UGA’s new nano-bio clean room opens

March 9, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Sara Orski, graduate student in chemistry, peers into the thermal evaporator, which will vaporize a tiny amount of gold and deposit it onto a wafer in a layer just 1 to 2 nanometers thick.

Friday, March 12 marks the official opening of the new “nano-bio” clean room at the University of Georgia.  The $2.3 million facility is one of only a handful of such clean rooms in the world where devices engineered at the atomic and molecular level interface with biology. The nanoscience/technology scale is calibrated in nanometers; one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or about 1/100,000 the width of a human hair.

According to Yiping Zhao, director of UGA’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, “Bio-nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize our ability to predict and diagnose a range of conditions from infectious diseases to cancers and target delivery of therapeutics.  It provides opportunities and tools for advances in bioenergy, renewable energy and homeland security.”

The University of Georgia Research Foundation joined with the Georgia Research Alliance in building and equipping the nano-bio clean room.  Projects underway in the facility focus on drug discovery, disease diagnosis and therapeutics, food safety and bioenergy.  The nano-bio space is co-located with the Georgia BioBusiness Center to allow start-up companies to take advantage of its technology.  Project partners include the Savannah River National Lab, Emory University and Georgia Tech, home of the Nanotechnology Research Center, which also includes 10,000 square feet of nano-bio clean room space.

Entry filed under: Centers of Research Excellence.

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