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The Seventh Foresight Conference
on Molecular Nanotechnology

October 15 -17, 1999 at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA

An introductory Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology was held on October 14.

This page now serves as an archive for the 1999 conference.

The 1999 Conference Archive

Conference Co-chairs: Deepak Srivastava (MRJ Technology Solutions, Inc. at NASA Ames Research Center) and Jan H. Hoh (Department of Physiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine



The Seventh Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be held at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The Conference will begin with a reception the evening of Thursday, October 14, and end Sunday, October 17, 1999. An intensive Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology will be held on October 14.

This 1999 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.

The url of this page is:


The 1998 conference (Nov. 12-15, 1998) provides an example of the activities and purposes of the Foresight conference series.

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Topics Covered

Over the next few decades, manufacturing is expected to undergo a profound change. Advances in miniaturization will reach the level of individual atoms and products will be designed and built to atomically-precise specifications. This conference is a meeting of scientists and technologists working in fields leading toward molecular nanotechnology: thorough three-dimensional structural control of materials and devices at the molecular level. The conference will cover topics relevant to the pursuit of molecular control, drawing from fields such as:


Accepted Abstracts

Submission information:

Abstracts Abstract submission deadline has passed.
Acceptance notices early July 1999
Full papers 13 October 1999

There will be oral presentations and a poster session during the conference. For those who wish to submit papers, the abstracts are due June 4, 1999. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, including references and footnotes. Each submitted abstract may include only one graphic. The size should be no larger than 3x3 inches (7.5x7.5 cm). Abstracts not in the appropriate format will be returned without being considered.

All accepted abstracts and papers will be permanently available on the WWW at www.foresight.org or the author's server.

More information on preparing abstracts.

Electronic Abstract Submissions

Full Papers

Full Papers

Authors of abstracts accepted for either talks or for poster presentation are encouraged, but not required, to submit full papers based upon their abstracts. Full papers may be submitted to Foresight to be permanently archived on the Conference Web site. They may also be submitted to the journal Nanotechnology to be peer reviewed for inclusion in a special issue devoted to papers presented at the Conference. In the case of papers submitted both to the Conference Web site and to journal, the version of the paper published on the Web site will be considered a draft of the final version to be published by the journal. Papers to be both archived on the Web site and submitted to the journal must be submitted separately to Foresight and to the journal, as detailed below.

To prepare and submit full papers


Foresight Institute and the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing

General Corporate Sponsor

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.


Zyvex is the first research and development company focused on developing an assembler for molecular nanotechnology. Started in April 1997, and headquartered in Richardson Texas, the company has hired its initial researchers and is building a lab capable of the task it has set itself. In spite of being a small company, with less than $20M in funding, Zyvex plans to achieve its goal in less than 10 years.

Supporting Corporate Sponsors


JEOL Inc. is the Japan-based maker of electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and other precision electronic equipment.

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


Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society of the Americas

Keynote and Invited Speakers


John Polanyi, University of Toronto, Nobel Laureate Chemistry

Scanning Probes:

Eric Henderson, Iowa State Univ.     Chad A. Mirkin, Northwestern Univ.
Jan H. Hoh, Johns Hopkins Univ.     Phil E. Russell, North Carolina State Univ.

Molecular Motors and Biotech:

Michael J. Heller, Nanogen     Carlo Montemagno, Cornell Univ.
Joseph Michl, Univ. of Colorado     Viola Vogel, Univ.of Washington

Nano/Materials and Mechanics & Manipulation:

Hongjie Dai, Stanford Univ.     Rodney S. Ruoff, Washington Univ.
Paul McEuen, UC Berkeley     Richard Superfine, Univ. of North Carolina

Molecular Electronics/Self-Assembly:

David L. Allara, Pennsylvania State Univ.     Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames
Ronald P. Andres, Purdue Univ.     William L. Warren, DARPA/DSO

Theory/Modeling and Computations:

Donald W. Brenner, North Carolina State Univ.     Deepak Srivastava, NASA Ames , MRJ
Kyeongjae Cho, Stanford Univ.     Priya Vashista, Louisiana State Univ.
Shashi P. Karna, Air Force Research Lab.      

Program Committee

M. Reza Ghadiri, Scripps Research Institute
1998 Feynman Prize Winner - Experimental
    Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University
1995 Feynman Prize Winner
James K. Gimzewski, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
1997 Feynman Prize Winner - Experimental
    Richard E. Smalley, Rice University
1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
William A. Goddard III, Caltech     Deepak Srivastava, NASA Ames, MRJ
1997 Feynman Prize Winner - Theoretical
Jan H. Hoh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine     George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
Ralph C. Merkle, Zyvex
1998 Feynman Prize Winner - Theoretical

Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology

The Tutorial Chair for the Seventh Conference is Dr. Donald W. Brenner, Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University. Information on topics, instructors, and registration.