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NT09: Tenth International Conference on
the Science and Application of Nanotubes

Beijing, China
June 21-26, 2009
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History of the Nanotube Conference Series

Since their conception in 1999, the Nanotube Conferences attempt to provide an informal setting to exchange the most current information in the rapidly evolving Nanotube research field.

During the initial years, the number of registered participants exceeded the planned capacity by a factor of two. This was manageable at NT'99 in East Lansing, with 120 instead of the planned 60 participants. The following conference, NT'01, was planned to accommodate 140 participants at a beautiful location in Potsdam. The large number of applications, close to 300, turned from a blessing to a headache for the organizers. Only half of the applicants could be admitted due to the hard limit, imposed by the hotel capacity at the somewhat remote location. The strong interest in the topic and the conference format held on at NT'02 at Boston College. Since then, the number of participants has increased gradually, strongly exceeding 600 at NT'06 in Nagano.

To reflect the international nature of the research field, the NT'03 conference was held at Seoul National University in Korea. By that time, the Asia-Europe-Americas "continent swapping mode" emerged as a pattern. The NT'04 conference was held in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The NT'05 conference has been brought back to Europe. NT'06 took place in Japan, NT07 in Brazil, and NT09 will be taking place in China.

Common to all conferences is a venue located close to a strong center of Nanotube research activity, and a local organization team active in Nanotube research. Contributions, presented in oral "Poster+" and Poster sessions, have traditionally been treated with a high priority, taking up about half of the total conference time, with no parallel sessions. Other features common to the conferences include an emphasis on quality, originality, and informality. Many of these desirable commonalities have been captured in the "Charta of the Nanotube Conference Series".

Locations of Previous Nanotube Conferences:

  NT99: Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

  NT01: Potsdam, Germany

  NT02: Boston College, USA

  NT03: Seoul National University, Korea

  NT04: San Luis Potosi, Mexico

  NT05: Göteborg, Sweden

  NT06: Nagano, Japan

  NT07: Ouro Preto, Brazil

  NT09: Beijing, China