New nanotechnology facility completed at Clemson

November 13, 2013 by  

A new nano-materials center that will undertake research projects funded by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was recently completed at Clemson University which is just a short distance northwest of Anderson.

No doubt the University is using brochure printing to inform the community of the work that has already begun at the facility and what its plans and goals are to be.

The University worked with the South Carolina Research Authority to plan and design the lab which is 5,000 square feet in size and has for its equipment an electric arc system, chemical vapor deposition systems and advanced spectroscopes and microscopes. These enable engineers and scientists to better conduct research that includes developing superconductive composites and wires and high-energy storage and generation devices and learning more about the nano-bio interface.

According to the director of the center and R.A. Bowen Professor of Physics in the physics and astronomy department at Clemson, Apparao Rao, research has already begun and most of the equipment is being used extensively. Rao’s research concentrates on translating research in nanotechnology to energy storage and generation, the nano-medicine industry and thermal management.

Rao and his team of collaborators were recently awarded $1.2 million by the National Science Foundation to determine how their nan-materials can be scaled up so they can be used for practical manufacturing processes, such as storage devices for energy that could provide power for batteries and capacitors in a variety of power tools and hybrid and electric vehicles.