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Nanotech 2007 Keynote Update: Dr. Altaf Carim, Co-Chair of the National Science & Technology Council, NNI’s Governing Body

Dr. Altaf Carim, a leading scientist with the governing body for the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), will deliver a keynote address at Nanotech 2007, the nation’s largest Nanotech Conference and Trade Show, May 20-24, 2007, in Santa Clara, California.

Dr. Carim is Co-Chair, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Technology (NSET), Subcommittee, National Science & Technology Council, U.S. Department of Energy, [The NNI is managed within the NSTC, a Cabinet-level council through which the President coordinates U.S. Government science, space, and technology policies and activities. The NSTC’s Nanoscale Science Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee is composed of representatives from agencies participating in the NNI.]

Dr. Carim has extensive expertise in characterization for microstructural, nanoparticles and microchemical materials. His work has supported use of micro- and nanomaterials for semiconductors, superconducting materials, thin films, ceramics, nanowires and crystalline structures. He has authored or co-authored over 85 research publications, and presented lectures and papers at many scientific conferences.

Dr. Carim joined the Materials Sciences and Engineering Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at DOE in September 2001 as a program manager with focus on structure and composition of materials. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Carim was Chair of Penn State University’s Electronic and Photonic Materials Program. He has also held positions at Bell Laboratories and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, held a post-doc at the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium in The Netherlands, and also had a sabbatical appointment at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Carim speaking at Nanotech 2007. He will bring a very valuable perspective of views to our keynote calendar – a strong hands-on expertise in nanoscience with knowledge and insight of how the NNI works from the inside,” said Bart Romanowicz, Executive Director of the Nano Science and Technology Institute, producers of Nanotech 2007. “This session will provide attendees with a valuable perspectives on the values the U.S. Government is now putting on nanotechnology, and how the NNI is enabling nano-researchers to meet those goals.”

Recent projects funded by the NNI (in whole or in part), include:

  • Medicine -- Use of quantum dots (bright fluorescence of semiconductor nanocrystals) for dynamic angiography.
  • Sensors -- Nano-electro-mechanical sensors to detect a single molecule of a chemical warfare agents for practical field sensors.
  • Propellants -- Nanocomposite energetic materials for propellants with twice the energy output of typical materials.
  • Computing -- Prototype data storage using molecular electronics, offering data densities over 100 times of today’s HD devices.
  • Cleantech -- Iron nanoparticles to remove up to 96% of a major contaminant (trichloroethylene) from groundwater at an industrial site.

“Dr. Carim’s address will be a ‘must attend’ session for anyone interested in federal nanotechnology funding,” Romanowicz added. For more information and to register for Nanotech 2007, please visit

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