International Researchers Scheduled to Present at 2nd Annual Nanoscience Conference; Keynote Speaker Announced

WOODBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2004--Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq:VECO) announced today that the final meeting agenda has been set for the "Seeing at the Nanoscale II" conference being held at the Europole Congress Centre, in Grenoble, France from October 13th -15th 2004. Conference organizers have accepted abstracts for 37 oral and 83 poster presentations from some of today's most respected international researchers in nanoscale metrology and nanoscience applications. Prof. Dr. Christoph Gerber, NCCR - National Center of Competence for Nanoscience, Basel and IBM Research Lab., Rueschlikon, Switzerland, a pioneer in the field of atomic force microscopy, will be the event's keynote speaker. Registration materials and further details about the conference can be found at http://www.veeco.com/nanoconference.

The theme of the three-day symposium, which is sponsored in conjunction with European institutions Minatec, Nano2Life and Phantoms, is "Exploring Nanostructure Imaging, Characterization and Modification using Scanning Probe Microscopy and Related Techniques." This event follows last year's highly successful "Seeing at the Nanoscale I" conference, which brought several hundred international researchers to Santa Barbara, California.

Session topics for "Seeing at the Nanoscale II" will be as follows:

Session 1: Visualisation I: Biomolecules and Biological Processes/ Chair: Prof. M. Horton, UCL, London, UK

Session 2: Theory and Physics of Scanning Probe Microscopy/ Chair: Dr. P. Dewolf, Veeco Instruments, Dourdan France

Session 3: Visualization II: Materials & Polymer Systems/ Chair: Dr. S. Cohen, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Session 4: Measurements of Mechanical, Electrical, Optical, Thermal Properties of Materials at the Nanoscale/ Chair: Prof. F. Besenbacher, University Aarhus, Denmark

Session 5: Instrumentation: New Tools and Techniques for Nanoscience/ Chair: Prof. J.W.M. Frenken, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands

Prof. Jim Gimzewski, Biochem Department at UCLA, USA will present "Nanomechanical Measurements in Living Systems" at a special dinner event on Thursday, October 14th.

Francis Steenbeke, Vice President and General Manager of Veeco Europe commented, "The response to our call for papers is quite encouraging, and we are particularly pleased with the scientific quality of the abstracts. As this conference was in 2003, we expect "Seeing at the Nanoscale II" to be a premier global event for those involved in nanoscience from both academia and industry. Nanostructural imaging, characterization, and modification utilizing scanning probe microscopy is revolutionizing scientific research and the conference will be a tremendous opportunity for scientists worldwide to discuss their latest discoveries."

About the Sponsors

Minatec, a talent pool dedicated to science, advanced technology and high-tech industry, is one of the leading European poles for innovation in micro and nanotechnology, a high concentration of skills and resources located in Grenoble.

Nano2Life is the first European Network of Excellence on nanobiotech initiated by 23 research organizations and centers, which have experience in initiating nanobiotech projects or programs. 170 scientists from 12 countries are integrated under this network to implement joint activities at the interface between the "nano" and the "bio" worlds. Nano2Life will set the basis for a virtual European Nanobiotech Institute with strong local establishments.

Phantoms is a network of Excellence, whose mission is to provide a platform of services and information for researchers active in Nanotechnologies directed towards information processing and storage. PHANTOMS has currently around 230 members worldwide and is funded by the European Commission (IST program).

Veeco Instruments Inc. provides solutions for nanoscale applications in the worldwide, data storage, compound semiconductor/wireless, semiconductor and scientific research markets. Our Metrology products are used to measure at the nanoscale and our Process Equipment tools help create nanoscale devices. Veeco's manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Veeco can be found at http://www.veeco.com/. --30--NR/ny*


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