Oak Ridge firm to present findings in Asia

3/13/2017

Scientists and executives from Oak Ridge firm Nanomechanics Inc. will present their latest findings to researchers in China, seeking to expand their already substantial markets there.

They will speak at the 2017 International Nanomechanical Science and Technology Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, Beijing on Wednesday, and Shanghai on Thursday.

“One of the things that we pride ourselves on is bringing technology developed in East Tennessee out to the entire world,” said Sebastian Ward, Nanomechanics vice president of sales and marketing. “And part of that effort is China.”

Nanomechanics is a materials science and material research company founded in 2009.

“We develop, build and sell instruments that let researchers and users understand the properties of materials on the nanoscale,” Ward said. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

Nanomechanics helps researchers measure factors such as hardness and elasticity, which are important for products such as smartphone screens, tires, hard drives and coatings on medical devices, Ward said.

“We have a lot of products that are used commercially every day,” he said.

Company president and co-founder Warren Oliver will talk about three new techniques for high temperature, high strain rate and two-dimensional testing, according to a news release.

Yujie Meng, business development manager – Asia, will give talks on “unbridled innovation,” discussing techniques that can be used by researchers using Nanomechanics’ equipment.

And Quiang Guo, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, will speak on “Strengthening and Toughening Mechanisms in Graphene-al Nanolaminated Composite Micro-pillars,” according to the news release. Other leading researchers will give talks via video. The forums are free, but limited to 50 people per session.

Such conferences, held worldwide, let researchers share their work and seek collaborators, Ward said.

“The motivation for us, of course, is commercial,” introducing scientists to Nanomechanics’ products they may use, he said.

China is already one of Nanomechanics’ five main markets, and the company is making a big push to expand its recognition and distribution there, Ward said.

“We really feel that our tools are going to give the researchers a new level of understanding, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” he said.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, by JIM GAINES

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