Progress in Nanotechnology

The Conference is a combination of keynotes, panels, posters, program information sessions, discussions of research trends, and principal investigator meetings with NSF program directors.

Day 1: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Progress in Fundamental Concepts and Theories

Plenary Conference Room, Westin Hotel, Arlington
7:30Coffee and continental breakfast
8:30Conference welcome and purpose of the meeting
Andre Nel, University of California, Los Angeles, Academic Conference Organizer
8:40Welcome at NSF
Pramod Khargonekar, NSF
Jane Silverthorne, NSF
8:50Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NSF
Mike Roco bio, NSF
9:10Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Moderator: Mike Roco, NSF
Keynote Speaker (30 min): Andre Nel, University of California, Los Angeles
Breakthroughs in nanomedicine and biotechnology based on nano-bio interface discoveries
9:40Refreshment Break and Poster Visitation
Note: all posters will be available in Ernest Hemingway Salon Dec 9 and Dec 10
10:00Panel 1: Nanomedicine
  • Andre Nel, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Lori Henderson, National Institutes of Health
Panelists (15+5 min each):
Discussion topics: What are the unique contributions that Nanotechnology can make to medicine? What are current grand challenges that can be accomplished in the next decade? How do we handle the gap between basic discovery and translation to the marketplace?
11:30Nanoscale phenomena (Selfassembling, quantum effects, chemical, mechanical and other physical effects) for building biosystems
  • Mingjun Zhang, Ohio State University
  • Irwin N. Forseth, NSF/BIO
Keynote Speaker (30 min): Rashid Bashir, University of Illinois

Using nanoscale phenomena (self-assembling, chemical, mechanical and other physical effects) and integration methods to design and construct nano biostructures and biosystems.
12:00Working Lunch
  • Susan Mason, NSF
NBC video series: “Nanotechnology-Super Small Science
Mark Miano bio, NBC Learn, Executive Editor
1:00International NSE opportunities at NSF
Graham Harrison, NSF/OISE
1:15Panel 2: Nanoscale phenomena (Selfassembling, quantum effects, and mechanical effects) in biosystems
  • Mingjun Zhang, Ohio State University
  • Irwin N. Forseth, NSF/BIO
Panelists (15+5 min each):
  • Catalina Achim, Carnegie Mellon University - Transition from inert to living nanostructures
  • Jason DeRouchey, University of Kentucky - Fundamental nanoscale processes using FCS to examine the formation and kinetics of corona formation
  • Mingjun Zhang abstract, Ohio State University - Fundamental concepts and processes inspired by nano Biosystems to create biomaterials

Discussion Topics: Understanding, simulation and control of selfassembling in biosystems, quantum phenomena and mechanical interactions at subcellular and multi-cell levels; Transition from non-living to living nanostructures - what is the threshold of size and complexity for this transition; from Physics and Chemistry to Biology
  • Nancy Xu, Old Dominion University
  • Friedrich Srienc, NSF/ENG
Keynote Speaker (30 min): François Baneyx abstract, University of Washington
3:00Refreshment Break and Poster Viewing
3:30Panel 3. Nanobiotechnology
  • Nancy Xu, Old Dominion University
  • Alex Simonian, NSF/DMR
Panelists (15+5 min each):
  • John Wikswo abstract bio, Vanderbilt University – Nanoscience and Biology: Connecting Nano to Micro and Milli for In Vitro Interrogation and Control
  • Nancy Xu abstract, Old Dominion University – Nanobio Imaging Technologies
  • Bruce Hinds abstract, University Washington – Nanoplatforms for engineering, biotechnology and medical applications

Discussion Topics: Nanobio in industrial processes; Neuro-bio aspects
5:00Panel 4. nanoHUB Tutorial. User Session (45 minutes)
Alejandro Strachan – “General Purpose nanoHUB”
Emad Tajkhorshid – “Nano-bio simulations at nanoHUB”
5:45Wrap up for Day 1

Day 2: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Focus on Progress in Integration in Nanotechnology

7:30Coffee and Continental Breakfast
8:00Conference welcome and outline
Andre Nel, University of California, Los Angeles
8:15Summary presentations of outcomes from 4 NERC directors
  • Academic Moderator; Keith Roper, NSF
Panelists (20 min each):
9:50Panel 5. National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)
  • Daniel Ralph, Cornell University
  • Larry Goldberg, NSF
  • Mike Scott, NSF
Panelists (15+5 minutes each):
10:45Refreshment Break
11:00Panel 6. Multi-stakeholder and regulatory impact of predictive and computational nano EHS platforms
  • Mark Wiesner, Duke University
Panelists (20 min each):
  • Hilary Godwin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Yoram Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles

Discussion Topics: Highlight how NSF support has opened up this field for the rest of the science community, and how this is helping the country getting nanomaterials to the marketplace.
12:15Panel 7. Portraying Nanotechnology on Video and Web (Working Lunch)
  • Sarah Bates, NSF/OLPA
  • Al DeSena, NSF
  • 12:30 - Sarah Bates: NSF Framework
  • 12:40 - Carol Lynn Alpert abstract bio, Director, Strategic Projects Group, Museum of Science, How to make a film about nanomanufacturing?
  • 12:45 - Screening: “From Lab to Fab: Pioneers in Nanomanufacturing” (21 min)
  • 1:15 - Discussion and Q&A moderated by Sarah Bates. With Larry Klein, multi-Emmy-award-winning NOVA producer and director of From Lab to Fab; Carol Lynn Alpert, Exec. Producer; Ahmed Busnaina, portrayed in film.
1:45Panel 8. Presentations from graduating centers CNS and NISE (Overview and Legacy)
  • Jennifer Kuzma bio, North Carolina State University
  • Fred Kronz, NSF/SBE
Presenters (20 min each):
  • CNS at ASU - David H. Guston, Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University
  • CNS at UCSB - Barbara Herr Harthorn bio abstract overview, Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, University of California Santa Barbara
  • NISE network - Larry Bell abstract, Director, Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, Museum of Science, Boston

Discussion Topics: Legacy and future plans; Role of social sciences in governance of nanotechnology; Case study: Nanotechnology Grand Challenges
3:15Refreshment Break
3:30Panel 9. Education and Societal Aspects
  • Jim Murday, University of Southern California
  • Lisa Friedersdorf, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Panelists (20 min each):
5:00Summary of the Conference and Adjourn