Conference Sponsorship: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)


Place: Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah

Date: April 21-23, 2004

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Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices

Summary: Foundations of Nanoscience is intended to have a major impact on the emerging field of nanoscience and self-assembly -- it will for the first time get those people working in self-assembly in the same place. It is intended that the conference on Foundations of Nanoscience is to be held annually in subsequent years.


Overview: The construction of molecular scale structures at the scale of the 1 - 100 nanometer range is one of the key challenges facing science and technology in the twenty-first century. This challenge is at the core of an emerging discipline of Nanoscience, which is at a critical stage of development. There have been some notable successes in the construction of individual molecular components (e.g., carbon nanotubes, and various molecular electronic devices), and the individual manipulation of molecules by probing devices. However, a key deficiency is the lack of methods for constructing complex devices out of large numbers of these molecular components. We need methods to help us hold, shape, and assemble various molecular components into complex machines and systems. 

Top-down methods for construction of nanostructures, such as e-beam lithography, have inherent limitations in scale. Bottom-up methods appear to have no such scale limitations. Self-assembly is a bottom-up method of construction where substructures are spontaneously self-ordered into superstructures driven by the selective affinity of the substructures. While top-down methods are well understood, and widely used in engineering and manufacturing processes, self-assembly is a much less well-understood construction process.  Chemists have for many decades used self-assembly methods (for example, for the self-assembly of lipid or polymer layers), but they conventionally result in structures with limited complexity, and are not readily programmable. However the cell is self-assembled, and contains many complex structured components. 

A missing pillar in the emerging discipline of Nanoscience is an understanding of self-assembly methods for forming complex structured components. For a variety of historical reasons, self-assembly processes and experiments have not been examined by science to the degree that is now needed by Nanoscience. The Conference will provide a synergism for a community of scholars working in self-assembly related areas who would otherwise not have contact with each other.




Invited Papers Due: February 25, 2004


Poster Submission Deadline: February 25, 2004


CUT-OFF DATE for Snowbird Hotel Room Reduced Rates: February 15, 2004


SPONSOR: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)




Program Chair: John Reif

Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC


Phone: 919-660-6568


Program Committee: Track Chairs


Track on Principles and Theory of Self-Assembly:

Track Chair: Leonard Adleman, Laboratory for Molecular Science, University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA


Track on Self-Assembled DNA Nanostructures:

Track Chair: Nadrian Seeman, Department of Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY


Track on Self-Assembled Surface Chemistry:

Track Chair: Lloyd Smith, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Track on Peptide and Viral Self-Assembly

Track Chair: Michael Hecht, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


Track on Conformal, Magnetic & Hydophobic-Hydrophilic Self-Assembly:

Track Chair: Karl Bohringer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Track on DNA-Metal Aggregates:

Track Chair: George C. Schatz, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


Track on Molecular Electronics Devices:

Track Chairs: James R. Heath, Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, CA & Kwan Kwok, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VI


Track on Molecular Electronics Architectures:

Track Chairs: R. Stanley Williams & Philip J. Kuekes, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Palo Alto, CA


Track on Molecular Motors:

Track Chair: Andrew Turberfield, Department of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK


Track on Fullerene Nanostructures:

Track Chair: Jie Liu, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC


Track on Molecular Sensors:

Track Chair: Homme Hellinga, Department of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical School, Durham, NC


Track on New Funding Program Ideas

Track Chair: Sri Kumar, Information Processing Technology Office(IPTO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VI


Preliminary SCHEDULE:



The Conference will contain Invited Talks (all talks in the main Conference Sessions are by invitation only) in the Main Session Tracks listed above. The length of each regular Invited Talk time slot is 20 minutes (17 minutes for the presentation plus 3 minutes questions). The length of Invited Talk by each Track Chair is 30 minutes, to allow for extra time to also introduce & overview the session topic.



Submission Deadline: February 25, 2004

All Invited Speakers are invited and requested to submit an Invited Paper, due February 25, 2004, to appear in the Conference Proceedings. Each invited speaker should submit at least an abstract and is encouraged to submit a paper up to 15 pages. The Conference Proceedings will be published as an electronic book by an electronic publisher, and both electronic and printed versions of the proceedings will be subsequently available by commercial book venders. A hard copy of the preliminary Conference Proceedings will also be provided to registered Conference attendees.

Detailed specifications of the paper format is posted at web location: . The submission of an Invited Paper is via the paper submission web page: . On that paper submission web page, first select  “Create an Account” to define your own login name and password. (For security on that paper submission web site, please use a non-obvious password. Be sure to record your chosen login name and password, since then you can subsequent repeatedly re-upload your paper and/or change contact names or paper title until February 25. Please do not later re-submit you paper under a second login name, since this will cause us confusion.) Then after defining your own login name and password, you should next select “Login”at the paper submission web page . After entering your login name and password, you will be able to upload your PDF formatted paper.  Please then select "Invited Paper" in the web pull-down paper category choice.

*** Unfortunately, we have a firm paper submission deadline of February 25, and after that deadline the website will close down so the electronic publisher can format the proceedings.


REQUIRED COPYRIGHT FORM (due by February 25, 2004):

When submitting your Invited Paper or Poster Abstract, please be sure you fill out, sign and date the copyright form at web URL:

and fax the completed form to "Foundations of Nanoscience Conference" at fax number: 919-660-6519. *** We can not include your paper in the proceedings unless the fax reaches us by February 25.



Submission Deadline: February 25, 2004

The Conference will also contain submitted Poster Presentations. The topic of the poster can be in any of the areas of self-assembly or applications. To request a Poster Presentation, you will need to upload by February 25, 2004 a one page abstract (including authors, title, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and email address) at web location: . On that paper submission web page, select "Poster Abstract" in the web pull-down paper category choice. The format for submitted abstracts is a one-page version of the proceedings paper format posted at web location: . Acceptances/Rejections will be notified by March 1, 2004. If accepted, then in addition to the poster presentation, the submitted one page abstract will also be included in the Conference Proceedings.

The due date of February 25 is firm; poster abstract submissions will not be possible after that date.


Invitation of Group Poster Presentations. Each invited speaker, in addition to delivering a talk and posting a paper to the paper submission website, is encouraged to invite research group members or collaborators to submit posters.  There is limit of two poster submissions per invited speaker's group, and a requirement that the poster presenters should not be the invited speaker (but can be members of the invited speaker's group or collaborators). These restrictions are imposed since the posters are intended to supplement (but not repeat) the speaker’s talk and/or present other timely material. The Conference poster session organizers will provide standard mounting space for each poster.

If a member of an Invited Speaker’s group is submitting a poster:

In addition to the electronic submission of a one page paper at web location, described above, please have the poster presenter email by February 25 the following information to with email subject title 'FNANO Poster":

(0) Name of Poster Presenter: ______

(1) Name of Affiliated Invited Speaker: ______

(2) Track: ______

(3) Poster Title: ______

(4) Affiliation: ______

(5) Mailing Address: ______

(6) Phone: ______

(7) Fax: ______

(8) Email Address: ______


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Fee $350 due March 1, 2004 (not required for Invited Speakers). If you are not an Invited Speaker and intend to attend the Conference (to present a Poster presentation or otherwise attending the talks), please send by February 25 a check in the name of "Duke Dept of Computer Science" to Foundations of Nanoscience Conference, Department of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708 USA.

If you have not done this already, please email to  the following;

    Name _____

    Affiliation: ______

    Mailing Address: ______

    Phone: ______

    Fax: ______

    Email Address: ______




The Conference will be at the Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah. It is 20 miles from Salt Lake International Airport.



CUT-OFF DATE for Snowbird Hotel Room Reduced Rates: February 15, 2004.

We have negotiated the following considerably reduced rates for hotel rooms at Snowbird: one hundred Rooms will be  $105.00/night at the Snowbird Cliff Lodge, and $95.00/night at the Lodge at Snowbird (8 minutes walk from Snowbird Cliff Lodge, where the Conference Sessions are held). The reduced rates are generally available for the dates April 19-25 to allow for an extended stay. Reservations with these discount rates are available for booking by calling 800-453-3000 or 801-742-2222. Be sure to specify that you attending the "Foundations of Nanoscience" Conference to insure that you are not charged higher rate. The rooms at either of these hotels are quite spacious and comfortable. Book early to get the reduced rates. Space is limited; rooms may NOT be available after February 15.



The facilities at Snowbird include multiple restaurants, swimming pools & hot tubes, athletic spa, skating rink and world-class skiing. (In addition to the main ski slopes, there is also a beginner's skiing slope that is free at night. There is also free all day skiing for any children with a parent that purchases a ski ticket.)


TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM AIRPORT: A Canyon Transport van to Snowbird from the Airport baggage claim area costs $25 (during regularly scheduled times) and takes 40 minutes. You can make reservations at 801-742-340 or (800) 255-1841. The road up though Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird is rarely closed for snow removal, but this can occur very occasionally in the evening during a very large snowstorm, and also rarely for a period in the morning afterward. Although these events are unlikely, just in case, we strongly suggest you arrive early to avoid problems.



An NSF Workshop on Self-Assembled Architectures will be co-located and be simultaneous with this Foundations of Nanoscience Conference. The NSF workshop's goal will be to study the research challenges and opportunities to NSF in the areas of Self-Assembly, particularly with respect to Self-Assembly methods for Architectures. There will be two evening sessions April 21 and 22; see NSF Workshop Schedule.