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Stephen L. Gillett

Dr. Gillett received a B.S. in geology from Caltech in 1975 and his Ph.D., also in geology, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1981. While working for a small geophysical company in the early 1980s, he co-developed a technique for orienting drillcore using paleomagnetism, and it has subsequently become a standard technique in oil exploration and development. With his long-standing interest in resource issues, Gillett has in recent years focused his research interest on nanotechnology because of its potential to render utterly obsolete all conventional paradigms about resources.

Gillett's published papers related to molecular nanotechnology include:

Papers presented at previous Foresight Conferences

Other Technical Papers

  • "Carba" and molecular nanotechnology: potential synergy between Venus resources and terraforming, J. Brit. Interplan. Soc., 56, 146-51, 2003.
  • Masahiro Muraoka, Stephen L. Gillett, and Thomas W. Bell, Reversible photoinsertion of ferrocene into a hydrophobic semiconductor surface: a chemionic switch, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 41, 3653-6, 2002.
  • Nanotechnology: Clean Energy and Resources for the Future (white paper for the Foresight Institute, 2002)
  • Molecular Nanotechnology and Space Resources, II: Implications for Desired Raw Materials, in B. Faughnan, ed., Space Manufacturing 12 (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), 64-71, 1999.
  • Toward a Silicate-Based Molecular Nanotechnology, I. Background and Review (1998)
  • Toward a Silicate-Based Molecular Nanotechnology, II. Modeling, Synthesis Review, and Assembly Approaches (1998)
  • Nanotechnology: The Library as Factory, in M.T. Wolf, P. Ensor, and M.A. Thomas, eds., Information Imagineering, American Library Association, pp. 219-227, 1998.
  • Implications of molecular nanotechnology for space resources, in B. Faughnan, ed., Space Manufacturing 11 (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) pp. 115-123, 1997.
  • Nanotechnology, resources, and pollution control, Nanotechnology, 7, 177-182, 1996.
  • Near-term nanotechnology: the molecular fabrication of nanostructured materials, Nanotechnology, 7, 168-176, 1996.

Popular Articles

  • Gillett, Stephen L., Pollutants, Resources, and Nanotechnology, The Energy & Utilities Project, v. 5, in press, 2005.
  • Diamond Ether, Nanotechnology, and Venus, Analog, 38-46, Nov 1999.
  • Near-Term Nanotechnology, Analog, 26-37, Oct. 1998.
  • The Environment, Technology Drivers, and Nanotechnology, Analog, 54-69, Nov 1994.
  • Beyond Prometheus, Analog, pp. 66-77, Dec 1993.


  • Nanotechnology and Solar Energy (invited talk), American Solar Energy Society, Annual Meeting, June 2003.
  • M. Muraoka, T. W. Bell and S. L. Gillett, Redox switching of ferrocene on TiO2 with light and oxygen, 26th ISMC Satellite-Symposium "Dreaming Supramolecular Chemistry for New Millennium", Hiroshima University, Japan, July 2001.
  • Nanotechnology, pollution control, and the future of resources (invited talk), Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, Nov 2000.
  • S. L. Gillett, T. W. Bell and M. Muraoka, Novel approaches to extraction of solutes from aqueous solutions, Nevada Science and Technology Symposium, Las Vegas, Jan 2000.
  • Implications of molecular nanotechnology for space resources II: Implications for desired raw materials, 14th Space Studies Institute/Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 1999.
  • Implications of molecular nanotechnology for space resources, 13th Space Studies Institute/Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, May 1997.


  • o Gillett, Stephen L. , Bell, Thomas W.; Muraoka, Masahiro; Redox-Switchable Materials, pending.

Gillett is a member of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, and is currently a Foresight Institute Research Associate. He has been a research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and remains a consultant for the energy industry. In fall 2000 he organized a Pardee Symposium on "Emerging Technologies and Resources" for the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Reno, Nevada. He writes extensively about nanotechnology and resource-related issues and has a book in progress on nanotechnology's role in providing energy alternatives as oil production peaks.

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