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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: June 29, 2005

In this issue:

Foresight Nanotech Institute News

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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology
Focusing on the Cutting Edge
13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology

October 22-27, 2005
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel

Customize your conference experience – Choose the days and sessions that provide the kind of nanotechnology information and contacts you seek. Foresight Nanotech Institute offers an "a la carte" conference so you can select the days that are most valuable to you. Or attend all six days and receive a comprehensive overview: from Vision, through current Applications and Policies, to Research on the cutting edge of advanced nanotechnology.

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Conference Speakers and Updated Program

We have added new speakers since our last email. Follow this link to our conference website to view the program, speakers list and to download the brochure:

Program Highlights

Applications & Policy – October 24-25, 2005
Maximizing value from the National Nanotechnology Initiative, Tom Kalil, UC Berkeley
Nanotechnology Investment today, Charles Harris, Harris & Harris
Intellectual property in nanotech: problems and solutions, Mark Lemley, Stanford University, School of Law

Research – October 26-27, 2005
Nanotech research in Japan, Hiroshi Yokoyama, AIST, Japan
Prediction of structure and properties on the nanoscale, William Goddard, Caltech

Other Important Deadlines

Abstract Deadline – June 30, 2005
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Prize Deadlines – July 15, 2005
Foresight has added a Government Prize this year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Lectures - Foresight Nanotech Institute

National Youth Leadership Forum On Nanotechnology
Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum
June 30, 2005
San Jose, California

Scott Mize will speak about The Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges and Christine Peterson will lead a two-hour workshop on nanotechnology at this prestigious high school forum, which brings outstanding youths together to envision and explore the future of technology.

Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges

Foresight has articulated six critical challenges that humanity faces which can be addressed by nanotechnology. In the Weekly News Digest we identify news items, research breakthroughs, and events citing current research and applications providing the stepping-stones to solutions to these challenges.

1. Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions

Department of Energy grants fund work on new hydrogen fuel technologies at UCSC
News source: University of California Santa Cruz

Nanotechnology may hold the key to developing a viable hydrogen economy, according to Jin Zhang, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Zhang will receive $535,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for his part in two research projects aimed at developing new technologies for the production and storage of hydrogen fuel using nanostructured materials.

UCSC press release
Dr. Jim Zhang

2. Providing abundant clean water globally

Nuclear Solutions Files International Patent Application for New Tritiated Water Clean-Up Process
News source: Prime Zone Media Network

Nuclear Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:NSOL) announced today that it filed the first international patent application for a new patent-pending process to remediate tritiated water.

Previously the company reported that it received clearance by the U.S. government for foreign filing of this first patent after an extensive level-three national security review.

"I am ecstatic to report that we recently filed this new international patent application after receiving clearance from the U.S. government to do so," said, Patrick Herda, CEO of Nuclear Solutions. "The patent application we filed under the auspices of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), allows us to simultaneously seek intellectual property protection in over one hundred countries throughout the world.

Nuclear Solutions

3. Increasing the health and longevity of human life

New firm targets nanoparticles for drug delivery
News source: in-Pharma Technologist.com

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US, have developed a method of creating what they claim are the world's smallest manufactured particles for delivering drugs and other organic materials into the human body.

The researchers adapted technology invented by the electronics industry in fabricating transistors to create particles for carrying genetic material, pharmaceuticals and other compounds of unprecedented small size and uniformity, which measure only a hundred nanometers or so in diameter.

"Billions of dollars are being spent now on nanotechnology and nanoparticles, but 99 per cent of the materials people are focusing on are metals and metal oxides, which are inorganic," noted the team's leader, Joseph De Simone.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph M. DeSimone

4. Maximizing the productivity of agriculture

Better Eating Through Nanotech
News source: ExtremeNano by Mark Hachman

Major food producers are using nanotechnology to improve the quality of their foods, although some warn that consumers may misunderstand the technology.


5. Making powerful information technology available everywhere

Microbes pave way for 'nanowires' - Scientists promise organically-based nanotech applications
News source: vnunet.com by Robert Jaques

US scientists have discovered a process by which micro-organisms create tiny biological structures that are highly electrically conductive, paving the way for organically-based nanotechnology applications.

According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the conductive structures, known as "microbial nanowires", are produced by a micro-organism known as Geobacter.

Microbiologist Derek R. Lovley who lead the research team that found nanowires, explained that the microbes' structures are only 3-5 nanometres in width (20,000 times finer than a human hair) but quite durable and more than a thousand times as long as they are wide.

"Such long thin conductive structures are unprecedented in biology," said Lovley. "This completely changes our concept of how micro-organisms can handle electrons, and it also seems likely that microbial nanowires could be useful materials for the development of extremely small electronic devices."

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Derek Lovley

6. Enabling the development of space

Government of Canada Invests in Aerospace Nanotechnology
News source: CCN Mathews

The Honourable Roy Cullen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced a $3.4 million investment in the development of new nanotechnology-based coatings for the aerospace industry which will advance more environmentally sound technologies.

"This initiative is advancing a technology with the potential to deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits across a range of industries," said Minister Emerson.

David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry

Spotlight On Foresight Members

Foresight Nanotech Institute has updated its membership levels and added benefits. One of the new levels is the corporate membership. This week’s spotlight is on Foresight corporate member Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin.

Corporate Member – Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin

"Howard Rice is a 145-attorney firm that has been actively pursuing the practical applications of nanotechnology for over seven years. The firm has also consistently supported the Foresight Nanotech Institute as a vital factor in the nano field. Among areas of expertise that Howard Rice brings to this evolving industry are venture capital, intellectual property (patent, copyright, trade secrets and licensing) and start-up enterprises. We represent companies involved with particle size analysis, high-density memory, nano funding and government research policy."

Foresight Nanotech Institute offers membership levels appropriate to meet the needs and interests of individuals and companies. To find out more about membership follow this link:

Foresight Partners

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August 13-16, 2005 – Seeing at the Nanoscale III

Sponsored by California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Veeco Instruments
Santa Barbara, California

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Veeco Instruments are sponsoring a scientific conference focusing on nanostructural imaging, characterization, and modification using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and related techniques.

The overall purpose of the conference is to provide an optimum forum for "scientists to speak to scientists" on a wide variety of cutting-edge nanotechnology topics. Follow this link to the conference:

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EmTech Research – a division of Small Times Media

The most highly regarded provider of business information about micro and nanotechnology, EmTech Research is a division of Small Times Media. EmTech Research provides timely and accurate market reports about emerging technologies including nanotechnology, MEMS and microtechnology. Custom market research services are also available.

Nanotech Events & News

Technology could grow beyond human control, warns Millennium report
News Source: nanotechwire.com

Many people still do not appreciate how fast science and technology will change over the next 25 years, and given this rapid development along several different fronts, the possibility of technology growing beyond human control must now be taken seriously, according to a new report.

The State of the Future 2005 report is produced by the United Nations University's Millennium Project - a global think tank of foresight experts, academics and policy makers. It analyzes current global trends and examines in detail some of the current and future challenges the world (or humanity) facing.

Setting the scene, the report states: 'Future synergies among nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science can dramatically improve the human condition by increasing the availability of food, energy and water and by connecting people and information anywhere. The effect will be to increase collective intelligence and create value and efficiency while lowering costs.'

However, it warns that 'a previous and troubling finding from the Millennium Project still remains unsolved: although it is increasingly clear that humanity has the resources to address its global challenges, unfortunately it is not increasingly clear how much wisdom, goodwill and intelligence will be applied to these challenges.'

State of the Future by Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2004.html

July 11-15, 2005 - 5th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology
Nagoya, Japan
Sponsored by IEEE Nanotechnology Council

August 1-6, 2005 – 12th International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering
Tenerife, Spain
Sponsored by ICCE

September 15, 2005 - The Nanotechnology-Biology Interface: Exploring Models for Oversight
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Hosted by The Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy
This conference is free and open to the public.