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Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009

Written by: 
Jeff Morse, Ph.D

Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009
We'd like to thank all of our participants and attendees for making the first Nanomanufacturing Summit a successful event!

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Overviews of the talks and sessions for each day have been posted on InterNano. In addition, the complete event program (PDF), presentation abstracts and many of the presentations are available for viewing and downloading from the Summit website. The Summit student poster session (PDF) can also be viewed, along with the announcement of the Student Poster Competition winners.

The Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009 held in Boston from May 27 to 29 brought together experts in the field of and nanomanufacturing and highlighted innovative academic, government and industry research, successful commercialization strategies, and challenges and approaches for bridging the gap between the laboratory and the production floor. Summit participants represented multi-disciplinary areas of expertise in physical, environmental, and health sciences, government and regulation, as well as commercial manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Throughout the 3-day event attendees heard about those areas of practice that stand out from the general nanotechnology and nanoscience themes as addressing near-term issues and having the potential to facilitate the commercial development and 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 three-dimensional 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.

To this end, the Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009 provided a showcase for academic and government institutions, along with small and large businesses, to present research approaches and results on emerging nanomanufacturing topics. The event featured Nanotechnology Business and Commercialization Sessions, which addressed challenges and successes in bridging the critical gap to product scale-up. Complimenting these sessions were lunchtime panel discussions on issues of the Information Needs for Nanomanufacturing and the Economic Development for Nanomanufacturing both of which provided interactive round-table discussions of these critical topics for the commercialization of nanotechnologies.