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The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures constitutes a conduit for technology transfer through industry partnerships and interactions. Technology dissemination is further facilitated through the exchange of personnel, including industrial internships for students. NSEC is also dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and interest in, science and technology, which in turn establishes a consumer base that is comfortable with nanotechnology products. Generating skilled workforce growth and studying the socioeconomic impacts of nanotechnology are important NSEC outputs as well. For more information browse our Serving Society section.

The unique university-industry partnership model in place at NSEC continues to serve several well-established partnerships with leading multinational companies. NSEC's major industry partners during the past years have included: ABB, IBM, Intel, and Sealed Air as well as Albany International, Eastman Kodak, and Philip Morris USA, all of whom have representatives on our Industry Advisory Board (IAB). A number of joint publications have resulted from these collaborations and there have already been several joint patent applications filed as well.

Our NSEC actively pursues other positive industrial interactions and relationships at both UIUC and RPI that are more informal. Some notable new interactions have been initiated with: Altria Group, DuPont, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Imerys, Intel Corporation, L'Oreal (France), Meadwestvaco, Michelin, Proctor and Gamble Company, Solidus Biosciences, South African Pulp & Paper Inc., Unilever (U.K.), and United Technologies Corporation. In most cases, NSEC members have visited these companies to give seminars and/or to discuss collaborations. In some cases, industry representatives have also visited NSEC members and their research groups at their home institutions.