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Nov. 4, 2003

UI Hosts Nanotechnology Symposium Nov. 12

The University of Iowa Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) will sponsor a symposium on nanoscience and nanotechnology from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union and at Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories.

The symposium is intended to bring together students and researchers across campus interested in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology and to show how the growing field of nanotechnology is influencing research across a broad spectrum of scientific fields. Nanoscience is the study of the fundamental principles of molecules and structures with at least one dimension between 1 and 100 nanometers (one nanometer is one billionth of a meter). Nanotechnology is the application of the unique properties of such objects to materials, devices and biological systems.

A presentation on the current National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and funding opportunities provided by the NNI (, as well as several invited talks by UI researchers working in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and a poster session will provide forums in which UI students and researchers can exchange ideas and discuss possible future collaborations in this interdisciplinary area.

The College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research are co-sponsors of the event. For anyone interested in attending this event, the program, registration and poster session information for the symposium can be found at the OSTC website For further information, please contact Jill Hartz, 353-0974 or

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