NANONEWS: A Noteworthy Name In Nanotechnology or “I Guess No One Told Them About The Gallery.

From the “It’s my blog and I’ll post if I want to” department, a little bit of free press and kind words came my way a few days back from Kacey Williams of the Taylor & Francis Group/CRC Press in the form of the most recent issue of NANONEWS, the monthly newsletter at In case you’ve not been paying attention, the website recently went very 2.0 in appearance and organization, providing a excellent source of nano-related news from a hard-science perspective (a community-based Eureka Alert as it were).

My CV‘s undergone some much-needed settlement since the bio for the newsletter was provided to the website, but all the science still holds, which is just as it should be.

nanonews feature

A copy of the newsletter is sitting locally for my own documentation at


I recommend signing up for the newsletters directly and checking out the rest of the site, as there’s plenty of useful info to be had. And speaking of content, this post also gives me yet another chance to link to the mechanosynthesis slidecast I put together for from my talk at the release of the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems last October.


Slidecast available at

We spend all that time making slides and figuring out what to say, then the original content disappears as the research morphs. I very much like the slidecast idea, as (a) you can make a snapshot of your work to date and (b) you can direct people to you presenting your own work. Do consider putting your own together. The nanoscienceworks group is very accommodating and happy to help you through it.

Single-Atom Manipulation And The Chemistry Of Mechanosynthesis Slidecast At

Direct link to the Slidecast is available HERE. Local copy of Slidecast content is available HERE.

I am pleased to report that an abridged version of the talk I gave at the SME Nanosystem Roadmap Conference (containing one set of tooltip work being performed in collaboration with Eric Drexler and a second in collaboration with Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle) is now available as a slidecast at By way of introduction, I posted about previously when the 2nd Edition of the CRC Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology was published, as the nanoscienceworks site is managed by the handbook publisher, Taylor and Francis. is an information-rich place for nano-researchers (where a biography of your truly is located), publications, and nano-related news aggregated from various sources. Slidecasts are steered PowerPoint presentations with associated audio, all in Flash format for universal playability (I think they’re more generally referred to as screencasts, but they may be new enough that you can call your own label). Unlike a typical research talk, you have time to meditate on verbal content before committing to mp3 format, quite handy when you tend to fly through concepts or find yourself inundated with new research ideas as you walk through the slides and then find yourself jotting notes and leaving long quiet spells in the audio. And if the possibilities of Slidecasts tickle your fancy and you want a thorough range of examples to steal, er, borrow presentation ideas from, I recommend heading over to, whose “About Us” is cohabitated by none other than the good Dr. Deepak Singh.


Click on the image to go to the Slidecast page.

From the website:

One revolutionary, and controversial, prediction of early nanotechnology research was the mechanical manipulation of atomic and molecular feedstocks, or mechanosynthesis. With laboratories now demonstrating atomic manipulation within covalent frameworks, computational chemistry is being employed for its predictive power in proposing and analyzing organic molecular frameworks capable of single-atom control and transfer. This slidecast on single atom manipulation and the chemistry of mechanosynthesis is presented by Dr. Damian Allis, Syracuse University and Nanorex Inc.

If, by some chance, you want to link to the Slidecast, please do so directly from the site and not primarily from here. I would not have produced it without their request and, like any all-encompassing nano-related website, viewers will likely find their site far more useful and educational than this one.

In the interest of time and space, I did reduce the size of the Slidecast presentation, leaving out a few slides that added some useful background but were not necessary to the overall scope of the talk. Just for the official record, I’ve included three additional slides and associated text from the original talk in the non-audio copy of the Slidecast sitting in somewhereville. To the content in the slidecast one might find useful additional information in Chris Pheonix‘s CRNano Live Blog of my talk.

Questions or critique, I’d be very interested in any comments anyone has. The field gets pushed forward with discussion and debate, so the more feedback the better (either as comments below or in emails which, if interested, I’ll then post).

…and if it were not enough to have his mechanosynthesis-affiliated self in the slidecast category, Robert Freitas received double billing for December with “Australia-U.S. Team Designs Test Bed for 3-D Nanorobots,” a post reporting his upcoming (January 2008) article in the journal Nanotechnology.