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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.


Where Nanotechnology and Machine Learning Meet Liam Critchley
The fields of nanotechnology and machine learning are impressive in their own rights and will continue to grow into staple technologies of the future. Although both are still relatively new fields, they can be combined in certain scenarios to produce practical solutions to various problems.

Circuitry Has Felt Nanotechnology’s Impact Liam Critchley
Circuits and PCBs have been advancing rapidly for many decades, with each advancement being the product of the best available materials and processing environments of the time. In recent years, nanotechnology has been behind some of the significant advances in circuit board design.

How Nanotechnology Has Impacted Transistors Liam Critchley
Transistors are a staple component in many electronic devices and have continued to get more powerful and smaller. There are size limitations with current methods, so scientists have turned to nanomaterials and nanofabrication methods to create smaller and more efficient transistors.

An Introduction to Nanoelectronics Liam Critchley
As components need to get smaller to accommodate consumer needs, manufacturers need a way of doing this. Nanoelectronics is the creation of electrical components using nanomaterials that can not only reduce the size of the device, but also provide the same, if not better, performance.

Understanding How Quantum Technologies Can Work Liam Critchley
Quantum technologies are starting to be developed, and if realized to their full potential, will be able to outperform classical computing technologies in many ways. Here, we look at the theory behind how basic quantum technologies are starting to work and how certain functions will work in the future.

Nanotechnology Is Inspiring Next-Gen Batteries Liam Critchley
Conventional Li-ion batteries have been the staple battery technology in many devices, from phones to handheld monitoring equipment, for many years. Rather than looking into new batteries, companies are looking to further improve the status quo by incorporating nanomaterials into Li-ion electrodes.

Why Nanotechnology Improves Sensors Liam Critchley
There is always a need to increase the capabilities of sensors. One effective way to do this is by employing nanomaterials as the ‘sensing surface’ or ‘sensing component’. Learn how the many beneficial surface, electronic, and structural properties of nanomaterials can make sensors more accurate.

The Underlying Chemistry of Piezo Materials Liam Critchley
The electrical properties of both piezoelectric and piezoresistive materials change when subjected to mechanical deformation. Here, we show how and why these electrical changes are due to changes within the crystal structure at the atomic level and the chemistry involved with these changes.

Where Nanotechnology, the IoT, and Industry 4.0 Meet Liam Critchley
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been developing and advancing for many years and has brought around the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, where many processes are now being automated. While it is not obvious, nanotechnology also has a role to play in this new industry.

Harnessing Energy with Nanogenerators Liam Critchley
Different nanogenerators can generate enough electricity to power a small device through kinetic movements within the device, or by harvesting thermal energy. Even though the amount of electricity generated is small, it is enough for many small remote monitoring devices.

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