Smalley Institute Milestones & Nanotechnology Breakthroughs for Rice University
In 1993, Professor Richard E.
Smalley envisioned the first nanotechnology
center in the world. Thus, the
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) was born. With full support from the university, CNST
was tasked with defining and implementing the nanotechnology
initiative at Rice
University. CNST set forth a bold objective to provide a venue where researchers from
all disciplines of science and engineering can come together to share ideas and
discuss their views and prospects of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and
nanotechnology. CNST concluded the
best way to achieve this objective was to provide the administrative and
technical infrastructure to conduct cutting-edge nanotechnology research, sponsor
seminars and conferences, advocate entrepreneurism, encourage multi-disciplinary
collaborations, connect to external organizations, and support educational
initiatives from the kindergarten to the professional level.