Nano 50 Awards announced

The first annual Nano 50 Awards for the top nanotech technologies, products, and innovators have been announced by NASA’s Nanotech Briefs publication. Note the inclusion of Harvard’s Charles Lieber, co-chair of this fall’s Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology, for which the abstract submission deadline is July 31.

Starting in August, the Nanotech Briefs publication will be monthly, and you can request a free sample copy. Full disclosure: I serve on their Editorial Advisory board.–CP

Nanotech Briefs is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Nano 50™ Awards, which recognize the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted – or are expected to impact – the state of the art in nanotechnology. The winners of the Nano 50 awards are the “best of the best” – the innovative people and designs that will move nanotechnology to key mainstream markets.

Nano 50 nominations were judged by a panel of nanotechnology experts. The technologies, products, and innovators receiving the 50 highest scores were named Nano 50 award winners.

Nanotech Briefs congratulates all of the Nano 50 winners. Join us as we celebrate these innovators, and the technologies and products they’ve created, at the Nano 50 Awards Dinner at Nano 2005, November 11-12, 2005, at the Boston Marriott Newton.

Congratulations to the first annual Nano 50:


(Technology breakthroughs that have, or are expected to have,
a significant impact in one or more application areas.)

4-Centimeter Carbon Nanotube
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Superconductivity Technology Center
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Advanced Thermal Transport
Nanoconduction, Inc.
Sunnyvale, CA

Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Displays
Nano Proprietary
Austin, TX

Griebel-Gormley Aperture Effect
ConverTec Corporation
Madison, CT

Holographic Optical Trapping
Arryx, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Light Scattering of Carbon Nanotubes
UMass Boston – Physics Department
Boston, MA

Long-Life Power Source for Implantable Medical Devices
TE-Bio/Biophan Technologies
Rochester, NY

Model-Based Metrology Measurement
Gaithersburg, MD

Molecular Vapor Deposition
Applied MicroStructures, Inc.
San Jose, CA

Nanocrystalline-Based Tungsten Carbon Alloy
Composite Tool Company, Inc.
Gardena, CA

Nanowire-Based Field Effect Transistors
Nanosys Inc.
Palo Alto, CA

NCode Technology
Wilson Sporting Goods
Chicago, IL

Production of Graphite Lattices
Los Alamos National Laboratory/Graphdign
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Reinforced Aerogels
NASA Glenn Research Center, Polymers Branch
Cleveland, OH

Sculptured Thin Films
Pennsylvania State University’s Engineering Science & Mechanics Department
University Park, PA

Sensation™ Nanotube-Based Universal Detection Platform
Emeryville, CA

Smart NanoBatteries
mPhase Technologies, Inc.
Little Falls, NJ

Structured Assembly of Particles in a Monolayer
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Switchable Nanotube Diodes
GE Global Research
Niskayuna, NY

Tandem Hydrogen Cell
Hydrogen Solar Ltd.
Guildford, Surrey, UK


(A product that incorporates nanotechnology in its design and/or operation,
with significant current or near-term commercial applications.)

3D Atom Probe Analysis System
Oxford nanoScience
Milton Keynes, UK

3D OmniProbe
Hysitron, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Universal Restorative
St. Paul, MN

BRR Fiber Optic Sensor System
Blue Road Research
Gresham, OR

Nano Foil
Reactive NanoTechnologies
Hunt Valley, MD

Nanoblend Concentrates & Maxxam LST
PolyOne Corporation
Avon Lake, OH

Nanolok™/Air D-Fense™ Coatings
InMat Inc.
Hillsborough, NJ

Nano-Tex™ Spill-Resistant Fabric
Emeryville, CA

Organ-Assisting Devices
NanoBioMagnetics, Inc.
Edmond, OK

Seldon Water Stick
Seldon Technologies
Woodstock, VT

SiSonic Zero-Height Microphone
Knowles Acoustics
Itasca, IL

SubWave Trim Retarder
NanoOpto Corporation
Somerset, NJ

Subwavelength Optical Data Storage
Iomega Corporation
Roy, UT

TEGAM 9070 MEMS Driver System
Geneva, OH

Trimetaspheres™ Molecules
Luna NanoWorks
Danville, VA


(An individual recognized as a leader or pioneer in a specific area of nanotechnology, with a
significant background of accomplishments in advancing the state of the art in nanotechnology.)

Doug DuFaux
NanoDynamics Inc.
Buffalo, NY

Dr. John C.C. Fan
Kopin Corp.
Taunton, MA

Dr. Michael Graetzel
Ecole Polytechnique
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Sungho Jin
University of San Diego, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
La Jolla, CA

Dr. Christopher J. Kiely
Lehigh University Nanocharacterization Laboratory
Bethlehem, PA

Dr. Seung-Wuk Lee
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Molecular Foundry
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Jun Li
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA

Charles M. Lieber
Harvard University, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cambridge, MA

Dr. Thomas P. Rudy
Saratoga, CA

Mihail Roco
National Nanotechnology Initiative
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Thomas Rueckes
Woburn, MA

Nadrian Seeman
New York University
New York, NY

Dr. Zhong Lin Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Danny Xiao
Inframat Corp.
Farmington, CT

Dr. Zvi Yaniv – Applied Nanotech
Applied Nanotech, Inc.
Austin, TX

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