November 17, 2008
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
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On November 17, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies and the National Science Foundation are hosting a closed meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for about a dozen of the country's top nanotechnology researchers from industry and academe to gain insight into the scientific and technological developments leading to future generations of nanoscale devices and systems.
At present, nanotechnology research and applications largely are focused on first and second generation nanotechnology-e.g., passive nanostructures like nanotubes and nanocomposites and active nanostructures in electronics, sensors and targeted drugs. Participants in "NanoFrontiers 2.0" will be exploring the research opportunities and obstacles in the path ahead moving toward third and fourth generation nanotechnology-an almost scifi realm of guided molecular assembly, advanced robotics, molecules by design and evolutionary systems. The aim of the meeting is to help inform government assessment of future priority research investments and to help give some foresight to regulators working to keep pace with nanotechnology development.