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Nano @ Penn State Fast Facts

Research Expenditures in Nano @ Penn State:

  • University-wide research expenditures FY2008 - $717,000,000
  • Percentage increase in total research dollars since 1998 - 92%
  • National ranking in industry sponsored research FY2008 - #3
  • Total R&D Expenditures (2007 -NSF) - 11th Nationally

NASDAQ Best Center for Entrepreneurship in US - Penn State

National Science Foundation Student Fellowships - 1st in Big Ten

Fulbright Scholars - 1st Nationally

Patents and Trademarks - 9th Nationally

Total Engineering Research R & D (2004 - NSF) - 3rd

ISI most cited Materials Science Faculty - #1 Internationally

One out of every 50 licensed engineers in the US is a Penn State graduate.

More than 100 patent-protected nanotechnologies from Penn State research

53 nanotechnologies licensed to industry

1,000 companies worldwide have sponsored materials science research at Penn State in the past 10 years. More than 300 are Pennsylvania based.

More than 90 faculty researchers engaged in nanoscience and technology.

Penn State NNIN infrastructure provides:

  1. $75M in capital equipment
  2. 10,000 square feet of clean room space
  3. 25,000 square feet of lab space
  4. 40+ professional staff, including 10+ PhDs

The Pennsylvania NanoManufacturing Technology (NMT) program is one of the leading nanotechnology workforce development programs in the nation.

Milestones of Nano @ Penn State:

  • 1931 - Penn State physicist Ferdinand Brickwedde produced the world's first measurable amount of deuterium, a hydrogen isotope needed to make "heavy water" -- an essential ingredient in basic atomic research.
  • 1955 - Penn State physicist Erwin Mueller became the first person to "see" an atom using his inventions, the field ion microscope and the atom-probe field ion microscope.
  • 1960 - Penn State established the nation's first interdisciplinary curriculum in solid state (now materials) technology and, in 1962, created one of the first interdisciplinary research laboratories, which has since won international acclaim in materials synthesis, electroceramics, diamond films and chemically bonded ceramics. In 2000, the original Materials Research Lab merged with the Materials Research Institute.
  • 1969-70 - Penn State established the nation's first interdisciplinary program in science, technology and society. Its integrative courses addressing critical issues in these areas served as a model for similar programs at many other universities.
  • 1992 - Will Castleman group discovers metallocarbohedrene (metcar), and goes on to sythesize titanium carbide nanoparticles with "magic" properties that include high chemical reactivity.
  • 1996 - With James Tour of the University of South Carolina (now at Rice Univ.), Penn State professors Dave Allara and Paul Weiss first demonstrate that molecular wires can conduct electricity.
  • 2001 - Paul Weiss Group creates Molecular Ruler, a breakthrough technology for patterning at the nanoscale.
  • 2004 - Researchers in the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science develop the first nonbiological catalytic motor and pump at the nanoscale.
  • 2006 - John Badding and colleagues at Penn State and Pier Sazio of Southampton University (UK) develop a breakthrough method to fill optical fibers with electronic materials.