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Northeastern University's NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) to Host Industry Day Showcase

Contact: Laura Shea at 617-373-5427

Who/What: Northeastern University’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) is hosting an Industry Day event to showcase the research of the Center’s partners, including Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

CHN Director Ahmed Busnaina will give an overview presentation on the work of the Center, and graduate students will present posters on their research. The reception will provide opportunities for networking and interaction for industry with the faculty, post doctoral research associates, and graduate students working on CHN projects.

Companies currently scheduled to attend include BAE Systems, Nantero, Foster-Miller, TIAX LLC and EMC

When: Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Where: Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Northeastern University, Boston

About the CHN: In the fall of 2004, the National Science Foundation awarded Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, and its partners Michigan State University and the Museum of Science, a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing with funding of $12.4 million over five years (renewable for another five years).

The Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing is focused on developing tools and processes that will enable high-rate/high-volume bottom-up, precise, parallel assembly of nanoelements (such as carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, etc.) and polymer nanostructures. The Center nanotemplates are utilized to conduct fast massive directed assembly of nanoscale elements by controlling the forces required to assemble, detach, and transfer nanoelements at high rates and over large areas. The developed nanotemplates and tools will accelerate the creation of highly anticipated commercial products and will enable the creation of an entirely new generation of applications.

CHN Mission and Values: Fueled by the dramatic increase in worldwide investments over the past few years, nanoscience research is rapidly creating scientific breakthroughs. To ensure that discoveries lead to commercially viable products in a time span faster than the traditional linear 20-30 year window, it is essential to develop nanomanufacturing technology in parallel with the ongoing nanoscience research.

The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) develops processes and tools to bridge the gap between nanoscale science research and products, and enable society to reap the benefits of nanotechnology. In addition to developing novel nanomanufacturing technologies, CHN is also delivering the much-needed education in nanomanufacturing, including its environmental, economic, and societal implications, to the current and emerging workforce through partnerships among industry, universities, and K-12 teachers and students.

Membership in the CHN enables companies with a vested interest in nanomanufacturing to support the cutting edge research being conducted by the tri-University CHN through a tax-deductible corporate donation. As industrial members of the Center, companies gain access to the nanomanufacturing facilities at all three universities, sponsor graduate student work, and have options for exclusive or non-exclusive licensing of the intellectual property.

About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit

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