TThe Seventh U.S.-Korea Forum on Nanotechnology:
Recommendations of the Seventh U.S.-Korea Forum on Nanotechnology:
Adopted on April 6, 2010
The past decade in scientific development has been classified by mutual and interdisciplinary research initiatives to achieve rapid and sustainable progress. To this purpose, the United States and Korea have been vigorously encouraging a common platform for the exchange of ideas in nanotechnology through our Forums, set up by the recommendations made by the Korea-US joint committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (held on October 30 & 31, 2002 in Seoul).
Our Forums have been extremely successful in providing a common platform for effective networking between research communities and industries in both countries by identifying potential areas in nanotechnology which can have huge impact. This is evident from major collaboration initiatives established via our efforts and we believe that organizing this meeting has significantly expedited the generation of cutting edge technologies in crucial areas applicable in near future.
The first Forum was attended by 250 participants from both countries and covered a broad range of nano-research areas. The second Forum, held in Los Angeles during February 17th and 18th, 2005, was a topical meeting that focused on nano-manufacturing and educational program development on nanotechnology. The Forum was attended by 32 experts. The third Forum, held in Seoul on April 3rd & 4th, 2006, focused on active devices and systems research in nanotechnology. This Forum was attended by 150 participants from both countries. The fourth Forum, held on April 26th & 27th, 2007 held in Honolulu, focused on the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) implications of nanotechnology and was attended by 36 experts. The fifth Forum dealt with the emerging area of nano-biotechnology focusing on nano-biomaterials, instrumentation technologies, and integrated systems for overcoming critical challenges in biomedicine and delivery of healthcare as well as their EHS and toxicity issues. This Forum was held in Jeju Island, Korea on April 17th & 18th, 2008, and attended by 44 experts. Most recently, the sixth Forum held in Las Vegas on April 28th & 29th attended by 39 scientists, dealt with the emerging area of nano-electronics with emphasis on fundamentals as well as integration of broad research topics.
The present (seventh) Forum held in Seoul on April 5th & 6th attended by 35 scientists and approximately 100 audience in the field of nanotechnology, focused on nanotechnology convergence with energy for green growth to address currently crippling problems faced in energy with a special emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies for the future.
The following are the general recommendations of this Forum to ensure the partnership between these two countries for the continued success in nano-energy research:
(1) We recommend addressing nano-energy technology which incorporates molecular and/or biological solutions by major advances in design applied to green energy through multi-scale approach.
(2) Support the movement of students and early-career scientists between the collaborative partners. Our Forums aim for participation from established leading scientists to early-career researchers including pre-tenured faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students and utilizing their expertise via seminar series (for senior participants) and research lab tours (junior scientists) one to two days immediately after our Forum. Funding for this type of collaborative global research activity should be available.
(3) The Forum, at and between the annual meetings, will provide a common platform for researchers at all levels in both countries to share their experiences and expertise to enhance partnership in the field of nanotechnology.
(4) Exchange of graduate students and post-doctoral research associates from both countries should be strongly encouraged and sufficient funding should be allocated as adequate financial support is pivotal in the development of sustainable research. This can also be achieved by establishing frequent joint conferences and professional meetings for researchers in both countries to foster a strong collaboration. Alternative is to set up a joint commission for project funding for constant monetary support.
(5) Identification of host centers to kindle collaborative research as well as establishing summer internship programs for the early career researchers in global environment.
(6) Identifying mutually beneficial areas for both countries, such as electrochemical, mechanical and thermal energy conversion as well as storage, nuclear energy, and lighting & display technologies, and promoting key areas which will tremendously impact emerging technologies.
The followings are the recommendations of this Forum presented in two groups:
Group 1 (Solar)
What can be done?
How to improve the collaboration?
Suggestions to the governments
Group 2 (Non- Solar)
Achievements and Bottlenecks
What can be done?
How to improve the collaboration?
1. Electrochemical conversion and storage
2. Mechanical conversion and storage
3. Thermal conversion and storage
4. Environmental (water-air etc)
6. Conservation and efficiency (lighting & displays)
Suggestions to the government