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WFU conference highlights advances in nanotechnology


October 6, 2009

NanoConference, a one-day gathering of experts and others interested in nanotechnology, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in Wake Forest University’s Bridger Field House at BB&T Field on Deacon Boulevard.

The event celebrates five years of research and scientific exploration at Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, which opened in 2004.  David Carroll, associate professor of physics at Wake Forest and director of the center, will talk about current research and reflect on the establishment, history and future of the center. 

Thomas Webster, associate professor of engineering with the divisions of Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery at Brown University, will present the keynote address. His research team studies, designs and synthesizes nanoscopic materials for use in medical implantation.  His lab group has been active in scholarly publishing, organizing conferences, securing patents, and launching a start-up company.  Webster is founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and sits on the editorial boards of 10 other journals.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Conference presentations will be divided into two parts.  Morning sessions will focus on nanomedicine, and afternoon sessions will deal with organic devices.  After closing remarks, conference attendees will have an opportunity to visit the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials for a reception and view a student poster session.

The event is free and open to interested members of the public, but advance registration is required.  To register, visit http://pdc.wfu.edu/class/1120 or call (336) 758-4866 for more information.

Press Contacts:

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(336) 758-5237


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