January 2013

Nanotechnology Update

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Nanotechnology is very diverse, ranging from extensions of conventional device physics to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly. Nanotechnology entails the application of fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, and microfabrication.

Nanotechnology can help create:

  • Smaller, more efficient energy sources & storage
  • Improved water sanitation
  • Personalized medical solutions
  • Stronger lighter materials for manufacturing

Illinois already boasts one of the nation's largest nanotechnology clusters. There are 74 businesses that are directly involved in bringing solutions to market. Growth in Illinois has been based on the large volume and breadth of technology research.  This research is supported by key components of nanotechnology infrastructure at Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern and University of Illinois.

To bring nanotechnology to the next level, various resources are being mobilized.

  • Cooperative efforts by business, academic, and scientific leaders
  • Encouragement of the use of shared facilities
  • Workforce Development programs
  • Early stage funding

A new nanotechnology education center is being created at the Illinois Science + Technology Park.  Tours will be available on April 22, 2013 as part of Bio International Week at the Park.   

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