NAIT centre will serve as a hub for Alberta’s nanotech industry
NAIT’s new Nanotechnology Centre for Applied Research, Industry Training and Services (NanoCARTS) is a hub for Alberta’s nanotechnology industry, assisting in prototyping and product-development. Industry leaders gathered today at NAIT to officially mark the centre’s opening.
“The creation of nanoCARTS as a centre for applied research and industry services in nanotechnology is a great approach to engaging small- and medium-sized companies, as well as entrepreneurs,” said Dr. David Carpenter, NAIT’s associate vice president of academic and applied research. “Federal funding has allowed us to have stable resources that ensure we can focus on the growth of the industry. Complementing this, we have received substantial project funding from Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).”
NanoCARTS was created in the spring of 2012 with $1.75 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians.
The centre has already attracted $2.7 million in projects, funded through AITF. One involves collaboration with Alberta Nano-Monitoring Systems to identify opportunities and applications technology that analyzes the contents of solids, liquids and gases at a nano-level in real time. This could be used to examine oil sands waste streams, including tailings ponds. It could also be used by municipalities to analyze wastewater. Another project of NanoCARTS, is an online portal for potential and existing clients to access industry information and discuss projects.
“NanoCARTS has provided a hub for our nanotech partners in the region,” said Carpenter. “This means, through the centre, nanotech start-up companies have an easy path to access the services available in the province.”
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating matter at a molecular scale.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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