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Tutorials on Molecular Nanotechnology

Thursday 10 October 2002

You will not be able to attend both tutorials
as they will be on parallel tracks.

    Scientific Tutorial
Basic Tutorial
To Register


Scientific Tutorial


If you have substantial science background relevant to nanotechnology, but want to get up to speed on areas you're unfamiliar with, choose the advanced tutorial. The focus is on getting you oriented on recent research on key topics.

Who Should Attend

Researchers and technologists with science backgrounds.

Topics Covered

Tutorial chair: Chris Gorman, North Carolina State University

The Theory of Molecular Electronics:
Mark Ratner teaches chemistry at Northwestern University, where he is also associate director of the Nanotechnology Institute. His work lies in the area of molecular electronics, and in the molecular organization of matter including proteins, DNA and polymers. He received the 2001 Feynman Prize, and has been very active in the general area of modeling of electronic behavior. One of the major challenges in developing an appropriate theoretical approach to molecular nanostructures has been developing appropriate structure/function relations based on careful comparison of theory and experiment - this is a major focus of Ratner's current research.

Nanoparticle, Synthesis, Structures and Potential Applications:
Dan Feldheim is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. Some members of his research group seek to understand electron transport in nanometer-sized metal particles and organic molecules. This knowledge is being applied toward the fabrication of low power, sensitive chem/biological sensors. Understanding how biomolecule-metal particle complexes can interact with cell membranes and cellular transcription machinery is the goal of other members of the group. Ultimately, we wish to apply this knowledge toward the development of small particles which can deliver therapeutic agents into cells with high efficiency and cell specificity.

Nano-Optical Materials and Nano-Optics:
Larry Dalton is a Professor of Chemistry and Engineering (Electrical and Materials Science & Engineering) at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. He is the inaugural holder of the Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair of Organic Chemistry and Scientific Co-Director of the Loker Institute. He is Director of the DoD MURI Center on Smart Polymeric Materials and the NSF STC Center on Information Technology Research. He leads the NSF NIRT on electro-optic materials. He is former Director of the DoD MURI Center on Materials and Processing at the Nanometer Scale. Current research focuses on the realization of large, ultrafast index of refraction changes (exploiting the concepts of nanoengineering of materials) and application of such effects to development of a wide range of new devices.

Experiments in Molecular Electronics and Molecular-Scale Sensing:
Nongjian Tao is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and affiliated Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University. His research focuses on development of electronic device and chemical sensor applications using molecules as basic elements. His recent work includes electrochemical fabrication of nanoelectrodes and nanowires, interactions between organic molecules and metallic nanowires, electron transport in single conducting polymer chains and electron transfer in redox molecules on solid electrodes.


Basic Tutorial

This is by far your best opportunity ever to get up to speed on the fundamentals of molecular nanotechnology: the basics of the technology itself, applications, near-term opportunities, and business scenarios.

We've assembled the best possible team of instructors to cover these topics for you in detail and -- most important -- answer your individual questions. This group can handle anything from the most technical to the most hardcore business question.

We can't guarantee that we'll ever get these four to do this for us again, so October 10 may be your only chance to take advantage of this crash course in the basics of molecular nanotech.

If you don't have a degree in nanoscience but would like to get oriented as quickly and painlessly as possible, this is the event for you.

Who Should Attend

You can't afford to miss this tutorial if you are either:

  1. A non-researcher who is new to the field: investors, analysts, attorneys, and
  2. An engineer or scientist who is sufficiently new to molecular nanotech to want a basic overview, perhaps with a view to moving your career in this direction. (Computer professionals in particular will find it useful.)

Topics Covered

  • What are the different types of nanotechnology?
  • Which are long-term, which near-term?
  • What are nanotubes, molectronics, bionanotechnology, scanning probes, quantum dots?
  • What is the role of software?
  • In what sequence will opportunities arrive?

Instructors and Section Titles

Dr. K. Eric Drexler

Dr. K. Eric Drexler
Founder and Chairman, Foresight Institute

Nanotechnology in Perspective: History, Status and Prospects

Bio: Science magazine called Eric Drexler "Mr. Nanotechnology" and Newsweek elected him to their Century Club -- a list of 100 people to watch in the 21st century. In the mid 1980s, Drexler introduced the term 'nanotechnology' to describe atomically precise molecular manufacturing systems and their products. He has lectured in the US, Europe, and Japan to audiences ranging from corporate research laboratories and the World Economic Forum to a satellite-linked network of elementary school classes. In support of U.S. federal policy development, he has provided presentations and briefings to (among others) the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dr. Ralph C. Merkle

Dr. Ralph C. Merkle
Vice President, Technology Assessment, Foresight Institute; and Nanotechnology Theorist, Zyvex

What Is Nanotechnology: Arranging Atoms and Creating Health and Wealth

Bio: The New York Times said "Dr. Ralph C. Merkle is...a leading theorist of molecular nanotechnology, the still unperfected art of building machines that are little bigger than atoms." Winner of the 1998 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for theory, the ACM Kanellakis Award, and the IEEE Kobayashi Award; Dr. Merkle has testified before Congress and given talks to audiences at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Caltech, DARPA, IBM, Lockheed, MIT, NASA, NATO, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), RAND, the Royal Society of Medicine, and hundreds of others. He pursued research in nanotechnology at Xerox PARC for over a decade, and continues his research both at Foresight and Zyvex.

Scott Mize

Scott Mize
Co-founder, AngstroVision, Inc.
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Nanotechnology Opportunity Report

Near-Term Commercial Opportunities in Nanotechnology

Bio: Scott is a co-founder (founding CEO) of AngstroVision, Inc., an early-stage company focused on creating a breakthrough nano-imaging device. He is the originator and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report, the first comprehensive global report on the near-term commercial opportunities in nanotechnology, available from CMP Cientifica. Scott was also a hands-on advisor to Technanogy, a leading nanomaterials company. He has 15 years of experience in the information technology and new media industries, including serving as a principal in a venture catalyst firm, the CEO of Zelos!, an early publisher of CD-ROM products, Apple Computer's Multimedia Content Evangelist, and a Product Manager in the Information Services Group at Lotus Development Corporation. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences in the information technology, new media and nanotechnology fields.

Ed Niehaus

Ed Niehaus
Business Consultant and Corporate Director,
Foresight Institute advisor

Nanotechnology Business Scenarios     and Q & A...

Bio: Ed Niehaus is a business consultant and corporate director, based in San Francisco. Ed has been active in the world of nanotechnology since 1987, and currently Ed is an advisor to the Foresight Institute, a member of the advisory boards of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, the Software Development Forum, and the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report–which he co-founded. Ed is on the boards of directors of Avinon, Inc. and ClickAction (NASDAQ: CLAC), and on the advisory board of Chengwei, Ltd., a Shanghai-based venture capital firm. Ed's current consultancy work includes serving part-time as a member of the executive team of Philtre, LLC, a stealth nanotechnology startup pursuing a medical application. Ed is perhaps best known for his work as CEO of Niehaus Ryan Wong, Inc., where he led the public relations agency that launched Yahoo, VeriSign, the Apple iMac and over 100 other technology companies and products. Prior to NRW, Ed served in several marketing and sales capacities in the computer and software industries. Ed has a BSME degree from Duke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


To Register:

Tutorial registration is separate from the conference registration. The tutorial registration fee is the same for either tutorial and includes Thursday lunch. You may register for the conference only, a tutorial only, or both the conference and a tutorial.

Tutorial space is limited, therefore early registration is recommended. For additional information, see Registration Information, or contact the Conference Office at 1(650) 917-1122,



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