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Posted: June 24, 2007

Nano Summit 2007 nanotechnology conference in Texas

(Nanowerk News) Dr. Zhong Lin (ZL) Wang, an expert in nanotechnology and inventor of the world’s first nanogenerator, will be the keynote speaker at Nano Summit 2007, which will be hosted by Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering.
The summit, which will take place August 7-8, is being held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
“The College of Engineering and Texas A&M are pleased to host this event that was started in 2002 by the Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas,” said Dr. Theresa Maldonado, associate vice chancellor for engineering. “In recent years, universities and industry in Texas have hired a lot of talented individuals who are enriching the research capacity and further enabling the economic development of the state.”
Joining Wang, who is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will be Barry Drayson, chief executive officer of NanoComposites, Inc. and Robert Magnusson, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Wang, who is the Regents’ Professor and College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and Director for the Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will speak during the lunch banquet. Wang’s research includes science and applications of nanoparticles, nanowires and nanobelts; functional oxide and smart materials for sensing and actuation; and nanomaterials for biomedical applications.
He is the leader in developing novel technologies for wireless nanodevices and nanosystems of critical importance for in-situ, real-time and implantable biosensing, biomedical monitoring and biodetection.
Wang had authored or co-authored four scientific reference and textbooks, more than 440 peer reviewed journal articles, 55 review papers and book chapters, edited and co-edited 14 volumes of books on nanotechnology and held 20 patents and provisional patents.
His publications on nanotechnology have been cited more than 15,000 times and he is one of the world’s top 25 most cited authors in nanotechnology from 1992-2002 according to Science Watch.
Drayson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and his Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from New York University and he is currently the CEO of NanoComposites, Inc., which applies nanotechnology in the manufacture of composite materials, especially mission critical applications with elastomers in upstream oil and gas applications. NanoComposite, Inc., holds exclusive, unrestricted license to key patents for functionalizing carbon nanotubes.
Drayson previously served as CEO of DTN Information Services, Executive VP Sales and Marketing for Buildnet Inc. and President and CEO of Reuters Marketing Information.
Magnusson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After working several years in industry, Magnusson joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington where he established instructional and research programs in optics and developed major experimental facilities in photonics and nanotechnology.
He was Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at UTA from 1998-2001 and Professor and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, where he is currently a professor. Since 2005 he has also been chief technology officer of Resonant Sensors Incorporated, a small Texas company commercializing his inventions in sensor technology.
Registration information can be found by visiting: http://tti.tamu.edu/conference/nano. Deadline to register is July 20.
Source: Texas A&M
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