Foresight Institute Logo
Image of nano

Archive for the 'New Institutions' Category

Complex molecular nanotechnology systems to be built in Netherlands

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 21st, 2008

It’s great to see ambitious goals being set in nanotechnology, like these “molecular mini-factories“. Researchers from a wide range of disciplines at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will be joining forces in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). They will be investigating the exact mechanism behind self-organization, the principle behind all life on earth. [...]

Saudis to permit co-ed nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 7th, 2008

We’ve been critical in the past of Saudi Arabia’s policy of having women researchers in nanotechnology (and of course other fields as well) work separately from male researchers. Now King Abdullah has moved personally to fund, at the US$10 billion level, a new graduate-level university with a new policy toward women, to be advised by [...]

Nanotechnology: Is decentralized control feasible?

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 4th, 2007

Jamais Cascio offers four nanotechnology policy scenarios over at CRN, looking at options resulting from two axes: centralized vs. decentralized, and precautionary vs. proactionary. His two decentralized scenarios describe some territory similar to that which Foresight is investigating as part of our Decentralized Physical Security project: The third scenario, combining Distributed rule-making and Proactionary technology [...]

Russia: Turning oil into nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 13th, 2007

Alexander Zaitchik writes at a piece titled Russia Pours Billions in Oil Profits Into Nanotech Race. I’m quoted: “There’s a lot of technical talent in Russia, but not all of the funds allocated to nanotech will be deployed effectively,” said Christine Peterson, a vice president at the Foresight Nanotech Institute, in an e-mail interview. [...]

U.S. to build more nanotechnology engineers

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 22nd, 2007

U.S. students aren’t going into science and engineering they way they used to, but nanotechnology is sexy enough to attract their attention. So nanotech is the focus of a new education and training effort described in EE Times, called Nine (the National Institute for Nano-Engineering): Coinciding with the President’s Aug. 9 passage of the America [...]

Russia’s nanotechnology "corporation"

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 27th, 2007

Here in the U.S. we set up nanotechnology corporations all the time. There’s some paperwork involved, and some legal fees. The founders, angel investors, and VCs might sit on the board. In Russia, they still do things differently: Putin Inked Bill on Nanotechnology Corp Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has inked the Bill on Russia’s Nanotechnology [...]

Nanotechnology researcher forum launches on Nature Network

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 28th, 2007

Yesterday, the Nature group of publications launched the Nature Network website (pdf announcement), a free networking site for scientists: This Web 2.0 toolkit will help scientists everywhere to meet like-minded researchers, hold online discussions, showcase their work via personal homepages, share information with groups (open or private) and tag content. Participation is free to all, [...]

Helping poor countries with nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 28th, 2006

Foresight members and others would like to find ways to use nanotechnology to help those who need help the most. It’s a challenge, as described more generally by Nancy Birdsall, Dani Rodrik, and Arvind Subramanian, writing in Foreign Affairs. They suggest a solution, which ought to work for nanotech as well as medical technologies: Wealthy [...]

Not every country needs a nanotechnology program now

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 20th, 2006

Here’s yet another new national effort in nanotechnology — Kazakstan wants to get in on the action in nanotech: President Nursultan Nazarbaev announced the spending increase on October 13 at a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s Academy of Sciences. Funding will increase by a factor of 25 over the next five [...]

Nanotechnology for medicine: Harvard’s new Kavli Institute to develop tiny machines for nanomedicine

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 29th, 2006

Philanthropist Fred Kavli has extended his nanotech research giving to found the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard. From the Harvard press release: The Kavli Foundation and Harvard University have agreed to establish the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology (KIBST). The endowment from the Kavli Foundation will help to boost [...]

Tour Harvard’s nanotechnology center — and fix website

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 8th, 2006

Attendees at this year’s Lux Executive Summit (pdf) will get to tour Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems. As an alumna of the rival school down the street (MIT), I suggest that while you’re there, you help tweak their website, which has one of the least impressive nano definitions I’ve seen: The term nanoscale refers to [...]

Purdue builds one-of-a-kind nanotech lab

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 27th, 2006

Purdue University is extremely serious about being a leader in nanotech and they are putting serious money into that goal. They’ve just opened a new nanofabrication cleanroom that sounds unique: combining the usual semiconductor capabilities with nanobio work, in cleanrooms that connect to each other. This sounds very handy for cool cross-disciplinary R&D. From the [...]

Nanorace gains another entrant: Saudi Arabia

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 13th, 2006

From Arab News, comments by Prince Turki ibn Saud, vice president of the research institutes at the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST): ” ‘We have government approval for a 20-year strategic development plan,’ he said. ‘The Kingdom is keen to develop nanotechnology, which holds immense potential in the future. The KACST [...]

Controversy over European attempt to centralize nano coordination

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 27th, 2006

James Kanter of the International Herald Tribune reports that the Europeans are in a tiff over how to create a European version of MIT: “The European Union on Wednesday said that it would redouble its efforts to establish a new institution to rival the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States in a bid [...]

California NanoSystems Institute starts joint venture in China

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 5th, 2005

From an announcement by Zhejiang University in China: “On June 6th morning, 2005, a sign ceremony of establishment of Zhejiang-California International Institute of Nanotechnology was held at the State University Science Park of Zhejiang University. Being invested with 250 million RMB, the Institute is co-constructed by Zhejiang Provincial government, Zhejiang University and the US California [...]

Kavli to fund new Nano prize, starting in 2008

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 4th, 2005

Prizes are now all the rage. Fred Kavli is founding three new prizes including one in nanotech, to be selected by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. "I think we'll be more daring," than the Nobel awards, he said, because they would seek to reward scientific breakthroughs more quickly than the conservative Nobel system. [We at Foresight say: the more nano prizes, the better. Welcome to the nano prize community, Mr. Kavli! --CP]

Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 26th, 2005

Plan now to apply for a unique two-year master's program in nanotech in Europe: "1. The nanosciences are multidisciplinary: the challenge is to instil in the students the power to communicate and think across the boundaries of the traditional scientific disciplines. Notably, the aim is not to educate 'multispecialists'. Students receive a basic training in all disciplines, and choose a specialization within one of these disciplines. Special courses are designed to offer a multidisciplinary view on this research field…3. The EMM-nano is strongly research-connected: students spend at least one fourth of the programme on their own research project in a research environment of internationally renowned quality; course modules are strongly related to ongoing research and are taught by research professionals." Europeans can still apply this year; others must wait until next year. Courses are in English.

Nanosystems engineering degree program announced

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 24th, 2005

The first U.S. Nanosystems Engineering degree program has been announced, and not perhaps where one would expect it: "The Louisiana Board of Regents granted final approval Thursday for Louisiana Tech to offer the nanosystems engineering degree program, the first such program in the nation." It sounds as though the mechanical engineers had a hand in this, which is encouraging.
But as an MIT alum, where nanosystems work first started back in the late '70s, I am disappointed that the Institute of Technology doing this starts with an L instead of an M. Must the future of nanotech be in Ruston instead of Cambridge?

The Online Student Journal of Nanotechnology

Posted by RobertBradbury on February 2nd, 2005

The Online Student Journal of Nanotechnology

Now accepting papers from graduate and undergraduate students on epistemological, societal, ethical & legal implications of nanotechnology, and its convergence with other technologies.

Articles, reviews, and papers of any length will be considered.


Nanotechnology funding database

Posted by RobertBradbury on January 18th, 2005

The LANL/Sandia "Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies" is providing a database of solicitations for future funding by the government (including DARPA and military) for nanotechnology R&D.

This will give you some idea of where all of those $ billions will be going…