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NSET Co-Chair Dr. Carim To Keynote Nanotech 2007: Sees Nano Impacts on Energy, Medicine and Cleantech

Dr. Altaf Carim, a leading nano- and micro-structural 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 in Santa Clara, California. Nano World News speaks with Dr. Carim for a preview

Dr. Carim is Co-Chair, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Technology (NSET) Subcommittee, National Science and 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.]

“There are valuable things being done, and the initiative is doing the right things,” Dr. Carim told NWN. “I don’t want to pick winners and losers. But certainly some areas have received a lot of attention, including health, environment, and energy, and I'm encouraged by ongoing developments and research that will help us address energy problems across a broad range of different technologies – such as photovoltaic and batteries.”

Another area where nanoscience research is poised to play a big role is in the booming cleantech sector, he added. “Cleaner technologies and more energy-efficient technologies are certainly areas where there could be substantial impact,” Dr. Carim said. “The ability to tailor properties at the nanoscale or obtain different properties from materials or composites, and how we process materials in a more ‘green’ way and deal with remediation problems, are all places where we hope nanotechnology will play a big role.”

Moreover, Dr. Carim said as nanoscience discoveries work their way closer to moving out of the lab and into the marketplace, “interest is proceeding more vigorously in addressing many [nano-related] environmental health and safety issues,” Dr. Carim said. “Spending and focus on these areas has been going up fairly substantially the past 2 years and continues to get more attention in the [FY] 07 budget and President’s 08 budget request.”

About Dr. Altaf Carim

Dr. Carim has extensive expertise in characterization of microstructure and microchemistry of nanoparticles and other materials. His work has supported use of micro- and nanomaterials for semiconductors, superconducting materials, thin films, ceramics, nanowires and crystalline structure determination. 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, and presently is in the Scientific User Facilities Division with responsibility for major nanoscience and electron scattering user facilities. 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 – 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 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.”

“Dr. Carim’s address will be a ‘must attend’ session for anyone interested in federal nanotechnology funding,” Romanowicz added. Dr. Carim is scheduled to deliver his keynote Monday, May 21 at 9:10 a.m.. For more information and to register for Nanotech 2007, please visit

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