Alan H Goldstein

July 11, 2009

Thirty years ago Dr. Alan H Goldstein was already conducting research on the molecular interface between living cells and the metal surface of a micro-scale implant… a field now known as Biomaterials. Since then, his laboratory has continued to explore and push the molecular frontier between living and nonliving materials using an interdisciplinary toolkit ranging from nonlinear systems computer modeling to Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to molecular cloning. Professor Goldstein has been active in the biotechnology industry from the very beginning. He came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 to help found Chevron’s biotechnology group and returned to the academic laboratory in 1985. For the next twenty five years he has continued to pioneer the multidisciplinary research style now recognized as an absolute requirement for the success of nanobiotechnology. In 2003, Alan H Goldstein began to write about the future of nanotechnology. His first effort, “Nature vs. Nanoengineering” won a prestigious Shell-Economist Prize. He remains one of the few practicing molecular bioengineers who builds molecular machines and also writes nonfiction articles to inform the public about the global consequences of building these machines and the far more sophisticated models that will soon follow. In his popular articles, Dr. Goldstein’s goal is to fuse technical clarity of vision with the bold narrative style necessary to explain nanobiotechnology… a rapidly emerging, phenomenally complex web of concepts and technologies that will radically alter (or eliminate) biology in the near future. Whether humanity is ready or not, the race to break the Carbon Barrier (TM) is on.

In 2006 Dr. Goldstein co-authored the National Research Council’s TRIENNIAL REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE (available from the National Academies Press <>.  A collection of technical and creative nonfiction publications may be found at <>.  His book, “The Race To Break The Carbon Barrier:  How The Nanotechnology Revolution Will End Human Evolution.” is due for publication in 2010.