Nanotechnology Now







Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Senate Committee Backs $4M for UMass Lowell Nano R& D

Abstract:
U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan announced Senate defense appropriations committee approval of $4 million for the campus's nanomanufacturing research and development. Earlier this year, the House passed $2 million for the project.

Senate Committee Backs $4M for UMass Lowell Nano R& D

Lowell, MA | Posted on September 22nd, 2009

"UMass Lowell's research will help protect our service men and women and help usher in new nanotechnology-based products that will stimulate the economy. It's a critical time to continue federal support," Meehan said. "Sen. Kerry's backing of the project was critical."

"Nanotechnology is one of our most promising cutting-edge industries and, under Chancellor Meehan's leadership, UMass Lowell is leading the nanotech revolution. Investments in basic research and development in the Merrimack Valley are more important than ever and I will continue working with Chancellor Meehan to ensure the university has the resources it needs to continue developing cutting edge technologies, especially those that help protect our troops," said Kerry.

UMass Lowell's research is aimed at producing sensors that can detect biological and chemical agents in military environments and identify structural damage in vehicles like helicopters. With UMass Lowell's expertise in advanced manufacturing processes, the researchers are determining how to manufacture these nanotechnology-based products in mass quantities that are usable in many environments. Commercial applications are likely to emerge.

The research will soon have a new home in UMass Lowell's Emerging Technology and Innovation Center (ETIC), slated to break ground this spring. The federal funds will help equip the new laboratory space.

"UMass Lowell's new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center will be outfitted to conduct nanomanufacturing research, provided we secure funding in the final budget," said Meehan.

The $70 million ETIC will be the first new academic building on campus in more than 30 years. Significant funds for the ETIC were provided under the Massachusetts Economic Investment Act of 2006. The R&D conducted in the facility is expected to spur about 300 new jobs over the next five years. Current industry partners include BASF, Textron, Nanogreen Solutions Corp., Nypro Inc., Teknor/Apex and Nynodynamics Inc.

The Army Research Laboratory in Hyattsville, Md., is helping to ensure that the multi-functional sensors research project meets the military's needs.

"Our partnership with ARL is critical to developing sensors that will work in battlefield conditions," said Prof. Joey Mead, who directs UMass Lowell's federally funded nanomanufacturing research team. "We're pleased that Congress is recognizing it's a partnership that works."

Two types of sensors are under development. The "nanocanary/mini-mutt" biochemical sensor would reveal the presence of biological and chemical threats, while the "nano-skin" detection system could be combined with the chemical/bio sensor to detect those agents as well any structural mechanical damage, on body armor, vehicles (for example, helicopters) and weapons.

Nanotechnology-based products are expected to have an economic impact in the hundreds of billion dollars. Some estimates put the impact at $1 trillion within the next decade.

First funded in the 2007 appropriation act, UMass Lowell has received $4.6 million in congressionally directed funding for the research project to date.

The Senate is expected to finish consideration of the defense appropriations bill by the end of September. Final passage by both chambers of Congress and President Obama's signature is necessary before the funding becomes law. The federal fiscal year 2010 begins Oct. 1.

####

About University of Massachusetts Lowell
UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region.. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Phone: 978-934-3224
Fax: 978-934-3033

Copyright © Media-Newswire.com

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.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

‘Oxford Instruments Young Nanoscientist India Award 2015’ to Prof. Arindam Ghosh April 20th, 2015

Nondestructive 3-D Imaging of Biological Cells with Sound April 20th, 2015

Advances in molecular electronics: Lights on -- molecule on: Researchers from Dresden and Konstanz succeed in light-controlled molecule switching April 20th, 2015

Laboratories

Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20th, 2015

Quantum model reveals surface structure of water: National Physical Laboratory, IBM and Edinburgh University have used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular structure of water's liquid surface April 20th, 2015

Jobs

SUNY Poly & M+W Make Major Announcement: Major Expansion To Include M+W Owned Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation That Will Create up to 400 Jobs to Develop Solar Power Plants at SUNY Poly Sites Across New York State March 26th, 2015

Is US immigration policy 'STEMming' innovation? Study sheds light on why foreign STEM students stay in US or return home March 11th, 2015

Nanotech Discoveries Move from Lab to Marketplace with Lintec Deal: Licensing Partnership Brings Together University Technology, New Richardson-Based Facility Directed by Alumni February 9th, 2015

Secretary Vilsack Announces Partnership to Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial from Wood December 11th, 2013

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future April 20th, 2015

Quantum model reveals surface structure of water: National Physical Laboratory, IBM and Edinburgh University have used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular structure of water's liquid surface April 20th, 2015

Happily ever after: Scientists arrange protein-nanoparticle marriage: New biotech method could lead to development of HIV vaccine, targeted cancer treatment April 20th, 2015

New Biological Nano-Fertilizers Presented in Iran as Appropriate Replacements for Chemical Fertilizers April 18th, 2015

Academic/Education

Iranian Female Professor Awarded UNESCO Medal in Nanoscience April 20th, 2015

JPK reports on the use of the NanoWizard® 3 AFM system at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem April 14th, 2015

UK National Graphene Institute Selects Bruker as Official Partner: World-Leading Graphene Research Facility Purchases Multiple Bruker AFMs April 7th, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE and Title Sponsor SEFCU Name Capital Region Teams Advancing to the Final Round of the 2015 New York Business Plan Competition March 30th, 2015

Sensors

‘Oxford Instruments Young Nanoscientist India Award 2015’ to Prof. Arindam Ghosh April 20th, 2015

Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications April 18th, 2015

MIT sensor detects spoiled meat: Tiny device could be incorporated into 'smart packaging' to improve food safety April 15th, 2015

Graphene pushes the speed limit of light-to-electricity conversion: Researchers from ICFO, MIT and UC Riverside have been able to develop a graphene-based photodetector capable of converting absorbed light into an electrical voltage at ultrafast timescales April 14th, 2015

Announcements

Happily ever after: Scientists arrange protein-nanoparticle marriage: New biotech method could lead to development of HIV vaccine, targeted cancer treatment April 20th, 2015

Nondestructive 3-D Imaging of Biological Cells with Sound April 20th, 2015

Advances in molecular electronics: Lights on -- molecule on: Researchers from Dresden and Konstanz succeed in light-controlled molecule switching April 20th, 2015

Yale-NUS, NUS and UT Austin researchers establish theoretical framework for graphene physics: Making strides towards using graphene to create new electronic devices April 20th, 2015

Homeland Security

Optics, nanotechnology combined to create low-cost sensor for gases April 3rd, 2015

The Universitat Politècnica de València is coordinating a European project to develop a device for the quick and early diagnosis of cancer March 7th, 2015

Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film January 28th, 2015

Detection of Heavy Metals in Samples with Naked Eye January 26th, 2015

Military

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich' April 18th, 2015

Cobalt film a clean-fuel find: Rice University discovery is efficient, robust at drawing hydrogen and oxygen from water April 15th, 2015

MIT sensor detects spoiled meat: Tiny device could be incorporated into 'smart packaging' to improve food safety April 15th, 2015

Novel nanoparticles could save soldiers' lives after explosions April 15th, 2015

Nanobiotechnology

Advances in molecular electronics: Lights on -- molecule on: Researchers from Dresden and Konstanz succeed in light-controlled molecule switching April 20th, 2015

Protein Building Blocks for Nanosystems: Scientists develop method for producing bio-based materials with new properties April 17th, 2015

Study shows novel pattern of electrical charge movement through DNA April 14th, 2015

UAB researchers develop a harmless artificial virus for gene therapy April 8th, 2015

Construction

To Conserve London's 300-Year-Old Masterpiece, Nanotech & Drones April 12th, 2015

Effect of Carbon Nanotubes on Properties of Cement Composites Studied in Iran March 23rd, 2015

Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand March 12th, 2015

Nanoparticles Increase Durability of Concrete Decorations in Cold Areas January 26th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




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










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project