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Meet The Graphene Council Editor, Dexter Johnson

Welcome to the maiden edition of the Graphene Council’s quarterly newsletter. I trust that our first edition, and all subsequent editions, will serve to establish our credibility in providing information, context and analysis in how graphene and the full range of two-dimensional materials are impacting a wide variety of applications now and into the future.

To start building that credibility, it might help to know a bit of background about me, the editor. I have been a contributing editor and blogger for the online version of the IEEE’s flagship publication Spectrum since 2007. Since 2009 I have been the author of Nanoclast, a blog on Spectrum’s website that covers the developments in nanotechnology. 

My background before that really starts as an editor at a chemical trade magazine called the Chemical Market Reporter (CMR), which is now part of ICIS Chemical News. It was at CMR that I began covering the economics of the chemical industry, but also launched some new columns for the publication in Information Technology and Executive Q&A.

My next step was to become an editor and analyst for a group of newsletters owned at the time by John Wiley & Sons called Technical Insights (TI). TI went on to be purchased by Frost & Sullivan. I covered advanced manufacturing and sensor technologies in two separate newsletters. It was at TI that I first started to write about nanotechnology in 1997, authoring a special report on Giant Magneto Resistance (GMR).

I left TI to develop large-scale conferences at the Institute for International Research where I developed at the time one of the largest conferences on nanotechnology “The World Nano-Economic Congress.” This conference brought together two Nobel Prize winners, one in physics (Richard Smalley) and another in peace (Shimon Peres), to discuss how nanotechnology could lead to economic impact and address the challenges facing the world.

I then joined Cientifica Ltd. based at the time in Madrid to continue to develop conferences on nanotechnology. Also, at Cientifica I authored reports on nanotechnology’s impact on distinct vertical industries, such as printing and paper industries. I continue to work with Cientifica as a senior researcher and most recently co-authored a report in 2013 on graphene.

My aim in all of my work around nanotechnology, and in particular graphene, is to cut through the hype and get to the realities of its current state of development and to discover the most likely paths for realizing its continued development. This new newsletter will be a continuation of that effort, but with greater focus and deeper analysis. I hope you will join us in this effort.