NanoInk announces their sponsorship of a symposium for researchers whose common interest lies in expanding methods of direct-write nanoscale fabrication and realizing applications from these capabilities. Considering Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®) and other Scanning Probe Lithographies, Microcontact Printing, and Inkjet Printing (among others), the symposium sets out to explore overlapping interests in both bottom-up and top-down nanofabrication.
The symposium (June 3rd) will form part of the expanding program of the NSTI Nanotech 2008 event to be held in Boston, June 1-5, at the Hynes Convention Center. Online abstract submissions are being accepted at the NSTI web site: http://www.nsti.org/Nanotech2008/symposia/NanoInk.html.
The keynote speakers confirmed to date include Northwestern University's Professor Chad Mirkin who is well known for his discovery and pioneering work in dip pen nanolithography while his colleague at NU, Professor Vinayak Dravid, is recognised for his practical application of various lithographies including those applying near-field and electrical methods. Completing the leading trio is UC Irvine's Professor Kumar Wickramasinghe, noted for his work in establishing scanning probe techniques while with IBM. More recently, his AFM jet device for rapid molecule sorting and delivery was recently named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2006 in the inaugural "MICRO/NANO 25" competition.
It is hoped to provide a forum covering a diversity of techniques. These may include direct-write nanobio arrays and associated detection techniques, cellular diagnostics and cell-surface modelling, bottom-up assembly via templating and nanopatterned materials for device fabrication. Applications are broadening rapidly with instrumentation that is no longer regarded as a slow serial technique but performing as rapid, versatile desktop fabrication systems applying biomolecules, bioarrays, carbon nanotubes and quantum dots to produce devices such as gas sensors and OLEDs.