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NSF PA/M 03-13 - February 12, 2003

Nanotech Pioneer George Whitesides to Speak at NSF for Engineers Week
Harvard Chemistry Professor to highlight the future of science and technology at the molecular scale

George Whitesides, one of the world's leading engineering and science pioneers, is bringing his knowledge of nanotechnology to the National Science Foundation for Engineers Week 2003. Nanotechnology is developing smoothly, says Whitesides, but at present, is based more on evolution than revolution.

In a talk entitled, "Nanotechnology: What Do We Need? What's next?," Whitesides will speculate about future directions for nanotechnology, including strategies for technology transfer and commercial development.

A 1998 National Medal of Science awardee, Whitesides is renowned for bridging chemistry, biology, materials science and catalysis, and using tools from the disparate fields to create novel solutions. His research group's work has influenced a variety of disciplines, including drug design, fuel cells, molecules that self-assemble into larger structures, and even mechanisms to fight infections by blocking bacteria and viruses from sticking to cells.



George Whitesides, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University


Lecture: "Nanotechnology: What Do We Need? What's next?"


Tuesday, February 18, 2003
2:30 PM


National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235
Arlington, Va. (Ballston Metro stop)

Please register with Alice Furtner at / (703) 292-4604.

For more information contact:

Media contact:

 Josh Chamot

 (703) 292-8070

Others contact:

 Mike Roco



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