Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

android tablet pc

Home > Press > UCLA Engineering receives $2M gift to fund carbon nanotube research

James L. Easton, chairman and CEO of sports equipment company Jas. D. Easton Inc., has given $2 million to the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to fund research on advanced carbon materials for sports equipment and aerospace applications.

UCLA Engineering receives $2M gift to fund carbon nanotube research

Los Angeles, CA | Posted on May 23rd, 2009

"Few institutions have the capabilities and expertise of UCLA," said Easton, who received his bachelor's degree in engineering from UCLA in 1959. "Few universities can study carbon nanotubes for sports equipment, conduct leading-edge research in cancer and Alzheimer's, and be home to over 100 national sports championships."

Easton is a pioneer in the use of carbon nanotubes for real-world applications. Carbon nanotubes are single or multiple atomic layers of graphite wound into tubes. Because of their size and composition, they have unique electrical, mechanical and other physical properties. Their light weight, strength and resistance to corrosion make them ideal for use in a variety of applications, including flexible optoelectronic devices for energy harvesting and energy storage, compressed natural-gas tanks, and aerospace and sports equipment.

"Jim is a visionary leader," said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA Engineering. "The potential applications of carbon nanotubes are vast, ranging from nanotechnology, electronics and optics to aerospace and leading-edge sports equipment. We are thankful for Jim's generous gift to fund research in such a vital area."

The driving force behind years of innovations at Easton Sports, Easton spent five years in the aerospace industry before joining his father, Doug Easton, in the world's leading aluminum arrow shaft business.

A subsidiary of Jas. D. Easton Inc., Easton Sports was merged with the Riddell, Bell and Giro companies under the Easton-Bell Sports Inc. name and ownership in 2006. The combined companies are the industry leaders in their respective core products — Easton baseball and softball bats, ice-hockey sticks, and cycling components; Riddell football helmets; and Bell and Giro ski and cycling helmets. Easton Sports recently introduced a new line of cutting-edge carbon-fiber bats and hockey sticks.

Jas D. Easton Inc. is the world's largest archery company and owns three major companies in the archery market: Easton Technical Products (arrows, snowshoes and structural frame tubing for mountaineering tents), Hoyt Archery (recurve and compound bows) and Delta Sports (targets).


About UCLA
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, established in 1945, offers 28 academic and professional degree programs, including an interdepartmental graduate degree program in biomedical engineering. Ranked among the top 10 engineering schools at public universities nationwide, the school is home to five multimillion-dollar interdisciplinary research centers in wireless sensor systems, nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing and nanoelectronics, all funded by federal and private agencies.

For more information, please click here

Wileen Wong Kromhout,
(310) 206-0540

Copyright © UCLA

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin April 18th, 2014

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Introduces the MFP-3D InfinityTM AFM Featuring Powerful New Capabilities and Stunning High Performance April 18th, 2014

Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024 April 17th, 2014


Effects of Carbon Nanotubes Studied on Pregnant Mothers April 12th, 2014

Nanotech Business Review 2013-2014 April 9th, 2014

Scientists Succeed in Simultaneous Determination of Acetaminophen, Codeine in Drug Samples April 9th, 2014

Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene: Rice University lab makes hybrid nanotube-graphene material that promises to simplify manufacturing April 7th, 2014


'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin April 18th, 2014

Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair April 18th, 2014

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Introduces the MFP-3D InfinityTM AFM Featuring Powerful New Capabilities and Stunning High Performance April 18th, 2014

Transparent Conductive Films and Sensors Are Hot Segments in Printed Electronics: Start-ups in these fields show above-average momentum, while companies working on emissive displays such as OLED are fading, Lux Research says April 17th, 2014


‘Four!' Heads Up, Wide Use of More Flexible Metallic Glass Coming Your Way: Advances in Glass Alloys Lead to Strength, Flexibility March 4th, 2014

ASTM International Nanotechnology Committee Approves Airborne Nanoparticle Measurement Standard December 10th, 2013

Discovery Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military: Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice build-up August 19th, 2013

First human tests of new biosensor that warns when athletes are about to ‘hit the wall’ July 24th, 2013


Tiny particles could help verify goods: Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting April 15th, 2014

NASA Engineers Prepare Game Changing Cryotank for Testing April 9th, 2014

Space Industry Leaders Countdown To Space Tech Expo 2014 – Opening Next Week: Space Tech Expo and Conference 2014 opens its doors at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach April 1 – 3 March 30th, 2014

Micro systems with big commercial potential featured in SPIE journal: Special section in Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS highlights emerging MOEMS technologies March 25th, 2014


Energy Research Facility Construction Project at Brookhaven Lab Wins U.S. Energy Secretary's Achievement Award April 16th, 2014

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2014 Award Winners April 1st, 2014

Dais Analytic Wins SBIR Grant: Dais Analytic Receives US Army Small Business Innovation Research Grant to Further Its Demonstrated Successes in Cleaning Most Forms of Wastewater March 28th, 2014

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark March 24th, 2014

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE