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Liam Critchley is a Writer, Journalist and Communicator who specializes in Chemistry and Nanotechnology and how the 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 currently has over 350 articles published across various scientific areas and industries that crossover with both Chemistry and Nanotechnology.

Liam currently holds the position of Senior Science Communications Officer at the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) in Europe and has spent the last few years writing for companies, associations and media websites located at all corners of the globe. Prior to becoming a writer, Liam completed two master’s degrees in Chemistry with Nanotechnology and Chemical Engineering.

Aside from writing, Liam is also a Member of the Advisory Board for the National Graphene Association (NGA) in the U.S., the global organization Nanotechnology World Network (NWN), and a Member of the Board of Trustees 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.


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.

How Nanotechnology Has Helped to Realize Flexible and Wearable Electronics Liam Critchley
Flexible and wearable electronics are rapidly growing industries. The development and growth of these devices are due to the benefits and specific properties of the nanomaterials that are commonly used within these devices. Here we look at why nanomaterials are used in these electronic devices.

The Chemistry of Energy Storage Systems Liam Critchley
Energy storage devices are serving an increasingly wide range of applications. Their recent performance improvements are driving this growth in popularity. The basic function and any performance enhancements are due to chemistry, especially electrochemistry. In this blog, we will detail why.

Understanding the Chemistry of Semiconductor Junctions Liam Critchley
Chemistry plays a major part in why semiconductor materials behave the way they do, and why current can flow through a p-n semiconducting junction. Here, we discuss what effect chemistry has on these junctions, including some of the mechanistic variations that exist in electronics today.

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