How much is it worth to be able to move a few molecules around? To some people, this is worth a lot. Over the next three years, the federal government is investing $2.4 billion in nanotechnology and, according to the National Science Foundation, nanotechnology is expected to become a $1 trillion industry in the next 10 to 15 years.

EVENT: “Night with a Futurist”

TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

DATE: Monday, August 4th

LOCATION: Cheshire Cat Brewpub, 7803 Ralston Road in Old Town Arvada, Colorado

COST: FREE for Members, $20 for all others


PRODUCED BY: DaVinci Institute

SPEAKER: Dr. Louis Hornyak, Research Scientist, University of Denver, Co-Founder of the Colorado Nanotechnology Initiative

TOPIC: “Did You Know That ‘Nano’ Means Dwarf? but Nanotechnology Also Means Megabucks”

Nanotechnology is upon us. What is nanotechnology and how will it affect your lives “in the right now” and the not so distant future? We are finally able to routinely manipulate atoms and molecules to form devices that are on the nanoscale. It takes 10 hydrogen atoms in a line to make a nanometer. A nanotechnology frenzy is upon us. Even Costa Rica is trying to build a nanotech research institute. The US is funding nanotech to the tune of $2.4 billion for the next 3 years. Find out what is happening in Colorado and how and why you should be ready for the onset of nanotechnology. Please read the Denver Post article in July 13 Sunday edition (, select business, scroll to Sunday July 13, click on full story “State Urged to Think Small”).

Speaker: Dr. Louis Hornyak is a research scientist in the physics department at the University of Denver. He received his Ph.D. in materials chemistry at Colorado State University, spent a year at the University of Essen in Germany and was employed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden for 5 years. He joined DU last September. Dr. Hornyak has been involved with nanothechnology for the past 14 years. With a team headed by Glenn Rhoades, Dr. Hornyak and five other team members founded the Colorado Nanotechnology Initiative (CNTI). The purpose of this movement is to get Colorado up to speed with respect to the burgeoning nanotech field. Nanotech is not cheap and he believes that Colorado has all the assets in place; it just needs to be better organized. Dr. Hornyak also has 12 years experience in the aerospace industry.

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