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Eighth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology

November 3-5, 2000

Hyatt Hotel, One Bethesda Metro, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

An introductory Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology was held on November 2.

Post-Conference Press Release, Nov. 13, 2000

Pre-Conference Press Release, Oct. 27, 2000

This page now serves as an archive for the 2000 conference.

The 2000 Conference Archive

Conference Co-chairs:

Jan H. Hoh
Department of Physiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Donald W. Brenner
Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University



The Eighth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, One Bethesda Metro, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. The Conference will begin with a reception the evening of Thursday, November 2, and end Sunday, November 5, 2000. An intensive Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology will be held on November 2.

This 2000 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: http://www.foresight.org/Conferences/MNT8/index.html

Download the Conference brochure in PDF format. Requires ACROBAT READER by ADOBE.

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 Text-only abstracts due by June 16, 2000.
Acceptance notices early July 2000
Full papers (optional) due before 3 November 2000

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. For those who wish to submit papers, abstracts are due June 16, 2000. 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 250 x 250 pixels (will be displayed at 72 dpi). Abstracts not in the appropriate format will be returned without being considered.

Late Abstracts will be considered on a case by case basis.

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

A special conference issue of the journal Nanotechnology will be published. Submissions are optional, but strongly encouraged.

Authors of abstracts accepted for either talks or for poster presentation are strongly 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 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

Primary Sponsor


Technanogy is the world's first nanotechnology incubator. We invest capital, expertise and intellectual property into a network of related businesses dedicated to the discovery and commercialization of nanotechnology breakthroughs.

Principal 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.

General Corporate Sponsors


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.

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.

Supporting Corporate Sponsors


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

Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin

Howard Rice is a full-service law firm with creative lawyers who get results for our clients. We have built our nationwide reputation through anticipating and responding quickly to our clients' needs while innovating solutions to problems big or small. With approximately 140 attorneys in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Irvine, we serve clients not only in California but throughout the United States and the world.

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

Keynote and Confirmed Speakers


Raymond Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
1999 National Medal of Technology Award

A leader in artificial intelligence systems, Kurzweil's work includes successful commercialization as well as state-of-the-art technical advances in pattern recognition. His first book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, received the award for the Most Outstanding Computer Science Book of 1990 by the Association of American Publishers. Come hear this practical visionary as he turns his attention to nanotechnology.

Scanning Probes:

Charles Lieber, Harvard Univ. Richard Superfine, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phil E. Russell, North Carolina State Univ. Paul Weiss, Pennsylania State Univ.

Biological Machines and Materials:

Julio Fernandez, Mayo Clinic Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University
Peter G. Gillespie, Oregon Health Sciences University  

Nano/Materials and Mechanics & Manipulation:

Robert Celotta, NIST James Heath, UCLA
Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Georgia Institute of Technology Jacqueline Krim, North Carolina State Univ.

Molecular Electronics/Self-Assembly:

Mark Ratner, Northwestern Univ James Tour, Rice Univ.

Theory/Modeling and Computations:

Ralph C. Merkle, Zyvex Susan B. Sinnott, Univ. of Kentucky
Klaus Schulten, University of Illinois  

Program Committee

Donald W.Brenner, North Carolina State University Ralph C. Merkle, Zyvex
1998 Feynman Prize Winner — Theoretical
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
Susan B.Sinnott, University of Kentucky
William A. Goddard III, Caltech
1999 Feynman Prize Winner — Theoretical
Richard E. Smalley, Rice University
1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Jan H. Hoh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Deepak Srivastava, NASA Ames, MRJ
1997 Feynman Prize Winner — Theoretical

Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology

The Tutorial Chair for the Eighth Conference is Dr. Susan Sinnott, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Information on topics, instructors, and registration.