The Fourth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology
SUMMARY: The conference is now over. This web page now serves as an archival
source of information about the 1995 conference.
The Fourth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology was held
November 9-11, 1995, in Palo Alto, California.
It was a multidisciplinary meeting on
that is, thorough three-dimensional structural
control of materials and devices at the molecular level. Attendees
included chemists, materials scientists, physicists, engineers, computer
scientists and others interested in learning about the field
and participating in its development.
The Next Conference
The Fifth Foresight Conference on
Molecular Nanotechnology will be held November 5-9 1997,
in Palo Alto California.
Information is available on the web at
Video and audio tapes of the conference are available from
POB 2111 Mill Valley, CA 94942-2111, USA; 1-800-815-7999; 1-415-383-6712;
Audio tapes are $10 per lecture + tax and mailing.
Mailing is $2 per three tapes. Tax is 7.25% for CA residents.
Videotapes are $35 plus tax and shipping per two hour tape. The lectures are
arranged sequentially on tape according to the conference program. Tax is as
above and shipping is $3 per video tape.
A single conference highlights compilation videotape is available for the the
same price as the other videtapes.
Complete list of speakers and poster presenters available
This is the web page for the conference. It's URL is:
http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/nano4.html. This page now serves
as an archival source of information about the conference, the
attendees, the papers presented, etc. We will be adding and updating
information over the next few months.
We expect that drafts of
most of the conference presentations will be made available on the
web, linked from the conference page.
Final versions of the papers that are accepted for publication
will be published in Nanotechnology.
Click for maps of the
Bay Area and
This conference was a meeting of scientists and technologists working in
fields leading toward
structural control of materials and devices at the molecular level. The
conference will cover topics relevant to the pursuit of molecular control,
drawing from fields such as:
- Fourth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology
- November 9-11, 1995
- Palo Alto, California
Developments in these fields are converging, opening opportunities for
fruitful collaboration in developing new instruments, devices, and
- supramolecular chemistry and self assembly
- proximal probes (e.g. STM, AFM)
- biochemistry and protein engineering
- computational chemistry and molecular modeling
- computer science (e.g. computational models, system design issues)
- natural molecular machines (e.g. flagellar motor, ribosome)
- materials science
- mechanical engineering (CAD) and robotics
- many others
The conference schedule is available.
Most abstracts are available. Draft papers, when available,
are linked from the abstract.
* invited speaker
- *Donald Brenner,
North Carolina State University,
Simulated Engineering of Nanostructures.
- *Richard Colton,
Tip Surface Interactions.
- *Eric Drexler, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing,
Directions in Nanotechnology.
- Elizabeth Enayati, Weil Gotshal & Manges;
Intellectual Property Update.
- Bruce Paul Gaber, David C. Turner, and Mary A. Testoff,
Towards the Molecular Machine Shop -
Spatially Controlled Enzymatic Modification of Solid Surfaces.
- Stephen L. Gillett, University of Nevada;
Nanotechnology, Pollution Control, and Resources
- *William A. Goddard III,
Computational Chemistry and Nanotechnology.
- *Tracy Handel, Berkeley,
- *Admiral David Jeremiah, USN (Ret.),
Technology Strategies and Alliances,
Nanotechnology and Global Security.
- Neil Jacobstein, Teknowledge and IMM;
Entrepreneuring in Molecular Manufacturing:
Lessons from the Computer Industry
- Geoff Leach,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology;
Advances in Molecular CAD.
- Tom McKendree, USC,
Implications of Molecular Nanotechnology Technical Performance
Parameters on Previously Defined Space System Architectures.
- *Ralph Merkle,
Design Considerations for an Assembler,
Binding sites for use in a simple assembler and
- *Charles Musgrave,
Chemical Synthesis of Nanomachinery.
- *Aristides Requicha,
- Rod Ruoff, Molecular Physics Lab, SRI;
Bending, buckling, and breaking carbon nanotubes.
- Subhash Saini, NASA Ames;
PetaFLOPS Computing and Computational Nanotechnology.
- Paul E. Sheehan and Charles M. Lieber, Harvard;
Manipulation and Fabrication by Force Microscopy.
- Tanya C. Sienko, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan;
The Track of Japanese Nanotechnology Efforts: Present, Players, and
- *Richard Smalley,
Rice University, Nanotechnology at Rice.
- *J. Fraser Stoddart, U. of Birmingham UK,
The Art and Science of Self-Assembling Molecular Machines.
- David C. Turner, Stephanie L. Shields,
Chunyen Chang, Kan Fang, Douglas B. Murphy,
Patterned Microtubule Assemblies for Kinesin-Based Transport.
- Paul S. Weiss et al., Penn State University;
Nanometer-Scale Features and Properties in Self-Assembled Systems.
- *George Whitesides, Harvard;
Self Assembly and Nanotechnology.
list of poster sessions is also available.
1995 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
was presented at the meeting to
Nadrian C. Seeman.
The support of our corporate sponsors has been of the greatest
importance to this conference, and we would like to extend to
them our sincerest thanks.
Molecular Manufacturing Enterprises, Incorporated
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
There were demonstrations of the Apple PowerMacintosh 8500 and 9500 computers;
Silicon Graphic's Onyx and Indigo 2 computers;
Biosym/Molecular Simulations Cerius 2 molecular modeling software;
CambridgeSoft's ChemOffice molecular mechanics software for the PowerMac;
Schrodinger's ab initio quantum
chemistry software; Park Scientific Instrument's Scanning Probe
instruments; books from the Stanford Bookstore; the Institute
of Physics Nanotechnology (see below); and more!
A demonstration of 3-D VRML models derived from Nanosystems
was given by
JOURNAL PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings of the conference will be refereed and published
in a special issue of the international journal
Formatting information is available from IOPP.
WWW publication of preprints
Authors are encouraged to make preprints of their papers available
on the web.
SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The Hyatt was fully booked. Other hotels in the vicinity:
Country Inn - $38-43/single room
4345 El Camino Real
El Camino Real Lodge - $36.25/single room
2700 W. El Camino
San Antonio Inn - $44/single room
2650 El Camino W.
Palo Alto Super 8 - $55/single room
3200 El Camino (1 1/2 miles from Rickeys)
Dinah's Garden Hotel - 3 Star $90 Up
4261 El Camino Real
Creekside Inn Best Western
3400 El Camino Real
Conference sessions were held at the Hyatt Hotel in Palo Alto.
4219 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(415) 493-8000 tel
(415) 858-1151 fax
The conference site is easily reached from San Francisco International
Airport and San Jose International Airport. Information on ground
transportation services will be mailed to registrants.
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Bay Area and
(please print and mail or fax)
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The registration fee includes the scientific program, Wednesday evening
reception, Thursday and Friday luncheons, and (we anticipate) a copy
of the proceedings journal issue. (Student and one-day rates do not
postmarked: by Sept. 1 after Sept. 1
Regular $350 $400
governmental $275 $325
Student $100 $125
One day (specify day) $135 $160
Total amount: $
Payment may be made by VISA, MasterCard, check, or international money
order valid in the U.S. Make checks payable to "Foresight Conferences."
Checks and bank drafts must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.
Refunds of registration fees can only be made on receipt of a written
request which must be postmarked no later than September 15, and are
subject to a $50 administrative fee. Credit card registrations may be
faxed; please do not send credit card information over the Internet.
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Mail or fax registration to:
Box 61058, Palo Alto CA 94306 USA
Tel. 415-324-2490 Fax 415-324-2497
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