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UC Riverside Presents a Community Lecture on Nanotechnology and How it Will Impact the Inland Empire

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UC Riverside Presents a Community Lecture on Nanotechnology and How it Will Impact the Inland Empire
(February 13, 2003)

Robert C. Haddon, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering at UC Riverside. (Photo credit: Karen Bradford.) Robert C. Haddon, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering at UC Riverside. (Photo credit: Karen Bradford.)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Feb. 13, 2003 - The University of California, Riverside will present a free community lecture and reception on the subject of nanotechnology from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 21, 2003 at the Music Room, the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Robert C. Haddon, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at UC Riverside.

"The future applications for nanotechnology offer tremendous potential in science, engineering and medicine," said France A. Córdova, chancellor, UC Riverside. "The nanotechnology research currently being done at UC Riverside will serve as an important element in attracting growth and development to the region."

Nanotechnology (the manufacture of things one atom or molecule at a time) is technology at the nanoscale, i.e., the scale of the nanometer (one nanometer is a billionth of a meter). This new field will likely shape science and technology for the remainder of this century. It is expected that its impact will rival that of the development of the integrated circuit and the silicon chip. UC Riverside's CNSE is one of the world leaders in this new frontier and well positioned to seize the opportunities and challenges associated with this exciting field.

In the lecture, Haddon will describe nanotechnology applications and discuss how this new field is well qualified to make the Inland Empire an attractive location for high-tech businesses. By exporting high technology from the campus to the community, the university hopes to catalyze the creation of highly paid careers in the Inland Empire so that the local populace will not have to commute westward for challenging jobs in high technology.

"The Inland Empire is at a juncture where it needs to develop a unique personality," said Haddon. "UC Riverside has seized the initiative and is leading the effort in the Inland Empire to uniquely define the area with its own brand of high technology, including nanotechnology and nanomedicine. We need to see this sort of high-tech development in our own backyard, not just along the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco."

Robert Haddon is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside. He is best known for the prediction and discovery of superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped carbon-60. Dr. Haddon is the recipient of many awards, including Queen Elizabeth II Fellow (1973-75); Person of the Year, Superconductor Week (1991); Fellow, American Physical Society (1996); and Xerox Lecturer in Industrial/Applied Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada (1999).

Seating is limited for the lecture. Parents are encouraged to attend along with their middle and high school students. To RSVP for the event, members of the public can email victoria.kennedy@ucr.edu or call 909-787-6422.

Media interested in covering the event can call Iqbal Pittalwala, 909-787-2645.

A nanometer is to one inch as one inch is to 400 miles.  Another way to visualize the size: the diameter of a quarter compared to the driving distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  One nanometer equals a billionth of a meter.  (Artwork: Brad Rowe.)

Photo Caption: A nanometer is to one inch as one inch is to 400 miles. Another way to visualize the size: the diameter of a quarter compared to the driving distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco. One nanometer equals a billionth of a meter. (Artwork: Brad Rowe.)
Daniel Perea of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, UCR, holds a molecular model of carbon nanotube (right hand) and a c60 molecule (left hand), while sitting in front of the screens of an atomic force microscope.  (Photo credit: CNSE, UC Riverside.)

Photo Caption: Daniel Perea of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, UCR, holds a molecular model of carbon nanotube (right hand) and a c60 molecule (left hand), while sitting in front of the screens of an atomic force microscope. (Photo credit: CNSE, UC Riverside.)
Misha Itkis of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, UCR, holding the same models - the atomic force microscope is visible in the background. (Photo credit: CNSE, UC Riverside.)

Photo Caption: Misha Itkis of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, UCR, holding the same models - the atomic force microscope is visible in the background. (Photo credit: CNSE, UC Riverside.)
On Feb. 21, 2003, Dr. Robert Haddon spoke to an audience of nearly 300 people at the Mission Inn on the subject of nanotechnology.  (Photo credit: Judy Chappell.)

Photo Caption: On Feb. 21, 2003, Dr. Robert Haddon spoke to an audience of nearly 300 people at the Mission Inn on the subject of nanotechnology. (Photo credit: Judy Chappell.)
Related Links:
  • Chemistry Department, UC Riverside
  • Bourns College of Engineering, UC Riverside
  • Thinking small has big future at UCR (Press Enterprise article)
  • New center for nanoscale innovation (press release)
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