Addressing pressing issues of human society, research at the Nanotech Center is driven by outcome-based relevance in the medical fields, in alternative energy technologies, and in technologies that aid in the development of peaceful nations.
An interdisciplinary group of scientists using the tools of nanotechnology to study biology at the smallest scale. The group's goals are to learn more about the basic functions and interactions of biological molecules and to use what they find to achieve new capabilities with biomedical implications. In pursuing this goal, they bring together aspects of physics, engineering, molecular biology, and many other disciplines.
The state's nanotechnology leaders, including the Washington Technology Center, Avogadro Partners, LLC, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with seed funding sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, have come together to launch the Washington Nanotechnology Initiative (WNI).
In 2005, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) recognized Washington University School of Medicine's contribution to nanomedicine with a five-year, $16 million grant to establish the Siteman Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (SCCNE). It is one of eight such centers funded by the NCI in the United States.
The nano Devices & Systems Laboratory (nDSL) at Wayne State University aims at understanding the fundamental science of one-dimensional systems and nano-structures and developing electronic device technologies at single molecular or nanometer scale.
The group studies nanostructured magnetic materials, striving to understand their fundamental properties, as well as potential applications such as MRI contrast agents, drug delivery and hyperthermia for cancer treatment.
Nanoscale science is an interdisciplinary endeavor and at WVU the physics department is an integral part of the WVNano Initiative. In the department we have research programs on nanoscale magnetic and spin devices, nanophotonic materials, novel quantum phenomena of films and interfaces, energy and bionanotechnology.
Nanotechnology Sensing Advances in Field and Environment (NanoSAFE) at West Virginia University is West Virginia’s initiative for nanoscale science, engineering and education (NSEE). This effort also includes researchers at Marshall University and West Virginia State University, and those involved with the Research Infrastructure Improvement award 2010-2015 granted to the state: Bionanotechnology for Public Security and Environmental Safety.
The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN), a National Institute of Excellence, has been organized to build on the best interdisciplinary talents in the field of nanoelectronics in the world. WIN?s mission is to explore and develop advanced research devices, circuits and nanosystems with performance beyond conventional scaled CMOS.
The acquisition of the Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope (LC-SEM) has positioned WKU as the only university in North America with an instrument of this type. As envisioned, the NOVA Center will be a national focal point for nondestructive measurements and is crosscutting in the five priority research areas of the Commonwealth's New Economy Strategy. In particular, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing will be significantly impacted as a result of the Centers founding.