Northwestern University

Northwestern University
Type Disciplines
Private University Chemistry Composites Engineering Fabrication Nanobiology Nanomaterials Nanostructures Nanomedicine
Address Postal Code
1801 Hinman Ave. 60208
City State / Province
Evanston Illinois
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (847)491-3005

Northwestern University has a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create the nation’s first Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NCLT).

The center, under the direction of Robert P.H. Chang, professor of materials science and engineering, will develop scientist-educators who can introduce nanoscience and nanoengineering concepts into schools and undergraduate classrooms.


Additionally, the center will play the key role in a national network of researchers and educators committed to ensuring that all Americans are academically prepared to participate in the new opportunities nanotechnology will offer. The NCLT is a partnership between Northwestern, Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Argonne National Laboratories and the Universities of Illinois at Chicago and Urbana-Champaign.

Drawing on the strengths of the various partners in nanotechnology, instruction-materials development, educational assessment and student cognition, the NCLT will create modular education materials designed to integrate with existing curricula in grades 7-12 and to align with national and state science education standards. Each module will be based on topics from nanoscience and nanoengineering, selected and developed by an interdisciplinary team including scientists, engineers, education researchers and graduate students, and practicing teachers. Expanded versions of the modules will be targeted at community colleges and undergraduate institutions and will eventually serve as the core of semester-long courses in nanotechnology.

The Ruoff group is located in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Our major interests are:
  • synthesis and properties of nanostructures
  • nanomanipulation and nanorobotics
  • fabrication and properties of nanocomposites
  • particle electrokinetics and light scattering from particles
  • instrument development and technology transition
  • new tools and methods for the biomedical sciences

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