Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond (fourth from left) was the guest speaker at the Nanofrontiers Symposium sponsored by UMSL. From left, Jimmy Liu, UMSL; Robert Duncan, University of Missouri–Columbia; Kendra Perry, UMSL; Bond; Shubhra Gangopadhyay, UMC; Rob Monsees, NanoTechnology Enterprise Consortium; Tom George, UMSL, Nasser Arshadi, UMSL; George Gokel, UMSL; Don Qin, WUSTL; Ralph S. Quatrano, WUSTL and Kattesh V. Katti, UMC.

Some of the tiniest materials brought out big numbers last week as scientists converged on St. Louis for the second annual Missouri Nanofrontiers Symposium, hosted by the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis. More than 100 people attended the daylong event, which included special guest speaker Sen. “Kit” Bond, numerous lectures and a poster session.

Bond was one of two keynote speakers and discussed Missouri’s commitment to science, math and engineering education and described what a great resource the state is for nanotechnology.

The technical keynote speaker was Zhong Lin Wang, director of the Center for Nanostructure Characterization in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

The symposium provided a place for researchers and practitioners to discuss recent advances in the field, identify potential opportunities for commercialization, share entrepreneurial experiences and connect academia with industries, government agencies, and private foundations and ventures.

There were technical sessions on nanomedicine, nanomaterials, energy, sensing, and commercialization and regional infrastructure.

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Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter