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[Illinois] CNST 2012: Opening Remarks

By Ilesanmi Adesida1, Phyllis Wise1

1. University of Illinos at Urbana Champaign

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CNST Workshop 2012

May 2–3, 2012

Showcasing University of Illinois research in bionanotechnology/nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, and nanomaterials/nanomanufacturing, leading to cross-campus and industry collaborations

National Center for Supercomputing Applications Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Workshop Premise

The broad objective of the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) workshop is to showcase University of Illinois research in bionanotechnology/ nanomedicine, nanoelectronics/nanophotonics, nanomaterials/nanomanufacturing, and computational nanotechnology/nanomechanics.

The general framework of the nanotechnology workshop is similar to those held on campus since 2003; which were all well attended by industry and academia. Some of those interactions have since then led to industry and cross-campus collaborations. The CNST-led forums and workshops have contributed tremendously toward the formation of multidisciplinary teams leading to the establishment of multimillion dollar new nanotechnology centers on-campus. The workshop will provide a forum for industry interactions and collaborations. The workshop brings together campus community (faculty, graduate and undergraduates, administration) from UIUC and other academic institutions, and industry engaged in cutting-edge research. A workshop panel will discuss the roadmap to future direction of research and development in nanotechnology and regional partnerships.

Established in 2001–02, the University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is the premier center for nanotechnology research, education and training, and entrepreneurial and outreach activities.

CNST draws its strength from working as a collaboratory involving the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, Coordinated Science Laboratory,Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Systems, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Schools of Chemical Sciences and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and other multidisciplinary centers.

It brings together nanoscale research from across the campus, drawing faculty from engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, neuroscience, agriculture, medicine, and other areas. The center envisions seamless integration of research from materials to devices to systems and applications. CNST is uniquely located to harness the entrepreneurial and technical spirit in downstate Illinois, with ongoing linkages with the University Research Park, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the State legislature. Industrial and international linkages have also been initiated through multidisciplinary centers. In addition, CNST has embarked on developing a curriculum for nanotechnology education, which will transcend a number of campus departments and units. Exceptional students with interest in nanotechnology projects have been awarded fellowships, as the center prepares the next generation workforce. CNST-led efforts have led to leveraging of existing nanotechnology research labs into also hands-on training sites for molecular and cellular biology, mechanobiology, micro and nanofabrication, and enabling technologies, and tissue engineering.

The CNST thrives on its cutting-edge core research in bionanotechnology, computational nanotechnology, nanocharacterization, nanoelectromechanical systems, nanoelectronics, nanofabrication, nanomaterials, and nanophotonics. Translational areas include: nanoagriculture and food, nanoenvironment, nanomanufacturing, nanomedicine, nanosecurity, and societal implications of nanotechnology. For more information visit: or email: or call 217-244-1353.

Workshop Sponsored by:

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Coordinated Science Laboratory

Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

Institute for Genomic Biology



NSF STC Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS, co-location)


Network for Computational Nanotechnology/NanoHub at Illinois

Nanotechnology Community of Scholars at ACES


Phyllis Wise, Vice President and Chancellor, University of Illinois

Phyllis Wise is Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Vice President of the University of Illinois. Dr. Wise is the chief executive officer for the Urbana-Champaign campus and is responsible for all financial programs, campus policies, and priorities with the mission of ensuring a transformative educational experience for America's next generation of leaders. The Urbana-Champaign campus has a budget of $1.5B with more than $400M in research expenditures. There are 42,000 students and 3,000 faculty members. The university is renowned for its interdisciplinary collaborations, advances in human understanding, community outreach, global partnerships, and life-changing scientific developments. Prior to this appointment Phyllis M. Wise was interim President of the University of Washington in 2010-2011. Before that appointment, she served as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Washington, a position she held for five years. During that time Dr. Wise was a professor of physiology and biophysics, biology, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. Dr. Wise was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis for three years. Prior to that, she was professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1993 to 2001. Wise also was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from 1976 to 1993, promoted through the ranks to full professor of physiology in 1987. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, she holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of Michigan. Wise continues an active research program in issues concerning women's health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging.

Ilesanmi Adesida, Dean, College of Engineering; Founding and Co-Director, CNST, University of Illinois Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's chief academic officer. He oversees the campus' academic programs, policies and priorities, which have been designed to ensure the quality of the educational experience for students and to sustain an environment that encourages and supports academic excellence. As the chief academic officer, Provost Adesida works closely with the Chancellor, the other vice chancellors, the deans of academic colleges and other units, academic staff, the Faculty Senate, and various committees in setting overall academic priorities for the campus. In June 2005, Ilesanmi Adesida (Ill-uh-SAHN-me uh-DISH-uh-duh) became the 13th dean since the inception of the College of Engineering in 1870. He originally joined the Illinois faculty in 1988, and he is currently the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He has previously served as the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and the Associate Director for education of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Compound Semiconductor Microelectronics. Provost Adesida's research interests include nanofabrication processes and ultra-high-speed optoelectronics. He has extensive experience in development of novel processes for wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride. He has also worked on ultra-high-speed photodetectors and photoreceivers in various materials systems. Professor Adesida has chaired many international conferences, including serving as the Program and General Chair of the Electronic Materials Conference, 2000-2003. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Vacuum Society (AVS) and Optical Society of America. He is past-president of IEEE Electron Devices Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1979-84, he worked in various capacities at what is now known as the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility and the School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He was the head of the Electrical Engineering Department at Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria, from 1985-87.

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