Birck Nanotechnology Center

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The BNC Community

A co-located multidisciplinary team is necessary to tackle a field as diverse and pervasive as nanotechnology. The BNC has 145 faculty members from 36 campus units spanning science, engineering, agriculture, pharmacy and the liberal arts. Forty-five of these faculty members, about 200 graduate students and 30 technical and support staff members reside in the BNC building. Besides the informal and frequent interactions in the common spaces of the BNC, the community interacts through seminars, social events, working groups, and committees such as the Nanotechnology Student Advisory Council (NSAC). The BNC environment is also enriched by the presence of several externally funded research centers, including the NSF Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), PRISM: NNSA Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems, and the NIH Nanomedicine Center. BNC faculty and students are also active in K-12 education and public outreach as exemplified by the NSF Nanoscale Center for Learning and Teaching (NCLT).

Taking a somewhat higher view, the BNC is one of ten interdisciplinary centers in Discovery Park, Purdue University's new enterprise for research on global scale problems and opportunities. The BNC is a cross-cutting Center that underlies elements of several other centers. BNC researchers work closely with the Discovery Learning Research Center, the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Home