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NSEC: Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM)  (University of California-Berkeley)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing (SINAM) at the University of California, Berkeley is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSECs address complex, interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscale science and engineering, and integrate research with education internally and through a variety of partnership activities.

SINAM's vision is of a new nanotechnology manufacturing paradigm combining fundamental scientific research with industrial outlook. Its collaborators bring together a wealth of expertise in manufacturing, process systems and modeling, material synthesis, the physical sciences and applications development. Specific research includes developing nanomanufacturing tools that are suitable for industrial-scale applications, building a plasmonic-based healthcare platform, and nanomanufacturing solar cells.

Education & Outreach

SINAM's three initial foci for education and outreach will connect with under-represented minority and female students. The Discover Nanotechnology program, for students in grades 7-12 addresses the lack of an engineering in pre-college education. SINAM will engage a team of researchers and graduate students, local high school teachers, and teachers-in-training in creating an inquiry based instructional module which will build on core science concepts by connecting modern examples of nanoscience and nanotechnology research. For upper level high school students and college undergraduates, the Nanomanufacturing Summer Academy (NMSA) provides intensive research experiences for high school and college students for an 8-week period in the summer. The Graduate Young Investigator (GYI) Program invites graduate students from participating SINAM schools to propose an innovative research topic that involves at least two faculty members in SINAM from different fields, to study a nanomanufacturing topic using a multidisciplinary approach.

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