Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University in his presentation on "Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy," will passionately explain what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world's most pressing challenges.
Dr. Wade Adams
Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, in his presentation on “Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy,” will passionately explain what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges. For the past decade, Dr. Adams was the Director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University, the first organized nanotech center in the world, founded in 1993 by its namesake. For the past 44 years, Dr. Adams has conducted research in polymer physics, concentrating on structure-property relations in high-performance organic materials. Internationally known for his research, he has written more than 200 publications, has five patents (one licensed), and has given over 750 technical presentations.
Manipulation of atoms, molecules, and materials to form structures on the scale of nanometres (billionths of a metre). These nanostructures typically exhibit new properties or behaviours due to quantum mechanics. In 1959 Richard Feynman first pointed out some potential quantum benefits of miniaturization. A major advancement was the invention of molecular-beam epitaxy by Alfred Cho and John Arthur at Bell Laboratories in 1968 and its development in the 1970s, which enabled the controlled deposition of single atomic layers. Scientists have made some progress at building devices, including computer components, at nanoscales. Faster progress has occurred in the incorporation of nanomaterials in other products, such as stain-resistant coatings for clothes and invisible sunscreens.