Speaker: Christopher Haines, Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
Date & Time: September 30, 2008 - 12:10pm
Location: CCR 201
Nanomaterials for Defense Applications
Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC)
12:10 PM, CCR 201
Nanotechnology has become one of the premiere "buzz" words of the 21st century. Beyond the thousands of small nanotech startup companies, you would be hard-pressed to find a University or large R&D company which is not focusing at least some effort on exploring nanotechnology. It is estimated that over $24 Billion has been invested in various forms of nanotechnology by governments worldwide since 1997.
On the commercial side, over 609 "nanotech" products have already been commercialized with an average of 3-4 more per week.2 A report by Lux Research estimated that by 2014 approximately $2.6 trillion in U.S. manufactured goods will incorporate some form of nanotechnology ~ or about 15 percent of total global output. These types of numbers can only be explained by the multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology. As much of a visionary as Richard Feynman was, it would be hard to believe he could have seen this coming when he gave his infamous "There's plenty of room at the bottom" talk at CalTech in 1959.
The talk will focus on the use of nanomaterials for defense applications. Unlike commercial applications which seek to utilize nanotechnology to make products more marketable (longer hitting golf clubs/baseball bats, superior cosmetics, tougher automotive components, etc), the Department of Defense (DoD) is only concerned about providing the Warfighter with the most advanced technologies available. Therefore, DoD's impetus for exploring nanotechnology is primarily for enhanced lethality or increased survivability. Nanophase and nanostructured materials will be discussed, with an emphasis on the differences between the two. Topics to be discussed range from semi-mature technologies which are on the verge of insertion into end items to futuristic (pie-in-the-sky) technologies for future forces. The talk will also cover the various routes in which government agencies can collaborate with industry and academia.
Dr. Christopher Haines is a Senior Materials Engineer in the Advanced Materials Branch located at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny, NJ. He is responsible for developing nanomaterials for advanced military applications. His current research areas are in pyrophoric, armor, and anti-armor materials. Dr. Haines earned his Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers, The State University. After completing his doctorate work, he spent a year as a post-doc working on combustion synthesis of rare-earth doped materials for nanophotonic applications for which he was just granted a U.S. patent