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neon atom pump design The Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology

November 5-8, 1997; Palo Alto, CA

This page now serves as an archive for the 1997 conference.

The Next Conference

The Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology will be held November 13-15 1998, at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The Tutorial will be on November 12, 1998. Information is available on the web at http://www.foresight.org/Conferences/MNT6/index.html.

Video tapes

Video tapes of the conference are available from Sound Photosynthesis, POB 2111 Mill Valley, CA 94942-2111, USA; 1-415-332-1533; faustin@sound.photosynthesis.com. Sound Photosynthesis also offers a Richard Feynman page, where the videotape of Feynman's lecture "tiny machines" about nanotechnology appears.

The 1997 Conference Archive

Conference Co-chairs: Ralph C. Merkle
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Al Globus
MRJ, Inc./NASA Ames Research Center
 

General

The conference began with a reception the evening of Nov. 5. It was a multidisciplinary meeting on molecular nanotechnology, that is, thorough three-dimensional structural control of materials and devices at the molecular level. Attendees included chemists, materials scientists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and others interested in learning about the field and participating in its development.

Topics Covered

This conference was a meeting of scientists and technologists working in fields leading toward molecular nanotechnology: thorough three-dimensional structural control of materials and devices at the molecular level. The conference covered topics relevant to the pursuit of molecular control:

  • supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly
  • proximal probes (e.g. STM, AFM)
  • biochemistry and protein engineering
  • computational chemistry and molecular modeling
  • computer science (e.g. computational models, system design issues)
  • fullerene nanotechnology
  • natural molecular machines (e.g. flagellar motor)
  • materials science
  • mechanical engineering (CAD) and robotics

Invited Speakers:

Richard Smalley (keynote)
(1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry)
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Rice University
William A. Goddard III
Materials and Process Simulation Center
California Institute of Technology
Phaedon Avouris
IBM Research Division
T.J. Watson Research Center
Ralph C. Merkle
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
Donald W. Brenner
Materials Science and Engineering Department
North Carolina State University
Rod Ruoff
Washington Univ Lab. for the
Study of Novel Carbon Materials
K. Eric Drexler
Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
Nadrian C. Seeman
(1995 Feynman Conference Prize Winner)
New York University
M. Reza Ghadiri
The Scripps Research Institute
Deepak Srivastava
Computational Molecular Nanotechnology Group
NASA Ames Research Center
James Gimzewski (also)
IBM Research Division
Zurich Research Laboratory
James M. Tour
University of South Carolina
Al Globus MRJ, Inc.
Computational Molecular Nanotechnology Group
NASA Ames Research Center
Boris I. Yakobson
North Carolina State University

Sponsor

Foresight Institute

General Corporate Sponsor

Beckman Instruments

Beckman provides quality products and services that simplify or automate laboratory processes resulting in improved customer productivity and efficiency to the following selected market segments: Bioresearch/Biotechnology; Clinical Diagnostics

Sun Microsystems

Founded in 1982 by four idealistic young pioneers with a shared vision of decentralized, heterogenous computing systems, Sun Microsystems, Inc. has emerged as a global Fortune 500 leader in enterprise network computing, with over $8 billion in revenues and operations in 150 countries.

Supporting Corporate Sponsors

AMP

AMP Incorporated (NYSE: AMP) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of electrical and electronic connectors and interconnection systems. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, AMP has 45,000 employees in 50 countries in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas and serves customers in these industries: automotive, aerospace, computer networking, power and utilities, telecommunications, industrial and consumer goods. AMP had sales of $5.47 billion in 1996.

Apple Computer

Apple Computer is the technology-leading computer hardware and software company. Apple has been a sponsor of previous conferences.

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is the world's second largest maker of autos and trucks, with other interests including plastics and electronics.

JEOL

JEOL Inc. is the Japan-based maker of electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, and other precision electronic equipment.

Park Scientific Instruments

Park Scientific Instruments (PSI) was founded in 1988 by Stanford University researchers to develop commercial instrumentation for scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Over the last 9 years, PSI has become the worldwide technology leader in atomic force microscopes (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopes (STM) used in both ambient and ultra-high vacuum.

Zyvex

Zyvex is the first research and development company focused on developing an assembler for molecular nanotechnology. Started in April 1997, and headquartered in Richardson Texas, the company has hired its initial researchers and is building a lab capable of the task it has set itself. In spite of being a small company, with less than $20M in funding, Zyvex plans to achieve its goal in less than 10 years.

For more information about becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact the Foresight Institute

Cosponsors

Argonne Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Caltech Materials and Process Simulation Center
Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science
Elba Foundation (Italy)
Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory NERSC
The MITRE Corporation
Molecular Graphics Society of the Americas
NASA Ames Numerical Aerospace Simulation Systems Division
Ohio Supercomputer Center
Rice Univ. Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Dept. of Computer Science
San Diego Supercomputer Center
Stanford Univ. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
USC Molecular Robotics Lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Washington Univ Lab. for the Study of Novel Carbon Materials

Program Committee

Phaedon Avouris
IBM Research Division
William A. Goddard III
California Institute of Technology
Charles W. Bauschlicher, Jr.
NASA Ames Research Center
Nadrian C. Seeman
(1995 Feynman Conference Prize Winner)
New York University
Donald W. Brenner
North Carolina State University
Richard Smalley
(1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry)
Rice University
Eric Drexler
Institute for Molecular Manufacturing

Abstracts and Papers

Dates:

Monday June 30: Abstracts were Due
Wednesday July 30: Notification of Acceptance
Tuesday September 30: Final Papers Due

Abstracts:

The Abstracts for Talks and Posters presented at the conference are available.

Publication of papers

Papers will be refereed and those accepted for publication will be published in a special issue of the journal Nanotechnology. Al Globus and Deepak Srivastava will serve as guest editors for this issue. Sample articles published in Nanotechnology have been made available on the Web by Ralph Merkle.

All papers must be submitted in HTML.

All papers accepted for the conference will be made available on the web, linked from the conference page. For those papers accepted for publication, the web version will also act as a pre-print.

Index of full papers. Each full paper is also linked from the respective abstract.

Information for presenters about conference abstracts and papers

 

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