Supporting Research in Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology demands an interdisciplinary approach to research—combining the expertise of chemists, microbiologists, physicists, material scientists and engineers, each of whom provides a unique perspective.The NTI harnesses the knowledge and research of the region’s academic and corporate resources, creating an innovative network to facilitate nanotechnology-related discoveries. The NTI’s interdisciplinary team approach to research creates an ideal environment that breaks down barriers to collaboration and leads to important discoveries, intellectual property and commercial opportunity.
The NTI provides researchers with the guidance and funding necessary to get their inventions licensed, helping them get their intellectual property out to the marketplace much faster. The NTI does this by acting as a catalyst between nanotechnology researchers and companies seeking nanotechnology-related solutions to their problems.
Why Is Small So Big?
Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.
At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:
- Drug Delivery
- Biofiltration and Separation sciences
- Improved coatings for medical devices
Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.