Nanotechnology Colloquium
Colloquium Date: Monday, October 20, 2008

A bi-weekly event to present and discuss issues related to developments, applications and commercialization of nanotechnology.

"(Nano-)Materials Made Easy.
No Math Required"

Jan Beck, PhD
TXL Group



Nanoscale engineering is not new. After all, chemists have always been working at an atomic scale. The same set of rules applies over all size scales. Normally, these rules are expressed mathematically, with quantum physics. But no math is necessary to understand concepts behind these rules and the way they determine the properties of materials. The need for math only arises when actual numbers for these properties are desired.

This talk will explain what makes materials act the way they do, and in the process show that there is nothing special about nanostructured materials - they obey the same rules. Recent advances in technology allow us to structure materials at the nanolevel which could not be structured so before. Therefore, naturally, we produce materials with new and exciting properties. Many examples from everyday life will be given. No math required.

Bio: Jan Beck, Ph.D.

Dr. Beck is the Chief Technology Officer of TXL Group. Beck received a BS degree in applied physics, an MS degree in computer science and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering, in, respectively 1999, 2001 and 2004, all from the University of Texas at El Paso. He was employed full time at X-L Synergy from 2004-2007. He currently designs thermoelectric materials to generate electricity from temperature differences.

VENUE: You may attend the presentation from any one of these law offices of Winstead PC or from UT Dallas

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AUSTIN: Winstead PC
401 Congress Av., Ste 2100
Austin, TX 78701

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Illinois Institute of Technology
Stuart Building, Room 212,
10 West 31st Street
Chicago IL 60616;
Contact Jennifer Keplinger at to confirm attendence

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COLLEGE STATION: Texas A&M University
Wisenbaker Building (WERC), Room #049,
College Station, TX 77843; 979-845-8912

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DALLAS: Winstead PC
5400 Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75270; 214-745-5400

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EL PASO: El Paso Community College
9050 Viscount, Bldg. B
El Paso, TX 79925

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HOUSTON: Winstead PC
1100 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002

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700 N. St Mary St., Ste 1900
San Antonio, TX 78205

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600 Town Center One
1450 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Program begins at 11:30am [CDT] with a complimentary lunch provided by Winstead PC. Presentation begins at 12:00pm.

Event Coordinators:
Richard Fink 512-339-5020x130
Max Roundhill 512-339-5020x120

Chairman: Dr. Zvi Yaniv

Registration deadline is Friday, October 17 at 5:00 PM Central.

To register, please send an email to Nina Shuvalov with your preferred attendance location.


Walt Trybula, Ph.D.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
(512) 245-6062

DVDs of selected presentations from previous speakers are available for a small fee (contact Max Roundhill

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