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The opportunities presented by nanotechnology are far-reaching, novel and unprecedented.

The nano-inspired evolution and transformation of national defence capability has already begun, with the recent conflict in Iraq widely considered the last to be fought without incorporating major benefits from nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Keeping pace with the military applications of nanotechnology research and development is vital if a technological edge is to be maintained in national defence.

Military Nanotechnology – An Opportunity for Defence Evolution, will bring together key government, military and defence industry representatives from the multi-national community. They will be able to discuss and explore how advances in nanotechnology will lead to the military developing smaller, more powerful and more mobile weapons, sensors and surveillance systems that will remain cost-effective and future-proof.

By focusing on the key lines of development in sensors, combatant protection, structures and electronics, Military Nanotechnology will provide a clear and exciting environment, where cutting-edge presentations will address the potential of nanotechnology to revolutionise battlefield surveillance, stealth and the survivability of combatants and equipment.

In addition to this, Military Nanotechnology will enable interaction between top scientists and programme managers from international military research laboratories, academia and the private sector – allowing mutually beneficial dialogue and collaborative arrangements to be formed. Thus ensuring that the potential of nanotechnology to transform the military in ways that were previously unimaginable can be realised and acted upon.

An exceptional speaker line up includes:

  • Mark Mezger, Nanotechnology Programme Co-ordinator, Armament Research, Development and Engineering Centre (ARDEC),  US Army
  • Dr Douglas Imeson, Technical Advisor for Nanotechnology, dstl, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Dr Xavier Grison, Head of Department, Technical Expertise Directorate, Materials and Components Division, Delegation Generale pour l'Armement (DGA)
  • Dr Steven Savage, Deputy Research Director, Functional Materials, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Professor John Ryan, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collarboration (IRC) in Bionanotechnology, University of Oxford
  • Professor Mark Welland, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collarboration (IRC) in Nanotechnology, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Andrew Briggs, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collarboration (IRC) in Quantum Information Processing, University of Oxford
  • Professor Roland Decuypere, Head of Department, Flight Mechanics, Belgium Royal Military Academy
  • Professor Roger Whatmore, Director, Cranfield Nanotechnology Centre, Cranfield University
  • Professor John Pethica, Director, and SFI Research Professor of Physics, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Devices, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dr Carl Picconatto, Lead Scientist, Nanosystems Group, MITRE
  • Dr Brian Lowans, Team Leader, Quantum and Micro Photonics, QinetiQ
  • Dr Daniel Watts, Executive Director, York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Dr Lukas Rohr, Head of EMPA Thun, EMPA, Switzerland
  • Philippe Van Nedervelde, Executive Director Europe, Foresight Nanotechnology Institute
  • Dr Ayman El-Fatatry, Development Manager, Systems Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC), Advanced Technology Centre, BAE SYSTEMS

The conference will be chaired by:

  • Dr David Tolfree, European Vice-President, Micro and Nanotechnology Education Foundation (MANCEF)

Benefits of Attending Military Nanotechnology include:

  • EXPAND your knowledge of ongoing nanotechnology research programmes in sensors, surveillance, computation and combatant survivability
  • IDENTIFY the key defence areas nanotechnology will impact upon and transform
  • ASSESS current and proposed tri-service research initiatives
  • MAXIMISE your organisation's ability to keep pace with the approaching defence revolution
  • NETWORK and connect with military, academic and industry leaders who are shaping the future of military nanotechnology

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr David Tolfree

Dr David Tolfree, European Vice-President, Micro and Nanotechnology Education Foundation (MANCEF)

9:10 NANOTECHNOLOGY AND GLOBAL SECURITY

Philippe Van Nedervelde

Philippe Van Nedervelde, Executive Director, Foresight Nanotechnology Institute, Europe

  • From upgrades to new weapons to new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) - Admiral Jeremiah and R. Freitas
  • Effective intervention with zero lethality and zero collateral damage
  • Opportunities, challenges and threats for global and regional security
  • Challenges and opportunities for our institutions and societies
  • Towards Mutually Assured Permanent Pervasive Inspection (MAPPI)
  • Dangerous transition to a Brave New World
  • 9:50 THE REALIZATION OF NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR WEAPONS APPLICATIONS

    Mark Mezger

    Mark Mezger, Nanotechnology Program Co-ordinator, US Army ARDEC

  • The US Army Armaments Research, Development, and Engineering Center is establishing an Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Program to:
  • Identify Nanotechnology that will enable "Leap-Ahead" advances in weapons systems
  • Develop a model that will accelerate the product application/system integration to address Army transformation issues.
  • Evaluate all issues associated with the life cycle of Nano enhanced products
  • Establish the Manufacturing Science necessary to effectively transition advanced Nanotech to the Industrial Base
  • Reduce development costs and risk by leveraging commercial interest and investments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE MILITARY APPLICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED BY NANOTECHNOLOGY

    Dr Douglas Imeson

    Dr Douglas Imeson, Technical Advisor for Nanotechnology, dstl, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Communications and information processing
  • Functional materials for sensors and signature control
  • Novel structural and active materials for platforms and weapons
  • Energetic materials, batteries and power generation
  • Bio-nanotechnology
  • Defeating terrorism
  • 11:40 NANOTECHNOLOGIES AND DEFENCE APPLICATIONS

    Dr Xavier Grison

    Dr Xavier Grison, Head of Department, Technical Expertise Directorate, Material and Components Division, Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA)

  • Principles for defence R&T in France
  • Nanotechnologies are civilian-driven in Europe
  • Nanotechnologies are an interesting innovation for defence, not a revolution
  • Key of success for defence application of nanotechnologies
  • Potential problems with nanotechnologies
  • Conclusion
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NANOTECHNOLOGY AND THE SOLDIER

    Dr Steven J Savage

    Dr Steven J Savage, Deputy Research Manager, Functional Materials, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • The networked soldier
  • Soldier power
  • Protection
  • Health monitoring
  • Food and shelter
  • Soldier accessories
  • 14:30 NANOTECHNOLOGY-BASED SYSTEMS

    Dr Ayman El - Fatatry

    Dr Ayman El - Fatatry, Development Manager, BAE Systems

  • Enhanced sensing
  • Enhanced material properties for strength, weight and multi-functional performance
  • Enhanced bio-inspired properties for stealth and self assembly
  • Enhanced miniaturisation potential of all platforms with high agility and reconfigurability
  • Enhanced processing powers through ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence
  • Enhanced asset management capabilities through embedded sensing and health monitoring systems
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MINIATURE AERIAL VEHICLES FOR DEFENCE

    Roland Decuypere

    Roland Decuypere, Head of Department, Flight Mechanics, Royal Military Academy, Belgium

  • Mission scenarios
  • Fixed, rotary and flapping wing MAVs
  • Aerodynamic challenges
  • Propulsion and energy
  • Payloads
  • Control and communication
  • 16:20 QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY

    Dr Brian Lowans

    Dr Brian Lowans, Team Leader, Quantum and Micro Photonics, QinetiQ

  • Secure key distribution
  • New encryption strategies
  • Key management strategies
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum technologies
  • Globally secure communications
  • 17:00 QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING: HOW FAR CAN WE GO?

    Professor Andrew Briggs

    Professor Andrew Briggs, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Quantum Information Processing, University of Oxford

  • QIP depends on and exploits the quantum nature of information
  • It already allows communication whose security is guaranteed by fundamental physics
  • For certain tasks it will enable computing zillions of times more powerful than classical information
  • Key quantum computing applications include code-breaking, sorting, and quantum simulations
  • There is strong UK research co-ordinated through the QIP IRC, with some funding from MoD
  • The UK has academic, industrial, and financial potential, for exploiting QIP technology
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr David Tolfree

    Dr David Tolfree, European Vice-President, Micro and Nanotechnology Education Foundation (MANCEF)

    9:10 BIONANOTECHNOLOGY: MEMBRANE PROTEINS AS SENSORS AND RECEPTORS

    Professor John Ryan

    Professor John Ryan, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Bionanotechnology, University of Oxford

  • Single ion channel conductance measurements
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Atomic force microscopy imaging
  • Force-extension measurements of membrane proteins
  • Single molecule electronics
  • Future prospects
  • 9:50 3D MOLECULAR MANUFACTURING: HOW FAR CAN WE GO?

    Professor Mark Welland

    Professor Mark Welland, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Nanotechnology, University of Cambridge

  • Complex 3D nanostructures by self-assembly
  • Functional inorganic/organic hybrid structures
  • Combining lithographic and self-assembly methods
  • Smart materials and coatings
  • The myth of self-replication
  • Learning from nature
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NANOMECHANICS AND THE MANIPULATION AND CONTROL OF MATTER AT MOLECULAR LEVEL

    Professor John Pethica

    Professor John Pethica, Director, and SFI Research Professor of Physics, Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Devices (CRANN), Trinity College, Dublin

  • Mechanical imaging and manipulation of atoms now possible using AFM techniques
  • Correlation of electrical and mechanical properties significant – modelling and devices
  • Effect of molecular structure on mechanics of fluids, especially in confined spaces and biosystems
  • Dissipative deformation of nano-volumes and role in failure of nanostructures
  • Possible new, cheap methods for manufacture of nanostructures
  • 11:40 SMART ACTIVE COATINGS TECHNOLOGY FOR THE US ARMY

    Dr Daniel Watts

    Dr Daniel Watts, Executive Director, Otto H York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

  • Active coating systems extend utility of passive coating systems providing additional benefits and services
  • Integrated, multi-layered Smart Coatings™ systems based on nano-scale components can be designed to provide active and responsive capabilities
  • All coatings must still provide corrosion inhibition characteristics
  • Additional features include damage detection, sensing of adverse ambient conditions, and self-repair, leading to improvement in survivability
  • Power supply capabilities need to be considered and provided
  • Reporting and assessment of coating damage to maintenance personnel is also an important feature, leading to reduction in maintenance/repair labor hours and downtime
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NANOELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS

    Dr Carl Picconatto

    Dr Carl Picconatto, Lead Scientist, Nanosystems Group, MITRE

  • Overview of MITRE research and design effort
  • Novel nanoelectronic systems simulation
  • Special-purpose nanoelectronic circuits
  • Sensor systems
  • Millirobots
  • Ultra-small optical detectors
  • 14:30 NOVEL FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS IN MICROSYSTEMS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

    Professor Roger Whatmore

    Professor Roger Whatmore, Director, Cranfield Nanotechnology Centre, Cranfield University

  • Ferroelectrics – their properties and applications in Microsystems and nanotechnology
  • Growth of ferroelectric thin and thick films onto silicon and other substrates
  • Pyroelectric applications in people sensing and thermal imaging
  • Piezoelectric applications in sensors, including their potential for use in extreme environments
  • Piezoelectric microactuators, including micromotors, and magneto-electric composites
  • Exploitation of novel properties of ferroelectrics, including the use of the switchable polarisation for controlled interactions with virus particle.
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 NANOFACTORY-TOOLS AT WORK IN THE SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE

    Dr Lukas Rohr

    Dr Lukas Rohr, Head of EMPA Thun, EMPA, Switzerland

  • Nanoinstruments for the SEM
  • Indentation with in-situ observation
  • Scratching and structuring
  • Bending and compression of nanowires
  • Manipulation of Nanotubes
  • Non-oxide nanopowders
  • 16:20 NEXT GENERATION COMPONENTS FOR HANDHELD CWA AND EXPLOSIVE DETECTORS

    Job Elders

    Job Elders, President & CEO, C2V

    16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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