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U.S. National Committee appoints technical advisor.

Press Release Summary:

Jun 05, 2008 - Dr. Brent Segal of Nantero, Inc. has been chosen as technical advisor to IEC Technical Committee No. 113, Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems (IEC TC 113), or "nano-electrotechnology." As technical advisor, Segal will serve primarily as chairman of the USNC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to IEC TC 113. NEMA is the TAG Administrator organization.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

U.S. National Committee Appoints Technical Advisor to IEC Nanotechnology Technical Committee

Press release date: May 16, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va., May 16, 2008-The United States National Committee to the IEC (USNC) has appointed Dr. Brent Segal, Nantero, Inc., as the new technical advisor to IEC Technical Committee No. 113, Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems (IEC TC 113), or "nano-electrotechnology." As technical advisor, Segal will serve primarily as chairman of the USNC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to IEC TC 113. NEMA is the TAG Administrator organization.

Dr. Segal is a co-founder and chief operating officer of Nantero, a leading nanotechnology company, where he oversees operations roles focusing on partnerships involving companies such as LSI Logic, BAE Systems, and ASM Lithography. He assists Nantero with intellectual property management and government programs involving the Navy and various agencies.

Segal was appointed to lead the TC 113 TAG because the USNC anticipates that his extensive background in nanoscale manufacturing and his experience in taking nanotechnology from the laboratory to mass manufacturing and practical use will be instrumental in helping the U.S. lead in the development of important international standards for nano-electrotechnical terminology; characterization and system interoperability for end-product industries such as photovoltaic systems; fuel cells; lithium-ion batteries; semiconductors; optics; and photonics.

According to Segal, "Nanoscale manufacturing is essential for the continued introduction of smaller, more functional and new devices and more efficient and lower cost renewable energy technologies. It's important for U.S. companies to join the TAG to help write common international standards because they will enable widespread mass manufacturing capabilities, and accelerate research and the deployment of these technologies and their benefits to society.

"Our TAG's participation in the development of these standards is vital to ensuring U.S. competitiveness in these emerging fields. Otherwise, other regions of the world will continually gain an advantage over us in market penetration," Segal said. "I very much look forward to working with the TAG membership in developing these standards, and making them available to those that make use of them."

Segal replaces Dr. Herbert Bennett, NIST, who stepped down at the end of last year.

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