hosts nanotech workshop
from around the country came to U.Va. last week to participate
in a workshop on Frontiers of Nanostructured Systems: Building
Partnerships Across Virginia and Beyond. The meeting was
organized by U.Va. in conjunction with colleagues at other universities,
state agencies and federal labs in Virginia to provide a forum
for building links between academia, industry and government laboratories
in the emerging field of nanoscience and technology.
is the engineering of tiny integrated devices for a variety of
applications, from computers to biomedicine. Nanoscale devices
are measured in number of atom widths, such that even the largest
devices are 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
on Biological Systems, Electronic and Magnetic Systems, Advances
in Nanoscale Computation, and Materials and Surfaces addressed
basic research and possible technological opportunities. Leading
experts from University of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University,
California Institute of Technology, MITRE Corp., Naval Research
Labs, Sandia National Laboratory, the College of William &
Mary, and U.Va. presented emerging developments.
Upson, Secretary of Technology for Virginia, talked about the
importance of nanoscience to the continued economic development
of the state. Discussions among the nearly 200 attendees sought
to identify where Virginia researchers can build upon ongoing
activity within the field to make a significant impact through
all learned a great deal about each others research and
development activities that we might not have known about otherwise,
said Robert Hull, professor of materials science and engineering.
This should lead to many new partnerships. We plan to continue
these community-building meetings, holding one every six to nine
workshop was sponsored by the U.Va.-NSF Center for Nanoscopic
Materials Design, U.Va.-NIH Biotechnology Training Program, the
Center for Innovative Technology, and the Virginia Space Grant