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January 07, 2005


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Richard Jones

Here's another story. A brilliant physicist has an idea that he is convinced is right, and that he thinks will change the world. It's for a weapon that will finally assure the USA of both complete military supremacy, and invulnerability. The broader scientific community doesn't accept the idea, and indeed has rancorously fallen out with our physicist for various political and personal reasons. But that doesn't matter - our physicist has more than a streak of arrogance, and his professional isolation increases his sense that he's right. He doesn't need peer review, because he's got a following of adoring younger disciples ready to do his work, and most importantly, he has high level political support. Many people really badly want to believe he is right, and his ideas have a certain science fiction resonance that means that they're already part of the cultural climate.

His idea gets the highest level support - directly from a President of the USA - and a massive program is begun to implement it. Plenty of scientists and engineers are willing to take the money; private contractors have a bonanza. But, despite all this, the scientific community was right. The idea just doesn't work, and after many years and, not millions, but tens of billions of dollars, the program is quietly wound up.

I'm talking, of course, of Edward Teller and the x-ray laser.

Historical analogies are seductive, and always dangerous, because you can always find one that suits any set of preconceptions.


Nice one, Richard. However, the difference between the entire MNT-community and Edward Teller is exactly that: the MNT-community is a community, and Edward Teller was just one person.

I guess what I'm saying is... where there's consistency (in this case: an entire community that takes MNT seriously), there is (usually) truth.

And while we're drawing analogies here, I'd like to come up with one of my own.

Has anybody noticed what's going on with stemcell research these days? Bush and the rest of the neo-conservative party have done nothing but work against it since ~2000. The research has had some delay in the beginning. Note that this hasn't prevented the steady stream of spinal-cord-regeneration-articles as of late.

Now that Califorina passed Proposition 71, the White House is simply put out of play. Other states are already talking about doing the same. California is the state that got this whole thing snowballing.

Why? Because there were some people who realized that this research could not, may not, and simply cannot be delayed/stopped/held back. These are the people who managed to push through with it. And since MNT, like stemcell research, has huge implications, I recon that it's only a matter of time before it's pushed through.

Chris, I think that in 2010 you will be laughing at all the worries you had in 2005, about MNT not getting enough attention. Give it some more time. Don't get too frustrated. The whole thing is still growing exponentially from my perspective.



Chris Phoenix, CRN

Richard, I wasn't arguing that because the A-bomb worked, MM will work.

I was arguing that because the A-bomb was developed in three years, MM might be developed in as little as five.

Assuming, as I said, that MM is workable--which, as I said, no one who's taken a serious look at it really disagrees with.



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Work Experience Since August 1993, till date.
Sr. Lecturer, Dept of Electronics,
A.B College under GND University,
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Education M S (Applied Physics)
1993, Punjabi University, India.
B S 1991, GND University, India

Research Summary

Phthalocyanines are a family of aromatic macro cycles based on an extensive de localized two- dimensional 18- electron system which shows large number of properties. These are highly stable and versatile compounds capable of including more than 70 different metallic and non-metallic ions in the ring cavity. Phthalocyanine also shows remarkable electrical and optical properties. The properties and applications of Phthalocyanines and its metallo-derivatives have been studied extensively. The linear optical spectra of these compounds are dominated by two intense bands, Q band (centered at around 670nm) and B band or sorest band in near UV region (at around 340nm). Due to their high thermal and chemical stability, they have become noted for their electronic properties, such as electronic conductivity, photovoltaic effects, electrochromism, gas sensing devices, for optoelectronic applications such as light- emitting diodes( LEDs) and optical switches, as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy of tumors and semiconductors

Research Experience

 Four years experience of independently handling of coating unit and deposition of thin films by thermal evaporation and hot wall epitaxy techniques with optimization and their electrical, structural and optical characterizations with different spectroscopic techniques.

 Attended several Workshops / Conferences on Materials Science, Bio-Materials, Radioisotopes, Nanotechnology etc.

 Visited Nanotechnology Division ,UCF( University of Central Florida), USA.

 Visited Waseda Univ. Tokyo, Japan.

 Attended four refresher courses on teaching techniques of Materials Science and Electronics.
 Performed industrial projects in SCL(Semiconductor Complex Limited), Mohali, Punjab,
India and BRIT(Board of Radiation & Isotope Technology),Vashi, Mumbai, India.

Professional Member
 Member of Indian Vacuum Society, BARC - Mumbai, India
 Member Faculty of Engineering & Technology, GND Univ., Amritsar, India
 Member of syllabus board of Eng&Tech, GND Univ., Amritsar, India

Seminars, Schools, Conferences Attended

1. Defense and Security Symposium / SPIE,
Florida, USA (17 - 21 April, 2006)
Participated in the International Conference of Defense and Security Symposium/ SPIE on ‘Micro MEMS and Nano-Technologies for
Space Applications’

2. Third 21 COE Symposium,
Tokyo, Japan (1 - 3 Sept, 2005)
Participated in International Conference on Astrophysics As Interdisciplinary Science For Space Application at Waseda University, Tokyo.

3. Advanced Workshop on Radio-Chemistry and Radioisotopes,
BARC Mumbai, India (May, 2004)
Performed experimentation in CIRUS, DRUVA and APSARA Nuclear Reactors in Radio-Chemistry division did experimentation on various mass spectrometries. Visited TIFR, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for experimentation on Pelletron, Particle Accelerator.

IIT Delhi, INDIA (March 2004)
Attended two days symposium on Drug Design and Delivery for Nano- Technologies

5. National Workshop on RADIOISOTOPES,
GND University INIDA (Nov, 2003)
Experimentations and Interactions on Radioisotopes

6. Latest Trends in Materials,
SLIET Punjab, India (Feb, 2001)
Different Technique, trends in Materials Science and Smart Materials for studying Nanostructures.

Research Interest
I am doing research in Thin Films of Organic Semiconductors (Metallo-phthalocyanines), using Flash evaporation and Hot Wall Epitaxi Techniques for deposition. We are concentrating on metallophthalocyanines. Since phthalocyanines are very similar in structure with biologically important porphyrins, hemoglobin and chlorophylls. The important applications are its properties of self-assembling nature at nano scale. We also focus on self assembly molecules for Nanostructures, because some phthalocyanines shows wonderful properties of self assembling. We are focusing on to manipulate and control the stacking nature of molecules for various applications like molecular motors, assembly of biological structures, which is a promising technique under bottom-up approach in nanotechnology. Another important aspect of these molecules can be observed by its applications as photosensitizers which is a promising PDT (photo dynamic cancer therapy) agent.

`Magnesium Phthalocyanine (MgPc) Thin Films as Nnaomaterials`: Munish Puri, R. K. Bedi and G V Prakash: SPIE Proceedings DSS`06 6223-18 April, 2006.

`Zinc-Phthalocyanine (ZnPc) Thin Films as Nnaomaterials`: Munish Puri, R. K. Bedi: Proceedings 3rd 21 COE Symposium on Astrophysics: Waseda Univ. TOKYO, Sept, 1-3 2005.

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hauz Khas,
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Amritsar, India

Scientist (G Grade), Radiochemistry Division,
BARC, Babha Atomic Research Center,
Trombay, India

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