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RI Consortium for Nanotechnology Reaches Out to Industry

Published on April 8, 2011

Regional industry leaders and university researchers recently gathered to explore partnerships that will be made possible through a new Consortium for Nanotechnology led by the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge branch of science that revolves around manipulating matter at an atomic and molecular scale to create new materials, tools and devices for use in a variety of industries, including energy, medicine, textiles and electronics.

At the event, attendees also heard about the federal government's investment and vision for nanoscience and nanotechnology from Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and viewed posters describing research currently underway at the universities.  

"A major goal with this event is to make new connections between our universities and state and regional companies," said Robert Hurt, co-director of the consortium and the director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown. "We expect industry participants will see opportunities to capitalize on our capabilities in nanotechnology. The consortium can help create connections by providing small seed grants to start university-industry research and development projects."

Hurt noted that Rhode Island's per capita share of federal funding in nanotechnology is one of the highest in the nation. "We hope this new consortium will help us use these resources more effectively to develop and translate technologies that will enhance the knowledge economy in the Ocean State," he said.

"This event is an excellent networking opportunity for Rhode Islanders who see the potential benefits that nanotechnology can bring to their work and to the state's economy," said Arijit Bose, professor of chemical engineering at URI and co-director of the consortium. "Those in attendance can share the challenges from their business sector and learn how nanotechnologies can help improve products or create new ones."

The Consortium was established by a federal grant awarded to URI to enhance the state's competitiveness in the fields of nanoscience, promote collaborations and strengthen the infrastructure for nanoscale research and development.

Learn more about the Rhode Island Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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