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Foresight Institute Breakthrough Technologies for Energy

Atomic Precision for Energy Generation, Transmission, and Use Reduction

May 20-22 2016 in Palo Alto, California

Watch video recap of workshop on Youtube

White Paper

About the Event:

This was a highly interactive and stimulating 2-1/2 day invitational meeting focused on long-term prospects for revolutionary advances in energy based on improved precision in our control of matter, and how to speed current research in that direction.

Wide-ranging thinkers, firmly grounded in a deep and broad understanding of current science facilitated future research directions, encouraged the formation of new multidisciplinary teams, and sped atomically-precise advances relating to energy production and conservation.

This was an invitation-only event. Lodging and travel were be provided for as many attendees as funding allows (see below)


Friday, May 20th
Starting at 2:00 p.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.
Warm-up and introductions
Including a presentation by Dr. David Forrest, US Department of Energy (DOE)

Saturday, May 21st
Starting at 9:00 a.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.
Interactive program

Sunday, May 22nd
Starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Interactive program, compilation of results


The Lodge (Elks) Palo Alto
Palo Alto Room, 2nd floor
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-4249

Why Participate?

Besides being able to say that you were there when it happened …

For your work

Unique opportunities for progress

Foresight workshops are known to be catalysts for forging relationships that would not have happened in any other way. You will have the unique opportunity to meet with authorities in nanotechnology and energy, in research and in the field. You can find creative impulses for your work, let your research shine in new light, and open new paths.

Past workshops have resulted in opportunities such as new research collaborations, friendships, prizes, cross-industry insights, and funding for our participants. Furthermore, the workshop will provide you with media opportunities to make your voice heard, such as a video and a white paper.

For the world

Foresight's big mission

We need energy to live in our modern civilization. But because of our dependency on fossil fuels for energy, we're facing irreversible damage to our planet and its climate, to our economy, and to our future.

At Foresight Institute, we believe that this fate can be changed. But it takes new thinking to solve these challenges. We believe that atomically precise technology that radically changes the way we produce, handle, and consume energy is the key to changing the planet's fate. When the best expertise and ingenuity across different fields come together, great things happen. That is the mission behind this workshop and we want you to be a part of it.


Dr. Joshua Ballard, Senior Research Scientist, Zyvex Labs
Dr. Kris Bertness, Group Leader, NIST
Prof. Markus J. Buehler, MIT
Col. Steve J. "Bucky" Butow, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental
Dr. Paul Cherukuri, Rice University
Chuyang Cheng, Northwestern University
Dr. Miaofang Chi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Prof. Rhiju Das, Stanford University
Prof. Tabbetha A. Dobbins, Rowan University
Dr. Martin Edelstein, Founder, Covalent / AguaVia
Dr. David Forrest, Technology Manager, US Dept. of Energy
Steve Fowkes, CEO, Nanopolymer Systems
Prof. Thomas R. Gaborski, Rochester Institute of Technology
Dr. Cody Geary, Caltech
Prof. James K. Gimzewski, FRS, UCLA
Dr. Ashwin Gopinath, Caltech
Prof. Gevorg Grigoryan, Darthmouth College
Prof. Stine Grodal, Boston Unversity
Dr. Brett Helms, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Yuanyue Liu, Caltech
Prof. Joseph W. Lyding, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thomas Nufert, Co-founder, Nanopolymer Systems
Gayle Pergamit, Founder, Covalent / AguaVia
Prof. Cary L. Pint, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Michael Ross, UC Berkeley
Prof. Christian Schafmeister, Temple University
Prof. Volker Schweikhard, Rice University
Prof. Justin Siegel, UC Davis
Dr. Dario Stacchiola, Group Leader, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Prof. Isabell Thomann, Rice University
Dr. Lin-Wang Wang, Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Wei-Ren Wang, Rice University
Prof. Stanley Whittingham, SUNY Binghamton, Director, The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage

Chatham House Rule

To encourage cutting-edge discussion, we'll be following the Chatham House Rule for the majority of the event, as it is used at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos. This will allow you to speak freely on any topic without concern that your comments might be attributed to you without your express permission. The final whitepaper may contain a list of participants and their affiliations.

To aid our preparation of a written event whitepaper, we will be doing audio recording throughout the event — this is for reference only and will not be made public. Separately, if you're willing, we'd appreciate your making some brief informal remarks on video regarding your views of the event and its topic. Every participant will be asked to sign a Waiver, Indemnity and Release Form, but participation in the video is entirely voluntary.


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