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Lilly Endowment grants almost $26 million to Purdue Discovery Park

gy, in Gaithersburg, Md. The $235 million NIST lab, which is currently under construction, will be among the most advanced measurement facilities in the world.

Funds are being raised for the other centers that will make up Discovery Park.

Birck Nanotechnology Center

Nanotechnology is an emerging science in which new materials and tiny structures are built atom-by-atom, or molecule-by-molecule, instead of the more conventional approach of sculpting parts from pre-existing materials. Nano is a prefix meaning one-billionth, so a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

Just as antibiotics, silicon transistors and plastics affected nearly every aspect of society in the 20th century, nanotechnology is expected to have profound influences in the 21st century.

The possibilities include:

* The creation of entirely new materials with superior strength, electrical conductivity, resistance to heat and other properties.

* Microscopic machines for a variety of uses, including probes that could be injected into the body for medical diagnostics and repair.

* A new class of ultra-small, super-powerful computers and other electronic devices, including spacecraft.

* A technology in which biology and electronics are merged, creating "gene chips" that instantly detect food-borne contamination, dangerous substances in the blood or chemical warfare agents in the air.

* Artificial organs.

* The development of "molecular electronics" and devices that "self-assemble," similar to the growth of complex organic structures in living organisms. Theoretically, once set in motion, such self-assembling devices would build themselves, making electronics processing far less expensive than conventional semiconductor processing.

Bioscience/Engineering Center

The bioscience/engineering center will support a variety of projects, some of which will explore genomics, which is the mapping of individual g
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Contact: Jeanne Norberg
jnorberg@purdue.edu
765-494-2084
Purdue University
25-Oct-2001


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