NASA Tech Briefs' 2007 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC) is being held November 14-15 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. The NNEC is the premier event focused on current and future nano- technology developments. The event also includes the presentation of the third annual Nano 50™ Awards with a special awards dinner on November 14. Dr. Robert M. K. Carlson will be the featured speaker at the awards dinner.

Dr. Carlson is based at Chevron's Technology Center in Richmond, CA and will be presenting information on new nanometer-sized diamonds called higher diamondoids, which he co-discovered. Higher diamondoids were named one of the 10 top new materials discoveries of 2002, and they are currently the object of intense scientific and nanotechnological interest. The new nanometer-sized diamonds can form self-assembled monolayers that are effective electron emitters, with a number of surprising and useful properties and even potential for a new generation of flat-panel displays. Dr. Carlson will cover the properties of this exciting new nanomaterial and explain how the groundwork is being laid for their usage in nano-engineering.

For details on the conference program, speakers, and agenda, and to register go here .