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Heads up

USF nanotech facility to open

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 26, 2005

Nanotechnology research at the University of South Florida gets a big boost Tuesday with the opening of a state-of-the art research facility on the Tampa campus.

The 35 faculty and 100 or so students who will use the building will be getting down to very tiny basics. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, and nanotechnolgists use molecule-sized building blocks in manufacturing.

What will they make? USF says projects in the works include carbon nanotubes, diamond surface coatings and sensors that can detect cancer cells and environmental hazards. The researchers will come from the colleges of engineering and medicine, the departments of physics, biology and chemistry and the H. Lee Moffitt Caner Research Center.

Some experts think the market for nanotechnology products could be as big as $1-trillion within a decade.

The USF building, which cost $4-million to build, is outfitted with $10-million worth of high-tech equipment and instruments. It is managed by the Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at the building adjacent to the College of Engineering.

[Last modified September 23, 2005, 20:36:02]

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