Nano for Business 2010 conference draws more than 100 to Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall

(May 2010) The third Nano for Business conference drew more than 100 representatives of industry, education, and science to Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall May 26, 2010. The conference explored nanotechnology market trends, commercial applications such as clean tech and life sciences, funding mechanisms, and partnership opportunities. It featured panels on topics such as alternative energy, health and safety, research and education resources, financing, training, workforce development, and partnerships.

Thomas O. Armstrong, technology development specialist and university liaison/nanotech program manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, delivered a keynote address on "Pennsylvania's Initiative for Nanotechnology." Pennsylvania is projected to produce $7.15 billion in nanotechnology products by 2015, Armstrong said. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Chuck Picardi, partner, SP3 Technologies and Material Complexions president.

Nano for Business 2010 was sponsored by the Lehigh Nanotech Network, an affiliate of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Lehigh University.

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    Hai Lin, global manager, Silberline, and Lehigh Nanotech Network vice chair, welcomed guests and participants to the conference.
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    David Hwang, analyst with Lux Research, spoke on overall market trends and "The Recession's Ripple Effect on Nanotech: How the Recession Has Impacted the Market Forecast for Nanotechnology."
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    Hwang presented a slide noting how nanotechnology has been approached by media, with the heading "Nano will fix everything!"
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    Charles Brumlik, principal, Nanobiz, LLC, presented on the clean-tech market.
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    Brumlik spoke on "Clean, Green, and Sustainable - Where is the Business?"
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    Samuel Brauer, principal, Nanotech Plus, spoke on "Soft Nanotechnologies - Types and Products, Materials, Industry and Market Trends."
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    Audience members listening to Brauer's presentation on the life science market.
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    The conference attracted about 100 representatives of industry, education, and science to Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall.

    Conference registrants browsing displays and literature presented by sponsors.

    Nano for Business 2010 was sponsored by the Lehigh Nanotech Network, an affiliate of the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Lehigh University.

    Gene Lucadamo, industry liaison, Lehigh University, and Lehigh Nanotech Network academic chair, addressed the audience.
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    Lucadamo spoke on "Nanotechnology at Lehigh and the Lehigh Nanotech Network."
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    Peter Redmond, research scientist, Silberline, spoke about "Exotic Coatings."
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    Redmond spoke during the "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Robert Barsotti, scientist, Polymer Applications Corporate Research, Arkema, spoke about "Poly Block Copolymers and Carbon Nanotubes for Polymer Applications" during the "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Howard Levine, eastern regional sales manager, HYSITRON, spoke about "Testing Material Mechanical Properties at the Nanoscale."
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    Levine presented during the conference's "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Sean Race, president and CEO, XiGo Nanotools, spoke on "Measuring Surface Area and Volume Fraction of Concentrated Nanoparticle Dispersions."
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    Race spoke during the "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Ranjan Dash, founder and CTO, Y-Carbon, spoke on "Tunable Nanoporous Carbon for Efficient Supercapacitors" during the "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Patrick McMullen, business development manager, Dynalene, spoke on "Emerging Applications with Nano-coolants."
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    McMullen spoke during the event's "Growing Your Business with Nanotechnology" segment.
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    Thomas O. Armstrong, technology development specialist and university liaison/nanotech program manager, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, gave the keynote address on "Pennsylvania's Initiative for Nanotechnology."
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    Joan Stanescu, industy liaison associate, Lehigh Nanotech Network, addressing the audience.

    Joe Lane, VP enterprise development, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA, moderated the panel on "Alternative Energy." Panelists were: Andrew J. Coleman, director, Energy Systems Engineering Institute, Lehigh University; Charles Brumlik, principal, Nanobiz; Satish Mohapatra, president and CEO, Dynalene; and Ron Turi, principal, E3BV. (Watch video)

    Panelists on the "Show Me the Money! - How to Secure Financing" panel were: Cynthia Kuper, advisory board, NanoBusiness Alliance; Chuck Picardi, partner, SP3 Technologies and Material Complexions president; Ralph Richard, senior VP, business banking manager, Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo Company; and John Kingsley, VP, economic development finance, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. (Moderator Bob Wert, managing director, Wert Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, not pictured.)
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    Panelists on the "Industry - Research Partnerships with Universities" panel were: Gene Lucadamo, industry liaison, Lehigh University, and Lehigh Nanotech Network academic chair; William Mansfield, director of operations, Nanofabrication Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University; Salvatore Pace, manager, Technology Commercialization Group, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast PA; and Jeff Rosedale, partner, Woodcock Washburn. Moderator was Daryl Boudreaux, principal and founder, Boudreaux Consulting.
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    Panelists on the "Health and Safety" panel were: Frank E. Ehrenfeld III, laboratory director, nanoTEM, ASTM D56.03; Sean Owen Clancy, research associate, ACI Technologies; and Mike McGuiness, principal, Haskill Toxicology Laboratories, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
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    Panelists on the "Tools and Testing Resources" panel were: Richard Vinci, associate professor and director, Nano- and Micro-Mechanical Behavior Lab, Lehigh University; Zhorro Nikolov, associate director, Centralized Research Facilities, Drexel University; and Frank E. Ehrenfeld III, laboratory director, nanoTEM, ASTM D56.03.
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    James McGonigle, associate director for programs, Nano/Bio Interface Center, University of Pennsylvania, moderated the panel on "Educator-Industry Alignment for a Leading Workforce." Panelists were: Holly Burnside, director, outreach and development, Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Drexel University College of Engineering; Cindy Evans, workforce coordinator, Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.; William Heffner, associate director, International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Lehigh University; Nada Veskovic, instructor of electronics and Nanotechnology Liaison, Lehigh Carbon Community College; Ed Mulligan, electronics technology/nano-fabrication instructor, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute; and Andrea Harmer, assistant professor, Kutztown University, and director of web-based education, Lehigh University.
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    - Amy White