Organizational Committee:

Dr. Arturo Ayon
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Madhavrao (Rao) Govindaraju
SAI Global Technologies, Inc

Dr. Randolph D. Glickman
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Dr. John Grillo
Academic Workforce Programs at NVC

Dr. Kelly Nash
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Vasiliki (Vicky) Zorbas Poenitzsch
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Arturo Ponce
Depart. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Bharathi Subramaniasiva
Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, UTSA

Dr. Wilson Terrell
Dept. of Engineering Sciences at Trinity University

Dr. Walt Trybula
Texas State University, San Marcos & Trybula Foundation, Inc., Austin

Dr. Stephen Wellinghoff
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Miguel Yacaman
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UTSA

Dr. Qiaoying Joy Zhou
Academic Workforce Programs at Northwest Vista College


San Antonio Nano-Technology Forum (SANTF)

June 2017 Update

Upcoming Fall 2017 Meeting Planning is underway. More information will be available in August. The next Conference is being planned for Spring 2018.

2016 SANTF Conference Report

The 2016 San Antonio Nano Technology Forum Conference was held on November 16, 2016. The themes of the2016 conference were in the general areas of Biotoxicity, Biocompatibility, and Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials.

Following introductions by the meeting organizers, the keynote address was given by Dr. Beena Koshy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Relations of the University of Texas System.  Dr. Koshy stressed the ubiquitous and expanding role of nanotechnology in modern life, and also noted that nanotechnology has become an important economic driver, underlying its importance in the academic, industrial, and medical sectors. (The complete Conference Summary, including individual speaker summaries, is available through the link on the right side of this page.)

The next four sessions were organized into various topical areas, and were:

Session I:  Medical Applications of Nanotechnology:Session Chair: Dr. Randolph Glickman, UTHSCSA

Session II: Advances in Nanotechnology in Engineering and Biomedical Applications. Session Chair: Dr. Qiaoying Zhou (Joy), Ph.D. Northwest Vista College.

Session III; Advances in Nanotechnology in Engineering and Biomedical Applications: Session Chair: Dr. Bharathi Subramaniasiva, Northwest Vista College.

Session IV: Education and Safety Training in Nanotechnology: Session Chair: Dr. Vasiliki (Vicky) Zorbas Poenitzsch, Department of Materials Engineering, Southwest Research Institute.

This was followed by:

Posters, Panel Discussion and Meeting Wrap-up.

The SANTF Conference organizing committee wants to thank our conference sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Office of the Vice President for Research Support, UTSA
  • Advanced Materials Technology Workforce Program, Northwest Vista College. Funding provided through National Science Foundation - Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE); Project Alamo Institute for Materials Technology Program (Project AIM-TEC): NSF Award # 1601221.

Gold Sponsors:

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio

Silver Sponsors:

  • Alamo Chapter ASM International
  • American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) – South Texas Section
  • The Economic Development Department, City of San Antonio
  • San Antonio Economic Development Corporation, City of San Antonio.

Gift bags were sponsored by the Northwest Vista College.



SANTF Purpose:

SANTF aims to provide participants with information on the state of nanotechnology research in Greater San Antonio institutions, presents trends in industry and research universities, informs innovative applications of nanotechnology, information related to current work in progress towards establishing national skills standards, details the involvement and support of national professional societies, and the current technician education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The newly formed SANTF strives to build stronger communication and networking opportunities between educational and private businesses, both regionally and nationally; to solidify pipelines in education and stimulate job creation in the Greater San Antonio area in the field of nanotechnology and STEM related fields.    


SANTF brings together researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies in the Greater San Antonio area working in the areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology to showcase innovations related to the development and application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials. 


Establish a venue for local researchers, early-stage investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders to gather and discuss developments in nanotechnology and its applications in the areas of Biomaterials, Energy, Clean Technology, and Sustainability.  

 SANTF brings together major technology players in the area to form strong alliances among the researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Alamo Community Colleges, Trinity University, Texas State University in San Marcos, and other educational institutions. SANTF promotes intellectual creativity in the area of nanotechnology that will create a strong nanotechnology base in San Antonio.    

 The forum is expected to spur productive collaborations among the researchers in Greater San Antonio area and promote innovations leading to scientific discoveries and engineering innovations.  SANTF is committed to enhancing San Antonio’s nanotechnology future and establishing the Alamo City as a global leader in nanotechnology.  

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