Industry leaders, along with state and local officials, will join UCLA Chancellor Gene Block Friday in a dedication ceremony for UCLA's newly opened California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) building.
The ceremony will be preceded by "CNSI — the Driving Force for California Nanotechnology," a conference featuring industry leaders from the technology and biotechnology sectors who will discuss how their companies collaborate with faculty at the CNSI to bring nanoscale technologies into the marketplace for the benefit of the people of California. The conference is open to the public.
Conference speakers will include Paolo Gargini, director of technology strategy for Intel Corp.; Patrick Soon-Shiong, chief executive officer of Abraxis BioScience Inc.; Ulrich Muller, research director for BASF Chemical Company; Don Kania, president and CEO of FEI Company; and Stan Williams, director of quantum science research for Hewlett-Packard.
Former California Gov. Gray Davis and David Crane, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special adviser for jobs and economic growth, will join Chancellor Block and CNSI interim director Leonard H. Rome as featured speakers at the dedication ceremony. Additional speakers will include Hewlett-Packard's Williams, who chairs the CNSI Advisory and Oversight Board, and award-winning architect Rafael Vinoly, founder of Rafael Vinoly Architects and designer of the new CNSI building.
The CNSI is one of four California Institutes of Science and Innovation established in 2000 for the purpose of cultivating stronger partnerships between academia and industry to help move early-stage research developments into the commercial research-and-development pipeline for more rapid delivery of public benefits to the marketplace.
With locations at UCLA and the University of California, Santa Barbara, the CNSI is recognized throughout the world as a leading center for research in nanosystems and nanotechnology. The institute fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in nanoscience and nanotechnology; trains the next generation of scientists, educators and technology leaders; and facilitates partnerships with private industry, fueling economic development and contributing to social well-being in California, the U.S. and the world.
UCLA is at the forefront of nanoscience, with outstanding researchers in the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering and medical sciences. At the CNSI, 75 UCLA faculty members and researchers, working with more than 300 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, are leading the way in nanoscience, atom by atom and molecule by molecule.
The sophisticated new CNSI building provides the critical lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, technical staff and scientific researchers required for high-level research and development.
The institute is developing the biomedical, manufacturing and information technologies necessary to meet the scientific and economic demands of the 21st century, and its research is expected to generate major advances in health care and medical treatment, environmental remediation and protection, renewable energy, nanobiotechnology and biomaterials, nanoelectronics, information technology, and homeland security.
Technologies being developed at the CNSI — which have the potential to translate to billions of dollars for the California economy — include:
- Nanoscale biosensors to aid in early cancer detection.
- Nanocomposite reverse-osmosis membranes to address critical water-sustainability needs.
- Safety assessments of nanomaterials to address potential toxicity to humans and the environment.
- Hydrogen and natural gas storage as alternative fuels for cars.
- Carbon dioxide capture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and combustion-engine vehicles.
- Molecular computers that are much smaller and potentially more powerful than today's silicon-based computers.
- New strategies for delivering therapeutics to treat a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
- Polymer technologies to replace silicon for capturing solar energy and for low-energy light-emission technologies.
- Next-generation energy-storage batteries.
Rafael Vinoly Architects is a critically acclaimed international practice headquartered in New York, with affiliate offices in London and Los Angeles, whose work has been recognized in the world's leading design publications. The CNSI building at UCLA is one of many notable design projects by Vinoly and is the firm's first completed building in California.
The California NanoSystems Institute was established as a joint enterprise between UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, with $100 million in funding coming from the state of California and an additional $250 million in federal research grants and industry funding. The CNSI is a multidisciplinary research institute whose mission is to encourage university collaboration with industry and enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. CNSI members at UCLA include some of the world's preeminent scientists working in five targeted areas of nanosystems-related research: renewable energy; environmental nanotechnology and nanotoxicology; nanobiotechnology and biomaterials; nanomechanical and nanofluidic systems; and nanoelectronics, photonics and architectonics. For additional information, visit the CNSI Web site at www.cnsi.ucla.edu.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer more than 300 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Four alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.