Latest News
Iran in bid to set up nanoscience hub in Nairobi  ||   Understanding ceramic ‘mortar’ of materials may reveal ways to improve them  ||   Novel Electrode for Efficient Artificial Synthesis of Ammonia  ||   New antiviral, antibacterial surface could reduce spread of infections in hospitals  ||   Novel insight reveals topological tangle in unexpected corner of the universe  ||   Electrical fields can throw a curveball  ||   Second life for electric vehicle batteries  ||   A new law in laser physics could make eye surgery simpler  ||   Rise to valletronics based information processing and storage technology  ||   Moldable Nanomaterials and a Printing Technology  ||   RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVANCE  ||   Colour-changing, Flexible Photonic Crystals  ||   Study says Nanotechnology Can Boost Crop Yield During Crises  ||   One-Way Components  ||   Pharmaceutical: Multi-vitamin pill dissolution || Nano Tv  ||   Nanobowls serve up chemotherapy drugs to cancer cells   ||   HKBU invents nanostructure that stimulates growth of stem cells for Parkinson's disease treatment  ||   May 11, National Technology Day  ||   Nanotech's KolourOptik Platform Finalist for Best New Currency Innovation by IACA  ||   Obesity prevented in mice treated with gene-disabling nanoparticles  ||   Water-splitting module a source of perpetual energy  ||   ARCIs mechanically stable antireflective coating can increase the power conversion efficiency of solar thermal systems  ||   Indian professor enters list that includes Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Nelson Mandela  ||   Pressing 'pause' on nature's crystal symmetry  ||   Red light for stress  ||   Magnetic drugs' could stay at disease sites longer  ||   Nanotechnology Might Help Fight Deadly 'Cytokine Storm' of COVID-19  ||   Super-Chiral Light  ||   A material with a particular twist  ||   Cool down fast to advance quantum nanotechnology  ||   New structure for promising class of materials discovered  ||   ARCI, Hyderabad's Disinfectant trolley to fight Covid 19  ||   Two fabrics can effectively filter out aerosol particles  ||   New tool can map nanomechanical properties of materials like multi-phase alloys, composites & multi-layered coatings  ||   New 'brick' for nanotechnology  ||   INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT EARLY USAGE OF NANOTECHNOLOGY  ||   SRI INTERNATIONAL WON THE GOLD EDISON AWARD  ||   DST FOCUSES ON NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR TREATING COVID-19  ||   ‘REALISTIC’ STRENGTH OF GRAPHENE DISCOVERED  ||   YOUNG NANOSCIENTIST THINKING SMALL IN A BIG WAY  ||   CHINA AND US SALUTE THE CYBORG SOLDIER  ||   YELLOW IS THE NEW BROWN  ||   THE STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH FACILITY IN THE VISAYAS REGION  ||   SYMPOSIUM ON NANOTECHNOLOGY HELD  ||   THE PIONEER OF FIBER OPTICS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY  ||   NEW INSIGHTS IN SUPERCONDUCTIVITY  ||   REDUCE ERRORS ACROSS QUANTUM COMPUTERS  ||   NANO-SPONGE WITH SURPRISING PROPERTIES  ||   ULTRATHIN ORGANIC SOLAR CELL IS BOTH EFFICIENT AND DURABLE  ||   PARK SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES NANO RESEARCH GRANT FUND  ||   CENTRIFUGAL FIELD-FLOW FRACTIONATION  ||   “VALLEY SEMICONDUCTORS”  ||  

Latest Issues

THE PIONEER OF FIBER OPTICS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

Dr_Thoma_Mensah.

Mensah was born in 1950 in Kumasi, Ghana. He could read newspapers and speak French fluently and was the main contact person between his father’s business and french clients. He also won different levels of the National French Contest (Le Grand Concours) between 1968 and 1970.

Whilst in high school, Mensah excelled in science and math and went on to study chemical engineering at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Ghana graduating in 1974.

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then studied chemical engineering at the University of Science and Technology at Montpellier, France where he graduated in 1978 with a Ph.D.

Dr. Mensah moved to the United States in 1980 after taking a job as a research engineer with Air Products & Chemicals of Allentown, PA.

Three years later, he joined the engineering team of Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY. He soon discovered that the fragility of the glass fiber-optic wires which the company manufactured caused them to snap easily if the drawing and coating phases of manufacturing fiber optics were configured to produce more than two meters per second of wire.

He discovered a solution that results in the fiber optic wire’s greater durability and increases in production at rates of up to 20 times the previous production speed without breaking.

His groundbreaking discoveries at Corning Glass Works was the beginning of his engineering career.

In 1986, he joined Georgia’s AT&T Bell Laboratories, now known as Bell Labs, where he was able to utilize fiber optics to create a guidance system for missiles that incorporated a small camera that was installed within the missile’s nose.

The images captured by that camera could be delivered to a pilot, giving them a technique for locking onto a target with incredible accuracy.

Reportedly, the fiber optics missile guidance systems were capable of working while traveling at the speed of sound and were utilized in Patriot missiles and other guided weaponry used by the United States in the Gulf War.

In December 1988, Dr. Mensah was part of a team of Corning inventors who were issued U.S. Patent No. 4792347, entitled Method for Coating Optical Waveguide Fiber. The patent protects the method of using carbon dioxide as a purge gas to reduce air entrainment and bubble inclusions in the liquid coating of a glass optical fiber.

Dr. Mensah is also one of two inventors listed on U.S. Patent No. 4636405, issued under the title Curing Apparatus for Coated Fiber.

He holds 14 patents with seven patents in fiber optics technologies over the course of six years.

Some of his inventions include semiconductors designed for space communications, tank gun barrel replacements and solid-state rechargeable cell phone batteries.

Dr. Mensah founded in Norcross, GA, a high tech firm called “Supercond Technologies”, which helped to develop advanced structural materials for American fighter aircraft.

Dr. Mensah is currently the president and director of Georgia Aerospace Systems Manufacturing, which is also focused on research and development in aerospace materials.

Dr. Mensah’s technological exploits have various recognition and award. He earned the Corning Glass Works Industrial Outstanding Contributor Award for Innovation in Fiber Optics, 1985; AT&T Bell Laboratories High-Performance Award, 1988; and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)’s William Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering, 2006.

He got the Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award in Ghana in 2017, The World Nanotechnology Conference Award in Dubai, 2019, Fellow recognition at the US National Academy of Inventors, Percy Julian Award in the US, AIChE 100 amongst others.

He has also authored five books on innovation including the international textbook “Nanotechnology Commercialization”.

Apart from creating Silicon Valley of Ghana, Dr. Mensah is involved in several high profile infrastructure programmes in the West African country that is aimed at helping Ghana reach 90 percent of its Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Mensah has been described as the Imhotep of Modern Times.

Nano Tv

Latest issues