We will run a real-time virtual streamed FNANO 2021 to allow us to continue to share our research despite the restrictions that are affecting us all.

FNANO is a yearly conference on the foundations of nanoscience, maintaining the highest scientific standards and providing many opportunities for discussion and informal exchange of information and questions.  Key topics include experimental and theoretical studies of self-assembled architectures and devices, at scales ranging from nano-scale to meso-scale. Self-assembly is a central but not exclusive theme: the conference covers a broad range of research into synthetic and natural nanoscale structures, devices and systems.

FNANO spans many traditional disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, and engineering. Information on the prior years’ Conferences on Foundations of Nanoscience can be viewed at the archive web site(FNANO04, FNANO05, FNANO06, FNANO07, FNANO08, FNANO09, FNANO10 FNANO11, FNANO12, 
FNANO13, FNANO14, FNANO15, FNANO16, FNANO17, FNANO18, FNANO19,and FNANO20).  The 18th Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO21) will have a mixture of invited talks by distinguished scientists as well as contributed talks and posters and opportunities for discussions to enhance attendee interaction with the goal of creating vibrant intellectual community in the areas of nanoscience and self-assembly. (See Policy against Harassment of FNANO and sponsor ISNSCE.)


John H. Reif, Dept of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Dave Doty, Dept of Computer Science, UC Davis, Davis, CA, USA

(with assistance from Andrew Phillips, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK)

Programme Chair:  Andrew Turberfield, Dept of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

ANNUAL PRIZE AWARDS: The Nanoscience Prize recognizes life-long achievements by a researcher working in any area of nanoscience. Also, the Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in any area of molecular programming. The winners of these prizes will be awarded during an evening session of the upcoming FNANO21 conference and be invited to give prize lectures at FNANO21.


CONFERENCE FORMAT: A combination of:

  • invited and contributed talks, and
  • posters and open discussion periods.

Sponsored by: ISNSCE 






Key dates

Abstract submission deadline:

01 February 2021

Early registration deadline:

15 March 2021

Registration deadline:

02 April 2021