Nano Research Facility School of Engineering & Applied Science

Missouri NanoFrontiers Symposium 2010:
Gateway to Economic Development

Wednesday October 27th, 2010 
Check-in 7:45 am, Poster Session 5:30 pm

We cordially invite you to attend the 2nd Annual Missouri NanoFrontiers Symposium co-hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. The symposium provides a platform for nanotechnology researchers and practitioners to:

  • Discuss recent advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Identify potential opportunities for commercialization
  • Share entrepreneurial experiences
  • Connect academia with industries, government agencies, private foundations and ventures
The event will be held on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis in Whitaker Hall on October 27th, 2010.


Click here to Register Today!


Special Guests:

Mark S.
Wrighton, Ph.D.

Washington University
in St. Louis
Thomas F.
George, Ph.D.

University of Missouri-
St. Louis
Christopher S.
"Kit" Bond
U.S. Senator,
Dr. Zhong Lin

Center for Nanostructure Characterization,
Georgia Institute
of Technology



Technical Sessions:



Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanotechnology.  This session is designed to provide examples of how Missouri researchers of both academic institutions and private businesses are applying nanoscience and nanotechnology to tackle key issues in biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics. The session is intended to boost discussions and collaborations for Missouri scientists working in the broad field of nanomedicine.


Alternative clean energy, affordable healthcare, and a sustainable planet are all monumental challenges that we will encounter in the 21st century. Breakthroughs in nanoscale materials and engineering may provide answers to those formidable challenges.  This session will provide a platform for Missouri researchers to discuss progresses in fabricating nanomaterials and the applications to addressing challenging problems in energy, healthcare, food, water and the environment.


Better energy generation and storage technologies as well as efficient utilization of existing energy resources are critical to sustaining the quality of life, and potentially the survival, of an expanding world population.  This session is designed to explore and showcase examples of Missouri's leading research and development efforts in energy.  It is expected that this session will promote dialogs and collaborations among Missouri energy researchers to find new sources of clean energy and to better utilize the existing energy resources with less negative impact on our environment.


Sensors are used in every aspects of our daily life.   All living organisms rely on their biological sensors to survive and function properly. Applications of sensing range from detection of light, motion, sound, vibration, and various kinds of fields to the measurement of food toxins, toxic molecules, glucose level, disease marker, etc.  The advancement of nanoscale science and engineering will revolutionize the design, fabrication and applications of sensors.  It is expected that this session will bring together Missouri researchers to explore the recent advancement and important applications of sensors.

Commercialization/Regional Infrastructure

The purpose of this session is to bring together experts to discuss the challenges to university commercialization and entrepreneurship efforts, regional infrastructure support to stimulate economic development in Missouri, and the future prospect of government or private organization facilitated university-industry collaborations to develop innovative nanotechnology products.  A Q&A session will immediately follow the brief presentations by the expert panelists.