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Nanocrystals Northwest

July 25 – 27, 2023

Pack Forest Conference Center

Nanocrystals Northwest is a biennial series, organized with the goal of bringing together nanocrystal researchers from all around the Pacific Northwest to exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and strengthen ties among our regional institutions.

Past NCNW conferences have hosted 50–60 faculty, students, postdocs, and researchers from every corner of the Pacific Northwest, including from several regional PUIs, R1 schools, our regional national laboratory (PNNL), and NW nanocrystal industry. The conference format is casual, in the style of a typical Gordon conference, with 30 min research talks, ample discussion time, poster sessions, and free time to explore the surrounding area. This is a blend of faculty, industry, and student/postdoc talks and posters, and student participation is strongly encouraged!

NCNW’23 was held as an in-person event at UW’s Pack Forest Conference Center ( in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, about a 90 min drive south of Seattle. Lodging and food was covered by generous support received from UW’s Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center), Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society

NCNW’23 Invited Speakers:

Anne Bentley, Lewis and Clark College

Kira Hughes, Osram Opto Semiconductors

Marilyn Mackiewicz, Oregon State University

Dianne Xiao, University of Washington

Byron Gates, Simon Fraser University

Sid Creutz, Mississippi State University (UW alum)


NCNW’23 Program

NCNW’21 Program

Group photo from NCNW’21 (UW, Seattle)

NCNW’19 Program

Group Photo from NCNW’19 (Pack Forest)