In 2000, Northwestern made the bold strategic decision to establish the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN), the first institute of its kind in the country. Today, the IIN represents and unites more than $800 million in nanotechnology research, educational programs, and supporting infrastructure.
One of Northwestern’s largest collaborative efforts, the IIN has a deep talent pool that includes 45 members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. It brings together 190 chemists, engineers, biologists, physicians, and business experts, from across the University to focus on society’s most perplexing problems. But the IIN’s influence extends far beyond the Northwestern campus. It has developed collaborative partnerships with academic institutions in 18 countries, as well as with more than a dozen U.S. federal agencies and almost 100 corporations.
The IIN has also had an economic impact. Since its inception, more than 1,800 products and systems have been commercialized world-wide. Twenty start-up companies have been launched based upon IIN research, and they have attracted over $700 million in venture capital funding.
The IIN embodies an extraordinary combination of scientific capabilities, outreach programs, and partnerships that provide a unique and fertile ground from which to continue to make substantial contributions to the field and ensure that the U.S. remains a world leader in nanotechnology.
If we want to make and sell the best products, we have to invest in the best ideas, just like you do at Northwestern. Your Nanotechnology Institute doesn’t just conduct groundbreaking research; that research has spun off 20 startups and more than 1,800 products, and that means jobs.
Notre Dame’s South Rose stained glass window owes its rich colors to nanoparticles of gold and other metals.
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