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Posted: November 1, 2007

China's role in nanotechnology research and development

(Nanowerk News) UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) are inviting the Santa Barbara community to attend a casual public forum called “Nano-Meeter” to discuss China’s role in nanotechnology R&D on Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library.
This Nano-Meeter (formerly called “Nano Café”) will provide an overview of China's effort to become a world technology powerhouse through large-scale government investment in nanotechnology and other high-tech fields. How innovative is China's science and technology? Will China become a world nanotech player in what is predicted to become a $3 trillion global industry?
Leading the discussion will be Rich Appelbaum, CNS Co-Principal Investigator and Professor of Sociology, and Alec Wodtke, UCSB Professor of Chemistry. Prof. Appelbaum recently returned from an extensive research trip in China, where he and graduate fellow Rachel Parker interviewed key leaders in Chinese nanotechnology R&D. Prof. Wodtke heads a $1.5 million U.S.-China research and training partnership established by the National Science Foundation.
China has established itself as a global leader in nanotechnology research and development. According to British think tank Demos, China ranks 9th in spending on nanotechnology and nanoscience and 3rd (after the U.S. and Japan) in nanoscience publications.
Participants are invited to listen and participate in an informal question-and-answer session. No science background is required to attend and participate in the Nano-Meeter.
Nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials on a very small scale. With it, scientists can create new technologies to make, among other things, better and faster information systems, energy systems, and medical devices. Nanotechnology is also, however, an emerging science with little known about its risks and implications. Home to CNS and CNSI, UC Santa Barbara is one of the leading international centers for nanotechnology research.
The Nano-Meeter series is a quarterly community event sponsored by CNS and CNSI.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVPs are requested.
WHO: Prof. Richard Appelbaum, Co-Principal Investigator, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UC Santa Barbara; Prof. Alec Wodtke, Professor of Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara
WHAT: Nano-Meeter, a free, casual evening forum to discuss China’s role in nanotechnology research and development
WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
R.S.V.P.: events@cns.ucsb.edu; (805) 893-8850
Source: University of California, Santa Barbara
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