Nanotechnology Conference

"Nanotechnology and the emerging global knowledge economy: Challenges and opportunities in an international context"

March 29-30, 2007


9:00-9:15 am Welcome – Gary Gereffi (Duke)
9:15-10:45 am Session 1~ Nanotechnology in a Global Context- Part I
Moderator: Gary Gereffi (Duke)
Richard Appelbaum and Rachel Parker (UCSB/CNS) – Nanotechnology in China | lectures PRESENTATION
Timothy Lenoir (Duke) – Visual Mapping of Nanotechnology Networks
10:45-11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 pm Session 2~ Nanotechnology in a Global Context- Part II
Moderator: Tim Lenoir (Duke)
Gary Gereffi, Stacey Frederick and Ryan Ong (Duke & NC State) – Nanotechnology in North Carolina | lectures PRESENTATION
Stefano Micelli and Vladi Finotto (VIU/TeDIS) – Nanotechnology in Italy | lectures PRESENTATION
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-3:15 pm Session 3~ Nanotechnology in International Comparative Perspective
Moderator: Richard Appelbaum (UCSB/CNS)
Rob Burns (Lux Research) – Top Nations in Nanotechnology Research
3:15-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:15 pm Session 4~ China, India, and the Emerging Global Knowledge Economy
Moderator: Nan Lin (Duke/Sociology)
Cong Cao (SUNY/Levin Institute) – China in the Emerging Global Knowledge Economy | lectures PRESENTATION
Vivek Wadhwa and Ben Rissing (Duke/Pratt) – Globalization and Engineering | lectures PRESENTATION


9:00-9:15 am Welcome - Gary Gereffi (Duke)
9:15-10:30 am Session 1: Innovation and Product Development in Nanotechnology
Moderator: Jean Davis (NC Department of Commerce)
Lance Kress (High Performance Coatings)
Jesko von Windheim (Nextreme Thermal Solutions)
10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 pm Session 2: Commercialization and Technology Management in Nanotechnology 
Moderator: Katrin Burt (Intersouth Partners)
Reyad Sawafta (QuarTek & NC NanoAccelerator)
David Myers (RTI)
12:15-2:00 pm Lunch
Introduction: Mark Weisner (Duke/Pratt)
Keynote speaker:  Robert Henn, CTO, Liquidia Technologies~ “Nanotechnology:  Science Fiction or Commercial Reality?”
2:00-3:30 pm Session 3: Public Policy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Where Does North Carolina Fit?
Moderator: Dan Vallero (Duke/Pratt)
John Hardin (North Carolina Board of Science & Technology)
Mark Wiesner (Duke/Pratt)
Katrin Burt (Intersouth Partners)
David Myers (RTI)
3:30-3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45-5:15 pm Session 4: Challenges and Opportunities in the Emerging Knowledge Economy
Moderator: Gary Gereffi (Duke)
Mary Musacchia (ACS)
Rob Burns (Lux Research)
Cong Cao (SUNY/Levin Institute)
Vivek Wadhwa (Duke/Pratt)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception


  • Richard Appelbaum, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rob Burns, Senior Vice President, Lux Research, Inc.
  • Katrin Burt, Investment Analyst, Intersouth Partners, LP, Durham, NC
  • Cong Cao, Senior Research Associate, The Levin Institute, State University of New York
  • Jean Davis, International Trade Manager for the IT and Nanotechnology Sector, NC Department of Commerce
  • Vladi Finotto, Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Venice International University
  • Stacey Frederick, Doctoral Candidate, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University
  • Gary Gereffi, Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness; Professor, Department of Sociology, Duke University
  • John Hardin, Deputy Director & Chief Policy Analyst, North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, NC Department of Commerce
  • Robert Henn, Chief Technology Officer, Liquidia Technologies, Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC
  • Lance Kress, Senior Vice President, High Performance Coatings, Inc., Whitsett, NC
  • Timothy Lenoir, Kimberly Jenkins Chair in New Technologies and Society, Duke University
  • Nan Lin, Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Duke University
  • Stefano Micelli, Dean, Venice International University, and Director, TeDIS (Technologies in Distributed Intelligence Systems)
  • Mary Musacchia, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Affiliated Computer Systems, Inc (ACS), RTP, NC
  • David Myers, Vice President for Engineering and Technology, Research Triangle Institute, RTP, NC
  • Ryan Ong, Research Associate, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University
  • Rachel Parker, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ben Rissing, Research Scholar, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
  • Reyad Sawafta, Chief Executive Officer, QuarTek Corporation, Greensboro, NC
  • Daniel Vallero, Adjunct Professor of Engineering Ethics, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
  • Jesko von Windheim, Chief Executive Officer, Nextreme Thermal Solutions, RTP, NC
  • Vivek Wadhwa, Executive in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
  • Mark Wiesner, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Financial support for this conference from the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and the Arts & Sciences Committee on Faculty Research at Duke University is gratefully acknowledged.