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Summit Showcases Nanomanufacturing Revolution


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U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is Keynote Speaker at UMass Lowell Event

Thursday, April 16, 2009
2 to 6 p.m.

WHAT:  Nanotechnology research is creating scientific breakthroughs, including a wide range of new materials, miniaturized electronics, more sensitive methods for diagnosing diseases and sensing chemical and biological threats, and controlled drug delivery techniques. The technology also offers improvements to existing products, from packaging and coatings to automotive and consumer goods.

UMass Lowell researchers are making the promise of nanotechnology a reality by inventing processes that allow reliable replication and manufacturing of these new and improved products.

The annual Nano Summit hosted by UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center helps businesses and others understand the benefits of the university’s nanomanufacturing-related research. More than 30 faculty members will present displays on their work. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will deliver this year’s keynote address on the importance of collaboration on this revolutionary technology. Tsongas and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan are scheduled to speak at 4 p.m.

Presentations at the summit will feature the university’s nanomanufacturing capabilities; the environmental and industrial health and safety of nanoparticles; sensors for detecting chemical and biological risks; and innovative nanomaterials for life sciences, flexible electronics and energy and packaging. George Kachen, director of the center’s Research and Technology Development, will discuss opportunities for research partnerships and collaboration with the university.

Admission is free. For a full schedule of events and speakers, check out

WHERE: Wannalancit Mill, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact the Office of Public Affairs.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224