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.
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.