Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discover Park leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health. In turn, the BNC exploits the accelerating progress in nanotechnology utilizing the most advanced nanoscale instrumentation to pursue answers to fundamental questions in the life and physical sciences. The interplay between these two complementary arcs of inquiry fosters a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for discovery that will engage us well into the 21st century.
Nanotechnology impacts almost everyone, every day. From the nanoscale memory devices in your MP3 player to the quantum dot emitters of green light in the light emitting diodes (LEDs) in a green traffic light, nanotechnology is already taken for granted as part of everyday 21st century life. "Nano-" as a prefix is used to sell everything from sports equipment to stain resistant and odor suppressing clothing; in some of these applications, the nano- prefix is warranted; in others, the nano content is dubious. Nevertheless, the impact of nanotechnologies will continue to grow, benefiting health, security, environmental protection, food safety, and energy conservation.
Supporting this kind of challenging research at Purdue is exactly what Purdue’s Scholarly Publishing Services are designed for. Visit Purdue e-Pubs to access full text articles in the field spanning 22 years of nanotechnology research at Purdue. This free access enables innovation not just here at Purdue, but all over the globe, ensuring scientists have the most accurate and up-to-date information at their fingertips. Moreover, this access underscores the influence of Purdue scholarship and reinforces a global reputation as a major center for nanotechnology research.