Nanotechnology is everywhere
John A. Venables Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State University,
and CPES, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
This is one of several files containing lists of web-based resources for
use in connection with my graduate courses, web-based articles and talks. If
you have items you would like me to add, please email me. However, I am
aiming to be exemplary rather than comprehensive, so please don't be
offended if I leave material out. Latest version of this document
28 July 2003.
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Nanotechnology and Nano-biotech are now everywhere
There is a strong overlap between scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and the current
hot topics of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, and Nano-Bio-anything. Some of the
groups involved in all forms of SPM and High Resolution Electron Microscopy (HREM) may
thereby be in the process of rebranding themselves. These techniques are illustrated in
these pages as
Experimental Groups - mainly STM,
Experimental Groups - mainly not STM and
Instrument development and charged particle optics. Please do
not search here for the more strange examples of
'grey goo' or
any such scare stories. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are a natural convergence of
physics, chemistry, biology and (semiconductor) engineering at nanometer length scales. Many
of us have been in these fields for more than a generation; the main new point that is our
understanding, our techniques and interdisciplinary expertise have been grouped
together recently, such that there is now heightened awareness, and more grant
funding and application opportunities.
Here I list some groupings which have been formed over the last few years. They are in
various stages of devlopment; new people and old, new buildings and old, new ideas and old:
definitely an exciting time to be around in a fast-developing field
a) European groups
Mark Welland now heads an IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Group) based at
involving co-workers at
UCL. But this
long dramatis personae is just a small fraction of scientists, even at these three
Universities, who can describe their work in terms of nanoscience or technology.
- A recently formed
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology@Sussex grouping,
is up and running, and includes many
research activities across
a wide range of Materials Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering. An
is being launched this year, in addition to ongoing postgraduate training.
- In the UK, Birmingham,
Newcastle Universities, and a collaboration between
UCL and ICL (London) also now have
Nano-centers, some with a strong regional development orientation. This list is almost
certainly not exhaustive, and they have all been started fairly recently. If you feel inspired,
you can join the Institute of Nanotechnology,
which has a six-year history, and maintains extensive pages of news and links.
- Visit Flemming Besenbacher's well-known
CAMP STM Lab,
at Aarhus University in Denmark, and you will find he is now the director of
i-NANO, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience
Centre. This also features new undergraduate courses, and if you speak Danish, you can
"Login for studerende". Well, maybe, learing Danish wouldn't be so hard after all.
- The regrouped
Institut de Physique des Nanostructures (IPN) at
EPFL (Lausanne), Switzerland, contains well-known SPM-reseachers Harald Brune,
Klaus Kern and others. Klaus is now mainly based at his
Nanoscale Science Department at
MPI-Stuttgart in Germany, while maintaining a smaller group led by Johnannes Barth at
b) Groups in the USA
Columbia University, New York City, and
RPI, further up the Hudson river,
are just two of several Universities awarded large NSF grants to study this area.
The RPI Director,
is one of the true pioneers of nanoscience and nanotechnolgy, having received awards
for technology transfer using nanoscale materials, long before it was fashionable.
- IBM Yorktown Labs has also felt
the need to rebrand Phaedon Avouris' impressive
which stretch back over the last 20 years at least.
- National Laboratories, such as Argonne (ANL) are
also in on the act, with Sam Bader, a noted
nanomagnetism researcher, as the scientific director.
- Since Google 'nanotechnology +USA' came back with
85,000 hits in 0.21 seconds today, you can
imagine that I could keep going at this task for some time, and that you might get there
faster if you have a need to know. Or you could investigate a conference, such as
Nanotech 2003, Computational
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. But beware, some conferences look distinctly strange,
some of them are aimed at venture capitalists, and several are very expensive.
- If you feel it is mostly about money anyway, why not read up about it at
the government's National Nanotechnology Initiative site?
Straight from the horse's mouth, as they say. Actually, it is not just about money, but
is largely about coordination of effort, and interfacing with the 'real-world'. And a lot
of that is down to my long-time friend and one-time Illinois colleague
Dick Siegel. Hi Dick,
and "good luck" with your latest venture!
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