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by Roman Kikta    Mon, Oct 22, 2007, 09:54 PM

Interview with Jim Von Ehr

James "Jim" Von Ehr II is a pioneer and a respected leader within the Nanotechnology industry. A highly successful serial entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Zyvex, which is focusing on developing machinery that will make nanotechnology achievable and viable. Von Ehr is also an invited member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group (NTAG) to the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has generously endowed the University of Texas at Dallas NanoTech Institute and the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair of Science and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas, held by the late Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid (2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry). Von Ehr also founded the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative in December, 2000. He was awarded Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Pioneering in June 2003.

In my interview with Jim Von Ehr, he explains nanotechnology in layman's terms talking about the 100 years of progress that we will see created in the next decade or two and how nanotech's atomic precision engineering and manufacturing will transform our world. Von Ehr discusses the applications and opportunities of nanotech from new building materials which will revolution the construction industry, medicine delivery to the cellular level, ultra-miniaturized electronics transforming computations as well as new forms of energy and storage. Von Ehr also addresses the challenges facing nanotech, government's role in developments and the state of R & D in the US and elsewhere.

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