Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Audio Spot: Southern Technology Council meets at ORNL to discuss nanotechnology

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 12, 2005 — Technology advisors representing governors from Texas to Delaware visit the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the emerging technology of nano-science and how the South can benefit.

Alex Fischer, ORNL's director of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, said the Southern Technology Council will see how Oak Ridge will play a key role in advancing nano-technology.

"As the only national laboratory in the Southern United States, we are seeking relationships and partnerships, " Fischer said. "The Southern Technology Council is a fantastic collaboration that brings all of our potential partners together in one place."

Fischer said an East Tennessee nano-technology marketing strategy will be announced during the meeting.

"Technology 2020 will be unveiling the East Tennessee Nano-Technology Business Alliance as a part of the Innovation Valley Initiative that will describe how we in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area intend to leverage the capabilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and many other institutions in the area for nano-technology economic development," Fischer said.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.