October 08, 2012
By: Larry Rulison
Source: Times Union
ALBANY — Nanovember, the monthlong educational celebration held by the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, is reaching its fifth anniversary.
And this year, the list of events will be more diverse — and technically savvy — than ever before, with attendance expected to surpass 50,000 people.
"We expect this year to be record-breaking," NanoCollege spokesman Steve Janack said.
As always, the most popular event will likely be the NanoCollege's Community Day in which the school's doors at Albany NanoTech are opened to the public with tours and other activities.
This year's Community Day is happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
On Nov. 10, the NanoCollege will host its Nano Discovery Program with Trinity Alliance. The event, which is designed to expose inner-city kids to nanotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing, is an offshoot of the NanoCollege's recent agreement to partner with the Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, a social services organization in Albany that focuses on education and job training for urban students.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17, the school will host a talk on "The Smart Phone Revolution" by Vincent LaBella, an associate professor of nanoscience at the school. A speed-texting competition will also be held — the first ever such contest in the Capital Region, according to school officials.
On Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from Nov. 5 to Nov. 26, a series of lectures will be held open to the public. The topics are on cutting-edge technologies affected by nanotechnology, which involves the use of materials that are 100 nanometers or less — smaller than the size of a virus. Nanotechnology is most commonly thought of with computer chip manufacturing, since the circuitry on chips is often measured in nanometers. But nanotechnology has huge implications in other fields such as drug development and renewable energy in which new materials and compounds are created.
One of the lectures will focus on nanotechnology and aging, while another will focus on nanotechnology and national defense.
A Nov. 19 talk will focus on the Global 450 Consortium, the $4.8 billion partnership between the school and leading chip companies including Intel and Samsung to develop the next generation of chip manufacturing using 18-inch, or 450-millimeter, silicon wafers.
Alain Kaloyeros, the CEO of the NanoCollege, will talk about the "next Industrial Revolution" on Nov. 26.
Several industry conferences will also be held at the school in November, including the ASML 2012 Technology Symposium and the National Clean Energy Workforce Conference. ASML is one of the largest suppliers of manufacturing equipment to the chip industry.
Janack said that state spending on NanoCollege programs such as the Global 450 Consortium and others has attracted a lot of interest in the Nanovember events, which is why this year includes many high-profile topics and companies.