CHARLESTON – The third in a series of Nanotechnology Seminars is scheduled April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott. The NASA-sponsored seminar will focus on important building blocks in green nanotechnology and their implications in the development and manufacture of nanomedical products and therapies.

Presented by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and the Marshall University Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems, the seminar series is designed to inform the public about the economic opportunities that nanotechnology presents to industry and medicine as well as its implications on people’s daily lives.

Dr. Kattesh V. Katti, a Professor of Radiology and Physics at the University of Missouri Research Reactor in Columbia, Missouri, will address the seminar, providing an overview of product development using green nanotechnology approaches.

“The potential economic impact that West Virginia stands to realize from the use of Nanotechnology is little short of enormous,” said Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI. “Nanotechnology’s job creation in manufacturing, healthcare research and other fields promises to be truly significant. The ability to bring national experts to West Virginia to speak about what’s ongoing and where the technology is heading is a tremendous opportunity for us. The importance of these seminars can’t be overstated.”

The keynote speaker is a founding member of two nanotechnology companies. One of Dr. Katti’s companies is actively involved in medical research and development using nanoparticles in the design and development of sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic agents.

Nanotechnology is the study, manipulation and manufacture of ultra-small structures and machines made up of as few as one molecule. Experts say these activities will open unprecedented commercial opportunities. The National Science Foundation predicts that Nanotechnology will blossom into a $1 trillion industry within the next nine years.

The first seminar in the series, funded in part by a NASA educational grant, traced the history, techniques and application of nanotechnology as well as the economic potential of industrial growth through nanoscale advances and innovations in science. The second seminar focused on the application of nanotechnology to better diagnose, monitor and treat disease.

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