NSF awards $30M for two nanoscale centers

Oct. 15, 2003 – The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants worth $30 million to university-led research teams to create Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers.

The University of California, Los Angeles, is the lead institution and future home of the Center for Scalable and Integrated Nano-Manufacturing. The center, which is receiving nearly $18 million over five years, seeks to develop cost-efficient and reliable methods of nanoscale lithography and manufacturing for nanoelectronics and biomedicine.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will lead the Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical-Manufacturing Systems Science and Engineering Center. The center, which will receive more than $12 million over five years, intends to build on research in molecular gate technology and Very Large Scale Integrated fluidic circuits to directly manufacture three-dimensional nanoscale structures and systems.

Both centers also will establish alliances with industry and government, engineering test-beds for prototype development and an educational outreach programs.


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