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1st IAA International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Energy, and Space
26-28 october 2009
Houston, Texas, USA

About the Symposium
Nanotechnology is being applied today in a multitude of environments for the solution of many world challenges. None are more important than the need for more and cleaner energy, for the utilization of outer space by mankind, and for the overlap of these two areas.

The First International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Energy and Space addresses research and development in the intersection of nanotechnology, energy and space. Specific topics for presentation and discussion will focus on the application of nanotechnology to the solution of materials challenges in the areas of energy harvesting, energy transmission and energy utilization, both in the terrestrial and space environments. Topics will include:

* Nanostructured solar cells
* Nano-fuel cell concepts
* Nanostructured battery technology
* Nanostructural developments in wind energy
* Thermophotovoltaics
* Nanostructured energy transmission
* Energy storage with nanostructures
* Space applications of nanostructured energy concepts
* Nanotechnology impacts on the utilization of space

The First International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Energy, and Space will be held October 26-28, 2009, at the Clear Lake Hilton Hotel in Houston, Texas, USA. It promises to be the first of a series of symposia sponsored jointly by the Semiconductor Institute of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Houston.

Symposium Organizing Committee
Alex Ignatiev,Co-Chairman, University of Houston
Oleg Pcheyakov, Co-Chairman, Semiconductor Institute, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science
George Abby, Rice University
Wade Adams, Rice University
Zhores Alferov, Russian Academy of Science
Viacheslav Andreev, Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Science
Alexander Aseev, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science
Sergei Avdeev, Russian Space Agency
Sheila Bailey, NASA Glenn Research Center
Nuraly Bekturganov, Kazakhstan National Science and Technology Holding SAMGHAU
Larry Bell, University of Houston
Abdelhak Bensaoula, University of Houston
Fred Best, Texas A&M University
Henry Brandhorst, Auburn University
Alexandre Freundlich, University of Houston
Mohamed Henini, University of Nottingham
Alexander Ivanov, Rocket Space Corporation “Energia”
Larry Kazmerski, National Renewable Energy Lab
Dmitry Khokhlov, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Peter S. Kop'ev, Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Science
Sergei Krikalev, Rocket Space Corporation “Energia”
William Larsen, NASA – Kennedy Space Center
Alexander Losyukov, RUSNANO
John Mankins, Managed Energy Technologies
Samson Milshtein, University of Massachusetts
Alexander Orlikovsky, Institute of Physics and Technology, Russian Academy of Science
Unil Perera, Georgia State University
Ryne Rafaelle, Rochester Institute of Technology
Roald Sagdeev, University of Maryland
John Scott, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Ronald Sega, Colorado State University
Mark Sterling, University of Houston
Serekbol Tokmoldin, Kazakhstan Institute of Physics and Technology
Valery Vladimirov, Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science
Anatoly Vyatkin, Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High Purity Materials, Russian Academy of Science
Anvar Zakhidov, University of Texas-Dallas

Conference Location
The First International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Energy, and Space will be held at the Hilton Houston NASA hotel in Clear Lake, Texas. Lodging is available at the Hilton Houston NASA, or in other area hotels.

Conference Support
The Center for Advanced Materials and the Symposium Organizers would like to acknowledge the support and participation of NASA and the Johnson Space Center, as well as the following sponsors:

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, or BAHEP, is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment.

The International Academy of Astronautics has brought together the world's foremost experts in the disciplines of astronautics on a regular basis to recognize the accomplishments of their peers, to explore and discuss cutting-edge issues in space research and technology, and to provide direction and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the ongoing exploration of the solar system.

The Smalley Institute leads the world in solving humanity’s most pressing problems through the application of nanotechnology.

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is a civil self-governed non-commercial organization (institution), which functions in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation and the Academy Charter. The Russian Academy of Sciences is the legal successor of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR within the territory of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Academy of Sciences Institute for Semiconductor Physics

The Texas Space Grant Consortium is a group of 43 institutions which include universities, industrial organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies within Texas that are joined to ensure that the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans.

Backed by decades of proven success with the Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs, and built on a solid foundation of strong ethical values, the United Space Alliance offers the same capabilities and record of performance to space operations customers in all space market sectors.

Agenda and Presentations

Monday, October 26, 2009
7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
Presentation Uploads

8:30 Opening Remarks

Session 1: SPACE AND ENERGY I (Chair: Dr. Ronald Sega)
9:00 Plenary – Energy Needs for Space and Terrestrial Applications
Roald Sagdeev, University of Maryland
9:30 Energy and Related Nanotechnology Applications for Orbital, Trans-Orbital, Lunar/Planetary and Space Mega-Power Venues
Larry Bell, Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston

10:00 Break

Session 2: SPACE AND ENERGY II (Chair: Dr. Alex Ignatiev)
10:30 The use of Nanomaterials to achieve NASA’s Exploration Program Power Goals
Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, Energy Conversion Branch, NASA Johnson Space Center
11:00 David Wilt, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB
11:30 Growth of semiconductor heterostructures from molecular beam in the conditions of orbit flight: modern statement and prospects
Oleg Pchelyakov, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences

12:00 LUNCH
Luncheon Speaker on Energy Security: Dr. Ronald Sega
Dr. Sega is Vice President for Applied Research, Colorado State University; an astronaut; and former Undersecretary of the Air Force.

1:30 Progress in III-V Quantum Dot Solar Cells
Sheila Bailey, Photovoltaic Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center
2:00 David Forbes, Rochester Institute of Technology
2:30 Virtual Single Crystalline Gallium Arsenide On Flexible Lightweight Metal Substrates
Alexandre Freundlich, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
2:45 Thermo-Tunneling Design for Ultrafast Carrier collection in Dilute Nitride GaAs Quantum Well Solar Cells
Andenet Alemu, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston

3:00 BREAK

Session 4: ENERGY FROM SPACE (Chair: Dr. Alex Freundlich)
3:15 Space Solar Power Satellites
John Mankins, Managed Energy Technologies, Ashburn, VA
3:45 Development of Space-Based Solar Power
Lyle Jenkins, Jenkins Enterprises, Houston
4:00 The Fabrication of Thin Film Solar Cells on the Moon for Lunar AND Terrestrial Power
Alex Ignatiev, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
4:30 Production of Solar Cells in Space from Non Specific Ores by Utilization of Electronically Enhanced Sputtering
Peter Curreri, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

7:00 CONFERENCE DINNER – Marina Ballroom: STS-60 Anniversary Commemoration

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8:00 Continental Breakfast/Presentation Uploads

Session 5: ORGANIC SOLAR CELLS I (Chair: Dr. Anvar Zakhidov)
9:00 Modeling and Performance Expectations of Polymer Tandem Solar Cells
Samuel Mil’shtein, University of Massachusetts- Lowell
9:30 Charge Carrier Mobility Enhancement in Organic Solar Cells Using Nanoimprint Lithography Min Zhou, University of Texas - Dallas
9:45 Inverted Single and Multi Junction Organic Solar Cells with Transparent Carbon Nanotube Interlayer Electrodes
Kamil Mielczarek, University of Texas – Dallas

10:00 BREAK

Session 6: ORGANIC SOLAR CELLS II (Chair: Dr. Sheila Bailey)
10:15 Novel Architectures for Nanostructured Solar Cells and OLEDs with Carbon Nanotube Transparent Layers
Anvar Zakhidov, University of Texas – Dallas
10:45 Tandems of Dye Sensitized Solar cell with nanotube electrodes
Josef Velten, NanoTech Institute, University of Texas - Dallas
11:00 Bright inverted OLEDs, using transparent Carbon nanotubes as top anode
Alexios Papadimitratos, University of Texas - Dallas

Session 7: LATE NEWS PAPERS (Chair: Dr. Roald Sagdeev)
11:30 Nanoenergetic Materials for Terrestrial and Space Environment Use
K. S. Martirosyan, University of Houston
11:45 Casimir Effect in Carbon Nanotubes
Samina Masood, University of Houston – Clear Lake

12:00 LUNCH
Luncheon Speaker: The Hon. Nick Lampson
Lampson, a Beaumont native, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 22nd district of Texas, home of NASA's Johnson Space Center, and was chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. He is currently a member of the Coalition for Space Exploration board of advisers.

1:30 Wade Adams, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology, Rice University
2:00 Real time metrology of quantum dots by reflection high energy electron diffraction
Chandani Rajapaksha, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
2:15 Investigations of Morphology-Property Relations of Pt Submonolayers obtained via Galvanic Displacement of UPD Monolayers
Dincer Gokcen, University of Houston
2:30 Synthesis, Morphology, and Optical Characterization of Er3+:Y2O3 Nanoparticles
Chandra Sreerenjini, University of Texas – San Antonio
2:45 Growth of III-V semiconductor nanowires on Si using Chemical and Molecular beam epitaxy
Gokul Radhakrishnan, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
3:00 Modeling Of Copper Surface Morphology Evolution During Electropolishing
Joel Thomas, University of Houston

3:15 BREAK

Session 9: SPACE ENVIRONMENT AND NANOTECHNOLOGY (Chair: Dr. Oleg Pchelyakov)
3:30 Sergei Avdeev, Cosmonaut
4:00 Spatial Distribution of Secondary Neutrons
Valery Vladomirov, Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center,Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences
4:30 Space Radiation Protection System Enabled by Hydrogen Enhanced Nano Fibers
Alex Ignatiev, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
4:45 End

5:00 – 6:30: Wine and Cheese RUMP Session - Group Discussion
Workshop on collaborative opportunities in the overlapping disciplines of nanotechnology, energy, and space. (Alex Ignatiev, Oleg Pchelyakov)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

8:00 Continental Breakfast/Presentation Uploads

Session 10: ADVANCED DETECTORS and EMITTERS (Chair: Dr. Wade Adams)
9:00 III-V Quantum Dot Lasers: Progress and Challenges
Mohamed Henini, School of Applied Physics, University of Nottingham
9:30 Dilute Nitrides Of Indium Antimonide For Long Wavelength Infra-Red Detector Applications
Alexandre Freundlich, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
10:00 ZnO LED synthesis parameters and the effects on theoretical and experimental properties investigated
Keegan Hanks, University of Texas – San Antonio
10:15 A new type of sensitive terahertz photodetecting systems for space-borne applications
Dmitry Kokhlov, Moscow State University

10:45 BREAK
Session 11: FUEL CELLS/ENERGY (Chair: Dr. Alexander Ivanov)
11:00 Portable Fuel Cells Based On Porous Silicon And Microelectronics Technologies
Anatoly Vyatkin, Russian Academy of Sciences
11:30 Development of Novel Thin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Daniel Fisher, Center for Advanced Materials, University of Houston
11:45 Joint Space Experiment “Amethist” – a Step to Collaboration in Photovoltaics and Energy Saving
Serekbol Tokmoldin and Nuraly Bekturganov, Institute of Physics and Technology, Kazakhstan

12:15 LUNCH
Closing Remarks: Alex Ignatiev, Oleg Pchelyakov

About CAM
The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at the University of Houston addresses research and development of advanced materials and their fundamental science while maintaining a strong applications focus.

CAM develops new materials leading to technologies of importance to the nation’s space program in its industry-academia-government partnerships, and moves these and other materials advances into the commercial sector for economic and social benefit.

CAM applies epitaxial growth techniques to the development of advanced materials to form new micro- and nano-engineered materials and devices of the future, while training the next generation of scientists and engineers. Current research and development projects include high energy density capacitors for extreme environments, mid-IR LASER environmental sensors, single chip-integrated bio-chemical sensors, as well as a number of promising next-generation energy sources.

Contact Us
For information on the symposium, please e-mail Mark Sterling ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at the Center for Advanced Materials, or phone 713-743-3621.
For registration information, please e-mail Sarah Sweaney ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at the Texas Learning & Computation Center at the University of Houston, or phone 713.743.4019.

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