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ASU lands $6.2 million NSF grant for nanotechnology center

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Summary:

Arizona State University has won a $6.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new center for nanotechnology in society.

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Arizona State University has won a $6.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new center for nanotechnology in society.

The ASU center is the largest of newly funded NSF activities on nanotechnology in society, including a second center at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The network of activities will support research and education on nanotechnology and social change, educational and public outreach activities, and international collaboration.

ASU's center will develop a research program called "real time technology assessment." The program will chart the research dynamics of nanotechnology and the changing values of the public and researchers. It will also encourage discussion about nanotechnology and its future.

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of molecular-sized materials to create new products and processes. It incorporates work from fields such as physics, chemistry and biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering and could be applied in such areas as drug discovery and environmental sensing.


For more information:

"ASU given $6.2 million nanotechnology grant," The Business Journal, 10/12/2005