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Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems

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The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) Renewal Yrs 6-10  (University of California-Berkeley)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) 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.

The goal of COINS is to develop and integrate cutting-edge nanotechnologies into a versatile platform with various ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective, self-powering, mobile, wirelessly communicating detection applications. COINS focuses on four major research programs in energy, sensing, mobility, and electronics/wireless. COINS research will lead to major enhancements in environmental monitoring technology due to better spatial and temporal resolution. COINS will also fundamentally change the way we are able to respond to proliferation events or serious natural catastrophic events by providing much more accurate information on conditions, allowing for substantially better countermeasures and security.

Education & Outreach

From the immediacy of a “science café” audience to the universal range of the Internet and broadcast media, COINS public outreach efforts aim to increase the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of nanoscale science and engineering research and applications among all segments of society. These efforts include public appearances by COINS researchers as well as the Berkeley Nanotechnology Club, which is dedicated to educating the Berkeley community about the promise of nanotechnology. Two museum exhibits, one at the Castle Science and Technology Center and another at The University of California's Lawrence Hall of Science, introduce nanoscale science to grade school and middle school students.

COINS also offers more extended educational experiences for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students. A summer Nano Camp for high school students, nanoscience workshops for middle school and high school teachers, and a partnership with Berkeley City College to engage local community college students in COINS research are just a few examples.

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