Wednesday April 27, 2005
4 PM

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"Novel Applications of Nanotechnology in Mature Industries (Joint ECE/CNN/BME Colloquium"
Dr. David Soane

In this seminar, David Soane will review several high-technology start-ups that utilize cutting-edge nano-chemistry to revolutionize traditional industries with established mass markets. The common theme is surface induced self assembly. It is well known that certain macromolecules can self assemble when interlocking partners are complementary to one another in their geometry and surface characteristics. Biological systems are one such example where complex macromolecules with intricate size, shape, and surface charge distribution result in dynamic 3-D interactions in physiological media. The tremendous bio-diversity found in nature and the autonomous function of living organisms are a direct consequence of such nano-level self-assembly. The start-ups reviewed in this seminar all share the same mission of developing synthetic macromolecules with the same ability to self-assemble in a predictable manner. Major opportunities have been found in various industries by exploiting systems where solid surfaces are treated in liquids containing specially designed nano-structures. Many solid surfaces are candidates, including textile fibers, human hair and skin, cement particles, gypsum, glass/stone/wood/ceramic articles, effervescent couples, food ingredients, drugs, dyestuffs and pigments, pulp fibers, filter matrices, bio-mechanical implants, and surgery tools, etc. The companies to be discussed in this seminar include NanoTex, Alnis BioSciences, Innovative Construction and Building Materials, DuraFizz and Cosmetica.

Biography of the Speaker: David Soane is the scientific founder of several successful high-technology start-ups in the Silicon Valley, including 2C Optics (now Rodenstock NA), ACLARA BioSciences (NASDAQ: ACLA), Alnis BioSciences, Cosmetica, and ZMS.

Formerly the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, Dr. Soane is also the founder of the pioneering nanotechnology textile company, Nano-Tex, LLC (named best "Small Tech" company of 2003 by nanotechnology industry journal Small Times Magazine and featured in TIME Magazine's 2002 "Coolest Inventions of the Year"). He has over a decade of experience in the commercialization of nanotechnology and advanced polymer chemistry.

David Soane received a B.S. (1973) in chemistry from the National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. (1978) in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1979 to 1994, he was a full-time member of the faculty at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, where he published approximately 200 technical papers and two books (Polymers in Microelectronics and Polymer Applications for Biotechnology). His academic research spanned a wide range of topics, including rheology and polymer processing, membrane science and technology, polymerization reaction engineering, photolithography and interlayer dielectrics, polymer matrices for electrophoresis, non-linear optics of macromolecules, and novel microstructures/micro-sensors/micro-actuators. Since his departure from Berkeley in 1994, Soane has focused his energy on several high-technology start-ups including Soane Biosciences (now ACLARA Biosciences), Alnis, and recently, Nano-Tex. These ventures share a common theme: applying leading scientific discoveries to mature industries with ready, mass markets.

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