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January 20th, 2008

Nanotechnology big in Danville

Abstract:
The clash between the state's old and new world economies is palpable in the cavernous, timber-framed warehouse that houses Luna Innovation's nanotechnology division.

On the second floor, where merchants once stored half-ton barrels filled with tobacco, the Roanoke-based company is now conducting research on solar cells and carbon-based molecules.

The building's facade still bears the Old Belt Tobacco insignia, but its interior has been retrofitted with laboratories and electrical reactors designed to manufacture materials used in the development of pharmaceuticals.

"The place was so run-down when the city first showed it to us," said Steven Joslin, the division's director of manufacturing. At the time, Joslin added, the structure was vacant and rats were seen scrambling about.

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