Thursday, May 22nd - MIT cut the ribbon on the nanotechnology institute, which was funded by a $50 million grant from the Army in 2002. Several companies including DuPont, Dow Corning, Raytheon and Carbon Nanotechnologies are all participating in the centers research and development. A total of $40 million from all the private companies has also been invested in the center.|
The aim of the research center is mainly to develop new technologies for Americas Soldier. For example, new types of coatings may be added to fabrics to resist bacteria or become more resistant to liquids like water.
Nanotechnology is the science of creating products from components measuring 100 nanometers or less. In example - the current generation of high end Intel Pentium 4 processors are nanotechnology because their fabrication is done at 90 nanometers. A nanometer measures a tiny 1 billionth of a meter. Another example of nanotechnology is highly talked about carbon nanotubes, which theoretically could be used to build an elevator to space because of their overwhelming strength.
One of the other notable nanotechologies sought after by the new center include materials that can expand and contract when electricity is applied. Such materials could be used for instance as medical tourniquets in the field.
The new MIT center is focused on developing new materials and equipment to protect or provide assistance to the soldier while in the field. The seven catagories of research underway at the new center are: energy-absorbing materials, which attenuate directed energy attacks; mechanically active materials such as artificial muscles; sensors that warn of chemical or biological intrusions; medical devices; manufacturing techniques for nanomaterials; nanomaterial integration; and modeling and simulation.
MIT is a well known high tech college in the United States and worldwide. Some of the worlds most influential technologies were born at MIT including Radar during World War II and then later missile guidance systems.
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