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With more than 200 faculty materials scientists, roughly half of whom are nanotechnologists, Penn State holds a premier position in the field of nanotechnology. Penn State is first among all research universities for expenditures in materials science. In 2003, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) cited Penn State as the leading materials institution in the world.

The university also holds the distinction of being a national leader in chemical nanofabrication. As a partner facility in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab) has supported the research, product development, and educational activities of some 40 Pennsylvania companies, as well as industry partners from across the US and around the world. The Nanofab mission is to lead research into new areas in chemical and molecular scale technology with significant impact on society and the economy.

Since the year 2000, Penn State has received $110 million in nanotechnology funding from federal agencies, including: DOD, DOE, DARPA, NASA, NSF and NIH. Between the years 2002 and 2004 Penn State ranked seventh in National Science Foundation funding for nanotechnology and fifth in nano-related publications, among all United States research universities.

Over the next several years, Penn State's national role in nanoscience research will be enhanced by the construction of a state-of-the-art $80M Materials Research Building in conjunction with a new Life Sciences building. This new facility has been designed to encourage the cross-pollination of ideas between materials scientists and the life scientists. In conjunction with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and Medical Center, the new Materials/Life Sciences complex will accelerate the development of new technologies in the emerging field of nanobiomaterials.

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