||Nanotechnologies and Molecular Polymerics Seminar Hosted by ASTM
On July 23, the seminar, Nanotechnologies and Molecular Polymerics
will be presented 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Crown Plaza, Montreal,
by ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics during their committee meetings July 23-25. Guest
speaker is David Forrest, of Baverstam Associates, Newton, Mass.,
which provides expert analysis in the field of advanced materials
and products technology.
Research and development of molecular manufacturing and related
enabling technologies is proceeding at an accelerating pace. The
general capability to synthesize macroscopic objects and devices
to atomic specification brings with it some surprising and important
consequences, which will be outlined at this event with an emphasis
on aerospace applications.
With order-of-magnitude performance improvements that are predicted
for materials and devices, molecular manufacturing is now receiving
attention at the highest level of government in the United States.
Although determining the exact timing of the assembler breakthrough
remains a speculative exercise, corporations can adopt strategies
to avoid being blindsided by nanotechnology development.
Industry can cooperate with governmental institutions, educational
institutions, professional societies and standards organizations
Focus research priorities appropriately;
Insure the adequate training of scientists, engineers, and technologists;
Address public safety and environmental concerns; and
Address national security concerns.
Policy formulation will be an ongoing challenge, although new
tools can improve the process of critical discussion and debate.
To register, or for further information, contact Director Katharine Morgan, ASTM (phone: 610/ 832-9721), or Committee D20 Chairman Paul Sample, Ph.D., Samples, Inc., Wilmington, Del. (phone: 302/656-3212).
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