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Spot In NSF Network Earned
October 1, 2015

Virginia Tech has won a spot in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), a National Science Foundation (NSF) network of universities with exceptional strengths in nanoscience.

Michael Hochella, a professor of geoscience in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, studies a sample using a transmission electron microscope at the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech.

The award, which carries $2.5 million in funding for five years and is renewable for a second five-year period, will establish the Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure.

University Distinguished Professor Michael Hochella, a professor of geosciences in the College of Science and an internationally recognized expert in the field of earth and environmental nanoscience, will direct the new center.

The NNCI comprises 16 individual research centers, each focusing on a specific area of nanotechnology, such as nanofabrication or nanoelectronics.

Many of the network’s centers are joint initiatives by several universities. Virginia Tech is one of only seven institutions in the current network to have its own research center.

NNCI funding will help provide the staff and materials necessary for the Virginia Tech Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (VTSuN) and the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL) to serve additional outside users. Funding is also earmarked for outreach, including the establishment of a summer research program for minority students interested in nanoscience.

The new network, officially established on Oct. 1, 2015, replaces the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.

This article reprinted from materials provided by Virgina Tech.

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