Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alan Heeger, Among Speakers at SEMI NanoForum&#153 2006

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Nobel Laureate, Dr. Alan Heeger, Among Speakers at SEMI NanoForum™ 2006

Conference to Host Inaugural SEMI Nano U to Highlight Latest University Research in Nano

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 9, 2006 – SEMI today announced the speaker roster for the upcoming SEMI NanoForum, which is scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2006 at the Marriott in San Jose, California. Among those featured is Dr. Alan Heeger, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, chief scientist and co-founder of Konarka and professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who will give a presentation on nano energy. In addition to the regular conference program, 2006 marks the inaugural year for SEMI Nano U, which will precede the conference and feature leading nanotechnology experts from top US universities offering insight into the latest nanotech research to encourage increased usage of university resources to help drive down R&D costs.

In addition to Dr. Heeger, SEMI NanoForum 2006 brings industry luminaries together to share their insights on successful strategies and technologies for commercializing nanotechnology across four key industries including biotech, energy, defense and aerospace, and nanoelectronics. The primary objective of SEMI NanoForum is to bring nano materials and manufacturing experts, that have enabled the success of the semiconductor industry, together with nanotech executives to match proven capabilities that are available today with needs to enhance existing products, develop new nano products faster and speed time to market.

Featured NanoForum speakers include:

Dr. Angela Belcher, professor at MIT and co-founder of Cambrios Technology (MacArthur Fellow)
Dr. Clinton Ballinger, president, CEO and chairman of Evident Technologies
Ms. Jeannine Sargent, executive vice president and general manager of metrology & instrumentation at Veeco Instruments
Dr. Rob Fastenau, senior vice president of NanoResearch & Industry, NanoBiology; senior executive, Europe at FEI Company
Dr. Chris Eberspacher, vice president of Engineering at Nanosolar, Inc.
Dr. Ged McLean, president and CTO at Angstrom Power, Inc.
Dr. Jong Min Kim, vice president, Samsung fellow and director, Display Labs; director of Samsung Materials Research Center
Mr. Tom Feist, Manager Thin Film Lab at GE Global Research
Dr. Ken Babcock, CEO of Affinity Biosensors

Immediately preceding the regular activities at the NanoForum, SEMI will hold its first SEMI Nano U. Geared at helping SEMI member companies better leverage nanotechnology research from the leading universities to help reduce R&D costs, SEMI Nano U features leading professors and research scientists, who will discuss some of the most cutting edge work happening at universities nationwide. Speakers include:

Dr. Yoshiro Nishi of Stanford University
Dr. Michael Heller of UC San Diego
Dr. Fraser Stoddart of UCLA
Dr. Arunava Majumdar of UC Berkeley
Dr. James Tour of Rice University (named top nanotech innovator in 2006)

“We are very excited about the programs at this year’s NanoForum and Nano U,” said Lubab Sheet, senior director of Nanotechnology at SEMI. “The high caliber of our presenters and the innovative Nano U program truly set this conference apart from other nanotech events, and more importantly, it gives participants a keen insight into the sectors offering the greatest business opportunities in the short-term.”

A complete conference agenda can be found at In addition to the conference sessions, there will be ample time for networking and exploring partnerships, including three nights of receptions, beginning with a Halloween themed welcome reception on October 31 and ending with a joint SEMI/IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council/MIT/Stanford/UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum reception on November 2.

Attendee registration for SEMI NanoForum 2006 is now open, and additional information is currently available at

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (California), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Scott Smith/SEMI US
Tel: 408.943.7957

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