2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual
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Confirmed Speakers
Program Committee

Partnering Events:

TechConnect Summit
Clean Technology 2008

Soft Nanotechnologies & Applications

SoftNano 2008

An Interdisciplinary Integrative Forum on
Self-Assembly, Nanometer to Micron Scale Structured Fluids and Soft Materials

Symposium Co-Chairs

Fiona Case Fiona Case
Case Scientific,
NSTI Soft Nanotech Coordinator, US

Jan Sumerel Jan Sumerel
Dimatix, Inc.

Confimed Invited Speakers

Jens Rieger Nanotechnology at BASF - Precursor Nano-Structures in Crystallization Processes, Jens Rieger, Research Director, BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard, BASF, Germany
Massimo Noro Massimo Noro
Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, United Kingdom
Hans Fraaije Hans Fraaije
Chief Science Officer
Culgi BV, The Netherlands
Timothy John Deming Self-Assembly and Properties of Block Copolypeptide Materials
Timothy J. Deming
Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering, UCLA
David Weitz David A. Weitz
Harvard University
Wolfgang P. Meier Wolfgang P. Meier
Professor of Chemistry
University of Basel, Switzerland
Alois K. Popp Alois K. Popp
Unilever R&D Vlaardingen, The Netherlands

Symposium Sessions


Monday June 2

8:30 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech
11:00 Keynotes: Soft Nano, Polymer, Colloids
1:30 Soft Nano: Polymers, Colloids and Soft Nanocomposites

Tuesday June 3

8:30 Keynotes: Soft Nano, Fluidics
10:30 Soft Nano: Particles: Understanding and controling stability in Soft Nanocomposites - 1
3:30 Soft Nano: Biologically inspired nanostructures
3:30 Soft Nano: Particles: Understanding and controling stability in Soft Nanocomposites - 2
7:30 WCM - Panel: Compact Models for Manufacturability - 7:30 - 9:00

Wednesday June 4

8:30 Keynotes: Nanostructured Surfaces and Interfaces
1:30 Soft Nano: Food Structure Design

Thursday June 5

1:30 ICCN - Simulation of Soft Nanotechnology Systems

Symposium Program


Monday June 2

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8:30 Keynotes: Nanotech & CleantechExhibit Hall D
8:30 Welcome
P. Glaza, Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization, US
8:40 TBA
J. Inslee, U.S. Congress, 1st Congressional District Washington, US
9:20 It’s a Nano World
R.O. Johnson - CTO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, US
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11:00 Keynotes: Soft Nano, Polymer, ColloidsRoom 210
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, US
11:00 Nanoparticles in soft materials: colloids
W. Poon, The University of Edinburgh, UK
11:40 Soft nanotechnology - from soft matter physics to food and materials sciences
P. Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
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1:30 Soft Nano: Polymers, Colloids and Soft NanocompositesRoom 210
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
1:30 Adding Function to Self-Assembled Colloidal Nanostructures
P.V. Braun, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
2:00 Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Templates for Nanomaterials Synthesis and Organization
P. Alexandridis, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, US
2:30 Stimuli-Responsive Polymers in bioMEMS Devices
F. Montagne, A.M. Popa, R. Pugin, H. Heinzelmann, Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnic, CH
2:50 Shear-Aligned Soft Nanocomposites: Structured Block Copolymer Hydrogels
L.M. Walker, Carnegie Mellon University, US

Tuesday June 3

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8:30 Keynotes: Soft Nano, FluidicsRoom 210
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, US
8:30 Cellular-scale hydrodynamics
H. Stone, Harvard University, US
9:15 Self-Assembly and Properties of Block Copolypeptide Materials
T.J. Deming, University of California, Los Angeles, US
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10:30 Soft Nano: Particles: Understanding and controling stability in Soft Nanocomposites - 1Room 202
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
10:30 Nanotechnology at BASF - Precursor Nano-Structures in Crystallization Processes
J. Rieger, BASF, DE
11:00 TBA
D.A. Weitz, Harvard University, US
11:30 Effect of ions on the stability of lipid based inverse microemulsions
L. de Viguerie, V. Goust, G.-J. Goudappel, A. Petukhov, K. Velikov, Unilever Food & Health Research Institute, NL
11:50 The bijel: a bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gel
K.A. White, E.M. Herzig, A.B. Schofield, W.C.K. Poon, M.E. Cates, P.S. Clegg, University of Edinburgh, UK
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3:30 Soft Nano: Biologically inspired nanostructuresRoom 202
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, USA
3:30 Biopolymerization-Driven Self-Assembly of Nanofiber Air-Bridges
S. Pabba, B.H. Fasciotto, M.M. Yazdanapanah, V.V. Dobrokhotov, R.W. Cohn, University of Louisville, US
3:50 Polymer Biomembranes
W. Meier, University of Basel, CH
4:20 Self-Assembly of Nanoporous Silica Colloids: from Fundamentals to Applications
I. Sokolov, Clarkson University, US
4:50 The Nanomechanical Testing and Characterisation of Anti-viral Nano-structured Surface Coatings
I. Singh, P.S. Allan, Brunel University, UK
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3:30 Soft Nano: Particles: Understanding and controling stability in Soft Nanocomposites - 2Room 203
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
3:30 Influence of structural forces and contact hysteresis on flow-induced aggregation and breakage of polymer nanoparticles
A.S. Moussa, L. Ehrl, M. Soos, M. Lattuada, M. Morbidelli, ETH Zurich, CH
3:50 Redispersible hybrid nanopowders: cerium oxide nanoparticle complexes with phosphonated-peg oligomers
L. Qi, A. Sehgal, J.-C. Castaing, J. Fresnais, J.-F. Berret, J.-P. Chapel, Rhodia/CNRS joint Institution, US
4:10 Controlled Co-Assembly of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Polymers: Towards the Generation of Highly Persistent Superparamagnetic Nanorods
J. Fresnais, J.-F. Berret, B. Frka-Petesic, O. Sandre, R. Perzynski, Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, FR
4:30 Scalability and Control of Electrophoretic Directed Assembly of Nanoparticles
C. Yilmaz, N-G Cha, S. Somu, A. Busnaina, Northeastern University, US
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7:30 WCM - Panel: Compact Models for Manufacturability - 7:30 - 9:00Room 201
 Session chair: Josef Watts, IBM, US
- NVIDIA, B-K. Liew, US
- TSMC, A. Doganis, US
- H. Trombley, IBM, US
- S. Rochel, Blaze DFM, US

Wednesday June 4

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8:30 Keynotes: Nanostructured Surfaces and InterfacesRoom 207
 Session chair: Tinh Nguyen, NIST, US
8:30 Opportunities and Challenges for Clean Surfaces
D. Rardon, PPG Industries, US
9:15 Nanotechnology in the forest and paper products industries
A.M. Chaka, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
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1:30 Soft Nano: Food Structure DesignRoom 202
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
1:30 New Routes to Gels and Glasses, or how to apply analogies between soft matter physics and food systems
A. Stradner, University of Fribourg, CH
2:00 Stability of sub-micron food systems and colloidal aspects of digestion (invited)
A.K. Popp, S. Melnikov, J. Seijen-tenHoorn, L. Flendrig, K.P. Velikov, Unilever R&D, NL
2:30 Synthesis and Characterization Colloidal Particles from Phytosterols
L. Rossi, S. Sacanna, K.P. Velikov, Unilever Food & Health Research Institute, NL

Thursday June 5

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1:30 ICCN - Simulation of Soft Nanotechnology SystemsRoom 313
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, USA
1:30 Overview on hybrid particle-field methods with industrial applications focus
H. Fraajie, University of Leiden, NL
2:00 A Hybrid Particle-Field Simulation Method for Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites
D. Duechs, G.H. Fredrickson, University of California Santa Barbara, US
2:20 A Library for Multiscale Modeling in Soft Nanotechnology
K.A. Smith, J.G.E.M. Fraaije, Culgi Inc., US
2:40 Interactions between Capped Nanocrystals in Vacuum and Solution
P. Schapotschnikow, R. Pool, T.J.H. Vlugt, Delft University of Technology, NL
3:00 Direct Numerical Simulation of Carbon Nanofibre Composites:
M. Yamanoi, J.M. Maia, University of Minho, PT
3:20 Flow of concentrated, nanoparticle suspensions: Multiscale modeling for Manufacturing Process Design
P.R. Schunk, J.B. Lechman, Sandia National Laboratories, US


Many soft or fluid consumer products, such as foods, paint, lubricants, detergents, personal care products, and cosmetics, contain nanometer to micron scale structures. Nanostructured fluids are also key in industrial processes such as enhanced oil-recovery and emulsion polymerization. These structures (such as micelles, vesicles, emulsions and lamella) are formed by the spontaneous self-assembly of natural or synthetic surfactants, block copolymers, or colloids. In many cases complex mixtures of different materials are required to create the desired structure and performance. These complex materials are difficult to design, and challenging to characterize; but scientists in these industries, and in the academic groups focusing on this area, have developed considerable expertise.

Members of the broadly defined nanotechnology community are also increasingly interested in self-assembly and nanostructured fluids, which have the potential to provide robust and inexpensive strategies for creating nanoscale materials. For example, IBM recently highlighted the potential for block-copolymer self-assembly to create nanometer size structures for electronics applications.

The Nanotech conferences have a tradition of bringing together disparate groups to discover their common interests and shared challenges in fabricating, characterizing, and utilizing materials with nanometer to micron scale structure. This symposium will continue the tradition by bringing a wide range of people from industry, academia, and the broader nanotechnology community, with interests in self-assembly, nanometer to micron scale structured fluids and soft materials.

The Soft Nanotechnology sessions will be coordinated with the Polymer Nanotechnology Symposium and the Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids Symposium.

Topics & Application Areas

Online abstract submissions are now being accepted. Proposed topics include, but are not be limited to:

  • Bio-inspiration for soft nanotechnolgy
  • Adhesion and nanotribology
  • Stimuli-sensitive particles and assemblies
  • Directing nanoparticle formation using soft nanotechnology
  • Structured food design
  • Formulating nanostructured materials
  • Modeling and simulation of soft nanostructured materials
  • Other

For more information, please contact Fiona Case

Impacted Industries

  • Drug Delivery
  • Food
  • Coatings
  • Cosmetics
  • Oil
  • Personal Care
  • Paints
  • Polymers

Poster Contest

Poster presentations accepted into this symposium will be automatically entered into the Soft Matter Poster Contest. Entries will be judged during the poster sessions at Nanotech 2008 by a team of Soft Nanotechnology experts from industry, the NSTI, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The poster reporting the most exciting new discovery or application of soft nanostructured materials will receive a subscription to the RSC Soft Matter Journal.

Journal Submissions

Soft Matter Journal

Soft Matter Journal

Selected Nanotech Proceedings papers will be reviewed and invited into Soft Matter.

For consideration into Soft Matter, please select the “Submit to RSC Soft Matter Journal” button during the on-line submission procedure. Please note that you may only select a single journal during the submission process.