Oakland U goes after nanotech with new its R&D lab

Say the words nanotechnology in regards
to higher education and most locals will think of Michigan’s major
research universities, such as the University of Michigan and Wayne
State University.

Oakland University
is throwing itself into that mix with its new NanoTech Research &
Development Institute. The school’s administrators, faculty and
students are expanding their research efforts in a field dedicated to
all things micro.

Nanotechnology, which deals with structures
on the atomic level, is a rapidly growing field of research that covers
a wide swath of subjects. Advances in it have helped everything from
manufacturing to healthcare.

A number of local new economy
businesses are collaborating with Oakland University on its new
nanotech lab. The likes of Octillion and Nanorex have given $740,000 to
the university’s nanotech institute. The university hopes to integrate
the institute’s research with its other schools, such as engineering,
computer science and medicine.
Source: Oakland University
Writer: Jon Zemke