09/30/2003 Archived Entry: "Uk - U of L Nanotechnology Meeting Brings Together Universities and Industry"

thetoddswlockwood,grahamcropped (146k image) (Patsy and Lee Todd talk with Fran Lockwood (Valvoline) and Uschi Graham (Center for Applied Energy Research) before the meeting.)

The Kentucky Nanomaterials Workshop (www.kynanomat.org) was held in Louisville, Kentucky on September 25-26. The meeting was well attended with 130 participants and speakers and included around 50 scientific posters as well.

University of Louisville President, Jim Ramsey and University of Kentucky President, Lee Todd provided the opening remarks for this workshop and each President focused on the importance of university-industry partnerships to further strengthen the developments of materials nanotechnology for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The organization of this meeting reflects a cooperative effort between UK and U of L to encourage faculty, researchers and industry representatives to work together towards common goals.

The mission of the KY Nanomat Workshop focused on integrating the capabilities of nanotechnology facilities at the regional and national levels, with the needs of Kentucky’s industries. It is critically important for Kentucky's economy that start-up and existing Kentucky businesses (in chemical products, electronics, transportation and equine sector, drug design, energy developments, and medical materials and devices) tie into, and use these unique facilities.

The purpose of the conference is to address the issues of how to commercialize nanotechnology in Kentucky and how to promote nanotechnology from being a scientific curiosity to something that helps Kentucky businesses and industries. During the plenary session of the workshop and especially during the forum discussion at the end of the meeting, which was chaired by both vice presidents for research, Dr. Nancy Martin of U of L and Dr. Wendy Baldwin of UK, great progress was made in bringing together representatives from Kentucky-based companies like Ashland/Valvoline, Lexmark, Toyota and Sud-Chemie, who are already finding ways of working together with Kentucky universities. The shared objective is not only to understand how to apply nanotechnology, but also how to communicate this to clients and to the general public. Finally, the workshop aimed at discussing the need of the Nanotechnology Center for Kentucky.

This workshop will be followed up with an international meeting on ‘Nanowires’ in June of 2004, and will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, KY. For more information on the upcoming meeting, contact Dr. Uschi Graham at: graham@caer.uky.edu.

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