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Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center at Harvard

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Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications NSEC  (Harvard University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

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

The NSEC at Harvard combines "top down" and "bottom up" approaches to construct novel electronic and magnetic devices with nanoscale sizes and to understand their behavior, including quantum phenomena. The Center's goals are to make and understand ultra-small electronic devices and to develop physical tools for the study of biological cells as systems.

Education & Outreach

The NSEC at Harvard develops innovative science communication strategies for enhancing public understanding of research in nanoscale science and engineering, engaging a broad range of audiences at the Boston's Museum of Science and elsewhere. Recent outreach accomplishments include a nanoscience presentation to a national cable audience by an NSEC scientist, monthly nanoscience segments on a regional cable network, and a museum display of consumer products made possible through nanotechnology.

The NSEC at Harvard also offers Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs that bring participants to Center laboratories where they conduct their own research while working with NSEC scientists.

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