Nanotechnology: views of Scientists and Engineers
Nanotechnology workshop agenda
30 September 2003
The Royal Society
9.30 – 10.00 Registration and
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and overview
of nanotechnology study by Chair
10.15 – 12.30 Breakout groups
Groups will be self-selected and led by a member of
the working group.
Nanoengineering & measurement
(led by Roger Whatmore)
Nanofabrication, nanometrology, nanoelectromechanical
systems (NEMS), quantum well growth
Nanomaterials (led by John Pethica)
Quantum dots, nanomagnetics, nanocomposites, carbon
nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanoclusters, new forms of
carbon, molecular self-assembly
Electronics & optoelectronics
(led by Mark Welland)
Photonics, semiconductor optoelectronics, memory and
data storage, new methods for data input/output, plastic
electronics, molecular electronics, quantum computing
Bionanotechnology & nanomedicine
(led by John Ryan)
Drug delivery, tissue engineering, biosensors, biomaterials/implants,
For the first part of the discussion groups will be
asked to consider the following questions:
- What is the current state of knowledge
in this field, and where is research going?
- What applications of this technology
currently exist, and what can be envisaged in the
short and long term?
- What are the potential hold-ups in turning
research into products? What is needed (time, money
etc) to enable this process to happen?
- What are the science 'fictions' in
The groups will then consider the same questions with
respect to a related or interfacing technology, particularly
where they can identify potentially significant research
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Feedback from breakout
14.15 – 16.00 2nd breakout groups
These will be assigned and cross-disciplinary, and
will be asked to consider the following questions
- What health, safety and environmental
issues arise from developments in nanotechnology?
What are the benefits and risks?
- Is there a need for new regulation?
- What are the major obstacles to progress
in the UK?
- What are the social/ethical implications
16.00 – 16.15 Wrap-up and thanks