Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Type Disciplines
Private University Chemistry Fabrication Nanobiology Nanomaterials Nanomedicine Physics
Address Postal Code
110 8th St. 12180
City State / Province
Troy NY
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link 518-276-6000

The National Science Foundation chose Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 as one of the six original sites nationwide for the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC).

As part of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative, the program is housed within the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center and forms a partnership between Rensselaer, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.


The NSF Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures at Rensselaer is distinctive for its focus on the structured assembly of nanomaterials and for its emphasis on the applications of nanotechnology to biotechnology, such as the creation of drug delivery systems.

The center integrates research, education, and technology commercialization through partnerships with government and industry. Research areas of the center include advanced materials and coatings, biosciences and biotechnology, nanoelectronics, microelectronics, and nanosystems.
The assembly of complex molecular structures, such as nanotubes, has applications as varied as nanocomposite materials with extraordinary strength, nanoconducting wires for electronic interconnects, and nanomatrices for supporting active biological molecules in medical applications.

In 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute began collaborating to further research at the intersection of medicine and engineering in the following areas:
  • nano-medicine
  • nano-bio materials
  • smart orthopaedic implants
  • biomolecular imaging
  • biocomputation and bioinformatics
  • bio-MEMS
  • development of drug delivery devices

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.

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