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How to Save the Troubled Graphene Transistor

Unlike conventional semiconductors, graphene cannot be switched off, a problem that threatens to scupper its use in future generations of transistors. Now physicists think they’ve found a solution.

The writing is on the wall for the silicon chip. Transistors have been shrinking for the last half a century but they cannot get smaller forever. Most industry pundits think that the downscaling of silicon chip technology cannot extend much beyond 2026. The big question, of course, is what will replace it.

One possibility is graphene, which various teams around the world have used to make hugely fast transistors. Last year, one team clocked a graphene transistor at a cool 427 GHz. So you could be forgiven for thinking that graphene is the perfect silicon replacement.

Not so fast. There is a significant problem with graphene that makes it difficult to use in transistors– it has no band gap.

That means there is no energy range in graphene in which electron states cannot exist. Or in other words, it’s impossible to switch off graphene. And for a transistor, that spells serious trouble…

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The Global Society For Contamination Control (GSFCC) is attending INTERPHEX 2013 in New York

The Global Society For Contamination Control(GSFCC) is attending INTERPHEX 2013 in New York!  Be sure to stop by Booth 3783 and visit Greg Heiland, Director of the GSFCC and CEO of Valutek.


President & CEO of Valutek Introduces Governor Cuomo at 2013 State of the State Address


Valutek Works to Be a Good Corporate Citizen

Kudos to Valutek CEO Greg Heiland for appearing in the Arizona Republic’s recent article on Phoenix’s (Valutek’s North American headquarters) New Markets Tax Allocation.

Valutek was just one of several Phoenix business that took advantage of the program that offers favorable lending to companies that in turn commit to creating new jobs and expanding in areas in need of revitalization.

Or, as Greg puts it in the article, “We committed to being a good corporate citizen.”

So, what does this mean to our valued clients? It means that we can improve our community while also adding to our Phoenix-based sales team, which services customers just like you nationwide. Pretty cool, huh? We think that’s exactly what they call a “win-win” situation.

Read the full press release, which includes a link to the Arizona Republic article, by clicking here.

Just some of our recent staff additions include:

Gary Coraggio, Sales & Marketing Director
He has successfully managed multi-million-dollar sales teams on local and international levels for more than 15 years, and brings extensive sales and marketing experience in the health care industry. Gary’s background and expertise is in gloves and infection control products.
Read more about Gary here.

Marla Bouise, Account Executive
Marla’s expertise lies in gloves, facemasks and disposable apparel. Marla  works with Valutek clients nationwide, focusing on the Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, upstate New York, Southern California and Phoenix-metro regions.
Read more about Marla here.

Michael Clark, Account Executive
Michael Clark brings more than 19 sales years experience in the dental and medical supplies industry, where his expertise was in infection control and OSHA compliance. Michael works with Valutek clients nationwide, with a few of his territories including North and South Carolina, Minnesota, Florida, New York, Northern California and the Phoenix-metro area.
Read more about Mike here.

Travis Watkins, Distributor Account Executive
Travis consulted within the cleanroom industry for a decade before teaming up with long-time colleague and Valutek founder Greg Heiland in 2011. Watkins holds certifications as a Chemical Process Engineer and as a Contamination Control Engineer.
Read mor about Travis here.

Valutek CEO Greg Heiland Named Outstanding Leader

As the quote goes, “Being a good manager means doing things right; being a good leader means doing the right things.”

In other words, being not just a good, but a great, leader is hard work. It’s something that you have to consciously work toward every day. That’s why we were so proud and excited to receive news that Valutek CEO Greg Heiland was honored with an Outstanding Leadership Award from the U.S. Leaders and Entrepreneur’s Association (USLEA).

Each year, the USLEA cherry-picks a handful of leaders from the business community and recognizes them for their admirable drive, their resiliency and for their ability to enhance the positive image of entrepreneurs from all fields and industries.

Some quick history on Greg: he is a “serial entrepreneur,” having founded three firms from inception to sustainable business, including Sierra Scientific and Valutek. At Valutek, he holds the title not only of CEO, but of Cleanroom Technology Expert, having been in the industry for almost 30 years. He is a C-level executive in the cleanroom market, having been in the industry since 1982, and currently supports cleanrooms in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a proven thought leader in this field, founding CleanroomForum.com and helping develop the only cleanroom wiki, GSFCC.org.

You can read up on the award and hear Greg’s comments on the recognition by clicking the hyperlink above.

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