CHARLESTON — A seminar on nanotechnology and its practical applications for economic development and business opportunities is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center in downtown Charleston.
Hosted by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and the Marshall University Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems, the NASA-sponsored seminar will feature nanotechnology experts such as Craig Friedrich of Michigan Technological University.
Nanotechnology is the study, manipulation and manufacture of ultra-small structures and machines made up of as few as one molecule. Experts say these activities will open unprecedented commercial opportunities. The National Science Foundation predicts that Nanotechnology will blossom into a $1 trillion industry within the next nine years, according to the press release.
“The potential economic impact that West Virginia stands to realize from the use of Nanotechnology is little short of enormous,” Charlotte Weber, director and CEO of RCBI, said in a press release. “Nanotechnology’s job creation in manufacturing, healthcare research and other fields promises to be truly significant.”