Discussing the Future of Nanoscience

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Tuesday’s ACS Nano featured an op-ed by Professor Paul S. Weiss, highlighting a meeting of leaders in nanotechnology in Beijing. Weiss was also quoted Monday in a Chemical and Engineering News article about the meeting.

The editorial piece written by Professor Paul S. Weiss (ACS Nano Editor-in-Chief) and fellow associate editors reflected on their experiences at the Nanocenter Director’s Forum in Beijing, where “nanocenter directors from around the world gathered to discuss topics such as the future of nanoscience, the balance between basic and applied research, public perceptions of nanotechnology, public outreach efforts, and how we might share our experiences with our members, partners, governments, and the public.”

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ACS Nano editors at the Nanocenter Director’s Forum in Beijing
Left to Right: Paul S. Weiss, Paul Mulvaney, Andre Nel, Andrey Rogach

In addition, Weiss was quoted in the Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) coverage on the meeting, which preceded ChinaNano 2013, considered the largest nanoscience meeting in the world.

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Nanoscientists meet in Beijing.  Left to Right: Paul S. Weiss, Flemming Besenbacher, Chunli Bai, and University of Science & Technology of China president, Jianguo Hou

You can read the full ACS Nano article here.  The C&EN article titled, “Nanotech Leaders Convene in Beijing,” is available here.

Thank you to Stuart Wolpert at the UCLA Newsroom, ACS Nano, and C&EN for the information and photos used in this story.

Professor Paul Weiss (Center Front) with his research group


Paul S. Weiss received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He was a post-doctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986-1988 and a Visiting Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988-1989. In 2009, he became Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, and Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences. Before coming to UCLA, he was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics at the Pennsylvania State University, where he began his academic career as an assistant professor in 1989. His interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists. Their work focuses on the atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies. He and his students have developed new techniques to expand the applicability and chemical specificity of scanning probe microscopies. They have applied these and other tools to the study of catalysis, self- and directed assembly, physical models of biological systems, and molecular and nano-scale electronics. They work to advance nanofabrication down to ever smaller scales and greater chemical specificity in order to connect, to operate, and to test molecular devices. He has published over 200 papers and patents, and has given over 400 invited and plenary lectures.