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Smalley Institute around the world

Asia   Europe   Middle East   North America   South America   Africa 

Because the Grand Challenges of the Smalley Institute are global in reach, the Institute  strives for a global impact in our initiatives and research projects. Additionally, Smalley Institute faculty members work with projects outside the Institute with global significance. 

Nanotechnology in Africa     

 Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent behind Asia.  Although it has abundant natural resources, Africa remains the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped continent.  Widespread poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, and inadequate water supply and sanitation, as well as poor health, affect a large majority of the people who reside in the African continent:

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Smalley Institute Initiatives and Research Programs

Water - Rice University researchers have devised the nanotechnology equivalent of arsenic magnets – nano-sized rust particles that bind to the contaminant. In this process a magnet can remove the combinations of arsenic and rust, leaving behind clean water.

Other Programs where Smalley Institute Faculty Participate 

Energy - “Baker Energy Forum sends volunteers to work on sustainable development in Lesotho

Disease - Rice University’s Beyond Traditional Borders program encourages “the development of technologies designed with a multi-faceted awareness of the true needs and difficulties encountered in providing healthcare services around the world.”