Nanotechnology: Unveiling the Big World of the Very Small

Wednesday, November 14, 2012,


Brown’s Towne Lounge, 189 Liberty Street NE, Salem, OR


Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

How are materials that are only a 1/1,000,000,000 (a billionth) of a meter in size created, tested and engineered? How are these materials reshaping the world of computer technology, renewable energy, medicine, building materials and many others? The US is investing billions of dollars a year in nanotechnology research and commercialization; come explore the exciting world of “nano” and how the State of Oregon, with its state-of-the art facilities and researchers, is leading the charge in creating large advances in the very small.

Dave Johnson, PhD, is the Rosaria P. Haugland Chair in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Having received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1983, Dave joined the University of Oregon in 1986. Dr. Johnson’s groundbreaking, non-traditional approach to chemical synthesis has led to the creation of many new materials with immediate practical applications. Dr. Johnson is both an entrepreneur and educator, and has worked extensively with the Engineering and Technology Industry Council to create research and educational programs with Oregon Industries. He led the Material Science Institute’s efforts to create the Graduate Internship Program (Industrial Internship Graduate degree program) . This program now partners with more than 100 companies as well as universities and colleges across the country, providing both Master’s and Ph.D. students in chemistry, physics and engineering with opportunities to spend six to nine months interning at some of the nation’s top companies. Dr. Johnson has strengthened ties between local industry and the University of Oregon and between the University of Oregon and PSU and OSU. He was able to provide both industry and fellow academics access to expensive materials characterization equipment by establishing CAMCOR – the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon. CAMCOR is Oregon’s high tech extension service housing over $30M in analytical instruments.

More recently, Dr. Johnson collaborated with OSU and UO partners to establish the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry.