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Home > News > California’s Glimmer of Hope: Nanotechnology

July 21st, 2009

California’s Glimmer of Hope: Nanotechnology

Abstract:
The economic news in California has been pretty bleak lately. Its businesses, small and large, are becalmed by the recession. The state has taken to issuing i.o.u.'s in the wake of political wrangling over how to resolve a $26 billion budget deficit. Most ominous, the state's once-great public universities and its community colleges and local schools face budget cuts that amount to critical surgery.

Yet in the midst of all that, there is a promise for the future in the collaboration by California's university research centers, small companies and venture finance firms in an emerging area called nanotechnology, The New York Times's James Flanigan writes.

Examples from several universities and fledgling companies demonstrate the potential. NanoH2O Inc., for instance, uses nano materials to improve the performance of reverse osmosis membranes in making dirty water clean or in desalination. Two years ago, the company licensed the membrane research of Eric Hoek, a professor of environmental engineering at U.C.L.A.

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