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Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology

Thursday 8 November 2001 · 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

Molecular Electronics and Biotechnology

Robert R. Birge, Syracuse University and University of Conn.

Robert R. Birge is the Harold S. Schwenk Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut and Distinguished Professor and Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Molecular Electronics at Syracuse University. In his research, he seeks to understand the structure and function of visual pigments and light-transducing proton pumps using time-resolved and nonlinear laser spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, low temperature photocalorimetry and site directed mutagenesis. Current work is focused on the goal of using proteins in molecular electronics, optical three-dimensional memories, associative processors and artificial retinas.

Molecular electronics offers a powerful and cost-effective path towards computer miniaturization and the generation of neural and three-dimensional architectures. Bioelectronics explores the use of native and genetically modified biomolecules and offers strategic advantages because nature has generated unique materials with optimized properties through evolution and natural selection. This presentation will explore the interface between the world of biology and molecular electronics, and the current and future role biotechnology can play in exploring and optimizing molecular electronic devices.

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.

Nanoscale Materials Chemistry

Christopher B. Gorman, North Carolina State University

Christopher Gorman is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. His research interests include synthesis of new molecules for nanosystems, exploration of molecular structure-property relationships for nano-electronics and optics, and use of probe microscopies in exploring single molecule behaviors. His research group is a multidisciplinary collection of people aimed at tackling both basic science and applied aspects of nanometer-scale structures.

Carbon Nanotubes

Jie Han, ELORET, NASA-Ames Research Center

Jie Han is a leading research scientist and technical coordinator of the NASA Ames Nanotechnology program, and a co-recipient of the 1997 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology. He has worked on both computational and experimental nanotechnology with an emphasis on the modeling and fabrication of carbon nanotube based probes, biosensors, and electronic devices. His recent work includes the development of a carbon nanotube based biosensor for cancer detection.


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, James Spencer of Syracuse University.



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