Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

May 4-5, 2006
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

405 N. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone 217-244-1176

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Hotel Information

Travel Information

Parking Information


Program Brochure (click to download)

Program Flyer (click to download)

List of Abstracts and Posters 

Poster Instructions

Organizing Committee

Workshop Sponsors

   WILL Radio Talk Focus AM580 on Nanotechnology on May 3, 2006 at 11:06AM.  Listen online: or click on archives

Guests: Ilesanmi Adesida, Interim Dean, College of Engineering;  Irfan Ahmad, Associate Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; and Bradford Schwartz, Regional Dean, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Plenary Session Speakers:

Welcome Remarks: Richard Herman, Chancellor, UIUC

Concluding Remarks: Irfan Ahmad, Associate Director, CNST

There is no registration fee.  Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required.  Register Now!
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Workshop Premise
The broad objective of the workshop is to showcase University of Illinois research in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, and nanomaterials/ nanomanufacturing.

The general framework of the nanotechnology workshop will be similar to those held on campus in May 2003-05; which were well attended by industry and academia.  Some of those interactions have since then led to industry and cross-campus collaborations.

The workshop will provide a forum for industry interactions and collaborations.  The workshop will bring together campus community (faculty, graduate and undergraduates, administration) from UIUC and Washington University , and industry engaged in cutting-edge research.  A workshop panel will discuss the roadmap to future direction of research and development in nanomedicine.

Format:  The two-day workshop will be held on May 4 and 5, 2006 at the prestigious Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The workshop program will include plenary session speeches, technical sessions, panel discussion, and poster sessions, in addition to lunch and dinner receptions.

Sponsors: University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology


                                              LAB TOUR

-FS Materials Research Laboratory tours are available on request  

-Bioengineering Department

-National Center for Supercomputing Applications

 NOTE: Registration is required and will be confirmed by email. Click here to register online


Posters are invited from UIUC and Wash U graduate students, faculty, relevant departments,  local TechCommUnity, and industry

Limited Space for Posters: First Come First Served basis

Poster Session Location: Atrium, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- May 4-5, 2006

 1. The general theme for the posters should be research and development in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, and nanomaterials/ nanomanufacturing. bio

 2. Poster Size:  Total Display Area:  4‘ x 4‘ (tape provided)

 3. All posters should be put up on May 4 between 7:30-10:30AM and taken down between 11:00AM to 1:00PM, on May 5, 2005.

 4. Each poster should have a representative available to explain the research from Noon to 1:15PM and 5:00 to 7:00PM on May 4. 

 5. All proposals for posters should be sent by April 28, 2006, through the workshop registration website: (Click to signup for poster/register online)

 Include the following information on the poster: 

     Poster Title  
Presenter Name(s)
Job Title 
Dept./Company Affiliation 
Faculty Advisor(s) 
Project Sponsor(s) 

     For clarifications please call CNST: 217-333-3097  


University of Illinois, Washington University in   Saint Louis, and Industry

Plenary Session Speakers

           Gregory J.Downing,D.O., Ph.D.

Director,Office of Technology and Industrial Relations

Office of the Director, National Cancer Institute

Dr.Downing is Director of the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations (OTIR) in the Office of the Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI),National Institutes of Health. In this role, he facilitates the collaboration among Federal, academic, and private biomedical research sectors to support technology development that will yield innovative diagnostic, detection, and targeted treatment strategies for cancer. Through the OTIR, he supervises the administration of grants and contracts for programs in nanotechnology, biosensors, therapeutic delivery systems, and new technology platforms and imaging systems. He currently serves on several committees, including the NCI-FDA Interagency Oncology Task Force and the Biomedical Information Science and Technology Consortium.

Robert Chau, Intel

Dr. Robert Chau is an Intel Senior Fellow and Director of Transistor Research and Nanotechnology at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for directing research and development in advanced transistors, process modules and technologies, and silicon integrated processes for microprocessor applications. He is also leading research efforts in emerging non-silicon nanotechnologies (e.g. III-V quantum-well devices and carbon nanotubes) for future nanoelectronics applications. Dr. Chau holds more than 75 U.S. patents, has received six Intel Achievement Awards and 13 Intel Logic Technology Development Division Recognition Awards,was recognized by IndustryWeek in 2003 as one of the 16 “R&D Stars” in the United States, and is an IEEE Fellow.

            Nanomedicine Session Speaker

Richard Fisher, Program Leader, Nanomedicine Initiative, Program Director, Corneal Diseases, NEI, NIH   

Richard S. Fisher received a Ph.D from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a staff fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism,National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, he continued studies of membrane transport properties and cell volume regulation. While a staff physiologist in the Department of Nephrology,Division of Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, he was also a visiting scientist at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Fisher returned to the NIH as a scientific review administrator in the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders and then joined the National Eye Institute as a health science administrator where he is the Director of the Corneal Diseases program. He has served on the Institutional Review Board of Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, MD and has served on various trans-NIH committees. He also currently serves as the project team leader for the Nanomedicine Initiative.

Hotel Information

-For the Nanotechnology Workshop participants a block of rooms has been reserved for a limited time at the:

   Hampton Inn, University Avenue 217-337-1100//800-HAMPTON
(across the street from workshop venue: Beckman)

(P.S. Rooms will be held until April 19, please indicate "CNST" when booking)

Other accommodation options nearby include:

-Illini Union Ph: 217-333-3030
(7 mins walk)

- Historic Lincoln Hotel 
209 S. Broadway, Urbana, Illinois, 61801-0945 
Phone: 1-800-251-1962

The hotel is about 20 minutes walk to the workshop venue at the Beckman Institute.

-Hawthorne Suites Ph: 217-398-3400//800-527-1133
(10 mins drive)

-Holiday Inn Ph: 217-328-7900
(7 mins drive)

-Additional Hotel Information


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is the premier center for nanotechnology research, education, and outreach activities. CNST draws its strength from working as a collaboratory involving the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Biotechnology Laboratory, Coordinated Science Laboratory, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Systems, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the School of Chemical Sciences. The Center is working towards seamless integration of interdisciplinary research from atoms and materials to devices and systems.

CNST is uniquely located to harness the entrepreneurial and technical spirit in the Midwest, with ongoing industrial linkages as it prepares tomorrow's workforce. The CNST thrives on its cutting-edge research in bionanotechnology, computational nanotechnology, nanocharacterization, nanoelectromechanical systems, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, nanomaterials, nanomanufacturing, nanomedicine, and nanophotonics.

For more information visit or email, or call 217-333-3097.

About Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory 
The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) at the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the nation's largest and most sophisticated university-based facilities for semiconductor, nanotechnology, and biotechnology research. The laboratory is a user facility that is available for use by university and industry from across the nation. It contains over 8,000 square feet of class 100 and class 1000 clean room laboratory and state-of-the-art ultra-high-speed optical and electrical device and circuit measurements. The bionanosystems area focuses on utilizing the various technologies developed in materials,nanofabrication, devices, MEMS and NEMS to study and solve biological issues. Biomolecular flow patterns in nanoscale channels, integration of lasers onto biochips for real-time fluorescence study of bioreactions, and implantation of active devices in cells to study cellular biochemistry are examples of research activities being carried out. Currently, an $18 million expansion of the MNTL is underway, which would include bionanotechnology and additional space for researchers. The expansion is scheduled to complete in Fall 2006.

Workshop Organizing Committee

·      Ilesanmi Adesida; Interim Dean, College of  Engineering, and Director CNST 

·       Irfan Ahmad; Associate Director, CNST (co-Chair)

·       Carolyn Anderson, Washington University in Saint Louis

·       Kent Choquette; Acting Director Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (Chair)

·      Dominique Griffon, Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine

·       Eric Jakobsson, Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology  

·      Jean-Pierre Leburton, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering  

     Graciela Padua, Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition  

· Taher Saif, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Workshop Sponsored by:

 The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) 

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

Nanoscale Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Siteman Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Washington University in Saint Louis, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For More Information Contact:  

Dr. Irfan Ahmad  

Dr. Kent Choquette

 Dr. Ilesanmi Adesida

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
University of Illinois


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