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Bench Talk for Design Engineers

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Liam Critchley is a writer, journalist and communicator who specializes in chemistry and nanotechnology and how fundamental principles at the molecular level can be applied to many different application areas. Liam is perhaps best known for his informative approach and explaining complex scientific topics to both scientists and non-scientists. Liam has over 350 articles published across various scientific areas and industries that crossover with both chemistry and nanotechnology.

Liam is Senior Science Communications Officer at the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) in Europe and has spent the past few years writing for companies, associations and media websites around the globe. Before becoming a writer, Liam completed master’s degrees in chemistry with nanotechnology and chemical engineering.

Aside from writing, Liam is also an advisory board member for the National Graphene Association (NGA) in the U.S., the global organization Nanotechnology World Network (NWN), and a Board of Trustees member for GlamSci–A UK-based science Charity. Liam is also a member of the British Society for Nanomedicine (BSNM) and the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM), as well as a peer-reviewer for multiple academic journals.


The Chemistry of Metal-Ion Batteries Liam Critchley
Li-ion batteries have become a staple component of modern technologies. Li-ion batteries are part of the metal-ion batteries classification. Metal-ion batteries are comprised of many different batteries, varying by chemical make-up and the electrochemical reactions performed within the battery.

Conformal Coatings in Electronic Devices Liam Critchley
Electronic components need to be protected. Many components have small or complex parts that cannot be coated and protected by conventional means. Here, we discuss different polymer-based materials that can conform to a surface and protect electronic components from multiple stimuli.

The Chemistry Behind Thin Film Solar Cells Liam Critchley
The distinct types of thin film solar cells have different working principles based on their fundamental chemistry. All thin film solar cells work differently from conventional inorganic solar cells, and even though their efficiencies are not as high, they have other benefits.

The Chemistry Behind Inorganic Solar Cells Liam Critchley
Inorganic solar cells are the most common and efficient solar cells and rely on many different aspects of chemistry to function. Without chemistry, it would not be possible to create the internal current generation mechanisms that enable solar cells to harness sunlight, and here we explain how.

Using 2D Materials in Photo-Harvesting Applications Liam Critchley
As society looks toward more ways of harvesting our natural environment, 2D materials offer a way to efficiently harvest solar rays into a usable output. 2D materials use light to create energy via advanced solar cells, producing hydrogen fuel and facilitating advanced cancer treatments.

Using 2D Materials to Create Water Energy-Harvesting Devices Liam Critchley
Designers can use 2D materials to develop different water-harvesting applications beyond the mainstream tidal and hydroelectric power harvesting process. These include harvesting energy from salinity gradients where water bodies meet and harvesting energy from rainfall and other water motions.

2D Materials in Piezoelectric Nanogenerators (PENGs) Liam Critchley
The piezoelectric effect is not only a common phenomenon in bulk inorganic materials; it is also observed in select 2D materials. This blog explores how designers can use 2D materials capable of generating a piezoelectric charge in a range of nanogenerators (PENGs) for powering small-scale devices.

2D Materials in Triboelectric Nanogenerators (TENGs) Liam Critchley
The inherent thinness, active surface, and mechanical properties of 2D materials have the potential to create more efficient and longer-lasting TENG devices for powering small-scale electronics.

Could AI Help to Create Safer Nanomaterials? Liam Critchley
Stringent safety protocols are in place to ensure that nanomaterials are safe before being used in real-world products. AI has the potential to characterize the toxicity profile of nanomaterials better as well as provide a safer manufacturing environment for their production and integration.

The Potential for Nanotechnology in the Aerospace Industry Liam Critchley
Innovation is always occurring in the aerospace industry. There is a constant drive to create lighter, more fuel-efficient, and safer aircraft. Even though many advanced materials are already used in modern-day aircraft, the beneficial properties of nanomaterials could improve them further.

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