The Nano Summit Research Conference provides a forum for medical, natural science and engineering researchers and students in Texas to meet each other and exchange information on areas of expertise. The conference informs the research community in each major institution about major research activities in the respective institutions that are related to nanoscience or which might benefit from a nanoscience perspective. The conference is also useful to corporate R&D persons who need to understand what research is being done in Texas on basic nanotechnology research including material science, life sciences energy and electronic/semiconductor applications.
The 2004 Nano Summit will be held July 29, 2004 at the Hornberger Conference Center in the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Andreas Hirsch, of the Institute for Organic Chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, is the Keynote Speaker. Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley referred to Dr. Hirsch as "the best Fullerene chemist in the world" at a recent meeting. The event will feature 17 lead investigators from Texas institutions followed by a poster session. " Dr. Paul C. W. Chu on leave from the University of Houston as Professor of Physics and the President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will present "Create a Smart Fluid from Nano-Particles."
Other confirmed speakers include:
- Andrew Barron, Rebekah Drezek, Michael Wong, and Yuhuang Wang of Rice University;
- Samuel Ward Casscells from the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston;
- Ananth Dodabalapur, Wolfgang Frey, Brian Korgel and Tobias Hanrath of The University of Texas at Austin;
- Mauli Agrawal and Steven Bailey of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio;
- Louis C. Brousseau, III of Quantum Logic Devices;
- T. Randall Lee of the University of Houston;
- Meng Tao of The University of Texas at Arlington ;
- Leonard Yowell of NASA Johnson Space Center
Yuhuang Wang and Tobias Hanrath are winners of the Outstanding Nanotechnology Graduate Student Award for 2003 given by the Foundation to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of nanotechnology by a graduate student working towards a PhD in a Texas medical, engineering or natural science college.
A speaker and poster program for the 2004 Nano Summit has been released but is not final and subject to revision.
A poster session allows past speakers and other researchers who cannot be accommodated in the speaking program to showcase their work. Early poster submissions include 15 presenters from 12 universities.
The 2004 Nano Summit is co-hosted by Rice University (both the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Rice Alliance), Greater Houston Partnership, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Bio Houston, Houston Technology Center, Austin-San Antonio Corridor, University of Texas IC2, Texas Healthcare and Biosciences Institute and the Pearland Economic Development Office.