Lincoln University Center of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. It is used to create many new devices and materials that have a vast range of applications. Nanotechnology draws from biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematical sciences. The development of unique nanoscale structures has the potential to revolutionize industry, including electronics, medicine and consumer products. Nanotechnology will change the agricultural sector and food industry from production to conservation, processing, packaging, transportation, food safety, biosecurity and waste treatment. The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) (www.nano.gov) identified the next 10 years as the time to develop nanotechnology applications.
The Center of Nanotechnology at Lincoln University of Missouri pursues research in the fields of biotechnology, healthcare, diagnostics, food safety, water quality, air pollution, lab-on-a-chip platforms, bio-fuels, bio and nano based photovoltaics etc. The center collaborates with universities, industry and other agencies. The center has been successful in obtaining funding from agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF), National aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Health (NIH) and others.
The center pursues graduate level research, but significant focus is given to the undergraduate research in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The students are encouraged and helped to pursue a topic of interest in addition to the regular course work. The center conducts educational workshops during the summer for K-12 Students for further this goal. The center consists of multiple well equipped laboratories. These include wet laboratories, microfabrication facility, characterization lab and state of the art systems.
Supervised by a well qualified faculty and staff, the center promises to impound technological innovations through extensive applied research and education in the near future.