Work­shop to Focus on “Breaking the Bar­riers to Nanoman­u­fac­turing to Enable the Com­mer­cial­iza­tion of Nanotechnology”



North­eastern University’s NSF Center for High-​​rate Nanomanufacturing


National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF)

Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Lowell

Uni­ver­sity of New Hampshire


The Cana­dian Con­sulate Gen­eral in Boston

The Quebec Gov­ern­ment Office

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Solid State Technology

Con­trolled Envi­ron­ments Magazine

NASA Tech Briefs

The Knowl­edge Foundation

WHAT: The NSF Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Lowell and the Uni­ver­sity of New Hamp­shire will host the 5th New Eng­land Inter­na­tional Nanoman­u­fac­turing Work­shop. The event is expected to draw more than 100 engi­neers, research direc­tors, sci­en­tists, and stu­dents from industry, acad­emia, equip­ment ven­dors and sup­pliers to address cur­rent and future chal­lenges and advances in nanoman­u­fac­turing. Speakers include leading researchers from the United States, Korea, Japan and Canada.

WHEN: June 19–20, 2007

WHERE: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Boston, MA, Raytheon Amphithe­ater, 240 Egan Research Center

WHY: Basic dis­cov­eries and inno­va­tions in nanoman­u­fac­turing methods and processes will be needed to take advan­tage of the full impact of nan­otech­nology. Nanoman­u­fac­turing is expected to be high-​​volume, high-​​rate, inte­grated assembly of nano-​​elements into reli­able and robust com­mer­cial prod­ucts. This involves con­trol­ling posi­tion, ori­en­ta­tion, and inter­con­nec­tivity of the nano-​​elements. Increases in world­wide invest­ments over the past few years have pro­pelled nanoscience break­throughs to a new level. To ensure that these dis­cov­eries lead to com­mer­cially viable prod­ucts, it is impor­tant to address fun­da­mental sci­en­tific bar­riers to nanoman­u­fac­turing, in par­allel with the ongoing nanoscience research.

The goal of the work­shop is to address moving from the lab­o­ra­tory to industry-​​floor man­u­fac­turing. In addi­tion, the work­shop will address cur­rent devel­op­ments and suc­cesses in tran­si­tioning research into com­mer­cial prod­ucts and serve as a forum for industry, acad­emia, and small busi­ness to interact and collaborate.

For details on the poster exhi­bi­tion and a full list of speakers, please visit: http://​www​.nano​.neu​.edu/​e​v​e​n​t​s​/​5​t​h​_​n​e​w​_​e​n​g​l​a​nd/

About the NSF Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​rate Nanomanufacturing:

In the fall of 2004, the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion awarded North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and its part­ners, the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Lowell, the Uni­ver­sity of New Hamp­shire, Michigan State Uni­ver­sity and the Museum of Sci­ence, a Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for high-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing with funding of $12.4 mil­lion over five years.

The Center for high-​​rate nanoman­u­fac­turing is focused on devel­oping tools and processes that will enable high-​​rate/​high-​​volume bottom-​​up, pre­cise, par­allel assembly of nanoele­ments (such as carbon nan­otubes, nanopar­ti­cles, etc.) and polymer nanos­truc­tures. The center nan­otem­plates are uti­lized to con­duct fast mas­sive directed assembly of nanoscale ele­ments by con­trol­ling the forces required to assemble, detach, and transfer nanoele­ments at high rates and over large areas. The devel­oped nan­otem­plates and tools will accel­erate the cre­ation of highly antic­i­pated com­mer­cial prod­ucts and will enable the cre­ation of an entirely new gen­er­a­tion of applications.

About North­eastern:

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu