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Center for Nanostructured Materials

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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center: Center for Nanostructured Materials  (Columbia University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Nanostructure Materials is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

The Center is an interdisciplinary team of university, industrial, and national laboratory scientists and engineers working together to study structurally integrated chemical films containing nanoparticles. Research focuses on new ways to chemically synthesize nanoparticles, self organization of these particles into useful films, and the electrical, optical, and other properties of these films and other aggregates.

Education & Outreach

The Center operates a strong, multi-faceted education and outreach effort including activities in education, human resources and outreach, including summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) programs targeted for New York City’s science teachers.

Programs bringing MRSEC faculty and students to NYC schools to promote materials and technology by exciting laboratory demonstrations use exciting, hands-on demonstrations incorporating "every day" objects. The goal of these visits is to foster interests among K-12 students in science and technology by showing them the marvels of materials science and engineering and describing the relevance of science to quality of life. Another objective is to attract a diverse student body to careers in science and technology. The Ron McNair Curriculum Integration To Interactively Engage Students (CITIES) Program, helps teachers create engaging lab demonstrations and assists teachers and students with science fairs. The Research and Rolling Exhibits (RARE) program, in collaboration with staff from the New York Hall of Science, will develop five "Discovery Carts" that will be visually attractive and intellectually stimulating in demonstrating current research in materials science and nanotechnology.

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