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11th Foresight Conference
on Molecular Nanotechnology

October 10 to 12, 2003
San Francisco Airport Marriott,
Burlingame, CA USA

A tutorial on Molecular Nanotechnology
will be held on October 9

DNA and protein fine motion controller

nanotube nanoelectronic junction self-assembling complex

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The 11th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010. The Conference will begin with a reception the evening of Thursday, October 9, and end Sunday, October 12, 2003. An intensive Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology will be held on October 9.

This 2003 Conference home page will provide the information you will need about the conference and to register for the conference. After the conference is over, this page will provide the permanent archive for the conference.

Rapid advances in our ability to image, manipulate, and probe the properties of matter at the atomic scale—together with emerging insights into structure, function and self-assembly in biological systems—are bringing to fruition the tremendous promise of nanotechnology first recognized by Richard Feynman over 40 years ago. In the next decade, current research into the science and technology of nanostructures is expected to have a major impact on fields ranging from consumer electronics to space exploration and medicine.

The Foresight Institute's first Conference on Nanotechnology, which pre-dated the National Nanotechnology Initiative by a decade, was the first comprehensive conference on the topic of nanotechology. Foresight sponsored events continue to be the premiere venue for discussing new and innovative multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology. Last year's conference, the 10th in the series, attracted researchers from academic, government and industrial laboratories world-wide, and included papers from the electronics, medical, computing, and biological communities. Foresight's 11th Conference will continue this level of excellence by providing a forum in which leaders from all disciplines delving into science and technology at the nanoscale can present and discuss their most recent results and ideas.

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Topics Covered

Molecular Machines
Scanning Probes
Biomolecular Machinery
Supramolecular Chemistry
Computational Chemistry

The Foresight Conference covers the key topics required for an integrated understanding of molecular nanotechnology:

Products and goals

Nanostructures underlie all nanotechnologies. Their diverse physical, chemical and electronic properties determine what nanotechnologies can do.
Nanomaterials gain special mechanical, optical, and electronic properties from their nanoscale structure.
Nanodevices — including sensors, transistors, actuators, and others — will be components first of early products, and later of advanced nanosystems.
Nanoelectronics is a natural extension of the microelectronic technologies of today, expected to be a crucial application of emerging nanotechnologies.

Enabling technologies, tools, and parts

Sensors at the nanoscale can be used to recognize molecules and to probe the properties of surfaces and objects at the atomic scale.
Nanotubes provide strong, stiff building blocks with diverse electronic properties, suiting them for use in a wide range of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).
Biomolecular machinery evolved by nature — such as the bacterial flagellar motor and the actin-myosin system of muscle — has shown the feasibility of molecular machine systems and may provide prefabricated working components.
Scanning probe instruments have led the way in imaging and manipulating molecular structures on surfaces.
Computational chemistry enables designers of molecular systems to understand which designs will produce which results, helping synthetic chemists to produce devices that will function properly in systems.
Molecular machines produce controlled motion on a molecular scale. By bringing other molecules together in a controlled way, they will one day be used to control the sequences of chemical reactions that will enable molecular manufacturing of complex nanosystems.

Enabling sciences and principles

Supramolecular chemistry — by moving beyond the traditional concern with individual molecules to a focus on building larger structures from assemblages of molecules — is a key enabling technology for a wide range of nanosystems.
Self-assembly — the principle behind supramolecular chemistry and the assembly of the molecular machinery of living systems — is central both to many present-generation nanotechnologies and to anticipated pathways toward complex nanosystems.


Accepted Abstracts

Submission information:

Abstracts Due by June 16, 2003.
Acceptance notices July 2003

There will be oral presentations and a poster session during the conference. The poster session will be held on Friday afternoon. On Saturday there will be additional time for viewing and discussion of the posters. All those who wish either to speak or to present a poster must submit an abstract. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 16, 2003. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words including references and footnotes. Each submitted abstract may include only one graphic in jpg or gif format. The size should be no larger than 400 x 400 pixels (will be displayed at 72 dpi). Abstracts not in the appropriate format will be returned without being considered.

All accepted abstracts will be permanently available on the WWW at

Information for those who wish to submit an abstract. All authors submitting an abstract must use the Abstract Submission Form, even if the abstract is sent as a separate email attachment.

Poster session: Poster size for the poster session is 4 feet x 4 feet [122 cm x 122 cm]

Conference Co-Chairs:

James T. Spencer, Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University
Chris Gorman, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University

Tutorial Chair:

Hicham Fenniri, National Institute for Nanotechnology, National Research Council and the University of Alberta


Foresight Institute and the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors

Sun Microsystems

Founded in 1982 by four idealistic young pioneers with a shared vision of decentralized, heterogenous computing systems, Sun Microsystems, Inc. has emerged as a global Fortune 500 leader in enterprise network computing, with over $8 billion in revenues and operations in 150 countries.

Gold Level Sponsors

Foley & Lardner

Founded in 1842, Foley & Lardner is one of the oldest and largest law firms in America. The firm has more than 750 attorneys in 14 offices nationwide practicing in five departments: Business Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, and Tax and Individual Planning.

The firm's highly skilled intellectual property attorneys and law clerks constitute one of the largest and most sophisticated technology groups in an integrated, general-practice law firm in the United States. The list of clients using Foley & Lardner to fill their intellectual property legal needs ranges from small entrepreneurial start-up companies to large international and multinational corporations. Foley & Lardner attorneys provide solutions and successfully service the needs of clients around the world.

Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin

Howard Rice is a full-service law firm with creative lawyers who solve complex problems every day. We have built our nationwide reputation through anticipating and responding quickly to our clients' needs with innovative solutions. We have over 140 attorneys in San Francisco, serving clients in the United States and worldwide. We deal with every kind of issue that technology companies face, including business startup, securing and defending intellectual property, e-commerce, venture capital, issuing securities, international transactions, financial services and complex litigation.

Working In Nanotechnology

Working In: Nanotechnology is a site dedicated to connecting nanotech employers with nanotech professionals. This site is run and maintained in association with the Foresight Institute and will be the leading site dedicated to helping Nanotech employers find staff.


Zyvex is the first molecular nanotechnology company. Our mission is to become the leading worldwide supplier of tools, products, and services that enable adaptable, affordable, and molecularly precise manufacturing.

Silver Level Sponsors


Intel believes in innovation. We're driven by it. We live by it. And it's this principle that led us to create the world's first microprocessor back in 1971. Today, Intel is behind everything from the fastest processor in the world to the cables that power high-speed Internet. We keep innovating because it's in our blood. Because it's part of our heritage. And because the technology we invent today will shape the world's future.


The Premier Provider of Nanoinformatics to the Nanotechnology Industry

nanoTITAN is the premier provider and developer of state-of-the-art design, database and assembly software, and custom modeling, visualization, simulation, and analysis services for research and development engineers, and scientists involved in molecular nanotechnology. nanoTITAN is the developer of nanoML and nanoXplorer, which can be accessed by visiting their website,

Media Sponsor


NanoSIG promotes the commercialization of nanotechnology by creating nano business networks and providing information, infrastructure, people, & funding services required to launch nano business ventures. In Silicon Valley, DC, and Southern California NanoSIG hosts forums & conferences, conducts surveys, facilitates networking, and works on information and business clusters.

Information about corporate sponsorship opportunities, or please contact the Foresight Institute

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Fraser Stoddart, University of California at Los Angeles
Meccano on the NanoScale: A Blueprint for Making Some of the World's Tiniest Machines

Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University
Self-Assembly of Nanophotonic Materials and Device Structures

2003 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize Winners
Recipients of the Theory and Experimental prestigious prizes will present their nanotechnology research

Invited Speakers

Hicham Fenniri, National Research Council and the University of Alberta
Organic Nanotubes with Tunable Dimensions and Properties

Jan Genzer, North Carolina State University
Material Templating through Substrate-bound Molecular and Macromolecular Gradients

Marya Lieberman, University of Notre Dame
Molecular Quantum-dot Cellular Automata: Computation without Current

Mark S. Lundstrom, Purdue University
Carbon Nanotube Electronics: Device Physics, Technology, and Applications
Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology
Two-Photon Materials Chemistry

Susannah Scott, University of California at Santa Barbara
Layer-by-layer construction of metal oxide and nitride thin films by non-hydrolytic condensation

Susan Sinnott, University of Florida
Nanometer-Scale Engineering of Composites

Donald A. Tomalia, Central Michigan Univ. & Dendritic Nanotechnologies Limited
Synthetic Control of Dendritic Nanostructures Both Within and Beyond Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimers

Special Session: Panel on Venture Capital for Nanotechnology

Due to the rapid and continued increase in interest from the venture funding community, there will be a panel discussion on nanotechnology funding featuring venture capital representatives active in nanotechnology.
Time: 5:00 pm, Fri. Oct. 10

Panel Chair: Ed Niehaus
Panelists: Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Alan Marty, JP Morgan Partners
Alex Wong, Apax Partners
Jim Von Ehr, Zyvex

Tutorial on Molecular Nanotechnology

The Conference features an instructional tutorial on molecular nanotechnology.
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