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Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology

Thursday 2 November 2000 · 9 am to 5 pm



The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce fundamental areas of nanotechnology to newcomers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary knowledge base of seasoned researchers.

Powerful new concepts and capabilities such as atomic-scale imaging and manipulation, self-assembly, and biological structure/function relations together with increasingly powerful computational tools are rapidly converging from disparate research fields to enable a viable molecular nanotechnology. Those with science, engineering or software backgrounds are invited to participate either to begin new careers in nanotechnology, or to expand their expertise into new areas and capabilities.


Topics and Instructors

Nanomaterials Synthesis and Assembly

Thomas E. Mallouk, The Pennsylvania State University

Thomas E. Mallouk is DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University and Director, The Center for Miscellaneous Chemistry. His research group is interested in several problems in materials chemistry, including artificial photosynthesis, separations, chemical sensing, molecular electronics, environmental remediation, and fuel cell electrochemistry. Our approach involves the synthesis of materials that contain both molecular and solid state components, and study of their structure and properties by a variety of physical techniques.

Prof. Mallouk has archived his presentation here in PDF format. Part I (7.7 MB). Part II (5.4 MB). Requires ACROBAT READER by ADOBE.

Biological Machines and Materials

Peter G. Gillespie, Oregon Health Sciences University

Peter Gillespie is an Associate Professor in the Oregon Hearing Research Center with a joint appointment at the Vollum Institute. His research focuses on mechanisms of converting mechanical stimulation (through sound) into electrical signals in the ear. He is particularly interested in biological motors involved in the transduction process, and has recently engineered a novel motor protein that can be selectively regulated. He is also an innovator in the area of highly sensitive biochemical detection methods.

Scanned-Probe Microscopy

Phillip Russell, North Carolina State University

Phillip Russell is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Analytical Instrumentation Facility at North Carolina State University. He has been an innovator in the development of scanned-probe microscopy techniques, instrumentation and applications. His recent research has emphasized nanomechanics, metrology, self-assembled monolayers and in situ studies of nucleation and growth.

Theory/Modeling and Computations

Susan B. Sinnott, Univ. of Kentucky

Susan Sinnott is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Her research emphasizes the application of high performance scientific computing to design and study materials at the nanometer scale. Her interests include developing predictive isotherms to describe the behavior of fluids in nanometer-scale pores, investigating nanometer-scale mechanisms responsible for material modification through polyatomic ion bombardment, and studying of the synthesis and properties of carbon nanotubes.


To Register:

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

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, or Tutorial Chair, Dr. Susan Sinnott, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.



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