The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is the flagship research institution located at Gateway University Research. The facility is a 105,000 square foot two-story research building located on Gateway’s South Campus.
The JSNN was established through collaboration between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The JSNN builds on the strengths of both Universities to offer an innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate program that trains scientists in various emerging areas of nanoscience and nanoengineering.
The JSNN currently has six research focus areas including: NanoBiology, NanoMetrology, NanoMaterials (with a special emphasis on NanoComposite materials), NanoBioelectronics, Nanoenergy and Computational Nanotechnology. These technical areas afford numerous opportunities for collaboration with industry partners.
The facility includes: partner labs, cleanrooms, wet lab space, fermentation lab, thermochemical lab, tissue culture and cell culture space, biophysics lab, bioscience open lab, and a shared suite of analytical tools including a Carl Zeiss SMT ® Orion Helium Ion microscope – all operational and ready for use by corporate and research partners.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) has established a Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium (NIC), which is fast-becoming a global leader in transformative nanomanufacturing research, discovery and education.
The NIC enables access to the JSNN’s state-of-the-art research and education facility located at Gateway University Research Park, and it provides access to unique state-of-the-art capabilities for product development, analytical services, materials testing, analysis, and evaluation to address the diverse needs of consortium members. Of particular benefit is the ability of NIC members to gain visibility into the JSNN’s ongoing research in nanobiology, nanomaterials and cleanroom technologies.
A sample of companies that have joined the consortium include RF Micro Devices, Syngenta, Horiba, VF Jeanswear, Evonik, Callaway Carbon, FLIR, Glen Raven, Xanofi, and Engineered Biopharmaceuticals. The NIC has also attracted several local organizations, including the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, the Cemala Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, SunTrust Bank, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, and the Stearns Financial Group.
Gateway University Research Park administers the NIC program on behalf of the JSNN.