Friday, July 21, 2006

Nanotechnology Center at UT-Austin

The University of Texas at Austin has just gotten the authorization to seek funding/grants for the creation of the South West Academy for Nanotechnology. As part of this academy, eight faculty will be hired for the Austin, Dallas, and Arlington campuses.
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating the tiniest units of matter -- no larger than a billionth of a meter or 1/100,000th the diameter of a hair -- and making use of the unusual properties many substances exhibit at those scales.
At least initially, one of their projects will be to create a new type of electronic switch that can be used in small devices like laptops or cell phones. This would enable our devices to be smaller and lighter. Look for this academy to be operational within a year. []

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