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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
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
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
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
Registration information can be found by visiting:
http://tti.tamu.edu/conference/nano. Deadline to register is July 20.