AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMI(R) announced today that Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Smalley will deliver a keynote address at SEMI NanoForum 2004, the first international conference for leaders and technical experts in nanotechnology and the semiconductor equipment-and-materials industry. The conference will be November 14-17 at the new Austin Hilton hotel. Smalley will deliver the luncheon keynote speech on November 15. Smalley, a professor of both chemistry and physics at Rice University and director of the university's Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his role in the discovery of fullerenes. Also known also as buckyballs, the soccer ball-shaped molecules along with other fullerenes constitute a third form of carbon. "Richard Smalley's name has become synonymous with both the science and commercialization of nanotechnology," said SEMI President and CEO, Stanley Myers. "With his unique understanding of this field and his experience as an entrepreneur, Dr. Smalley embodies the primary purpose of SEMI NanoForum." In addition to his pioneering research, Smalley is an entrepreneur seeking ways to bring the benefits of nanotechnology to the marketplace. In 2000, Smalley co-founded Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc., a Houston company that is developing large-scale production and applications of buckytubes. He is chairman of Carbon Nanotechnologies. SEMI NanoForum will present the latest ideas for commercializing nanotechnology applications through business development, alliances and technology transfer. SEMI NanoForum 2004 is sponsored by SEMI, a global industry association that represents suppliers of manufacturing technology and materials to the semiconductor, flat-panel display, micro-electrical-mechanical-systems (MEMS) and related microelectronics industries. SEMI NanoForum will be the first opportunity for SEMI members, along with representatives from seven key markets, to jointly explore nanotechnology applications and opportunities for commercialization. More than 350 industry leaders, executives, business-development and marketing strategists, technologists and university experts are expected to attend. Specific markets to be addressed at the event will include defense, consumer, information technology, biotech, medical, automotive and telecom. More than thirty additional executives have signed on to speak at the conference from companies such as Intel Corp., ASML Holding NV. Medtronic Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Motorola Inc., DaimlerChrysler AG, E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., 3M Co., Hitachi Ltd., Molecular Imprints Inc., International Business Machines Corp., Tokyo Electron America Inc., Veeco Instruments Inc., and Zyvex Corp. Conference sponsors and partners include: International SEMATECH, Winstead Sechrest & Minick, FEI Company, Richard Economic Development Partnership, Veeco Instruments Inc., EV Group, the Loomis Group, Molecular Imprints Inc., Red Herring, Solid State Technology, SmallTimes, the American Electronics Association, Austin Technology Council, European NanoBusiness Association, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, IBF Conferences, NanoBusiness Alliance, Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Initiative, Texas Nanotechnology Initiative and the University of Texas at Austin. Visit the conference Web site www.semi.org/nanoforum for updated information about other speakers and panelists. About SEMI Based in San Jose, Calif., SEMI is a global industry association serving companies participating in the semiconductor and flat-panel display equipment and materials markets. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Visit www.semi.org.