[ASC-media] Media Alert: Frontiers of Nanotechnology

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Mon Nov 24 09:23:14 EST 2003

2003 Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences - Media Alert


Leading scientists from round the world meet in Melbourne next week to explore the frontiers of nanotechnology - one of the emerging supersciences of the C21st.

The Sir Mark Oliphant Conference "Scaling Down to a Nano-Materials World" takes place at the University of Melbourne's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from December 1-4.

The conference will focus particularly on uses for nanotechnology in medicine and healthcare, industry and the environment - and the spectacular opportunities now opening up.

Nanotechnology involves the creation of substances and devices only molecules or even atoms - billionths of a metre - in size, where they often have unusual properties with dramatic new applications

Participants will outline the challenges facing scientists and engineers in the manufacture of nanoparticles and nanomaterials, the management of the flow of particulate and other fluids in nanoscale films, the use of nanosize droplets reactors, the construction of nano-networks of biofilms that mimic biostructures and the assembly of nano-scale photonic components and electronic devices of all kinds.

The Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences are sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the distinguished Australian physicist Sir Mark Oliphant, a Foundation Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) who run the series.

Media are welcome to attend the conference and interview participating scientists.  Vision opportunities include nanotech laboratories.

More information:
Professor Tom Healy, Melbourne University		041 713 4430
Jason Major, Melbourne	University		03 8344 0181 / 0421 641 506
Julian Cribb, Oliphant Conferences			0418 639 245


November 24, 2003

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