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"Small Wonders" NSF Symposium

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Self-assembly of gold-polymer nanorods results in a curved structure.
Self-assembly of gold-polymer nanorods results in a curved structure.
Image Credit: Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University
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Photo of audience in auditorium
Participants at NSF's "Small Wonders" nanotechnology symposium fill the auditorium at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.
Photo: Peter West/National Science Foundation

Branched electron flow image
Theoretical flow of electrons in a two dimensional electron gas away from an electron source at the center. The same scattering that produces diffusion creates static branches of electron flow. This image appeared on the cover of Nature in March, 2001.
Credit: Eric Heller, Lyman Laboratory of Physics, Harvard University

Nanoscale Science and Engineering

January 16, 2004
Nanoscale Building Blocks Form Spheres, Tubes and Curves

Self-assembling structures could find wide use in nanoelectronics and drug delivery

Inspired by the molecular assembly techniques used in living cells, chemist Chad Mirkin and his colleagues at Northwestern University have created a new class of nanometer-scale building blocks that can spontaneously assemble themselves into ultra-tiny spheres, tubes and curved sheets. This is the first time that scientists have been able to make structures on this scale that curve in any fashion, as opposed to being straight or flat. Since the Mirkin group can also control the size and curvature of their structures very accurately, the technology could eventually lead to important applications in nanoscale electronics and drug-delivery systems. (From NSF PR 04-07)
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March 2002
NSF Sponsors Day-Long Nanoscience and Engineering Symposium

The National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted leading researchers on March 19 at "Small Wonders," a day-long symposium and exhibition of nanoscale science and engineering. In opening remarks, NSF Director Rita R. Colwell reviewed the increasing role of NSF investments. Several segments of the event, including the keynote address by Richard Smalley, Nobel Laureate and Rice University professor, and a panel of leading researchers discussing "Issues and Implications of Nanotechnology for Society" were webcast live and accessible to audiences over the Internet.

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Agenda and Slide Presentations

Event Videos

The Participants

The Exhibitors

Symposium Program
(This is a PDF file.)

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