OSU gets grant for nanotechnology work

Oregon State University, in partnership with the University of Washington and as part of the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure, has received a $4.5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for nanoscale science, engineering and technology research.

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure is comprised of 16 selected sites, and will allow researchers from academia, government and industry access to facilities and instrumentation to further nanotechnology innovation and commercialization.

“Winning this NSF grant is evidence that OSU has been making the right investments in our materials research infrastructure, and that we are competitive with the top universities throughout the country,” Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University and Oregon State’s lead on the grant, said in a news release issued by OSU on Monday.

“The unique capabilities that we have in the Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility and the Oregon Process Innovation Center are now part of a national user facility, and will elevate our national presence and efforts in research, education and economic development."


The Northwest site also includes facilities and resources at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, North Seattle College and the University of British Columbia, and will focus on integrated photonics, advanced energy materials and devices and bio-nano interfaces and systems.

The NSF granted a total of $81 million to establish the 16 sites and will select one site to coordinate all facilities in 2016.

[published by the Corvallis Gazette Times]