Roll-to-Roll Nanomanufacturing Process for Printable Coatings and More

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineer Jim Watkins and his team are working to make nanotechnology more practical for industrial-scale manufacturing. One of the projects they're working on at the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) is a roll-to-roll process for nanotechnology that is similar to what is used in traditional manufacturing. They're designing a process to manufacture printable coatings that improve the way solar panels absorb and direct light, and are also investigating the use of self-assembling nanoscale products that could have applications for many industries.