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8 July 08 Nanoscience: More how than why?
22 Apr 08 Nanomaterials: Enabling Innovation
12 Feb 08 Nano-Science and the Quantum World
29 Jan 08 Supporting Growth in Nanoproduction
15 Jan 08 Metrology: A Tool to Enable Micro- to Nanotechonology
18 Dec 07 Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Threats

 

08 July 2008 – Dr Philip Morarty

Title: Nanoscience: More how than why?

Abstract: It has been claimed that nanoscience is the first realization of what is termed “post-academic” science [1] where fundamental research is largely ousted by applied, utilitarian R&D. A key difficulty with the post-academic model is that the core principles of publicly-funded academic research – such as disinterestedness and openness – are eroded in order to pursue commercial, near-market objectives [2-4]. I will discuss the dangers of embracing the post-academic model and outline why pursuing research driven by short-term corporate objectives is not only ideologically at odds with the ethos of a publicly-funded university, but is also economically fixed.

[1] Vogt, T., Baird, D. and Robinson, C. Nature Nanotech. 2, 329-332 (2007).
[2] Washburn, J. University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education (Basic Books, 2005)
[3] Ziman, J. Real Science (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2000)
[4] Moriarty, P. Nature Nanotech. 3, 60 (2008)

Presenter: Prof. Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham, UK

Date: 8 July 2008

Time: 4pm UK Time (BST), 8am Second Life time (Pacific Time)

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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22 Apr 08 – Dr. Alex Cuenat

Title: Nanomaterials: Enabling Innovation

Abstract: The things we rely on in our daily lives work only as well as the materials they are made of. Materials underpin major industries and steer global markets. Improving energy efficiency, communication and personal care require innovative materials, and nanomaterials have the best performance to meet these requirements. Among the factors that will influence the success or failure of nano-enabled products, some are economic or social, others are technical. Significant technical barriers come from a lack of understanding of nanoscale properties and the ability to characterise and engineer them to form useful materials and products. Other barriers are related to regulation such as classification and standardization of nanomaterials and processes, and the management of any health, safety, and environmental risks. We will discuss existing efforts to address the technical barriers and the health & safety aspect of nanomaterials.

Presenter: Dr. Alexandre Cuenat, NPL, UK

Date: 22 Apr 2008

Time: 4pm UK Time (BST), 8am Second Life time (Pacific Time) <– Note the time change

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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12 Feb 08 – Dr. JT Janssen

Title: Nano-Science and the Quantum World

Abstract: Nanotechnology has allowed us to engineer systems which can exploit novel quantum effects. Already a number of these have resulted in some interesting applications which will be discussed in this talk.

Presenter: Dr JT Janssen, Knowledge Leader, Time, Quantum & Electromagnetics, NPL, UK

Date: 12th February 2008

Time: 5pm GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time)

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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15 Jan 08 – Dr. Richard Leach

Title: Metrology: A Tool to Enable Micro- to Nanotechonology

Abstract: It is now fully appreciated that metrology will play an integral role in the successful development and commercialisation of micro- and nanotechnology. To this end the UK Government, through the National Measurement System, funded several groundbreaking projects in its 2005 – 2008 Programme for Engineering Measurement. This review will briefly describe the background of the research, concentrating on the technical details of the projects. Projects include the development of traceable instrumentation to measure thin films, areal surface texture, very low forces and micro-scale geometry.

Presenter: Dr Richard Leach, Principal Research Scientist – Mass & Dimensional, NPL, UK

Date: 15th January 2008

Time: 5pm GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time)

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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29 Jan 08 – Prof. Leslie Pendrill

Title: Supporting Growth in Nanoproduction

Abstract: Much has been said about the predicted spectacular growth in nanotechnological production in the coming years. In order to sustain such growth, a considerable investment in technological and manufacturing/business infrastructure is needed. Part of that infrastructure is quality-assured metrology and standardisation in nanotechnology. This talk will review national, European and international efforts, particularly addressing nomenclature, metrology, risks and product specifications and including prenormative R&D in nanotechnology.

Presenter: Prof. Leslie Pendrill, Head of Research, Measurement Technology, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Date: 29th January 2008

Time: 5pm GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time)

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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18 Dec 7 – Dr. Kamal Hossain

Title: Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Threats

Abstract: Nanotechnologies hold out the promise of major breakthroughs in healthcare, electronics, environmental protection, security – and many more – and are already delivering. But are these benefits out-weighed by potential concerns?

Presenter: Dr Kamal Hossain, Director of Research and International Cooperation, NPL, UK

Date: 18th December 2007

Time: 5pm GMT, 9am Second Life time (Pacific Time)

Location: NanoLands in Second Life and NPL Auditorium, Teddington

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