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NIST, UM Program To Support Nanotech Development

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2006

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Contact: Michael Baum
301-975-2763

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland (UM) have joined in a $1.5 million cooperative program that will further NIST's efforts to develop measurement technology and other new tools designed to support all phases of nanotechnology development, from discovery to manufacture. The competitively awarded grant, renewable for up to five years, also will accelerate the scale-up of NIST's new Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), launched in March 2006. UM research associates will work on jointly defined projects aligned with the center’s mission to develop the knowledge and technical infrastructure that underpins nanotechnology development. They also will collaborate with visiting researchers who come to the CNST to use measurement instruments and other advanced equipment in its Nanofabrication Facility, a national resource available to collaborators and outside users. For more information, see http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/nistgrant_toumd.cfm.