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Nanotechnology

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Research at the Smalley Institute

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K-12 Education

 

 

 

Nanotechnology

What is nanotechnology?

The Smalley Institute provides a brief section on “Nanotechnology and Rice University  Additionally, we suggest you visit some of our suggested resources for a more detailed description of nanotechnology.

 

Where can I find educational tools highlighting nanotechnology?

The Smalley Institute provides a variety of nano-educational tools.  Additionally, we have listed some externalsources for nano-education.

 

 

 

Smalley Institute

Where are you located?

The Smalley Institute is located on the 3rd floor of the Space Science building on Rice University’s campus.  For directions to our offices please visit our Directions Website.

 

Who is Richard E. Smalley?

The Smalley Institute has devoted a section of the website to our founder Professor Richard E. Smalley where we provide biographical, historical, and scientific information.  Additionally, we provide links to other sources of information.

 

What does the Smalley Institute do?

The Smalley Institute leads the world in solving humanity’s most pressing problems through the application of nanotechnology.  The Smalley Institute actively supports Rice University’s nanoscale science and technology efforts by providing experienced and knowledgeable leadership, a solid administrative framework, world-class infrastructure, superior educational initiatives, and productive community, industry, and government relations.

 

More details regarding our initiatives are provided on our website: Centers and Components, ResearchAreas, Education, Community Partnership, Events, Initiatives.

 

How do I become a member of the Smalley Institute?

The Smalley Institute offers membership, association, and partnership through a variety of avenues.  If you have questions or would like to request membership please contact us at nano@rice.edu.

  • Academic Membership is reserved for students, staff, and faculty researching nanotechnology at Rice University.
  • The NanoFANS program is available for everyone.  The NanoFANS are Associates of the Smalley Institute and participate in Rice University’s international leadership in nanotechnology by helping fund activities and research awards at the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.  All NanoFAN members receive advanced notice of seminars, scientific meetings, and Smalley Institute events.  Higher membership levels offer additional opportunities to support and network directly with our faculty and students.
  • The Smalley Student Society (S3) is a science club for middle school to post-doctoral students interested in nanotechnology. 
  • Corporate Partners are private industry organizations that sponsor research at the Smalley Institute through the donation of funds and/or equipment.

 

Can I tour a nanotechnology laboratory?

The Smalley Institute provides tours on a limited basis.  Please contact us at nano@rice.edu for more details.

 

Can I contact someone for more information?

Yes, we would like to hear from you.  Please send all inquiries to nano@rice.edu.

 

 

 

Research at the Smalley Institute

Does the Smalley Institute have summer internships or research opportunities for students?

For undergraduate students, there are several NSF funded REU (research experience for undergrads) programs at Rice University.

Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology

Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering

NanoPhotonics Laboratory

Rice Quantum Institute

other REU programs around the US

Additionally, individual faculty members may have research opportunities in their laboratory that are not associated with a structured research program.  We invite interested parties to contact individual faculty members to discuss potential opportunities.

 

Does the Smalley Institute have graduate and post-doc positions available?

The Smalley Institute does not directly offer graduate or post-doc positions.  We suggest you contact individual faculty members to identify potential opportunities.  To aid in your search, we provide lists of Smalley Institute faculty with research synopsis and sorted by research area.

 

 

 

Degrees in Nanotechnology

Does Rice University offer an undergraduate degree in nanotechnology?

Rice University does not offer an undergraduate degree specifically in nanotechnology.  Undergraduates should think of nanotechnology as they would a pre-medical, -dental, or –law program.  You should major in a biological science, natural science, or engineering discipline and work with a faculty member who specializes in nanotechnology.  To help you identify the faculty member you want to work with, the Smalley Institute has provided a listing of faculty members with nanotechnology interest along with a brief research description.

 

Does Rice University offer a masters degree in nanotechnology?

Yes, Rice University offers a Professional Master of Science in Nanoscale Physics.  The Nanoscale Physics program prepares students for a career in nanoscience by combining a strong component in quantum theory, which governs the behavior of systems at the nanoscale, with the study of practical nano- and mesoscale devices. This provides the student with the knowledge required to successfully navigate the emerging field of nanoscale science and nanotechnology.

 

Does Rice University offer a doctorate in nanotechnology?

Rice University does not offer a doctorate degree specifically in nanotechnology.  You should apply to a graduate studies program in a biological science, natural science, or engineering discipline and work with a faculty member who specializes in nanotechnology.  To help you identify the faculty member you want to work with, the Smalley Institute has provided a listing of faculty members with nanotechnology interests along with a brief research description for each.

 

 

 

 

Facilities and Instrumentation

What are the research facilities at Rice University?  How do I utilize any of the research facilities at Rice University?

Rice University has world-class research facilities available to the industry, government, and academic users.  For a detailed list of research facilities please visit Research Facilities website. Some of the research facilities at Rice University are available to external users through the Shared Equipment Authority (SEA).  Please contact the SEA for external user details.

 

Can I reserve a room at the Smalley Institute?

Currently the Smalley Institute does not have classrooms or boardrooms available for public use.  To reserve a room at Rice University please visit one of the following …

Duncan Hall Room Reservation

Faculty Center Room Reservation

Jones School of Management Room Reservation

Office of the Registrar

Student Center Room Reservation

 

 

 

K-12 Education

I am doing a report on nanotechnology.  Where do I find information about nanotechnology?

The Smalley Institute has provided a website with a general overview of nanotechnology.  If you require more information about nanotechnology, we suggest you visit some of our suggested websites.

 

I am doing a report on Richard E. Smalley.  Where do I find information about him and his research?

The Smalley Institute has devoted a section of the website to our founder Professor Richard E. Smalley where we provide biographical, historical, and research information.  Additionally, we provide links to other sources of information.

 

I am a science teacher who would like a nanotechnologist to speak to my class.  Who do I contact to schedule a visit?

The Smalley Institute does make available nanotechnologist to speak at area schools.  To contact someone regarding your needs, please e-mail us at nano@rice.edu.

 

I am a science teacher who would like to schedule a field trip to a nanotechnology laboratory.  Who do I contact to schedule a tour?

The Smalley Institute provides tours on a limited basis.  Please contact us at nano@rice.edu for more details.