Graphene Prairie

If you've seen my G+ about profile page -- or followed me for enough time -- you probably have come across my phrase Graphene Prairie once or twice. I thought I should share with you what that actually means.

I'm located in the Midwest, in South Bend, IN because the region is investing (via tax bonds, government grants, private capital, etc.) more than $100M into turning the area into a nanotechnology innovation center.

In 2008, the Semiconductor Research Corporation -- a consortium of all the major chip manufactures and leading research universities -- selected to fund the University of Notre Dame (in South Bend) through its Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) to become one of only four NRI research centers in the country.

The goal of each of the four NRI centers is to discover the next-generation technology that will replace the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) transistor as a logic switch. With the limits of Moore’s Law most likely being reached in the next 10 - 15 years, a replacement to current silicon-based chips is essential.

As one of the contenders to silicon’s replacement is some type of graphene-based solution, I call this part of the Midwest tech corridor Graphene Prairie. Graphene Prairie will become a #startup hotbed for clean-energy technology and the creation of next generation computer and medical hardware.

But there is a ways to go before the spirit and invested energies in this region begin to show results in real-world products and solutions. There are yet only a few companies targeting this area to launch their startups. However, the region is well aware that its future relies on becoming an innovation leader.

This is why I am located here. I believe it will be the place where bold and innovative ideas in the nanotech-chip architecture space create game-changing technologies in the not too distant future. I’m already planning my next startup after I leave my current one. It will not be an Internet-focused startup. Instead, it will be in nanotech, possibly leveraging some of the research that comes out of the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) at the Univ. of Notre Dame.

Silicon Valley watch out! Graphene Prairie is about to bloom!

Select links:

NRI at SRC: http://www.src.org/program/nri/

Notre Dame’s MIND: http://www.nd.edu/~mind/about/Overview.htm

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