Posted: Sep 17, 2010

'Destination Nano' explores advances in nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) 'Destination Nano' is New England's premier Nanomanufacturing Conference, hosted by the UMass Lowell Nanomanufacturing Center. The event explores advances in nanotechnology on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UMass Lowell.
Nanotechnology's promise is to revolutionize everything from how the world "powers up" each day to how cancer is treated. At UMass Lowell's "Destination Nano" conference, government, business and academic leaders will determine how far nano has come and how far stakeholders must go to get nano-based products out of the laboratory and onto assembly lines.
The conference and workshops – co-sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute – will feature the latest information on sensors, nanomaterials, environmental health and safety, nanomedicine and energy. The university's renowned team of nano experts, including professors Joey Mead and Carol Barry, will participate, along with counterparts from industry, government and academia.
Highlights will include:
Wednesday, Sept. 22

3:30 p.m. – UMass Lowell Prof. Susan Braunhut will explore toxicology in cells

3:30 p.m. – Chuck Geraci, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), looks at responsible development of nanotechnology

5:15-5:30 p.m. – UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will announce a new university partnership with NIOSH to continue development of safe nanomanufacturing processes

Thursday, Sept. 23

9:30 a.m. – James Zheng, U.S. Army, will explore body armor and nanotechnology

10 a.m. – Peter Antoinette, Nanocomp Technologies Inc., looks at the promise of carbon nanotubes from an industry perspective

Source: University of Massachusetts