December 16, 2009
By: by The Business Review (Albany)
The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is receiving $500,000 in federal funds as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill the Senate approved over the weekend.
The funding will support the New York Center for National Competitiveness in Nanoscale Characterization. The center is a partnership with the National Institute for Science and Technology.
In April 2008, UAlbany and NIST forged a partnership to work together to develop standards to keep the United States competitive in the global nanotechnology market.
The center was formed to play a role in developing precise measurements at the atomic and sub-atomic levels by sharing research, staff and equipment with NIST. The research being conducted will develop universal measurements for computer chips and other nano-sized products used in the telecommunications, health care, aerospace and other industries.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said it was "critical that we continue to support the groundbreaking research at Albany NanoTech."