The IIN brings together—sometimes for the first time—chemists, engineers, biologists, physicians, and others from across the university to focus on society’s most perplexing problems, whether it be finding a more effective way of delivering chemotherapy to brain-cancer patients or a more efficient way of removing contaminants from polluted drinking water.
More than 750 graduate students and 190 faculty members from 32 departments in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Kellogg School of Management are members of the IIN and work together on nanotechnology research projects.
Research is organized into the following eight pillars, each focused on a critical societal issue:
The nanowires of galium nitride shown in the image below generate electricity when deformed. Individual wires are being evaluated right now by researchers at the IIN for optimal efficiency.
Billions of these tiny wires may one day be used in common items like clothing to produce electricity.
In the International System of Units, the prefix "nano" means one-billionth, or 10-9.
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