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  1. Thin-film diblock copolymer Template (Thurn-Albrecht et al., U. of Massachusetts) Bridging Length Scales:Connecting Nanoscale Scienceto Real-World Technologies • Polymers and block copolymers for directed self-assembly of nanomaterials • Self-assembling building blocks or templates • “Bottom-up” approach to directed self-assembly • Linking the nanoscale to the microscale and beyond • Integrating ORNL and university science using CNMS Nanofabrication Research Laboratory • Thin film oxide fuel cells with nanoscale functionality • Nanoscale solid oxides with improved conversion efficiency (ORNL LDRD -- P. Becher, I. Kosacki, et al.) • Carbon nanotube arrays for massively parallel E-beam lithography • DARPA application of DOE fundamental research BESAC Feb 27, 2001

  2. CNMS Connections to the Private Sector How to promote interactions? • If you hold a “nano”-science workshop, they will come! • ORNL workshop involved 10 private companies, including three venture capital investment companies with ~$100M each • ORNL has a strong track record in tech transfer and CRADAs with industry • CNMS will be an enabler for the evolution of nanoscience to industrial nanotechnology • Strong nanoscience/tech transfer already underway at ORNL, especially small companies • CRADAs with major companies, including Motorola and Seagate Technologies • Include industrial partners in research focus areas • Industrial member will be on CNMS Advisory Committee BESAC Feb 27, 2001

  3. Triblock coploymer morphologies Broad Implications for Energy Technologies • Fuel cells (nanostructured ionic conductors) • Catalysts (improved efficiency and selectivity) • Clathrates (carbon sequestration and energy supply) • Sensors (highly specific environmental sensors) • Energy transmission materials (next generation superconductors) • Materials with improved thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, etc. for energy applications • Structural materials (light weight, high strength nano-composites) • Energy storage (carbon-based nanostructures) • Improved magnets (lighter weight motors) • Energy generation (nanostructured photovoltaics) • Self-assembled ordered materials (membranes for separation) BESAC Feb 27, 2001

  4. CNMS Collaborations Will Leverage Nanoscience Investments of States and Federal Agencies • J. Bernholc (NCSU) • J.K. Blasie (Pennsylvania) • W. Butler (Alabama-MINT) • R. Compton, G. Sayler (Tenn.) • S. Das Sarma (Maryland) • H. Dorn (Virginia Tech) • L. Feldman, R. Haglund, S. Pantelides, S. Rosenthal (Vanderbilt) • S. Glotzer (Michigan) • E. Grulke (Kentucky) • R. Hull (Virginia) • J. Mays (Ala-Birm. / Tenn.) • A. J. Millis (Rutgers) • T. Russell (Massachusetts) • D. Schlom (Penn State) • Z. L. Wang (Georgia Tech) • B. Yakobson (Rice) • NSF Polymers and Biomaterials MRSECs at U. Mass., U. Penn., Princeton, UCSB, U. Minn. + others • U. Alabama MINT Center • Georgia Tech Center for Nanosci. & Nanotech. • U. Louisville Center for Nanotechnology • U. Michigan Center for Computational Materials Research • North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials • Rice U. Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology • U. Tennessee: Center for Environmental Biotechnology and Tennessee Advanced Materials Laboratory • Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Biotechnology, and Laser Science Center • U. Virginia Center for Nanoscopic Materials Design • CINT (Sandia / Los Alamos) • Molecular Foundry (LBNL) • NASA Centers of Excellence (Langley, Ames) • National High Magnetic Field Lab • NIST: Polymers Division & Center for Neutron Research * Partial listing only BESAC Feb 27, 2001

  5. How to Protect Our Leading Scientists from Administrative Burden • Hire excellent support staff! • Dedicated administrative support for scientific staff • Establish a Deputy Director position • Protect scientific thrust leaders (and part of Director!) Equally important -- • Focus top scientists on building, leading, and maintaining world-leading science programs and collaborations BESAC Feb 27, 2001