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Nanotech Foundations and Resources

  • The Foresight Nanotech Institute focuses on applying developing technologies to solving important world problems.
  • The Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an interdepartmental research center founded in 2002 by a $50 million, five-year contract with the U.S. Army Research Office. Now in its second five-year contract, its ultimate goal is to help the Army create a 21st century “smart suit” for battle that combines high-tech capabilities with light weight and comfort. Raytheon, which has a plant in Garland, is a defense and aerospace systems supplier that is among the largest of the ISN’s industry partners. 
  • The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a federally funded R&D program established to coordinate multi-agency efforts in nanoscale science, engineering and technology and includes the participation of 23 different federal agencies. 
  • Small Times offers a magazine and e-newsletter dedicated to micro and nanotech manufacturing, tools and materials.
  • The Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN) in Texas is one of only three such centers in the U.S. Charter educational members include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Rice University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, the University of North Texas, the University of Houston and Texas State University. Charter industry members include SEMATECH, ATDF, Texas Instruments, Zyvex and FEI Co.

Texas University Leaders in Nanotechnology Education and Research

More than 20 Texas universities have nanotechnology research programs and four — Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas — have developed nanotechnology-specific research centers. In 2002, these four universities formed the Strategic Partnership for Research in Nanotechnology (SPRING) with the goal of ensuring that Texas is a major player in a promising new field of science.