NanoSteel CTO Nominated to 2003 World Technology Summit

  • June 24, 2003

  • MAITLAND, Fla. (Tuesday, June 24, 2003) - The NanoSteel Company’s Chief Technology officer Daniel Branagan has joined an elite, international group of achievers at the World Technology Summit and Awards ceremony.

    Branagan has been nominated to join the World Technology Network, a cross between a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business or science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotech to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. The 2003 ceremony will be held in San Francisco, June 24-25.

    The Summit brings key players together – from the most cutting-edge technologists to the most forward-thinking financiers, from the most conceptual futurists to the most grounded entrepreneurs, from the most insightful science writers to the most savvy marketers, from the most big-picture government officials to the most focused policy analysts, and from the world's leading corporations to the world's newest start-ups – helping to make things happen sooner and better than they might have.

    Network membership is comprised of more than 700 individuals and organizations from more than 50 countries judged by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.

    In association with the United Nations, a range of top UN leaders will speak to the delegates on the closing afternoon of the Summit to discuss how the technology world (through the World Technology Network) can best work with the UN to achieve the Millennium Development Goals agreed in 2002 by the world’s heads of state.

    Branagan joins the Network with a distinguished record. In 2002, Branagan, then a staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory was honored as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation. He was recognized for his advancements in materials science, leading to materials with unique properties and innovative industrial applications.

    “Since the beginning of mankind, materials and materials technology have been central to the very development of society and the quality of human life,” said Branagan, explaining his fascination with materials science. “As technology progresses, new technologies are increasingly being limited not by their mechanical designs, but by the limitations of the materials that they contain.”

    Driven by boundless curiosity and quiet, dogged determination, Branagan has created materials that have already reshaped industry’s thinking and approach to developing new technologies involving metallic coatings and super-magnets. Still in his early thirties, Branagan has garnered a fair share of recognition, receiving two prestigious R&D 100 awards from R&D Magazine, and recognition from the Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Materials Science division.

    Branagan specializes in developing nanoscale microstructures in bulk materials. Using a range of metallurgical approaches, Branagan can create materials that retain a precisely targeted nanoscale microstructure (and associated properties) in the final product. His most recent success is a new class of metallic coating called Super Hard Steel. This coating can be applied using conventional technology, and forms a hard and tough metallic glass coating which can be further transformed or self-assembled into a stabilized nanoscale composite if desired. Super Hard Steel has hardness properties among the highest ever reported for any metallic structure or alloy, is corrosion-resistant, wear-resistant, and inexpensive.

    Branagan earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technology University in Houghton, Michigan, and worked as a graduate research assistant at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, while pursuing his doctorate in metallurgy. He received his doctorate in 1995, and then joined the INEEL as a post-doctoral fellow. He has been a staff engineer/scientist in INEEL’s Materials Department, an affiliate faculty member with the University of Idaho and an associate scientist with Ames Laboratory.

    The Network is particularly interesting to Branagan because of the organization’s focus on bringing important emerging technologies of all types into reality. “This is consistent with our goals at Nanosteel and it will be interesting and valuable to see how this is done globally,” said Branagan.

    Branagan is currently on entrepreneurial leave from the INEEL to serve as Chief Technology Officer of The NanoSteel Company, a new spin-off company in Idaho Falls, Idaho that will produce Super Hard Steel coatings commercially.

    “Through Nanosteel, we have set up an Institute of Nanomaterials Research and Development, which will specialize in the design, synthesis, and processing of advanced Nanomaterials,” said Branagan. “The Institute will strive to achieve a reputation of excellence for taking new materials, developed in-house or anywhere in the world, across the great technological divide from basic discovery to near term large scale industrial production and utilization. Its overarching goal will be to develop, implement, and transfer advanced and revolutionary material technologies to private industry, thereby helping out humanity by improving the quality of life from the advanced products which are created.”

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