Nanotech conference resonates with undergrad, graduate students
WEST LAFAYETTE , Ind. — Nanotechnology is capturing the attention of researchers and retailers alike, with the promise many think it holds.
And Purdue University captured that focus during its Discovery Lecture Series, titled "Transforming Society Through Emerging Technologies: National Nanotechnology Initiative at Five Years," held Feb. 6-8 on the West Lafayette campus.
The event builds on October's opening of the $58 million Birck Nanotechnology Center at Discovery Park. Here, we discuss the conference's impact on two Purdue students.
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Purdue's Discovery Lecture Series focuses on nanotechnology
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tiny steps for science, a
giant leap for industrial innovation – that is the promise
nanotechnology holds. And that's the focus of a national conference
at Purdue University in early February.
Building on October's opening of the $58 million Birck Nanotechnology
Center at Discovery Park, Purdue will hold two national nanotechnology
events on Feb. 6-8 on the West Lafayette campus. The three-day event
is highlighted by a panel discussion kicking off Purdue's Discovery
Lecture Series, titled "Transforming Society Through Emerging
Technologies: National Nanotechnology Initiative at Five Years."
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Samuel K. Moore
Samuel K. Moore is the senior associate editor at IEEE Spectrum,
the flagship monthly magazine of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers. Moore has covered nanotechnology and biomedical
technology at Spectrum since 2000. He’s been responsible for
much of the magazine’s reporting of advanced chip-making techniques,
quantum computing, new electronic and optical devices, biotechnology,
organic and molecular electronics, and funding for nanotechnology.
Prior to his position at Spectrum, he covered process technology,
specialty chemicals, and electronic materials at Chemical Week.
Before taking up journalism Moore studied the gory details of marine
snail reproductive behavior at the University of California, San
Francisco. He holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Brown University
and an MA in journalism from New York University’s Science
and Environmental Reporting Program. He is a member of IEEE and
the National Association of Science Writers.
Candace is editor-in-chief at Small Times, an international
business magazine and Web site that focuses on nanotechnology. She
oversees the editorial staff and publications at Small Times, where
she also contributes as a writer. She originated and produces the
annual Small Times state-by-state economic rankings and launched
its university rankings in 2005.
Candace joined Small Times in 2001 as a founding senior writer,
and served as the features editor and magazine editor before taking
the position of editor-in-chief in 2005. She worked at the Detroit
News as an assistant business editor and as a wire editor on the
national desk. She began her journalism career at the South Bend
Tribune in Indiana. She holds a master's degree in journalism with
a specialty in science writing from Indiana University and a bachelor's
degree in English from Kenyon College.
Josh Wolfe is a nanotechnology columnist for Forbes magazine and
co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital, a firm focusing
on investments in nanotechnology. Before forming New York City-based
Lux Capital, he worked in Salomon Smith Barney's Investment Banking
group, where his experience included a $4 billion hotel merger,
and a defense against an unsolicited leveraged buyout.
At Forbes, Wolfe is the author of "The Nanotech Report"
and the monthly "Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report." Wolfe
also has worked in capital markets while at Merrill Lynch on its
Financial Futures & Options/Government Strategy desk and at
Prudential Securities in its Municipal Finance department.
Prior to venturing into the financial world, he conducted and published
cutting edge AIDS/immunopathology research in Cell Vision and The
Journal of Leukocyte Biology, leading medical/immunology journals.
Wolfe graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a
bachelor's degree in economics and finance. He has been an invited
guest lecturer and panelist at Harvard, Yale, Wharton, Columbia,
University of Virginia, Polytechnic, New York Business Forums, Merrill
Lynch, NERASBIC and the Foresight Institute.
He is a senior associate of the Foresight Institute for Nanotechnology,
the coordinator for the Institute of Molecular Manufacturing's Prize
in Computational Nanotechnology, a co-founder of the NanoBusiness
Alliance and a member of the Cognitive Science Society.
November 29th, 2005
MIT sleuths discover quick way to
Abstract: In work that could radically change how engineers search
for new materials, MIT researchers have developed a way to test
the mechanical properties of almost 600 different materials in a
matter of days -- a task that would have taken weeks using conventional
The new process could lead to the faster identification of dental
implants that don't crack, tank armor that's more resistant to missiles,
and other materials dependent on mechanical properties like stiffness
November 29th, 2005
Sensor Listens to Cells for Cancer
Abstract: A tiny sensor that can hear the subtle electrical signals
naturally emitted from cells could be used one day to listen for
The so-called microelectrode cell array has the potential to not
only detect tumors much earlier than current methods, but to help
develop drugs that effectively kill cancerous cells.
November 29th, 2005
Too Tiny for Trouble? Scientists Take
The primary worry about the potential health and safety risks of
nanotechnology is simply that far too little is known about the
behavior of the tiny nanoscale materials in various environments.
But enough risk research is under way, for example on effects on
the lungs, that keeping track of it has become a challenge in its
November 29th, 2005
Market for nanomaterials blossoming
Abstract: The markets for nanomaterials, tools and equipment for
nanoelectronics totalled US$1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) in 2005 and
are forecast to reach US$4.2 billion ($5.7 billion) by the year
2010, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
November 23rd, 2005
Nano Noses Into RFID
Abstract: Josh Wolfe (NNI Panel Speaker): Have
you seen a thick sticker with tiny, internal wires stuck on the
bottom of a box of razor cartridges or on the plastic packaging
of a new DVD? Perhaps you pay highway tolls with E-ZPass? If so,
you've used RFID technology.
Nanotech can help improve tag reliability. Nanosys is trying to
develop a technology to print both chips and antennas at the same
time, eliminating the need to connect them in a separate process.