Con­tact: Laura Shea at 617–373-5427

Who/​What: North­eastern University’s National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion (NSF) Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing (CHN) is hosting an Industry Day event to show­case the research of the Center’s part­ners, including North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of New Hamp­shire, and the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Lowell.

CHN Director Ahmed Bus­naina will give an overview pre­sen­ta­tion on the work of the Center, and grad­uate stu­dents will present posters on their research. The recep­tion will pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for net­working and inter­ac­tion for industry with the fac­ulty, post doc­toral research asso­ciates, and grad­uate stu­dents working on CHN projects.

Com­pa­nies cur­rently sched­uled to attend include BAE Sys­tems, Nan­tero, Foster-​​Miller, TIAX LLC and EMC

When: Thursday, Jan­uary 25, 2007 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Where: Raytheon Amphithe­ater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Boston

About the CHN: In the fall of 2004, the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion awarded North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Lowell, the Uni­ver­sity of New Hamp­shire, and its part­ners Michigan State Uni­ver­sity and the Museum of Sci­ence, a Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​Rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing with funding of $12.4 mil­lion over five years (renew­able for another five years).

The Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing is focused on devel­oping tools and processes that will enable high-​​rate/​high-​​volume bottom-​​up, pre­cise, par­allel assembly of nanoele­ments (such as carbon nan­otubes, nanopar­ti­cles, etc.) and polymer nanos­truc­tures. The Center nan­otem­plates are uti­lized to con­duct fast mas­sive directed assembly of nanoscale ele­ments by con­trol­ling the forces required to assemble, detach, and transfer nanoele­ments at high rates and over large areas. The devel­oped nan­otem­plates and tools will accel­erate the cre­ation of highly antic­i­pated com­mer­cial prod­ucts and will enable the cre­ation of an entirely new gen­er­a­tion of applications.

CHN Mis­sion and Values: Fueled by the dra­matic increase in world­wide invest­ments over the past few years, nanoscience research is rapidly cre­ating sci­en­tific break­throughs. To ensure that dis­cov­eries lead to com­mer­cially viable prod­ucts in a time span faster than the tra­di­tional linear 20–30 year window, it is essen­tial to develop nanoman­u­fac­turing tech­nology in par­allel with the ongoing nanoscience research.

The NSF Nanoscale Sci­ence and Engi­neering Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing (CHN) develops processes and tools to bridge the gap between nanoscale sci­ence research and prod­ucts, and enable society to reap the ben­e­fits of nan­otech­nology. In addi­tion to devel­oping novel nanoman­u­fac­turing tech­nolo­gies, CHN is also deliv­ering the much-​​needed edu­ca­tion in nanoman­u­fac­turing, including its envi­ron­mental, eco­nomic, and soci­etal impli­ca­tions, to the cur­rent and emerging work­force through part­ner­ships among industry, uni­ver­si­ties, and K-​​12 teachers and students.

Mem­ber­ship in the CHN enables com­pa­nies with a vested interest in nanoman­u­fac­turing to sup­port the cut­ting edge research being con­ducted by the tri-​​University CHN through a tax-​​deductible cor­po­rate dona­tion. As indus­trial mem­bers of the Center, com­pa­nies gain access to the nanoman­u­fac­turing facil­i­ties at all three uni­ver­si­ties, sponsor grad­uate stu­dent work, and have options for exclu­sive or non-​​exclusive licensing of the intel­lec­tual property.

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.