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Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing

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NSEC: Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing  (Northeastern University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CHN is focused on developing tools and processes that will enable assembly of nanoelements (such as carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, etc.) and polymer nanostructures. 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 nanotemplates and tools developed by CHN will accelerate the creation of highly anticipated commercial products and will enable the creation of an entirely new generation of applications. CHN projects fall into three categories: Large-Scale Directed Assembly & Transfer Research, Environmental Health & Safety Research, and Regulatory & Ethical Research.

Education & Outreach

CHN is building on existing network of partnerships among industry, universities, and K-12 teachers and students to deliver the much-needed education in nanomanufacturing, including its environmental, economic, and societal implications, to the current and emerging workforce. CHN engages in five basic categories of education and outreach, including opportunities for undergraduates, K-12 Teachers, K-12 students, museum exhibits and activities, and Geckoman, a video game that teaches nanoscale concepts.

CHN hosts Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs funded by NSF. The programs enable undergraduate science students and teachers to earn a stipend and spend the summer conducting hands-on research while working closely with CHN faculty.

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Related Institutions

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of New Hampshire


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