Nanotechnology - Technologies for the Future
(PRWEB) June 13, 2000
Center for NanoSpace Technologies, Inc.
P. O. Box 70,
League City, TX
Www. nanospace. org
Press Release June 1, 2000
Nanotechnology the Next Industrial Revolution?
Nanotechnology, what is it? Many have heard the term; Nanotechnology the "Next Industrial Revolution." However, does the average person understand the significance of this emerging science?
On rare occasion, a science emerges so compelling that it has the potential to change the way the world works, virtually overnight! If this sounds like something out of science fiction, it is not. The science of manipulating and controlling objects very small Â at the micro and nanometer scale is here now, although still it is infancy. What size are we actually talking about when it comes to Nanotechnology? The scale of a nanometer is, one billionth of a meter in size! If this is a difficult concept to imagine, what is even more difficult, is the thought of machines, one billionth of a meter in size, constructing and programming other machines of the same size or smaller! A comparison would be; going from the discovery of fire, to traveling in space, except it would happen in ten years not many thousands of years!
In recent months, the President and other politicians have spoken of our need to stay ahead in the area of Nanotechnology, stating that it will be the most important science in the next century. Millions of dollars have been set aside for academic research. On January 21, 2000, President Clinton gave a speech at the California Institute of Technology, in which he stated; "My budget supports a major new National Nanotechnology Initiative, worth $500 million. Â . the ability to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level. Imagine the possibilities: materials with ten times the strength of steel and only a small fraction of the weight Â shrinking all the information housed in the Library of Congress into a device the size of a sugar cube Â detecting cancerous tumors, when they are only a few cells in size. Some of our research goals may take 20 or more years to achieve, but that is precisely why there is an important role for the federal government." The PresidentÂs statement may be a little off on its time scale because of the work already accomplished by foundations such as the Center for NanoSpace Technologies, Inc. Many believe the breakthroughs are already starting, and it may be closer to 10 years. The Center for example will be shortly launching several devices incorporating Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, with nanotechnology not far behind.
In a statement given in April 1998, by Dr. Neal Lane, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr. Lane stated, "If I were asked for an arena of science and engineering that will most likely produce the breakthroughs of tomorrow, I would point to NanoScale science and engineering."
In the FYI 2001 budget, President Clinton has requested inclusion of a $225 million (83%) increase in the federal governmentÂs investment in nanotechnology research and development. The recent spotlight turned on the subject, by the President, justifies the work done by those Visioneers of the Center for NanoSpace Technologies, who have been in the trenches of nanotechnology for several years.
However, basic research only takes us so far. There must be ways to turn the basic research into practical applications and we cannot wait until 2001 to get started.
In a message from the White House, the following was expressed: "This initiative establishes Grand Challenges to fund interdisciplinary research and education teams, including centers and networks that work for major long-term objectives." This is exactly the work The Center has been accomplishing over the last few years.
The message went on to give examples of what could be achieved with the use of nanotechnology:
Shrinking the entire contents of the Library of Congress in a device the size of a sugar cube through the expansion of mass storage electronics to multi-terabit memory capacity that will increase the memory storage per unit surface a thousand fold;
Making materials and products from the bottom-up, that is, by building them up from atoms and molecules. Bottom up manufacturing will require less material and pollute less;
Developing materials and products that are 10 times stronger than steel, but a fraction of the weight for making all kinds of land, sea, air and space vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient;
Improving the computer speed and efficiency of minuscule transistors and memory chips by factor of millions making todayÂs Pentium IIIÂs seem slow;
Using gene and drug delivery to detect cancerous cells by nanoengineered MRI contrast agents or target organs in the human body;
Removing the finest contaminants from water and air and to promote a clean environment and potable water;
Doubling the energy of solar cells.
The potential for this science surpasses anything that has come before, including the development of computers, the discovery of DNA, and the splitting of the atom, and will make profound changes in all areas of technology. Aerospace, Life Sciences, Energy, Education, etc. The difficulty we now face is that research and development is widespread and thin on the ground. This is a major reason for the existence of the Center for NanoSpace Technologies, Inc.
The Center for NanoSpace Technologies, Inc., is a Texas based, non-profit foundation that is leading the way in spreading the Nanotechnology message. The Center was conceived to establish a research and development complex, where experts in their fields can exchange ideas, and gain help in bringing their research projects to workable applications.
As part of The CenterÂs ongoing efforts, it is announcing a third conference on Nanotechnology to be held September 24th Â 29th, 2000 in Houston, Texas. The Conference entitled NanoTech 2000 Â Technologies for the Future, will focus on the commercial and industrial applications of Nanotechnology. The participants will; hear of the progress in research, development and application of Micro/Nano Technology, from internationally known experts in their fields, including:
Dr. Robert Rice Dynaverse Inc.
Dr. Gary Frazier Raytheon Inc.
Dr. Keith Johnson Cardionics Inc.
Dr. Alan Seabaugh Texas Instruments Inc.
Dr. Tom Schimert Raytheon Inc.
Dr. Jun Xia Agdia
Dr. Siveram Arepalli NASA
Dr. Glenn Spangler Technispan, LLC.
Dr. Edward Kolesar Texas Christian University
Dr. Martyn Snelling Matra Marconi Space/DSR - UK
Dr. Qui Sunquing Logistic Engineering College - China
Dr. Sokrates Pantelides Vanderbilt University
Dr. Lajos Balogh University of Michigan
Participants will also be involved in the exchange of ideas, in the form of working groups, initiating further innovative ideas for the application of Nanotechnology. NanoTech-2000 is open to anyone with interest in the Micro/Nanotechnology arenas, and papers are invited for presentation.
The Center will also be using the NanoTech-2000 as a public launching, for several very exciting and innovative applications, in which The Center has been pivotal;
A hand held virus detector, and several MicroElectroMechanical (MEMS) based, medical monitoring devices, developed in cooperation by The Center and three internationally renowned, US based companies
For information on the Center for NanoSpace Technologies, Inc., or for an outline of The CenterÂs Management Plan, please contact:
Steve Watson - Technical Director swatson@nanospace. org
For information relating to this press release, or for more information on the NanoTech 2000 conference, please contact:
Janet Ralph-Cline Â Chief of Business Development jrcline@netscape. net
Evening Phone: 281-482-8262
Or visit the web site at www. nanospace. org