UW, PNNL think big, aim small with creation of joint nanotechnology institute

RICHLAND, Wash. - The science of the very small is about to get bigger in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Washington and the Department of Energys Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to study an area of science that holds the promise to dramatically change the way we live in the new century.

The new institute, created under an agreement signed today, will push area scientists further onto the cutting edge of nanoscience by bringing together two already formidable players in the field.

Together, we can leverage our research capabilities to assemble a stronger scientific team than either of us would have individually, said Bill Rogers, associate laboratory director of PNNLs Fundamental Science Division and director of its Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative. Nanoscience is an area that requires teams of scientists from various disciplines to work together to solve problems. PNNL excels at multidisciplinary research, and were taking that teaming approach one step further by signing this agreement.

Alvin Kwiram, vice provost for research at the UW, said officials have been looking for ways to increase collaborations between the university and the laboratory for several years. The joint institute will foster a more focused relationship and set the stage for initiatives in other areas, he said.

Although nanotechnology will be the first theme to benefit from the joint institute concept, other themes are under discussion as well, Kwiram said. The resources of the two institutions are very complementary, and this sort of collaboration is a powerful tool in meeting the broad challenges of our time that are important to the nation and to society.

The agreement calls for each partner to provide $500,000 in the first year for administering and supporting the joint institute.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology deal with the building of new materials and extremely small

Contact: Staci Maloof
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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