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Welcome to Penn State's gateway to nanoscale science and technology

Nanotechnology, the science and engineering of matter at the atomic and molecular scale, is the subject of wide interest for its commercial promise, as well as its impact on areas such as computation, communications, medicine, energy, and the environment. Nano @ Penn State has been created as a portal to access the breadth of nanotechnology research at the University.

Penn State was an early leader in the fields of nano materials and nanotechnology education, beginning in 1993 with the opening of the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility (NanoFab), a part of the National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network, and continuing with the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, one of the nation's leading nanotechnology workforce development programs.

Carlo Pantano, Director of the Materials Research Institute, and Hank Foley, Vice-President for Research, explain how Penn State nanotechnology research will affect our future.

Penn State's Center for Nanoscale Science was established as an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center to carry out interdisciplinary research and educational outreach in the areas of Molecular Nanofabrication, Biomolecular Motors, and Collective Phenomena in Restricted Geometries. Some ninety faculty research groups are engaged in nanoscale science and engineering at Penn State.

Increasingly, the advances in nanoscience and technology are crossing the boundaries of departments and colleges, drawing researchers into collaborations that are enriching their individual disciplines. At Penn State, chemists and physicists, engineers and materials scientists, biologists and clinicians, are all now learning to speak to each other in the common language of nanoscience.

In the discipline that most broadly affects the research in nanotechnology, materials research, Penn State is the national leader in research funding, peer-reviewed publications, and highly cited researchers. Penn State also ranks highly in each of the disciplines mentioned above, with engineering and chemistry making the list among the top five universities in National Science Foundation rankings.

Penn State's investment in facilities, education, and new faculty with strong nano backgrounds and skills, along with its core strengths in traditional sciences and engineering, has positioned the University to make important contributions to what many forecast as the next great technological revolution. With a new Materials/Life Sciences complex scheduled for a spring 2007 groundbreaking, the most ambitious building project in Penn State history will provide a new pallet of tools and techniques at the nanoscale, where living and inorganic molecules intermingle and materials display novel properties.

Please use this portal to explore Penn State's breadth in research and education at the nanoscale, and discover how nanotechnology applications will impact your future.