RI Nanotechnology Showcase to Facilitate Industry-Academic Partnerships
Published on March 23, 2011
On April 7th, the RI Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will sponsor the RI Nanotechnology Showcase to highlight the latest R&D on nanomaterials and nanotools being conducted in RI. At this morning event, which is sponsored by the newly-formed RI Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, attendees will hear from experts how nanotechnology benefits business, meet RI researchers who can improve products and develop new ones, explore academic-industry collaborations and learn about new seed funds that can support these collaborations.
The event will also feature keynote speaker Clayton Teague, Director of the Federal National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) which provides interagency support to 25 federal agencies funding nano research including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA and the Department of Defense.
The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Event registration and more information on the Consortium can be found at www.uri.edu/nano.
The Rhode Island Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology was formed in 2010 as a joint research initiative between the University of Rhode Island and Brown University to work in four areas where there are strong base capabilities and interests at the two institutions: NanoHealth, NanoMaterials, NanoTools and NanoEnergy. The main goals of the Consortium are to enhance the state’s capacity as a national center of excellence in nano, promote industry-university collaboration to catalyze economic growth and economic development, build research teams that capitalize on academic and industry strengths to define and solve problems, provide seed funds for new entrepreneurial ventures and increase access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Co-sponsors for the event are the University of Rhode Island, the Institute for Molecular Nanoscale Innovation at Brown University, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service and the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.