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entering a period of rapid development in Finland. TEKES, the
Technology Development Centre of Finland, and the Academy of
Finland have joined forces to launch an ambitious program, which
started in early 1997. The first phase of the program will last
for three years.
In a brochure describing the three-year, $9 million program, they describe nanotechnology as "the way to the future," noting that it "has the potential to bring about radical improvements in many sectors of industry. It could also give rise to entirely new industries and it is a challenging field of research which covers many disciplines."
Various research groups all over Finland will carry out the bulk of the work. Because of the cross-disciplinary nature of the projects, the research groups will work very closely together. The Finns also recognize that "global cooperation is of extreme importance, and therefore multilateral connections to parallel programs will be encouraged." A delegation representing the program visited Foresight Institute's office in early August.
NanobiologySuitable surfaces will be
functionalized by antibodies or DNA. The main aim is to develop
specific diagnostic applications based on fluorescence detection.
The applications are in protein analytics and hereditary
Self organized structuresSelf organized polymeric structures are prepared and studied. Polymer chains will be modified in order to be able to control their behavior. Important issues are molecular recognition, controlled phase transitions and rheology.
Functional nanoparticlesStudies of noble metal particles and their properties on metal surfaces, as well as the utilization of an aerosol reactor to yield multi-component nanomaterials which are mainly for medical applications.
NanoelectronicsStudy of nanodimensional electronic devices and sensors such as novel lasers, single electron transistors, SQUIDS and nanothermometers. Various manufacturing methods are being studied and developed.
Biomaterials for information technologyThis project includes the development of materials for these purposes and algorithms for molecular computing. One specific task is to develop a sensor based on surface plasmon resonance.
Nanoelectronics Project ManagerOiva
Knuuttila, Technology Development Centre Tekes, P.O.Box 69
FIN-00101 Helsinki Finland, Tel. +358.105 215 815, Fax
+3126.96.36.1996, E-mail: Oiva.Knuuttila@tekes.fi
Nanochemistry Senior Technical AdviserJussi Kivikoski, Technology Development Centre Tekes, P.O. Box 69 FIN-00101 HELSINKI Finland, Tel. +3188.8.131.528, Fax +3184.108.40.2065, E-mail: Jussi.Kivikoski@tekes.fi
Scientific SecretaryEeva Ikonen, Academy of Finland Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering, P.O.Box 99 FIN-00510 Helsinki Finland, Tel. +358.9.7748.8233, Fax +358.9.7748.8393, E-mail: Eeva.Ikonen@aka.fi
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Conference on Biomolecular Motors and Nanomachines, Sept.
4-7. Contact Wadsworth Center, tel 518.474.2462, email
Micro- and Nano-Engineering International Conference, Sept. 15-18, Athens, Greece. Includes Nobel laureate Heinrich Rohrer on "Nanotechnology-Nature's Way." tel +30.1.653.3781, fax +30.1.651.1723, firstname.lastname@example.org
Int'l Workshop on Nanophysics and Electronics, Sept. 18-20, Tokyo. Includes atomically-ordered structures.
American Vacuum Society Annual Meeting, Oct 20-24, San Jose, CA. Includes nanoscale science & technology. tel 212.248.0200, fax 212.248.0245, email email@example.com
Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, Nov. 5-8, Palo Alto, CA. Enabling science and technology, computational models. Contact Foresight, tel 415.917.1122, fax 415.917.1123, email firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Int'l Symposium on Molecular Electronics and Biocomputing, Nov. 10-12, Nanjing, PR China. tel +86.25.361.9983, fax +86.25.771.2719, email email@example.com
Molecular Electronics: Science and Technology, Dec. 14-18, Puerto Rico. Molecular wires, switches, devices; self-assembly; SPM manipulation. Engineering Foundation, tel 212.705.7836, fax 212.705.7441, email firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Int'l Conference on Nanostructured Materials, June 14-18, 1998, Stockholm.
Superlattices, Microstructures, and Microdevices, July 27-Aug 1, 1998, Egypt. Includes nanostructures, nanotubes, self-assembly. Contact Khalid Ismail, IBM Watson, Rt 134, Yorktown Hts, NY 10598.
Fifth Int'l Conference on Nanometer-scale Science and Technology, Aug 31-Sept 4, 1998, Birmingham, UK. Contact Institute of Physics, tel +44.171.470.4800, fax +44.171.470.4900, email email@example.com
2nd Intl. Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, Sept. 24-26, 1998. Lausanne, Switzerland. Self-replicating hardware, self-repairing hardware, applications of nanotechnology. Email Moshe.Sipper@di.epfl.ch
Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, Nov. 12-15, 1998, Santa Clara, CA. Enabling science and technology, computational models. See Foresight contact info above.
First ELBA-Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, spring 1999, Rome. Contact ELBA Foundation, tel +39.6.35420728, fax +39.6.35451637, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Foresight Update 30, originally published 1 September 1997.
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