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2014 Foresight Technical Conference: Integration

Foresight Update 26.09—December 5, 2013
ISSN 1078-9731

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2013 conference video: Mechanical Atom Manipulation

The 4th speaker in the Atomic Scale Devices session was Philip Moriarty. His talk was titled “Mechanical Atom Manipulation: Towards a Matter Compiler?” … Prof. Moriarty presented his work with the qPlus technique of non-contact AFM of semiconductors, using chemical forces to mechanically move atoms around to structure matter, focusing on the tip of the probe—specifically how to optimize the tip structure, and how to return the tip to a previously known state. …

Nanotrain uses molecular motors and DNA nanotechnology controls

… Last year we cited work in which molecular motor proteins were used to transport synthetic DNA cargos along a 25-nm-diameter protein track composed of microtubules,the networks used to transport molecular cargo in human and other eukaryotic cells. Demonstrating another way in which to use these molecular components for similar purposes, other researchers have now used DNA nanotechnology to organize and control networks for transporting molecular cargo by incorporating molecular motors into different types of functional nanostructures. …

H-S Philip Wong discusses Carbon Nanotube Devices at 2014 Foresight Technical Conference: Integration

In October, Professor Wong along with colleagues at Stanford University published the development of a digital computer which uses carbon nanotubes as transistors. The team was able to integrate 142 carbon nanotube transistors into a multitasking computer programmable through a 20 instruction set. Professor Wong will relate the trials and triumphs in the integration strategy, as well as insight into other strategies for ultra small, high speed low power switching. …

Upcoming Book Explores Nanomedical Device and Systems Design

Aubrey de Grey (Chairman and Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the high-impact journal Rejuvenation Research) offers some affirmative comments below, subsequent to a review of the upcoming book: Nanomedical Device and Systems Design: Challenges, Possibilities, Visions (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis) edited by Frank J. Boehm, which is slated for release on November 25, 2013. …

Dr. Banning Garrett discusses the importance of Nanotechnology in world markets

Dr. Garrett gives 2014 Foresight Technical Conference: Integration a picture of the global socio-political piece of the nanotechnology puzzle. He can provide insight into why nanotechnology is important strategically as part of the new industrial revolution and the accelerating pace of technologically-induced disruptive change throughout society and geopolitics. …

Graphene nanoribbon senses passage of individual bases of DNA

A major contribution of current and near-term nanotechnology to medical advance will be improving DNA sequencing technology to enable fully individualized medical treatment. In an important step toward very rapid DNA sequencing, researchers have used a graphene nanoribbon transistor to sense the movement of a DNA molecule through a nanopore. …

Nanoparticle therapy for incurable brain cancer effective in mice

Back in 2009 we cited promising work from Chad Mirkin … that covering 13-nanometer gold nanoparticles with siRNA molecules enable the usually unstable and fragile molecules to enter tumor cells in culture and silence the tumor cell gene against which the siRNA molecules were targeted. We now learn that these spherical nucleic acid nanoparticle conjugates show activity in cell culture and in mouse models against an incurable brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). …

2014 Foresight Technical Conference: Integration

2014 Foresight Technical Conference: Integration February 7 – 9, 2014 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto, California, USA

To be successful, today’s groundbreaking atomic- and molecular-scale science and engineering must be integrated into more complex micro- and macro-systems. Nanoengineered devices and materials are being targeted at a wide range of uses throughout biotechnology, medicine, electronics, defense, energy conversion and storage, coatings, textiles, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food & food security. …

—Nanodot posts by candice and James Lewis

Foresight Events and News

17th Foresight Conference: "The Integration Conference"

February 7-9, 2014
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto
Silicon Valley, California, USA

The Integration Conference will bring together over 20 speakers to present their research and vision within the realm of groundbreaking atomic- and molecular-scale science and engineering with application across a wide range of advanced technologies, including materials, electronics, energy conversion, biotechnology and more. Events will include presentation of the annual Foresight Institute Feynman Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in nanoscale science and technology.

Integration: The development and proliferation of nanotechnology through its applications in diverse fields are dependent upon the successful integration of nano-engineered devices and materials ("nanosystems") into more complex micro- and macro-systems. Thus, this year the concept of Integration is highlighted, for the successful integration of nanosystems can impact the rate of development, application, and ultimately benefit.

Analysis, simulation, synthesis, and mass production are challenges for nanotechnology integration in such diverse applications as biotechnology, medicine, microelectronics, defense, energy conversion and storage, coatings, textiles, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even food and food security.

Conference Co-Chairs
Robert P. Meagley, CEO/CTO, ONE Nanotechnologies
William A. Goddard III, Director, Materials and Process Simulation Center, Caltech

Planned Sessions include:

  • Analysis and Simulation
  • Bionano Systems
  • Commercially Implemented Nanotechnology
  • Electronic and Optical Nanosystems
  • Self-Organizing & Adaptive Systems

For further details on the conference, speakers, and events, and to register …

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Conference Videos Available on Vimeo

Videos of approximately half of the talks given at the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference: Illuminating Atomic Precision, held January 11-13, 2013 in Palo Alto, CA are available on Vimeo. (All postings are with the speaker’s consent only. Some of the presentations contained confidential information and will not be posted.)

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