Are you actively working to (1) build with atomic precision, or (2) advancing clean energy and pollution reduction?
We invite you to apply to participate in the highly interactive research competition “Healing the Planet: Atomic Precision for Clean Energy & Clean Air”.
– William A. Goddard III, Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics at CalTech,
– Tom Chi, Co-Founder of Google X.
The workshop will be held April 27-28, 2019, in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, California.
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:
Tom Chi: Helping Humanity Become a Net Positive to Nature
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 workshop summary video with Sir Fraser Stoddart — who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 and co-chaired a previous workshop:
Sir Fraser Stoddart — who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 and co-chaired a previous workshop — summarizes our workshops in the 2 minute video above.
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:
NanoMind: AI for nanoscale design – Project proposal
Foresight Institute, which administers the Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, is handling logistics. Foresight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing technologies with ties in industry, academia, and government.
Please contact Marcia Seidler at [email protected] with questions.