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Nanotechnology Revolution Showcased

Summit Participants Hear the Nano Buzz

From left: Subhadeep Mukherjee, Fan Gao and Asst. Prof. Zhiyong Gu of the Chemical Engineering Department with their poster on “Lead-Free Nanosolders for Nanoelectronics Assembly and Packaging.”

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Close to 200 people had a firsthand look at the exciting research work that UML faculty and students are conducting in nanotechnology during the second annual Nanomanufacturing Summit on April 17.

More than 50 posters were presented by over 30 researchers from UMass Lowell, as well as allied institutions and industry partners such as Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, Seoul National University of Technology, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center, Raytheon and Nypro. Many of them were on hand to answer questions.

Russ Gaudiana of Konarka Technologies gave this year’s keynote address, while Prof. Joey Mead, one of the directors of the Nanomanufacturing Center at UMass Lowell, announced the formation of a new consortium. Called the Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing Nanomaterials and Health Consortium (CHN-NHC), the group would focus on health, safety, environmental and liability issues in the fabrication, handling, storage and disposal of nanomaterials. (For more information about the CHN-NHC, contact Lois_Heath at ext. 3188.)

Mead also gave an overview presentation on the various facets of nanomanufacturing while Prof. Michael Ellenbecker of the Work Environment Department discussed environmental health and safety. Other speakers included Prof. James Whitten of the Chemistry Department, who talked about biochemical sensors, and Assoc. Prof. Christopher Niezrecki of the Mechanical Engineering Department, who tackled structural health monitoring of nanomaterials.

A new feature at this year’s summit are tutorials on technology innovation and commercialization conducted by Asst. Prof. Steven Tello of the Management Department, and on materials characterization by Dr. Jun Lee of the Nanomanufacturing Center.

At the close of the program a raffle was held to give attendees a chance to win an iPod Nano. Richard Donahue, a business development manager at PTC company, was the lucky winner.

For more information about the summit, visit For details on research collaboration opportunities, contact Dr. George_Kachen, director of UML Nanomanufacturing Center’s Research & Technology Development, at ext. 4654.

Prof. Joey Mead, right, of the UML Nanomanufacturing Center, talks to the University’s new provost, Dr. Ahmed Abdelal, as Dr. Ming Wei, center, of the Plastics Engineering Department looks on.