NanoTECH 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

A leading forest products nanotechnology researcher is the keynote speaker at the Feb. 28 NanoTECH 2013.

NanoTECH 2013

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular level, typically one to 100 nanometres.

A nanometre is one billionth of a meter.

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Conference agenda

NanoTECH 2013 is co-hosted by NanoVox, a Minneapolis nanotechnology advocacy organization.

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NanoTECH 2013 will deliver sessions featuring nanotechnology research in agriculture, environment, energy and medicine. Featured presenters include speakers from companies using nanotechnology, as well as academics and students engaged in research.

The keynote presenter, Theodore Wegner, assistant director of the Department of Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., is set to speak at 9 a.m. in Atwood Ballroom.

Wegner supervises scientists investigating nanocellulose, a plastic-like fibrous material, derived from wood pulp, which has potential applications in the automobile, aerospace and defense industries. 

Scientists consider cellulose the world's most abundant natural, renewable, biodegradable polymer.

FPL researchers are going beyond nanocellulose to an even smaller component -- cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). Extremely light, and stronger than metals, CNCs could be used to make biodegradable medical implants, next-generation water filters, body armor and adhesives.   

Wegner will discuss FPL's research efforts and summarize cellulose nanomaterials commercialization efforts in Canada, Finland and Japan.

Among the industry presenters are:

Rick Odland is medical director of Twin Star Medical, a Minneapolis developer of micro-porus, hollow-fiber catheters for the healthcare industry. Odland will present on "The Interface of Hollow Fibers and the Interstitium."

Jeffrey Schirer is a senior applications engineer for Hysitron, an Eden Prairie nanomechanical test instrument manufacturing and testing company. He will present on "Nanomechanical Testing and Applications Pertaining to Energy, the Environment, and Medicine."

Wade Eichhorn is a product manager for 7-SIGMA, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of  polymer and metal components and assemblies for the printing, medical, aerospace, and industrial markets. He'll speak about "Flexible Carbon Nanotube Sensors."

Among the academic presenters are:

Sarah Petitto is an assistant professor in the Department  of Chemistry and Physics at St. Cloud State. Her remarks are titled "Analysis of the Oxide Capping Layer on Magnetite (111) Under Environmental Conditions."

Sarah Larsen is a University of Iowa professor of chemistry. She will talk about "Applications of Porous Nanomaterials to Catalysis, Adsorption, Drug Delivery and Imaging."

Direct registration questions to Char Kastanek at or 320-308-4723.

For more information about the conference program, contact Russ Lidberg at 320-308-4858 or

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