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‘Destination Nano’ Explores Advances in Nanotechnology

Nanomanufacturing Conference Slated for Sept. 22ߝ23

Nanomanufacturing holds the promise of being the catalyst for the next industrial revolution.


EdwinL. Aguirre

Nanotechnology’s promise is to revolutionize everything from how the world “powers up” each day to how cancer is treated. At UMass Lowell’s “Destination Nano” ߞ; which will be held Sept. 22 and 23 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center ߞ; government, business and academic leaders will determine how far nano has come and how far we have to go to get nano-based products out of the laboratory and onto assembly lines.

Co-sponsored by UMass Lowell and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, the conference and workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and will feature the latest information on sensors, nanomaterials, environmental health and safety, nanomedicine and energy. The University’s renowned team of nano experts, including Profs. Joey Mead and Carol Barry, will participate, along with counterparts from industry, government and academia.

Highlights will include:

Wednesday, Sept. 22

  • 8:25 a.m. : Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will kick off the event;
  • 8:30 a.m. : Carlos Martinez-Vela, MTC's John Adams Innovation Institute, will discuss how UniversityߝIndustry partnerships spur economic development;
  • 11:05 a.m. : Chuck Geraci, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will look at responsible development of nanotechnology;
  • 2:45 p.m. : UMass Lowell’s Prof. Susan Braunhut will explore toxicologic responses of cells to engineered nanoparticles;
  • 5:10 p.m. : UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan will announce a new university partnership with NIOSH to continue development of safe nanomanufacturing processes;

Thursday, Sept. 23

  • 8:30 a.m. : James Zheng, U.S. Army, will explore body armor and nanotechnology;
  • 9:20 a.m. : Peter Antoinette, Nanocomp Technologies, will look at the promise of carbon nanotubes from an industry perspective.

“Nanoscale manufacturing processes developed at UMass Lowell are showing great promise for spurring the region’s life-sciences and clean-energy industries, to name just two Massachusetts industry clusters,” says Meehan. “By showcasing advances in nanomanufacturing techniques to a wide array of companies in the region, and to our federal and state funding partners, we expect to attract additional development/research projects that will drive the regional economy and support the country’s defense agenda.”

The cost for both days is $150, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. For more information and to register, visit the UMass Lowell Nanomanufacturing Center website.