Friday, 13 May 2016

“White Graphene”: Industrial Applications and Recent Research related to Hexagonal Boron Nitride and Boron Nitride Nanotubes

The technology scouting services arm of Del Stark Technology Solutions has published a new technology briefing on the industrial applications for Hexagonal Boron Nitride (h-BN) and Boron Nitride Nanotubes.

Hexagonal boron nitride has many attractive properties such as a wide band gap, direct band structure, it is dielectric, and it can be used as a tunneling barrier.   h-BN can be used in many applications such as gas barriers, high heat resistance, ultrathin layered insulators, cosmetics and makeup, grinding and cutting, non-wetting applications, crucibles for molten metals, lubrication, coatings and thermal management.

This 159-page report highlights recent academic research papers published in 2015 and early 2016 that could be of interest to companies interested in using hexagonal boron nitride and boron nitride nanotubes for applications including heat dissipation, the construction of novel devices, coatings, antifouling, reinforcement and ceramics.  The report reviews 120 academic research papers and 93 patents plus highlights recent news and research projects of interest funded by the European Flagship project and the National Science Foundation in the USA.

Experts were asked for their views on the commercial viability of hexagonal boron nitride.  Market data and company profiles of 33 companies are also included. 

Discover the latest research results which your company can optimise for future business opportunities.   

The Table of Contents and an introduction can be downloaded at:

Report Cost:
- Single User License PDF: £350
- Multi User PDF License at the Same Location: £470
- Corporate User License PDF: £625

(VAT is not charged)

To order your copy or to request further information please contact Del Stark via:

t: +44 (0)7903 115 148 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Seller’s Guide for Nanomaterials and Graphene

For many years, nanotechnologies have been left unregulated. Companies did not have to comply with legal frameworks that require a sound understanding of definitions, scope of application and regulatory requirements.   That has now changed. 

Legal provisions have been adopted, mostly at the European Union level and some EU Member States and essentially without any consistency between the different legal instruments applying to nanotechnologies. This sellers’ guide mainly focusses on the legal frameworks existing in the European Union and its Member States. This is the part of the world where companies currently face the most complex legal challenges to gain access to the market and stay on the market.

This guide does not forget to cover other parts of the world, namely the United States, China, India, Japan and Australia. Though these countries have so far showed less interest in creating legal frameworks for nanotechnologies than the European Union and its Member States, readers must be aware that current trends in non-EU countries converge towards the adoption of rules that may soon or later impact the readers’ business.

The guide covers:
  • The EU Commission’s definition of nanomaterials
  • EHS regulations on nanotechnology and graphene
  • Labelling requirements for nanotechnology and graphene
  • Product claims and marketing of products containing graphene or other nanomaterials
  • Protection of trade and technical secrets
  • Nanomaterials registers in France, Denmark, Belgium (  Scope, declarations, sanctions)
  • What do you need in place to sell graphene in the European Union?
  • Regulatory frameworks in the USA and Asia
  • Conclusions
The purpose of this guide is to point out the current obligations that every company selling nanotechnologies must fulfil.  Readers must merely be aware that many legal changes are expected to take place during the next years. This guide aims at helping companies to meet the current challenges and anticipate the next ones.  Such as:

A new Belgian law applying from 1 January 2016 requires notification before importing or placing the nanomaterial on the market; there are substantial fines of up to €720,000 and even criminal sanctions for failures to notify. 

The guide has been written by Del Stark and Anthony Bochon.

The guide costs £500. 

To order your copy or to request further information please contact Del Stark via:

t: +44 (0) 7903 115 148

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

nano tech 2016 - the place to be in nanotech

nano tech 2016 International Exhibition and Conference

Tokyo International Exhibition Center "Tokyo Big Sight"
January 27-29, 2016

The world's largest nanotechnology exhibition
nano tech has been on the forefront of innovation for almost 15 years.
nanotech and its concurrent exhibitions gather around 1,300 exhibitors and attract close to 60,000 attendees from 50 countries. Over the years, nano tech has proven its ability in helping new technology to make its way to the market.

Top attending companies include:
Canon, Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung, Toppan Printing, Toyota, Honda, Teijin, Toray, Fujifilm, Kao, Kaneka and many more...
>> Download nano tech market data with the Top100 Ranking of attending companies

All about Nanotechnology

The 2016 exhibition covers nanomaterials, production technologies for and based on nanomaterials, as well as manufacturing techniques at the nano level, that bring added value to a variety of industries such as electronics, automotive, construction or medical.
>> nano tech inquiry form

A huge platform for next generation technologies
(NEW: Robotics Zone)
nano tech is co-located with 10 other exhibitions, which
all together form an impressive platform for cutting edge technologies.

Printed Electronics - flexible and low-cost, next generation electronics
Neo functional materials - materials for printing, converting and beyond
ASTEC/SURTECH - a merger of traditional and cutting-edge surface technologies
ENEX/Smart Energy Japan - latest technologies for smarter and greener energy.
3D Printing - additive manufacturing, applied bottom-up technolgy for the macroscale.
For the first time, there will be a special zone for robot technologies.
Key words:
Actuators, Sensors, cyber-physical systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT) Machine to Machine comunication (M2M), Artficial Intelligence (AI), Industrial robots, Service robots etc.
This exhibition is aiming to contribute to the rapid progress and market growth
of robot technology in the coming IoT era and it promotes the vision of a future
sustained by nanotechnology’s cutting-edge materials and processing techniques.
>> Robotics Zone Outline

Over 90% of the exhibition sold - Reserve your space!
Space reservation for nano tech 2016 started during the 2015 show and currently over 90% of the exhibition space is already reserved. Space allocation is on a first-come-first -served basis. Therefore, if you consider to exhibit at nano tech 2016, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your preferred space.
The layout planning is regularly updated and shown on the nano tech website.
>> nano tech 2016 Floor Layout
>> nano tech 2016 Exhibitor Brochure
>> nano tech 2016 Application Form

Are you ready for business matching?
At nano tech 2016 again we will offer a business matching to foster open innovation between exhibitors and other attendees.
An online matching system will help to effectively find and contact potential partners.
Because finding a right partner is a key to success in the market!
>> More information on the Business Matching

For inquiries about nano tech or any of its co-located exhibitions, please contact the nanotech executive committee:
c/o ICS Convention Design, Inc.
Chiyoda Bldg.1-5-18, Sarugakucho,
Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 101-8449, JAPAN

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New report published on Nanomaterials and Graphene for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

We have published a new report on Nanomaterials and Graphene for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. Further information can be found at: 

Del Stark 
CEO, Del Stark Technology Solutions 
t: +44 (0)7903 115 148

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Commercial Graphene Show - Europe 2015

Dates: Thursday 16th – Friday 17th April 2015
Venue: Manchester Central Convention Complex, UK

The Commercial Graphene Show is the definitive meeting place for the entire graphene value chain. Taking you right the way from ground breaking research in the lab all the way to mass industrial adoption.
This meeting will bring together the best and brightest graphene researchers improving production quality and quantities, and put them at the same table as large multinational industrial powerhouses looking at industry wide adoption. 

Meet with key decision makers and technology experts from:
•             Aerospace and Defence
•             Energy and Power
•             Automotive
•             Electronics
•             Printing and Packaging
•             Barrier Applications
•             Coatings and Chemicals

Working with these large commercial application developers is no smooth process and only by working with all the stakeholders in this space can graphene suppliers truly realise the goal of commercial application. That’s why this meeting will also host:
•             Academic centres of excellence
•             Government funding and grant bodies
•             Venture capitalists
•             IP and Patent Attorneys
•             Tech gurus and consultants
•             Top media representatives

The Commercial Graphene Show is where the entire graphene value chain meets to do business.

Please download the brochure to find out more:

Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics Markets: High Growth but Mixed Fortunes

IDTechEx, the global market research, technology scouting and events firm, finds that in 2014 three technologies – OLED displays, sensors and conductive ink – make up 99% of the $23.97 billion market for printed, organic and flexible electronics. A snapshot of the market size in 2014, based on research conducted for the new IDTechEx report “Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024” ( is shown below, highlighting that the range of enabling technologies involved are at very different points of maturity and profitability.

Source: IDTechEx report Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024

Three biggest sectors: OLEDs, Sensors, Conductive Ink
The largest segment so far is OLED displays, commercial now in cellphones, tablets and TVs, made using vacuum (non printed) processes. The business has been growing strongly over the last few years due to the onslaught of competition in the LCD industry and therefore the need to differentiate. However, OLED TVs have failed to become a commercial success so far due to their high price but there is strong forward momentum. Curved and eventually flexible OLEDs are key areas of development focus.
Sensors comprise almost exclusively of glucose test strips, where the electrodes are printed. The glucose test strip market will experience growth in numbers but revenue growth is less certain as US Medicare intends to pressure suppliers to reduce cost. Still, the margins until now have been excellent. Meanwhile many are developing other sensing solutions, from hybrid organic and CMOS inorganic image sensors to temperature sensors.
The mainstay application of conductive ink has been PV bus bars and fingers, and despite the consolidated PV supplier base the volume growth in terms of PV wafers produced offsets the progress in reducing the ink consumption through better structures and process efficiencies. Secondly, as the touch panel market grows in consumer electronics it is driving demand for more conductive ink for the edge bezel electrodes.
Hot sectors
IDTechEx note that in particular, hot sectors are transparent conductive films targeted to larger area touch panels, with metal mesh and nanowire solutions in the lead so far. 2014 has seen sluggish adoption of ITO alternatives as laptop touch screen demand uptake has been slower than anticipated, but capacity is now beginning to fill up.
However, most importantly, the industry is now becoming much better placed to serve customers - strong ecosystems have been developed by some suppliers to move the focus to complete solution based offerings rather than a technology component offering. Government investments around the World are also rightly focussing on reducing capex risks for companies wishing to get products off the ground, and are indeed helping companies make product.
Additionally, the progress of wearable technology is of increasing interest and focus of developers. It requires the new form factors that printed, organic and flexible electronics can offer for products that can be priced to have reasonable margin.
Latest Printed Electronics Assessment
IDTechEx saves clients time and money and helps them to make the best decisions by providing impartial assessment of emerging technologies. We have served clients in 80 countries from our bases in Japan, UK, Germany and the US. The latest report “Printed, Organic and Flexible Electronics 2014-2024” ( provides granular market forecasts by technology type over a ten year period, based on conducting hundreds of interviews. Critically, we interview end users to find out what they need. It covers the trends, market place and technology developments and roadmaps versus end user needs. For those looking to gain the latest insights and exploit the unmet opportunities, see
Meeting customers
IDTechEx hosts the world’s largest event on the topic – Printed Electronics USA - in Santa Clara on November 19-20 ( With 200 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees expected, this event showcases the applications and emerging technologies. Critically, it focusses on bringing the technology to market by focussing the event around applications. Companies such as Jaguar Landrover, Samsung, Hallmark, Adidas, Lockheed Martin, Osram and many others will discuss their needs and experiences with the technology.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

NanoEx3 – Explore, Explain, Exploit

#NanoEx3  – Explore, Explain, Exploit – book soon as the early bird discount expires on 2nd June.  

#NanoEx3  is the International conference focusing on opportunities and challenges to the market uptake of #nanomaterials.