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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: July 20, 2005

In this issue:

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

QuantumSphere, Inc. Accelerates Commercialization, Nanomaterials Product Delivery Capabilities
Appoints Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D. to Director of Fuel Cell Research
News source: Nanotech-Now

QuantumSphere, Inc., the leading manufacturer of metallic nanopowders for applications in aerospace, defense, energy, biomedical and other markets demanding advanced material applications, announced the appointment of Kimberly McGrath, Ph.D., to the position of Director of Fuel Cell Research.

QuantumSphere, Inc. http://www.qsinano.com/

2. Providing abundant clean water globally

Technical Conference: Technology 2005 - The 2nd Joint Specialty Conference for Sustainable Management of Water Quality Systems for the 21st Century
August 28-31, 2005
Sponsored by Water Environment Federation
San Francisco, California

The 2nd Joint Specialty Conference for Sustainable Management of Water Quality Systems for the 21st Century conference features leading engineers and scientists from all over the world who will exchange the latest findings and successful case studies highlighting new technologies, novel applications of established technologies, and innovative solutions to historical operational challenges and to emerging issues—many operating on the nanoscale.


3. Increasing the health and longevity of human life

UCLA chemists create nano valve
News source: PhysOrg.com

UCLA chemists have created the first nano valve that can be opened and closed at will to trap and release molecules. The discovery, federally funded by the National Science Foundation, was published July 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UCLA http://www.healthcare.ucla.edu/news/

4. Maximizing the productivity of agriculture

The Evolution of Frankenfoods
The multibillion-dollar nanotech industry wants to change what you eat at the molecular level.
News source: AlterNet by John Feffer

Alternet puts forth a skeptical view of the prospect of nanotech in foods:

"Nothing brings home the reality of a new consumer product like eating it. Nanofoods, currently a several billion dollar industry, is expected to grow to $20 billion by 2010. Most of this money is in packaging, but the food component may not stay under wraps for long. Nano-rice, nano-cheese, and hundreds of other products are in the research phase. Nano-agriculture, which relies on advances in microfine fertilizers and pesticides as well as microsensors for precision farming, is also just around the corner. Instead of waiting on the sidelines for the start-ups to work out the kinks, the big boys — Kraft, Nestle, Campbell — are investing large sums, putting their money where our mouths are going to be. Are nanofoods the best thing since sliced bread or simply round two in the "frankenfood" debate?"

Join the discussion about this article on nanodot

5. Making powerful information technology available everywhere

Nanotech manufacturing could break semiconductor biz models—analyst
News source: Tom’s Hardware Guide by Wolfgang Gruener

With semiconductor structures getting smaller every two years, a switch to nanotechnology manufacturing is inevitable and a matter of time. Skyrocketing cost to build nano-fabs will have dramatic effects on the semiconductor industry and force chip companies to rethink their business model, suggests a new research report.

According to Lawrence Gasman, an analyst with the market research firm NanoMarkets, the cost of a new fab could equal the cost of the GDP of small countries. This will get even worse with the introduction of fabs for new nanotechnology manufacturing processes and ultimately can disrupt current semiconductor business models.


6. Enabling the development of space

Government Research Institution: NASA Ames Research Center, Center for Nanotechnology

NASA Ames nanotechnology effort started in early 1996 and has steadily grown to establish a Center for Nanotechnology. The research work focuses on experimental research and development in nano and bio technologies as well as on a strong complementary modeling and simulation effort that includes computational nanotechnology, computational nanoelectronics, computational optoelectronics, and computational modeling of processes encountered in nanofabrication. The Center has about 55 scientists working on the above aspects.

The Center’s primary vision is (1) to develop novel concepts in nanotechnology for NASA's future needs on electronics, computing, sensors, and advanced miniaturization of all systems, and (2) to develop highly integrated and intelligent simulation environment that facilitates the rapid development and validation of future generation electronic devices as well as associated materials and processes through virtual prototyping at multiple levels of fidelity.


Productive Nanosystems Roadmap

The Foresight Nanotech Institute’s Nanotechnology Roadmap process will involve holding a series of workshops and coordinating the contributions of experts from private industry, government, research institutes, and academia. The first workshop has been scheduled for September 2005. As the project progresses we will keep you apprised of meetings, events, and other pertinent news items.

For information about becoming a Roadmap sponsor, contact Jillian Elliott at jillian@foresight.org

Carl F. Kohrt, President and CEO of Battelle, our partner on the roadmap, is the co-chairman of the Foresight Vision Weekend, October 22-23, 2005.

Eric Drexler, Chief Technical Advisor at Nanorex, and Founder of Foresight Nanotech Institute, will give a presentation about the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems at the Vision Weekend.

For more information about the Vision Weekend: http://www.foresight.org/conference2005/program.html

For more information about the Foresight Nanotech Institute Roadmap Initiative: http://www.foresight.org/roadmaps/index.html

Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

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

October 22-27, 2005
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel

Early Registration Discount – deadline August 30, 2005

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 Policy work, to Research on the cutting edge of advanced nanotechnology.

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 and speakers list:

Selected Program Highlights


Vision Weekend – October 22-23, 2005

Debate: Nanotechnology: Revolutionary or Questionable?
Jerry Mander, Director, International Forum on Globalization
Ralph Merkle, Dept. of Computer Science, Georgia Tech

Soft Machines: Why Nano will be like Bio, Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, UK

Applications & Policy – October 24-25, 2005

Panel: Nanotech for clean energy
Clark Gellings, VP Innovation, Electric Power Research Institute
Michael Pak, President and CEO, Nanostellar

Debate: Is the public interest being protected?
Norris Alderson, Associate Commissioner for Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Adam Werbach, Conservationist and former President, Sierra Club

Research – October 26-27, 2005

Tutorial: Molecular Nanotechnology Research Overview
David Forrest, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center

Nanotechnology Research in Japan
Hiroshi Yokoyama, International Chair and Director, Nanotechnology Research Institute, AIST, Japan

For complete program:

Spotlight On Foresight Members

Foresight Nanotech Institute has updated its membership levels and added benefits. This week’s spotlight is on Foresight corporate member Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems has supported Foresight as a conference sponsor since 1997.

Corporate Member – Sun Microsystems

A singular vision — "The Network Is The Computer" — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://www.sun.com


Congratulations to Doug Arends, Foresight Participating Member, for being part of the winning group who bid on eBay for lunch with Dr. Ray Kurzweil. The auction benefits the Mprize. Read more

Foresight Partners

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Nanotech Events & News

Article: Commercializing Nanomaterials
Officials look for ways to lower barriers for getting nanotech products from lab to market
News source: Chemical & Engineering News - Nanofocus

Engineered nanoparticles have already found their way into fabrics and sporting equipment, and they are being studied for use in drug delivery systems and enhanced sensors. But some federal policymakers worry that companies may be deterred from developing nanomaterials into commercial products because of regulatory uncertainty and funding shortfalls.

"Nanotechnology is already changing the products we use and has the potential to revitalize our manufacturing base," said Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Science Committee’s Research Subcommittee, at a hearing held on June 29. "It promises to impact virtually every field," he noted.

House Committee on Science http://www.house.gov/science/
Representative Bob Inglis webstie: http://www.house.gov/inglis/

Event: July 29, 2005 Symposium on Nanotechnology
Chicago, Illinois
Sponsored by The World Future Society

Event: August 15-16, 2005 - AANM’s First Annual Scientific Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsored by the American Academy of Nanomedicine

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