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The University of Texas at Austin has one of the largest and most successful research programs in nanotechnology world-wide. Over 450 researchers, in nine departments and 65 faculty research groups are working at the forefront of such exciting areas as nanoelectronics, nano biology and medicine, nano structured polymers, nanoparticle synthesis, nanotechnology for energy needs (e.g. for photovoltaics, fuel cells and catalysis), nano applications to spintronics and plasmonics, nano imprint lithography, nano tube research just to name a few of the main areas.

Centers and Funding

Strategic Partnership for Research in Nanotechnology (SPRING), established in 2002, is a network of shared experimental centers that will rapidly advance and promote nanotechnology in the region. SPRING's mission is to foster nanoscience and nanotechnology research, education and technology transfer. SPRING is a collaborative effort between UT Austin, UT Dallas, UT Arlington and Rice University.

Southwest Academy of Nanotechnology (SWAN) focuses on the next generation of computer chips. The center's goal is to bring seven to eight globally recognized researchers and their teams to Texas to conduct nanoelectronics research in a varity of areas.
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Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Technology (CONTACT) consists of the following members: the Universities of Texas at Austin, Dallas, Arlington, at Brownsville, the University of Texas Pan American, Rice University, and the University of Houston in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/ML) in Dayton, Ohio. It focuses on nanomaterials to ensure our national air superiority and rapid commercialization of nanomaterials developed by Texas universities scientists.

Engineers develop method to disperse chemically modified graphene in organic solvents - March 31, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas – A method for creating dispersed and chemically modified graphene sheets in a wide variety of organic solvents has been developed by a University of Texas at Austin engineering team led by Professor Rod Ruoff, opening the door to use graphene in a host of important materials and applications such as conductive films, polymer composites, ultracapacitors, batteries, paints, inks and plastic electronics. more...


Dr. Graeme Henkelman of Chemistr is “Speeding Up Nano-Discovery”

Lately, there’s been a lot of excitement about nanotechnology,” Graeme Henkelman, professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, said, with characteristic earnestness. “People have realized that as you make things small, particularly on the nanoscale, there are some properties that come out that are completely different than the bulk materials.”more...


Prof. Ruoff's 4 nanostructure papers in Carbon, Nano Letters, and Chemistry of Materials.

These papers are about the chemical analysis of graphene oxide films after heat and chemical treatments by X-ray photoelectron and Micro-Raman spectroscopy, achieving tunable electrical Conductivity of individual graphene oxide sheets Reduced at "low" temperatures, the creation of aqueous suspensions of chemically modified garphene sheets and their characterization, and in collaboration with Professors Michael Trenary and Allan Nichols, and graduate student Panchatapa Jash, all of the University of Illinois-Chicago, on the synthesis and Characterization of single-crystal strontium hexaboride nanowires.


New carbon material shows promise of storing large quantities of renewable electrical energy

AUSTIN, Texas— Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a breakthrough in the use of a one-atom thick structure called “graphene” as a new carbon-based material for storing electrical charge in ultracapacitor devices, perhaps paving the way for the massive installation of renewable energies such as wind and solar power.


Nanosurgery on a specially designed microchip reveals anesthetics interfere with nerve regeneration process - May 5, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas--A hair strand-thin worm is providing substantial clues on how nerves regenerate, offering insight and hope to finding genes that affect nerve generation and ultimately new drugs and therapies for human neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

Saliva Chip

Detecting Cancer With Saliva - January 10, 2008

HOUSTON, Texas—Biochemist John McDevitt’s lab-on-a-chip technology was used by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to identify and quantify specific protein markers in human saliva to provide an early, non-invasive diagnosis of breast cancer.

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Hot New Paper from CNM Fellow Zhen Yao - "Room-Temperature Single-Electron Transistors Using Alkanedithiols"

Published in the November 2007 issue of IOP Publishing journal Nanotechnology


Top 2 Hottest Paper in Acta Materialia

Prof. Paulo Ferreira and Ph.D student Chris Carlton’s recently published paper in Acta Materialia entitled “What is behind the Inverse Hall-Petch Effect in Nanocrystalline Materials?” is attracting a wide attention from the scientific community. The paper shows that the Hall-Petch equation developed in the 50’s is just a particular case of a more general phenomenon, where the inverse Hall-Petch effect in nanomaterials can be predicted.

Dodabalapur Journal

Nanoscale organic and polymeric field-effect transistors as chemical sensors - January 2006

One of 2006 Top 10 most viewed articles published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Atomic Optics

Physicists Slow and Control Supersonic Helium Beam - Thursday, March 8, 2007

The speed of a beam of helium atoms can be controlled and slowed using an atomic paddle much as a tennis player uses a racquet to control tennis balls, physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

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Texas Researchers Aim to Use Saliva To Diagnose Health and Disease - Monday, February 12, 2007

Innovative saliva-based health diagnostic tools will be developed by John McDevitt and colleagues through a $6 million, multi-institutional grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Ng:Yag Laser
"Laser-induced breakdown of soda-lime glass microspheres using Nd:YAG laser" - Becker, Michael F., Keto, John W., and Lee, Jaemyoung. Optics and Laser Technology. Jun 2007, Vol. 39, Issue 4, pp. 835-839.
Ferreira Paper
Formation Mechanism of Pt Single-Crystal Nanoparticles in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells - Paulo Ferreira and Yang Shao-Horn. Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters. Jan. 17, 2007, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. B60-B630.
“Organic Transistor Based Circuit as Drive for Planar Microfluidic Devices” - Nadkarni, Suvid and Dodabalapur, Ananth. Journal of Materials Science-Materials in Electronics. Sep. 2007. Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp 931-937.

“Light Scattering from Collagen Fiber Networks: Micro-Optical Properties of Normal and Neoplastic Stroma.” - Arifler, D., Pavlova, I., Gillenwater, A., and Richards-Kortum, R. Biophysical Journal. May 1, 2007, Vol. 92, Issue 9, pp. 3260-3274.


“Sapphyrin-Nanotube Assemblies” - Boul, Peter J., Cho, Dong-Gyu, Rahman, G.M.A.,   Marquez, M., Ou, Zhongping, Kadish, Karl M., Guldi, Dirk M., Sessler, Jonathan L.
Journal of the American Chemical Society May 2, 2007 Vol. 129, Issue 17, pp. 5683-5687.


“Effect of sorbed water and temperature on the optical properties and density of thin glassy polymer films on a silicon substrate - Freeman, Benny D., Paul, Donald R., and Rowe, Brandon W. Macromolecules. Apr. 17, 2007, Vol. 40, Issue 8, pp. 2806-2813 .



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