The Netherlands Study Center for Technology Trends (STT) has
started a two-year constructive
technology assessment of Nanotechnology in the fall of 1996.
The subject is a logical continuation of our Microsystem
technology study that was concluded in 1994. The project
organization consists of a steering committee (chairman: David N.
Reinhoudt, Laboratory for Supramolecular Chemistry at the
University of Twente), an international advisory board (including
George Whitesides) and four task forces: Molecular
nanotechnology, Nanoparticles and nanostructured (hybrid)
materials, Top-down nanotechnology and Nanoprobes.
Together, about 60 experts from university and industry with
backgrounds in biology, chemistry and physics form an impressive
multidisciplinary think tank. After a series of meetings -
network formation! - each task force will write a chapter of
40-50 pages for a book of about 250 pages, on the technology,
market opportunities and societal needs such as sustainability
and health. STT aims at a research, development and demonstration
agenda for the industry, government and universities. The
outcomes will be presented on a seminar in 1998.