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
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
Visit the conference Web site www.semi.org/nanoforum for updated
information about other speakers and panelists.
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