The New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010 is a showcase for high-quality technical contributions by scientists, experts, and businesses in the field of nanomanufacturing. The event will include topical papers on emerging technologies, applications, and fundamental research for academic institutions and industries in the Northeast, along with national and international contributions.
Nanomanufacturing remains the essential bridge between the discoveries of the nanosciences and realworld nanotechnology products. The New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010 will highlight areas of practice that stand out from the general nanotechnology and nanoscience themes as being near-term and having the potential to facilitate the commercial development and/or marketable application of nanoscale systems and devices. The challenges facing nanomanufacturing methods, processes, and systems represent an inherently multi-disciplinary set of problems addressing issues that must combine the range of top-down and bottom-up processes available in order to provide multi-scale systems integration. To achieve the necessary economy of scale for large-scale production, new concepts and principles must be envisioned to achieve revolutionary transformation of the existing manufacturing infrastructure. The critical challenges for nanomanufacturing are the need to control assembly of threedimensional heterogeneous systems; to process nanoscale structures in high-rate/high-volume applications without compromising their inherent properties; and to ensure the long-term reliability of nanostructures through testing and metrics.