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Institute for Molecular Manufacturing Report

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"Recent Progress: Steps Toward Nanotechnology" by Jim Lewis

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"Nanomedicine: Could Medical Nanorobots Be Carcinogenic?" by Robert A. Freitas Jr.

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10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, 10-13 October 2002

10 October Tutorials · 11-13 October Conference
Hyatt Hotel, One Bethesda Metro, Bethesda, Maryland

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Rapid advances in our ability to probe, image, and manipulate 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 will have a major impact on fields ranging from consumer electronics to space exploration and medicine. Foresight Institute's 1st Conference on Nanotechnology, which pre-dated the National Nanotechnology Initiative by a decade, was the first comprehensive conference on the subject. Foresight-sponsored events continue to be the premiere venue for discussing new and innovative multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology. Last year's conference attracted over 400 researchers from academic, government and industrial laboratories world-wide, and included papers from the electronics, biological, medical, and computing communities. Foresight's 10th Conference will again provide a forum in which leaders from all disciplines delving into nanoscale science and technology present and discuss their latest ideas and results.

Keynote Speaker

Mildred S. Dresselhaus, MIT

The Nanoscience of Nanotubes and Nanowires

Dr. Dresselhaus, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has made numerous contributions to the study, understanding, and characterization of nanostructures. Professor Dresselhaus has served as the President and Board Chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Director of the Office of Science in the US Department of Energy. She was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1990.

Invited Speakers

Rodney Andrews, University of Kentucky
Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis and Composite Applications

Donald W. Brenner, North Carolina State University
Virtual Molecular Design of Nanometer-Scale
Flow Control Valves, Sensors and Devices

Larry Dalton, University of Washington
Breaking the Bandwidth Bottleneck inTelecommunications and
Information Processing: New Electro-Optic Materials

Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology
Carbon Nanotube Transistor-Based Logic Circuits

Dan Feldheim, North Carolina State University
Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticle for Biomolecule
Detection and Intracellular Delivery

Craig Grimes, Pennsylvania State University
Metal Oxide Nanoarchitectures for Environmental Sensing

Peixuan Guo, Purdue University
Construction of Viral DNA-Packaging Nano-motor of phi29

Judith A. Harrison, U.S. Naval Academy
Theoretical Investigation of Atomic-Scale Friction
and Wear in Hydrocarbon-Containing Systems

Josef Michl, Univ. of Colorado
Artificial Surface-Mounted Molecular Rotors

Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University
Structural DNA Nanotechnology

Nongjian Tao, Arizona State University
Electrochemical Gate-Controlled Discrete Conductance
Switching in Polymer Wires

Jon A. Zubieta, Syracuse University
Solid State Coordination Chemistry: Influences of Organic
Components on the Structures of Inorganic Oxides


Conference Proceedings

Papers based on presentations and posters accepted for the 10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ( and will be available to conference attendees as an option for $35.

Published bimonthly by American Scientific Publishers, JNN is a cross-disciplinary peer-reviewed international journal on nanoscience and nanotechnology encompassing fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering, and medicine.

Tutorials on Molecular Nanotechnology

Scientific Tutorial

For researchers and technologists with science backgrounds. If you have substantial science background relevant to nanotechnology, but want to get up to speed on areas you're unfamiliar with, choose the advanced tutorial. The focus is on getting you oriented on recent research on key topics. Topics to be covered include:

· The Theory of Molecular Electronics. Mark Ratner, Northwestern University, Associate Director of the NWU Nanotechnology Institute.
· Nanoparticle, Synthesis, Structures and Potential Applications. Dan Feldheim, Associate Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina State University.
· Nano-Optical Materials and Nano-Optics. Larry Dalton, Professor of Chemistry and Engineering (Electrical and Materials Science & Engineering) at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California.
· Experiments in Molecular Electronics and Molecular-Scale Sensing. Nongjian Tao, Professor of Electrical Engineering and affiliated Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University.

Basic Tutorial

For non-researchers who are new to the field: investors, analysts, attorneys. If you don't have a degree in nanoscience but would like to get oriented on nanotechnology as quickly and painlessly as possible, this is the event for you. The focus is on providing you with the basics in an understandable way.


Tutorial registration is separate from the conference registration. Note: You will not be able to attend both tutorials as they will be on parallel tracks.

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U.S. Army selects MIT for Institute for Solider Nanotechnologies

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For more information on the ISN, see the Nanodot posts at: and

MIT has posted an FAQ regarding the announcement to locate the ISN at MIT, the intent of the program, and other details at The questions and responses were provided by the U.S. Department of the Army.

According to a press release (13 March 2002), the U.S. Army has selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to be the host institution for a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) for the U.S. Army's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN). A brief press release was also issued by the Army. Competition was keen among a number of universities across the United States to host the ISN, which will be a five-year, $50 million program in which MIT will receive $10 million annually for research "to create lightweight molecular materials to equip the foot soldier of the future with uniforms and gear that can heal them, shield them and protect them against chemical and biological warfare." The Army release adds the program will provide the U.S. military with "expertise in the development and application of nanotechnology for the soldier; including the creation of uniforms and materials that could help heal soldiers, protect against bullets, chemical agents or monitor a soldier's life support processes."

According to the MIT press release, the ISN will be staffed by up to 150 people, including 35 MIT professors from nine departments in the schools of engineering, science, and architecture and planning. The ISN will also include specialists from the Army, DuPont and Raytheon, and physicians from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, which are members of the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology

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From Foresight Update 49, originally published August 2002.


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