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Conference Registration is now open at http://signup.rice.edu/weekofnano/ .

If you have any questions please contact Valerie Moore at nanoevent@rice.edu .


In support of the October 2010 event celebrating and commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Buckminsterfullerene Discovery, the Smalley Institute has declared this the 2010 Year of Nano.  The Institute is expanding our program line-up from standard seminars and short courses to include the Houston Art Car Parade, a DC Congressional Reception and an 8-week Continuing Studies Course.  But most exciting of all, the Smalley Institute is bringing back TunaFest this summer!!!  All of these events are made possible by the generous underwriting of Lockheed Martin.

We hope that you will participate in our 2010 Year of Nano and learn more about nanotechnology and the Smalley Institute.


Upcoming Events

  • Congressional Reception
    • Registration and Event Details
    • Rice NanoFANS and Invited Guests only 
    • Tuesday, September 14
    • 6:30-8:30 pm
    • Madison Hall, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Continuing Studies Course: Spotlight on Nanotechnology

In October 1985, Rice University’s Rick Smalley and Robert Curl along with three colleagues made the pivotal discovery of the buckminsterfullerene, more popularly known as the “buckyball.” Considered to be the vanguard of nanotechnology, the discovery resulted in professors Curl and Smalley and Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex being awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The building in which the discovery was made has recently been named a National Historical Chemical Landmark.

Renamed in 2005 for the late professor, the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice strives to use nanotechnology to tackle humanity’s most pressing problems – energy, water, environment, disease and education. In this course, Rice’s leading nano scientists and engineers will provide a tour of nanotechnology and its sector impacts, beginning with an overview of the Smalley Institute and the buckyball discovery. The course will weave through medicine, electronics, materials and energy, covering applications of nanotechnology and the underlying scientific principles. Participants will explore the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology, how Rice is leading the way in understanding and assessing the risks, and how applications are brought to market and create jobs.

  • Week of Nano
    • featuring the Buckyball Discovery Gala
      • Sunday, October 10 
    • featuring the Buckyball Discovery Conference
      • Monday, October 11 - Thursday, October 14
      • including the Nobel and Carbon Nanotechnology Sessions
      • including a Tuesday evening poster session for abstract submission
      • including Wednesday & Thursday breakout sessions for abstract submission
      • website 
    • featuring the TT Chao Symposium on Innovation 
      • Monday, October 11
      • including the Nobel and Carbon Nanotechnology Sessions
    • featuring the Bucky 'Ball' Celebration
      • Monday, October 11
      • Space Science/Dell Butcher Quad, Rice University
      • including the National Historic Chemical Landmark presentation
    • featuring the Civic Scientist Lecture
      • in conjunction with the Baker Institute for Public Policy
      • Wednesday, October 13


Past Events

  • Seminar - "High Strength Aluminum / CNT Alloys"
    •  Horst Adams, BAYER MaterialScience, General Manager Metal Branch, VP Future Technologies
    •  Wednesday, June 23, 2010
    •  1:00-2:00 pm
    •  Room 106, Space Science Building, Rice University (campus map)
    •  Seminar Announcement 
    •  Co-Sponsored by CONTACT 
  • TunaFest
    • Friday, July 2, 2010
    • Space Science/Dell Butcher Quad, Rice University
    • 12:00-2:00 pm
    • website & registration
  • Houston Art Car Parade
  • Nano104: Nanotechnology for Energy (cosponsored by Houston Technology Center)
    • Friday, April 30, 2010
    • Houston Technology Center, 410 Pierce
    • 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • slides 
  • Smalley Institute Distinguished Seminar - "Polymer Nanocomposites"
    • Professor Robert Young, FREng of University of Manchester in the United Kingdom
    • Monday, April 12, 2010
    •  slides 
  • Energy & Environmental Systems Institute Seminar - "Energy Policy in a Quadratically Changing World"
    • Professor David Faiman of Ben Gurion University in Israel
    • Friday, April 16, 2010
  • AAAS Regional Meeting - "Expanding Frontiers through the Advancement of Science"
  • Nano103: Nanotechnology in Advanced Materials (cosponsored by Houston Technology Center)
  • Rice Alliance Nanotechnology and Sustainability Venture Forum
  • Smalley Institute Distinguished Seminar - "Nanotechnology in Energy's Future"
    • John Hofmeister - Former President of Shell Oil Company
    • Wednesday, February 2
  • HiPco Reception
    • Thursday, November 5
    • sponsored by Winstead, Continental Carbon and Lumidyne