What you need to know about nanotechnology

For the first time at the Chem Show, a two-day workshop and symposium titled “Nano 101 — Nanomaterials Processing” will provide an overview of the nanomaterials industry and market, synthesis and processing issues, safe handling and use of nanostructured materials and case studies on engineered nanoparticulate material systems.

By Ken Schnepf, managing editor

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The workshop will be held from noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Javits Convention Center, New York, N.Y.

“This workshop is very important to those people in the chemical processing area who are gearing to supply processing equipment to nanomaterials processing industry,” explains Dr. Thomas Abraham, program chairman and president, Innovative Research and Products (iRAP), Inc., Stamford, Conn. “The symposium will cover emerging applications, market trends, synthesis techniques and nano-bio convergence technologies and products.. Therefore the participants will get a good grasp of this fast changing field.”

Since nanotechnology encompasses all engineering fields, it’s important for everyone to keep up with the fast changing field, says Abraham. With large-scale current and potential use of nanostructured materials (and nanotubes) in applications such as chemical mechanical polishing (CMP), magnetic recording and ferrofluids, sunscreens, catalysts, biodetection/labeling, conductive coatings, FEDs, chips and nanocomposites, the nanotechnology industry is taking off with commercial markets. Therefore, the workshop and symposium will benefit all those who are currently involved in the nanotechnology areas as researchers, developers and producers.

“As scientists and engineers exploit the tools of nanotechnology to design closer to the molecular level, nanoscale materials engineering will have an increasingly important impact on a number of sectors, including chemical engineering, biotechnology, electronics, energy, and industrial products,” says Abraham. “Several new products will be launched in the next five to 10 years. The chemical engineering world will have to incorporate new process designs and new technologies and products in their process streams. The processing engineers will also have to comply with new environmental and safety regulations.”

Speakers and topics for the program were determined by looking at the trends in the industry and in particular where new developments are taking place as well as what new nano enabled products are entering the market.

To register for the Nanotechnology Workshop and Symposium, call Kim Stevens at (203) 221-9232,  or e-mail: kimstevens@iecshows.com.

Following is a detailed schedule of speakers and topics planned for the event:

Tuesday, October 30

Noon onwards — Registration pick-up

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Workshop on NANO101 – Processing Challenges in Nanoscale Materials

Instructors: Prof. P. Somasundaran, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering and Director, NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Novel Surfactants, ColumbiaUniversity, New York City, NY and Prof. Brij Moudgil, Distinguished Professor and Alumni Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of Particle Engineering Research Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

With several applications being suggested over thelast decade, nanomaterials are moving out of the laboratory into products andthe marketplace. The building blocks of these novel materials, be they metals, ceramics, semiconductors, or polymers are nanometer-scale units that range in size of several nanometers. However, processing of nanomaterials encounter many issues such as agglomeration and reactive surfaces which need careful handling. This workshop deals with the various technical issues associated with nanomaterials processing.

Wednesday,October 31

8:30 a.m.  — Registration pick-up

9 a.m. — Conference commences
Inaugural conference session
Introduction – “Faces and Places”; Dr. Thomas Abraham, program chairman and president, Innovative Research and Products (iRAP), Inc., Stamford, Conn.

9:10 a.m. –9:40 a.m. — Inaugural keynote address; Prof. P. Somasundaran, Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.

9:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. — Session I – Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials – Emerging Application, Market Trends and Economic Impact

a. TBA; Emerging Nanotechnologies and Their Economic Impact
b. Dr. Samuel Brauer, Principal, NanoTech Plus, Stamford, Conn.; “Nanotechnologies: A Hard Commercial Look”
c. Joseph Cross, president and CEO, Nanophase Technologies Corp., Romeoville, Ill.; “Trends in Nanomaterials Synthesis and Applications”

10:55 a.m. –11:15 a.m. — Networking break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Session II – Nanomaterials and Chemicals for Nanotechnology Applications - Segment I

a. Dr. Ganesh Skandan,CEO, NEI Corporation, Somerset, N.J.; “Commercialization Strategies for Emerging Nanomaterials and Applications”

  • Emerging Nanomaterials Applications
  • NEI Approach to Materials Development
  • Partnership Approach
  • Manufacturing and Commercialization Strategies

b. TBA; Nanomaterials for Batteries and Fuel Cells
c. Prof. S.V. Babu, Director, Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University, Clarkson, N.Y.; “Nanomaterials and Chemicals for Chemical Mechanical Planerization (CMP)”

  • CMP as a Key Enabling Technology for Fabricating Metal Interconnects in ULSI Devices
  • CMPSlurries Consisting of Nanoparticles to Avoid DefectsYield Killers
  • Nanoabrasives for Processing 300 mm Wafers and 45 nm Devices
  • Applicationsof Various Nanoabrasives (Silica, Ceria, Zirconia,etc.) in CMP

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. — Special Pre-LunchTalk on “Do’s and Don’ts Intellectual Property Filings”

12:55 p.m. – 2 p.m. — LunchBreak

2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Session III – Nanomaterials and Chemicals for Nanotechnology Applications - Segment II

a. Dr. David Reisner, President, Inframat Corp., Farmington, Conn.; “Trendsin Nanocoating Applications”
b. TBA; Nanotubes: Manufacturing, Commercialization Issues, ApplicationTrends and Markets
c. TBA; Trends in Nanocomposite Productsand Applications

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Session IV – Nano-Bio Convergence

a. Dr. Nathan Tinker, Executive Director, New York Biotechnology Association, Stony Brook, N.Y.; “Nanotechnology Meets Biotechnology”

  • Researchand Commercial Opportunities in Nano-Bio Convergence
  • Early AdoptionAreas - Imaging and Diagnostics
  • Therapeutics Including Active Tissue Repair
  • Mid- to long-term Outlook for Nano-Bio Convergence Technologies and Products

b. Prof. Brij M. Moudgil, Director, Particle Engineering Research Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.: “Engineered Nanoparticulate Systems for BioApplications”

  • Nanoparticulate Systems for Bioimaging, Diagnosis and Therapies
  • Nanostructures for Photocatalytic Degradation of Hazardous Microbes
  • Toxicological Assessment of Nanoparticulate Systems

c. TBA; Targeted Nanoparticle Therapeutics

4:45 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — Concluding remarks

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