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Alan Rae, executive director for Alfred Technology Resources, will present a lecture on “Nano Electronics Commercialization – Challenges, Opportunities and Examples” as part of the S3IP Seminar Series from 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 19, in BI-2221 (ITC). It can take 20 years for a new technology to become a commercial success. It took longer than that for MEMS devices to get into airbags and another equally long period to get into smart phones. On a less complex level, “simple” substitution of lead-free solders for tin-lead alloys has taken more than 15 years and substitution of base metals for precious metals in multilayer capacitors has taken 40 years – and in neither case is the transition complete! To date the National Nanotechnology Initiative in the U.S. has seen an investment of $18B over 10 years – mainly in university research. Some of these products are making it to market and many are not. This talk will review the challenges and opportunities with examples including nano silver, nano copper, carbon nanotubes and graphene. Make this part of your agenda for Binghamton University Research Days.