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Posted: February 19, 2009
Nanotechnology will play biggest single role in upcoming ACS National Meeting
(Nanowerk News) The scientific field that focuses on the ultra-small — nanotechnology — will play the biggest single role in the 237th National Meeting & Exhibition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which takes place in Salt Lake City from March 22-26.
ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, has scheduled more than 135 major symposia on aspects of nanotechnology. The topics, which will be discussed in nearly 1,000 research papers, range from “green” manufacturing processes to the medical, commercial, and industrial applications of nanotech that are predicted to spawn new multi-billion-dollar industries.
The nanotechnology sessions are part of a larger program, expected to bring more than 11,000 scientists and others to the capital city of Utah. The scientific sessions include 7,200 presentations on new discoveries that span science’s horizons, from astronomy to zoology. The topics include food and nutrition, medicine, health, energy, the environment, and other fields where chemistry plays a central role. Sessions will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center and downtown hotels. In addition, the meeting — among the largest scientific gatherings of 2009 — will feature a sprawling exhibit area, with more than 200 exhibits of scientific instrumentation, journals, and other items.
In keeping with the meeting theme, “Nanoscience: Challenges for the Future,” several special Presidential Events will be held, organized by ACS President Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D. Among them are a keynote address, “From Nature and Back Again: Giving New Life to Materials for Energy,” March 22 , by noted Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Angela Belcher, Ph.D.; “The Kavli Foundation ACS Presidential Plenary Session on Challenges in Nanoscience,” on March 23; and “Naturally Nano,” a symposium on March 24.