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Marny Skora

Univ. of Va. Professor to Discuss National Nanotechnology Initiative

Televisions, airplanes and computers impacted every aspect of life in the 20th century. Today, scientists claim it's nanotechnology that is revolutionizing our world.

Nanotechnology is the umbrella term that covers many areas of research dealing with objects that are measured in nanometers - a billionth of a meter. To illustrate: a human hair is 70,000 to 80,000 nanometers thick. A hybrid science combining engineering and chemistry, nanotechnology is allowing humans to manipulate individual atoms.

Over $3 billion annually is targeted towards nanotechnology research with trememdous potential payoffs. Dr. Gupta will describe some of the advances made in the area to date and the emerging applications. He will also discuss some of Langley's contributions to the advancement of nanotechnology, specifically in solar energy, nanocomposites, nanostructured materials, compact sensors, and negative index materials.

University of Virginia professor Dr. Mool C. Gupta will discuss the national nanotechnology initiative Thursday, August 3, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Media who wish to interview Dr. Gupta at a press briefing at 1:15 p.m. Thursday should contact Marny Skora at (757) 864-3315 or (757) 344-6111 by noon for credentials and entry to the Center.

Dr. Gupta is a Langley Distinguished Professor and director of the Center for Lasers and Plasmas at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was director of the Applied Research Center, program director for Materials Science and Engineering and a research professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University. He has also been a senior scientist and group leader at Eastman Kodak Company and senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

He has authored or co-authored over 85 research papers and holds 25 patents.


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