59 episodes

Nanotechnology is a more precise way of doing everything — making things, assembling things, measuring things, sorting things, etc. From construction and energy to health and information technology, few industries will be immune to its influence. The Nanovation podcast is a forum to address the big questions, challenges, and opportunities of nanotechnology. Topics lie at the intersection of nanoscience, manufacturing, technology, business, and society. The podcast is conversational in format and aimed at a general, yet technically-savvy audience. Nanovation is hosted by Prof. Michael Filler from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Nanovation Michael Filler

    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Nanotechnology is a more precise way of doing everything — making things, assembling things, measuring things, sorting things, etc. From construction and energy to health and information technology, few industries will be immune to its influence. The Nanovation podcast is a forum to address the big questions, challenges, and opportunities of nanotechnology. Topics lie at the intersection of nanoscience, manufacturing, technology, business, and society. The podcast is conversational in format and aimed at a general, yet technically-savvy audience. Nanovation is hosted by Prof. Michael Filler from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    59: Ruud van Ommen - How do you do the impossible?

    59: Ruud van Ommen - How do you do the impossible?

    The ability to coat large quantities of small particles — powders — via atomic layer deposition (ALD) has opened new vistas for battery materials, chemical catalysis, 3-D printing, and more. On this episode of the Nanovation podcast, Ruud van Ommen from TU Delft talks everything powder ALD. In this context, Ruud and Mike focus on the why and how of process scale-up. Listeners of the show won’t be surprised to learn that there’s much more to scale-up than increasing the size of the tank! Ruud also shares the motivation behind founding the company Delft IMP and how, in the early days, he was told that powder ALD was impossible.

    Show details:
    • Hosted by Michael Filler (@michaelfiller)
    • Edited by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Recorded on January 23, 2020
    • Show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/59
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 54 min
    58: Malancha Gupta - How do you put a coating on a liquid?

    58: Malancha Gupta - How do you put a coating on a liquid?

    Malancha Gupta from the University of Southern California gives a primer on initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD). iCVD is a relatively new processing technique for the deposition of functional polymer thin films. Because polymer properties are readily tunable, iCVD can impart a nearly limitless number of surface functionalities. Perhaps most importantly, the mild nature of iCVD makes it compatible with delicate substrates such as paper, cells, and even liquids! In addition to talking shop, Malancha recounts her journey from curious undergrad to professor. She also shares several of the life hacks that helped her along the way.

    Show details:
    • Hosted by Michael Filler (@michaelfiller)
    • Edited by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Recorded on January 16, 2020
    • Show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/58
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 55 min
    57: Sang Han - How can a roof stay cool in the New Mexico sun?

    57: Sang Han - How can a roof stay cool in the New Mexico sun?

    Sang Han from the University of New Mexico has spent his career developing advanced electronic and photonic materials. In this episode of the Nanovation podcast, Sang and Mike discuss radiative cooling technology, which promises to cool surfaces, such as the exteriors of homes and buildings, even in direct sunlight. They talk about the physics of radiative cooling, different methods for its implementation, and the challenge of developing a manufacturing process suitable for coating entire cities. A potpourri of related topics come up along the way, including the ups and downs of global technology competition, how to incentivize innovation in manufacturing, and the excitement and challenge of starting a company.

    Show details:
    • Hosted by Michael Filler (@michaelfiller)
    • Edited by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Recorded on December 19, 2019
    • Show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/57
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 1 hr
    56: Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb - Is our technology future paved with complex oxides?

    56: Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb - Is our technology future paved with complex oxides?

    Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, joins Mike to talk about complex oxides. Complex oxides are multi-component materials that yield a bevy of exotic properties. Much of the podcast centers on ferroelectricity, the ability of certain materials to exhibit an internal polarization that can be switched with an external electric field. Nazanin and Mike talk about the current use of ferroelectrics in technologies from ultrasound imaging to data storage, as well as their potential future use in brain-like or neuromorphic computers. Throughout the episode, Nazanin's love of and excitement for science and engineering shines through. Be careful, it's infectious!

    Show details:
    • Hosted by Michael Filler (@michaelfiller)
    • Edited by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Recorded on November 14, 2019
    • Show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/56
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 1 hr 8 min
    55: Michael Filler - An electronic circuit on every seed?

    55: Michael Filler - An electronic circuit on every seed?

    What if every seed you planted could include a sensor to monitor moisture and nutrients? What if every tissue had nanoscale electronics to check for viruses when you blew your nose? In this bonus episode from the Sustainable Nano podcast (an outstanding production of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison), Mike talks with host Miriam Krause about his lab's push toward ‘hyper-scalable’ electronics and what technologies might be enabled by such a manufacturing capability.

    Show details:
    • Hosted/edited by Miriam Krause (@mirk47)
    • Sustainable Nano episode: https://sustainablenano.simplecast.com/episodes/mikefiller
    • Recorded on March 21, 2019

    • Edited for Nanovation by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Additional show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/55
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 36 min
    54: Andrew Hunt - How do you start a nanotech company?

    54: Andrew Hunt - How do you start a nanotech company?

    If you’ve ever thought about starting a nanotech company, this is the episode for you! Andrew Hunt tells the story of Engi-Mat (formerly nGimat), the nanomaterials company he founded in 1993. Andrew and Mike discuss Engi-Mat’s core manufacturing technology, what motivated Andrew to start the company, the pros and cons of the U.S. patent system, and how the nanotechnology landscape has changed in the past two and half decades. Andrew has seen it all: from the early optimism to the stock market drops that sunk many of his rivals to the increasing prevalence of nanomaterials in everyday life. He has a lot of teach us.

    Show details:
    • Hosted by Michael Filler (@michaelfiller)
    • Edited by Andrew Cannon (@andrewhcannon)
    • Recorded on October 28, 2019
    • Show notes are available at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/archive/54
    • Submit feedback at http://www.fillerlab.com/nanovation/feedback

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Thomas Sandler ,

It's hard to stop listening

Nanovation is such a fascinating podcast that I now look forward to doing the dishes, and so wonderfully accessible that the only prerequisite for enjoying it is curiosity.

Thanks so much Professor Filler and episode guests!

Pendjme ,

Retired

I love this podcasts. Guests are knowledgeable and well spoken. Conversational education is the method here. I am not a nano scientist, but this podcast is understandable. A wide variety of topics are covered. Have found them all interesting.

Adam Joules ,

Adam

Informative, funny, nonchalant, inspiring.

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