Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

android tablet pc

Home > Press > Piedmont Triad, N.C., nanotech news (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem)/Wake Forest University hopes to build materials cluster around nanotech lab

Wake Forest University is hoping that a new resource for businesses that deal in materials production or analysis will help build a new industry cluster.

Piedmont Triad, N.C., nanotech news (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem)/Wake Forest University hopes to build materials cluster around nanotech lab

Winston-Salem, NC | Posted on May 28th, 2011

The university, with financial help from the DataMax Foundation, will soon make access available to its materials analysis lab on Deacon Boulevard, complete with a new multi-million dollar scanning nanoprobe. That's a device that, when used in conjunction with super-sensitive microscopes also at the lab, can generate a map of the elemental composition of every nanometer of a material to identify impurities or weaknesses.

What will be unique about the program, said David Carroll, director of Wake Forest's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, is that lab access will be free for companies that can make good use of its equipment, such as those involved in thin films and coatings, manufacturing or even auto racing technology.

Laboratory staffers will be available to help, he said, but companies won't be required to enter into any sort of long-term relationship with the school.

"In my experience, a lot of companies want to work with universities, but don't want a binding relationship because they still want to be able to sell what they make" freely, which could be complicated by access agreements, Carroll said. "If you want to build a relationship with us we hope you will, but we won't ask you to plop down $30,000 as soon as you walk through the door. That will be a big difference, especially to a small company that may not even be sure they need this kind of equipment yet."

Carroll is working with an industrial advisory board to formulate access procedures and outreach efforts, he said. The lab will hold open house events and speak with area networking organizations to help get the word out, he said.

In Greensboro, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is also planning to increase access to its equipment and resources once its new building at Gateway University Research Park is open early next year, said Dean Jim Ryan. The JSNN and Gateway are both joint projects of UNC-Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University.

Ryan said JSNN's model favors co-location arrangements whereby companies do enter into formal arrangements with the school, but more simple fee-based access is also allowed.

"We've got a company co-located and we're getting requests to use the equipment," Ryan said.


For more information, please click here

Bert Woodard
Next Level Communications
For Piedmont Triad Partnership

Copyright © Piedmont Triad Partnership

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

The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is proud to announce the 2014 Space Elevator Conference! This annual event will be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington from Friday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 24th August 19th, 2014

KaSAM-2014 International Conference (September 7-10, 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal) August 19th, 2014

Success in Intracellular Imaging of Cesium Distribution in Plants Used for Cesium Absorption August 19th, 2014

Electrical engineers take major step toward photonic circuits: Team invents non-metallic metamaterial that enables them to 'compress' and contain light August 19th, 2014


Promising Ferroelectric Materials Suffer From Unexpected Electric Polarizations: Brookhaven Lab scientists find surprising locked charge polarizations that impede performance in next-gen materials that could otherwise revolutionize data-driven devices August 18th, 2014

Research of Empa scientists on the cover of "Nature": Synthesis of structurally pure carbon nanotubes using molecular seeds August 7th, 2014

FEI Reports New Advances in Neuroscience in Collaboration with NIH: Using cryo-electron microscopy, researchers determine the structural mechanism of glutamate receptors – an important insight to the brain’s memory formation and learning August 4th, 2014

New Method Provides Nanoscale Details of Electrochemical Reactions in Electric Vehicle Battery Materials August 4th, 2014


SEMATECH and Newly Merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT Launch New Patterning Center to Further Advance Materials Development: Center to Provide Access to Critical Tools that Support Semiconductor Technology Node Development August 7th, 2014

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research and the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University Present a Workshop on AFM Nanomechanical and Nanoelectrical Characterization, Aug. 21-22 August 6th, 2014

University of Manchester selects Anasys AFM-IR for coatings and corrosion research July 30th, 2014

Haydale Announces Collaboration Agreement with Swansea University’s Welsh Centre for Printing and Coatings (WCPC) July 12th, 2014


Сalculations with Nanoscale Smart Particles August 19th, 2014

Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure August 19th, 2014

Harris & Harris Group Letter to Shareholders on Website August 19th, 2014

Electrical engineers take major step toward photonic circuits: Team invents non-metallic metamaterial that enables them to 'compress' and contain light August 19th, 2014


SouthWest NanoTechnologies Appoints Matteson-Ridolfi for U.S. Distribution of its SMW™ Specialty Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes August 13th, 2014

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor? August 12th, 2014

On the frontiers of cyborg science August 10th, 2014

Like cling wrap, new biomaterial can coat tricky burn wounds and block out infection August 10th, 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