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Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center

Welcome to the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center!


The Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center (RNC) was founded in March 2001 to conduct fundamental research on nanomaterials and nanotechnology. From September 2001 to December 2013, the RNC hosted the NSF, NYSTAR and industry funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostuctures, organized around three coordinated interdisciplinary thrusts: Nanoparticle Gels and Polymer

Nanocomposites; Nanostructured Biomolecule Composite Architectures; and Serving Society through Education and Outreach. Hence, the RNC has developed significant skills in assembling functional hierarchical nanostructured materials and devices with junctions and interfaces between structurally, dimensionally, and compositionally different nanoscale building blocks by means of which its research programs are continuing to flourish. The RNC also hosts the award-winning Molecularium® Project fostering worldwide science literacy education.


The Center focuses on creating novel hierarchical materials and devices, for example, that could enable more effective healthcare in the human body, result in stronger and more durable multifunctional plastics, enable higher capacity energy and information storage devices, and address many other important applications to societal needs, including science literacy.

Rutvik Mehta, PhD / Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 4337–4342


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