ESTECH 2006 features education and working groups in nanotechnology

February 9, 2006 — /IEST/ — ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) will hold its annual technical meeting and exposition, ESTECH 2006, May 7-10, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Featured at the meeting is one of the newest industries in which IEST has taken the lead – Nanotechnology.

At this year’s annual technical meeting, IEST will be offering a Nanotechnology Tutorial Certificate Program. The first tutorial included in the certificate program will be Nanotechnology Facility Design and Construction: The Next Generation of Cleanrooms. This tutorial will cover the basics of planning, design, and construction of these highly complex facilities and guide those involved around many of the pitfalls that can make the facility either less effective or more expensive to operate. The tutorial Application of ISO 14644-7, Separative Devices (clean air hoods, glove boxes, isolators, and minienvironments) to Nanotechnology will be offered. This tutorial will go over the background leading to the standard, the normative sections and relationship to other ISO documents, and the informative annexes and supporting standards. A copy of ISO 14644-7 will be included.

There will also be a seminar/workshop related to Nano-Scale Research, The Next Wave of Nano-Scale Research: How Will We Handle It? It will discuss the question of how to continue to provide a better environment at a lower cost. The discussion will be led by experts concerned with the operational parameters of the specialty environments that must be provided in the “next wave” of nano facilities.

Four new working group meetings related to Nanotechnology will meet for the first time at ESTECH 2006. Working groups formulate the IEST recommended practices. The working group meetings will include WG-CC201: Forum on Nanotechnologies, WG-CC202: Nanotechnology Design and Construction, WG-CC203: Nanotechnology Facilities Operations, and WG-CC204: Nanotechnology Quantitative Protocols.

Founded in 1953, IEST is an international technical society of engineers, scientists, and educators that serves its members and the industries they represent (simulating, testing, controlling, and teaching the environments of earth and space) through education and the development of recommended practices and standards.

IEST is an ANSI-accredited standards-developing organization; Secretariat of ISO/TC 209 Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments; Administrator of the ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 209; and a founding member of the ANSI-accredited US TAG to ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies.

Online registration and the advance program can be found at


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