Missouri Nano-Characterization/Synthesis Alliance notes
Note: The frames version of this page, in draft form, is
currently available for comment
Hi. Thanks so much for coming to the MissOuri NanoAlliance
meeting on Fri/Sat 14/15 May, 2004. Look for more on this here shortly,
as I got back from Boston only on Saturday May 22/pf.
Thanks further to Bernard Feldman and Keith
Stine, here are some notes on the meeting
PDF form for review and comment. Much of the open discussion
was not covered in those notes, which focus largely on
the individual presentations. That open discussion, among
other things, came up with action items for
the governor's Research Alliance of
Missouri (RAM) to consider at its Tuesday May 18
meeting. These included...
Beyond this, action items for nano-alliance participants include...
setting up state funding for NanoAlliance meetings twice a
year, with rotating sites,
- support for a web-based nano-characterization/synthesis network
(e.g. linked from here) that offers
updated inventory, consultation/referrals, and
arranged access, and which will generate a
significant list of real collaborative impacts, of
higher education on the economy, in the course of the
- a possible "topical RAM meeting" later this year
with patent, corporate, executive/legislative branch attendance,
covering for example "technology sharing and the state
economy" as complement to the Nov 2003 meeting on "technology transfer", with
numerous sessions on the relevance of nanotechnology
to the former. There is significant input that these
parties will possibly want to hear in person.
- add groups/projects known to you into
table of regional groups/projects
that face nano-scale challenges e.g. improving
sustainability, healthcare, other products,
and our knowledge base (cf. the May 15 talk slides
- let us know if you are willing to serve on a committee
to put together a
state-wide, or possibly Missouri-Kansas, nanotechnology proposal,
- look for a list of nano-alliance participants, with contact
information, for you to add to here shortly,
- collect up and share lists, web links, and agreements which can serve
as elements of the web-based network outlined below...
MissOuri NanoAlliance nano-characterization/synthesis network:
Suggestions invited, as we work to bring these links to
life in the days ahead./pf
- updated inventory
of regionally available methods, and recent results;
- consultation/referrals on literature assertions and problems in hand;
- links on arranged access to characterization/synthesis facilities.
The three initial questions that got this page going were...
- What can existing synthesis and characterization groups presently offer to
industry and university researchers across Missouri, and
who might be interested in such support?
- What unmet and future needs exist for such support in the growing number
of fields to which eyes on small size scales are crucial?
- How might the state, the governor's Research Alliance of
Missouri, and individual organizations, nurture the effective pooling
of regional resources with researchers across Missouri in mind?
Technology transfer via the invention cycle, and technology sharing
via the analytical support cycle, are illustrated in the figure
Thus technology sharing and transfer are complementary
considerations in context of the Missouri Research
Alliance's mandate. NSF's NNUN initiative for
regional nano-fabrication facilities, managed through Stanford and Cornell
over the past decade, is serving as the pattern for their new
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) initiative
which now includes
facilities. It involves
the re-thinking of some university labs as open-access
"collaboration facilities", something nano-characterization alliance
members in Missouri have been doing informally for decades. Some
advantages of technology sharing through a
nano-alliance analytical support cycle are listed below:
- Infrastructure is in place but widely distributed
among willing participants at corporate, university, and institute
labs, so that start-up will be fast and low cost.
- Incoming challenges from employers across the state are
abundant already and easily expanded, so that tech-sharing via
this pathway is a fast way for RAM to
accumulate results (and added pins on a state
- Agreements are from the beginning supported by an ethics of
analytical support (which will eventually acquire the same legal
status as other forms of privileged interaction), and are also
generally easier to standardize if characterization is the
primary mandate of one of the participants.
- Facilities and collaborations go directly to the
retention and attraction of employers in the state, as
there is no invention to leave
the state with, only collaborators in the state to
leave behind (or gain upon arrival).
- This infrastructure helps both
industry and university labs to compete, and to justify their location
in Missouri. For example, nano-characterization has been key to
a nearly 30% reduction in the cost of RoundUp to farmers, and a factor
in relocation of industry facilities (e.g. a Monsanto Indian Orchid
group) to Missouri. There have also been times when MEMC was asked
to provide insight into problems with competitor wafers, because of
regional expertise. State focus on nano-characterization strengths
could make it an even larger contributor, than it already is, toward
keeping research groups in the state.
While waiting for this construction to be organized, here find slides
from a 15 May 2004
NanoAlliance meeting talk in St. Louis, a 5 May 2004
reputation workgroup discussion,
for a 13 Apr 2004 discussion during visits to our lab by
Chancellor Tom George and Monsanto Queeny Award winner, senior
fellow, and proteomics group leader Jingyue Liu,
notes for a 19 Feb
2004 discussion of UM-StL outreach with a campus administrative
working group meeting hosted by the graduate dean,
for a 22 Dec 2003 presentation on nano-alliances to the governor's Research
Alliance of Missouri in Jeff City, the same-day announcement
of NSF's National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
award (look for some node-proposal opportunities downstream), and some
from a 25 Oct 2003 talk and discussion of regional nano-characterization
consortium strategies with members of the
Central States Microscopy and Microanalysis Society at
the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center in St. Louis.
Related links (only beginning: we haven't even started on the local activity links yet...):