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C-325 Introduction to Nanotechnology: What the Technical and Business Professional Should Know (half-day)

The prefix “nano” is now attached to many products and research areas. Does “nano” really mean anything? Nanotechnology is unique in that it is not limited to one particular industry segment of materials set. Rather, nanoscience leads to new ways of manipulating materials which could potentially revolutionize a wide cross-section of existing technologies, including the thin film industry. If we allow “nano” to become no more than a marketing gimmick, however, the potential for public misunderstanding leading to fear and ill-conceived regulation increases. This tutorial aims to teach what nano is and how we got there. The goal is to equip attendees with enough background information to ask hard questions and lead a rational and broad-based conversation on the risks and rewards of nanotechnology. A technical degree is not required.


Topical Outline:
  • Understand what the term “nano” really means, outside of the hype
  • Ask meaningful questions about socially responsible nanotechnology development
  • React appropriately to legislative initiatives concerning the regulation of nano
  • Explore how technological development inevitably leads to nanoscale processing
  • Visualize where future developments in nanotechnology may lead and how they might affect conventional technologies
Course Details:

Part I.  Nanotechnology, Nanohype and Nanoregulation (90 minutes)

    •    The fundamental physical and chemical significance of the nanoscale
    •    How nanoscale structure can (and can’t) change the properties of ordinary materials
    •    Separating hype from reality
    •    Legislative initiatives to regulate nanotechnology
    •    Why Berkeley, CA decided to regulate nanotechnology, including the thin film industry
    •    Why Cambridge, MA decided not to follow suit
    •    Risks and rewards of nanotechnology in the context of energy and environment
    •    The path forward: what makes sense for socially responsible nano?

Part II.   The Evolution and Potential of Nanofabrication (90 minutes)

    •    “Moore’s Law” and the inevitability of the nanoscale.
    •    Semiconductor fabrication at the nanoscale
    •    Tricks of the trade to approach the nanoscale from the top-down
    •    Building devices from the bottom-up with atomic precision
    •    Organic molecules as nanoscale electronic devices
    •    Next generation solid state lighting: a molecular case study
    •    DNA as a nanoscale building block for complex structures
    •    What might be yet to come, even beyond atomically precise manufacturing?

Instructor: Paul Burrows, Consultant,
Paul Burrows

is a Science and Technology Consultant based in Kennewick, WA with 22 years of experience in nanoscale research and development. From 2000 – 2008 he was a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, where he managed a broad research initiative in nanoscience and nanotechnology and organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) for displays and solid state lighting. He was previously a Research Scholar at Princeton University, where he was part of the research team that developed multiple technology platforms around stacked, transparent, phosphorescent and flexible OLEDs. He has also held research appointments at the University of Southern California and the Riken Institute in Saitama, Japan. He graduated with a PhD in Physics from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1989, has co-authored over 110 publications and is named as a co-inventor of 78 issued U.S. Patents.

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