These sessions covered the synthesis, functionalization, characterization, modeling, post processing and application of carbon nanostructured materials and devices. Each session featured talks by the best experts in the field of nanotechnology, including: Dong Qian, University of Texas at Dallas; Fei Wei, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Alan Windle, Cambridge University, UK; Gleb Yushin, Georgia Tech; Emilie J. Siochi, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA; Ana Laura Elias, Penn State University, PA; and Paul Kladitis, UDRI.
Most of the NMD workshop speakers were contributors to Schulz and Shanov’s Elsevier book, Nanotube Superfiber Materials: Changing Engineering Design. The researchers edited the book, along with their colleague, Zhangzhang Yin, and it’s the first of its kind to explore the production and applications of macro-scale materials made from nano-scale particles.
The workshop benchmarked the current state of the art and developed plans for future breakthroughs in engineering materials and devices based on nanotechnology. The electronic, thermal and mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes and spun thread were of particular interest. Applications of nanotechnology and industry needs were also discussed along with strategies for commercializing nanotechnology. Additionally, the workshop successfully provided opportunities to establish cooperative research and to intersect different ideas in order to break down barriers to nanotechnology challenges.
Look for an even greater workshop to unveil more breathtaking advances two years from now!
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