Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 09

Conference Hosts:

Washington Technology Center Logo

Presenting Sponsors:



Session Sponsors:


CH2M Hill

Keynote Sponsors:

Oregon State University

University of Oregon

Breakfast Sponsor:

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Break Sponsors:

Life Technologies

Portland State University

Solar Materials Symposium Sponsor:


Conference Reception Sponsor:

Stoel Rives

Opening Reception Sponsor:

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC

Presenting Media Sponsor:

Nanotechnology Now

Media Partners:



American Elements



National Nanomanufacturing Network

Simu Tech Group

Perpetua Power


Washington State University Vancouver

University of Washington

Dune Sciences


National Energy Technology Laboratory

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference Announces
Three outstanding Short Courses and one Full Day Seminar

Monday, September 21,2009 Doubletree Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon


Full conference registration includes admittance to Solar Materials Symposium OR one of three Short Courses

Cost to attend Solar materials Symposium ONLY– US$145 * Short Courses ONLY – US$95.00

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Solar Energy Symposium – Full day seminar (Continental Breakfast, AM Break, Lunch, PM Break included)

For detailed information about the Solar Materials Symposium please click here.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome, David Kenney, Oregon BEST
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote: Global Energy Perspective (via teleconference)
  Nate Lewis, California Institute of Technology George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - Noon Panel 1: Solar Materials of Today, Problems and Perspectives
  Chih-hung (Alex) Chang, Oregon State University
Dave Cohen, University of Oregon
Gary Goncher, Portland State University
George Williams, CEO, Voxtel
Scott Schumacher, VP Sales and Marketing, Peak Sun Silicon
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Panel 2: Oregon Solar University Research Inventory
Joseph Janda, Portland State University
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Keynote: Nanostructured Porous Materials for Low Carbon Energy Conversion
Jessika Trancik, Assistant Professor in the Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Introduced by Christof Teuscher, Portland State University
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel 3: Solar Materials of Tomorrow, nano/micro technologies
Angus Yip, CTO, Soluxra
David Ginger, University of Washington
Greg Rorrer, Oregon State University(moderator)
Guozhong Cao, University of Washington
Rajendra Solanki, Portland State University
Terri Fiez, Co-founder and Director, Azuray Technologies
Dirk Weiss, Washington Technology Center

For detailed information about the Solar Materials Symposium please click here . 

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nano 101 – What Technology, Business and Government Professionals Should Know
  Sometimes it seems like everyone is jumping to attach the prefix “nano” to their product or research area. Does “nano” really mean anything? Although often described in terms of the latest technological revolution, nanotechnology is unique. It is not limited to one particular industry segment of materials set. Rather, nanoscience leads to new ways of manipulating materials which could potentially revolutionize a wide cross-section of existing technologies. This breadth of application, however, creates the danger of scope creep in our understanding of what is novel. Unfortunately, if we allow the prefix “nano” to become no more than a marketing gimmick, the potential for public misunderstanding leading to fear and ill-conceived regulation increases. It is essential for a broad cross-section of society to become knowledgeable enough to take the initiative and lead a rational and broad-based conversation on the risks and rewards of nanotechnology. If not, future technological advancements risk being hamstrung by irrational fear and redundant layers of bureaucracy.
  Part I. Nanotechnology, Nanohype and Nanoregulation
Paul E. Burrows, Principal, Reata Research
  This introduction will explain the fundamental physical and chemical significance of the nanoscale using simple analogies that can be understood without advanced physics or mathematics. Once you understand how nanoscale structure can (and can’t) change the properties of ordinary materials it will be easier to separate the hype from the reality, ask tough questions to ascertain whether a new “nano” technology is really significant, and meaningfully assess the risks and rewards of the latest technological breakthrough. The surprise conclusion: of course there is risk associated with nanotechnology. But what about the risk created by not developing it?
  Part II. The Evolution and Potential of Nanofabrication (90 minutes)
Paul E. Burrows, Principal, Reata Research
  Since the invention of solid state electronics, the inexorable trend of miniaturization ultimately enshrined in “Moore’s Law” has made fabrication at the nanoscale inevitable. Indeed, semiconductor manufacturers have successfully extended conventional techniques to realize modern microprocessors with features only a few tens of nanometers wide. This lecture will show a few of the tricks of the trade to approach the nanoscale from the top-down and introduce some new ideas that might revolutionize manufacturing by starting with the atoms themselves and building devices from the bottom-up with atomic precision. In principle, a single organic molecule can be used as a nanoscale electronic device, in fact you can even buy displays that use organic molecular materials now if you know where to look. As an example of early “bottom-up” manufacturing, we will explain what exactly an organic molecule is and why it deserves to be considered a nanotechnology. And what might be yet to come, even beyond atomically precise manufacturing?
  Part III. The importance of Nanotechnology to the National and Local Economies (45 minutes)
Robert D. “Skip” Rung, President and Executive Director, ONAMI
  The essential underpinning of high-wage economies is labor (blue and white collar) productivity, and the highest productivity leverage comes from innovation/intellectual property – a principle that has been nationally recognized at such historical moments as the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1868. A useful and valid way of thinking about nanotechnology is that it is (most of) the cutting edge in physical, chemical and biomolecular technology innovation, i.e. the basis of performance and competitiveness for almost every physical product (and thus, indirectly, for most software). This is why the National Nanotechnology Initiative is one of the largest federal R&D investments in U.S. history, why nano-scale materials science is a key enabler for cost-effective renewable energy and a central focus for cancer research, and why global competition for leadership in this field is fierce. The Pacific Northwest region is very well positioned with leading micro- and nanotechnology industry R&D assets – especially in semiconductors, scientific instruments, aerospace, specialty materials and recently photovoltaics. It is also home to an increasing concentration of basic and applied nanotechnology research groups and user facilities.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pacific Northwest Micro-Nanoscale Engineering Workshop
  Join other entrepreneurs, business executives, engineers and industrial suppliers to learn of current advancements and future markets for microchannel process technology (MPT) including applications in nanomanufacturing, silicon processing, health care, sustainable energy and national security among others. This workshop is sponsored by the ONAMI Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI), a joint endeavor between Oregon State University (OSU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) committed to enabling the emerging MPT industry through the rapid development and commercialization of MPT technology. Application-oriented presentations by experts from the MBI will outline current applications and future visions for MPT technology that will bring new markets, new jobs and sustainable solutions across many industries. If you are involved or interested in the development and commercialization of MPT technology, this workshop is for you.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
Kevin Drost, OSU, MBI
1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Significance of Microchannel Process Technology (MPT)
Kevin Drost, OSU, MBI
  Microchannel process technology (MPT) is still in its infancy in terms of being integrated within commercial products and systems. Dr. Drost will present several compelling examples of current and future microchannel process technologies (MPTs) for application in fields ranging across energy, health care, environment and national security.
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Advantages of MPT Solutions
Goran Jovanovic, OSU, MBI
  Microchannels provide a means of overcoming heat and mass transfer limitations in many thermal and chemical processes. Professor Jovanovic will articulate the advantages of MPT and provide various examples to elaborate these advantages.
1:50 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Arrayed Microchannel Manufacturing: Progress and Needs
Brian Paul, OSU, MBI
  MPT entrepreneurs and business executives are beginning to encounter and resolve cost and reliability issues associated with current arrayed microchannel manufacturing practices. Manufacturing challenges include cost-effective patterning of laminae and high-yield lamination processes with adequate dimensional control. Because products currently under development span a range of temperatures and pressures and employ a variety of working fluids, designers require a broad set of material properties and compatible fabrication processes. Professor Paul will focus on MPT manufacturing needs and progress made toward accelerating the emergence of MPT products.
2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. MPT Opportunities, Goran Jovanovic, OSU, MBI
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Opportunity 1 – Microchannel Energy Applications,
Richard Peterson, OSU, MBI
  Energy systems that incorporate microchannel components can be for energy production, storage and utilization technologies that are small, modular, more efficient or made easily distributed and portable. Examples include devices for producing electricity from small heat sources such as microchannel combustors coupled with advanced thermoelectric materials for portable electricity generation. Another example would be for recovering waste heat from engines and industrial processes for improving system efficiency. Microchannel components could enable new energy applications ranging from powering portable devices to being integrated into large industrial processes for better efficiency.
3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Opportunity 2 – Green Building Technologies
Ward TeGrotenhuis, PNNL, MBI
  Approximately one quarter of energy consumption in the US is in buildings. Building electric loads, particularly air conditioning, drive our need for peak power electricity. In its infancy, MPT was initially focused on reducing energy consumption within buildings. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the role that MPT can play in green building design including distributed HVAC and combined heat and power cycles.
3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Opportunity 3 – Polysilicon Production
Goran Jovanovic, OSU, MBI
  The States of Oregon and Washington already captured national reputation that is encapsulated in the metaphoric name: Silicon Forest. All areas related to silicon production and applications are already present in the Northwest: Polycrystalline silicon production, Silicon wafer production, Chip production, Solar Cell production etc. Future developments of the semiconductor industry will hinge on massive, inexpensive and sustainable production of silicon. MBI is beginning to apply MPT to the basic production of polycrystalline silicon. The overall goal of this effort is to: i) reduce production cost of polycrystalline silicon, ii) reduce energy and material used, and ii) provide environmental benefits measured through reduced CO2 footprint in this industry. Please join us in defining goals and objectives, and in considering collaborative organization of this effort.
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Opportunity 4 – Sustainable Nanomanufacturing
Brian Paul, OSU, MBI
  Realization of the future potential of nanotechnology has been hampered by nanomanufacturing processes characterized by poor energy efficiencies, high solvent usage, poor material utilization, high costs and/or low yields. Microreactor-assisted nanomaterial deposition (MANDTM) techniques being developed at the MBI are capable of producing inexpensive nano-textured films with enhanced heat transfer, catalysis and transmissivity. Many MANDTM applications operate under ambient conditions using aqueous solution-phase chemistries. This presentation will provide multiple MANDTM applications emphasizing opportunities for reducing costs, environmental impacts, and/or safety and health exposure.
4:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Connect with the MBI, Enable Technology, Commercialize Innovations, Brian Wall, OSU Technology Transfer
  The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute is a joint collaboration between OSU and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. This presentation will emphasize how to engage with the MBI and how technology transfer is conducted through the MBI.
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open Forum
5:00 p.m. Wrap-up, Kevin Drost, OSU, MBI

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nanotechnology Commercialization: Intellectual Property and Patent Reform
  Nanotechnology Patent Law: The Path to Successful Patent Applications
George Renzoni, Ph.D., Member L. Rhys Lawson, Ph.D., Associate Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness, PLLC (Seattle, WA)
  The current state of nanotechnology patents will be addressed, including how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has adapted (or not adapted) to meet the needs of nanotechnology inventors. Additionally, patent reform will be discussed, including the potential impact of current legislation on nanotechnology patent law.
  Nanotechnology Commercialization: A Multi-Faceted Perspective
Chuck Williams, University of Oregon, Bob Silva, PNNL, Jay Lindquist, ONAMI and Dune Sciences
  A broad spectrum of speakers will first discuss nanotechnology commercialization from the perspective of their respective organizations and then the faculty will assemble as a panel to answer questions from the audience. Invited speakers include representatives from university technology transfer, Federal Laboratory technology transfer, a nanotechnology startup company, a venture capital firm, and a private technology commercialization company.


The advance registration rate of $195 (available through September 14) and deeply discounted hotel block rate of $116 are available until Friday, September 4, 2009. See www.micronbc.org for details.

For further information, please visit www.micronbc.org or contact the conference manager:

Skip Rung * President and Executive Director * ONAMI * skip@onami.us * 541.231.4883