Dr Sun is the Deputy Group  Manager (Industry) at SIMTech. One of his current responsibilities is to lead a taskforce for Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Initiative (NIMI). 

Dr Lerwen Liu is an Asia-based expert specialising in nanotechnology policy strategy, internationalisation, project management and business development. Since 1999, she has been actively building nanotechnology networks and relationships with government agencies, R&D institutions and industry leaders around the world, especially promoting nanotechnology policy and cooperationin the Asia Pacific region. Together with a number of nanotechnology leaders in Asia, she co-founded Asia Nano Forum (, a nanotechnology society linking 15 Asia Pacific economies) and has been serving as the Secretary since 2004. She also founded the SingNano network platform of nanotechnology for government, academic and industry players to collaborate and accelerate commercialisation of R & D in Singapore.She has a passion for promoting nanotechnology education especially in the developing world and for helping to bridge the gap between the developed and developing countries through strategic partnerships by means of infrastructure sharing, manpower exchange and collaborative research. 

Mr Juha Tanskanen graduated with BSc. Eng. of Mechanics in 1984 and M.Sc Eng. of Computer Technology and Business Administration, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, 1991. Mr Tanskanen has many years of experience creating production solutions for industrial production systems. Since 1990, Juha has worked in different positions at Nextrom as a R&D Engineer, Project Manager and Product Manager for different production lines in the areas of fiber optics machinery. Before joining Beneq in 2007, Juha worked as a worldwide Sales dDrector for Photonium (supplier for manufacturing automation and optic machinery). Currently, his main responsibility at Beneq includes sales activities in Asia and Russia. 

Mr Jim Von Ehr is the Founder and Chairman of Zyvex Performance Materials, Zyvex Instruments, Zyvex Labs, and Zyvex Asia.  Recognised as a leader within the nanotechnology industry, he founded the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative and the Feynman Grand Prize in Nanotechnology. His significant gifts established the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) NanoTech Institute, the James VON EHR Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology at UTD, held by the late Nobel Laureate Alan MacDiarmid, and the James VON EHR Scholars program at Michigan State University (MSU).  Von Ehr was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2003. He has also been named Distinguished Alumni of MSU and UTD, and received MSU’s Claud Erickson Award, their highest engineering honor. In 2004 he received the Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Leadership Award. In 2007, he was named Richardson’s Citizen of the Year. Most recently he won the TechAmerica's "Texas Legend" award (http:/  

Dr Low Hong Yee received her PhD from the Department of Macromolecular Science in Case Western Reserve University, USA in 1998.  She spent about 2 years with Motorola Semiconductor before joining the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering.  Her recent research interests are in developing NIL for the fabrication of complex and 3D micro- and nanostructures and in the understanding of polymer physics with respect to the NIL technologies.

 9.15am   Registration

 9.30am   Welcome Address and "Overview of SIMTech's Nano Manufacturing Activities
                by Dr Sun Zheng, Deputy Group Manager (Industry), SIMTech

 9.45am   Overview of Nanotechnology Development in Asia Pacific Region
                by Dr Lerwen Liu, Managing Director, NanoGlobe

10.15am  ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) and Aerosol Coating Technologies Enabling 
                Nanotechnology-based Research and Production
                by Mr Juha Tanskanen, Sales Director, Asia, Beneq Oy

10.45am  Tea break and Networking

11.00am   The Magic of the Strongest Material - Carbon Nanotubes
                 by Mr Jim Von Ehr, Founder & Chairman, Zyvex Performance Materials  

11.30am    Biomimetic Surface Functions via Nanoimprinting
                 by Dr Low Hong Yee, Research Scientist/Group Head,

                 Patterning & Fabrication, IMRE    

12.00pm    End


Who Should Attend
Government policy makers, corporate executives, investors, R&D managers, engineers, researchers, academic staff and students.

This seminar is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Us
For technical enquiries: Dr Sharon Nai, Assistant Research Scientist, Email:
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For industry collaboration: Dr Sun Zheng, Deputy Group Manager (Industry), Email:
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