The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is a collaborative project of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
JSNN’s mission is to train students to conduct basic and applied research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic and academic growth through its outreach and engagement activities.
Although Nanoscience and Nanoengineering deal with structures that are invisible to the human eye, their potential to improve daily life is quite substantial. For example as you are reading this, nanoscience and nanoengineering are providing new means of drug delivery, new dental adhesives, new cosmetics, new heat resistant coatings, and a range of other products that can make our lives safer and more productive. The advances in nanoscience and nanoengineering mean that more corporations are forming to design and produce nanoproducts. The financial implications of these new industries will be significant. According to Lux Research, the projected economic impact of nanotechnology on the global economy is $3.1 trillion by 2015. JSNN seeks to develop collaborations with the local and regional businesses that will raise the Triad’s Nanotechnology profile with the goal of attracting new industry and investment to the area and by doing so helping to stimulate the economic growth.1
Federal funding of a prestigious research institute at N.C. A&T State University that is developing new kinds of biomaterials for use in regenerative medicine has been extended beyond its five-year term.
The extension will bring millions of additional dollars to A&T and give the school more time to develop technologies with commercial potential. It will also increase the possibility of lucrative partnerships with Triad nanotechnology and medical companies.
Officials with the Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials said they have received the results of a critical review by the National Science Foundation. The NSF awarded N.C. A&T a research grant worth about $18.5 million over five years to establish the ERC in 2008.2
1. Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
2. The Business Journal - N.C. A&T State gets key funding increase for research center