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Chemist to participate in May 15 nanotech briefing

14 May 2007

ATTENTION: Science editors, writers, producers

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998 rsanders@berkeley.edu

An international media call-in session with leading nanotechnology experts, including a University of California, Berkeley, chemist, to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The call-in is being hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in honor of the 2007 winner of the foundation's Waterman Award, Peidong Yang, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry. The award, which comes with a three-year, $500,000 grant, honors an outstanding young researcher in any NSF-supported field of science or engineering.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. PDT), tomorrow (Tuesday, May 15)


  • Peidong Yang, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering and deputy director of the NSF Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems
  • Barbara A. Baird, Cornell University professor of chemistry and chemical biology and former director of NSF's Nanobiotechnology Center
  • Mihail Roco, senior advisor for nanotechnology at NSF
  • Richard McCourt, moderator, NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences

On issues ranging from shrinking our environmental footprint to nurturing local manufacturing, nanotechnology is poised to drive research well into the future. From nanowire lasers and nanofiber solar cells to drug-delivering molecules and ultra-stable computer memory, nanoscale devices are emerging from laboratories across the United States.

Three of the nation's leading experts on nanoscale science and engineering will participate in the discussion, providing a fresh perspective on nanotech devices and a forum for broader questions about nanotechnology.

Yang's research focuses on nanowires and nanoribbons that act as lasers, wave guides and circuit elements in nanotransistors. Baird's research group investigates nanoscale biological machines, such as cell surface receptors in the immune system. Roco, a nanotech pioneer, uses experimental and simulation methods to study nanoparticles and nanosystems.