NASA Tech Briefs' 2007 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC), November 14-15 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, is the premier event focused on current and future developments in engineering innovations at the nanoscale, as well as the commercialization of nanotechnology. The event also includes the presentation of the third annual Nano 50™ Awards.

This year, a number of Nano 50 recipients will highlight their award-winning technologies in selected panel sessions. Dr. Eric Snow, head of the Electronic Materials Branch at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is a 2007 Nano 50 winner in the Innovator category. Dr. Snow is developing a chemical sensor technology based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), which possess unique properties that make them well suited for the direct electronic detection of trace chemical vapors.

Dr. Snow will discuss the technical challenges of incorporating SWNTs into a commercial chemical detection system, and will update the NRL's progress toward developing a SWNT-based vapor detection system for trace levels of toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents, and explosives. Find out more in Dr. Snow's presentation in the Nanodevice Fabrication session on Wednesday, November 14, at 2:00 pm.

For more information on the NNEC and to register, visit here .