Silicon carbide ribbons grown from the vapor phase (Gleb Yushin, Ph.D.)

Surface of a silicon micromachine (Carpick Research Group)

Polymer fibers (Gleb Yushin, Ph.D.)

Biomorphic silicon carbide from pine wood (Gleb Yushin, Ph.D.)

Nanotubular cellular probes


The Nanotechnology Institute™ & Energy Commercialization Institute Award $340K for Technology Commercialization

10th Jan 2014


PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Nanotechnology Institute™ (NTI) and the Energy Commercialization Institute (ECI) awarded a total of $340,000 to five university-based technology commercialization projects. more»

A New Material for Solar Panels Could Make Them Cheaper, More Efficient

13th Dec 2013


Argonne National Laboratory

By Tona Kunz • December 11, 2013

ARGONNE, Ill. – A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light. more»

Nelum: Nanotech Innovation Keeps Surfaces Clean and Transparent

4th Dec 2013


Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper’s windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle—it’s an expensive problem with serious ecological implications. more»

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What is the Nanotechnology Institute?

The Nanotechnology InstituteTM (NTI) is southeastern Pennsylvania’s first multi-institutional partnership created to accelerate nanotechnology research, commercialization and company formation. This technology powerhouse was created in 2000 by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Today, NTI accelerates regional economic development by connecting industry with university assets through its thirteen member research institutions. The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. more»

The NTI 2012 Annual Report is Now On-Line!

The NTI 2012 Annual Report is available for download. Please click here to download: NTI 2012 Annual Report

How Does the NTI Work?

The NTI facilitates the research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology’s real-world applications. By providing funding, intellectual property and commercialization assistance, the NTI expedites the rate at which revolutionary technologies are brought to market, changing our world and fueling our economy. more»

Accomplishments and Economic Impact

The NTI has been aggressive in the areas of technology and economic development. To date, the NTI has helped produce more than 740 intellectual property assets managed, facilitated 48 technology licenses, created or assisted 43 young companies, and attracted more than $255 million in public and private investment to the region. more»






The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.


2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop

28th May 2013

Anthony P. Green, Ph.D. Vice President, Technology Commercialization Group, Life Sciences, BFTP/SEP; and Ben Franklin Director, The Nanotechnology Institute™, will moderate the morning plenary session at the 2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop, focused on Commercializing Nanotechnology, June 11, 2013.

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Facilities for Nanotechnology in Philadelphia

8th Jan 2013


Nanomanufacturing Summit 2013

17th Sep 2013

October 15-17, 2013
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

This year’s event, being co-organized by the National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN), the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA), Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and The Nanotechnology Institute will be held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. more»

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