Case Western Reserve University's expertise in engineering and the sciences is well-known, but now, it also will be well-documented—especially in the emerging field of nanotechnology.
Case's "nanoBook" is a new, interactive online directory that highlights the ongoing nanoscience/nanotechnology research activities of faculty across the university. Designed to be a resource for media, academia and industry, "nanoBook" provides an overview of the faculty member's specific research, current developments, expectations for time-to-market and future concepts for different applications.
"With the highly promising expectations of nanotechnology for new, innovative products, materials and devices it is evident that nanotechnology can bring many advances into such areas as defense, the biomedical industry, manufacturing and to every day products," said Alexis R. Abramson, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case, organizer of the nanoBook project and NorTech fellow in nanotechnology. "The nanoBook is an evolving directory of the different types of research involving nanotechnology going on at Case that industry, media and others can use as a resource to maximize our expertise and present opportunities for collaboration."
Brainchild of the provost's office and the Nano Initiatives Committee at Case, the nanoBook has been in the works since last summer. The committee is chaired by Ken Singer, professor of physics at Case.
Singer says the primary reason for creating the directory is to garner national and international recognition of the faculty's nanotechnology research, provide the community with concrete evidence of what the university is doing in nanotechnology and to stimulate collaboration among Case faculty across disciplines and with industry.
A particularly important example of how nanotechnology is currently used in industry in Northeast Ohio is in the area of nanomaterials such as in coatings and nanocomposites. "The great strengths of Northeast Ohio in medicine and materials have driven the current economic and academic emphasis in these areas," Abramson said. "Nanotechnology represents a potent opportunity to help bring together the traditional strengths of our region for future scientific and engineering innovation."
The directory should also prove useful for media looking for experts to comment on the latest in nanotechnology issues nationally and internationally, Abramson adds.
"Nano" means nanometer-scale (or nanoscale) and any process, device or engineered material—whatever has its defining property determined by some structure at the nanometer scale is deemed a legitimate nanotechnology.
"Nanotechnology is everywhere, and the world's future innovations will be stimulated by developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology," Abramson said. "That's why Case is at the forefront of the research and teaching of this emerging field."
Learn more about Case's new "nanoBook" at http://www.case.edu/nanobook.
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