SCHOOL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOENGINEERING LOOKS FOR FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL MARVELS
Imagine a germ-resistant kitchen counter, inspired by the noisy cicada.
Or a combat helmet as strong as a turtle’s shell.
Or hospital bedsheets that capture sweat, then analyze its contents.
Welcome to the future — maybe sometime around 2114.
Scientists and engineers at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering on East Lee Street work on these technological marvels every day.
When they’re not teaching.
Part graduate school, part research lab, the school is a 4-year-old project shared by UNCG and N.C. A&T and underwritten by the UNC system.
It’s also a tool to lure high-tech companies to the area and to boost the area’s economy.
Make no mistake: The school is from the future. Its professors deal in nanoscience, the study of objects one-hundredth the size of a human hair.
That’s about the size of 10 atoms placed side by side.
Professors and students at the joint school peer into the tiniest of structures, learning how atoms, molecules and other nanoparticles work.