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Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures

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Nanoscience and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures  (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures, founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Los Alamos National Laboratory, 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 directed assembly of nanostructures is the fundamental gateway for the eventual success of nanotechnology. Therefore, the Center is focused on discovering and developing the means to assemble nanoscale building blocks with unique properties into functional structures under well-controlled, intentionally directed conditions.

Education & Outreach

The NSEC integrates research, education, and technology dissemination to serve as a leading national and international resource  for fundamental knowledge and applications in nanoscale science and technology. The Center partners with industry and research groups internationally, with quality undergraduate institutions with diverse student populations, and with innovative K-12 educational programs to ensure that the fruits of the Center's research, education, and outreach efforts make a significant impact on society.

The Center's high school program works in synergy with R.P.H. Chang’s National Center for Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University. The high school curricula that was developed has been disseminated to other school districts via a month long summer program for high school teachers. The Center's Molecularium® digital dome theater show is being translated into Korean and Arabic, and an expanded new IMAX version of the show, “Molecules to the MAX” has been released in the fall of 2009 in both 2D and 3D versions.

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