Participants at nanoUtah 2009 were very fortunate to be addressed by keynote speaker, Dr. Mihail C. Roco. Dr. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Roco is the founding Chair (in August 2000) of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET).
Below is the abstract and slide presentation from Dr. Roco's keynote address on October 15, 2009.
"Nanotechnology R&D has changed its research focus, main domains of industrial relevance, governance,education outreach and public perception since 2000 when it was proposed as a key development for the 21st Century under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). This initiative has already powerful implications in knowledge foundation, advanced materials, electronics, nanomedicine and energy conversion. The presentation will outline changes from 2000 to 2009 in nanoscale based science andengineering and their relevance to emerging technologies. The long-term view of National Nanotechnology Initiative and several research frontiers will be outlined in the global context. Partnerships with industryand translational research supported by NSF and NNI will be discussed.
Upstream and broad-ranging investments are made by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in supporting fundamental research, balanced infrastructure and education across all disciplines of science and engineering. Priorities and illustrations of recent results will be discussed. An increased focus is on sustainable resources including water, food, energy, materials and clean environment. The convergence of nanotechnology, modern biology, the digital revolution and other areas are expected tobring about tremendous improvements in transformative tools and societal outcomes."
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