Healing the Planet: Atomic Precision for Clean Energy & Clean Air

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We invite you to apply to participate in the interactive technical competition “Healing the Planet: Atomic Precision for Clean Energy & Clean Air”, Co-chaired by Tom Chi (Co-Founder, Google X), and William A. Goddard III (Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology).

The competition will be held from April 27- 28 in Palo Alto, CA. In order to produce the best research, your attendance is required for the entire length of the workshop.

This workshop is part of Foresight’s invitational technical competition series to leverage atomic precision to solve urgent challenges for humanity. These workshops are highly result-oriented: In two days, interdisciplinary teams of scientists compete to develop project proposals to leverage their scientific discipline to solve urgent challenges for humanity.

A big motivation for Foresight’s focus on atomic precision is the tremendous potential for cleaning up and revitalizing our planet. In this workshop, a multidisciplinary group of specialists in clean energy and pollution reduction research will collaborate with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.

Areas to be addressed include advancing clean energy and clean air via the design and construction of complex structures and molecular machines built via organic and inorganic chemical synthesis; objects and devices constructed from DNA, RNA, proteins, or biomimetic polymers; construction via scanning probe; and other approaches to building with increasing precision from the bottom up.

For an overview of the problem areas you may want to tackle at the workshop, please see this video by Tom Chi, Co-Founder Google X, and Workshop Co-Chair.

Your participation should speed your current research, explore novel funding sources, assist you in finding multi-disciplinary collaborators, and stimulate entirely new, fundable research projects among participants.

To get an idea of what our technical workshops are like, please see this 2-minute summary video with Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Chemistry Nobel Laureate and past competition chair. 

For an example of the project proposals generated at those workshops, please see AI for Nanoscale Design, the winning research proposal at a previous workshop.

Foresight Institute, which administers the Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, is handling logistics. Foresight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing transformative technologies for the benefit of life, and the biosphere.

Please contact Marcia Seidler at conference@foresight.org with questions.

APPLY HERE or use this link: https://forms.gle/q8L6QPA1oEgqveM76