SCSU 2nd Annual NanoTechnology and Industry Workshop

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nanotechnology is described as the “science of the very small”, and is predicted to impact literally every facet of our future lives, from pharmaceuticals to fabrics to devices to agricultural products and industrial tools. Nanotechnology is an enabling technology that will dramatically impact our future economy, yet many people still know relatively little about what is becoming a VERY big deal!

The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA), Central Minnesota Manufacturing Association (CMMA), MN Nano, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and St. Cloud State University are offering an informational session on Thursday, February 23, 2012 on the SCSU campus. Attendees will be introduced to the importance of nanoscale science and how properties can be impacted – and manipulated – at that level so atoms and molecules can be arranged the way researchers or engineers dictate, directly affecting the properties of materials to make them harder or lighter or more durable.


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Tentative Schedule    

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ballroom, Atwood Memorial Center,

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Workshop Objectives:

1) To demonstrate the benefits of nanotech and advanced materials.

2) To highlight industries in the region that are utilizing nanotech and advanced materials

3) To introduce the concept of nanotech and advanced materials to those industries that may not be aware of the potential impacts of these areas.

4) To provide networking opportunities to industry and academia to share ideas and provide potential collaboration opportunities in nanotech and advanced materials as well as other science and engineering areas in an effort to promote economic development.

5) To provide our students the opportunity to participate in a scientific/engineering meeting in a convenient location, which will include students presenting their research during the afternoon networking, poster and project session.

6) To introduce the region to the capabilities that St. Cloud State University has to offer.


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8:30 – Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:15 – Introductory remarks

Welcome – Russ Lidberg, SCSU and Lynne Osterman, MN Nano

Nano 101 – Deb Newberry, Director Midwest Regional Center for Nanotechnology Education, Dakota Community Technical College

10:00 – Nanotech & Materials Processes in Industry - Introduction to the Industry Panel

            Lynne Osterman, Executive Director, MN Nano

10:05 – 10:30  Wade Eichhorn, 7-SIGMA, Inc, Minneapolis, MN

                       "Nanoscale Testing of Polymers and Components"

10:30 – 10:55   Dan Malmstrom, Douglas Scientific, Alexandria, MN

                        "NanoTechnology in Genomics - ArrayTapeTM Platform for

                        Ultra-High Throughput Applications in Life Sciences"


10:55              Break


11:10 – 11:35   David Bell, Phygen Coatings, Minneapolis, MN

                           "Physical Vapor Deposited High Performance Super Hard Nano Coatings for Industrial Applications – Combating Wear, Erosion and Corrosion Challenges" 


11:35 – 12:00   Ned Tabat, Seagate Technology, Bloomington, MN

"Nanotechnology in Volume Production"


12:00 – 12:25 Ron Adkins, RJA Dispersions, LLC, Hudson, WI

"Use of Stabilized Nano Particles in Ink Jet Printing


12:25 – Break for Lunch


1:30 – Nanotech & Materials Research at SCSU - Introduction to the Academic Panel                               

          Introduction to the Academic Panel – Dan Gregory,Associate Provost of Research,

          Dean of  Graduate Studies, SCSU          

1:35 – 2:00     Ahmet Sezen, Mechanical Engineering, SCSU

                     "Development of Ultra-miniature MEMS Pressure Sensors for Muscle Force Assessment In Patients with Neuromuscular Diseases"


2:00 – 2:25      Kannan Sivaprakasam, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics, SCSU

                      "Nanoscale Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications"

2:25 – 2:50      Gary Bohannan, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics, SCSU

"Introducing the Fractor: How Small Can We Make It and Still Have It Work?"


2:50     Break

3:05 – Overview of SCSU College of Science and Engineering


          David DeGroote, Dean, College of Science and Engineering, SCSU


3:30 – Tours of College of Science and Engineering Laboratories and Facilities


4:45 – 6:00 – Networking Reception, Poster Session and Project Demos


Registration Information


Registration fee: includes continental breakfast, lunch, networking reception, and facilities tours


  • Outside attendees: $50 with an early bird rate of $40


  • Vendor Table Fee: $100 with an early bird rate of $75


  • SCSU facility tour and/or Networking Reception only (individuals that cannot make the entire day but would like to attend the afternoon tour and/or the reception): $15


Registration links:

  • NON-SCSU (outside), please click here to register.


  • SCSU Faculty and Staff, SCSU students, please click here to register, password required.

             Students, faculty and staff who are interested in attending the workshop,

                                please contact coordinators to get password code to register.


To receive the early bird rate, registration must be made by February 16th, 2012.

A confirmation letter and map will be e-mailed.


Directions and Parking Information


Saint Cloud State University map


Parking available in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp


Contact information

Russ Lidberg

Department of Chemistry and Physics

St. Cloud State University

318 WSB
720 Fourth Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Phone: 320.308.4858

Fax: 320.308.4728



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