US Army to Explain Military Interest in Nano Materials at Major Nanotechnology Conference This Week
Military interest in nanotechnology has long been know and understood, but for scientists who have hoped for interest in C60, the Army’s call for fullerenes is a welcome surprise. Before his death nearly three years ago, Rick Smalley, lamented to reporters that “we still haven’t found a use for Bucky-Ball (C60).” Smalley led the team back in 1985 that discovered the Buckminster Fullerene, as C60 it is formally known, and shared the Nobel Prize for it.
Dr. Jacob Stanley of the U.S. Army R&D will explain military needs at nanotxUSA’08 this Thursday, October 2, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas convention hotel during International Nanotechnology Week.
Stanley will cover Nano Aluminum with goals to characterize physical/chemical interactions between engineered nanomaterials and environmental media. Also to establish computational approach for predicting relevant characteristics (persistence, fate, toxicology) and developements to replace/enhance existing explosives, coatings and industrial abrasives, polishing of optics and jewelry, and drug delivery.
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