U.S. government launches nanotechnology center

04/04/2006


Detroit, MI —In a move intended to help companies develop innovative nanotechnology products, the U.S. Department of Commerce is launching a state-of-the-art center for collaborative nanotechnology research at the department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced the undertaking in Detroit recently while speaking to the Detroit Economic Club on the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative. He described the new center as an important, and needed, addition to the nation’s nanotechnology research efforts.

The national Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) will help the private sector develop innovative products like more efficient batteries, lighter-weight and higher-performing materials for aircraft and autos, and smaller computer chips to power digital devices,” said Gutierrez. The center will include scientists from U.S. companies, universities, and government, who will focus on overcoming major technical obstacles to cost-effective manufacturing of products made with components the size of atoms and molecules.

The CNST will feature a research staff that blends many types of specialized expertise, from physics and chemistry to mechanical engineering and computer science. The center will also house a nanofabrication facility. This large “clean room” will be equipped with a growing array of state-of-the-art tools for making, testing, and characterizing prototype nanoscale devices and materials. Instruments will be available to collaborators and outside users.

CNST will focus on measuring and manufacturing at the nanoscale. Its prime objective is to lay the technical groundwork necessary for U.S. industry to translate nanotechnology’s anticipated offerings into practical, manufacturable, market-ready products.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, jkatzel@reedbusiness.com