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Ninth Foresight Conference
on Molecular Nanotechnology

November 9-11, 2001 at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, California. An introductory Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology was held on November 8.

This page now serves as an archive
for the 2001 conference.


Conference Co-chairs:

Donald W. Brenner
Materials Science and Engineering
North Carolina State University
and Susan Sinnott
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida

Topics Covered
Full Papers
Invited Speakers
Panel on Venture Capital for Nanotechnology
Introductory Tutorial
Nanotechnology Patent Roundtable
Feynman Prize 2001
2001 IMM Prizes in
Computational Nanotechnology

Communication Prize 2001
Distinguished Student Award 2001
Registration Information
Time, Place, Lodging, Travel
To Apply for a Press Pass
Speaker Schedule


The Ninth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be held at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA 95054. The Conference will begin with a reception the evening of Thursday, November 8, and end Sunday, November 11, 2001. An intensive Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology will be held on November 8.

This 2001 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—is 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 8th in the series, attracted over 400 researchers from academic, government and industrial laboratories world-wide, and included papers from the electronics, medical, computing, and biological communities. Foresight's 9th 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.

Special Session

Due to the rapid increase in interest from the venture funding community, there will be a panel discussion on nanotechnology funding featuring venture capital representatives active in nanotechnology.

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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 Text-only abstracts due by July 15, 2001.
Acceptance notices early August 2001

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. Abstracts are due July 15, 2001. 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.

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

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]

Full Papers

Authors of abstracts accepted for either talks or for poster presentation may submit optional full papers based upon their abstracts to be permanently archived on the Conference Web site. In contrast to previous years, there will be no journal issue devoted specifically to papers presented at the Conference.

Information for those who wish to submit an optional full paper.


Foresight Institute and the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing

Corporate Sponsors

Gold 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.


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.

Silver 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.

Manatt Phelps Phillips

From the boardroom to the courtroom—on Capitol Hill or Embassy Row, in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the global marketplace and beyond—Manatt, Phelps & Phillips offers valuable legal and business solutions where content, commerce, technology and policy connect.

Home to more than 250 professionals who possess an incomparable level of depth, breadth and experience, Manatt is reputed for its innovative style and interdisciplinary approach. From our offices in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico, we serve clients throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.


NanoGram has developed core process technology enabling the manufacture of unique nanoscale compositions for optical, electronic, and energy storage applications and products.

Advanced Technology Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Tuva Capital


Bronze Level 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 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, dealing with every kind of problem, including startup businesses, complex intellectual property and securities litigation, venture capital, securities and financial services.


NanoDevices leverages MEMS fabrication to enhance precision nanoscale metrology and to build a foundation in nanotechnology. Our state of the art nanofabrication facility enables us to meet our customers' demands for consistency and quality while remaining the industry leader in microcantilever probe innovation.

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

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Panel on Venture Capital for Nanotechnology

Four venture capital representatives give their views on who's funding nanotechnology now, what they want to see in proposals from would-be nanotechnology startups, and how action in this space is expected to develop. Bring your questions.

Tutorial on Foundations of Nanotechnology

The Tutorial Chair for the Ninth Conference is James Spencer of Syracuse University. Topics, instructors, and registration

Nanotechnology Patent Roundtable

A Nanotechnology Patent Roundtable will run in a parallel track with the Tutorial.