NanoProfessor™, a division of NanoInk,
Inc.® focused on delivering hands-on nanotechnology education, is pleased
to announce that it will showcase its Nanoscience Education Program at the National
Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) "Nanotechnology Innovation Summit," held December
8 - 10 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
The NNI's Nanotechnology Innovation Summit brings together the nation's
leaders in nanotechnology research, development, implementation, policy and
finance, along with a showcase of the top nanotechnology technologies generated
through NNI support over the past ten years.
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on
nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to
undergraduate classrooms and is especially well-suited to nanotechnology
educational initiatives at the community college, technical institute, and
undergraduate university level. The program alternates between classroom
lectures and hands-on lab work and includes a 275-page textbook authored by
leading nanotechnology experts covering the topics of Nanotechnology Basics,
NanoPhysics, NanoChemistry, NanoBiology and Environmental, Health, and Safety
perspectives on nanotechnology. During the hands-on lab experiments, students
learn the fundamentals for building custom-engineered, nanoscale structures
while working with state-of-the-art equipment including NanoInk's NLP 2000
Desktop NanoFabrication System, a student-friendly atomic force microscope
(AFM), an advanced fluorescence microscope, and various chemical and biological
materials used today within current and emerging nanotechnology applications.
"NanoInk's NLP 2000 desktop nanofabrication system and the NanoProfessor
Nanoscience Education Program exemplify what can happen when American scientific
ingenuity is supported by government funding and strong financial investment by
industry," said Dean Hart, executive vice president of NanoInk. "The NLP 2000
utilizes the powerful and flexible nanofabrication technique called Dip Pen
Nanolithography® (DPN®), which was invented by renowned American nanotechnology
scientist and member of President Obama's PCAST, Dr. Chad Mirkin, the George B.
Rathmann Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. The NNI's
involvement began in 2003 and came via a three-phase grant from the National
Human Genome Research Institute to assist NanoInk in the early development of
the NLP 2000 as a desktop nanofabrication instrument."
"I believe that nanotechnology will be a critical force for economic growth
and job creation in the 21st Century," said Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3).
"But in order to ensure it fulfills that promise, we need to educate and train
the next generation of innovators. Preparing undergraduates for careers or
further study in nanotechnology through both classroom and lab work is exactly
what we ought to be doing. America can't afford to fall behind in this
extraordinarily promising field."
NanoInk will be hosting two booths at the Nanotechnology Innovation Summit
located in the Technology Showcase area of the summit. At the NanoProfessor
Booth, visitors can see firsthand the instruments and curriculum of the
NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program including the NLP 2000. At NanoInk's
NanoFabrication Systems' booth, corporate representatives will be discussing new
patterning applications for biological materials. The bioengineering market
including tissue engineering and biosensors are benefitting from the unique
ability of NanoInk to deposit multiple biological materials in the size range
from 50 nm to 10 microns, under ambient conditions to specific user defined
locations. This capability has applications in writing to tissue scaffolds or
sensor devices, which include nano-wires, micro pillars and membranes. Hours for
the Technology Showcase are from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8
and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9.