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Feb. 10, 2004

UI Nanotechnology Researcher Wins Grant, Organizes National Seminar

Ned Bowden, assistant professor of chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has received a two-year, $35,000 grant from the Research Corporation to develop construction materials useful in nanotechnology, the application of very small materials and machines to a variety of fields ranging from electronics to medicine. He is also a co-organizer of the two-day Nanotechnology Seminar at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) being held Feb. 12-16 in Seattle, Wash.

Bowden, whose research is titled, "The First Controlled Synthesis of Hollow Organic Nanotubes for the Templated Growth of Inorganic Nanomaterials," says that he will study how nanorods -- resembling microscopic pencils -- organize around each other. Nanorods are useful in the construction of such optical devices as mirrors, diffraction gratings and wave guides and may have applications in drug delivery and biological imaging.

The AAAS seminar will bring together dozens of researchers from such institutions as Harvard University, MIT and Sandia National Laboratories to address such topics as "Self-Assembly at the Nanoscale and Beyond," "Nanosensors" and Controlling Chemical Transformations at the Nanoscale." The emerging area of nanotechnology involves the disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology in the design of mechanical, electrical and chemical systems and components with the potential to revolutionize medicine, energy production, computing and other fields.

Bowden, who received his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1994 and his doctorate from Harvard University in 1999, joined the UI faculty in 2002. His research interests include the synthesis of nanometer-sized wires and objects; self-assembled polymers and applications in photonics, drug delivery, and catalysis; and the synthesis of biological sensors and nanoelectronics.

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