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Smalley Institute Grand Challenges


We lead the world in solving humanity’s most pressing problems through the application of nanotechnology. 

Over 2002 and 2003, Professor Richard E. Smalley developed a list of the Top Ten Problems Facing Humanity over the next 50 Years as described below.  The Smalley Institute has identified 5 of these problems as our Grand Challenges – energy, water, environment, disease, education.  The faculty researches of the Smalley Institute use a variety of nanotechnology approaches to significantly impact these Grand Challenges.  

  Humanity's Top Ten Problems for the next 50 years