About the Center of Excellence for Research on Nano-Biomaterials
Tuskegee University has been designated as the lead in a research partnership to enhance Alabama’s research capabilities in nanobioscience and sensors.
Tuskegee will unite with Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of South Alabama. Through coordinated research and education activities, the institutions will expand on four areas: nano and biomaterials, nanofabrication, biotechnology and optics, and sensors.
The nano and biomaterials research will focus on making lighter and stronger building materials that are environmentally friendly. The nanofabrication part of the project will concentrate on the application of nanomaterials in chemical, biological and thermo-electric devices. The biotechnology research will work to define cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate responses to nanobioscience and the adaptability to natural and manmade environmental challenges. The development of new optical and molecular sensing technology for use in environmental monitoring, counter-terrorism, and industry will be the focus for the optics and sensors research.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Tuskegee a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology grant. The $5 million award will fund the establishment of a center for researching nanobiomaterials from biorenewable and waste resources. The focus of the research will be on creating composite filler materials from waste and organic sources for use in manufacturing. The materials will be environment-friendly alternatives to synthetic, non-biodegradable materials. An educational outreach program will also be established to train and educate grade school and community college students and teachers. Mahesh Hosur, professor of materials science and engineering, serves as the principal investigator of this grant.