Philosophical Society of Washington

The David Franklin Bleil Memorial Lecture in Physics


Mike Roco
National Science Foundation

2214th Meeting Abstract
Friday, December 15, 2006 at 8:15 PM


Nanoscience and nanotechnology have opened an era of integration of fundamental research and engineering from the atomic and molecular levels, increased technological innovation for economic manufacturing of products, and an enabling base for improving human health and cognitive abilities.

The rudimentary capabilities of nanotechnology today are envisioned to evolve in four overlapping generations of new nanotechnology products: passive nanostructures, active nanostructures, systems of nanosystems, and molecular nanosystems. This lecture briefly presents nanotechnology and its new scientific and technological frontiers. The National Nanotechnology Initiative Began in the U.S.; its current outcomes and likely evolution will be discussed.

Mike Roco

About the Author:

Mihail C. Roco is Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation. He is the first chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET). As Chairman, he had a key role in shaping the National Nanoscience Initiative. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. He was named a “Top Technology Leader of 2004 by Scientific American. In 2005, he received the AIChE Forum Award “for leadership and service to the national science and engineering community through initiating and bringing to fruition the National Nanotechnology Initiative.”

Before joining NSF, he was a professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of AIChE, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is a Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy.

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