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Important Dates

Abstract deadline
extended to February 15

March 1

Early Registration
March 11

13th Annual Conference on

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Monday, April 11 – Thursday, April 14, 2016

Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah


This is a yearly conference on the foundations of nanoscience, maintaining the highest scientific standards and providing many opportunities for discussion and informal exchange of information and questions.  Key topics include experimental and theoretical studies of self-assembled architectures and devices, at scales ranging from nano-scale to meso-scale. Self-assembly is a central but not exclusive theme: the conference covers a broad range of research into synthetic and natural nanoscale structures, devices and systems.

FNANO spans many traditional disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, and engineering. Information on the prior 11 years’ Conferences on Foundations of Nanoscience can be viewed at the archive web site (FNANO04, FNANO05, FNANO06, FNANO07, FNANO08, FNANO09, FNANO10FNANO11, FNANO12, FNANO13, FNANO14, and FNANO15).  The 13th Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO16) will have a mixture of invited talks by distinguished scientists as well as contributed posters and open discussion periods to enhance attendee interaction with the goal of creating vibrant intellectual community in the areas of nanoscience and self-assembly. 

ANNUAL PRIZE AWARDS: The Nanoscience Prize recognizes life-long achievements by a researcher working in any area of nanoscience. Also, the Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in any area of molecular programming. The winners of these prizes will be awarded during an evening session of the upcoming FNANO16 conference and be invited to give prize lectures at FNANO16.

We often include a special track on a topic of emerging interest to the community of nanoscience.


DETAILED CONFERENCE PROGRAM (PDF download - to be uploaded March 15)

FNANO16 WEBPAGE:  www.cs.duke.edu/FNANO16

Sponsored by: ISNSCE

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Jointly supported by: AFOSR, ARMY Research Office. and ONR.

Also partial support from:

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Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal Nanoscale Horizons, Guild BioSciences and


WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology.                                                    

CONFERENCE FORMAT: A combination of:

  • invited and contributed talks, and
  • posters and open discussion periods.

PAPER and POSTER SUBMISSIONS:  http://www.cs.duke.edu/FNANO/abstract_submission.html

SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE: extended to Feb. 15, 2016. (submissions to be opened Jan 10, 2016) Upload by Feb. 15 an abstract of one to two pages in PDF format. Even if your talk is invited, you still need to submit an abstract by this date.
Acceptance/Rejection DECISIONS: by March 1.

REGISTRATION: http://fnano.cs.duke.edu/registration/ (Registation Website to be opened Jan 15) Early Registration Deadline: March 11.

Early Registration Deadline: March 11.

CONFERENCE VENUE: The Conference Venue is the Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah.

CUT-OFF DATE for Snowbird Hotel Room Reduced Rates: March 9.


General Chair: John H. Reif Description: email Description: home, Dept of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC
Program Chair: Andrew Turberfield Description: email Description: home, Dept of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Descriptions of the program Tracks are provided on the Organization and Program Tracks website.




DNA Nanostructures

Nadrian Seeman Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept of Chemistry, New York Univ, New York, NY

Protein & Viral Nanostructures

Nicole Steinmetz Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve Univ., OH

Integrated Chemical Systems

Amar Flood Description: email   Description: Webpage    

Dept of Chemistry, Indiana Univ.

Principles and Theory of Self-Assembly

Rebecca Schulman Description: email    Description: Webpage

Chemical  Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, MD

Self-Assembly Across Scales

Marya Lieberman Description: email  Description: Webpage

Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Computational Tools for Self-Assembly

William Shih Description: email   Description: Webpage

Depts of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Synthetic Biology

Alex Deiters Description: email  Description: Webpage 

Dept. Chemistry, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Nucleic Acid Nanostructures in Vivo

Yamuna Krishnan  Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept. Chemistry, Univ. of Chicago

DNA & Analytical Methods

Andrew Ellington Description: email   Description: Webpage

Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept, Univ of Texas at Austin

Biomedical Nanotechnology

Thomas LaBean Description: email   Description: Webpage

Materials Science & Engineering, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC

Special Track on Modified DNA

Floyd Romesberg Description: email  Description: Webpage

Scripps Research Institute, LaJolla, CA

Nanophotonics & Superresolution

Tim Liedl Description: email   Description: Webpage

Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ, Munich, Germany

Molecular Motors

Andrew Turberfield Description: email  Description: Webpage

Dept of Physics, Oxford Univ, Oxford, UK


Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices
Copyright 2016
John Reif, Conference Chair
Andrew Turberfield, Program Chair