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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.