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July 28, 2004
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2010 Initiative Creates CAAN At South Dakota Tech
South Dakota Tech has received $585,000 as part of South Dakota’s 2010 Initiative to create the Center for Accelerated Applications at the Nanoscale (CAAN). CAAN research will focus on the areas of nanoparticles and associated nanosensors, with particular emphasis on South Dakota mineral development. CAAN is one of four university-based research centers funded through nearly $2.8 million in 2010 funds.
“Part of the governor’s 2010 Initiative is aimed at growing the state’s economy by targeting investments in specialized research at South Dakota public universities,�� Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “We are confident that the research undertaken in our new research center will create economic development opportunities for South Dakota. I applaud Dr. Jon Kellar, Dr. Ken Han and Dr. Sherry Farwell for their efforts in making this plan a reality. We also appreciate the support of Governor Rounds and the Board of Regents. Without them, this important project wouldn’t exist.”
Kellar is chair and professor, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department. Han is associate interim dean Graduate Education and Sponsored Programs, and Distinguished and Fuerstenau Professor, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department. Farwell is Tech’s former dean of Graduate Education and Sponsored Programs who now serves as director of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
Kellar will serve as CAAN’s interim director while Tech conducts a nationwide search for a full-time leader for the center. CAAN will be a multi-disciplinary effort that involves faculty and research staff from numerous campus departments and will emphasize research on the synthesis of nanoparticles, applications and sensors.
Nanotechnology is expected to create materials and structures that will have a major impact on the research and business activities of the nation. The nanotechnology industry is projected to become a $1 trillion business in the next 10 to 15 years. CAAN research will be structured to accelerate the commercial activity based on nanotechnology research.
Tech will collaborate on CAAN research with South Dakota State University through the work of Dr. David Galipeau in SDSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering. Galipeau and his team are developing a variety of nanosensors for applications ranging from agricultural processing to homeland security. The SDSU research team will partner with Tech researchers who are developing sensors based upon nanoparticulate formulations.
Nanotechnology is an umbrella term that covers many areas of research dealing with objects measured in nanometers. A nanometer (nm) is a billionth of a meter, or a millionth of a millimeter. A human hair’s diameter measures about 200,000 nanometers.
During the next 50 years, tools and the materials used to build machines will become increasingly smaller – so small that thousands of these tiny machines may fit into the period at the end of this sentence. Within a few decades, we may use these nanomachines to manufacture consumer goods at the molecular level, piecing together one atom or molecule at a time to make baseballs, telephones and cars.
The ultimate value of nanotechnology is quality. By building products at the molecular level, they will last longer, work better, and push their potential to new levels.
At South Dakota Tech, researchers across campus are investigating nanotechnology with funding support from industry, the National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Army Research Laboratory and private foundations. Tech also has received nanotechnology research funding from the Department of Defense, with the assistance of the South Dakota Congressional delegation.
That research funding finances work in many areas on campus. Dr. Jan Puszynski helped the Naval Surface Warfare Center build a facility that can produce nano-sized aluminum powder for use in percussion primers for ammunition. The aluminum will replace the lead currently in use, creating a more environmentally friendly shell that works better. Dr. Jon Kellar investigates ways to use nanomaterials to build new materials that will be stronger, more stable, more heat resistant and that exhibit other beneficial characteristics.
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