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The Leading Voice of the Nanotech Revolution
NanoBusiness Alliance Publication

This Week's Issue:
1. From The Director
2. In The Spotlight: Dr. Heiko Jacobs, University Of Minnesota
3. Industry News
5. Industry Events
6. About The NanoBusiness Alliance
7. Previous Issue - September 17, 2003

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Dear Friends - Before you read any further please pick up the phone and call 202-224-3121 or pull up: and amyl your Senators immediately and let them know that you want them to:

Pass the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Senate Bill # 189) Today!!!

This is very important. The bill is a great first start to ensure US nanotechnology competitiveness, better funding for research, more jobs and it will spur long term economic growth in nearly every state in the union. Please don't blow this request off. I know it's awkward to do this kind of thing but legislators respond to constituents. So if you're an investor, a researcher, a corporate exec or just interested in nanotechnology -- CALL or E-MAIL RIGHT NOW! The bill has widespread support but it needs your voice to get it to a vote today.

In other news, the Alliance was a sponsor of the recent MIT Technology Review ETC 2003

One of - if not -- the best technology events in the world. Researchers ranging from Angie Belcher to Nathan Myrvold to Stephen Chou spoke and presented - though Nathan proved he is a far better software guy than a businessman. A couple of incredible highlights included Michael Dell who when asked if he had to build a new technology empire from scratch where would he start - the reply: "NANOMATERIALS." GE's Jeff Immelt was similarly bullish on nanotechnology, noting at length that it is one of the top three areas GE is investing in for the future. Not a bad grouping of cheerleaders for the nanotech field are they? I might add the nanotech session was the most crowded of any of the sessions (be on the look out for hot -but quiet nanotech startup Kovio and its CEO Colin Bulthaup). Great work by Bob Metcalf at Polaris, the folks at Tech Review and Vince Caprio at Penton pulling this one off.

While in Boston I had the chance to visit labs at MIT and Boston University. Investors, keep an eye on the technologies coming out of BU over the next few years. A little secret is that it almost pulls in as many research dollars as MIT, its photonics/nanotech center is nearly unmatched as a facility, former NASA director (and nano-visionary) Dan Goldin just became president, and they have one of the most innovative models for technology transfer I have come across.

Last week we also worked with the Department of Commerce and NSF to help hold the first event on nanotechnology as a tool for economic development. Over 100 attendees from more than 25 states showed up to discuss everything from how to get a nanotech initiative started to best practices. I want to give special thanks to Sean Murdock of AtomWorks who served as my partner in crime moderating many of the sessions, as well as Ed Moran of Deloitte & Touche, Dr. Nathan Swami of UVA, John Sargent of the Dept. of Commerce, Phil Bond (DOC), Mike Roco (NSF/NNI), Clayton Teague (NNCO), Geoff Holdridge (NNCO), Stephen Gould (NNCO) and many who I am forgetting for a fantastic effort and a valuable event. Be on the lookout for a report of the proceedings in the next few months as well as a new webpage or two.

In other meetings, we got the chance to compare notes with some colleagues at the French Embassy along with two visiting Senators from France. Expect to hear about some partnering efforts in the near future. I also sat down with the fine folks at the Canadian Embassy to discuss being intercontinental collaboration. There is some great work being done throughout Canada in the field, especially at the newly developing nanotech facility in Edmonton. We also have planned meetings with the Polish, Israel, and Chinese embassies over the next few weeks (three countries - mark my words --- that will be to nanotech outsourcing what India is to the software industry).

Speaking of international efforts, building on the success of our recent trade mission to Switzerland and Germany, the NanoBusiness Alliance will be hosting the first nanotech trade mission to Japan. The trade mission will again be in conjunction with the US Department of Commerce. We will be hitting Japan in March 2004 for 10+ days, finishing up at the 35,000+ person Nanotech 2004 trade show. We have limited spaces available so contact Dr. Nathan Tinker today (more than 1/2 the spots are already taken). The tour will hit some of the leading corporations and research centers in Japan. We also have secured a large exhibition space at the show. The Alliance is offering the trip and/or the exhibition space at great savings to all our members. Non -members will also see significant savings and have the opportunity to make unmatched business relationships in Japan and throughout Asia at this leading nanotech event.

To wrap it up, we are assembling our winter 2003 NanoBusiness Directory make sure your company is included at: Be on the look out for some big changes on the website over the next week or two including a new public policy area: . And make sure to read the interview below with Dr. Jacobs on his exciting new work in the nanoxerography field.

Take care.

F. Mark Modzelewski
Executive Director
NanoBusiness Alliance
New York, NY


Dr. Heiko Jacobs
University Of Minnesota

The work of Dr. Heiko Jacobs caught our eye recently. This graduate of Germany's University of Wuppertal and the famed Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has been leading the charge in directed self-assembly of nanoparticles through the exciting new area of nanoxerography. He and his colleagues at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota have been tackling one of nanotech big hurdles -- finding ways to position the minuscule building blocks that make up microscopic electronics and machines. Using a process not all that different from photocopying, Jacobs has arranged particles of carbon and gold into patterns on silicon wafers over areas as large as a square centimeter. The possibilities are staggering.

NbA: Dr. Jacobs, what is nanoxerography exactly?
Dr. Jacobs: Nanoxerography is a parallel process to position and assemble nanoparticles on surfaces with 100 nm resolution. Nanoxerography is based on the same physical principle that is used in xerographic copy machines and laser writers. It uses a charge pattern on a substrate to direct the assembly of oppositely charged particles. The difference of nanoxerography is that we have developed a process to pattern charge and to assemble nanoparticles onto charge areas from the gas and liquid phase at a resolution that is 1000 times greater than what is accomplished using existing technology. The process can handle nanoparticle and nanometer sized components that are 4 orders of magnitude smaller than toner particles.

NBA: What gave you the idea or inspired you to develop this method?
Dr. Jacobs Today, nanotechnology is in its infancy because only rudimentary nanostructures can be created and assembled. The most inspiring challenges in Nanotechnology of today and the future are found in the question: "How can we go beyond the rudimentary nanostructures and assembly strategies, and how are we going to solve the problem of manufacturing nanoelectronic devices that are integrated into functional micro and macroscale systems?" The idea of nanoxerography was born several years ago when we were using atomic force microscopes to pattern charge with sub 100 NM resolution. Looking at the physics we realized the potential of using charge based receptors to position nanoparticles building blocks and we decided to work on parallel methods.

NBA: What can nanoxerography be used for?
Dr. Jacobs Nanoxerography is a process to position and assemble nanoparticles or nanometer sized components. Nanoparticles provide a variety of functions and are one of the most important building blocks for future nanotechnological devices. Examples of such devices are single electron transistors, quantum-effect-based lasers, photonic bandgap materials, filters, and wave-guides. Today device prototypes are realized using random particle deposition and single particle manipulation. Such strategies are useful to fabricate and explore new device architectures; however, their lag in yield and speed. The aim of Nanoxerograpy is to provide a parallel tool to print nanoparticles. Printed nanoparticles can be used to form circuits and nanoparticle based devices.

NBA: What would be the advantages over current methods?
Dr. Jacobs: The advantage compared to traditional Xerography it is the resolution. More recently there have been a number of new strategies to assemble components and nanoparticles onto substrates that are based on self-assembly and directed assembly. Most actively investigated areas currently use protein recognition, DNA hybridization, hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity, and magnetic interactions. In our own work we have investigated the use of surface tension and electrostatic interactions to drive the assembly process. Compared to these strategies Nanoxerography has the advantage that it enables the positioning of any material that can hold charge. Insulating, metallic and semi-conducting particles can be printed.

NBA: What markets could this effect?
Dr. Jacobs Nanotechnology in general -- Materials and Manufacturing; Semiconductor Technology; Information and Computer Technology.

NBA: That's a lot of markets. How long until this is in the market? What hurdles do you expect?
Dr. Jacobs: It'll be 5 years to print metallic nanoparticle based circuits (printed and sintered metallic nanopariticles form a conducing circuit on an insulating support). ~10 years to make advanced nanoparticle based devices. We still need to push the resolution from 100 NM down to the 10 NM length scale.

NBA: Are there others working on similar efforts?
Dr. Jacobs: The group of Andreas Stemmer in Switzerland has worked on serial charge patterning techniques and has succeeded to position particles from the liquid phase. Knut Deppert's group has adapted our parallel charge patterning tool and demonstrated positioning of particles from the gas phase.

NBA: Are you looking to start a company with this discovery or work with existing ones or is this one that stays in the lab for a while?
Dr. Jacobs We continue to develop this technology. Two patent applications have been filed and companies that have an interest in this technology are welcome to get in touch with me or Beth Trend at the Technology Transfer Center at the University of Minnesota.

NBA: Dr. Jacobs, thanks for your time and insights into these very exciting developments.

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About the NanoBusiness Alliance

The NanoBusiness Alliance's mission is to create a collective voice for the emerging small tech industry and develop a range of initiatives to support and strengthen the nanotechnology business community. These initiatives include: Research and Education; Public Policy; Public Relations; International Cooperation Activities, Trade Missions, and Events; Industry Support and Development Initiatives; Regional Hub Initiative; and others.

The Alliance was founded by F. Mark Modzelewski, Nathan Tinker and Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital in October 2001. The Advisory Board of the Alliance is headed by the leaders of the nanotechnology community and is headed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Herb Goronkin of Motorola fame and leading venture capitalists Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. With over 250 members strong, the Alliance is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Washington DC and Denver, CO. The Alliance has Hubs and affiliate groups underway in Texas, Chicago, Colorado, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Michigan, New York State, Washington DC. Metro, the EU, Canada and Israel.

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